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 liveandlearn.co.nz 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:



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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.
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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:

http://www.buslaw.canterbury.ac.nz/outreach/essay.shtml

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
www.aorakicottage.co.nz/index.htm

Wednesday, 25 June 2014

Fwd: Project Day- New date Thursday 24 July.



PROJECT DAY has now been moved to THURSDAY 24 JULY 2014.

AT KAIATA HALL, GOLF LINKS RD, KAIATA, GREYMOUTH.

STARTS 9.00AM FOR SET UP.
    
            9.30AM FOR START OF SPEECHES
            10.30 MORNING TEA
            10.50 SPEECHES
            12.00 SHARED CULTURAL LUNCH
            12.45 SHORT HE MEETING
            1.00PM TO 3.OO PM TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE!!!

ENTRY $5.00 PER FAMILY TO COVER HALL HIRE PLEASE.

FOR THOSE WHO HAVE NOT BEEN TO PROJECT DAY BEFORE, BRING ALONG SOMETHING YOU HAVE BEEN 
WORKING ON, ARE INTERESTED IN OR ARE GOOD AT- COULD BE A HOBBY, SOMETHING ABOUT YOUR PET,
SOMETHING YOU HAVE MADE, ETC.

YOU DO NOT HAVE TO DO A SPEECH BUT ARE ENCOURAGED TO AND GENERALLY MOST PEOPLE END UP DOING ONE.
IT CAN BE PREPARED OR IMPROMPTU. PLEASE PRACTISE SPEAKING LOUDLY!

LUNCH WILL NOT BE A COMPETITION THIS TIME BUT WE THOUGHT IT WOULD BE QUITE GOOD TO HAVE A CULTURAL THEME
SINCE WE COME FROM A VARIETY OF BACKGROUNDS AND CHILDREN ARE INVITED TO PREPARE IT.  FINGER FOOD WOULD BE
GREAT IF POSSIBLE BUT NOT ESSENTIAL.

I WILL SEND OUT DETAILS OF WHAT MATERIALS TO BRING FOR THE TECHNOLOGY CHALLENGE CLOSER TO THE DATE.
ANY ENQUIRIES TO ROSE BURRELL, PH 7625 527
G Burrell



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West Coast Home Educators

Thursday, 12 June 2014

Fwd: Lantern Workshop at the Library

>
> Subject: Lantern Workshop at the Library
> Date: Thu, 12 Jun 2014 01:28:52 +0000
>
> Hello everyone,
>
> I hope that this finds you enjoying the lovely sunny day!
>
> A 'Make A Lantern' workshop will be held here at
> Westland District Library
> Next Wednesday, that is Wednesday 18th June
> From 3.30 - 4.30pm.
>
> This is to make lanterns for the Lantern Parade on Saturday
> 21st June. There's no cost to participants, and Lindy
> Roberts has very kindly offered to facilitate. All children
> are welcome, but especially those aged 12 and under. For
> those who come aged 8 and under, it's best that they bring a
> parent or adult carer with them.
>
>
>
> If you have any queries or questions, please just let me
> know.
>
> Kind regards,
> Máire
>
> Máire Hearty
> Youth Librarian
> T +64 3 755 6208| F +64 3 755 6209|
> maire.hearty@westlib.co.nz

Tuesday, 27 May 2014

Exciting Dates From Rose




AFTERNOON TEA for Home Educators, especially for NEW or INTENDING Home Educators or people new to the area, mainly to meet up and maybe share ideas, curriculums used, etc.  Bring a plate if it suits, don't worry if it doesn't.  "Older" HEs very welcome also.
This will be at 2pm at Rose's on MONDAY, 9 JUNE.


ALSO:
Quite separately from home educating, I am presently involved in bring Warwick Pascoe and his educational presentation- The Making of a Masterpiece-to the West Coast.  He plans to be here on 28/29 July and I don't see why we Home Educator's should miss out!  He takes us on an amazing hour-long animated journey from birth back to conception in an interactive, humorous way, and having seen him in action, I can definitely recommend it and can also assure everyone that it is quite suitable for all ages and quite non-controversial.  Will let you know more when detais are finalised but mark those dates.  Will probably be OUTSIDE school hours.  You can look it up on www.masterpiece.org.nz.


ALSO:
My apologies for Project Day not happening last year - time just seemed to get out of hand.  So have decided to get in early this year and am looking tentatively at THURSDAY, 3 JULY at KAIATA HALL, GREYMOUTH AREA.  If some thing comes up, or there is illness around, we might look at shifting it 
to the beginning of the 3rd term.  For all of you  who know about Project Day, start preparing or dusting up your projects and practise doing speeches
to your families.  Can be about something you have studied, or are interested in or are expert at or maybe tell about somewhere you have been.  I was thinking that this year we should have a cultural theme for the shared lunch, prepared by the children if possible, for something different.  Maybe if everyone could make something that reflected their ethnicity?
I still haven't sorted out an afternoon activity yet so welcome any ideas please or maybe we could look at going to the Aquatic Centre?

ALSO:
If anyone is interested in joining in with part or all of a Ski Week with the Correspondence School Parent's Association Canterbury Branch -NB - You do not have to be doing Correspondence- let me know and I can send you details.  The week starts 11 August, will be in Cardrona, Treble Cone area and they are a nice bunch of people to be away with.  Skiing is very expensive but this group manage to get really good deals, being educational!  If you are keen, let me know sooner rather than later as they need to book accommodation especially.

That's all from me at the moment.
Will be good to catch up with you all,
Rose





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West Coast Home Educators