Monthly Archives: February 2021

Vogeltown Adventure 2021

On Friday the 19th of Feb, we had our Annual ‘Vogeltown Adventure’. This is a day where the whole school goes on an ‘adventure’ within our community.

This year we focused on our river, the Huatoki which runs behind the school and in to town. This is part of our localised curriculum – for every Vogeltown learner to be more aware of their surroundings and our schools surroundings. We are very lucky where we live in New Plymouth.Every VS learner went down in to the Huatoki domain, Passed our special carvings, passed over Paetoki (our special rock) and in to town. In town we visited sites that many of our learners have not been to – St Mary’s church, Huatoki Plaza, The Foreshore, Puke Ariki landing, Pukaka (Marsland) Hill and walking the path to town. It was an awesome day!

Alert Level 2

Kia ora Vogeltown whanau,

This evening the Prime Minister advised that Auckland will be heading into Level 3 Covid 19 restrictions and the rest of the country will move to Covid 19 Level 2 Restrictions – this will be in place from midnight tonight until midnight on Wednesday at this stage – although this will be reviewed every 24 hours.

We understand that a return to Level 2 may create some anxiety, especially given that there are some locations of interest in New Plymouth. Please be reassured that at Vogeltown we will support our learners and their well being and follow the guidelines from the Ministry of Health. We will keep the community informed on any further developments as they arise.

Tomorrow (Monday) 14 February:

*We will not have any visitors onsite – except for parents of children in Room 1 and parents of our students who need support. Our staff will be at the gates to help out. If you do need to come onsite, then please the scan the Covid QR code

* Every VS learner to bring a drink bottle – the drinking fountains will be closed

* Every class will have hand sanitiser and we will encourage its use* Swimming will continue as planned

* The School pool, playing fields and playgrounds are ‘closed’ after school hours

* If your child(ren) are sick, please keep them home for the next 24 hours. Any students who arrive at school sick – displaying Covid symptoms, will be sent home.

* If you were in any of the areas on the Ministry of Health’s website on these dates and times, then please follow their process of ‘what to do’

* Afterschool, please wait outside the gates for your child(ren) to come out – please try to maintain a 2 metre distance from other adults.

Below is a link and a memo as to our safety plans for the school at Alert Level 2 and how we are are responding to this change in level.

Covid-19 Vogeltown Memo 14:…/1bC7qCLkH15igE3Qa6JVO…/edit…Vogeltown Alert Level 2 safety plan for whanau:…/14VBrLjwRJWUiJLWVWWs4…/edit…

Take care, be vigilant and be kind. We have been here before and we knocked it back then, we will do it again!Thanks whanau, The VS team

Welcome Back to 2021!

Kia ora koutou to our Vogeltown whanau, welcome to the end of our first week of 2021 at Vogeltown – didn’t that week fly past quickly! It has been great to catch up with our families, it sounds like you all had a great Xmas break with your families and whanau.

It has been an amazing first week of the school year with happy faces everywhere! It is so good to have our Vogeltown family back together and we have welcomed 20 new learners and their families to Vogeltown as well this week. As Captain William Hobson said at the signing of the Treaty of Waitangi – “He iwi tahi tatou’ — We are now one people.

Term 1 is shaping up to be a very busy term full of great activities! We will keep you all in the loop with communication of the activities over the term through our normal portals. We use our Facebook page (go and like us), Skool loop app (free download) our school calendar (see link below) and our newsletter. We are also using ‘Seesaw’ in the classrooms this year. This is an amazing tool for the teachers and links to individual classes. Last year, this was invaluable when we went into lockdown, so please scan the QR code your child(ren) are bringing home and download this app.

A massive thanks to everyone who has returned the communication sheet we sent out this week. We rely on this to update our school systems and hopefully you will have read all the ways we try to communicate with our families.

Our teams are beginning the year with units of work around getting to know their class, themselves and their teachers – making connections. We will then move to units of work about our link with the Huatoki river, early New Plymouth and their class bird. The Paetoki (senior) team will be doing lots of post camp work and bonding at camp!

Jeremy Ogle – Principal/Tumuaki

Aroha nui, Mr O

Whole school together for lunch on the first Friday back
1st Assembly for 2021 – our Powhiri to welcome our new learners!