Being a good friend, making new friends and being a 'Vogeltowner'.

We can do this by:

By showing my friends I care by being kind and respecting their ideas

By speaking up when one of my friends is not nice to another friend

By showing the school value of Manaaki Tangata – Caring for the people

By allowing new friends to join in with our games


Welcome to the end of week 6 - this term continues to move along at pace! I hope you all enjoyed the holiday on Monday as we celebrated Taranaki Anniversary.

This week has been a much more settled week with loads of learning happening - even though it has been only a four day week. It is great to walk through the rooms and see the high engagement we have within the classes, the teaching team are doing an amazing job!

We will keep swimming each day until the end of the term or until it gets too cold, so please continue to pack those togs. If it is too cold we will not swim, however even on a rainy day at present it is still warm to swim - and who doesn't enjoy a swim in the rain!

We continue to have a lot of illness around the school and within the community. We are finding that some parents are sending kids to school sick and telling them to 'go to the office if they feel sick'. Please do not do this. If a child is sick they should be at home, we do not need any more bugs around the school thanks.

Yesterday we had our annual propagation day with Bill Clarkson (see photos above). These small trees will be planted down in the Huatoki domain once they are a bit bigger. We appreciate all the work Bill does with our school and the domain. This ties in nicely with our school vision of Manaaki whenua - to care for the land.

Looking forward to the senior swimming sports being held at Highlands next Friday! Any parents who want to swim in the realy team versus the teachers and kids, let Mr Ransflied know. A seperate notice about the day will be coming home on Monday.

Teacher Paid Union Meetings

As we mentioned in last week’s newsletter, the Primary Teachers and Principals around the country who are NZEI Te Riu Roa members are heading to meetings to vote on whether to accept or reject the latest collective agreement offers from the government. They will also be voting on whether to take strike action should the offers be rejected. The meetings for our area will be held on Wednesday 20th March and Thursday 21st March at 1:30pm. Our staff will rotate over the two days so there is as little disruption to teaching and learning as possible.

These meetings are a crucial part of the ‘Kua Tai Te Wā – It’s Time’ campaign. They’re an opportunity for teachers and Principals to come together to discuss the offer and decide next steps. We want to ensure teaching is an attractive profession for people to join and stay in, and we have asked the government to provide for better staffing to reduce class sizes and give us more time to teach and time to lead.

The offers received are only minimally different from what was offered (and rejected) last year. This is because the government has refused to increase the amount of money available.

Already, many schools are having to make sacrifices because of difficultly in recruiting teachers and relievers, and we must take bold steps to turn this around.

We really appreciate your continued support. If these offers are rejected, it is the voices of parents and the wider public that will be key to forcing the government to listen as we continue our campaign to ensure every child gets the best possible education.

During the meetings we’ll be voting on whether to accept or reject these offers. If we vote to reject them, we’ll also be voting on whether to join with the PPTA in taking strike action on

Wednesday 3rd April.

For more information please go to http://campaigns.nzei.org.nz/time/ or talk to with your child’s teacher.


Thanks to all the parents and caregivers who provided feedback on our recent 'School Satisfaction Survey'. We had some very pleasing results and some areas that as a staff we are discussing how we can improve.

We had 124 responses which is about 40% of our school population.

Some of the positive results were:

* 97% 'Agree' that we provide a quality education at VS for your child

* 95% 'Agree' we keep you well informed of school events

* 92% 'Agree' of children can talk about their learning

* 94% 'Agree that our VS staff interact positively with whanau

* 97% 'Agree' that you are made to feel welcome in the classrooms

* 90% 'Agree we have clear behaviour expectations

* 94% 'Agree' Vogeltown is a safe place to play and learn

* 95% 'Agree' that you would recommend VS to other families

* 94% 'Agree' that VS brings out the best in your child

Areas we are going to discuss and make changes are:

* 88% 'Agree' and 'Somewhat agree' that you would like to have a meet the teacher meeting in the first 3 weeks of school

* 75% 'Agree' and 'Somewhat agree' that you would like a 'goal setting meeting' before school starts in term 1

* 53% 'Agree' and 'Somewhat Agree' that you would like a seperate picnic and gala in the year

Of interest:

* 56% of our community like to have 'Facebook' as their preferred method of communication

* 52% of our community like to have 'Seesaw' as their preferred method of communication

* 47% of our community like to have the 'Newsletter' as their preferred method of communication

Thanks to all those people who responded to our survey. We really do appreciate the feedback.


