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: