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 eight! We have 8 school days left in the term, and the kids (and staff) are still showing a tonne of energy - although there is a definite feeling of tiredness seeping in.

This week we have been involved in lots of activities! Last week we had the junior athletics day - this is a new initiative for the juniors and well organised and run by Mr Stirling. Today we had the middle and senior athletics day - what a great event! Well done to everyone who gave 100%

Today we had our second Vogeltowner assembly for 2019. Well done to all the kids who got an award - you all deserve this prestigious certificate. See all the lucky kids below.

At our Vogeltowner assembly today we also said farewell to Mrs Baunton. A big thanks to Dana for all the work she has done at Vogeltown over the last few years. We gave Dana a Vogeltowner award!

Please have a good read of the BOT information from our BOT chair Mike Miners below.


We have had a flurry of enrolments this week for 2020, if you know of anyone enrolling, can you please get them to inform the office.

Please note, if you have a student who is transitioning to an intermediate or year 7 - 13 school in 2020 we advise you to check that the enrolment has been received and accepted by that school. This is especially important for schools that have an enrolment scheme in place. Thanks heaps!


A wonderful piece of writing from Vadam in Rm 8:


As I wake up from my gloomy dream i stare outside it's still dark. I check the time it's 8:00 o'clock in the morning. I go to wake up my parents but they aren't there. I turn the tv on. BREAKING NEWS it's the "ennnd.. crrr". I decided to go outside. My parents car was there, I wonder where they have gone? I hear a thundery noise approaching me. I realized it was a group of people. As they got closer they turned out to be ZOMBIES!!! I ran for my life! They started to circle around me. At the last second, a man grabbed me by my arm. "COME ON, WE HAVE TO GO" he said. I followed him to this weird location, the place looked familiar. He said this is home for now.


Kia ora Vogeltown School Whanau,

And just like that, 2019 (and another decade) is nearly over! I’m sure you’ll all be eager for the Christmas break – a chance to spend some quality time together. Not long to go and we’ll be getting sand between the toes and a chance to take a breath!

It’s always busy at Vogeltown School and 2019 has been no different. Reflecting on the year, we’ve achieved a great deal in all areas. The newly elected Board has hit the ground running with many changes and tweaks in the background to support efficiency and continued improvement. A great deal of work goes on both in and outside the classroom, before, during and after the regular school day to ensure our Vogeltowners are getting the very best educational experience it is possible to provide.

For that the Board are hugely grateful to Mr Ogle and his dedicated team for delivering a unique and very personal level of learning for our community. The consultation undertaken earlier in the year and the academic achievement results support that the School is getting it right with exemplary feedback in all aspects. For me, the recent all-school Production personifies everything that makes Vogeltown such a special and inclusive place. It was a memorable experience to see the entire cohort up on stage delivering ‘our’ story.

2020 will see continued improvements to property on both sides of the road. We’re resourced to deliver upgrades to infrastructure and modernise teaching spaces. Having commissioned the new classroom this year, we’re excited to maintain the momentum. We will be continuing our focus on a traditional, values based rounded education for your children – facilitating this is the core priority for your Board.

It’s with sadness that we bid farewell to Dana Baunton and Sheila Parker. It is the passion and commitment of people such as these that make a school. We, and hordes of past staff and pupils are very lucky to have benefitted from your service for such a long time Sheila - the whole community wish you and Frank every happiness for the next chapter!

Thank you to our Year 6 families! We wish you all well in your new Schools as you ‘Go Forward’ representing Vogeltown.

Have a truly special summer together with your families – make some great memories. Happy Christmas and best wishes from the Board and we look forward to a successful 2020!

Meri Kirihimete,

Mike Miners and the Board of Trustees


We had a fantastic 'Vogeltowner' assembly today. Well done to all the kids below who received a Vogeltown award. These awards are the most prestigious awards you can get at Vogeltown - we only do these awards twice per year.

The recipients of the awards are the kids who uphold our school vision and values and do this everyday.

A big thanks to all the whanau who cam along to this assembly - thanks for your support and fo keeping this a secret until today!

Well done to these kids:

Raine Donnelly

Manawa Neho

Iylah Brown

Emma Wills

Jipsey Hannah

Henry Salt

Thomas Flitcroft

Lieke Viss

Maneli Mohebi

Nico Viljoen

Claudia Yukich

Fletcher Barnes

Alyssa Smith

Jett Hay

Kyla Shotter-Erueti

Cordell Mackay

Arihana Carroll

Quinn Hall

Ryan Gillum

Connor Cowan

Mason Dyett

Rangimarie Griffiths

Jevana Dost

Harper Tyrrell

Sid Croad

Ruby Burns

Paige Henderson

Keaton Chase

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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 2020 sports have now closed.

  • 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:

Over the next week all our term 4 sports have their final games. 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


With the last games of summer hockey and cricket happening this weekend, it is the right timing to do a MASSIVE thank you to all our coaches for 2019!

We are not going to be doing a thank you morning tea this year, - however look out for some pretty awesome cards in the post!

When you look at the school year it is hard to believe just how much we fit in the school terms - senior camp, winter and summer sports teams, Road Patrol, Home and School team fundraising, Domain planting, Dads and Lads, trips out of school, whanau events, in class help, fundraising, Rotarian readers each Thursday, our wonderful TA’s offering great programmes for our kids and we are still not finished, also - Hangi, Syndicate events and Yr 6 leaving assemblies in the last week! WHEW!

Thanks to the sports coaches! As a sports coach of my boys cricket team and football team I understand the commitment every Saturday morning, the pressures of keeping all the parents happy, being on show in front of an audience and ‘herding cats’ whilst offering great coaching tips! Needless to say, I am very happy that cricket has finished for the year and I am looking forward to my sleep in on Saturday morning!

Thanks whanau! Mr O


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/


16 December - Yr 6 leavers assembly 11:30am (for the school), in the school hall

16 December - Yr 6 leavers assembly evening (for family and whanau) 5:30pm for kai (children only), 6:00pm for whanau, in the school hall

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 Monday 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) 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. Looks like it might be the last round - so give it heaps!

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal



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

Would you love for your child to learn how to sing or play and instrument ?

My name is Unity Wara and I tutor 12 schools in New Plymouth and teach singing, piano and guitar from home.

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

I tutor groups and individuals and cover a wide range of music.

For more information and costing please email unitywara99@gmail.com or call 0273508141

My website is www.unitywara.nz, Facebook 'Unity Wara entertainer' or kotahitanga performing arts

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

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