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!



Having all your school gear ready each day - saves time during 'learning time'

Becoming a self manager


* The teacher does not need to remind you about what is happening over the day

* Your gear is in your room, ready for the day

* You remember your library books, homework, practices and clubs without being reminded.

* You keep your bag zipped up and the corridor around your class bags tidy.


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of Week 6. What an awesome week we have had at Vogeltown this week.

We will continue to keep the pool open as long as the weather stays warm. We make a call about class swimming on a 'day to day' basis, please make sure togs are still brought every day. Swimming is part of the PE and Health curriculum at Vogeltown. We are very fortunate to have a school pool, so students must bring their togs each day. Once the temperature of the pool drops, we will begin to taper off swimming for the term.

Yesterday we sent home a flyer about 'Kindo Shop' and a link on our Facebook page. A big thanks to Mrs Wolfe and Mrs Sleep (junior) for setting this up for the school. This is going to make payments for school items a lot easier for families. We envisage this 'shop' offering a lot more than what is currently offered - we are starting small.

Please see the link below for how to set this up.

Thanks to Mrs Agar and the kids who were involved in the choir for the Multi-Ethnic extravaganza last week! Awesome work team!

A big thanks to Jennie Hamilton, Garth Read and Angela Brown for the Home and School lunches today - the kids were extremely excited to get their 'bought lunch'!

A reminder that we have a Teacher Only Day this coming Friday 20th March. We organised and informed the community last year and earlier this year about these days over 2020. This is in line with the agreement the teachers and the government came to as part of their negotiations in 2019. We have aligned our days with Highlands Intermediate to hopefully make it easier for most of our families. Our staff will be doing First Aid re-validation on this day. Every teacher has to hold a First Aid certificate and this requires re-validation every 2 years. Thanks for making alternative arrangements on this day.

We have included in this newsletter some information and latest official updates about Coronavirus - please see below.



My cat Hurley went to the vet last night he had gristle in his tummy.

He was fighting when we were away. He had a bite and it got infected. He had to get an injection.

He also slept in my bed and I was up all night. Thanks Hurley!!!

Mia Vooght, Room 4,

5 years old


As in last weeks newsletter, we have an update for the Coronavirus from the Ministry of Education. We take our lead from the MOE and the Ministry of Health. Here is our update for week 6:

You may have seen that the World Health Organisation has now declared COVID-19 to be a pandemic. As noted by the Minister of Health, this doesn’t change what New Zealand is doing to respond to coronavirus.

The Ministry of Health has been working through its pandemic plan since January. You will also know the Government has already implemented a range of measures to minimise the impacts to New Zealand. This includes border restrictions, a requirement to self-isolate on arrival in New Zealand from China, Iran, Italy and the Republic of Korea and immediate and detailed contact tracing of any confirmed cases. It is important to note those four countries account for more than 90% of cases globally and China and the Republic of Korea have significantly declining numbers of new cases.

We have 5 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in New Zealand and it is pleasing to know they are all doing well and are at home. Their children, four students at Auckland schools, continue to be well and show no symptoms. While we expect that more cases will arise, the Ministry of Health says that with continued vigilance the chance of widespread community outbreak is expected to remain low in New Zealand. We all have a role to play in this.

For our school, our pandemic plan is also ready to be implemented if needed. In the mean time we will continue to focus on good hygiene practices. Hand washing and good cough etiquette are very important tools in preventing the spread of illness including colds, flu and COVID-19.

With that, there is a good video clip from Nanogirl that will help your children to better understand the virus - YouTube clip - Nanogirl

You may have also seen the Prime Minister sat down with Dr Michelle Dickinson (aka Nanogirl) and the Prime Minister’s Chief Science Advisor, Juliet Gerrard, to talk about coronavirus:

One other action we can all take is to be vigilant about our own health and the health of our children. I will be encouraging the VS staff to stay away from school if they are showing signs of illness such as coughs and colds. I ask that you please do the same with your children. Colds and flus are common in schools and by staying away, seeking medical attention and practicing good hygiene, we can all keep any spread of illness to a minimum.

Thanks whanau, Mr O

See our school policy for Pandemic planning. This has now been updated as 'Coronavirus planning' - https://vogeltown.schooldocs.co.nz/


Well done to all these amazing Vogeltowners who earned a Principal Award today! Tu Meke whanau!

