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 6 of Term 2 2020.

It has been an amazing week here at school! It has been awesome to see all the smiling faces return to the school sites! With all the anxiety and angst of coming back in Alert Level 2, the kids, staff and our parents/caregivers have been nothing short of amazing! THANK YOU! We really appreciate your support in how we are limiting adults in to the school sites, keeping the virus out and staggering our end of day at the junior school. It has been new territory for us all and through team work and collaboration we have managed to care for ourselves, our families and our community.

Our actions are very much guided by the Ministry of Education and Ministry of Health Alert Level 2 protocols at this time. We are endeavouring to make school feel as familiar as possible for all our learners. Along with keeping everyone safe and healthy, our priorities are the wellbeing of our Vogeltown School community and re-establishing the ‘Vogeltown Way’. Our school values certainly help make this transition easy - IROCK - Inclusive, respectful, original, courageous and kind.

One of the things we have noticed through this week is how amazing the morning drop offs have been. We have been so impressed with the independence and confidence our learners have shown. They are walking in through the school gates with big smiles and confidently heading to their classrooms. A great start to the day for them all. This was even the case for Rm 5 whose learners only began this week!

This increased confidence that we are seeing at the morning drop off has continued throughout the school all day. All our staff have noticed and commented on it. I really feel it is something worth considering in the future - the 'kiss and drop' at the school gate is certainly having benefits for our learner's independence and confidence.

For these first two weeks we are focussing on helping children with routines, relationships and getting back in to 'school mode'. As we go on through the term we will gradually return to teaching and learning programmes that are familiar in the school setting.

There has been innovation and creativity displayed as part of 'temporary remote learning' programmes and we can already see some ideas that we may be able to use to further enhance student learning, communication and partnerships at Vogeltown.

We will wait to see how long we are in level 2. We are expecting an update as a nation next week. Once we know what Level we move to, or what changes occur within Level 2, we will be able to bring back some of the exciting whole school activities.

Some other school events that require adults on site will also be provided - our Starting The School The VS Way evening, Face to Face enrolments and our Four Year Old Fridays. We will let you all know when these can return.

A massive thanks again for your ongoing support of the school. Thank you for everything you have done to limit the spread of the virus in Taranaki and New Zealand - we are certainly a great team of 5 million and have made a difference.

Thanks whanau

Mr O


A massive welcome to these VS learners and their whanau to Vogeltown! We know you will enjoy your time with us!!

These learners have all started in Rm 5 - this is Mrs Newland's class!

Charlie O'Connor, Charlie Rippey, Vinny Bumbesevic, Hannah Froome, Marcus Laudic, Dylan Bisset, Isla Fox.

You will notice below, our new Vogeltowners with the school Korowai around them. Our Korowai is called 'Korowai o manaaki' - the cloak of care. It is great to know that every new learner who begins at Vogeltown, wears this cloak on their first day!

Welcome whanau - we know you will be GREAT Vogeltowners!


VS online assembly Wk 6, Term 2 2020



Birthdays this week -

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

Manaia Langley 16th May, Jaela Hannah 17th May, Rangimarie Griffiths 17th May, Kahleesi Stubbings 18th May, Ameliah Jones 20th May, Mason Dyett 21 May, Sophie Welch 22 May, Alex Finderup 23 May, Riley Beattie 24 May.

Also, we had some of our new Vogeltown family start this week - their first day at school, and celebrated their birthday whilst here! So happy birthday also to:

Charlie Rippey 20 May, Vinny Bumbesevic 19 May, and Isla Fox 21 May!



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)

4 June Dad's and Lads breakfast (TBA)

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

17 June Whanau Tug 'o' war prelims

19 June Whanau Tug 'o' war final

19 June Four Year Old Friday (9-11am)

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

26 June Vogeltowner Assembly 2pm


1 July Vogeltown School birthday

3 July Last day of Term 2


Again this week we are having Principal Awards! The teachers have chosen students who have, over the lockdown, shown great engagement and dedication to their online learning.

Well done to these Vogeltown Learners:


Nyah Jones (1), Dylan Chapman (1), Noah Jones (2), Anea Briscoe (2), Lexi Muller (3), Otto Foltz (3), Jackson Cowley (4), Mia Vooght (4), Charlie O'Connor (5), Hannah Froome (5), Zoey Flay (6), Amyra Pearson (6).

Tu meke Taranaki team!


Libby Wells (8), Cruise Rosser-Reynolds (8), Zavier Bosson (10), Quinn Hodgson (10), Phillip Repia (13), Emily Lowry (13), Lewis Zimmerman (15), Pearce Donnelly (15).

Tu Meke Huatoki team!


Samsen Adams (7), Alyssa Smith (7), Karmin Du Plessis (9), Tane Repia (9), Harlan Goodin (11), Kayleen Du Plooy (11), Sam Knight (12), Montel Webb (12), Edie Quinn (14), Tom Wilkinson (14).

Tu Meke Paetoki team!


Principal awards Wk 5 T2 2020 HD 720p


For those with an 'eagle eye' you may have noticed the front of the senior school is changing. This has been in the pipeline for 5 years, so it is really exciting to see this area getting a well overdue upgrade.

The turf is a multi sport turf, so we (and the community) can use this space for netball, basketball, tennis, football, hockey and school PE lessons. We hope it gets lots of use and enjoyment for our community and VS learners.

This change is a major stage in our 'Project Jupiter' plan we envisaged in 2015. The next stage for the senior school is to have all areas re-roofed and then decking and new double doors from the rooms opening on to the decking.

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A big thanks to those who have returned these keys. As of next Monday, and because the office is shut, our teachers at the front gates will be able to take the keys from you and give you the $5 deposit back.

Thanks heaps for supporting the pool - I know the season was cut short, but hopefully in 2021 we will get a full season in.


A massive thanks to all those whanau who have returned the school 'loaned devices'. We still have a number of devices still outstanding, so please can you get them to the front gates in the morning so we can clean these up and get them back in to the classrooms.

Thanks whanau!


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With the move to Level 2 all sporting codes are now working hard to get their winter sport programmes back on track. All those who had previously registered for winter sports have been contacted via email with the latest update for each individual sport. At this stage we know the following:

Hockey: Will run a 9 week season in Term 3. 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. Exact dates are to be confirmed but it is hopeful it will start in the first week of term.

Miniball/Basketball: At this stage the Basketball Association have advised they will not look at commencing the season until the restrictions on numbers in an enclosed space increase to at least 100. Once we have more information on if/when the season will start I will advise and we will open up registrations for those who haven't registered already.

A lot of the work involved in getting sport back up and running is not with the actual game itself but with managing the volume of people in and around each venue. At this stage all venues are required to keep a contact tracing register so I'm sure you can appreciate there is a lot of extra work to be done to tick all the boxes.

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