The Board of Trustees is pleased to welcome Mr Jeremy Ogle in the role as our new Principal at the beginning of Term 2. Jeremy comes to us from Highlands Intermediate with a wealth of leadership and teaching experience behind him. His desire to continue the great progress Vogeltown has achieved, left as a legacy by our previous principal Mark Luff is evident when talking to him. He values holistic learning as we do. We trust you, as our school community, will join us in making Jeremy feel right at home. When you see him helping our road patrollers, at the gate or in the classroom, don’t be shy in saying hello – that’s the VS Way!
As you will have noticed the senior school playground has been overtaken by temporary classrooms. There are now three onsite. The arrival of the classrooms is in preparation for the start of the earthquake strengthening works that are required for C block (known as the middle block) and the hall. What this means for three classes is, they will be spending term one in one of these three temporary classrooms.
Details about which classes are affected have been communicated with the end of year reports. Having the construction work on site during term one is going to be disruptive, but be assured we will be working hard with the contractor to minimise disruption to the school and our neighbours.
The Ministry of Education, TBIG (project managers) and the School have approved the final design for the works and the main contractor is in the process of being appointed. We are nearly there, and all going to plan the main contractor will be in place before Christmas. The building works will start during the holidays (as early as 5 January). The anticipated completion date is towards the end of term one. Please be careful if you are in school grounds during this time, as the contractor will be moving a lot of equipment onsite.
As well as the main earthquake works the Board of Trustees has committed additional monies to improve the insulation, heating and lighting in block C, replace some windows, refurbish the middle toilet block as well as external painting on some buildings. The school will look fabulous when finished, and will set us up for a great centenary year in 2015!
We will continue to keep you updated via Facebook over the holidays, and in the newsletter in 2015. Thanks for your ongoing support and patience.
Merry Christmas and may you all have a fun-filled relaxing and safe holiday.
The Board of Trustees
(Ashley, Louise, Nita, Blair, Linda and Philly)
Click here to view: No 36 – 11 December 2014
This is our final newsletter for 2014. Highlights include: 2015 classrooms and teachers, open letter from Mr Luff, BoT, sports draws, term 1 school activities, reading… and there’s still more!
People say working with kids and animals is a recipe for disaster. We firmly put that theory to rest after a very successful Pet Day last week. Animals of all sizes, shapes and textures joined us for a morning of animal antics. Teddies and other soft toys were also invited to attend the day with most of them being exceptionally well behaved. Check out our facebook page for more photos.
Click here to view: No: 7 – 3rd April 2014
Highlights include: Learning conference feedback, sports draws, Easter Goodies Raffle, Board Matters, and much much more!
Congratulations to the 65 children who competed in the Weet Bix Tryathlon at Nagmotu Beach yesterday. It takes a huge effort to swim, bike and run, and you represented our school well. Well done to everyone involved, especially Mr George who won the School Co-Ordinator Award!