WHY: When you are involved your mind is busy, your body is busy – You have fulfilment!


* You are involved in a sports team or drama group or lunchtime club – anything that is involvement

* You develop new friends, new skills and new learning

* You are kept busy and contribute in some way to the school, community or group

* You are enjoy life a lot more and feel fulfilled!


Welcome to the end of week 6, It has been another busy week at VS! Thanks to everyone for their support of Daffodil Day today and the local (and very talented) MADAM Hip Hop crew who performed, they were amazing! What an awesome community we have to support these guys.

It is great to know that spring is in the air and we are only a few steps away from some finer, warmer weather - the nights are already getting longer and waking up to the light is a nice surprise!

As we step in to spring, we begin to focus again on the kids getting to school in other forms than cars. We are working again with Sarah Wilson from the 'Lets go' team at NPDC and we will begin the 'Fresh air challenge' next week. This challenge involves our class reps going to each classroom every morning and surveying the class to see how each student got to school. This information is then collated and loaded on to the 'Fresh Air' website. Hopefully our school can get the most 'Fresh air points'!

Next week we are looking forward to our senior 'Build a business market night'. The senior students have been busy marketing, building and creating products for sale. It would be great to see as many of our community there to support the students on the night.

A reminder - School photos on Monday! Smile!


If you know of anybody who intends in enrolling at Vogeltown for 2020, can you please get them to contact the office or get in their enrolments.

We are beginning to start planning for class placements for 2020 and we need to know all of our enrolments, especially families in zone, before we can offer any 'out of zone' placements.


We have a huge amount of lost property currently - especially at the senior school! We have not been able to put it out on the courts like we normally do due to weather. If your child is missing some gear (especially sweatshirts) then it is probably in the lost property cupboard - beside Rm 13. We will be putting all the left over lost property in the clothing bin by the end of the term, thanks.


Centre City have invited our school to be part of a competition they are running during August. The posters below outline how to support our school. We will take your receipts in for you if you drop them off to Mr G at the Senior School. Go Vogeltown!

There is a box for receipts on both the Junior and Senior side of the school.

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Huatoki Street upgrade

As you may have read in the paper, Huatoki street from the shops on the corner to past the senior school to the top of the hill heading down to the river is getting an upgrade over the Xmas holidays. This is very exciting for the school! The council have consulted with the school over this upgrade and even had loads of student voice!

The first draft was out 2 months ago and now we can share the new draft plans (see below). There will be a last consultation meeting with the council about the plans for all residents, parents and whanau of Vogeltown school on the 4th September at 6pm at the senior school.

Have a look at the changes - they look great and will make the street and the entrances to both school sites a lot safer and inviting!

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As part of our annual consultation with parents and families, we have a questionnaire on offer for families to fill in on the learning conference nights. We asked similar questions in Term 1 of this year.

We are aware that some parents did not have enough time to fill in the surveys or get to them on these nights.

We are still after as much community voice as we can, especially around the school values - we received some great feedback about the values in Term 1 and we have now broken this down in to two areas - Curriculum delivery and Vogeltown student dispositions. These surveys will close at the end of the last week of this term.

Please click on one of the links below for a link to either a google form or a survey monkey to complete the survey and provide feedback:


Term 4 Summer Sports

Registrations for the following sports are now available:

  • Superstar Cricket (Yr 0-4): Played on a Friday evening at various grounds from 5.30pm. Click here for all the details and to print a form. Registration forms are also available from the Junior or Senior office. Registrations close 06 September.
  • futureFERNS Netball (Yr 0-2): Played on a Wednesday afternoon from 3.30pm at the TSB Stadium. Please click here to find out all the details and to print your own form. Registration forms are also available at the Junior office and close on 30 August.
  • Summer Soccer (Yr 0-6): Played on a Tuesday evening at Merrilands Domain from 6pm. Teams play 2 short games each night. Please click here for all the details and to print a form or grab a form from the Junior or Senior office. Registrations close 09 September.
  • Touch Rugby (Yr 0-6): Played on a Monday after school at Devon Intermediate. Please click here for game details and to print a form. Forms are also available from both the Senior or Junior office. Registrations close on 06 September.
  • Summer Hockey (Yr 3-6): Registrations are now closed for Y3/4. We have space available for 1 or 2 more Y5/6 players. Please click here to download the form or see Michelle at the Junior office.

Please get your forms into the office with payment as soon as possible. There are occasions when team numbers are restricted so those who have returned their forms and paid (or organised a payment plan with the office) will get preference. If you have unpaid sports fees from previous terms this will also affect your registration for sports teams going forward.

Other options for term 4 sports outside of school:

  • Indoor Netball (Yr 3-8): Action Indoor Sports Indoor Netball registrations are now open. Their summer league begins Friday 6 September. If anyone is keen to get a team together, the school is happy to provide uniforms. Click here for the details
  • Hockey (Yr0-2): Any players aged 4-6 yrs who are keen to try Hockey can join the Taranaki Hockey Funsticks programme by clicking here and registering directly with Taranaki Hockey.
  • SuperSmash Cricket (Yr5-6): Any year 5/6 children keen to play cricket will need to join with a club. Details on how to register will be available in the coming weeks.

Winter Hockey & Miniball Teams:

Those teams who have their final games over the next few weeks can you all please take a spare top to your games so you can hand your school playing shirt to your coach or manger after your game. It is a great help to me if the coach can collect these so that the team gear bag can be returned to me with all the team shirts included. Thanks in advance for your help with this.

