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!


One of the best ways to keep calm, is to use a 'growth mindset'. Some times we can caught in a negative or 'fixed' mindset.

This week, we have noticed most our learners are all coming in with positive 'growth mindsets'! This is awesome! If you have a negative/fixed mindset you can 'grow this mindset' in to a positive mindset, by growing it or 'stretching' it.

Here are some ideas for having a 'growth mindset':

1. Acknowledge and embrace imperfections - we are not all perfect!

2. View challenges as opportunities

3. Try different learning strategies

4. Have a 'bubblegum brain' that can be stretched or grown!

5. Replace the word “failing” with the word “learning.”

6. Be the best you can be - that is enough

7. Value the process over the end result

8. Have a sense of purpose.

9. Celebrate growth with others.

10. We want growth over speed (quality vs speed)


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of Week 7 of Term 2 2020.

It has been another great week at Vogeltown with very settled classes and learners.

It is great to see how well the nation is doing in regards to Covid-19, we are well on our way to elimination - this is great news! Hopefully, as a country, we will move to even more normality soon.

As we move through the Alert levels and get closer to Level 1, we can slowly bring some of our regular programmes back to Vogeltown. One of the first things we are doing next week is to have a whole school assembly - this has not happened since Week 5 of Term 1! We are also in the process of planning for Term 3, with many events that were supposed to be this term moving to Term 3. Some examples are Dads and Lads breakfast, mid-winter swim, Inter-school sport, Whanau hui and Home and School meeting - just to name a few.

This week we want to continue to say thanks for your understanding in regards to our school site entries. We must continue to 'contact trace' anyone who comes on to our sites, so until we do not have to follow this process, we will continue to stop adults entering the school sites. There is one exception to this rule and that is for our parents of Room 5 - our new entrant class that has begun this week, these parents can come in to the office area, sign in/out and enter Rm 5.

We have a new system at school for signing and signing out. This system is called VISTAB. Any visitor to our site must sign in/out on this system. This helps us keep track of who is on both schools sites at any point during the day. This system is also for our kids, if they arrive late, then they will sign in on this system. Once we allow adults back on site, you will have to use this system as well to sign in or out your child. Basically, a child can not leave the school without that child's teacher having a printed out slip from the offices to say they have been signed out or in and by whom.

Our Te Reo focus for this week has been:

Asking the question: Homai ki ahau te........

Give to me your.....

Homai ki ahau to mahi - Give to me your work

Homai ki ahau to kutikuti - Give to me your scissors

Thanks whanau

Mr O


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Birthdays this week -

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

Karah Drake (25th), Oscar Hurley (26th), Lauren Gardner (28th), Taya Ransfield (29th), Jett Hay (30th), Flynn Scott (31st), Maddie Salisbury-McInnes (31st) and CJ Petersen on Queen's Birthday, the 1st of June.



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/


18th May School open under Alert Level 2!


1 June Queen's Birthday (School closed)

5 June Life Education at school (here till 12 June)

17 June Whanau Tug 'o' war prelims

19 June Whanau Tug 'o' war final

24 June Starting school the VS way (5.30pm - 6.30pm)

26 June Vogeltowner Assembly 2pm


1 July Four Year Old Wednesday (note day change)

1 July Vogeltown School birthday

3 July Last day of Term 2


Again this week we are having Principal Awards! Our focus has been on getting back in to routines and classroom programmes. We are also working on our school values of respect, creativity and involvement.

Well done to these Vogeltown Learners:


William Wright (1), Andie Rathgen (1), Olivia Palliser (2), Xaviahe Hellier (2), Mahi Peterken (3), Mason Brough (3), Raine Donnelly (4), Charlotte Bailey (4), Vinny Bumbesevic (5), Dylan Bisset (5), Mila-Anne Chapman-Sadler (6), Emilie Gane (6)

Tu meke Taranaki team!

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Elsie Matuku-Emile (8), Mia Wnorowski (8), Bay Belton (10), Marco Korff (10), Daysharlon Te Anini (13), Chloe Farmer (13), Noah Carley (15), Kaylee Wood (15)

Tu Meke Huatoki team!


Zayden Coombe (7), Brianna McEldowney (7), Alex Finderup (9), CJ Petersen(9), Vee Hellier (11), Charlee Chase (11), Toby Hunter (12), Saqqarah Gear (12), Abby Hurley (14), Ollie Treadway (14).

Tu Meke Paetoki team!


On Wednesday we had a very 'low key' opening of the new senior school turf. We had the whole school together - around the outside of the turf and social distancing.

The class reps spoke about what they liked about the turf, then we had the Whanau leaders cut a ribbon (actually 2 ribbons) along with our youngest student currently at Vogeltown from Room 5 - Isla Fox (and her brothers).

We then had each syndicate in turns, go around the outside of the turf and dance away - the best dancers received whanau points for their whanau!

After lunch we had a Staff vs Students game of basketball. The students played really well and dominated parts of the game. In the end the teachers won 22 - 12. The MVP for the teachers was 'Flamboyant Fleming' (Miss Fleming). The students MVP was Kace Raven!

We hope everyone can enjoy the new turf - including our Vogeltown community after hours and in the weekends!



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Uniforms & Player Of The Day Trophies

Thanks to those who have already handed in their school playing tops. We still have quite a few tops outstanding as well as some player of the day trophies so please get these back to school as soon as possible please. Any items still outstanding by the end of next week will incur an invoice for the replacement cost.

Winter Sport:

Thank you to those who have replied to my email regarding your child playing winter sports. I am still waiting to hear back from everyone so once I have followed up on this I will be in contact, hopefully early next week.

Hockey: Taranaki Hockey have confirmed their winter season will run in Term 3 for 9 weeks. The first game will commence on Saturday 25 July and the last game will be Saturday 19 September.

Netball: Future Ferns will now be run in Term 3. Netball Taranaki have confirmed games will start on the week beginning 20 July which is week 1 of term 3.

Miniball/Basketball: At this stage we have no further information on the miniball/basketball season. Once we know if/when the season will start I will advise and we will open up registrations for those who haven't registered yet.

If you have any queries at all regarding winter sport for your child, please do not hesitate to contact me on michelle.sleep@vogeltown.school.nz


1) The school grounds are closed. We are only using the senior site for learning currently. If you need to come on to the senior site, please wait at the gate, ring the school cell number and we will come to meet you. Cell - 021753680

2) Remember, we are trying to limit the number of adults that come on to the school sites, as this is the most 'likely' way that Covid will come in to the school settings.

Term Dates 2020 - Note changes due to Covid-19

Term 1

Monday 3 February - Friday 27 March

20 March - Teacher Only Day

Term 2

Wednesday 15 April - Friday 3 July

27 April - ANZAC Day

28 April TOD

1 June - Queen's Birthday

Term 3

Monday 20 July - Friday 25 September

31 July - Teacher Only Day

Term 4

Monday 12 October - Tuesday 15 December

26 October - Labour Day

Thanks whanau

Have an awesome weekend whanau! Keep safe! Look after each other, look out for each other and show the Vogeltown values of respect and kindness!

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal


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