Initiative is being asked to do things by yourself without being asked to.

Signs of Success:

* Your teacher/parents can rely on you to do a job without being asked to

* People might say ‘you are a helpful person’

* You might get a comment on your report ‘a responsible, mature student’

* You are often asked to do important jobs for people


Welcome to the end of Week 8 of the term, this term is shifting by very quickly!

It has been another great week of learning at VS and it has been awesome to get around the rooms and see the high engagement we have. The Seniors with their cross grouping for maths - this is going really well, the Middles with their reading rotations in class and working towards learning goals and the Juniors loving the chance to write! What great learning we have happening at VS!

A reminder about our Progress Reports and Learning Conferences coming up in the last week of this term (10th and 11th April). We aim to have 100% attendance to these very important meetings. See further down for the online booking website and booking codes. Also on both of these days we will be closing at 2pm. We ask that you pick up your child(ren) at 2pm on both these days. The reason for closing at this time is so we can make as many booking times available as possible for whanau to book in.

Most summer sports are beginning to wrap up as we move into winter sports codes. I encourage you to get your child(ren) involved in winter sports - there are many options available. There is nothing better than a hot coffee and watching your child having fun on the sports field! See Mrs Sleep junior and her information about below about how to get involved.

We frequently use the school Facebook page to update and share with our community. We have turned off Facebook Messenger as a way of communicating with the school. We have several other ways you can contact us - by phoning the office on 06 753 6843, text or call on 021 753 680, or use the Skool Loop app which is completely free and available to download on both Apple and Android phones. These newsletters and our school website are also great ways to keep up to date.


If you know of any families/enrolments that may be coming to Vogeltown, please get them to contact Lee Newland or Mr Ogle.

If your child is turning 5 soon and you are planning on bringing them to Vogeltown, then please can you get an enrolment pack from the office and get the form in.

As part of planning for class sizes and maintaining good student to teacher class ratios, we need to know what enrolments we have coming to VS.

A reminder that our school is governed by an enrolment scheme. Families and students who live within the school zone are automatically accepted. Out of zone families and students need to apply for an 'Out of Zone application' to come to VS. More info about the enrolment scheme can be found here: http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/zoning-2016/out-of-zone-enrollment-form/



The Weetbix TRYathlon was a great day. There were over 1800 kids participating - this was a record for New Plymouth! Well done to all the Vogeltowners who represented the school, you were wonderful ambassadors for the school! Thanks to Mr George and Mr Stirling for your hard day's work too.

Here are just a few photos from the day:


Last Tuesday we both participated in the Weet-Bix triathlon there was a drizzle of rain but that didn’t stop us. We enjoyed all three events in the swimming biking and running the swim was fantastic. The waves were huge and the water was warm. After the swim we ran to our bikes we rode along the aquatics centre and a little bit of the walkway. After the bike we ran along the grass and to the finish line. We received a gold medal and we felt very proud once we completed it. It was 100 metre swim, 4 km bike ride and a 1 km run. This was a great experience and we recommend it to everyone.


Well done to all the kids who put in their entries for the Fishing Rod from the Minstrel. A big thanks to Mrs Anderson who was the judge of this comp.

The winners were:

1st Saqqarah Gear (R11)

2nd Briana McEldowney (R7)

3rd Ameliah Jones (R5)


This year is election year for all schools to nominate and appoint new Board of Trustees members. We have some of our current BOT leaving us after this term and will not be seeking re-election. This leaves the way for any new members of our community who would like to be part of our Board Of Trustees to think about putting themselves up for election.

If you have never thought about being on the BOT, then now might be the time! It is a great position and an important one to help with the direction and governance decisions of the school.

The important dates for this year are:

10th May Call for BoT nominations

24th May Nominations close

29th May Voting papers are sent out to families on the roll

7th June Election Day

13th June Votes counted

14th June New VS BoT takes office.



Vogeltown School offers a different structure for school donations. We have different options that you can choose from (guideline below). We have set it up this way so you can pay what you can best afford. Our thinking is, any money towards the school donation is greatly appreciated.

$60 per single child and $80 per family group

$80 per single child and $100 per family group

$130 per single child and $180 per family group

Please note that payments for donations may be made online:

Bank Account: 15-3955-0493446-00 (TSB Vogeltown)

Please reference: (Surname) Donation.


We are doing another order of our famous Vogeltown sweatshirts. We need all orders in by the last week of this term. You can download the order form from off our school website - see link:


The cost is $52 per sweatshirt - this includes a name on the back (very handy for finding a lost sweatshirt at school).

Order forms must be at the office by the last day of this term - Friday 12th April - as we order them over the holidays ready to be handed out on day one of Term Two.


Term 2 Winter Sports

Netball Yr3-6: Registrations are now closed. Team lists have been sent out so please check your emails.

Miniball Yr1-4 Registrations are now closed.

Basketball Y5-6: Registrations are now closed.

Hockey Yr1-6: Registrations remain open. We still have room in our Yr 5/6 Hockey team so if your child is interested in playing please contact me asap. We are also looking for a coach for this team so if anyone in our community is able to help please let me know. Taranaki Hockey are running a coaching course on 10 April for any new or returning Hockey coaches.

