VOGELTOWN SCHOOL PĀNUI 2023
TE KURA O HUATOKI. TERM 3, WEEK 4 2023
VOGELTOWN SCHOOL CALENDAR 2023
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/
TERM 3 (17 July - 22 September)
17 August - Paetoki Speech Finals
21 August - New Entrant cohort entry number 2 for Term 3
25 August - Four Year Old Friday
25 August - Daffodil Day (dress up in yellow and orange)
25 August - Miss Matthews last day at VS :(
25 August - Out of Zone Enrolments for Highlands Intermediate close
28 August to 5 September - Life Education truck at Vogeltown School
31 August - School open night 5.30pm - 6.30pm
6 September - Vogeltown School Cross Country
8 September - Four Year Old Friday
8 September - Vogeltown School Colour Run
11 - 15 September - Maori Language week
13 September - Wig Wednesday
13 September - New Plymouth Primary Schools Cross Country
20 September - New Plymouth Primary Schools Music Festival 6:30pm
22 September - Last day of Term 3
9 October - Term 4 begins
13 October - Powhiri for our new learners and whanau
16 October - 1 November, 'Keeping ourselves safe' (in conjunction with NP Police)
20 October - Four Year Old Friday
23 October - School closed for Labour Day
1 November - School Photos
3 November - Whanau Hangi Day (in line with November 5th - Parihaka)
3 November - Four Year Old Friday
6 - 10 November - Vogeltown School Talent Quest auditions
10 November - Whanau Athletics
13 November - Teacher Only Day - Staff involved in Cultural awareness at Whare Hongongo
17 November - Vogeltown Talent Quest final
24 November - Vogeltowner Awards
27 - 29 November - Paetoki team to Lake Rotokare
29 November - Starting School the VS way (5.30pm @ Junior School)
1 December - Four Year Old Friday
5 December - BOT Meeting
7 December - Cultural Evening (7pm in school hall)
8 December - End of year summative reports come home
8 December - Whanau Tabloids
13 December - Yr 6 Leaving assembly 10.30am
13 December - Yr 6 Leavers evening (6pm)
15 December - Last day of 2023!
KIA ORA VOGELTOWN WHANAU
Kia ora Vogeltown whānau, welcome to the newsletter for Week 4 of Term 3.
This week begins as it did last week - lots of flu and cold symptoms floating around. Covid is beginning to creep back into schools and Vogeltown is not immune - please let us know if you have a positive case in your home. It is timely to remind all our whānau about hand washing, blowing our noses, not coming to school if we are unwell, and testing for Covid.
Our Paetoki tamariki have been working very hard on their speeches. I must commend all the learners on their resilience in writing these, practising and delivering them - Tu Meke whanau! We have the speech finals for the Paetoki team next Thursday.
Our Huatoki team have been working on 'Whirling Worlds' and the cultures that make up our school. Did you know that we have 15 different cultures at Vogeltown School? We have:
NZ European, NZ Maori, African, Indian, Japanese, Samoan, Australian, German, Latin American, Vietnamese, Filipino and Dutch! What a massive array of whanau we have here!
In the Taranaki team, all our learners have been studying different countries. It was great to hear the tamariki talk about the facts they had learnt about Japan and China! Watch next weeks newsletter for some awesome art from these cultures!
Planning for 2024 - Enrolment scheme and Out of Zone enrolments
We are not planning to offer any 'out of zone' spaces for Term 1 of 2024 - this includes the new entrants spaces.
'In zone' enrolments
Please let the office know of any new enrolments for 2024 that we may not already have on our data base. This could be families / whānau who have moved into the school zone and have children turning 5 in 2024. Please note that children living in zone have automatic right of enrolment.
Year 7 enrolments for 2024
A reminder to our Year 6 students / families to get enrolled with your local intermediate or Year 7 - 13 school for 2023. There are open evenings and enrolment dates being advertised by the schools. Please keep a look out for these. Note that responsibility sits with parents and meeting enrolment dates is very important.
Start dates for 2024
In term 3 we begin planning for 2024. To give everyone an undate, we are publishing our start dates for 2024.
We will have our 'Mahitahi meetings' again next year (a chance to meet your child's teacher the day before school starts). This day will be Monday 29th January. School will start for all tamariki the following day, Tuesday 30th January.
Last chance to give us some feedback for our Strategic plan in the survey link below. A massive Tino Pai to the 110 whanau that have provided us with the feedback - we appreciate this so much!
