March 2, 2015

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Shepherding the Heart Tour – three weeks to go…!

From the Organisers of  Shepherding the Heart NZ Tour:
Please forward to your interested contacts. Being a Christian conference, it naturally comes from a Christian perspective but anyone is welcome to attend.
Just a reminder about the upcoming Shepherding the Heart Tour with international speaker and author, Dr. Tedd Tripp, to be held next month.
****AUTUMN SPECIAL PRICING****
Missed the Earlybird? No problem. Autumn special pricing has kicked in!
Autumn Special pricing closes 8 & 15 March (varies by area)
Pricing also varies, depending on the event so check the website for details:
These events are ideal for anyone who is, or may one day be, a parent – single or married. They will inspire, encourage and equip you through key themes of Grace Based Parenting from the best selling books, Shepherding a Child’s Heart and Instructing a Child’s Heart.
Homeschoolers will also benefit from the Tripps’ teaching, as they draw on a wealth of Christian schooling experience.

Auckland:

Fri 20th (evening) & Sat 21st March – Auckland Conference [including separate Teen Track]

Book now for the Auckland Conference!

 Mon 23rd March – Pastoral Leadership Day with Dr Tedd and Margy Tripp:

Book now for the Pastoral Leadership Day!

Heart White

Palmerston North:

Tues 24th (evening) & Wed 25th March – Palmerston North Conference

Book now for the Palmerston North Conference

Heart White

Hawke’s Bay: (in Hastings)

Thurs 26th March – Men’s Breakfast with Dr Tedd Tripp;

‘Women in the Word’ seminar with Margy Tripp;

Book now for the Men’s Breakfast or ‘Women in the Word’ Seminar

An evening with Dr Tedd Tripp – Free Event

(no registration required – unless you have children attending their programme – but a freewill offering taken on the night)

Heart White

Christchurch:

Fri 27th (evening) & Sat 28th March – Christchurch Conference  [including separate Teen Track]

Book now for the Christchurch Conference

Sun 29th March - Dr Tripp preaches at Bishopdale Reformed Church – (no registration required)

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Who is Dr Tedd Tripp?
Dr. Tedd Tripp is the author of the popular child-rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Shepherding a Child’s Heart Parent’s Handbook and co-author with his wife Margy of Instructing a Child’s Heart. Since 1994 Tedd has maintained an extensive ministry as a conference speaker and presenter of Shepherding a Child’s Heart Seminars. His books and video and audio materials are used throughout the world.
“Dr Tripp’s material on parenting is the clearest, most biblically framed, and most helpful that I have ever encountered.” – Dr Edward Welch
*****Teen Track Programmes*****
The Auckland and Christchurch conferences have full-day Teen Track programmes. No Teen Track for PN sorry due to space constraints.
****Registrations are essential!****
We hope you will make the most of this incredible opportunity. Dr Tripp has been booked for this event four years in advance and he is not planning on returning.
Feel free to contact off-list or at shepherdingthehearttournz@gmail.com if you have any questions
Kind regards,
The Organisers
Shepherding the Heart NZ Tour
Ph 06 8766079 or 0274790002
PS Don’t forget: Autumn Special registrations closing midnight 8 & 15 March.
PROGRAMME CONTENT/TOPICS - see further information on the website about the topics covered www.shepherdingthehearttour.co.nz

Topics include: The Call to Formative Instruction; What is a Family?; Living Joyfully Under Authority; Getting to the Heart of Behaviour; and Instructive Discipleship and more…

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Please share this information – thanks

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

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

NCHENZ Survey closing this weekend – Please fill it out asap

Updated 2/3/15: Survey now closed

This survey is closing this weekend. If you have not already filled it out then please consider doing so asap. The more people who take part in the research the better the study will be and the more help NCHENZ can be to the home educating community.

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

and

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

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Please share this information – thanks

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

Our movements

Last week I signed a contract for the property in Tasmania. My daughter is buying some of the land off me.

Downes Jr proposed housespot and shared drivewaysRed lines my new property,

dark blue lines Josh & Charmagne’s old and new property

light blue lines Josh’s parents and his brother’s property.

The lady in Tasmania wants the last date for settlement to be May 1. In order to get the funds across to her I need to settle here April 21. I have been talking with moving companies and they need to survey here 6 weeks before that. Which is like in a couple of weeks. So this is my timeline at this stage:

4_Tawa_St_sm_13

I now have a signed contract on this property. Trusting for it to go unconditional this coming Friday DV.

25 – February go room by room to see what we want to keep, sell, junk, give away. Books I have sorted that are for sale so far: http://hef.org.nz/resources/books-secondhand/. I hope to add to these lists each day and try to keep them updated regularly.

