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.

SCHOOL GOAL: Being 'open' to new learning!

WHAT: Being prepared to learn new ‘skills’ at school this term!

WHY: To understand that learning never stops

To know that I am capable of learning new things

Being open to learn in all areas – socially, academically and emotionally

I can improve myself by being open to new ideas


You are keen to ‘take on’ new learning and use this learning to develop your skills

You want to learn new things – you are a sponge and might go on to research more!

Even if it is not a subject you like, you are still keen to learn and develop your skills

You are always improving and developing your skills with new learning.


Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of Week 7 of Term 3. We only have have 3 weeks left in the term, it really is fizzing past!

A massive well done to all our kids for the running of the cross country on Wednesday. It was an awesome day and the kids showed all the IROCK values of a Vogeltown learner - especially being courageous and kind! See further down the newsletter for the results. Unfortunately the NPPA Cross Country has been cancelled for 2020.

We have come to our fourth week at Covid Alert Level 2. 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. Thanks also to all our community for the respect you showed around the Level 2 protocols we had in place for the cross country on Wednesday. A lot of schools had cancelled their cross country event, but we wanted to run this day - especially with all the hard work the kids had put in to their training.

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:

* Next week we have the Junior School's cycle skills. The kids can bring their bikes and leave in the classrooms. They will be locked away at night.

* The New Plymouth Schools Cross Country has been cancelled for 2020.

* Wig Wednesday next Wednesday! Everyone to wear a wig and bring a gold coin for the Child Cancer foundation.

* The annual Vogeltown Talent Quest final is next Friday. If we are at Level 1 we can offer some space for whanau to attend. Otherwise we will try to 'live stream' this awesome event!

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 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.

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

Aroha nui, Mr O


A massive thanks again to Mr Bill Clarkson and the NPDC who have helped us again with our 'localised curriculum around sustainability' and planting new trees in the Huatoki domain.

You can see from the photos the kids planted in amongst the trees and shrubs that the children planted on Arbor Day last year. Once again most of the 85 plants they put in this year they have grown themselves at school propagation days from locally collected seed. Trees and shrubs planted this year included titoki, tawa, rimu, kohekohe, kotukutuku, porokaiwhiri (pigeon wood), mahoe, rewarewa, puriri, horoeka (lancewood), hangehange and kawakawa among others. The combined total number of plants they have put in along this part of the Huatoki Stream over the last two years is now over 170 plants.

Big thanks again to Bill Clarkson for his ongoing support of the school! Thanks to NPDC for their support and to Miss King and Mrs Melody whose classes helped out with all the planting! Manaaki whenua - Care for the land.



A massive welcome to these new Vogeltown learners. We know you will enjoy being part of the 'Vogeltown family'. Next time we have a whole school assembly we will place the Vogeltown korowai around these learners and get a photo.

A big Welcome to:

Amelia Crawford-Potroz (Rm 1), Carter Gibbins (Rm 5) and Nayl Zulheiry (Rm 1).

Welcome team!


Vogeltown School Assembly 4:9:20


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:


Well done to these awesome Vogeltowners who have shown the IROCK values of the school. The awards were given out in the online assembly and then in person!

Well done team, here are the lucky recipients:

Noah Jones, Ben Croker, Emelia Gooch, Jacob Rose, Cherish Whareaorere, Joe Zimmermann, Zavier Steer, Tyvian Viliamu-West, Manawa Neho, Jaxon Corbett-Howcroft, Guan Ip, Max Myers, Arihana Carroll, Rio Lucas-Mitchell, Chase Judson, Brodie Blowes, Ameliah Jones, William Gardner, Deakon Wilmshurst, Charlee Chase, Leeanya Lepper, Jamian Jansen, Colby Smith, Jeronimo Navas Daal, Jodeci McLeod, Tristan Hambridge, Tayjs Russell, Rory Rathgen.

Tu Meke whanau!


Due to Covid, our learning conferences in T2 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


Enrolment Scheme and Out of Zone Applications
Next week the Vogeltown Board of Trustees will be advertising 10 New entrant spaces 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 will be in the Midweek and the Daily News next week.


Check out this awesome work from Peyton and Lexie in Rm 11

The Sea Turtle

The sea turtle is an endangered reptile, I know it sounds CRAZY!! But the turtles were around when the dinosaurs were around!! That was like 150 million years ago!! Here is how the sea turtle lives…

The female turtle lays around 50-200 eggs and out of them, 20% don't hatch, how sad. The egg is about the size of a ping pong ball with a leather-like texture, these eggs are laid on high ground, still on the beach of course.

