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


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 'Courageous'.

To be courageous we want our learners to give everything a go, be a risk taker, stick up for themselves, think of their own solutions, try new things, offer opinions and ideas, join in with others, and to be their own person.


WHAT: Being a good friend and making new friendships.

WHY: When we show good friendship, we show the school vision of Manaaki Tangata

A good friend is someone we can rely on, talk to and share things with

Friends you make at school become friends for life

Being a ‘Vogeltowner’ means being a good friend to everyone

SIGNS OF SUCCESS: You can respect your friends feelings and ideas

You can speak up and let friends know how you feel if they are mean

You allow new Vogeltowners to join in with your games

You show the school vision of Manaaki Tangata at all times!


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of Week 8 of Term 3. It has been a real 'Spring' week with the weather!

It has been a great week for our kids to be involved in cycle skills - see the photos below. A big thanks to Coach Mike for all his efforts this week, the kids have really enjoyed these sessions.

On Wednesday we had our 'Targeted Learners meeting' with the leadership team and it has been really pleasing to see the amazing results our Vogeltown learners have made over this year - even with all the interruptions. A massive thanks to all the work our Vogeltown teaching team are making with learner progress. The Huatoki (Middle) and Paetoki (Senior) teams will be sharing this progress with whanau next week at Learning Conferences. If you have not already, please book a time to meet with your child's teacher - see below for the links and codes.

We have come to our fifth week now at Covid Alert Level 2. As you will know, we will stay in Level 2 until the 16th September.

We are still following the MoE and MoH protocols at Level 2, please see the link below for our school restrictions and safety plan at Level 2. A massive thanks again to our Vogeltown teaching team for their professionalism with these protocols.

A reminder, if you are coming in to the school for any reason, please scan the QR code which is located at the front of each office door entrance. If you need to drop off anything, or catch up with a Vogeltown team member, then please ring the office first.

Dates to look out for next week:

* Maori Language week all next week!

* Spellathon testing day on Tuesday

* Huatoki (Middle) & Paetoki (Senior) Learning Conferences on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday.

* School photos on Friday. We do all the junior photos early in the morning.

Date changes:

We have had to make a few changes to some of our school events due to Alert Level 2. Please change these dates in your own calendar:

* The Talent Quest final is now on the 24th September at 2pm. If we are at Level 2 we will livestream this event.

* The Whanau fun run will now be in Term 4. We will update you in Term 4 once we find a space.

We will let you know if we need to change or postpone any more events.

If you have a couple of spare minutes, please could you give us some feedback in the two surveys below. One is around the wellbeing of our school and the other is around the proposal for a 'cohort entry' system for Vogeltown School in 2021.

Have a great weekend with your families whanau. Be kind, be safe, be aware.

Aroha nui, Mr O


A reminder to some of our families that school for the Senior School starts at 8:55am and our Junior School at 9:00am. We have had a large number of students arriving after 9:00am and some well after. Please make a real effort to get your child(ren) to school on time to start the day. See below for a table of 'learning time lost' if a child is consistently late to school.
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A massive thanks to 'Coach Mike' from Playball Taranaki who has taken cycle skills with the Taranaki (junior) team this week. The weather was perfect and the kids have really enjoyed themselves! A big thanks to everyone for getting the bikes to school, we had about 95% of our kids with their bikes here - tu meke!

There has been massive improvement from all the kids and the Coach Mike and our teachers step counts were up considerably over this week!

Check the link(s) below for more great photos taken by Mrs Sleep (Junior), they are awesome.

Room 1 & 5: https://photos.app.goo.gl/6ydx9s7ftaKbW8bm8

Room 2: https://photos.app.goo.gl/62z55HUs8DvmwaQZ9

Room 3: https://photos.app.goo.gl/icS594sh5p2YcgGf8

Room 4: https://photos.app.goo.gl/RyyaEkMRGxQHgXHT6

Room 6: https://photos.app.goo.gl/odQUpPqWfauvZE9h9



Kia ora whanau,

We have been doing a lot of work on our staff and learners wellbeing - especially over this year.

We are currently surveying the Taranaki (Junior) learners about their wellbeing and next week we will be surveying the Huatoki (Middle) and Paetoki (Seniors) wellbeing - this will be in the form of an online, anonymous survey.