February We are expecting to get the next Report back from MoE (not sure what will be involved in these next steps yet – will publish them asap)

Once our home goes unconditional then I need to bring home from storage a large amount of stuff to again sort on what to keep, sell, give away and toss

3 – 10 March Movers want to look at what I want to take and give quotes (Anyone know of any good moving companies?)

20 April Kaity leaves Wellington Airport for Hobart

20 April Container arrives and is filled

21 April Settlement on our home 4 Tawa Street

20/21 April cleaning 4 Tawa Street

22 April – 30 April (3 of us needing a place to stay) End of year accounts (GST report, letter and receipt to givers and Charities Commission)

1 May Settlement on 23 Cordwell Road, Tasmania

 

1 – 23 May Available for workshops/conferences in North and South Islands. Let me know if your area would like me to visit. Would be travelling with Grace (9).

23 May last performance for Jedediah’s play at the Globe Theatre

25 or 26 leave Wellington for Hobart.

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

Home education and chronic illness

Here is an excellent article written by Christina who was home educated by her mother who had a chronic illness all through her education.

https://www.facebook.com/cebaehr/posts/923417401022490?comment_id=923421981022032

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals and Competitions

A message from Wendy and Sharon

Dear Homeschoolers interested in SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festivals and Competitions (SGCNZ UOSWSF) ,

SGCNZ have appointed liaisons for homeschooling Shakespeare students around New Zealand to answer questions, provide information on SGCNZ events and competitions and collate a database of all homeschool entries to the festivals.

To minimize the volume of inquiries direct to SGCNZ’s director, Dawn, regarding the festivals, please direct all queries to the following people.

*North Island except Wellington Region*

Wendy Crummer

mandwcrummer@clear.net.nz

Tel: 09 2793737

Mob:  021 02374886

*Wellington Region and South Island*

Sharon Callaghan

sharon.callaghan.nz@gmail.com

Tel: 04 234 7898

Mob: 0273 090 681

Please also remember not to contact the University directly as the Festivals are organized by SGCNZ.

Regional festivals commence late March and are completed by the end of April

2015. Regional festival dates can be found at www.sgcnz.org.nz

To register you need to complete two steps:

1. Send your information as follows to the liason for your region (contacts above)

2. Register online, including becoming a Friend of SGCNZ (see below under COSTS)

If you would like assistance with either step, contact Sharon or Wendy and we will be glad to assist.

Step 1. To collate a database of Homeschool entries, details of each Homeschool cluster group entry need to be sent to the above liaisons.

The seven pieces of information that you will need to provide to the liaisons is as follows;

1. Homeschool cluster name (this can be a unique name)

2. Homeschool city/town

3. Region of the Festival you are entering

4. Name of your Group’s organizer/Contact

5. Contact phone numbers – landline and mobile

6. Postal Address for the Database so that the hard copies can be sent to you

7. Email address

Step 2.

Online registrations are now open and close two weeks prior to regional festival dates.

You can edit your registration up to this date if necessary.

COSTS

SGCNZ charges no Entry Fee – the only financial requirement for your participation is payment of a Homeschool cluster SGCNZ Friends’ Subscription. This is a reduced fee of $70.00 per Homeschool cluster, and can be paid online.

You need to be paid up until 31 March 2016 to be eligible to participate. For  this fee you also receive four Newsletters per annum, event discounts and other information and opportunities.

Criteria and information  for the SGCNZ University of Otago Sheilah Winn Shakespeare Festival  can be found at

www.sgcnz.org.nz along with information on many other great events.

Please make sure you read the criteria thoroughly, and if you have any questions, please contact either Sharon or Wendy.

Requesting a Mentor

Groups entering the festivals can request an alumnus of previous competitions to mentor their group.

Whether or not your secondary age students have been involved in Shakespeare before or not, the Festivals are a fabulous and exciting ongoing opportunity.

Groups for the 2015 Festivals have already been formed by Wellington and Auckland clusters.

We welcome you to the SGCNZ and are very happy to assist with any questions you may have.

Kind regards

Wendy and Sharon

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

The Underground History of American Education – online

Image result for John Taylor Gatto

John Taylor Gatto is a great supporter of home schooling.

He was named teacher of the year for New York City three times: 1989, 1990, and
1991. He was named teacher of the year for New York State in 1991. Then he quit
teaching.

He has written a must-read book on the history of American education. It has a
great title: “The Underground History of American Education.”

It was published on Lew Rockwell’s site, one chapter at a time. You can
download it here:

http://www.ronpaulcurriculum.com/snip/197.htm

Download it. Read it. This is why we need private education and home
schooling.

Image result for John Taylor Gatto

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Please share this information – thanks

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

Parents Are Key Sex Educators, Not Schools

 FAMILY FIRST NZ logo

MEDIA RELEASE

20 February 2015

Parents Are Key Sex Educators, Not Schools

Family First NZ is rejecting a call by an Australian sexologist for sex education to be targeted at children as young as five, and says that resources should be targeted at parents to help them educate their own children.

