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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 'Kind'.

To be kind and welcoming to all our new Vogeltown learners is the 'Vogeltown Way'. We show kindness as this is part of our school vision of Manaaki Tangata - Caring for the people.

Being a 'Vogeltowner' is being a good citizen of our community - someone who is kind and caring!


WHAT: Kindness or Manaakitanga, is showing care and concern for other people, animals and the environment – ‘caring for the people’. It is part of our school vision and one of our values.

Kindness is especially important at the start of the year. We are all a bit nervous about the new year, our new class, our new teacher and making new friends, so we show kindness.

WHY: We need kindness for people to ‘get on’ and relate to each other, animals and the environment. “Manāki Tangata, Manāki whenua - To care for the people and to care for the land” this is a big part of our school vision.

HOW: By welcoming new people to our school – making new friends

By making feel welcome to your class or our school

By taking notice if things need your care

By treating other people the way you would like to be treated


You practise environmentally friendly habits such as recycling

You take excellent care of your friends, new people

You accept that people are different

You have respect for the feelings and well being of others


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Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of our first week of 2021 at Vogeltown - didn't that week fly past quickly! It has been great to catch up with our families, it sounds like you all had a great Xmas break with your families and whanau.

It has been an amazing first week of the school year with happy faces everywhere! It is so good to have our Vogeltown family back together and we have welcomed 20 new learners and their families to Vogeltown as well this week. As Captain William Hobson said at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi - "He iwi tahi tatou' -- We are now one people.

Term 1 is shaping up to be a very busy term full of great activities! We will keep you all in the loop with communication of the activities over the term through our normal portals. We use our Facebook page (go and like us), Skool loop app (free download) our school calendar (see link below) and our newsletter. We are also using 'Seesaw' in the classrooms this year. This is an amazing tool for the teachers and links to individual classes. Last year, this was invaluable when we went into lockdown, so please scan the QR code your child(ren) are bringing home and download this app.

A massive thanks to everyone who has returned the communication sheet we sent out this week. We rely on this to update our school systems and hopefully you will have read all the ways we try to communicate with our families.

Our teams are beginning the year with units of work around getting to know their class, themselves and their teachers - making connections. We will then move to units of work about our link with the Huatoki river, early New Plymouth and their class bird. The Paetoki (senior) team will be doing lots of post camp work and bonding at camp!

The staffing for 2021 is:


Rm 1 Adrienne Treadway (and Mrs Newland in Term 1) New Entrants

Rm 2 Heather Oliver Yr1/2

Rm 3 Jo Harold Yr 2

Rm 4 Emma King Yr 2

Rm 5 Lee Lash and Katie Stone Yr 2

Rm 6 This room will open in Term 2 with Mrs Newland, Team Leader of Taranaki team


Rm 8 Caroline Irving Yr 3/4

Rm 10 Dani Melody Yr 3/4

Rm 13 Laura Seed Yr 3/4, Team Leader of Huatoki team

Rm 15 Joshua Stirling


Rm 7 Elly Fleming Yr 4/5

Rm 9 Brent Bishop Yr 5/6

Rm 11 Nathan Ransfield Yr 5/6, Team Leader of Paetoki team

Rm 12 Rachel Pretty Yr 5/6

Rm 14 Jillian Bleasdale Yr 5/6

Classroom release and Team release teachers

Linda Sleep

Raewyn Andrews

Reading Recovery

Julie Scott

Senior School office

Suzy Wolfe

Annie Anderson

Junior School office

Michelle Sleep

Teacher Associates

Linda Agar

Debra Harlan

Sandy Smith

Louise Timanus

Eloise Hay

Anna Du Plessis

Angela Buckland

Amanda Cragg

Property Manager

Shane McAuley

Deputy Principal

Mike George


Jeremy Ogle

Aroha nui, Mr O


A massive welcome to all our new families and whanau to Vogeltown School this year. We had 20 new Vogeltown learners join us on Monday - Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai.

Welcome to:

Ted Cozens (R13) Phoebe Cozens (R5), Kyna Wotta (R14), Henry Lowry (R15), Caitlyn Solomons (R15), Millie Wilson (R2), Micah Wilson (R7), Miles Cowley (R1), Isabelle Gatenby (R1), Dylan Hall (R1), Luke Johnson (R1), Harrison Julian (R1), Ashlin Lowe (R1), Harper Newland (R1), Emma Rawhiti (R1), Malachi Robinson (R1), Naomi Rowe-D'Ath (R1), Chloe McLelland (R1) Amelia Northcott (R13), Khobie Kane (R11), Aalliyah-Jay Ball (R7), Taylah-Bree Heke (R12), Hannah Fromings (R9), Lacey Fromings (R10), Caleb Francis (R3), Tatum Francis (R7).