Games are played on Saturday mornings and the season starts on 04 May with the finals date still to be confirmed. Please see the registration form for full details. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Registration-Form-Hockey-Yr-1-6-Term-2-2019.pdf

Term 1 2019 Summer Sports

We are sadly entering the final weeks of all our summer sports. Please remember to hand in your school playing tops to your coach/manager at your final game so they can hand them back to the office as a complete set. If you happen to miss your final game then your clean shirt can be returned to the yellow bin outside the main office.

Draws for all Term 1 sports are posted on our website in the sports section. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/sports/ For any cancellations please see the following:

Touch Rugby: City Touch facebook page by 2pm Wednesdays. https://www.facebook.com/citytouchtaranaki/

Cricket : Taranaki Cricket website by 2pm Friday https://taranakicricket.co.nz/

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the above information on 753 6843 or email me at michelle.sleep@vogeltown.school.nz

Community Sport Notices:

New Plymouth Old Boys Rugby Club are celebrating their Centennial over Easter weekend 19-22 April. Please see their facebook page for details on events over the weekend and on how to register. https://www.facebook.com/npob.centennial


What an awesome event we had at the Highlands Pool last week. A big thanks to Highlands and to MC Ash for allowing us to use the pool and Ash for the day.

Here are the results for the competitive races:

Year 5 girls Freestyle

1) Lauren Gardner

2) Makita Boon

3) Jevana Dost

Year 6 girls Freestyle

1) Daisy Spedding

2) Lara Kemp

3) Nala Singh

Year 5 Boys Freestyle

1) Oliver Treadway

2) Kace Raven

3) Sam Knight

Year 6 Boys Freestyle

1) Lleyton Goodin

2) Jae Lallu

3) Jack Sarjeant

Year 5 Girls Backstroke

1) Lauren Gardner

2) Leeanya Lepper

3) Lexie Coombe

Year 6 Girls Backstroke

1) Daisy Spedding

2) Lara Kemp

3) Nala Singh

Year 5 Boys Backstroke

1) Oliver Treadway

2) Tom Wilkinson

3) Dante Todd

Year 6 Boys Backstroke

1) Lleyton Goodin

2) Keaton Chase

3) Jack Sarjeant

Class Relay - Room 10 Winners

Parents vs Teacher vs Old boys - Teachers were winners

Health Curriculum survey at Vogeltown 2019

Below is a link for the Health Survey. We have to complete this survey each year as part of our self review of health and well being. The feedback we receive will help us to build a better health curriculum for our community, give us some guidance for our teaching and learning and continue to develop trends that we need to plan for in the future.

There are two links, one in Google Form and one in Survey Monkey, both are the same questions.

Here are the links -

Survey Monkey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5C76JXB

Google Form - click below:


As part of reporting to parents and caregivers over the year about your child's progress, we offer Learning Conferences. This is a great time to meet with your child's teacher and discuss their current competencies, learning and learning goals for the rest of the year. This year we are doing Learning Conferences a little earlier than in previous years, with conferences in the last week of this term. At this conference you will receive a progress report covering all of the above.

We aim for 100% attendance by parents and caregivers - if you can not make a conference we will contact you by phone to book a time or do one over the phone.

The process for formally reporting to whanau is:

Term 1 Progress Report & Learning Conferences

Term 2 Personal and Social competencies report (this will come home)

Term 3 Progress Report & Learning Conferences

Term 4 Summative Report (this will come home).

Our interviews this term will be on Wednesday 10th April and Thursday 11th April. Mrs Seed (Room 9) will be away on the Wednesday so you will be able to book times to meet on Monday the 8th April instead. To book a time with your child’s teacher, please use the website - www.parentinterviews.co.nz

and use the following codes:

Monday 8th April (Room 9 whanau only)


Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April. (Please note, you can not book Room 9 on the Wednesday the 10th)


On Wednesday and Thursday we will be closing the school early to accomodate for all whanau to be able to meet with their child's teacher. We ask that you pick up your child at 2pm on these days.


TERM 4 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/


29 March - Four Year Old Friday


2 April - Home and School Meeting 7pm Senior school staffroom

3 April - Starting school the VS way, 5-6pm

10 April - Learning Conferences 2:15pm - 7:30pm (School closes at 2:00pm)

11 April - Learning Conferences 2:15pm - 5:30pm (School closes at 2:00pm)

12 April - Last day of Term 1

29 April - First day of Term 2

14 May - Rippa Rugby tournament

17 May - Pink Shirt Day (or pink anything day)

20 May - Class Reps to P.Nth, Young Leaders day.


1) On our Learning Conference days the school will be closing at 2pm on these days. Please can you make sure you have organised with your child how and where they will be picked up on both of these days - 10th and 11th April.

2) We have some Easter Raffles at the office. $1 per ticket - see the photo below of the Easter baskets. There is a clipboard at the junior and senior offices where you can choose your lucky ticket number! Thanks to The Vogeltown Home and School for organising these!

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Thanks whanau

Have a great weekend whanau! If you are playing cricket tonight or on Saturday - give it heaps!

Remember if you have any issues you wish to discuss, please come in and see me or contact me on principal@vogeltown.school.nz

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Jeremy Ogle - Principal