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 Term 3. It has been great to finally have a full term with our learners at school! As of tomorrow holidays begin and the kids certainly need a break to recuperate and get ready for Term 4.

It has been a messy term in regards to Covid Alert Levels, but the staff, kids and community have been amazing - thanks so much for your support and reading the many memo updates.

As of Tuesday we moved to Covid Level 1 restrictions. As a nation and as a community, we have been following the guidelines and now we are lucky enough to move in to this level. Please see some information below about Level 1 at Vogeltown School and for New Zealand.

Reflecting back, during the term we have been able to do most of our school events. These include:

* Whanau gumboot throw

* Taranaki team learning conferences

* Inter-school sports exchange against Central and Welbourn Schools

* Taranaki team trips to the recycling centre

* First Aid with St John

* Senior speeches and finals

* Vogeltown School cross country

* Taranaki cross country

* Taranaki team cycle skills with Mike Rubik

* Wig Wednesday

* Talent Quest heats and final

* Book fair and Huatoki and Paetoki Learning Conferences

* School photos

* Car Free day (Pancake breakfast)

And of course a heap of learning in class as well! What a busy term with most of the term under Level 2 covid restrictions.

A massive thanks to everyone for supporting the school 'spellathon'. We have had some great learning happening and it was great to see the kids so excited about their 'spellathon' results. The money received back to school has blown us away! Our Vogeltown learners and Vogeltown community have raised over $9,000 for the school! This is awesome, what a great community we have - thank you so much for your support of this 'learning fundraiser'!

Dates to look out for first week back:

Monday 12 October - First day of Term 4

Thursday 15 October - National Shakedown Day (Earthquake drill)

Tuesday 20 October - Home and School Quiz night (At Good Home)

Wednesday 21 October - Year 6 Highlands Orientation (11:00am)

Friday 23 October - Four Year Old Friday 9:00am - 11:00am

Monday 26 October - Labour Day (No School)

Tuesday 27 October - BoT Meeting 6:30pm

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

Covid Level 1 Information for Vogeltown School

At Vogeltown School:

  • There will be no more signage displayed around the school sites

  • Parents/caregivers are welcome on site. You do not need to ring before coming on school sites. Although we are still encouraging the morning ‘drop offs’ at the gates.

  • After 3pm parents/caregivers and kids are allowed on the school sites. Please be aware however that our staff are still working after 3pm to get programmes ready for the next day in their rooms - they need this time for preparation.

  • We will open the drinking fountains on both school sites. Learners can still bring drink bottles if they so wish.

  • We will still ask that if your child is sick to please keep them home. As you know staying at home if you’re sick is especially important at Alert Level 1. The risk of COVID-19 being spread in the community is much greater when there are no restrictions on gatherings or going out.

  • If your child has cold or flu symptoms you should call your doctor or Healthline on 0800 358 5453 for advice about getting tested. If recommended to get tested, you should do so.

For our Vogeltown community:

  • COVID-19 is contained at Alert Level 1, but it’s still worthwhile to keep a safe distance from people you don’t know while out and about. This will help to minimise the spread of COVID-19 if community transmission returns.

  • For air travel you are not required to wear a face covering, (if not travelling to, through or from Auckland), but you are encouraged to do so for your safety and the safety of those around you. Consider doing the same for all inter-regional travel.

  • Scan into places through the NZ COVID Tracer app or keep a good record of where you have been, to support speedy contact tracing.

  • We will still have our ‘contact tracing QR code’ posters up at our classroom doors and office doors.

  • There are no restrictions on numbers at gatherings. Schools, like workplaces, are not considered to be gatherings. Physical activities including cultural and sporting activities, practices and events can go ahead

  • There are no restrictions on domestic travel. People should avoid using mass transport if sick, awaiting a result from a COVID-19 test or required/recommended to self-isolate.


A massive welcome to our new learners and their whanau to Vogeltown School, we know you will enjoy being at Vogeltown and becoming a 'Vogeltowner'!

Nau mai haere mai;

Sophie French (Rm 1), Amelia Crawford-Potroz (Rm 1), Carter Gibbins (Rm 5), Nayl Zulheiry (Rm 1), Precious Ngapera (Rm 1), Hana Hunt (Rm 1), Carter Cross (Rm 1).

Welcome whanau!


A massive well done to our cross country team who went to Hawera on Wednesday. The team included:

Jacob McEldowney, Kace Raven, Jasper Miners, Quinn Hall, Mason Dyett, Madeline O’Connor, Kaitlin Taylor, Colby Smith, Amber Williams, Abby Hurley, Ella Ansell, Owen Muir, Tayjs Russell, Cooper Scott, Azharia Martin, Edie Quinn, Asha Lallu, Tane Repia, Skilah-Tess Stevens, Ruby Smith, Sevana Commerer, Indi Mason, Alyssa Smith, Kaylee Wood, Jett Hay, Flynn Scott and Charlee Chase.