“Parents should be horrified at the prospect of programmes targeted at children as young as five undermining the role and values of parents, and resources which fail to take into account the emotional and physical development of each child and the values of that particular family,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

“There is definitely a need for young people to be aware of the harms of pornography, rape and teen pregnancy, and issues around consent, but parents know their children the best and should determine the best timing and most appropriate way to tackle these sensitive topics. A valueless ‘one size fits all’ approach is far too simplistic and can even be harmful.”

“Studies show that the biggest protective factors for coping with puberty and sexual involvement are married parents, family values, parental supervision, and parental expectations for behaviour. What happens at home is the greatest determinant of the outcomes for the young person.”

Family First acknowledges that the Youth Wellbeing Project has excellent resources for parents, and this is where the emphasis should be.

A recent international study found that by the age of ten years old, most children will have already had their first ‘facts of life’ talk with their parents. The online survey of 5,420 parents and 2,569 children aged 5-10 years old was undertaken during 2014 in New Zealand, Australia, Brazil, Canada, Czech Republic, France, Germany, the United Kingdom and the United States. The AVG Technology survey found that most parents plan to have the chat about adult topics including pornography, sex and puberty by the time their kids are 10-years-old, and that 76% believe that the Internet has encouraged the conversation on adult themes with children at an increasingly early age.

“This is a great result and shows that parents are now looking to pre-empt the unacceptable messages being pushed in the media, on the internet, and by groups abusing the sex education curriculum which pollute their young children’s minds and innocence. Parents are the best moral gatekeepers for their children,” says Mr McCoskrie.

“We should be resourcing parents to be empowered to have these talks with their own children.”

A recent review of sex education resources recommended to adolescents in NZ found that they are seriously flawed with both sins of commission and sins of omission, and that critical life and death information is distorted or ignored.

ENDS

For More Information and Media Interviews, contact Family First:

Bob McCoskrie – National Director

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Check out how you can support Family First here: http://us2.campaign-archive1.com/?u=0cd68702160c587ec85116fce&id=9b51bfd3c4

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

 

NCHENZ Survey – please consider filling it out

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

and

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

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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:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

Tedd Tripp Shepherding the Heart Conferences

The conference below is being organised by The Firelight Foundation, which has been involved in a running a number of homeschooling conferences over the years e.g. Jay Wile, Sally Clarkson, Steve Demme, Terry Small, Andrew Pudewa and others.

It’s been four years in the making, and now we’re delighted to invite you to join with international author and speaker Dr Tedd Tripp for the Shepherding the Heart NZ tour, beginning this March.
imageThese nationwide events are ideal for ANYONE who is a parent. They will inspire, encourage and equip you through key themes from the best selling book, Shepherding a Child’s heart. Being Christian conferences, they naturally come from a Christian perspective but anyone is welcome to attend. Although not specifically for homeschoolers, there are many homeschoolers attending these conferences throughout the country. And there’s an excellent, thought provoking Teen track available in two of the centres.
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*****Tour Dates and Registration Information*****

20 &21 MarchAuckland conference Auckland | Shepherding the Heart Tour NZ

24 & 25 MarchPalmerston North conference Palmerston North | Shepherding the Heart Tour NZ

26 MarchHastings events: various Hawke’s Bay | Shepherding the Heart Tour NZ

27 & 28 MarchChristchurch conference Christchurch | Shepherding the Heart Tour NZ

BONUS EVENT:
Also available for this tour only is a Pastoral Leadership Day specifically for those involved in Pastoral ministry – Pastors, elders, church leaders and their wives, women’s ministry leaders etc.
Venue: Howick Baptist Church  Dr Tedd Tripp, now retired, was Pastor of Grace Fellowship Church for 29 years.
Registrations are essential as Dr Tripp is a very popular
author and speaker!
Beat the Earlybird pricing which finishes on 1 March, 2015

Shepherding the Heart Tour NZ | A place to find out about the Shepherding the Heart Tour of NZ in 2015

*****Who is Tedd Tripp?*****

Dr. Tedd Tripp is the author of the popular child-rearing book, Shepherding a Child’s Heart, Shepherding a Child’s Heart Parent’s Handbook and co-author with his wife Margy of Instructing a Child’s Heart. Since 1994 Tedd has maintained an extensive ministry as a conference speaker and presenter of Shepherding the Heart Seminars. His books and video and audio materials are used throughout the world.

“Dr Tripp’s material on parenting is the clearest, most biblically framed, and most helpful that I have ever encountered.” – Dr Edward Welch

Register now: http://shepherdingthehearttour.co.nz/ before the earlybird pricing finishes on the 1st of March.

