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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 fourth week of Term 1, 2021 at Vogeltown - what a busy week!

A massive congratulations and thanks to our Paetoki team of teachers for their efforts on camp this week! They were so well planned and made the camp another wonderful experience - tu meke team!

A big thanks to all the parents and caregivers who helped with camp as well - we can not do camp without you guys, and your energy on camp was awesome - thanks heaps.

To our Paetoki learners, you have had an awesome experience and made memories that will last for life! Thank you all for your enthusiasm, determination and being 'Vogeltowners', it shone through this week. Now have a great sleep tonight!

Congratulations to Mrs Linda Sleep who celebrated her 70th birthday today! We had a special morning tea for Mrs Sleep and sang her Happy Birthday. Well done 'Sleepy', have a wonderful weekend of celebrating!

Thanks again to those parents/caregivers who have provided feedback on the 'start of school' survey and the 'health survey. Both these links are below and will only take a couple of minutes - please, if you can give up 2 minutes, fill these in for us. We have 340 students at Vogeltown, and we only have about 20 responses - please help us out so we can get a 'genuine' response to these surveys. I will leave them here for the next few weeks.

We are looking forward to our 'Whanau Fiesta' next week on Wednesday night. This is always a highlight for the school and a time when you can informally catch up with your child's teacher. There is a list below, so you know which 'event' your child's teacher is on Wednesday night. It is also a great night to catch up with the Vogeltown BOT and all our new families. See the video below of last years event - filmed 3 weeks before lockdown!

Aroha nui, Mr O

Whanau Fiesta 2020


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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. Later in the newsletter there is a list as to where all the teachers will be on this night, so you can go and introduce yourself and have a chat so our teaching team can 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 at the beginning of Term 1 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


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)


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Kia ora Vogeltown whanau,

We are looking forward to our 'Whanau Fiesta' on Wednesday night. We have had to change to this event to now take place on the Senior side of the road, as the Junior school is a 'building zone' at present.

We look forward to this event every year. The idea is to welcome our families back to the new year, welcome new families, informally chat/meet with your child's teacher and have a great evening!

To find your child's teacher, here is the list of stalls/events on the night with the teacher at each:

BBQ - Mr George, Ms Pretty, Miss Bleasdale

Pizza stall - Mrs Treadway and Mrs Oliver

Hot Chips stall - Miss King and Miss Fleming

Cake Stall - Mrs Seed and Mrs Irving

Desserts stall - Mrs Harold

Drinks stall - Mrs Melody, Mrs Stone and Mrs Lash

Horizontal bungee - Mr Stirling and Mr Bishop

Pool - Mr Ransfield

Bouncy Castle - Mrs Newland

'Mean' games - Mr Ogle

We will have eftpos available for the senior school office for 'cash out'. We will also have cash at the stalls.

Parking will be available on the back field of the senior school.


Each term we have a couple of school policies that require reviewing by the community. This term we are reviewing the 'Home Learning' policy.

All our policies are available on the 'School Docs' website - this are available at any time.

Please login in to 'School Docs' and go to reviews to have a read of this policy and give the BOT some feedback.


Login: vogeltown

P/Wd: huatoki

Nga mihi nui - Vogeltown BOT


Winter Sport Terms 2 and 3

Next week our winter sport registrations will open for you to sign your child/ren up. On offer will be hockey, miniball/basketball, and netball (Yr3-6).

Please remember you can keep topping up your Kindo account so it is in credit in preparation for when you need to use it.


Birthdays this week -

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

Peyton Hodgson, Chelsea Johnson, Kenzie Madden, Isabelle Chapman-Sadler, Archer James, Azharia Martin, Jaxon Gray, Andie Rathgen, Jacob Rose, Jackson Cowley, Jameson Gallie, Savannah Coombe



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/


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

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


10 March - Whanau Tryathlon

11 March - Syndicate Tryathlon

12 March - Kindy Tryathlon

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

9 April - Four Year Old Friday, 9:15am to 11:00am

16 April - Last day of Term 1 2021


3 May - Start of Term 2


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.

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.