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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 everyone 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


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of our third week of 2021 at Vogeltown - an interesting week in Covid-19 alert levels!

A big thank you to our Vogeltown staff who quickly whipped in to action on Sunday night and Monday morning to get communication out and get the school ready for Level 2. We will see this happen quite a bit, I believe over this year, so we must always be prepared.

At Level 1, school is a safe place for all learners - so please, unless your child(ren) is unwell, send them to school.

At Level 1 we were able to have our Vogeltown Adventure today - what an awesome day! We are so lucky to have had great weather, an awesome city with a rich history to visit and a great school of learners! Thanks to the parents/caregivers who met us in town to be part of the journey. See some photos below, we will update Facebook and the website with some more over the weekend.

In the classrooms we have been doing a fair bit of testing with our learners - this is only a small portion of what we do to make an 'overall teacher judgement' of where we see each learner sitting against the New Zealand Curriculum. This helps teachers to set goals, develop teaching points for each learner/group and develop programmes to help our learners achieve the best they can. At our Learning Conferences on the 18th and 19th of March, we will give you a 'Progress Report' to show where your child(ren) sits and what learning goals we are working on. This same 'Progress Report' will be used in Term 2 and Term 3 to show 'progress' over their time in 2021.

We are still after some feedback about the start of the year and the way we make this work well for everyone. If you can please click on the link down below and give us your views - thanks to the 20 parents/caregiver who have done so already.

Aroha nui, Mr O



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Well done to these Vogeltown Learners who are our senior leaders for 2021. Our senior leaders are known as 'Class Reps' as they represent the school, their class and their peers.

These leaders will consult with their class and provide student voice to the teachers at Vogeltown about certain issues, ideas, strategies that they feel we need to hear. They are integral to decision making around the school sites for the learners of Vogeltown.

Well done to these learners who are our Class Reps for Term 1 and 2 of 2021, they received their 'Class Rep hat' at a special ceremony on Thursday.

Our Reps are:

Rm 7: Astra Newman-Smith and Aleisha Chadwick

Rm 9: Mason Dyett and Amber Williams

Rm 11: Flynn Scott and Edie Quinn

Rm 12: Sienna Frost-Snashall and Matilda Holder

Rm 14: Abigail Willamson and Charlee Chase

Tu Meke team!

MEET THE TEACHER 2021 and 2022

We have tried many ways to make our 'Meet the Teacher' evening at Vogeltown a worthwhile event for everyone involved. Our organisation for the last 3 years has been to have this as part of our 'Whanau Fiesta' night. This event is a school picnic - to start the year together and be able to chat with your child's teacher on the night in an informal way. Next week I will put up a list as to where all the teachers will be on this night, so you can go and introduce yourself, have a chat and for our teaching team to get to know you.

In 2022 we are looking at doing something a little different and we would like some feedback on this. Our plan is to have our 5 year olds do a half day with Mrs Treadway and Mrs Newland. We would also have 3 different times over this day that we will offer a time to come and meet each syndicate and then move to classrooms to meet your child(rens) teacher. All our Yr 2- 6 learners would begin the day after this.

If you could fill in this survey (it will take 2 minutes), we would appreciate as much feedback as we can so we can make the start of the year for our teachers, learners and families as 'Vogeltown' as we can. See the link below.

Thanks whanau, The VS Leadership team


Road Patrol - Road Patrol - Road Patrol - Road Patrol - Road Patrol

I need help! I need parents to help with Road Patrol supervision. I have spaces for Monday afternoon, Tuesday morning and Thursday afternoon. For the mornings we need you from 8:15am until 9:00am and afternoons from 2:50pm until about 3:15pm. Please let me know if you can help.


Mike George


Vogeltown School Health Survey 2021

The Ministry of Education requires all schools to consult with their community on the school’s delivery of the Health Curriculum.

The following is an overview of Health Education at Vogeltown School and the link to the community survey can be found at the bottom. This survey will help us to gather your thoughts and ideas about our Health Curriculum and help us further develop our programmes.

Health and Physical Education at Vogeltown School

The NZ Health & Physical Education curriculum is divided into four strands:

The four strands are:

· Personal health and physical development, in which students develop the knowledge, understandings, skills, and attitudes that they need in order to maintain and enhance their personal well-being and physical development

· Movement concepts and motor skills, in which students develop motor skills, knowledge and understandings about movement, and positive attitudes towards physical activity

· Relationships with other people, in which students develop understandings, skills, and attitudes that enhance their interactions and relationships with others

· Healthy communities and environments, in which students contribute to healthy communities and environments by taking responsible and critical action.

Through these strands, our team teaches various topics as a unit or by integrating concepts with other areas of the curriculum.

At Vogeltown School we endeavour to provide a caring, child friendly environment where students feel safe, supported and included. Opportunities are provided for students that promote our values of being inclusive, respected, original, courageous and kind. All students are encouraged to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Here are some examples of how the Health curriculum is integrated into your child’s learning:

  • Our school values are regularly discussed with whanau and our learners

  • Fitness & physical education

  • Restorative approach in our behaviour system

  • Sun safety

  • Celebrating our varied cultures and languages

  • Identity and self-esteem

  • Healthy eating & nutrition

  • Body care

  • Friendships, relationships and team work

  • Ball skills and sport

  • Swimming and water confidence

  • Our whanau events - including Vogeltown Adventure days

  • Our ‘Bungee’ extension programmes at school (Mountain biking, outdoors, greenie team)

In some instances we also work with outside agencies to add value to our programmes.

