To be able to recover (bounce back) quickly from a problem or issue!


* You can work independently - happy to work by yourself

* You can take on challenges - give everything a go, even if it scares you a bit

* You can manage your emotions - you know what to do when you are upset or stressed

* You can bounce back from a problem


Welcome to the end of week seven of term 4! Only 13 school days left in the year - it is beginning to feel a lot like summer and Xmas is just around the corner.

What an amazing week this has been! I could not be anymore proud than I was on Wednesday! What an amazing group of students and staff we have here at Vogeltown! A huge thanks again to the students and staff for the support of our production of 'The legend of Paetoki'. A big thanks to our Vogeltown community for the support you showed on Wednesday as well, it was an amazing show and the kids did a fantastic job.

Massive thanks to Ms Pretty for her leadership of the production - Tu Meke Rach!

One of the biggest parts of this production was the re-branding of the syndicates in 2020. The syndicates will become known by their local environment -

Junior syndicate - Taranaki

Middle syndicate - Huatoki

Senior syndicate - Paetoki

See below for the team logos.

You will notice some big poles being put up on the senior side beside the new classroom - these are our 'Totem poles' which is part of our 'beautification project' at school. These poles will be coloured the same as our whanau groups and be cut to different heights. It should look awesome!

Vogeltown team 2020

Here are the teachers and classes for 2020. (note we will re-numbering the class numbers on the senior side at the end of the year).

We are lucky enough to Have Mr George as a walking DP in 2020!


Rm 1 New entrants Mrs Adrienne Treadway

Rm 2 Yr 1 Mrs Heather Oliver

Rm 3 Yr 2 Mrs Joanne Harold

Rm 4 Yr 2 Miss Emma King

Rm 5 New entrants Mrs Newland DP and Team leader (note this class will not start in the first 4 weeks of the first term)

Rm 6 Yr 2 Mrs Leeanne Lash and Mrs Katie Stone


Rm 8 Yr 3/4 (was Rm 7 beside the hall) Mrs Linda Sleep and Mrs Caroline Irving

Rm 10 Yr 3/4 (was Rm 9) Mrs Dani Melody

Rm 13 Yr 3/4 (was Rm 11) Mrs Laura Seed - Team leader of Middle syndicate (Huatoki)

Rm 15 Yr 3/4 (was Rm 13) Mr Joshua Stirling


Rm 7 Yr 4/5 (new room) Miss Elly Fleming

Rm 9 Yr 5/6 (was Rm 8) Mr Brent Bishop

Rm 11 Yr 5/6 (was Rm 10) Mr Nathan Ransfield - Team leader of Senior syndicate (Paetoki)

Rm 12 Yr 5/6 (was Rm 14) Ms Rachel Pretty

Rm 14 Yr 5/6 (was Rm 12) Miss Jillian Bleasdale

The Legend of "Paetoki"

NANO GIRL at Vogeltown!

On 20/11/19 Room 8 was lucky enough to have Nanogirl (Michelle Dickson) come to their classroom. This happened because one of Room 8’s students, Ashlee Hay, had won a competition. Nanogirl showed Room 8 some incredible science experiments like:

  • Unicorn Noodles

  • Chicken In A Cup

  • Spoon Experiment

Nanogirl is a New Zealand scientist who travels all around New Zealand doing live shows.

By Rachael Christian

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As a school we set targets for the year in reading, writing and maths.

It would be wonderful to get every student at Vogeltown to be 'working at' their chronological age and stage in all three areas - this, of course, is our goal every year!

We put a lot of time and money in to planning programmes for students, providing extra interventions to help accelerate achievement and provide a lot of professional development for staff to help raise our achievement at Vogeltown.

This year, we have achieved the following targets for our students, we are very proud of the efforts our kids have made and we have already set our targets for 2020.

