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

SCHOOL GOAL: Kindness (Manaakitanga)

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 school values.

We need kindness for people to ‘get on’ and relate to each other, animals and the environment. “Manāki Tanagata, Manāki whenua - To care for the people and to care for the land” this is a big part of our school vision.


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 Week 12 and to the start of the school holidays!

It certainly feels like a long time ago since we came back to school in Level 3 and our 'bubbles'. We will certainly look back on the beginning of 2020 with absolute disbelief! It is hard to believe that 8 weeks into Term 1 we were planning and trying to find the best ways to teach 'remotely'! A massive thanks to the Vogeltown teaching team for the commitment and support of each other during this very 'different' time. Well done to our Vogeltown community as well. You guys have helped keep this virus away and had to become teachers, mentors, social coaches and counsellors - well done whanau, we appreciate your support!

We are now preparing for Term 3. We have two terms left in the year (20 school weeks) to accelerate and build on the progress we have already made in our learning so far. We have some exciting topics planned for Term 3 as well as some great Vogeltown traditions and community involvement:

Some things to look forward to:

- Mid Winter Swim

- Talent Quest

- Interschool sports (Yr 5/6)

- Whanau Fun run

- Vogeltown Cross Country

- Arbor Day

- Wig Wednesday

- Book Fair

These next two weeks of holidays will certainly be a time for our teaching team to relax and recharge the batteries having done a wonderful job! I want our Vogeltown community to do the same. Bring out the board games again, turn off the wifi and enjoy the holidays with the freedom that we have earned as a country.

Our Te Reo focus for this week has been:

He aha te tae? What is the colour?

He_______________ te tae

Ma - white, whero - red, kakriki - green, Maota - dark green, Karera - light green, Pango - black, kowhai - yellow, kahurangi - blue, kikorangi - blue, karaka - orange, mawhero - pink, kiwikiw - grey, paraone - brown, tawa - purple.

Thanks whanau,

Stay safe and spend heaps of time with the family!

Mr O


We had an awesome birthday celebration on Wednesday! We turned 105 years old! Everyone wore their pyjamas or 'onesie'. We got all the junior and seniors together for a photo and we had a special cake made! See the photos below!
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A reminder that we have a Teacher Only Day on Friday 31st July. This has been advertised to the community last year and in the calendar every newsletter this year.

We will be using this day in two ways:

* The first is for learning conferences for our Taranaki (Junior) syndicate. We will have the Thursday night and all of Friday for our parents/caregivers to book in and talk to your child's teacher. See the link below to book in a time for these learning conferences.

* For our Huatoki (Middle) and Paetoki (Senior) syndicates, this day will be for Professional Development around writing.

Our learning conferences for the Huatoki (Middle) and Paetoki (Senior) syndicates will be in Week 9 of Term 3.


As part of our reporting to parents/caregivers on student progress, we hold Learning Conferences in Term 3. These will be in Week 2 of this term for our Taranaki (Junior) syndicate and in Week 9 for our Huatoki (Middle) and Paetoki (Senior) syndicates.

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.

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:

* Thursday 30th July (3:30pm - 7:30pm) - 97TUDZ5G

* Friday 31st July (9:00am - 3:00pm) - ST8Z2GZ4


A massive welcome to Matilda (Tilly) Holder who has started in Rm 12 at Vogeltown this week.

We know you will enjoy Vogeltown! A massive welcome to Tilly's whanau!


The final tally for IROCK tokens for the term were added up, and Kakariki were the winners (again!). Well done to Kakariki who are also winning the whanau events! Tu Meke Kakariki team.

The kids of Kakariki all got a lollipop and a keychain from our Class Reps Sam Knight and Ollie Treadway.

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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.

Below are the 'Four Year Old Friday' dates for Term 3.

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Birthdays this week -

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

Madhav Murria, Jaxon Corbett-Howcroft, Mia Vooght



On Thursday our Greenies, Miss King and Mrs Melody went for a walk through the domain and up to the Budleigh St reserve. It was an awesome walk. Many of our Vogeltown community have never been here before! A massive thanks to Bill for his time and commitment to Vogeltown School. Check out the photos below:


Kia Ora VS Whanau

Who are the Vogeltown Home & School?

