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 scare 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 six of term 4!

This week has been a busy one on the production front! It is coming together really well and we are excited to perform this on Wednesday next week. We are sure you will enjoy it, especially being outside and the weather looking much better for this day and night. It is very cool to see the kids so excited about doing the production, they certainly steal the show.

For any of our Year 6 students going to Devon Intermediate in 2020, the orientation day for them is this coming Thursday from 11am till 2pm. We will not be transporting any kids down, so it is up to parents to pick up your Yr 6 child from Vogeltown and take them down to Devon. We will not expect them to come back to school after 2pm.

At our last Vogeltown Board of Trustees meeting, we voted to sign up with the government's 'donation scheme' of $150 per student for 2020. By accepting this government scheme, we will not be asking our community for any donations towards the school. It also means we will be able to provide many more 'out of the classroom' travel opportunities - normally we would ask families for bus money as an example.

Congratulations Miss Bleasdale

A huge congratulations to Miss Bleasdale who has, after 2 years, become a fully registered teacher!

Miss Bleasdale has worked hard to get all the requirements she needed to become a registered teacher. Big thanks to Ms Pretty who has been Jillian's mentor teacher over the last 2 years as well.

We celebrated Jillian's achievement with an awesome assembly. At this assembly we were lucky enough to have Whaea Ramona from NZEI to award Jillian with her teacher registration certificate!

Well done Jillian! You have become a great Vogeltowner. Manāki tangata, Manāki whenua, Haere whakamua.

Farewell to Mrs Baunton

It is with reluctance that we accept Mrs Baunton's resignation at the end of 2019. Mrs Baunton has been working most recently at the Junior school in a 'reading recovery' type position. In this position, Dana has made great progress - accelerating the reading ability of many of our junior students.

Prior to this Mrs Baunton was part of the senior school and taught for many years in the classrooms on the senior side. Mrs Baunton has also been in charge of the school choir for many years and the school library - she has been an integral part of the school.

We appreciate all the time and effort Mrs Baunton has given to our school, our students and the PD she has provided too many of our parents/caregivers.

Mrs Baunton is having a nice staff farewell this coming Thursday, and will be making an appearance at our Vogeltowner assembly on the 6th December.

Thanks Dana for everything you have done for the school over your years at Vogeltown! You are a true Vogeltowner, with a genuine passion for changing kids attitudes!

New appointments at Vogeltown

Due to Mrs Parkers retirement and having roll growth at Vogeltown, we have appointed two new teachers for 2020.

We are happy to welcome Dani Melody to the middle syndicate team next year. Dani has been working in Rm 6 for the first half of this year, then Rm 4 for Miss King and is currently helping Mrs Newland in Rm 3. Dani and the middle syndicate team will be ably lead by Mrs Seed who will be the middle syndicate leader 2020.

We are also happy to welcome back Elly Fleming who was in Rm 13 in term 3 for Mr Stirling. Elly will be in the new classroom with a year 4 and 5 class of students in 2020.

The reason for having a year 4 and 5 class in 2020, is to help even our class numbers in the middle and senior areas of the school. This year our class sizes, especially in the senior school, have been above 30 students. Next year we hope to be able to keep all class sizes at or below 28 students. Our Board of Trustees are committed to keeping our class sizes manageable and with roll growth and a new learning space, we can finally achieve this.

See below for where everyone is going to be in 2020.

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 Leenanne 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

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.


On Wednesday 27th November at 10am and again at 6pm, we will be having our whole school production! This production has been written and choreographed and is being performed by the kids of Vogeltown! A flyer came home this week about our production.

It is a story about a famous rock in the Huatoki river called 'Paetoki'. It is a show with a bit of everything - singing, dancing, local legend and of course 'cuteness'. The end result of this production is that our syndicates will have new names in 2020 - local names that are a part of our legend. We will also be able to officially name this special rock, having received endorsement from our local hapu.

The kids and teachers are working really hard to make this an amazing evening. We will be performing this production outside on the senior front courts - hopefully the weather is fine! The postponement day is the next day - Thursday 28th November.

More information will be coming home next week about start times, holding rooms, costumes etc.

As part of this evening we are going to have a whanau hui before the production at 5.30pm in the new classroom at the senior school. We are asking any of our Maori whanau to come along to this hui. We will be confirming at this hui that the Vogeltown 'values' that we have been seeking feedback back on over the year, align with our whanau.


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 Summer Sports Draws: All summer sports draws are now loaded on our website on the sports page. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/sports/

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/


27 November - School Production matinee 10am, night 6pm

28 November - Devon Intermediate Yr 6 orientation 11am - 2pm

29 November - Whanau Tabloids day


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) 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.

2) Any students going to Devon Intermediate in 2020, the orientation evening is on the 28th (Thursday) at

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.

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