  • Keeping Ourselves Safe (NZ Police)

  • Life Education

  • FireWise (NZ Fire Service)

  • Cycle safety and Scooter skills (Let's Go team at New Plymouth District Council)

  • Sport Taranaki (Healthy eating, active lifestyles)


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 currently in Alert level 2 - this means it is safe for children to come to school.

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.


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Term 1 Sports

So great that all our cricket teams were able to kick start their season last Friday on a balmy summers evening. Summer Soccer and Touch Rugby were not quite so lucky with Covid Level 2 being in place, both sporting codes delayed their start date by a week. Both these sports will now start next week.

Touch Rugby

We are still looking for coaches for our U8 & U10 teams who play at Hickford Park in Bell Block on a Wednesday afternoon. If any of our Vogeltown community could help in any way please make contact with Michelle Sleep at the junior school office.


Birthdays this week -

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

Jacob Robinson, Brodie Blowes, Willow Walker, Akelia Roycroft, Dylan Chapman



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/


19 February - Vogeltown Adventure

24 - 26 February - Paetoki Team Camp @ Vertical Horizons

26 February - Four Year Old Friday 9:15am - 11:00am

3 March - Whanau Fiesta 5:30pm - 7.30pm @ the Junior school


18 March - Learning Conferences 3:30pm - 7:30pm

19 March - TEACHER ONLY DAY - Learning Conferences 9:00am - 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 5:30pm - 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 the 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 Waitangi 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. Please tell the office even if you have let the teacher know.

2) Please also remember, to scan the Covid-19 QR code when you come in to the school. if you are signing your child(ren) in/out, you will still need to scan the QR code. Thanks heaps for stopping this virus in NZ.

Thanks whanau

Stay safe and be kind to each other. Good luck to all those learners involved in sport tonight and over the weekend - give it all you have!

Thank you for the ongoing support of Vogeltown School, we appreciate the community we live in.

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal/Tumuaki


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.


Badminton Season is Starting up!

For all those returning players and anyone keen to give badminton a go, Taranaki Badminton is having an open morning on Sunday 7 March, at the Star Gym (Westown), from 10am till 2pm. Everyone is welcome and we’d love to see some families come along and give the game a go. It’s a great sport for all ages. No cost.

For anyone under 19 years old, and are interested in having some coaching and/or interested in playing in tournaments for Taranaki, we are having a Junior evening (muster) on Wednesday 24 February from 6 – 8pm at the Star Gym (Westown). Please register your interest by competing the registration form on the Taranaki Badminton Website https://www.sporty.co.nz/taranakibadminton/Register-1/Representative-Player-Registration. Can returning players also please register using the same link. Alternatively email info@taranakibadminton.org.nz with your details.

And lastly, all junior players (including beginners) are welcome to the club nights that are on at the following times:

  • Monday nights 6 to 7:30pm (Central club) – at Star gym Westown
  • Tuesday nights 6 to 7:30pm (Spotswood United Club) – at Star gym Westown
  • Thursday nights 6 to 7:30pm (Inglewood Club) – at the Inglewood High School gym
  • Waitara club nights details still to be confirmed.

Any questions feel free to visit our facebook page or email us at info@taranakibadminton.org.nz


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We here at Pukekura Park Tennis Club have come up with a concept to give more kids the opportunity to get out giving Tennis a go, but in a shorter format that will be fun and beginner friendly. We have 'Give it a go Tennis' mini games against other school teams, which will run for 5 weeks from March 4th. This is the first time we are running this fun event and hope to make it a regular event on the New Plymouth sporting calendar.

All details are on the form for completion which I will attach to this email. If you have any questions, please let me know at your earliest convenience.

I will also do a Facebook post in the next 48hrs on the Pukekura Park Facebook page which you are all welcome to share. Thank you heaps and we look forward to seeing your school children on court proudly representing their school very soon.

Registrations Close next week, Friday 26th February.

https://forms.Give-it-a-GoTennis 2021

New Plymouth Rangers Junior Football Registration

Registrations are now open for anyone looking to play football for New Plymouth Rangers in 2021. The club has junior teams for players aged 4 and older and caters to all skill levels from beginners to budding young professionals.

In 2021 the club is introducing a new Academy curriculum for serious young footballers born in 2012 or earlier, led by our new Director of Football, who has come to New Plymouth from Olé Football Academy. Players in the Academy will train within a curriculum designed by Olé. It will incorporate the key elements integral to the development process at their Wellington academy, and players should expect to learn, be challenged, and have a lot of fun.

This is a unique opportunity for players to experience ‘The Olé Way’ right here in New Plymouth, and develop within a proven method, known for producing players who are now at the highest level around the world.

To register, visit https://www.nprangers.co.nz/junior-registration or contact Director of Football James Malthus (james@nprangers.co.nz) for more information.