Being a good friend, making new friends and being a 'Vogeltowner'.

We can do this by:

By showing my friends I care by being kind and respecting their ideas

By speaking up when one of my friends is not nice to another friend

By showing the school value of Manaaki Tangata – Caring for the people

By allowing new friends to join in with our games


Welcome to the end of week 4 and the first day of Autumn! Hard to believe that it is already March - the morning temperatures have certainly dropped off.

It has been another busy week with all the triathlons - whanau and syndicates and today we held the kindy triathlon too. A big thanks to all the parents and caregivers who came along to support and got the bikes to school. A big thanks to Frank Galley from SPUDZ who sponsored the syndicate triathlons with delicious apples for the end of the races.

You will have noticed the front of the senior school is slowly taking new shape with the re-instatement of a new driveway to the hall and today testing of the ground began for the development of the new classroom. Unfortunately this area is out of bounds as testing and finishing is done - however, it will look great once it is all finished and landscaped.

Thanks to all the parents/caregivers who have provided us some feedback through the Satisfaction Survey. There is still time to complete this by next Wednesday - see the link below.

Satisfaction Survey T1 2019

Thanks to all those parents/caregivers who have filled in a survey for us. If you have time, please could you fill in this google form. There are 16 questions, so it should not take any longer than 5 minutes to complete. So far we have 89 responses, which is great but we would love to have more. We will be closing this survey by Wednesday 6 March.

Once compiled, your answers will help provide feedback to the Board of Trustees and our staff about how the school is going with learning and teaching, culture and learning environments. It also asks your preference for the beginning of the year transitions.

Thanks in advance - see link below:


A huge thanks to everyone who supported our Whanau Fun Fiesta last week. It was a great event and was well supported by our wonderful Vogeltown community. Although the focus was to have a community picnic and 'start the year together' we also managed to raise $5,000! Thank you so much for your support.

We wish to acknowledge many of our sponsors who helped with the night -

Vogeltown Countdown, Turners and Growers, Burger Fuel, Crest Clean, Hellers, Mitre 10 and the wonderful lads who parked the cars on the senior school field.

Our next Home and School meeting is on the 7th April at 7pm in the senior staffroom.


This year is election year for all schools to nominate and appoint new Board of Trustees members. We have some of our current BOT leaving us after this term and will not be seeking re-election. This leaves the way for any new members of our community who would like to be part of our Board Of Trustees to think about putting themselves up for election.

If you have never thought about being on the BOT, then now might be the time! It is a great position and an important one to help with the direction and governance decisions of the school.

If you might be keen, please contact Mike Miners, our current Chairperson who would be more than happy to chat with you. Mr Ogle is also available to have a chat.

There is also an NZSTA hui coming up about being on a school BOT if you want to know more - see the details below.

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Term 2 Winter Sports

Netball Yr3-6: Registrations are now out and are available at the school office or on our website under the sports tab. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/sports/. The season starts on 30 April and runs for 10 weeks with Yr3-4 playing on a Thursday night and Yr5-6 playing on a Tuesday night. Please see the registration form for full details. Forms need to be returned to the school office by Wednesday 06 March with payment. We have limited numbers so first in and paid will get priority.

Hockey Yr1-6: Registrations are now open. You can find the registration form at the school office or on our school website under the sports tab. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/sports/ Games are played on Saturday mornings and the season starts on 04 May with the finals date still to be confirmed. Registrations are due back on Monday 11 March. Please see the registration form for full details.

Miniball Yr1-4/Basketball Y5-6: Registration forms will be out next week. The season starts on Monday 13 May and finishes the week of 23 September. Yr 1-2 Miniball is played on a Monday or Wednesday after school and Y3-4 Miniball is played on a Tuesday or Wednesday after school. Basketball is played on a Monday after school. All games are played at the TSB Stadium.

Rugby/Football: For those children wanting to play Saturday morning Rugby or Football (Soccer) for the winter you will need to join a club as these sports are not offered through Vogeltown School. Please see the below link for more information.

Rugby Y1-6:

New Plymouth Old Boys: Head along to their registration night tonight Friday 01 March from 4.30-5.30pm or register online at https://www.sporty.co.nz/nphsobrugbyjnr/

Tukapa: Registration tonight Friday 01 March from 4-6pm. Register online first at https://www.sporty.co.nz/viewform/85661

Spotswood: https://www.sporty.co.nz/spotswoodunited/Junior-Rugby-Registration/Online-Registration-2

Football Y1-6:

All registrations must be completed on the MyComet website. Please see the links below for information on the registration process.

