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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

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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 'Kind'.

To be kind and welcoming to all our new Vogeltown learners is the 'Vogeltown Way'. We show kindness as this is part of our school vision of Manaaki Tangata - Caring for the people.

Being a 'Vogeltowner' is being a good citizen of our community - someone who is kind and caring!


WHAT: 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 values.

Kindness is especially important at the start of the year. We are all a bit nervous about the new year, our new class, our new teacher and making new friends, so we show kindness.

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

HOW: By welcoming new people to our school – making new friends

By making everyone feel welcome to your class or our school

By taking notice if things need your care

By treating other people the way you would like to be treated


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 our sixth week of Term 1, 2021 at Vogeltown. It has certainly been a quick week with Monday our Taranaki Anniversary day. It is great to be back at Covid alert Level 1 - well done to everyone for heeding the advice of Ministries of Health and Education and thanks for supporting the school with our Level 2 protocols last week.

A massive Tu Meke to our learners this week for all the hard mahi they put in to their tryathlons! This week is always a test of our learners endurance, courage and resilience - they all did an amazing job! A big thanks to Mr Ransfield, Mr Stirling and Mr George for the organisation of these events - Tu Meke Team.

Next week we have our Learning Conferences. I encourage everyone to meet with your child's teacher and book in a time. A reminder that on Friday the school is closed for 'Teacher Only Day' - this is so we can offer more times during the day for learning conferences. Please see the link below on how to book and the code to use to book.

It has been great to hear our school song being sung with such passion every morning at school - the junior classes were almost all in sync on Wednesday morning! If you have not heard the school song, or you want to have a practice at home, the link is below.

A reminder about lateness to school. One of the roles of the Board of Trustees is to monitor attendance and lateness of our learners. We strongly encourage parents/caregivers to ensure your child is at school in a timely fashion. School starts at 8.55am on the Senior side and 9.00am on the junior side. Lateness of students causes distractions to classrooms, especially to other students who have already begun their learning programmes. At the end of each term we send letters out to families whose child's attendance has a pattern of lateness. Thanks to those parents/caregivers who work hard to get your child(ren) to school on time.

Aroha nui, Mr O

Te Kawa O 'uatoki - School Song



A massive welcome to all our new families and whanau to Vogeltown School. We have had eight more learners join us this week - Haere mai, haere mai, haere mai.

Welcome to:

Keiran Dalleg, Felix Fielder-Mueller, Beau Hikaka, Kyan Johnson-Orange, Beah Schoeman, Jade Vedder, Carla Visagie and Emily Bush - all in to Room 1.

Welcome to Vogeltown, we know you will really enjoy your time with us!

Nau mai, Haere mai


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We have tried many ways to make our 'Meet the Teacher' evening at Vogeltown a worthwhile event for everyone involved. Our organisation for the last 3 years has been to have this as part of our 'Whanau Fiesta' night. This event is a school picnic - to start the year together and be able to chat with your child's teacher on the night in an informal way. Later in the newsletter there is a list as to where all the teachers will be on this night, so you can go and introduce yourself and have a chat so our teaching team can get to know you.

In 2022 we are looking at doing something a little different and we would like some feedback on this. Our plan is at the beginning of Term 1 to have our 5 year olds do a half day with Mrs Treadway and Mrs Newland. We would also have 3 different times over this day that we will offer a time to come and meet each syndicate and then move to classrooms to meet your child(rens) teacher. All our Yr 2- 6 learners would begin the day after this.

If you could fill in this survey (it will take 2 minutes), we would appreciate as much feedback as we can so we can make the start of the year for our teachers, learners and families as 'Vogeltown' as we can. See the link below.

Thanks whanau, The VS Leadership team


Vogeltown School Health Survey 2021

The Ministry of Education requires all schools to consult with their community on the school’s delivery of the Health Curriculum.

The following is an overview of Health Education at Vogeltown School and the link to the community survey can be found at the bottom. This survey will help us to gather your thoughts and ideas about our Health Curriculum and help us further develop our programmes.

Health and Physical Education at Vogeltown School

The NZ Health & Physical Education curriculum is divided into four strands:

The four strands are:

· Personal health and physical development, in which students develop the knowledge, understandings, skills, and attitudes that they need in order to maintain and enhance their personal well-being and physical development

· Movement concepts and motor skills, in which students develop motor skills, knowledge and understandings about movement, and positive attitudes towards physical activity

· Relationships with other people, in which students develop understandings, skills, and attitudes that enhance their interactions and relationships with others

· Healthy communities and environments, in which students contribute to healthy communities and environments by taking responsible and critical action.

Through these strands, our team teaches various topics as a unit or by integrating concepts with other areas of the curriculum.

At Vogeltown School we endeavour to provide a caring, child friendly environment where students feel safe, supported and included. Opportunities are provided for students that promote our values of being inclusive, respected, original, courageous and kind. All students are encouraged to maintain a fit and healthy lifestyle.

Here are some examples of how the Health curriculum is integrated into your child’s learning:

  • Our school values are regularly discussed with whanau and our learners

  • Fitness & physical education

  • Restorative approach in our behaviour system

  • Sun safety

  • Celebrating our varied cultures and languages

  • Identity and self-esteem

  • Healthy eating & nutrition

  • Body care

  • Friendships, relationships and team work

  • Ball skills and sport

  • Swimming and water confidence

  • Our whanau events - including Vogeltown Adventure days

  • Our ‘Bungee’ extension programmes at school (Mountain biking, outdoors, greenie team)

In some instances we also work with outside agencies to add value to our programmes.