Mr O and the VS Team
ATTENDANCE AT VOGELTOWN - Week 4
Research shows that regular attendance benefits academic achievement, the development of social skills and competencies and friendships. If children are unwell or absent, please inform the office. If there are other factors that are impacting attendance please contact us so that we can work together. The Ministry of Education benchmark for regular attendance is 70% of students attending school 90% of the time. At Vogeltown School we meet this target on most weeks, this week we sit at 81% and this week we sit at 86% - see the graph below. There has been a lot of flu and cold bugs going around.
If you test for covid and it is positive, please let us know - we are still keeping data on this for the school.
PLEASE - WE NEED YOUR FEEDBACK! CLOSES SOON!
SYNDICATE AWARDS - WEEK 4, TERM 3
A massive congratulations to these tamariki who earned themselves a syndicate award this week. Our focus is respect this term, and it was great to see so many of the awards were supporting this.
Ka mau te wehi to these rangitahi:
Taranaki Syndicate: Sophie Bush, Te Ara Ripeka, Noah Benton, Rosie Bird, Munro Ludick, Kiaan French, Will Palliser, Eli Jones, Austin Dunn, Waiora Neho, Lily Flay, Aubrey Brewer.
Huatoki Syndicate: Olivia Palliser, Caleb Francis, Ella Mackie, Emily Bush, Ash Belton, Charlie O'Connor, Bodhi Mason, Millie Hodson
Paetoki Syndicate: Emelia Gooch, Siena Duckett, Emma Flay, Theo Miners, Thomas Flitcroft, Joe Zmmerman, Rm 10 was the entire class!!
Tu meke whānau, congratulations!
DAFFODIL DAY 2023
From Carla Visagie - Rm 5 - read out in assembly 4/8/2023
The Beautiful Daffodil
A time for new beginnings
Winter is ending and Spring is near.
In China, Daffodils are symbols of good fortune. In Japan they are symbols of joy. In New Zealand Daffodils are symbols of hope. It gives hope to those who are figthing cancer. Everyday, 71 Nzers find out they have cancer, and no one should face cancer alone.
Daffodil day reminds us to support those who have cancer. Not just on daffodil day - but every day.
A warm hug, making someone smile - that is how I will spend my daffodil day.
You can help, by dressing up in yellow and orange on the 25th August and bring a gold coin to support daffodil day.
This day will be organised in conjunction with the school. Ka mau te wehi Carla!
'SCHOOLDOCS' - VOGELTOWN SCHOOL POLICIES
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Term 4 Summer Sports
Registrations for all Term 4 Summer Sports are now open through our Kindo Shop. Options available are:
- Touch Rugby (years 1-6)
- Summer Hockey (years 3-6)
- Netball (years 0-2)
- Summer Soccer (years 0-6)
- Cricket (years 0-6)
For information about each sport please sign into your Kindo account. If you do not yet have a Kindo account please use the following link for first time users. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/
Also available again is Fun Sticks Hockey for year 1 & 2 students (see flyer below). Please register directly with Taranaki Hockey for this programme using the following link. https://www.playhq.com/hockey-new-zealand/register/e4900d
If you have any queries at all please do not hesitate to contact me on firstname.lastname@example.org
TE REO FOCUS FOR THE WEEK
The Te Reo Focus for the Week is PRAISE
Ka pai - well done/good
Tino pai - very good
Mahi pai - good work
Ka rawe - excellent
Tino rawe - very excellent
Tu meke - too much
Kei runga noa atu koe - outstanding
You can try the hoodies on for size up at the GameChanger shop, which is just up on the corner of Carrington and Huatoki Streets.
VOGELTOWN HOME AND SCHOOL
We have 2 major fundraisers this term - the annual, massive, huge raffle! and the 'Jingo' night!
The raffle has great prizes and we are sorting prizes right now for this - if anyone want to donate prizes to this raffle, please see Jeremy or Suzy in the office.
Kids will be bringing home a raffle book - 10 tickets in a book, and selling them for $2 per ticket - more information will come out soon. You can sell as many as you want!
Jingo night - see the poster below. Limited tables, but what an awesome night this will be - think bingo, but music!
Nga mihi nui
Home and School whanau
SCHOOL GOAL THIS TERM - 'RESPECT'
Happy Birthday Vogeltowners!
ENROLMENTS AT VS FOR 2024