Special mentions to; Sam Knight 4th place 11 yr old boys, Jacob McEldowney 10th place 10 yr old boys, Azharia Martin16th place 9 yr old girls

A big thanks to all the parents/caregivers who took kids down to Hawera for us. See photos below:


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 all our Vogeltown learners for putting your talents on show over the last 3 weeks. It is great to have such a creative school and creative learners. One of our school values is to be 'Original' and this is certainly the case with the talents that we have in the school!

This culminated in the Talent quest final yesterday. It was great to be at level 1 so we could all enjoy these acts!.

A massive thanks to Miss Bleasdale and Miss King who organised the whole event this year - the first time they have done this! Even having to organise the teachers dance, not an easy task!! Tu Meke and thanks team!

Below are the photos of the finalists and the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place getters. There is also a link to the staff dance - watch at your own risk!

Vogeltown Teachers Talent Quest dance 2020


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:


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


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.


Well done to these awesome students who have worked hard towards the school values and received a Principal award today:

Nayl Zulheiry, Ruuana Repia, Sophie Flitcroft, Connor Stevenson, Liam Wildbore, Dylan Chapman, Meila McAnelly, Raine Donnelly, Carter Gibbons, Kaden Dempsey-Broadmore, Kaitlin Taylor, Alyssa Smith, Taimana Irwin, Bianca Corbett-Howcroft, Tyler Hambridge, Tane Repia, Millie Caswell, Zavier Bosson, Peyton Clarry, Jacob Robinson, Matilda Holder, Zac Wells, Dante Joseph, Kenzie Madden, Ruby Smith, Edie Quinn, Skyelah Tito, Tanae Beer-Rauner, Nuqman Zulheiry, Ruby Lett.

Tu Meke team!! Great way to end the term!



Registrations are now closed with the exception of the following teams:

Touch Rugby: U12's (Yr5/6): We have space for 2 boys and 2 girls. U10's (Yr3/4): We have space for 1 more boy. U8's (Y1/2): We are in need of a couple of girls to join the team please.

Summer Hockey: (Yr 3/4): We have space for 2 more players.

Summer Soccer: Yr 2/3: We have space for 4 more players. Yr4/5: We have space for 1 or 2 more players. Y6: We need another 3 or 4 players.

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


Well, it's been a crazy ole season this year but we've managed, mostly, to fit in a reasonable amount of winter sport. Once again we owe a huge thank you to all of our coaches and managers of our teams. The time and effort you put in throughout the season really is appreciated.


Art Work Fundraiser - our children have finished 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!

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. See the poster below for the details. Please register your team by emailing vshomeandschool@gmail.com

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

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What an amazing response we had to this years 'Spellathon'. We did not want the 'push' the spellathon too hard this year, even so, as a community we have managed to raise $9,000! This is an amazing effort by everyone! Thank you so much whanau for your support, your help with learning at home and gaining sponsors for the kids! This money goes straight back in to the school and is for the kids.

Massive thanks also to Mrs Laura Seed who organised this years Spellathon. We had a great assembly today to give out some spot prizes and overall 'earner'.

Thanks Vogeltown community!


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Birthdays this week -

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

Kayleen Du Plooy, Kirryn Fox, Noah Carley, Wiremu Te Anini, Zakira Te Anini, Zayden Coombe, Kaylee Wood, Saqqarah Gear, Pearce Donnelly, Siena Duckett.

Happy birthday to these Vogeltowners who will celebrate their birthday over the holidays:

Arihana Carroll, Aila Taylor, Carlo Hellier, Cocone Hiyama, Xaviahe Hellier, Jasper Miners, Lexie Coombe, Daysharlon Te Anini, Stirling Humphries, Ayla Farmer, Jacob McEldowney, Ngaia Peterken.



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/


Monday 12 October - First day of Term 4

Thursday 15 October - National Shakedown Day (Earthquake drill)

Tuesday 20 October - Home and School Quiz night (At Good Home)

Wednesday 21 October - Year 6 Highlands Orientation (11:00am)

Friday 23 October - Four Year Old Friday 9:00am - 11:00am

Monday 26 October - Labour Day (No School)

Tuesday 27 October - BoT Meeting 6:30pm


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 2 week holiday whanau! Turn off the wifi and spend some time as a family and whanau together.

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


Our very own Miss Emma King (Room 4 teacher) is a trained and qualified Pilates teacher! She is currently taking 2 classes a week at Body Logic Studio in New Plymouth. If you are interested in giving Pilates a go, then give Body Logic a call or get in touch with Miss King. All ages and levels are very welcome!! Class times are Tuesday 5:30pm and Saturday 8:30am. Some of our Vogeltown School teachers have been going to Pilates with Miss King and are loving it!
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