Friday, 20 November 2015

Fwd: Summer Reading Challenge: Andy Wright's visit; Wednesday 9th December, 2015

Hello All,

I trust that this finds you well.

This is just to double-confirm the details for Wednesday 9th
December and the Summer Reading Challenge.


Kaniere School

Kaniere School + Home Schooled Children(Double classroom)

Andy, Courtney Watson and I hope to arrive to schools at
least 5 minutes in advance of our allotted time.  The
schedule is quite tight, so can we gently ask that everyone
be assembled and ready for us please?  If you have any
difficulty with this, please just let me know.  We would
that a clear space at the top of the group be left clear for

We will start with an introduction to Andy, Courtney and
myself.  This will be followed by an overview of library
services to children and young people and the Summer Reading
Challenge.  Finally, the bit everyone will be waiting
for....... Andy will take over and the mantle of the story
spellbound will be woven over us all.

The session will last approximately an hour in total.

I'm really looking forward to it - I hope that you are too!

Should you have any questions or queries please just let me

Kind wishes,

Máire Hearty
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Wednesday, 4 November 2015

End of Year Homeschool Bang

Hi folks,

Save the evening of the 28th of November for our end of year homeschool party.
Fireworks to follow - and they promise to be bigger and better this year...

More details to follow, but save the date!
West Coast Home Educators

Tuesday, 3 November 2015

Fwd: Calling all youth group leaders and educators wishing to add penguins to their activities

I hope you already have a copy of the education resource launched by the West Coast Penguin Trust last year, but if not, please let me know and I'll get one to you ASAP!
In order to help you make the most of it, the resource author, Zoe Watson, will be leading a fun workshop, along with the Trust's Ranger, Reuben Lane, and you are invited.
Why not put it in your diary now?!  Thursday, 10th December.  Come along to St Mary's School at 3.30pm for some inspiration to share with the children you teach, lead and care for, as well as some delicious afternoon tea!
A flier is attached and copied below and we'd be grateful if you could pass this email on to anyone we may have missed who may be interested. 
Please let me or Zoe know you'll be coming, so we can ensure we are prepared, particularly with afternoon tea!
We look forward to hearing from you and seeing you on 10th December, if not before.
Kind regards
PS If you can't make the 10th, but are keen to come, Zoe will also be running the workshop in Greymouth on Wednesday 9th December, at Grey Main School (Tech Centre, 3.30-5pm).  Again, please just let us know.
Inger Perkins, Manager | West Coast Penguin Trust | | PO Box 63, Hokitika 7842 | 03 755 8600

West Coast Home Educators

Todd Roughton from Homeschooling NZ

Todd Roughton from Homeschooling NZ will be speaking in Hokitika on Friday night.
Check out his website

Todd will be taking questions and speaking on courses available to high school students.  He has spent a lot of time investigating options for homeschool high school and post-high school students.  While he does facilitate the ACE curriculum, he will be focussing on non-ACE course.

Date: 6 November
Time: 7pm
Venue: 32b Providence Drive, Hokitika

Supper will be available.

Directions: Turn east (inland) up Keogans Rd just north of Hokitika.  It's the second road on the left after the Arahura Bridge roundabout if you are coming from the North.  Turn left at the bottom of the hill, carry on straight ahead, through the gates, follow the drive past the green barn and to the dark brown house at the end.

See you there!
West Coast Home Educators

Wednesday, 9 September 2015

Scottish Country Dancing Change of Date

Hi there,

Sorry if this doesn't concern you...
The Scottish Country Dancers will now be having their end of year dance on SUNDAY 27th September at 2.30pm.  Mums, Dads, and grandparents welcome.  Followed by afternoon tea.
Dancers could come anytime after 2 for a warm up and practice.


West Coast Home Educators

Tuesday, 8 September 2015

Fwd: Scottish Country DancingEnd of year event now Sunday 27th

---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: Catherine van Paassen <>
Date: Tue, Sep 8, 2015 at 12:42 PM
Subject: Scottish Country DancingEnd of year event now Sunday 27th
To: Kim Blight <>

Hello Kim,

While I remember I have rebooked for Sunday 27th Sept, as this seemed a good time for the mothers that were at last Wednesday's session.


Can you please pass this on via email to the group? I will try to remember to talk with you tomorrow!


