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

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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 'Respectful'.

To be respectful we want our learners to greet people in a friendly manner, listen to others when they speak, share and take turns, work with others in work and play, keep our hands and feet to ourselves and say kind and encouraging things!



Getting satisfaction from doing your best in everything!

Being lucky enough to attend this awesome school!


You don’t have to rely on extrinsic rewards – just the pride of doing your best!

You give more effort when you are proud of your work

Poho Kereru – pump out your chest and be proud of your efforts!


You are a proud Vogeltowner and talk about the school like it is home!

You compliment others on doing their best!

You feel good inside when you give 100% to your work, friendships and life!

You speak and act positively when people ask about your learning!

You make others feel good when they are around you!


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome back to Term 4 . We hope you all had a great two week break with your family and enjoyed the time to be together.

It is great to be back at school under Covid-19 Level 1 conditions. Hopefully this will continue and we can offer all the learning opportunities we have planned for this term - it is certainly going to be busy!

It has been an awesome first week back. The weather is beginning to sort itself out after a 'hideous' Monday, a 'windy' Thursday and a 'perfect' Friday. We regard Term 4 as a 'summer term' and as such we ask every Vogeltown learner to have a 'bucket hat' to keep the sun off the face and back of the neck. If you have not got one, we sell Vogeltown School hats from the office for $15.

As you will see from the term overview below, we have a very busy term planned. Please check our school calendar as well and update your personal calendars. We encourage whanau to come in on any of our whanau events, we have 3 of these events planned over this term.

We are back in to summer sports, and it is great to see the kids out practicing their touch skills and cricket skills!

Term 4 is a busy term for our Year 6 students. This is their last term at Vogeltown before they move on to Year 7. Many of our Year 6 students have been here since they were five years old, so the end of the term will be particularly hard for our Year 6 students and teachers! If you do have a Year 6 child, please make sure they are enrolled at their next school for 2021.

You will notice that the upgrades on Huatoki Street are still developing. Once finished the front of both schools, the shared footpaths and the gardens will look awesome. See the update about these areas below.

We are nearing the time where we begin the process of placing students in classes for 2021. To assist the school with preparation for 2021, please inform the office of any students who may be starting or leaving that we do not already know about. Classes for 2021 will be notified to parents in the bottom of the 'Achievement Reports' which come out in Week 9 of this term. There will also be an opportunity for the kids to visit their new class and teacher before the end of this term.

Dates to look out for the next two weeks:

Tuesday 20 October - Home and School Quiz night (At The Good Home)

Wednesday 21 October - Highlands Int coming to Vogeltown to talk to Year 6 students (11:00am)

Friday 23 October - Four Year Old Friday 9:00am - 11:00am

Monday 26 October - Labour Day (No School)

Tuesday 27 October - BoT Meeting 6:30pm

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

Aroha nui, Mr O

Front of the Senior and Junior schools

A massive thank you for being so patient as the work continues on the frontage of both schools and the footpath of Huatoki Street. It has been a long time, however the end is in sight and the changes are for the beautification of the school entranceways and the safety of our learners and community.

The front of both schools is already looking quite different, especially with the Huatoki river in the concrete (soon to be concrete ground to reveal the 'gems' in the river').

The council are planting up the gardens and, once completed, these changes will really 'lift' the entrance ways to both schools. We are still to get some new seats in front of both schools and a massive welcome sign in front of the senior school - see the designs below.

Covid Level 1 Information for Vogeltown School

At Vogeltown School:

  • There will be no more signage displayed around the school sites

  • Parents/caregivers are welcome on site. You do not need to ring before coming on school sites. Although we are still encouraging the morning ‘drop offs’ at the gates.

  • After 3pm parents/caregivers and kids are allowed on the school sites. Please be aware however that our staff are still working after 3pm to get programmes ready for the next day in their rooms - they need this time for preparation.

  • We will open the drinking fountains on both school sites. Learners can still bring drink bottles if they so wish.

  • We will still ask that if your child is sick to please keep them home. As you know staying at home if you’re sick is especially important at Alert Level 1. The risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out.

  • If your child has cold or flu symptoms you should call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, you should do so.

For our Vogeltown community:

  • COVID-19 is contained at Alert Level 1, but it’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.

  • For air travel you are not required to wear a face covering, (if not travelling to, through or from Auckland), but you are encouraged to do so for your safety and the safety of those around you. Consider doing the same for all inter-regional travel.

