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 Week 9 of Term 3. We have had another busy week at Vogeltown with our Huatoki and Paetoki teams doing learning conferences over the last three nights. A massive thanks to all the parents and caregivers who came in for these conferences - they are really important for us to meet, discuss progress and next steps for our learners.

This week we celebrated Te Reo Maori week. This was a great celebration of the Maori language in the classroom and the school. See below for our Maori moment at the senior school where we sang our school karakia.

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. A reminder that all money raised from the sponsors is due back on Tuesday. We will be having a special 'Spellathon' assembly on Friday with the whole school if we are at Level 1.

Another massive thanks to everyone who supported the book fair over the last week! We have raised over $2,000 for the school! Thank you so much for your support. Massive thanks to Mrs Agar as well, who set up and ran this book fair over the last 3 days and nights!

We have come to our sixth week now at Covid Alert Level 2. As you will know, we will stay in Level 2 until Monday, after which we may move to Level 1 - we will keep you updated through our communication channels if there is a change.

Dates to look out for next week:

* Car Free Day - Tuesday 22 September

* Spellathon money due back - Tuesday 22 September

* Starting school the VS way - Wednesday 23 September 5pm - 6pm

* Enrolments close for 'Out of Zone students' for 2021 - Friday 25 September

* Last day of Term 3 - Friday 25 September at 3pm.

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 Talent Quest final is now on the 24th September at 2pm. If we are at Level 2 we will livestream this event.

* 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.

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


As a school we are supporting 'Car Free Day' on Tuesday 22nd September. This day is run in conjunction with the New Plymouth District Council "Lets Go" team.

All students who arrive at school on Tuesday and have walked, biked, run, scootered to school will receive a pancake (or banana for GF learners). We do not mind kids being brought by car, as long as the kids walk at least 500m from the car to the school gate.

Our Class Reps will meet our kids at the junior and senior gates from 8am on Tuesday.

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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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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.

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.


On Thursday Rm 10, Mrs Melody and Miss King joined Bill for a bush walk to the secret 300 year old Pururi tree. It was a great walk and the kids (and teachers) learned a lot about this area of New Plymouth that not very many know about.

See the photos below.


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.


We celebrated Te Reo Maori week this week.

Try the Kahoot quiz below.

Karakia Te Reo week 2020



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.

Cricket: 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.


As next week is the final week for winter sports, can all players please remember to take a spare shirt with them to their games so they can hand in their Vogeltown sports top to the team coach or manager. It is always a great help to me if the team gear bag comes back with a complete set of team shirts included.

Can all miniball players who have not returned their playing tops please bring them back on Monday. I need to check these off and re-issue them for sports teams playing next term.


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!

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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Birthdays this week -

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

Anea-Fay Brisco-Brett, Harlan Goodin, Dmitriy Jumashev, Harper Tyrrell, Max Myers, Hunter Gray.



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/


23 September Starting School the VS way 5:30pm - 6:30pm

24 September Vogeltown Talent Quest Final (with spectators if we are at Level 1)

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


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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