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Vogeltown Adventure 2023

We took the entire school (all 350 akonga) for an adventure on Friday 10th Feb! The Paetoki (senior team) walked all the way from school to meet the rest of the school at Parihamore Pa. The Huatoki (Middle team) walked from Coronation Ave, along the Avery reserve to Parihamore Pa. The Taranaki (junior team) got to go on a bus to the cemetery then walked down and then up to Parihamore Pa.

Why Parihamore Pa? Well this is where Urukinaki used to live with her whanau. It is a trukly amazing story and you can find the entire story here:

We then went past Puketarata Pa, down a big hill to the walkway. We went to East end beach fro lunch and ‘Tug o war’! It was an awesome day! We are already planning our next adventure!!

See some more photos here:

Manawatia a Matariki

โœจ Manawatia a Matariki – ๐˜Š๐˜ฆ๐˜ญ๐˜ฆ๐˜ฃ๐˜ณ๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ฆ ๐˜ต๐˜ฉ๐˜ฆ ๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ด๐˜ช๐˜ฏ๐˜จ ๐˜ฐ๐˜ง ๐˜”๐˜ข๐˜ต๐˜ข๐˜ณ๐˜ช๐˜ฌ๐˜ช

๐Ÿ’ซ This Friday marks an important milestone as our nation prepares to celebrate Matariki as our first public holiday that recognises te ao Mฤori.
This week our students will be learning more about Matariki, so….

โญ๏ธ ๐—ช๐—ต๐—ฎ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ถ?

Matariki takes its name from the Mฤori name for a cluster stars. The cluster is also known in other parts of the world as the Pleiades, the Seven Sisters, Makliโ€™i or Subaru.
Matariki is an abbreviation of โ€˜Ngฤ Mata o te Ariki Tฤwhirimฤteaโ€™ (โ€˜The eyes of the god Tฤwhirimฤteaโ€™). Ranginui, the sky father, and Papatลซฤnuku, the earth mother were separated by their offspring, one of their sons, god of the winds Tฤwhirimฤtea, became angry, tearing out his eyes and hurling them into the heavens.

โญ๏ธ๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ?

When the Matariki star cluster becomes visible to New Zealand in mid-winter, it marks the start of the Mฤori Lunar Calendar. Celebrating the start of the Mฤori New Year is what makes up the Matariki celebrations and itโ€™s an important time in Te Ao Mฤori (Mฤori world view).

There are three specific values that are central to Matariki:
โ€ข Remember the past โ€“ itโ€™s a time to honour the people we have lost.
โ€ข Celebrate the present โ€“ itโ€™s a time to appreciate what we have.
โ€ข Look to the future โ€“ itโ€™s a time to consider what the future holds.

โญ๏ธ ๐—›๐—ผ๐˜„ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ถ ๐—ฐ๐—ฒ๐—น๐—ฒ๐—ฏ๐—ฟ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐—ฑ?

Every iwi marks Matariki differently, although everything is underpinned by the three principles of remembrance, celebration and looking to the future. Generally itโ€™s a time to get together with loved ones, whether thatโ€™s sharing kai, telling stories of whฤnau who have passed away, or having a Dad’s and Daughters breakfast at Vogeltown School!

โญ๏ธ ๐—ช๐—ต๐˜† ๐—ฑ๐—ผ ๐˜๐—ต๐—ฒ ๐—ฑ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฒ๐˜€ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐— ๐—ฎ๐˜๐—ฎ๐—ฟ๐—ถ๐—ธ๐—ถ ๐—ฐ๐—ต๐—ฎ๐—ป๐—ด๐—ฒ ๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฐ๐—ต ๐˜†๐—ฒ๐—ฎ๐—ฟ?

Matariki follows a lunar calendar system which is different to our modern solar calendar, so the Matariki dates change each year, just like Easter.

๐Ÿ˜ƒย Vogeltown Values – โ€˜IROCKโ€™ – Inclusive, Respectful, Original, Courageous, Kind

Welcome back to 2022!

Kia ora Vogeltown whanau, welcome back to 2022! We have made a great start to the year, even under the Red Covid-19 traffic lights settings!

We have a number of plans at Red setting to keep our kids, staff and community safe. You can find this plan on the poster below.

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!