  • Scan into places through the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a good record of where you have been, to support speedy contact tracing.

  • We will still have our ‘contact tracing QR code’ posters up at our classroom doors and office doors.

  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings. Schools, like workplaces, are not considered to be gatherings. Physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events can go ahead

  • There are no restrictions on domestic travel. People should avoid using mass transport if sick, awaiting a result from a COVID-19 test or required/recommended to self-isolate.


Check out this awesome piece of writing from Otto Foltz in Rm 3! He certainly has some amazing facts about these incredible insects!

Tu Meke Otto!

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A massive welcome to our new learners and their whanau to Vogeltown School, we know you will enjoy being at Vogeltown and becoming a 'Vogeltowner'!

Claude Nguyen (Rm 5), Oscar Bird (Rm 5), Bodhi Mason (Rm 1), Lauralye Roger (Rm 1), Fraya Payne-Craigie (Rm 1), Sayeh Aria (Rm 1), Ocean-Pearl Araianta (Rm 6), Rainah Evans-Gallie (Rm 4),

Nau mai haere mai; Te Kura o Huatoki!

Welcome whanau!


Today every learner will be bringing home a 'photo access key'. There is a link to go online to the 'Photolife' website to look at the class and individual photos and for you to order. We do not take any orders through the school office.

If you are ordering, there is free delivery for photos until midnight the 8th of November. The deliveries will come to school and then we will send them home.


A massive thanks to everyone who dressed up for todays Pink Shirt Day! It was great to see the support for 'anti bullying' and a donation to the Mental Health Foundation. We raised $137 for this foundation - Tu Meke whanau.

This day is also about speaking up if bullying does occur in school. We are very lucky at Vogeltown, we do not have a lot of bullying and if it does happen our kids let us know.

We had some best dressed winners, chosen by our Class Rep leaders. These were:

Junior Girl: Hana Hunt Rm 1

Junior Boy: Charlie Knauf Rm 2

Middle Girl: Holland Bowling Rm 10

Middle Boy: Oscar Hurley Rm 10

Senior Girl: Skilah-Tess Stevens Rm 14

Senior Boy: Kace Raven Rm 9

Best dressed female teacher: Mrs Treadway

Best dressed male teacher: Mr George



Thank you to all those parents who signed their children up for summer sports for Term 4. We've had a great response with lots of children trying different sports for the first time which is fabulous to see.

We are still looking for a few more Year 6 Summer Soccer players to complete a team. Games are played on a Tuesday evening at Merrilands Domain. If your child is interested please email me at michelle.sleep@vogeltown.school.nz


We still have some school playing tops outstanding. Please can you return these to either the yellow bin at the senior school or the junior school office.


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


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Birthdays this week -

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

Jevana Dost, Alice Gernhoefer, Fletcher Barnes, Jesse-Jane Read, Matilda Holder, Thomas Wilkinson, Jack Caswell, Kimihia Repia, Tayjs Russell, Jathan Jansen



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/


Tuesday 20 October - Home and School Quiz night (At Good Home)

Wednesday 21 October - Highlands Int coming to Vogeltown to talk to Year 6 students (11:00am)

Friday 23 October - Four Year Old Friday 9:00am - 11:00am

Monday 26 October - Labour Day (No School)

Tuesday 27 October - BoT Meeting 6:30pm


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. Please do not use SeeSaw for student absences - these must come through the office.

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

Good luck to everyone playing sport this weekend - especially our cricket teams, give it heaps!

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


WEETBIX TRYathlon 2021 Ngamotu Beach

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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!

This is the link to enter as part of our Vogeltown School team https://www.registernow.com.au/secure/Register.aspx?E=40604&G=118223


Morning of Wednesday 31 March 2021


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.


· Official Bib Number.

· Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Pack with miscellaneous offers and giveaways from our partners.

· Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon T-Shirt.

· Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Swim Cap.

· Official Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon Drawstring 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 prize giving).


· Early Bird Discount Closes: midnight on Wednesday 10th March 2021

· Online Entry Closes: midnight on Sunday 28th March 2021

· Entries received by Wednesday 10th March will get the option to get their TRYathlete Pack delivered at a cost.


Highlands Swimming Club Registration Day Term Four Wednesday 28th October 4pm to 6pm.

For more details please email: highlands.swim.club@gmail.com



Highlands Swimming Club