The survival for a turtle is very hard, the first task for the turtle is actually getting to the ocean, facing crabs, seabirds, and sometimes even racoons.Then when they actually get to the water they have to face many more obstacles such as waves, currants, white sharks, bull sharks, tiger sharks, big fish, and even seabirds, when they come up for air.

By this time 50% are well...dead, the worst thing for a turtle is human interference. We do terrible things such as oil pollution, plastic pollution, fishing nets, fishing lines,and some very harmful chemicals that we leave in the ocean. At this point only 1-2% are still alive.

Sea turtles have a very hard life, but cross your fingers and hope that turtles will be around for another 150 million years. But that probably won't happen if we as humans don't change some of our habits.

-Peyton Clarry Rm 11

Sea turtles

Did you know that sea turtles are 150 million years old? They were alive when dinosaurs were around! Turtles are even older than me! They are now becoming endangered. I am going to explain to you how sea turtles are a miracle .

Firstly when eggs are laid Their mum lays up to 200 eggs. They are the size of ping-pong balls. They feel leathery and their mum will lay them in the ground this is called a pit! When they have been laid 20% of 100 don't hatch. The other 80% come out of the pit and will make their way to the sea.

Secondly, once they make its way out of the pit they will make their way to the sea on their way they will face predators like crabs, raccoons and sea birds. After that another 40% die that leaves us with 40% still alive. Once they make it to the sea they swim forward. When they come up to the surface for air that's when sea birds will catch them. 20% will die from that,that leaves us with 20% left!

Once they have gone forward they find a bit of seaweed to settle under for 20 years. while they are under the seaweed they are growing up to be an adult. Whilst they are growing up they only have large predators left like tiger sharks, bull sharks, great white sharks and maybe even a killer whale.

Lastly once they have survived the predators and have grown up the will head to land it will leave us to only 2% left! They lay their eggs. Then they hatch and their life cycle will start all over again.

Well now I have told you all about sea turtles and how they survive. Would you want to be a sea turtle? Well I don't know about you I wouldn’t want to be one with my luck of surviving.

Lexie Rm 11


A big thanks to all the parents/caregivers who helped us with the Mountain Biking Bungee this term! A massive thanks to Mr Stirling and Miss Fleming for their guidance and support of our mountain biking learners.

Check out the cool photos from their last day and the championship photos - Ollie Treadway winning the Mountain Biking trophy for 2020.


Kia ora whanau,

As part of our review of our school policies, we often ask the Vogeltown community for feedback. The current policy we are seeking feedback about is 'Learning Support'.

If you have time, please go to the following link, type in 'Learning support' in the search bar, have a read and please give us some feedback.

Thanks whanau

Vogeltown BOT.


login: vogeltown, password: huatoki



Registrations for all of our term 4 sports are now open. We are again using our Kindo Shop for you to register your child. Please use the following link which will take you to our Kindo shop page on our website. If you have not used Kindo before you do need to sign up first by using your email address that is held by the school. Please feel free to check with the office if you have any problems with this. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/

The following sports are available for next term.

Touch Rugby: Yrs 0-6 Played Mondays after school at Devon Intermediate.

Summer Soccer: Yrs 0-6 Played Tuesdays from 6pm at Merrilands Domain.

Summer Hockey: Yrs 3-6 Played on Saturday mornings at the Hobson St Turf.

Kiwi & Incrediball Cricket: Yrs 0-6 Played on Fridays from 5.30pm at various grounds.

Netball: Yrs 0-2: Played on Wednesdays after school at the Waiwhakaiho Netball Courts.


As we remain in Level 2 for now, 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.



Miniball/Basketball: All miniball games have unfortunately been cancelled for the season. Please return your playing tops to the yellow bin on the senior side or to the Junior office. Year 5/6 basketball games are to be played from Monday with no spectators.


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:




Well done to all of our Vogeltown learners who ran the cross country on Wednesday! It was an awesome event and the weather was perfect.

We are sorry that we could not have any spectators and we thank you for respecting this protocol whilst in Level 2.

Massive thanks to Mr Stirling for his organisation and the VS team for supporting the kids and making the day run smoothly.

The results were:



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!

This week we sent home the 'Mighty Spellathon' information. 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. 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:

Karmin Du Plessis, Amber Williams, Rayyan Rasli, Libby Wells, Miah-Angel Tako-Tohu, Jackson Pretty, Elijah Saints, Mila Donaldson.



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/


8 September BOT meeting 6pm

9 September Wig Wednesday (Child Cancer fundraiser) & Mid winter swim 2pm!

11 September Vogeltown Talent Quest final

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

15 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:00pm - 7:30pm

15 September 'Spellathon' Testing day

16 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:00pm - 5:30pm

17 September Learning Conferences (Huatoki and Paetoki) 3:00pm - 7:30pm

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

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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