Welcome to Vogeltown, we know you will really enjoy your time with us!

Nau mai, Haere mai.


We have another new member to Vogeltown , of the four legged variety! We would, like to welcome 'Koko' to Vogeltown. Koko is a 12 week old black labrador. She is Miss Bleasdale's dog and will be based in Rm 14. Koko will join us in the playground, on a lead, and will be joining other classrooms as well during the day.

Koko has a lovely nature and has just 'passed' her puppy training class. We will be treating Koko as a 'therapy dog' for our learners at Vogeltown School.

A therapy dog is trained to provide affection, comfort, support and love for children and adults with a physical or emotional disability.

Koko will start slowly and then build in to full days at Vogeltown.


Please ensure your child has a bucket hat for use each day at school. These hats need to be named. Vogeltown School hats can be purchased at the office for $17. Your child will also need suitable sun protection, applied before coming to school. We do have some sunscreen in the each classroom - however this is not suitable for sensitive skin.

School Stationery
It is very important that students have the correct stationery to start the term. If purchasing stationery this week from OfficeMax use the list sent home at the end of last year. Online orders are still open and will be delivered within 9 - 10 working days.
Please phone the school office if you require another copy of your child's stationery list or for further information regarding stationery requirements.

All students and parents should strive for 100% attendance. School is a busy, active environment and non-attendance simply means that students fall behind with their learning and this can adversely affect friendships and limit opportunities. Please phone 753 6843 or text (021753680), email office@vogeltown.school.nz or use 'Skool Loop' to notify us of a student absence.

Leaving the School Grounds
Children may not leave the grounds without written permission from a parent or caregiver. Parents collecting or returning children in school time are asked to visit the office and sign children in and out on the ipads at the office. You will receive a printed our slip that needs to go to your childs' teacher so they know they have been signed out at the office.


Another year has rolled around, and as with every year we are looking for a new, wonderful group of Vogeltown parents who are willing to help with fundraising for the school.

We are aware that so many of our families are busy, so we try to make roles within this group 'low key' and we do any fundraising activities that will take a lot of your time.

Last year the Home and School raised over $16,000 and this was an amazing effort. We would love to see some new faces at our Home and School committee - we are keen to get the year going with our first event the School Whanau Fiesta (picnic).

We have a meeting this coming Tuesday night at 7pm in the senior school staffroom - PLEASE feel free to come along, have a cuppa, have a chat, have a good laugh and see if you can help this group out and in the turn the school in anyway.


A reminder to everyone that we do not ask for a school donation/fee at Vogeltown school. The Vogeltown Board opted in to the Ministry of Education donation scheme for 2021, which means we get paid a donation from the government and we do not ask families to contribute to any 'curriculum related' costs - including transport and events like Life Education.

We can, however, still ask for a contribution towards overnight camps. See the information below about the Paetoki camp coming up in a couple of weeks.

More information can be found on the Ministry of Education's website.

Mr O


We are extremely lucky to live in New Zealand. As a nation we acted and followed the guidelines last year which has put in a place many other countries are envious of.

Over 2021, we will continue to follow guidance from the Ministries of Health & Education. Current protocols are around good hygiene and everyone consciously using the Covid Tracer App / QR codes at entrance points to the school please.


As you will have noticed, Huatoki Street in front of both schools is looking amazing! The 'Huatoki river' can now been seen - especially in front of the senior school with green and blue glass in the exposed concrete. A massive thanks to our community for weeding the gardens around the street as well - we have some amazing neighbours!

There is still some small work to be completed and then a safety audit by the New Plymouth District Council. There is a bike lane to be put back in to keep our cyclists safe and a little bit of work with the pedestrian crossing and our stop signs.

Thanks to everyone this week parking in the designated parks and not our neighbours driveways, we appreciate your support with this. It has also been great to see so many of our senior school kids walking, biking and scootering to school by themselves - Ka mau te wehi!

We will be having an official opening of the shared pathway in front of both schools at some stage this term.


Well done to these Vogeltown Learners who received a Principal award at assembly today. What an awesome way to start the year!

Miles Cowley, Isabella Gatenby, James Milham-Smith, Claude Nguyen, Shay Tito, Riley Beattie, Deanna-Jo Kuvarji, Ruuana Repia, Ruby Lett, Olivia Palliser, Aleisha Chadwick, Rayaan Rasli, Reid Hall, Marco Korff, Orion Walker, Kaitlin Taylor, Noah Carley, Aria Baker, Ruby Burns, Khloe Briscoe, Sienna Fost-Snashall, Taylah-Bree Heke, Tempest Parker, Jaxon Corbett-Howcroft, Kyna Wotta, Samsen Adams, Henry Lowry, Caitlyn Solomons.

