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!



We need kindness so that everyone can get along - especially in a place as big as Vogeltown School. Kindness to people, to animals and to our grounds. Manaaki tangata, manaaki whenua!


*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


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of week 3,

A reminder about systems at Vogeltown in regards to coming on to school grounds to collect your child for an appointment or bringing a child back from an appointment, to please 'sign them in or out' in the book(s) at both the senior and junior offices. This is part of our health and safety policy at Vogeltown. Thanks heaps!

The Vogeltown Adventure is on next Friday 28th February. A permission and information letter is with your child today. If you want to come, we will be asking parents to bring their own cars as room on the buses is tight. We will not be asking any money for this trip as it is part of our topic study this term.

Two weeks ago we sent home a 'Parent homework sheet' for every parent to fill in. This sheet is very important to us and we want to get 100% of these sheets back to school. The sheets give us some insight in to your child's passions, interests, talents, their curriculum interests and any other info you think we should know about your child. If you have not got a sheet, please ask your child's teacher or ask for a sheet at the office(s). PLEASE get these back to your child's teacher by the end of next week at the latest.

Also as part of our commitment to better engage with our families, we are using the 'Seesaw' app. Every teacher is using this app as another form of communication. See some info below about Seesaw.

Looking forward to our very busy week next week:

Whanau Tryathlon: Tuesday 25th February

Syndicate Tryathlon: Wednesday 26th February

Whanau Fiesta Thursday 27th February (5pm - 7pm): The senior school back field will be open for parking)

Vogeltown Adventure to Tawhiti Museum - Friday 28th February: (we will be back by 3pm)


A big thank you to all the coaches of our school sports teams. We really appreciate you giving up your time to help out at practices and games. We couldn't do it without you!


We rent out keys and offer the pool for after hours and weekend swims for our community as we pride ourselves on being a 'community/family' school. Those people who sign the Pool waiver at the office, when you get the pool key, take FULL responsibility for that key. The pool key is NOT to be shared within families or given to other families to use (especially given to people under 18 to swim in our pool). The pool is to be locked whilst you are using the pool and when you leave. If we find the key being shared and the person who signed the waiver not with the key whilst the key is at the pool, then they will lose the use of the pool.

We would hate to close the pool to our community, but if we have any more breaches of our school pool policy, then we will have to do so.

We are in the process of putting together a 'Vogeltown Pool Committee' for the 2021 pool season. If you are keen to be on that committee, please see Mr O. This committee will be in charge of the pool - will be trained in checking the chemical levels in the weekend, be rostered on to clean the pool in the weekends and will be available to help get the pool ready in 2021.



After the success of last years in inaugural 'fiesta', we are going to do it again! In previous years we have had a Meet the Teacher evening, a whanau picnic and then the gala. This year again we are combining all three into one night. It will be another great night - a night to fundraise, meet other Vogeltown whanau and meet the Vogeltown Staff.

Date: Thursday 27th February

Time: 5pm - 7pm

Where: Junior School grounds (Some parking will be available on the senior school field)

Whats on offer:

Food stalls - Sausage sizzle, Hamburgers, Pizza, vege nachos, cakes, ice blocks, jellies and Candy Floss.

Activity stalls - Cake stall, Bouncy castle, water slide (bring your togs), Horizontal bungee, Tug-o-War, sack races.

It is going to be a great event. A huge thanks to all our sponsors who have provided much of the stuff we need to make it a huge success!

We are asking for some donations of marshmallows and jelly from our community. If you can help with this, please send them along to the junior or senior offices.

See you all there!!

Nga mihi

Vogeltown Home & School Whanau

WELCOME - New VS students and whanau, Week 3 2020

A huge welcome to our new students and families to Vogeltown this week.

We know that all our new students (and adults) and families will love their time at Vogeltown as they become part of our massive family! He mihi ki to tatou iwi hou - a welcome to our new people.

Welcome to the VS family!

Welcome to these awesome new students to VS:

William Wright (Rm 1), Bianca Stiglmayer (Rm 6), Tyler Hambridge (Rm 9), Tristan Hambridge (Rm 14), Dylan Chapman (Rm 1), Willow Walker (Rm 1)

Welcome to the family!


At Vogeltown School, we are now using the 'School Docs' company to help write, update and review all our policies and legislation. This is a really good way for the Vogeltown community to access all the school policies, and also a really good way for our community to provide feedback on policies that are due for review.

Currently we have a policy up for review and we would love any feedback on what we currently have as policy. The policy is titled 'Recognition of Cultural Diversity'.

1) You can access the policy through 'School Docs' website: www.schooldocs.co.nz

2) Search for 'Vogeltown School'

3) Sign in with the following details:

Login: vogeltown

p/wd: huatoki

4) 'Click' on policy review - read the 'Recognition of Cultural Diversity' policy

5) Once you have read it, click on the red button at the top and provide some feedback, either a 'star' rating, comments or both.

Thanks heaps!