We would love to hear how you are doing in the community! If you have a few minutes, could you please complete this community wellbeing survey. This survey is designed by the NZCER (New Zealand Educational research team. The link is below:


Due to Covid, our learning conferences in Term 2 were moved to a phone call and online. Our Taranaki (Junior) team had learning conferences at the beginning of this term. We will be having the Huatoki (Middle) and Paetoki (Senior) conferences in Week 9 of this term. At Level 2, we will be asking parents/caregivers who come on site to social distance and scan the QR code at the gate or fill in the contact tracing register outside each classroom. We will be social distancing in the classrooms too.

We always aim to get 100% attendance to these conferences as they are a very important time to meet with your child's teacher and discuss the progress made so far over the year. You will also receive your child's progress report at this meeting - this will be the same report as you received in Term 1 and Term 2 - showing progress over the year.

We will not be closing early on these days. The first learning conference time will begin at 3.30pm. We will be holding these conferences over 3 nights, giving you plenty of options for making a time to meet with your child's teacher.

To book in for a learning conference, please use this website and these codes for the different days:

  1. Go to parentinterviews.co.nz, enter the event code and click Go.
  2. Enter your name, email address and the names of the students you wish to make bookings for.
  3. Select the teachers you'd like to book by ticking the checkbox beside their name, and then click the Book Interviews button at the bottom of the page.
  4. Using the timetable, click the Book button beside the time slot you'd like to book for the teacher. You'll be asked to confirm your booking.
  5. Continue until you've booked all teachers.

The codes for each day are:

* Tuesday 15 September (3:30pm - 7:30pm) SSTFBZVR

* Wednesday 16 September (3:30pm - 5:30pm) 5SBPQNVZ

* Thursday 17 September (3:30pm - 5:30pm) UUWQX8Z4


Cohort Entry

Vogeltown School is considering whether to establish a cohort entry policy from 2021. This will allow new entrant children to start school in cohort groups on the first day of any term or at the midpoint of any term after their 5th birthday and before their 6th birthday, rather than on a child’s birthday (also known as continuous entry). Children enrolling at the start or midpoint of term one and the start of term two would be considered Year One students for the year. Children enrolling at the midpoint of term two, or the start or midpoint of terms three and four would be considered Year Zero for the year and would be in Year One the following year.

Cohort entry allows new entrants to have an easier transition to school and helps them build friendships more easily. Children’s learning is benefitted, as they receive the same messages at the same time - new children don’t miss things because they started after the class had learnt that information. It also allows Vogeltown School to better plan its staffing requirements and minimises disruption for new entrant classes. Parents can still decide when their child is ready to start school and can choose a later cohort entry date if they feel that their child is not ready to start school directly after they turn 5.

As part of this process we would like to hear the views of the school community.

You can answer these questions on the survey link or email your responses. The questions we want you to consider are the same on the survey link as they are below.

Questions for you to consider:

  1. Would you support a cohort entry policy at Vogeltown school? If yes, why? If no, why not?

  2. Do you know of any individuals or groups that would be disadvantaged by the adoption of a cohort entry policy at Vogeltown school?

  3. Do you know of any individuals or groups that would benefit from the adoption of a cohort entry policy at Vogeltown school?

  4. If Vogeltown school adopts a cohort entry policy, would you consider enrolling your child(ren) at an alternative school that does not have such a policy?

  5. If Vogeltown school adopts a cohort entry policy, would you be more likely to enrol your child(ren) as a result?

If you have any feedback or questions, please contact Mrs Newland or Mr Ogle

at lee.newland@vogeltown.school.nz or jeremy.ogle@vogeltown.school.nz


The Scholastic Book Fair is open next week in the school library.

Opening hours are Tuesday 3.00 pm - 7.00 pm, Wednesday & Thursday 8.30 am - 5.30 pm.

This is an awesome opportunity to come along and have a browse at new, top quality books for your children or mokopuna. Prices start from $5.00 for books or activity packs, with novelty stationery items prices from $2.00.

Due to level 2 still being in place we ask that all visitors do the following:

  • Sign in using the QR code at the school gate or at the library, or you can manually fill in a contact tracing form in the library.
  • Hand sanitise as you enter the library (a dispenser is available at the door) .
  • Keep 1 metre away from other people (as much as possible) while you are looking at the books.
  • Wear a mask or face covering if you are comfortable doing so.
  • Remember if you are sick, stay away. You can use your child's wish list to make purchases if necessary.

We will accept cash, eftpos, cheque and credit card payments.

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Enrolment Scheme and Out of Zone Applications
This week the Vogeltown Board of Trustees advertised for 10 new entrant spaces for out of zone students wishing to enrol at Vogeltown. Please ensure that we have children's names and your contact details on our database so that we can make contact when the out of zone enrolment process commences. Please note that children living in zone have automatic right of enrolment.