Good luck to the VOGELTOWN STRIKERS Year 3/4 Hockey team who are playing off for 3rd place in their Hockey final tomorrow against Woodleigh Kings. They play at the Hobson St Turf at 12pm.

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This week we received the following email regarding our Year 5/6 Basketball team:

West End had the pleasure of playing the Vogeltown Heat Basketball team this afternoon. Unfortunately we couldn’t field a whole team. The Vogeltown coach and bench helpers lent us a player, Tom. Tom played exceptionally well and with awesome spirit for the game.
We are very grateful to the team for allowing our kids a run and the spirit in which your team played the game.
They are an asset and community ambassadors for your school.
Please pass on our thanks and appreciation.

West End School Team Helper


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/


29 August - Home and School pie orders out

30 August - Black and Yellow dress up day (Daffodil day - Gold coin donation)

30 August - HIP HOP dance group performance (Gold coin donation)


2 September - School Photos!

3 September - Home and School meeting 7pm.

5 September - Senior syndicate Build a Business evening

6 September - Pizza notice home

9 September - Home and School raffle drawn

13 September - Pies orders due back in

19 September - School Disco night. (Juniors 5.30 - 6.15pm, Middles and Seniors 6.30 - 7.30pm

23 - 25 September - Talent Quest Heats

26 September - Talent Quest Final



Thanks to everyone who has sold raffle books and returned them to school. We still have 60 outstanding raffle books! Please bring them back sold or unsold, we have lots of people who wish to sell more.

Thanks whanau.

Home & School - up and coming:

SCHOOL DISCO – Time for our tamariki to get their dancing shoes on – please note that we are not selling glow items this year, a gold coin donation would be appreciated

ANDERSON PIES – order forms for the ever popular Anderson Pies came out today, it is a great time to stock up the freezer for these chilly winter evenings. Orders need to be in 13 September with delivery to school planned for 26 September.

HELLS PIZZA will be on offer for lunch on 13 September – another fundraiser organised by Jennie Hamilton – thanks Jennie!

LEGO – if you have any lego needing a new home, our teachers would certainly appreciate any donations towards the school Lego Club, a great way to keep our tamariki busy during lunch breaks

Our next hui is on 3rd September, 7pm at the Senior School Staffroom, we would love to see you there!

Nga mihi

Home & School Whanau


1) Check the lost property - it is overflowing at the senior school

2) Please be careful around the front of the school when dropping and picking kids up, it is a busy place currently with loads of work vehicles for the new classroom build.

Thanks whanau

Have a great weekend! If you are playing sport, then give it heaps!!

Remember if you have any issues you wish to discuss, please come in and see me or contact me on principal@vogeltown.school.nz

On behalf of the Vogeltown team,

Ka kite ano

Jeremy Ogle - Principal


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Media Release

August 29, 2019

Fourth confirmed Measles case in Taranaki a serious concern for DHB

Taranaki DHB has serious concerns about the rising number of measles cases in Taranaki following confirmation of the fourth in the region; a 29 year old unvaccinated New Plymouth man.

Dr Jonathan Jarman, Taranaki DHB Medical Officer of Health said, “All four cases of people with measles in Taranaki were not vaccinated. Three of those people contracted the measles after having spent time in Auckland. Two of those cases have been so severe that hospital care was needed.

“Unfortunately we are getting cases from the large outbreak in Auckland and this is likely to continue.”

Dr Jarman said that he wished to thank all the parents who were making sure their children were vaccinated as it stopped the disease from spreading in Taranaki.

“At this stage we don’t have an outbreak here in Taranaki. What we have is the disease coming into the province from another outbreak,” Dr Jarman adds.

The Ministry of Health is advising people travelling to Auckland, particularly South Auckland, that they should be immunised against measles before they travel and that any babies who are travelling to Auckland should have their first measles vaccine at 12 months of age (rather than 15 months). Vaccination should be carried out at least two weeks before travelling to allow their immunity to develop.

“Measles is highly infectious and spreads very easily through unvaccinated people. When you vaccinate your child, you're also protecting the people around you, including those who can’t be vaccinated and those who have compromised immunity (e.g. people receiving cancer treatment),” says Dr Jarman.

Dr Jarman says the Taranaki community needs to achieve public protection or “herd immunity”. This means immunisation coverage of 95 percent is needed to help shield the population from serious diseases, like measles.

“Vaccination is highly effective and provides immunity for 95 percent of people after one injection and for 99 percent of people after two,” he explains.

Measles is a severe illness where normally one in ten people need to be hospitalised.

“Disease is more severe in people aged over 20 years and this could explain why two out of the three cases in Taranaki required admission to hospital.”

Dr Jarman says, “Measles is highly contagious as it is an airborne disease so if you or anyone you know develops symptoms of measles, please stay at home and call Healthline (0800 611 116) or your doctor to alert them of the illness. Going to these places without speaking to staff over the phone first could put a lot of other people at risk and spread the disease further.

“It is important to give your doctor advance warning before turning up with measles to prevent infecting others in the waiting room.”

The Taranaki Public Health Unit are currently following up with people who are known to have been in contact with the most recent Taranaki case, but Dr Jarman says people who are fully vaccinated have nothing to fear from measles.

For more information about measles visit www.tdhb.org.nz

For more information please call:

Greer Lean Communications Advisor 027 801 9084

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