Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Fwd: FW: ski week

Hello Everyone,
     Below are the details if anyone is interested in the Ski Week.  Please note that you do NOT have to be enrolled in the Correspondence School to join in and it is still really good value.  Aside of the Ski fees, each family has to pay an annual joining fee
of $20 to be officially a member or friend of the "Correspondence School Parent's Assn Canterbury Branch".   If you  are interested,
please reply directly to Neroli Davidson at woolshednz@xtra.co.nz.
Thank you,
 Rose Burrell.

Hello Everyone,
Haven't got you all in a group so not sure if I have missed anyone or not.  If you think you know someone on Correspondence that has been missed please pass on this information.  Ski week is 23-28 August.  Can you please let me know by return email if you are interested.  Subsidy for Correspondence students is $270 which is 5 days skiing.  Subsidy for non Correspondence will be $150.  $14 per night for Accomodation and $10 per day for the food.  Approx cost for 5 days skiing food and accomodation for correspondence students is $370 less subsidy $270 cost $100.  Regards Neroli

West Coast Home Educators

Friday, 8 May 2015

Fwd: Home Education Foundation

Home Education Foundation

Hokitika Home Educators Conference

Posted: 08 May 2015 02:44 AM PDT

Date: 14 May 2015
Venue: Contact Kim

1:30 Registrations
1:45 Welcome and Introductions
2:00-3:00  Barbara Avoiding Burnout: Keeping going when the Going gets Tough
3:00-3:30 afternoon tea
3:30-4:30 Suzannah "Finishing the Race: How Home Education Prepared Me for Life"?
4:45-5:45 Barbara Training Children's Minds, Tools of Learning and Motivation
5:45-7:00 Dinner break where people can either go home to have dinner or bring a shared dinner (no dessert, please - let's keep this simple!)
7:00-8.00 Barbara Christian Parents Preventing and Changing Rebellion in the Child's Heart
8:05-8:30 Barbara State of the Nation
8:30-9:00ish Q&A

There will be a resource table and 2nd hand tables for people to bring surplus curriculum to browse during the breaks

Friday, 1 May 2015

Home Education Foundation

MoE Accepting Applications from Age 5

Posted: 01 May 2015 03:34 AM PDT

This afternoon I receive and email from Lucy Ambrose from the National Office about the process of getting an exemption for our nearly 6 year olds. Lucy's email is about a policy change and is a direct result of the Scoping Survey that was done last year.

Hi Barbara and Meredith,

As you will remember, we agreed to look into the age that a child must be before parents can apply for a long-term exemption from enrolment. We have now reached an in-principle agreement that we will be able to accept applications following the child's fifth birthday (as opposed to the current six weeks before their sixth birthday).

The law remains the same, however – the exemption begins at the sixth birthday, but this change will allow the Ministry to process applications before these children are obliged to enrol in a school. This will reduce disruption to home education parents, students and schools.

This will take effect from 1 June 2015, absent major technical challenges.

We are having a hui with our regional home education staff on 11-12 May, and will brief them about this change. At this meeting, we also intend to train our staff in a range of home education philosophies, and the benefits of each.

We will also put a note on our website regarding this change.

Kind regards,

Lucy Ambrose-Segetin | Senior Advisor | Learner Engagement

education.govt.nz  |  Follow us on Twitter: @EducationGovtNZ


Needing help for your home schooling journey:



Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting startedhttp://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/


Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014

Thursday, 30 April 2015

Hearing and vision

Hearing and Vision testing will be available for homeschoolers in Hokitika on Monday, 11th of May, from 9.10am onwards at the Church of Christ Hall on Stafford Street.
Please ring Rachel G

West Coast Home Educators

Conference, Thursday 14th May

1:30 Registrations
1:45 Welcome and Introductions
2:00-3:30 What elective would you like here? Barbara or Samuel or Suzannah's at this stage
3:30-4:00 afternoon tea
4.00-5.00 Suzannah "Finishing the Race: How Home Education Prepared Me for Life"?
5:00-7:00 Dinner break where people can either go home to have dinner or bring a shared dinner
7:00-8.00 Barbara "State of the Nation" and encouragement
8:00-8:30ish Q&A

There will be a resource table and 2nd hand tables for people to bring surplus curriculum to browse during the breaks

West Coast Home Educators

Thursday, 26 March 2015

Fwd: Ministry of Education - Review report and Ministry work programme

Two things:

1.  NCHENZ newsletter.  They have asked me to pass this on.  I don't want to fill your inbox with junk, so let me know if this really isn't of interest to you.  I look mainly for the discounts!

