Thursday, 20 November 2014

Fwd: re hokitika summer reading challenge

hi all
this is happening again. last year there were 20 of our kids
who enjoyed this. I have the forms, and I am happy to drop
them off to you. This is a great way for kids to keep busy
during holidays, we have choices of what they can read and
choice of prize.
rachel t  :)

West Coast Home Educators

Monday, 20 October 2014

South Island Life Learners Camp 2015!!! Please help us spread the word

Kia ora/ Gidday everyone

After the super success of the South Island Life Learners camp 2014 where approx 20 families from all over the South Island came together, and had a super time, we kick into gear for 2015!!!

Families were very positive about the venue - safe, fenced, plenty of free space.  We all enjoyed hanging together, sharing ideas, supporting each other and having a great time.

So what are you waiting for!!!

South Island Life Learners Camp 2015

Register Now!

Wednesday 28 Jan -  Sunday 1st Feb 2015

Raincliff, South Canterbury

Visit to find out more and to register

Please help us to spread the word! 

We look forward to meeting you there. :)

Hei kona

Bye for now

Joel, Angela and the Camp Team

Thursday, 25 September 2014

Ministry of Education seeks feedback

The Ministry of Education has been sending out emails for feed back.

If you wish to reply to this, you can find the information here:

This is a letter asking for clarification, as many homeschoolers are a little confused by the survey:

This is the office's reply to that letter:

Here are some ideas the homeschooling community are putting forward:

West Coast Home Educators

Friday, 15 August 2014

Essay Competition

UC Business and Law Essay Competition

Posted: 15 Aug 2014 02:56 AM PDT

 The UC Business and Law Essay Competition is open to all secondary students in New Zealand including home educators. Details of the competition are below.

Good afternoon,

The College of Business and Law invites your students to enter our 2014 UC Business and Law Essay Competition.

It's election year so the essay topics are based on examining political parties' policies on issues affecting the economy, employment, taxation and the justice system.

There are some great cash prizes for your students and your school. Each category will have three placement prizes.

·        1st Prize: $400 for your student and $150 for your school

·        2nd Prize: $200 for your student and $150 for your school

·        3rd Prize: $150 for your student and $150 for your school

What do students need to do?
Write a 600-word essay on any of the following topics.

Category Topic
Economy Some political parties are advocating the use of tools to manage the value of the New Zealand dollar in the belief it is over-valued.  Discuss the value of the $NZ and the impact of the use of tools to control its value.


Employment Compare and contrast the employment policies of the two main political parties (National and Labour) and discuss their impact on young job seekers.


Law and Justice Compare and contrast the justice policy of two or more political parties and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.


Taxation Some political parties are advocating the introduction of a capital gain tax.  Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this type of taxation.


Then go online to enter at:

Encourage your students to start watching the election news, reading up about political parties' propositions, and discussing the issues in class and at school. Most importantly, tell them to start writing and enter!

Kind regards,

Andrea and Fiona

Andrea Chin

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
School of Business and Economics | College of Business & Law

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha

Thursday, 17 July 2014

Aoraki Cottage

Hi West Coast Home Educators,

I would just like everyone to know we have this great Adventure Farm Stay
that they can bring their kids to for a whole lot of new fun exciting hands on
learning experiences.

I'm Uncle Dave married to Aunty Nikki
when I was growing up I used to go to a friends farm where we had all sort
of fun adventures, so now we are full time farming and our kids are growing up
we've opened up our farm and developed a cottage & cabin so families can come
enjoy our farm.

Guests often say I'm pretty good at relating to all ages of kids and giving them
the confidence to try new things. Teaching must be in the blood.

Anyway hope you can distribute this invitation to come stay explore the farm
our wonderful Geraldine Village and use it as a base to day trip South Canterbury
Tekapo, Aoraki/Mount Cook, Mount Sunday Village of Edorus in Lord of the Rings"
or Yellow Eyed Penguins & Steam Punk at Oamaru if you want.

All the best

Kind Regards

Dave (&Nikki) Stanton
Aoraki Cottage Treks & Tours
Heart of the South Island
Geraldine, New Zealand