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!

SCHOOL GOAL: Kindness (Manaakitanga)

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 school values.

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


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 8 of Term 2 2020.

It has been another great week at Vogeltown with very settled classes and learners. I just want to mention, again, thanks for the support of what we are doing as a school and as a nation. We could be moving to Level 1 as early as next week and this is because of the determination of all New Zealanders - well done, Vogeltown whanau!

We are certainly beginning to get a lot busier here at Vogeltown after a couple of weeks of quietness. The seniors are gearing up for interschool which will begin in Term 3, we have the Life Ed truck here next week, Kapahaka has begun with Whaea Raewyn, Whanau events, school visits etc. A quick reminder, if you need to come in to the school, please sign your child and yourself, in/out on the tablets in the offices.

The move to Level 1 will help us to 'free up' some of the restrictions we have put in place on both school sites. However, we will still continue to push the message of good hygiene and we will continue to have sanitiser at the gates and in the classrooms.

One of the procedures we put in place was limiting the number of adults in to the schools sites. Although this is not the 'Vogeltown way' it has had massive positives for our learners and teachers. We have noticed that our learners, especially our Juniors, have become much more independent and we have had many comments from our parents/caregivers about how much easier morning 'drop offs' have become. In discussion with our leadership team, we have decided this is something we want to continue as a school - at least till the end of the term. At the gate, on both sites, we have rostered on a teacher to meet and greet our learners and we would appreciate it if we could continue the 'drop and kiss' routine we have become accustomed to over the last 4 weeks. We will, of course review this and survey the community at the end of this term.

A reminder, anyone with flu like symptons should stay at home. We are beginning to see the 'sniffles' and 'coughs' happening as we move in to winter. To keep everyone safe, please err on the side of caution and keep your child home if they are sick. Remember to let the school office know if your child is away too.

Our Te Reo focus for this week has been:

He aha te tae? What is the colour?

He_______________ te tae

Ma - white, whero - red, kakriki - green, Maota - dark green, Karera - light green, Pango - black, kowhai - yellow, kahurangi - blue, kikorangi - blue, karaka - orange, mawhero - pink, kiwikiw - grey, paraone - brown, tawa - purple.

Thanks whanau

Mr O


A massive congratulations to Mr Stirling (Josh) in Rm 15 and Miss Emma King (Rm 4) who got engaged over the weekend!

We are extremely proud of Josh and Emma, who met at Vogeltown as teachers and have developed an amazing relationship! We truly are a Vogeltown family when we have our own members becoming engaged!

A big well done to Mr Stirling who made the proposal a very special occasion, one I am sure Miss King will never forget!

If you see Josh or Emma around, give them say congrats - our kids certainly have!


Birthdays this week -

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

CJ Petersen (1st), Lucas Freeman (3rd), Sevana Commerer (3rd), Bianca Stiglmayer (4th), Henry Salt (4th), Ruby Smith (4th), Tyler Paton-Bloor (5th), Jipsey Hannah (6th)



A massive welcome to Clara Cockle and Caitlin Johnson who have started in Rm 5 this week! We know that you will really enjoy Vogeltown and become awesome 'Vogeltowners'.

Mrs Newland has a wonderful class of 9 new students - what an awesome environment Mrs Newland has set up in Rm 5.

See the great photos of the girls in the school Korowai - our cloak of care.


Today we welcome Harold the Giraffe and his teacher Megan Lilley to our school. We enjoy our time with Harold in the Life Education truck.

The Life Education truck, programme and learning is part of Vogeltown School's PE and health curriculum. We have Life Education every year at Vogeltown. Ask your child what they have been learning about in the 'Harold Truck'.

This year you will find the truck parked at the junior school.

A big thanks to everyone who has given their permission forms for Life Education, we need these back asap. Remember, we are not charging the $3 for Life Education this year, as we took the Ministry of Education's donation scheme last year.


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!


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, involvement and our school goal of Manaakitanga!

Well done to these Vogeltown Learners:


Millie Hodson (1), Marco Barnes (1), Charlie Knauf (2), Andie Rathgen(2), Liam Wildbore (3), Iylah Brown (3), Olive Adams (4), Lewis Newland (4), Charlie Rippey (5), Marcus Laudic (5), Maddie Green (6), Jaxon Gray (6).

Tu meke Taranaki team!


Taylor Davies (8), Hayden Graham (8), Coyan Cudmore (10), Ivy Read (10), Kaiau McLeod (13), Jaela Hannah (13), Reid Hall (15), Alfie Frost-Snashall (15)

Tu Meke Huatoki team!


Alex D'Ath (7), Quinn Hall (7), Jacob McEldowney (9), Hparat Lanan (9), Kawana Erueti (11), Marli Fromings (11), Jayla Thomas (12), Toby D'Ath (12), Asha Lallu (14), Charlie Collins (14).

Tu Meke Paetoki team!



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I was out on the wharf on a cold winters day. I just had lunch too. I could smell the salt in the air from the water. I could hear jetskies zooming around. I was running around, excited and playing in the sand, then I got the stitch!

My owner called me, I ran to her. She picked me up and put me in the inflatable boat. We had been floating around for a while, then, out of nowhere, we went flying over a wave! I got massive airtime!

Jacob McEldowney - Boys writing group 2020

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Uniforms & Player Of The Day Trophies

Thanks to those who returned their school sport tops this week. We still have many tops outstanding as well as some player of the day trophies. Please have a look through your draws this weekend and bring any tops back on Monday.

Winter Sport:

Miniball/Basketball: The NPBA have confirmed that they will run a 9 week miniball and basketball season starting in the first week of term 3. Registrations are now open for all year groups. Just a reminder we are now using Kindo for all our sports registrations. Please click on the following link which will take you to our Kindo Shop on our school website. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/ If you have any queries at all regarding registrations please do not hesitate to contact me.

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.

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) 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.

2) Please avoid parking on the broken yellow lines outside both school sites. Doing this hinders our Road Patrol's ability to see down the road. Thanks.

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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