This year is election year for all schools to nominate and appoint new Board of Trustees members. We have some of our current BOT leaving us after this term and will not be seeking re-election. This leaves the way for any new members of our community who would like to be part of our Board Of Trustees to think about putting themselves up for election.

If you have never thought about being on the BOT, then now might be the time! It is a great position and an important one to help with the direction and governance decisions of the school.

If you might be keen, please contact Mike Miners, our current Chairperson who would be more than happy to chat with you. Mr Ogle is also available to have a chat.

There is also an NZSTA hui coming up this coming Monday (18 March) about being on a school BOT if you want to know more - see the details below.

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Term 2 Winter Sports

Netball Yr3-6: Registrations are now closed. Team lists will be emailed out next week.

Hockey Yr1-6: Registrations are now open. You can find the registration form at the school office or by clicking on the following link. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Registration-Form-Hockey-Yr-1-6-Term-2-2019.pdf

Games are played on Saturday mornings and the season starts on 04 May with the finals date still to be confirmed. Registrations are due back on Friday 15 March. Please see the registration form for full details.

Miniball Yr1-4/Basketball Y5-6: Registrations are now open. Please collect a registration form from the school office or by clicking on the below links. The season starts on Monday 13 May and finishes on the week beginning 23 September.

Yr1-2 Miniball is played on a Monday from 3.30-4pm or a Wednesday from 3.30-5.45pm.

Y3-4 Miniball is played on a Tuesday from 3.30-4pm or Wednesday from 3.30-5.45pm. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Registration-Form-Miniball-Yr-1-4-Term-2-2019.pdf

Y5-6 Basketball is played on a Monday from 4-6.40pm. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/wp-content/uploads/2019/03/Registration-Form-Basketball-Yr-5-6-Term-2-2019.pdf

All games are played at the TSB Stadium. See the rego forms for full details.

Rugby/Football: For those children wanting to play Saturday morning Rugby or Football (Soccer) for the winter you will need to join a club as these sports are not offered through Vogeltown School. Please see the below links for more information.

Rugby Y1-6:

New Plymouth Old Boys: Register online at https://www.sporty.co.nz/nphsobrugbyjnr/

Tukapa: Register online at https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/85661

Spotswood: Register online at https://www.sporty.co.nz/spotswoodunited/Junior-Rugby-Registration/Online-Registration-2

Football Y1-6:

All registrations must be completed on the MyComet website. Please see the links below for information on the registration process.

Motorua AFC: https://www.moturoaafc.co.nz/registration

NP Rangers: https://www.nprangers.co.nz/juniors

Peringa United AFC: https://www.peringaafc.co.nz/registration.html

Woodleigh: https://www.facebook.com/woodleighafc/

Term 1 2019 Summer Sports

Draws for all Term 1 sports are posted on our website in the sports section. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/sports/ For any cancellations please see the following:

Touch Rugby: City Touch facebook page by 2pm Wednesdays. https://www.facebook.com/citytouchtaranaki/

Summer Soccer: NP Rangers facebook page by 3pm Tuesdays. https://www.facebook.com/New-Plymouth-Rangers-Juniors-517781541673004/

Cricket : Taranaki Cricket website by 2pm Friday https://taranakicricket.co.nz/

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the above information on 753 6843 or email me at michelle.sleep@vogeltown.school.nz

Community Sport Notices:

New Plymouth Old Boys Rugby Club are celebrating their Centennial over Easter weekend 19-22 April. Please see their facebook page for details on events over the weekend and on how to register. https://www.facebook.com/npob.centennial


Here is a lovely piece of work from Portia Solomons from Rm 14:

My Vertical Horizons Adventure

On the 6th March we went to Vertical Horizons.

What is Vertical Horizons, I hear you ask? Well Vertical Horizons is a camp just outside Inglewood. There you get to do cool activities like Archery, Flying Kiwi, Zip Line and Grass Karts. My activities group was Foxtrot. We did Archery, Kayaks, River walk, Cat walk, Flying kiwi, Zip line and Raft build. My favourite activity was Kayaks. Why? Because there’s nothing better than challenging yourself to stand up in the water. The one that challenged me the most I guess was kayaks because you had to do a series of challenges without falling in the water. I did not do the mud run but looking back I kind of wish I did. At least then I wouldn’t have to stand in the pouring rain! What I learnt during our 2019 camp experience is that even if you are scared to do something you should do it anyway!