We are a small group of parents and staff that fundraises for the ongoing educational needs of Vogeltown School students. We help with all the 'little extras' that sometimes school funding does not cover. We are often found handing out ice blocks at school cross country, organise the school lunches and other small fundraisers throughout the year. Each year we commit to supporting the school through providing sports uniforms, classroom equipment, transport subsidies and there are other projects that come up every now and then because of a need or want for them. After the school holidays, the Home and School will discuss future fundraising events for the school and we would love to have fresh ideas from our school community.

When do we meet?

We usually meet once or twice a term, however on Wednesday 29th July, we invite you to an informal hui in the Senior School Staffroom at 7pm. There will be some light finger food available as we will also hold our AGM (don't be put off - this will only take 15 minutes where we will appoint new office holders - formal stuff sometimes has to be carried out!).

We encourage our new Vogeltown families to come along and see what we are all about, fundraising can be fun and very rewarding!


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/


1 July Four Year Old Wednesday (note day change)

1 July Vogeltown School birthday

3 July Last day of Term 2

20 July First day of Term 3

23 July Whanau gumboot throw prelims

24 July Whanau gumboot throw finals.

29 July Home and School hui 7pm (Senior side staffroom)

31 July Teacher Only Day


The Jellyfish!

The biggest jellyfish in the world is two metres. The smallest jellyfish in the world is the size of your thumb.
Jellyfish are all different shapes and colours. Some jellyfish can sting you and other jellyfish can kill you!
Some jellyfish look like flowers in the sea.

By Audrey Coutts


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Winter Sport:

Miniball Yr 0-2 - Registrations are now closed. Team lists to follow.

Yr 3-4 - I have 1 or 2 more spots available to fill up our teams. Please use the kindo link below to sign up.

Basketball Yr5-6 - Registrations are now closed. Team lists to follow.

KINDO: Please click on the following link which will take you to our Kindo Shop on our school website. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/ If you have any queries at all regarding registrations please do not hesitate to contact me.

Netball: Registrations are now closed. All team information has been sent out via email. Please check your emails for all the details. Games commence week 1 of term 3.

Hockey (Yr3-6): Registrations are now closed. All team information has been sent out via email. Please check your emails for all the details. Games commence Saturday 25 July.

The Fun Sticks hockey programme for Year 0-2 children will now commence in term 3, not term 4 as previously advised. If you wish to start your child off in this programme please register directly with Taranaki Hockey on the following link. https://docs.google.com/forms/d/1whU7TNMm2w1jNcue2ZQWj2j8RZpBRBnmHb523bN_wnQ/edit

If you have any queries at all regarding winter sport for your child, please do not hesitate to contact me on michelle.sleep@vogeltown.school.nz


1) Please be mindful of where you park before and after school - especially over the next 12 weeks as the roadworks begin in front of the schools. No one should be parking on broken yellow lines - PLEASE!

2) It is our school birthday on the 1st July! We will be 105 years old! We are going to be running a free sausage sizzle for the kids on this day. More information will be out next week.


Devon Intermediate

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Highlands Intermediate

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Thanks whanau

Have an awesome weekend whanau! Stay Safe, spend heaps of time with your families and turn off the wifi!

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal

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Our Road Patrol boys ready to go at 8.10am!


Highlands Swimming Club- Winter Swimming Lessons Term 3

We have limited spaces available at our Winter Swimming Lessons for Term 3 on Monday nights at the Bell Block Aquatic Centre:

20th July to 21st September

Times 6.30pm to 7.15pm for Levels 3, 4 and 5 (45 mins)

7.15pm to 8.15pm All Squads and Adults (1 hour)

Cost is $95.00 per swimmer & $60.00 Adults for the term.

Please email highlands.swim.club@gmail.com if you require further details.


Highlands Swimming Club

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