To assist the school with preparation for the rest of 2020, please inform the office of any students who may be starting or leaving that we may not already know about.

If you know any families who may be thinking about coming to Vogeltown in 2021, please get these families to contact myself or the school office for an enrolment pack or for a visit.

The adverts were in the Midweek on Wednesday and in The Daily News this Saturday.


A massive thanks to Mr Stirling for organising the school Cross Country this year. Today we gave out the certificates to our learners who came in 1st, 2nd or 3rd. We did not have an assembly, we did this as part of a Rm 15 celebration of our runners.

Unfortunately, the New Plymouth Schools Cross Country has been cancelled for 2020. We will wait to see if the Tarankai Cross Country goes ahead in Week 10.

See below for the photos of our top 3 in each division


Check out this awesome work from Wi Henry in Rm 11
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Trapdoor Spider explanation Harlan, Mason,Jesse J,Rhiannon



Thank you to those who have registered so far for summer sports. Registrations for Summer Soccer and Yr0-2 Netball are still open. These registrations close on Sunday 13 September. We still need some players for the following teams: (please register on kindo)

Touch Rugby:

U12's (Yr5/6): We are looking good for 2 teams this year but just need a couple more boys to fill up the teams.

U10's (Yr3/4): We look to have enough for 2 teams in this grade also but again just need 1 or 2 more boys.

U8's (Y1/2): We are in need of a couple of girls to join the team please.

Summer Hockey: (Yr 3/4): We are needing 2 or 3 players to fill up our ministicks team.

Cricket: Yr 5/6: Registrations are now closed.

Yr 3/4: We need a few more players to fill up this team.

Yr 1/2: Registrations are now closed.

All registrations need to be completed using our kindo shop. Please use this link to sign up if you haven't done so already. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/ You must make payment for the registration to be processed.


As we remain in Level 2, I can advise the following for our winter sporting codes:

Netball: Games are back on track with spectators limited. Please check the Netball Taranaki website regularly for updates and draw changes.



Miniball/Basketball: Can all miniball players please return your playing tops to the yellow bin on the senior side or to the Junior office.


Hockey: All games are commencing as per the original draw but please no spectators inside the turf area. Please refer to the Taranaki Hockey website or Facebook page for the latest updates:




A massive thanks to everyone who supported Wig Wednesday this week. We managed to raise $230 for Child Cancer - which is awesome!

Thanks so much for your support of this worthy charity.


Art Work Fundraiser - our children are busy creating their masterpieces for this year's annual art work fundraiser, you will be able to purchase calendars, diaries and notebooks featuring your child's masterpiece - keep an eye out for more information to come in the next few weeks. Orders will be taken early Term 4!

Next week our kids will be doing their test for the 'Mighty Spellathon'. This is a great fundraiser as it is about our Vogeltowners doing some awesome learning and at the same time, trying to get sponsored to see how they go. See if you can get a couple more sponsors over the weekend? Please help support this 'learning fundraiser'.

A reminder to begin organising your quiz team for the upcoming Home and School quiz! Lock in the date - Tuesday 20th October, 7pm. $15 per ticket.

Thanks for your continued support of this hardworking Vogeltown Home and School team.


Below are the 'Four Year Old Friday' dates for Term 4. We have one more Four Year Old Friday this term on the 18th September.

Note: We will still go ahead with the Four Year Old Fridays - please sign in at the junior school office before heading to Rm 1.


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Birthdays this week -

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

Lewis Zimmermann, Mason Ansell, Sebastian Salt, Jerem-Lee Tako-Tohu, Vee Hellier, Caleb Greenhill, Reef Smith, Harpah Bowyer.



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/


14 - 18 September Book Fair at Vogeltown School (in the library)

15 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:30pm - 7:30pm

15 September 'Spellathon' Testing day

16 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:30pm - 5:30pm

17 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:30pm - 5:30pm

18 September Four Year Old Friday (9:00am -11:30am)

18 September School Photos

23 September Starting School the VS way 5:30pm - 6:30pm

24 September Paetoki Social dancing evening 5:30pm - 6:30pm

24 September Vogeltown Talent Quest Final

25 September 'Spellathon' Assembly

25 September Last day of Term 3


12 October First Day of Term 4


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.

2) If you have any concerns, please contact the school office to make an appointment with your child's teacher or ask for Mr George or Mr Ogle.

Thanks whanau

Have an awesome weekend whanau! Stay safe and be kind to each other. 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


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