Motorua AFC: https://www.moturoaafc.co.nz/registration

NP Rangers: https://www.nprangers.co.nz/juniors

Peringa United AFC: https://www.peringaafc.co.nz/registration.html

Woodleigh: https://www.facebook.com/woodleighafc/

Term 1 2019 Summer Sports

Draws for all Term 1 sports are posted on our website in the sports section. http://www.vogeltown.school.nz/sports/ For any cancellations please see the following:

Touch Rugby: City Touch facebook page by 2pm Wednesdays. https://www.facebook.com/citytouchtaranaki/

Summer Soccer: NP Rangers facebook page by 3pm Tuesdays. https://www.facebook.com/New-Plymouth-Rangers-Juniors-517781541673004/

Cricket : Taranaki Cricket website by 2pm Friday https://taranakicricket.co.nz/

Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions regarding the above information on 753 6843 or email me at michelle.sleep@vogeltown.school.nz

Community Sport Notices:

Taranaki Cricket is holding their 125th Jubilee on the weekend of Friday 8th March and Saturday 9th March 2019. Registrations for the jubilee are now open. To register go to www.taranakicricket.co.nz and the registration form link is on their home page.

Pukekura Park Tennis Club have part season memberships and a wide selection of coaching opportunities available now, from ages 4yrs and up. Please contact admin@pptc.co.nz for more information and to register.

Weet Bix Tryathlon 2019

This day is filling up quick. If you want to enter your child you will need to do so quickly. We already have 49 Vogeltown students entered for this day!

Here is the link to this years Weetbix TRYathlon in New Plymouth.

Just click on the link and register your child. Last year the event sold out very early. This is your SCHOOL GROUP specific link that you can share with everyone. This link will enable your SCHOOL GROUP members to join your SCHOOL GROUP with ease!


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As you may be aware, there is some information floating around on the internet at present about a character called 'Momo'. At this stage we have closed down access to 'youtube' at school and we have made sure that students are using kid safe search engines like 'kidtopia'. We have had no students at Vogeltown who have had contact with this character at school.

However, it is a good time to remind ourselves to be actively involved in our kids internet use and monitoring of their device use. Students may not be actively seeking these types of characters or messages - they can just pop up on devices. Have a chat to your kids about the apps and social media they use. Make sure they report to you if they notice any of these characters or inappropriate contact.

For more informations, there are some great tips at netsafe: https://www.netsafe.org.nz/


TERM 4 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 March - Kindy Triathlon 9.30am

5 March - Minstrel perfomance at school - 9.30am

6 - 8 March - Senior syndicate camp to Vertical Horizons

11 March - Taranaki Anniversary - School Closed

15 March - Four Year Old Friday

19 March - BOT meeting 6pm

20 March - Senior Swimming sports (at Highlands)

26 March - Weet bix Tryathlon

29 March - Four Year Old Friday


3 April - Starting school the VS way, 5-6pm

10 April - Learning Conferences 2.15 - 7.30pm (school closes 2pm)

11 April - Learning Conferences 2.15 - 5.30pm (School closes at 2pm)

12 April - Last day of Term 1


After many years of performing in schools, the Minstrel is hanging up his boots. This year will be the last year that the Minstrel visits our schools.

He will performing at Vogeltown School next week on Tuesday at 9.30am. The cost per student is $4, please pay this to the school offices. A notice came home this week about this special event.

The minstrel is an amazing performer and shares some very powerful messages about the ocean, wildlife and especially around our school vision of Manaaki whenua!

See below for a link to a sample of the Minstrel performing.



The camp payment needs to be in before the camp date (6 March), the cost is $150 per child - subsidised by the Home and School.

Thanks to all the parents who are able to help with camp and stay over. The vetting process has taken some time - especially for those forms that only came in this term. We apologise for the length of time it is taking to get back to some parents about camp, however under the Vulnerable Children's Act legislation and Vogeltown Board policy, we can not take any parents on a school camp who are not Police vetted.

If you want to have a look at how much fun camp is, check out this video Mr Stirling made in 2017 and if you missed the parent evening, here is the powerpoint Mr Ransfield presented:



1) We have had a lot of kids sick this week with flu and a stomach bug. Please make sure if your kids have had a stomach bug that they do not come back in to school until 24 hours after the bug has passed.

2) We have heaps of events coming up over this term. Please keep the dates in the newsletter and on the calendar on our website handy. We will often message on facebook for quick updates and reminders.

3) We have a school app, which is great for quick access to the calendar, newsletter, digital permission forms and notices. Download the app on google play or from the apple store - look for 'Skool Loop' and select our school. (see advert below)

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Thanks whanau

Have a great weekend whanau.

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 teaching team,

Jeremy Ogle - Principal


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