Here is a link to some of the camp photos from this year:


Health Curriculum survey at Vogeltown 2019

Below is a link for the Health Survey. We have to complete this survey each year as part of our self review of health and well being. The feedback we receive will help us to build a better health curriculum for our community, some guidance for our teaching and learning and to continue to develop trends that we need to plan for in the future.

There are two links, one in google form and one in survey monkey, both are the same questions.

Here are the links -

Survey Monkey - https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/5C76JXB

Google Form - click below:


As part of reporting to parents and caregivers over the year about your child's progress, we offer Learning Conferences. This is a great time to meet with your child's teacher and discuss their current competencies, learning and learning goals for the rest of the year. This year we are doing Learning Conferences a little earlier than in previous years, with conferences in the last week of this term. At this conference you will receive a progress report covering all of the above.

We aim for 100% attendance by parents and caregivers - if you can not make a conference we will contact you by phone to book a time or do one over the phone.

The process for formally reporting to whanau is:

Term 1 Progress Report & Learning Conferences

Term 2 Personal and Social competencies report (this will come home)

Term 3 Progress Report & Learning Conferences

Term 4 Summative Report (this will come home).

Our interviews this term will be on Wednesday 10th April and Thursday 11th April. Mrs Seed (Room 9) will be away on the Wednesday so you will be able to book times to meet on Monday the 8th April instead. To book a time with your child’s teacher, please use the website - www.parentinterviews.co.nz

and use the following codes:

Monday 8th April (Room 9 whanau only)


Wednesday 10th and Thursday 11th April. (Please note, you can not book Room 9 on the Wednesday the 10th)


On Wednesday and Thursday we will be closing the school early to accomodate for all whanau to be able to meet with their child's teacher. We ask that you pick up your child at 2pm on these days.


TERM 4 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 March - BOT meeting 6pm

22 March - Senior Swimming sports (at Highlands).

26 March - Weet bix Tryathlon

29 March - Four Year Old Friday


2 April - Home and School Meeting 7pm Senior school staffroom

3 April - Starting school the VS way, 5-6pm

10 April - Learning Conferences 2.15 - 7.30pm (school closes 2pm)

11 April - Learning Conferences 2.15 - 5.30pm (School closes at 2pm)

12 April - Last day of Term 1

29 April - First day of Term 2


Measles has been in the news over the last couple of days. Although there is an outbreak in other places in New Zealand, there have so far been no confirmed cases in Taranaki.

Here is an update from the Taranaki District Health Board:

Measles information for parents

There have so far been no confirmed cases of measles in Taranaki, but parents and caregivers still need to be aware of the signs and symptoms of the illness.

Your child may have measles if they have not been vaccinated and have:

  • - A fever of 38.5C AND

  • - A runny nose, sore red eyes or a cough

  • - A rash 3-5 days later which usually starts on the head and spreads down the body

    If you think you or your child might have measles, you need to keep them home from school and away from public places and other people. Measles is highly contagious from before symptoms start until 5 days after the rash has appeared.

    Please contact your doctor or Healthline on 0800 611116 for more advice and let your school or early childhood centre know that your child may have measles.

    Vaccination is the best protection against measles.

    Please contact your doctor to make sure you and your family are protected.

    For more information about measles please visit: https://www.health.govt.nz/your-health/conditions-and- treatments/diseases-and-illnesses/measles


1) We have heaps of events coming up over this term. Please keep the dates in the newsletter and on the calendar on our website handy. We will often message on facebook for quick updates and reminders.

2) We are trying to look after our environment by not having paper newsletters. We send the link for the newsletter out by email. It can also be found on the school app and on our website. If you are requiring a paper version, please email the school office at office@vogeltown.school.nz.

3) If your child is doing the Weetbix tryathlon, can you please let the school know on the morning of the tryathlon. Thanks.

4) We have a school app, which is great for quick access to the calendar, newsletter, digital permission forms and notices. Download the app on google play or from the apple store - look for 'Skool Loop' and select our school. (see advert below)

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Thanks whanau

Have a great weekend whanau! If you are playing cricket tonight or on Saturday - give it heaps!

Remember if you have any issues you wish to discuss, please come in and see me or contact me on principal@vogeltown.school.nz

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Jeremy Ogle - Principal