Ko Taranaki te mounga

Ko Huatoki te awa

Ko Tokomaru te waka

Ko Te Atiawa te iwi

Ko Ngāti Te Whiti te hapū

Ko te Kura o Huatoki te kura.

Ko Taranaki, ko Huatoki, ko Paetoki oku tīma

Tihei mauri ora!


Our Mission: Manaaki whenua, Manaaki tangata, Haere Whakamua

Care for the land, Care for the people, Go Forward

Our Values: I.R.O.C.K

Inclusive, Respectful, Original, Courageous, Kind

Whakauru, Whakaute, Tipu, Kaha, Atawhai


Our 5 school values are I.R.O.C.K.

These are for our Vogeltown learners to be:

Inclusive (Whakaru), Respectful (Whakaute), Original (Tipu), Courageous (Kaha) and Kind (Atawhai).

These values were chosen by the staff, learners and community of Vogeltown School in 2019.

This term we are focusing on being 'Courageous'.

To be courageous we want our learners to give everything a go, be a risk taker, stick up for themselves, think of their own solutions, try new things, offer opinions and ideas, join in with others, and to be their own person.

SCHOOL GOAL: Being 'open' to new learning!

WHAT: Being prepared to learn new ‘skills’ at school this term!

WHY: To understand that learning never stops

To know that I am capable of learning new things

Being open to learn in all areas – socially, academically and emotionally

I can improve myself by being open to new ideas


You are keen to ‘take on’ new learning and use this learning to develop your skills

You want to learn new things – you are a sponge and might go on to research more!

Even if it is not a subject you like, you are still keen to learn and develop your skills

You are always improving and developing your skills with new learning.


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of Week 6 of Term 3 - phew, that week went quickly!

We have come to our third week at Covid Alert Level 2. We are still following the MoE and MoH protocols at Level 2, please see the link below for our school restrictions and safety plan at Level 2. A massive thanks to our Vogeltown teaching team for their professionalism with these protocols.

If you are coming in to the school for any reason, please scan the QR code which is located at the front of each office door entrances. If you need to drop off anything, or catch up with a Vogeltown team member, then please ring the office first.

The kids have been training hard for the cross country and it is great to hear them talk about their fitness progress! We do not want to cancel this event due to Level 2 and because of all the hard work the kids have put in. We will be running this event next Wednesday 2nd September. We can not have any spectators at this event, due to social distancing, crowd gathering protocols and contact tracing. We ask that you please respect these protocols. We will try and have some Facebook live updates on the day and get lots of photos to share on Facebook and our website.

We will be holding the kids in classrooms until it is their turn to run.

Approx Start Times

5 yr olds (boys and girls together) 1 lap 11:40am

6 yr olds (boys and girls together 30 sec between) 1 lap 11:45am

7 yr olds (boys and girls together 30 sec between) 2 laps 12:00pm

8 yr olds (boys and girls together 30 sec between) 2 laps 12:15pm

9 yr olds (girls then boys) 3 laps 12:25pm

10 & 11 yr olds (girls then boys) 3 lap 12:35pm

Date changes

We have had to make a few changes to some of our school events due to Alert Level 2. Please change these dates in your own calendar:

* School Cross Country will now be on Wednesday 2 September - no spectators, sorry.

* Inter-school sports vs Woodleigh and West End have now been cancelled.

* The Whanau fun run will now be in Term 4. We will update you in Term 4 once we find a space.

We will let you know if we need to change or postpone any more events.

Enrolment Scheme and Out of Zone Applications
Early in September the Board of Trustees will be advertising any 2021 available spaces for out of zone students wishing to enrol at Vogeltown. It is very likely that spaces will only be for children turning five and starting school. Please ensure that we have children's names and your contact details on our database so that we can make contact when the out of zone enrolment process commences. Please note that children living in zone have automatic right of enrolment.

Lockdown Drill

Next week we will be holding a lockdown drill across the school. We will be doing this on Tuesday at 10:40am. We have to practice this drill at least once per year. The kids might want to talk to you about what they do during this drill and why we need to practice this. Please be aware, the school will be under 'lockdown' from 10:40am - 11:00am.

Have a great weekend with your families whanau. Be kind, be safe, be aware.

Aroha nui, Mr O


A massive congratulations to our Mr Ransfield and his partner Peta with the arrival of their new baby - Tovah Te Rarangi Ransfield. Tovah arrived quickly on Monday morning at 8.55am. The arrival of Tovah has made a few Vogeltown staff members a bit 'clucky'! Tovah's siblings, Tai and Taya, are being super helpful at home.

Tu Meke Ransfield whanau - another future Vogeltowner!



A massive welcome to these new Vogeltown learners. We know you will enjoy being part of the 'Vogeltown family'. Next time we have a whole school assembly we will place the Vogeltown korowai around these learners and get a photo.

Welcome to:

Sophie French - Rm 1

Precious Ngapera - Rm 1


Kia ora whanau,

We have been doing a lot of work on our staff and learners wellbeing - especially over this year.

We are currently surveying the Taranaki (Junior) learners about their wellbeing and next week we will be surveying the Huatoki (Middle) and Paetoki (Seniors) wellbeing - this will be in the form of an online, anonymous, survey.

We would love to hear how you are doing in the community! If you have a few minutes, could you please complete this community wellbeing survey. This survey is designed by the NZCER (New Zealand Educational research team. The link is below:



Ned's Mindset Mission

On Tuesday 25th August, all our classes watched a live stream of NED's Mindset Mission. This was an interactive 45 minute performance. They used storytelling, puppetry, illusions and yo-yo tricks to take our students on an entertaining journey.