We are using the 'Seesaw' app in all classes this year to communicate digitally with families and whanau. We want 100% sign up rate from our families - if you have not done so already, please download the app. A 'QR' code will be sent home from your child's teacher that you can scan and you will get some updates during the term of your child's class and your child's learning. This is just another way we want to engage with our Vogeltown families.


PLEASE return the yellow or green communication forms. Every child received a 'Communication Update Form', these are very important for the school. They provide you with the 'ways' we communicate with you at home and they also provide us with updates if you have had a change in contact details.

Please fill this form in and return it to your child's classroom teacher if you had a change in address, contact numbers, email address or any other contact details you think we need to know. Thanks heaps!


We are very lucky to have a school pool at Vogeltown. We are also very lucky to have an awesome staff who came in during the break to paint it up - it looks awesome!

As part of our PE and Health curriculum, we expect the kids to swim everyday. The new swimming curriculum encourages water safety, water exploration and water confidence at this age, so we do not expect kids to be doing lengths of freestyle and butterfly.

Please make sure your child(ren) have their togs ready to go every day. With the weather the way it is currently, we will be making the most of the pool.

If you want to use the pool after school hours, please see the senior office for a key. All keys are $45 ($5 back when key returned at the end of the season). You will be required to sign an agreement with the school - please read the terms and conditions carefully.


A reminder that any medication that the school office has to hold, or have on site, must be handed in to the junior or senior office. There is also a 'medication form' that all parents/caregivers will need to fill in when the medication is brought to school.


We are very fortunate to have an educator from the RNZB visiting us for a workshop on Tuesday 10th March from 12pm to 1pm in the school hall. This will be for any Year 3 to Year 6 children and will cover some basic ballet steps and positions. There is a limit of 25 children for this workshop so if your child is interested, they can put their name down on the sign up sheet at the senior office.

It will be first in first served for places.p sheet at the senior office.

It will be first in first served for places.


Here is some information about this 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 Sports:

All of our Term 1 sports have got off to a great start with the weather playing it's part. A big THANK YOU goes to all those who put their hand up to help with our sport teams. The time and effort you give is greatly appreciated.

Term 2 Sports:

It's a scary thought but registrations for Term 2 sports will be available in the next few weeks. Sports available to play are:

  • Netball - Year 3 & 4 play on a Thursday afternoon. Year 5 & 6 play on a Tuesday afternoon
  • Hockey - available for all year groups, games are played on a Saturday morning
  • Miniball - Year 1-2, usually played on a Monday or Wednesday, Y3-4, usually played on a Tuesday or Wednesday
  • Basketball - Year 5 & 6 - usually played on a Monday

If you wish to sign up for winter Soccer or Rugby you will need to register with a club. Keep an eye on the newsletter for information on signing up or contact your club now for information.

Electronic Registration Forms:

We are very excited to announce that paper sports registrations forms will soon be a thing of the past. We are working on moving all sports registrations online. Links will be posted in our weekly newsletter and on Facebook so you will be provided with plenty of opportunity to sign up. More information will be available once registrations are available.


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/


25 February Whanau Tryathlon 11.30am

26 February Syndicate Tryathlons (Seniors 9:00am, Middles 11:30am, Juniors 2:00pm)

27 February Whanau Fiesta (5:00pm - 7:00pm)

28 February Vogeltown Adventure to Tawhiti Museum (Hawera)


6 March Four Year Old Friday (9:00am -11:30am)


20 March Teacher Only Day - School Closed (Staff doing First Aid re-validation)

25 March Weetbix Tryathlon

25 March Starting School the VS way evening (5:30pm - 6:30pm)

27 March Four Year Old Friday (9:00am -11:30am)


1 April Learning Conferences, 2pm - 7.30pm. School closes 2pm.

2 April Learning Conferences, 2pm - 5.30pm. School closes 2pm

9 April Last day of Term 1 2020


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1) Please add the Whanau Fiesta date to your diary - 27 February from 5pm - 7pm.

2) Hats! Please make sure your child has a hat to bring to school (or leave at school in their tray) over this term.

Term Dates 2020

Term 1

Monday 3 February - Thursday 9 April

9 March - Taranaki Anniversary

20 March - Teacher Only Day

10 April - Good Friday

Term 2

Tuesday 28 April - Friday 3 July

28 April - ANZAC day

2 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! Good luck to our Vogeltowners involved in summer sport!

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal


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NPOB Rugby Registration/Muster

NPOB Rugby Registration/Muster

Sunday 15th March, 10am at Vogeltown Park.

Subs: $50 per player.

All new members welcome.

You can also register online: www.sporty.co.nz and search NPHSOB

Any queries please contact: Justin Looney 02102427769

MUSIQHUB - Lessons at Vogeltown

Would your child like to learn the keyboard?

You can enrol them in a small group lesson which takes place during school hours. Qualified MusiqHub tutor, Jennifer Wall (BA, DipEd) has vacancies. Lessons are weekly, run for 30 minutes and cost $17 per session. For further detail or to enrol your child, contact Jennifer on 027 227 4885 or Jennifer.wall@musiqhub.co.nz .

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