Koia Kei a koe - Good on you!


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Swimming is part of the New Zealand curriculum. With so many children to get into the pool regularly, we have great difficulty meeting our requirements as there are not enough hours in the day. However, it is a great help if your child brings his/her togs every day - even if the weather is poor. A miserable morning can turn into a sunny afternoon. If your child is not swimming we ask that you send a note explaining the medical reason for this. Please name clothes!

A big thanks to Mr McAuley who got the pool ready over the holidays - it is looking great!

We ware selling keys to the pool for our Vogeltown school whanau only - please see Annie or Suzy in the senior office to buy a key. The cost is $45, of which $5 is given back when the key is returned at the end of the season.

A massive thanks to our 'Vogeltown pool committee' for 2021. This is the first time we have had a committee and it is going to be great! The pool committee will be in charge of checking the pool levels over the weekends and holidays. Thanks team.

If you are using the school pool, please respect this area and please only allow Vogeltown whanau access.


For parents of this year's Year 5 and 6 students

Year 5 and 6 Camp is being held on the 24th, 25th and 26th of FEBRUARY this term at Vertical Horizons - we are really looking forward to it!

A big thanks to all those parents who put their names forward to help out and got their vetting forms in. We have enough parent helpers for camp now.

There is a camp meeting next week on Wednesday 10th February at 5.30pm in the school hall for all parents/caregivers. The meeting will only be 30 minutes at the most. We are asking all our parent helpers for camp to stay after this meeting for a quick catch up.

A reminder, we must have the camp permission forms in for each child before they can go on camp. These were given out last year. If you need a new one, then please ask the senior office for another copy.


2021 Sports Registrations

Thank you to everyone who has registered their child for term 1 sport. We are still needing just a few more players in most of our teams to fill them up.

Touch Rugby: U8 (born 2014/2015) needing 1 or 2 boys and 1 or 2 girls

U10 (born 2012/2013) needing 1 or 2 girls

U12 (born 2010/2011) needing 1 more boy and 1 or 2 girls

Summer Soccer: needing 2 or 3 players in all grades

Kiwi Cricket: Yr 0-2 - Registrations closed

Indrediball Cricket: Div 1 (Yr5-6) Registrations closed

Div 2 (Yr3-4) needing 2 more players

Please use our Kindo Shop on the following link to register and to find out more information on all the sports listed above. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/


Birthdays this week -

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

Cruise Rosser-Reynolds, Iylah Brown, Jeronimo Navas Daal, Matilda Hope, Taine Lock.



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/


5 February - Whole School Assembly

8 February - WAITANGI DAY (No school)

9 February - Home and School meeting 7pm

10 February - Paetoki (Senior) team camp Meeting 5.30pm in the hall

12 February - Syndicate assemblies

16 February - BOT Meeting 6.30pm

19 February - Vogeltown Adventure

24 - 26 February - Paetoki team Camp @ Vertical Horizons

26 February - Four Year Old Friday 9 - 11am

3 March - Whanau Fiesta 5.30 - 7.30pm @ The Junior school


18 March - Learning Conferences 3.30 - 7.30pm

19 March - TEACHER ONLY DAY - Learning Conferences 9am - 3.30pm

31 March - Weetbix Tryathlon


2 April - GOOD FRIDAY (No School)

5 April - EASTER MONDAY (No School)

6 April - EASTER TUESDAY (No School)

8 April - Starting School the VS way evening 5.30 - 6.30pm

16 April - Last day of Term 1 2021


3 May - Start of Term 2


Here are the term dates for Vogeltown School in 2021.

* Within these terms we have three Teacher Only Days as part of the accord signed by all teachers as part of thre pay negotiations in 2019.

We have tried to tie our Teacher Only Days in with Highlands Intermediate and other local schools.


1 February - 16 April

* Includes Waitaingi Day 8 February, Taranaki Anniversary 8 March, 19 March TOD, Good Friday 2 April, 5 April Easter Monday, 6 April Easter Tuesday


3 May - 9 July

* includes 4 June TOD, 7 May Queen's Birthday


26 July - 1 October

* includes 6 August TOD


18 October - 14 December

* includes 25 October Labour Day.


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) Please please please ensure you and your children use the school pedestrian crossing on Huatoki Street. We have had a few close calls with cars recently and cannot emphasise enough the importance of using the crossing. Thank you for your support with this.

Thanks whanau

Stay safe and be kind to each other. Thank you for the ongoing support of Vogeltown School, we appreciate the community we live in.

Enjoy your Long Weekend - celebrating Te tiriti o Waitangi. See below for a short video on the history about this special New Zealand event.

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal/Tumuaki

Waitangi Day: A quick lesson


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.

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