At the end of Term 3 2019:

* 73% of all of our students were achieving at their age and stage in maths

* 72% of all of our students were achieving at their age and stage in writing

* 78% of all of our students were achieving at their age and stage in reading

These are great results and the kids should be very proud. This is a lot of hard work over the year! The Vogeltown teaching team have made great progress with all students!

Teacher Only days 2020

As you may be aware, as part of the recent Teacher NZEI union contract negotiations with the government there are eight Teacher Only Days to be taken over the next three years. We realise this impacts our families.

We are working together with Highlands Intermediate, and other contributing schools to Highlands, to make sure our Teacher Only days in 2020 are on the same days, making it easier for our families in 2020.

The first Teacher Only Day in 2020 will be on Friday 7th February - the day after Waitangi Day. The second will be on Friday 20th March - this will be used for Learning Conferences.

The third day will be on Friday 31st July.

We are letting you know in advance so you can sort work leave and organise your kids for these days.

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Weetbix TRYathlon 2020 Ngamotu Beach

Here is some information about next year's Weetbix TRYathlon. It usually sells out early so make sure you register ASAP if your child wants to take part!

Invite Students to Enter Your School Group

This is the specific link for Vogeltown School that can be shared with your school community. This link will enable families from Vogeltown School to join your School Group with ease!


You can share this link with your school community via email, Facebook or your school newsletter. However, students will also be able to join your School Group, without the link, by using the School Group search functionality when entering online.


Morning of Wednesday, 25 March 2020


Ngamotu Beach, Moturoa


Entry is open to all 7 to 15 year olds.

(Based on age on event day)


Individual 7 – 15 years
Junior Team 7 – 10 years
Senior Team 11- 15 years

Both team members must meet age requirements.

Teams can be mixed gender (i.e boy / girl)

One team member completes the swim, one team member completes the cycle and both complete the run.


Entry fees vary based on the date you enter.
Early Bird, Online and Multiple event discounts are available.
On the Day entries are available unless the event sells out prior.

A postage fee will apply to receive your TRYathlete Kit in advance of the event. You can waive this fee and pick your pack up on, or the day before the event day.


  • Official Bib Number.
  • Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T-Shirt.
  • Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Swim Cap.
  • Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Kit Bag.
  • Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Finishers medal.
  • Complimentary Breakfast at the Weet-Bix Better Brekkie Breakfast tent.
  • All TRYathletes are eligible for spot prizes (must attend prizegiving).


  • Early Bird Discount Closes: midnight on Wednesday 4th March 2020
  • Online Entry Closes: midnight on Sunday 22nd March 2020
  • Entries received by Wednesday 4th March will get the option to get their TRYathlete Kit delivered at a cost.


Term 1 2020 Sports

Registrations for Term 1 sports are now open. Forms need to be completed and handed back to the office with payment by Friday 06 December. Forms are available from the sports page of our website http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/sports/ or from both the junior or senior office.

  • Touch Rugby: Played at Bell Block on a Wednesday afternoon. Click here for a form.
  • Cricket: Kiwi & Incrediball cricket (Yr1-4) played on a Friday evening. Click here for a form.
  • Summer Soccer: Played at Merrilands Domain on a Tuesday evening. Click here for a form.
  • Inline Hockey: Played on a Thursday evening from 5.30pm. Please register your interest with the office.

Term 4 Sports:

Next week is the final week for all our term 4 sports with the exception of Touch Rugby (finishes Monday 9 Dec). Can I please ask that all players take a spare top to their final games so that their school playing tops can be handed to the coach/manager after the game. It is a huge help to me to have all the tops handed in as a team set with the gear bags at the end of each season so thank you in advance for your co-operation with this.

Cancellations: Any cancellations for term 4 sports can be found on the following links:

Touch: City Touch Facebook page

Netball: Netball Taranaki Website or Facebook page

Summer Soccer: NP Rangers Facebook page

Hockey: Taranaki Hockey Facebook page or Website

Cricket: Taranaki Cricket Facebook page or Website


The SKY Sport Breakers are returning to TSB stadium to take on the Sydney Kings on Friday 17 January 2020! This is a fantastic chance for your family to see quality, international-level sport right here in New Plymouth.

