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!

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 โ€˜closedโ€™ 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 Healthโ€™s website on these dates and times, then please follow their process of โ€˜what to doโ€™

* 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: https://docs.google.com/…/1bC7qCLkH15igE3Qa6JVO…/edit…Vogeltown Alert Level 2 safety plan for whanau: https://docs.google.com/…/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