2.  The government review of homeschooling - interesting!  This affects you, so make sure you have a look.  The first step is positive, by the looks.

Happy Homeschooling,

NCHENZ members will have the latest quarterly newsletter in their inbox. The newsletter outlines MOE and ERO news, and the most recent discount available to NCHENZ members which is 30% off LEARNZ virtual field trips.

If you are a NCHENZ member and haven't received the newsletter then it's likely that you need to update your details with us (first check your spam folder though). In that case it's good timing as we are asking all members to update their details and confirm their membership.

To update your details with NCHENZ please use this form: http://www.nchenz.org.nz/update-details-existing-members-only/

The NCHENZ quarterly newsletter (March 2015) is here: http://www.nchenz.org.nz/2015/03/25/march-2015-newsletter/

18:54 (5 minutes ago)
Nadia Sole
Member Services, NCHENZ

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Home Schooling <Home.Schooling@minedu.govt.nz>
Date: Fri, Mar 27, 2015 at 2:55 PM
Subject: Ministry of Education - Review report and Ministry work programme
To: Home Schooling <Home.Schooling@minedu.govt.nz>

Dear Home Educating Parent

The Ministry of Education has recently completed its review of home education in New Zealand which we consulted with you on in September 2014. We have now developed a work programme for change which includes a number of operational improvements.


As well as consulting with you, we also sought feedback from Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (the Correspondence School) and the Education Review Office (ERO) as well as Ministry of Education staff. We used the feedback from throughout the sector to inform our decisions and actions to improve home education in New Zealand.


You can find a copy of the review report at:




The report contains the Ministry's future work programme for home education as an appendix and includes dates about when particular changes are scheduled to take place.


These changes are mainly focused on operational improvements including:


·         Reviewing the application form and appeal and complaints process

·         Developing new practice guidelines

·         Training ministry advisors in home education philosophies

·         Implementing a more robust application assessment process (in particular regarding declining applications)


We have also made some immediate improvements based on your feedback. For example the Statutory Declarations will no longer need to be signed by a Justice of the Peace which will take effect 1 April 2015.


If you have any questions or feedback, please email home.schooling@minedu.govt.nz.


Kind Regards,


Jim Greening

Group Manager - Sector Enablement & Support

Ministry of Education

Ministry of Education | Te Tāhuhu o te Mātauranga

We get the job done  Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi
We are respectful, we listen, we learn  He rōpū manaaki, he rōpū whakarongo, he rōpū ako mātou
We back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou me ētahi ake kia wikitoria
We work together for maximum impact  Ka mahi ngātahi mo te tukinga nui tonu

Great Results are our bottom line  Ko ngā huanga tino pai a mātou whāinga mutunga


DISCLAIMER:  This email (including any attachments) may contain information which is  confidential or legally privileged and may not reflect the Ministry of  Education's view.  The Ministry is not responsible for changes made to this email  after we've sent it.  If you have received this email by mistake, please reply to  the Ministry immediately and delete both messages.

West Coast Home Educators

Wednesday, 18 February 2015

Mandarin and Confucius Institute Opening

Hi there,

Tai Poutini Polytechnic is opening a Confucius Institute at University of Canterbury Resource Centre at TPP on Wednesday (25th) next week.  There will be a business workshop at 1:30.  An opening ceremony will be held at 3:05 followed by afternoon tea and cultural activities including Chinese calligraphy, paper-cutting, Chinese painting and tea art demonstration.

The invitation to the opening is open, but RSVPs to mandarin@tpp.ac.nz would be appreciated to inform catering for afternoon tea.

The Mandarin tutor will arrive early March and details of availability for teaching Mandarin to home educators will be available shortly.  It would be helpful to get an idea of demand to see if we need to split classes between Greymouth and Hokitika and/or between age groups.
West Coast Home Educators