We are also very lucky at Vogeltown School, because our winning Yr5/6 basketball team are playing the curtain raiser to this game against Fitzroy School!

There'll be fun activities to keep the kids entertained before the game too. Perfect for Xmas, children's tickets are only $20 (plus booking fees) and family passes are only $95 (plus booking fees). Tickets available from Ticketek.co.nz, 0800 Ticketek and TSB Showplace.

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TERM CALENDAR – Put all these dates in your diary or your phone!
Remember to check the school calendar on our website. We will put all updates on Facebook &

the website. Link to school calendar: http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/calendar/


3 December - BOT Mtg 6:30pm

6 December - Whanau Athletics day

6 December - Four Year Old Friday

6 December - Vogeltowner Awards assembly
9 December - Vogeltown 'helpers' morning tea

16 December - Yr 6 leavers assembly 11.30am (for the school)

16 December - Yr 6 leavers assembly evening (for family and whanau)

18 December - Last day of 2019. School finishes at 3pm


3 February - Term 1 starts (Woohoo)

6 February - Waitangi Day

7 February - Teacher Only Day (School closed)


On the 13th of December at the Christmas Village 63 Egmont Road, the Home and School is doing a sausage sizzle fundraiser. It is part of the Xmas party that the Christmas Village are hosting. The night will run from 5pm - 7.30pm.

Our next Home and School meeting is on the 9th December in the Senior School staffroom at 7pm.

Nga mihi

Vogeltown Home & School Whanau


1) Good luck to the team on the Xmas float on Saturday - a big thanks to all those who have helped out with this project!

2) Hats - all kids need to have a 'bucket hat' at Vogeltown School. The sun is beginning to get hot and burn times are increasing. Thanks.

3) Just a reminder that we have a teacher only day on Friday 7 February 2020 - the day after Waitangi Day. School will be closed on this day.

Thanks whanau

Good luck to all our Vogeltowners playing summer sport this week and this weekend. Play hard, play fair, enjoy!

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal



The 2019 Christmas Foodbank Food Drive is taking place on Monday 2nd December from 5.30pm until late and we are trying to get the word out to as many people as possible about this community event. We would appreciate your support in spreading the word to the school whanau and beyond!.

All donations are distributed back into our community to families and people in need throughout 2020; donations of non-perishable food items and/or household products will be greatly received.

The food drive takes place in New Plymouth and Bell Block - the collection goes ahead RAIN, HAIL OR SHINE!!

During the drive donations can be left near the letterbox or front gate for collection or can be handed directly to our friendly volunteers as the collection teams drive around each neighbourhood. Sirens or music will be playing when they are in each area.

Help us to make this a successful drive and fill the foodbank shelves for the coming year!

Please give me a call or email if you have any questions.


Highlands Swimming Club Summer Holiday Programme

January. 13th to 17th January and 20th to 24th January

Times to be confirmed

New members welcome

Cost is $50 for one week or 2 weeks for $90.00.

For more details please email: highlands.swim.club@gmail.com

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Kia ora

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I am an entertainer and all round performer and loop artist.

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nga mihi



At Fulton Swim School we have a specifically designed program that our teachers deliver to ensure progression.

We have smaller class sizes then industry standards which provides parents with peace of mind knowing that your child is getting the instruction and attention they need and deserve to become competent in the water .

Our pool is heated to 32 degrees throughout the year, using no harsh chemicals to treat the water.

We’re focused and committed to making learning to swim an enjoyable experience at all levels.

We look forward to welcoming you and your family to ours, and look forward to sharing the wonderful world of learning to swim and being safe in the water with you

Click the link to book your child's swimming lessons with Fulton Swim School today! www.fultonswimschool.co.nz