Thank you!

Catherine van Paassen


Tuesday, 25 August 2015

Fwd: Homeschools, Great News!

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Date: Wed, Aug 26, 2015 at 1:01 PM
Subject: Homeschools, Great News!

Homeschools have asked, we've listened!
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Homeschools, Great News!

You asked for it ...

You've told us that it's important for Homeschools to get easy access to online resources at a discounted price ... so we've changed our system for you!

Normally it would cost you $99 but now Homeschools can sign up to Artventure by themselves for just $34!! BUT this offer is not publicly available. Artventure relies on you to tell your friends.

How much fun are your kids are having with Artventure? How has their confidence in drawing has grown? Can they happily draw and paint without your help anymore?

Word of mouth is everything to Artventure, so please spread the word. Use this link in your blogs, your newsletters, your facebook posts, your twitter accounts ... where ever your Homeschool friends hang out!

Here it is, the golden ticket ...

Can I get this offer when my current licence expires?

Yes. All you have to do is login to your account when it expires, we have applied the discount for you. Don't use the above link because the system will see your address as a duplicate.

What happens when my Homeschool Group expires?

When your group expires, simply login as normal and choose:
A) "Renew as a Solo Homeschool", Paypal $34 and immediately continue as normal
B) Stay signed up with your Homeschool Group by contacting your admin person, pay that person and wait for everyone else to pay before continuing (in other words, option A is far easier!)

If you have any questions, please feel free to email

Have fun!!

Kirsty & The Artventure Team
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Monday, 27 July 2015

Scottish Country Dancing

Just a friendly reminder that Scottish Country Dancing starts up again this Wednesday, 29th of July.
It will be at the Uniting Church Hall, 4pm, $1 per dancer.
See you there!

West Coast Home Educators

Thursday, 23 July 2015

Fwd: July Discount - Last chance!

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Subject: July Discount - Last chance!
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July Discount - Last chance!
Invite a friend - 1 week left
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1 week left!

Invite a friend ...

Your friends and family will love this massive discount! Their kids can learn to paint and draw at home with Artventure, click the links below to take advantage.

Artventure has a massive discount offer for schools, too! If you'd like more info,

Happy Thursday!

Kirsty & the Artventure Team
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Tuesday, 16 June 2015

Scottish Country Dancing

This week is the LAST WEEK of Scottish Country Dancing for a month.  
Scottish Country Dancing will resume on the 29th of July.

West Coast Home Educators

Friday, 12 June 2015

Fwd: FW: Lantern Parade

The details are a wee bit confusing, so please double check everything using the contact details.

Hello Homeschoolers,

I hope that this finds you well.

Can you send this info about please to your Homeschool

We're getting ready for the Lantern Parade in Hokitika, and
I thought that it would be helpful to send you the full

  • Saturday 13th, Sunday 14th June
  • Workshops at the Custom House, 2pm - 4pm
  • Contact for the Custom House workshops:
    Ingrid Gruner: 755 7652 or
> Preschool aged children, please bring an adult with you.

  • Wednesday 17th June
  • Workshops at the Library 3.30pm - 4.30pm
  • Contact for the Library Workshops: 03.755 6208 or
> Bottle lanterns
Pierced tin lanterns:  Booking essential for this one,
children must bring an adult, a hammer and a large nail with

  • Lantern Parade takes place on Saturday 20th June at 5.30pm,
meeting outside the Custom House.  If the weather is foul,
(rain / wind) it will take place the following day - check
the radio for details.

Kind regards,

Máire Hearty
Youth Librarian
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Thursday, 28 May 2015

Fwd: Matariki Story Time Session

Please contact Maire as below.


I hope that this finds you well.

We'll be having the International Storyteller Andy Wright - - to visit for a special Matariki -themed
story time on Wednesday 16th June at 10.30am.  The session
will be most suitable for those aged between 5 and 10 years.

Can I ask you to please see if any of the homeschooling
group would be interested in coming in order that we can
have an idea of numbers?  Many thanks in advance.

Kind wishes,

Máire Hearty
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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
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  |  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 started


Information on getting an exemption

This link is motivational:

Exemption Form online:

Coming Events:


Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey:

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:

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 back ourselves and others to win  Ka manawanui ki a mātou me ētahi ake kia wikitoria
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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