Students learnt:

- The Power of Yet - if you're not good at something, it just means you're not good at it yet

- How to spark courage in others

- How to keep learning and growing, even when they think they already know something

As part of this we have collectible yo-yos for sale. Please see the flyer below for more information. Yo-yos can be ordered via our Kindo website - the link is http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/

Please note due to Level 2 restrictions this is the only way to order - no orders can be taken by the school office.

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Check out this awesome work from Dante!
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If you have not done so already, we try to communicate through a range of avenues. We have Seesaw set up in each class which is a great way to communicate with your child's teacher and receive updates on their learning. We have 'Skool Loop' which is our school app, this is free to download and has all the updates from school. We have a school Facebook page, if you 'like' this page, then you will get all recent notifications. We also email families and have a newsletter which can be emailed and can be found on the school website.

Please make sure you have at least one of these to help us communicate with you.



Kia ora whanau,

As part of our review of our school policies, we often ask the Vogeltown community for feedback. The current policy we are seeking feedback about is 'Learning Support'.

If you have time, please go to the following link, type in 'Learning support' in the search bar, have a read and please give us some feedback.

Thanks whanau

Vogeltown BOT.


login: vogeltown, password: huatoki



Registrations for all of our term 4 sports are now open. We are again using our Kindo Shop for you to register your child. Please use the following link which will take you to our Kindo shop page on our website. If you have not used Kindo before you do need to sign up first by using your email address that is held by the school. Please feel free to check with the office if you have any problems with this. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/

The following sports are available for next term.

Touch Rugby: Yrs 0-6 Played Mondays after school at Devon Intermediate.

Summer Soccer: Yrs 0-6 Played Tuesdays from 6pm at Merrilands Domain.

Summer Hockey: Yrs 3-6 Played on Saturday mornings at the Hobson St Turf.

Kiwi & Incrediball Cricket: Yrs 0-6 Played on Fridays from 5.30pm at various grounds.

Netball: Yrs 0-2: Played on Wednesdays after school at the Waiwhakaiho Netball Courts.


As we remain in Level 2 for now, I can advise the following for our winter sporting codes:

Netball: Games are back on track with spectators limited. Please check the Netball Taranaki website regularly for updates.



Miniball/Basketball: All miniball games have unfortunately been cancelled for the season. Please return your playing tops to the yellow bin on the senior side or to the Junior office. Year 5/6 basketball games are to be played from Monday with no spectators.


Hockey: All games are commencing as per the original draw but please no spectators inside the turf area. Please refer to the Taranaki Hockey website or Facebook page for the latest updates:




A massive thanks to the Vogeltown community for supporting the pie fundraiser. This fundraiser has made a $2,500 profit for the school - thank you so much.

This money is going to be used to build a 'natural' playground between Rm 1 and Rm 2, it will be amazing! Watch this space as we plan the design and look of this area.

This week we sent home the 'Mighty Spellathon' information. This is a great fundraiser as it is about our Vogeltowners doing some awesome learning and at the same time, trying to get sponsored to see how they go. Please help support this 'learning fundraiser'.

A reminder to begin organising your quiz team for the upcoming Home and School quiz! Lock in the date - Tuesday 20th October, 7pm. $15 per ticket.

Thanks for your continued support of this hardworking Vogeltown Home and School team.


To assist the school with preparation for the rest of 2020, please inform the office of any students who may be starting or leaving that we may not already know about.

If you know any families who may be thinking about coming to Vogeltown in 2021, please get these families to contact myself or the school office for an enrolment pack or for a visit.

Below are the 'Four Year Old Friday' dates for Term 3 and Term 4. Note: We will still go ahead with the Four Year Old Fridays - please sign in at the junior school office before heading to Rm 1 Thanks.

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Birthdays this week -

These Vogeltown students had their birthday this week - Happy birthday to these Vogeltowners:

Baxter Coutts, Sam Knight, Marley Taylor, Mila-Anne Chapman-Sadler, Skyla-Blue Chapman-Sadler, Chael Smith, Cooper Smith, Jackson Karetai, Dajhae Patene, Reid Hall.



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/


31 August 'Spellathon' information out


1 September Lockdown Drill

2 September Vogeltown School Cross Country (note date change) and no spectators.

3 September Arbor Day

8 September New Plymouth Schools cross country (Peringa Park)

8 September BOT meeting 6pm

9 September Wig Wednesday (Child Cancer fundraiser) & Mid winter swim 2pm!

11 September Vogeltown Talent Quest final

14 - 18 September Book Fair at Vogeltown (in the library)

15 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:00pm - 7:30pm

15 September 'Spellathon' Testing day

16 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:00pm - 5:30pm

17 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:00pm - 7:30pm

18 September Four Year Old Friday (9:00am -11:30am)

18 September School photos

23 September Starting School the VS way 5:30pm - 6:30pm

24 September Paetoki Social dancing evening 5:30pm - 6:30pm

25 September 'Spellathon' Assembly

25 September Last day of Term 3


12 October First Day of Term 4


There will no longer be semi-final or finals for the NPPA interschool sports this year. This is the first time this has happened since the exchanges first began.


1) Please remember to contact the school office if your child is absent. You can do this via Skool Loop, text 021 753 680 or ph 06 753 6843.

2) If you have any concerns, please contact the school office to make an appointment with your child's teacher or ask for Mr George or Mr Ogle.

Thanks whanau

Have an awesome weekend whanau! Stay safe and be kind to each other. Thank you for the ongoing support of Vogeltown School, we appreciate the community we live in.

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal


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