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:

The NCHENZ quarterly newsletter (March 2015) is here:

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

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

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


Kind Regards,


Jim Greening

Group Manager - Sector Enablement & Support

Ministry of Education

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We get the job done  Ka oti i a mātou ngā mahi
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We back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou me ētahi ake kia wikitoria
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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 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

Monday, 16 February 2015

Fwd: Home Education Foundation

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Home Education Foundation <>
Date: Tue, Feb 17, 2015 at 5:02 AM
Subject: Home Education Foundation

Home Education Foundation

NCHENZ Survey – please consider filling it out

Posted: 15 Feb 2015 01:32 PM PST

From NCHENZ – National Council of New Zealand

The NCHENZ would like to hear from all Home Educators not just members.

The 2015 Home Education Survey

February 2015

As you may remember we ran our first Home Education survey in November 2013.  We chose to do this because there were very few studies of home education carried out in New Zealand and therefore very little understanding of the breadth and depth of the community.  This continues to be the case. (From HEF: The Home Education Foundation via TEACH Bulletin did a few survey's back in the '80s and '90s but there have been none in the last 15 or so years except for NCHENZ's survey back in 2013.)

We are once again hoping to gain a good overview of our existing NCHENZ members; your aims, your concerns and, of course, some basic statistics.
The gathered results may be used to promote the positive aspects of home education, as well as to dispel any myths or misunderstandings held by others in the wider community.  It also informs the direction and issues the NCHENZ committee address within our advocacy role.

Please note that this survey is anonymous.  We are not collecting any identifiable information about respondents with one specific exception which will become clear when you reach the end of the survey.  In this instance it is totally voluntary to answer this question.
Individual responses within the survey will not be shared.  Collated information can and may be shared.  Please see how the 2013 information has been handled by clicking on this link to the Survey Summary pdf file.

As you are not identifiable, we ask that you respect the intent of the survey, and fill it in as accurately and fairly as possible.
The survey should take you approximately five to ten minutes to complete and, hopefully, the questions are self-explanatory.  Please complete it at one sitting as it is not possible to return to alter your responses should you exit part way through. The survey will be available until 7pm on the 22nd February, after which time we will be closing it to further entries.

You are welcome to forward this email on to home educating friends who are not currently members of NCHENZ for them to contribute to the survey.  There is a link at the bottom of this email that allows you to do this.

If you have any questions regarding the survey, please feel free to contact us by email.

On behalf of the National Council of Home Educators New Zealand,

NCHENZ Executive Committee

In the early days of Home Education in New Zealand Craig organised a number of surveys through Keystone and TEACH Bulletin. It was good to get as many home educators as possible to answer the surveys. These surveys were very helpful.

I don't think any surveys have been done for at least 15 years now except for the NCHENZ 2013 survey.

There have been a couple of indepth studies done in the last 10 years.

Beyond Homeschooling NZ 2013 by Jenny Barkley


PhD study on Home Education in New Zealand

It would be wonderful if as many people as possible filled out this anonymous survey being done by NCHENZ.

TEACH magazine surveys are not online at the moment


Please share this information – thanks


Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith's Health) page 7 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


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

Information on getting started


Information on getting an exemption

This link is motivational:

Exemption Form online:

Coming Events:


Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey:

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Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Fwd: Scottish Country Dancing

Dear Dancers,

Start date: Wednesday, 4th March
Time: 4-5pm
Cost: $1 per child per session toward hall hire
Venue: St Andrews Church Hall - park in car park off Hampden Street.

Please wear shorts, fitting trousers, or a knee length skirt.  We are expecting the children will dance barefoot.  Adults may be needed to fill up a 'set.'

We have about 15 children interested, but feel free to come along and join in if you still wish.

See you there!

West Coast Home Educators

Tuesday, 10 February 2015

Fwd: cycle safety

Howdy people
I have organised with the police to run a session of cycle
safety for our kids.  We did this a few years ago and it was
Wednesday 25th of feb
meet at hokitika church of Christ 9.30am, please be on time
we will have one hour in a interactive session with
policeman Josh
then we will have one hour at cass square on the bikes
learning some skills
we will probably then have lunch so bring your own
after lunch the older ones will head out on the roads around
cass square
Yes it is still happening if its raining.  We have access to
Hokitika Church of Christ, so can have lunch there.  I will
provide tea and coffee etc and cold water.
while the big kids are out on the rd the littles can be at
the church or at cass square playing.
parents have full responsibility for their child/ren at all
times.  We need as many adults as possible, especially with
big ones on rd, you may be asked to stand on a corner.
there are some bikes available. if you have a bike bring it
or let me now if you need a bike, just makes sure the brakes
work!! every child should have a helmet.
the focus is more school age up to younger teenagers. any
age welcome to join in, let me know how many coming asap
Rachel :)

West Coast Home Educators

Thursday, 29 January 2015

Scholastic book club

Hello everyone,

For those who haven't heard, I have taken over doing the Scholastic Book Club orders from Kerstin.

The first lot of booklets for 2015 have just arrived and are ready to send out to anyone who may want to order books.
They have made some changes for this year, so instead of getting lots of smaller booklets, Lucky, Arrow, Star, etc, they are all combined into one booklet.

Currently I have only myself and one other person on my list of people who receive them.
But I thought there surely should be others who are interested in buying books too..
So if anyone would like to buy Scholastic book club books, please let me know and I will send you a booklet.
Or if you want some more information, I'm happy to help.

Phone: (03) 7625172
Or leave a comment

Look forward to hearing from you,

Tuesday, 27 January 2015

Scottish Country Dancing

Hi there folks!

Catherine van Paassen has kindly offered to take weekly sessions for Scottish Country Dancing for the homeschoolers.  There are a few details yet to be confirmed, but we are garnering interest.

Where:  Hokitika
Day: Wednesdays
Time: One hour in the afternoon - please let us know what suits and we will see what we can do
Cost: Not sure, but minimal - will confirm
Beginning: somewhere between mid Feb and mid March

Please get back to us by the end of next week.

Thanks!  Happy Homeschooling, and all the best for the New Year.

West Coast Home Educators