  • Keeping Ourselves Safe (NZ Police)

  • Life Education

  • FireWise (NZ Fire Service)

  • Cycle safety and Scooter skills (Let's Go team at New Plymouth District Council)

  • Sport Taranaki (Healthy eating, active lifestyles)


As part of reporting to parents and caregivers over the year about your child's progress, we offer Learning Conferences. This is a great time to meet with your child's teacher and discuss your child's progress against our school values (competencies), learning and Curriculum learning goals for the rest of the year. At this conference you will receive a progress report covering all of the above.

As with every year, we encourage our kids to be part of these conferences. For our Paetoki (senior) learners we encourage them to lead the conference with the teacher.

Every year we aim for 100% attendance by parents and caregivers. If we are at Covid Level 2 we will still go ahead with these 'face to face' conferences, please scan the QR code as you come in to the school sites.

Please book online using the website and code below. Our conferences are for 15 minutes and a bell will help us keep to time. The progress reports will be sent home with your child(ren) after the conferences. We want 100% engagement with whanau as this is the first time you will have met, formally, with your child's teacher.

The process for formally reporting to whanau is:

Term 1 Progress Report & Learning Conferences

Term 2 Personal and Social competencies report (this will come home)

Term 3 Progress Report & Learning Conferences

Term 4 Summative Report (this will come home).

The booking website is open now.

  1. Go to www.parentinterviews.co.nz, enter the event code 7T67MMZS 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.

Before your interviews, you'll receive an email reminder containing your timetable. If you need to cancel any interviews, you can do so by contacting the school office.

  • If you do not have access to the internet, phone the school office between 9.30am – 2.30pm to reserve an appointment time.

Remember the Interview booking function is open now

NOTE: School will close at normal time on the Thursday.


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Each term we have a couple of school policies that require reviewing by the community. This term we are reviewing the 'Home Learning' policy.

All our policies are available on the 'School Docs' website - this are available at any time.

Please login in to 'School Docs' and go to reviews to have a read of this policy and give the BOT some feedback.


Login: vogeltown

P/Wd: huatoki

Nga mihi nui - Vogeltown BOT


Winter Sport Terms 2 and 3

Registrations for all school winter sports are now open through our Kindo Shop on the following link. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/kindo-shop/

Sports available to play are:

Netball (Yr 3-6)

Miniball (Yr 0-4)

Basketball (Yr 5-6)

Hockey (Yr 3-6)

Details on each sport are available when you sign in to your Kindo account.

Funsticks Hockey (Yrs 0-2)

Funsticks is an 8 week programme aimed at learning the basics of hockey through skills and fun games. If you are interested in your child joining this programme please use the following link to sign up directly with Taranaki Hockey.


Any children wishing to sign up for rugby or football please sign up with your local club as these sports are not offered through the school.


Birthdays this week -

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

Lilly Cowan, Orion Walker, Quinn Hall, Amyra Pearson, Ruuana Repia



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/


18 March - Learning Conferences 3:30pm - 7:30pm

19 March - TEACHER ONLY DAY - Learning Conferences 9:00am - 3:30pm

31 March - Weetbix Tryathlon


2 April - GOOD FRIDAY (No School)

5 April - EASTER MONDAY (No School)

6 April - EASTER TUESDAY (No School)

8 April - Starting School the VS way evening 5:30pm - 6:30pm

9 April - Four Year Old Friday, 9:15am to 11:00am

14 April - Whanau Fiesta

16 April - Last day of Term 1 2021


3 May - Start of Term 2


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. Please tell the office even if you have let the teacher know.

2) Please also remember, to scan the Covid-19 QR code when you come in to the school. if you are signing your child(ren) in/out, you will still need to scan the QR code. Thanks heaps for stopping this virus in NZ.

Thanks whanau

Stay safe and be kind to each other. Good luck to all those learners involved in sport tonight and over the weekend - give it all you have!

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/Tumuaki


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WEETBIX TRYathlon 2021 Ngamotu Beach

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We are only 3 weeks away from the New Plymouth Sanitarium Weet-Bix Kids TRYathlon at Ngamotu Beach on Wednesday 31st March.

The Early Bird pricing is no longer available, so if you enter from now on you will need to collect your TRYathlete pack at our Early Pack Pick Up or on the event day.

New Plymouth Rangers Junior Football Registration

Registrations are now open for anyone looking to play football for New Plymouth Rangers in 2021. The club has junior teams for players aged 4 and older and caters to all skill levels from beginners to budding young professionals.

In 2021 the club is introducing a new Academy curriculum for serious young footballers born in 2012 or earlier, led by our new Director of Football, who has come to New Plymouth from Olé Football Academy. Players in the Academy will train within a curriculum designed by Olé. It will incorporate the key elements integral to the development process at their Wellington academy, and players should expect to learn, be challenged, and have a lot of fun.

This is a unique opportunity for players to experience ‘The Olé Way’ right here in New Plymouth, and develop within a proven method, known for producing players who are now at the highest level around the world.

To register, visit https://www.nprangers.co.nz/junior-registration or contact Director of Football James Malthus (james@nprangers.co.nz) for more information.