Ruby Lett, Arvayah Te Wake, Isabel Gernhoefer, Eldon Price, Anea Briscoe, Connor Stevenson, Josh Gillum, Harpah Bowyer, Audrey Coutts, Joe Zimmermann, Khloe Briscoe, Tyler D'Ath, Chael Smith, Sophie Welch, Alberta Mansvelt, Azharia Martin, Millie Caswell, Lieke Viss, Wi Henry Matuku-Emile, Jevana Dost, Zariah-Rose Irwin, Maddie Salisbury-McInnes, Jett Hay, Claudia Yukich, Kyson Wallace, Oli Rawhiti, Connor Gane, Indi Mason.

Tu Meke, VS Learners!

WELCOME - New VS students and whanau, Week 6 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 these awesome new students to VS:

Millie Hodson (Rm 1), Ruuana Repia (Rm 1)

Welcome to the Vogeltown family!


We officially welcomed our new students at assembly today. Some of these guys started in between assemblies over the last 3 weeks. Today they got to wear the Korowai.

Well done Dylan Chapman, Mille Hodson, Jace Davies, Archer James, Willow Walker, William Wright and Ruuana Repia.


The Paetoki (senior) team are doing some great work on the Land Wars in Taranaki. There has been a lot of learning happening. If you want to know some of this amazing history, then take a look at this powerpoint put together by Damon Ritai.


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!



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 2 Sports:

Miniball (Yr 0-4) & Basketball (Yr 5-6) registrations are now open!!

You may have seen that Vogeltown School are now using a system called Kindo for purchasing all of the items you may need for school. This includes all of our sports registrations from now onwards (with the exception of Netball and Hockey). The great thing for you is that there are no more paper forms to hand in and the registration and payment process can be done in one go!! It does require you to set up an account with Kindo using your email address that is registered with the school.

You will not be able to complete the registration process for any sport without the correct amount of funds in your account. The trick is to keep your account in credit so that when things crop up, e.g. sports regos, school trips or school camp, you have funds already in credit so you’ll be good to go. You can set up an automatic payment to drip feed your Kindo account, or you can transfer lump sum payments whenever you have some spare cash. If you have other family members that wish to pay for school items just pass on the correct details and they can transfer money into your Kindo account too!!

To set up your account please use the following link which will take you to the Kindo Shop tab on our website. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/

Once your account is set up you will need to add Miniball or Basketball to your cart, fill out the questions and top up your account. You will then be able to 'place your order’ and the job is done!! If you have multiple children in your account please make sure you add the correct child for the correct sport!!

If you have any questions about navigating this system you can call Kindo on their freephone line 0508 454 636.

Hockey - Year 0-6

Registrations for winter Hockey are now available. Please click here to register your child. All Ministicks and Kiwisticks games are played on a Saturday morning at the Hobson Street turf. Funsticks is run at NPGHS. Registrations close on Monday 16 March.

Netball - Year 3-6

We are still needing a few more players to top up both our Yr3/4 and Yr5/6 Netball teams. Please click here to register your child. Year 3 & 4 play on a Thursday afternoon. Year 5 & 6 play on a Tuesday afternoon.

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.


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/


18 March Senior swimming 'extravaganza' at Highlands

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

24 March BOT meeting 6:30pm

25 March Weetbix Tryathlon

25 March Starting School the VS way evening (5:00 - 6:00pm)

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

31 March Home and School meeting 7pm


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

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

9 April Last day of Term 1 2020


27 April ANZAC day - School closed

28 April Term 2 begins


1) We have a Teacher Only Day on next Friday 20th March. The staff are involved in First Aid re-validation. This has to be carried out every 2 years.

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

3) Looking forward to the Senior Swimming Sports this coming Wednesday! Which Whanau will take it out for 2020? Will it be the teachers or the students who win the 1 length relay???

Term Dates 2020

Term 1

Monday 3 February - Thursday 9 April

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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New Plymouth Rangers AFC Junior Football registrations close 25 March. We invite all past and interested players to register through the mycomet page. Details can be found on this link: https://www.nprangers.co.nz/junior-registration. There are places on the development and potentially Academy programmes that are working with the Ricki Herbert Football Academy coaches every Tuesday night. If interested please email nprjuniors@gmail.com.