The Shepherding the Heart NZ Tour is underwritten and run entirely by volunteers. If you would like to help out with the tour in any way, please email us at shepherdingthehearttournz@gmai l.com . We are also looking for people to be contacts in their local churches who are happy to forward information to their congregation. Email if you can help.
We look forward to having you join us in March at a Shepherding the Heart event around the country
The organising committee
Shepherding the Heart NZ Tour

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

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

 

Emma Thompson and husband decide to educate daughter Gaia at home

Gaia - pictured here with her famous parents Emma Thompson and Greg Wise - has decided main stream education isn't for her

Gaia – pictured here with her famous parents Emma Thompson and Greg Wise – has decided main stream education isn’t for her

Emma Thompson and her husband Greg Wise have withdrawn their 15-year-old daughter from school and begun educating her at home.

Mr Wise, who starred in Sense and Sensibility, said their daughter Gaia had decided shortly before her GCSEs that school “wasn’t for her”.

He said: “She loves learning and she’s terribly focused and hardworking, but she didn’t like the sausage factory of formal education. I’ve no argument with that.”

Mr Wise and Ms Thompson have built a school room at the end of their garden in West Hampstead, north London, where tutors will teach Gaia.

He said: “Although I won’t be teaching her. We’ve got tutors and I’ve built her a school room in the garden.”

But the couple admit they have not yet decided what will be on their daughter’s home curriculum, with Mr Wise – who recently starred in Effie Gray – the story of Victorian critic John Ruskin’s teenage bride – joking: “I think we should just teach Latin and free-form dance. Really.”

He said home schooling made sense in a world where the nature of jobs and careers is changing at a rapid pace – requiring a more flexible approach to educating children.

“I read a fascinating statistic recently that said 60 per cent of the kids at school will go on to do jobs that haven’t yet been invented,” he said.

Although by law children have to receive full time education until the age of 17, this does not have to be at school and can be done legally at home.

‘Home educating’ families do not have to follow the National Curriculum, making the idea attractive to parents with children who find it hard to ‘fit in’; children with special needs or who have been severely bullied; and children for whom the school classroom does not suit their particular way of learning.

It is estimated that up to 60,000 children are being home educated in England and Wales at any one time.

Edwina Theunissen, of Education Otherwise, said: “School doesn’t suit everyone and it’s great that there’s a safety net like home education. Many children suffer from anxiety at school, or are finding it increasingly hard to cope with the pressure of the exam system. In other cases they are bored with what is being taught and children can gain a great deal following their own interests.

Mr Wise, 48, said parents had to be careful not to regard themselves as irreplaceable or responsible for everything that happens in their children’s lives.

“As a parent, it is easy to make yourself feel responsible for things that are out of your control, but it comes from a need to feel needed and to shape our lives,” he said.

In an interview in The Times magazine, Mr Wise, who first came to public prominence with his appearance as Mr Willoughby in the 1995 film version of Sense and Sensibility, which also starred Ms Thompson and Kate Winslet, said his daughter – who has recently been photographed with her mother at a number of film premieres – refuses to watch anything in which he appears.

He said: “This is the big argument we’re having at the moment. Gaia is OK watching her mum, though. She knows her mum’s an actress and a film star and she gets stopped in the street all the time. But Dad’s Dad. I’m a piece of furniture – we hang out and do stuFF.”

Read the rest of the article here: Emma Thompson and husband decide to educate daughter Gaia at home

Earlier stories:

1. Emma Thompson decides to educate her daughter at home after girl says school ‘wasn’t for her’ 

- Emma Thompson’s daughter has been withdrawn from her £6,000-a-term school so she can be taught in her back garden after deciding main-stream learning ‘wasn’t for her’.

- Father Greg Wise revealed ‘sausage factory’ education wasn’t for her

2. Emma Thompson: I would take daughter out of school for a year

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

 

 

Our home

Our home – still on the market

a great home for home educators

Moving and large home for sale

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  • Home for the large family or
  • Home and Income or
  • Investment property or
  • Home and Granny Flat

4_Tawa_St_sm_13Bed: main house 3-4, extra building up to 3, library could be a bedroom (8 potential bedrooms)
Bath: 1 spa bath
Toilet: 2
Lounge: 2
Garage: 2 car/van
Carport: 1
Character filled rooms
Much loved home built in 1944
Low maintenance grounds

4_Tawa_St_sm_005Features in the main house include three bedrooms and a study (currently used as a fourth bedroom), The dining and family room is open–plan to the lounge and kitchen. The rimu galley style kitchen with stainless steel bench-top and splash-back, stainless steel dishwasher and stainless steel double ovens, well equipped with lots of storage, two pantry cupboards and 12 power points. The lounge, with stunning matai flooring, fan, built in shelving and large cabinet has a large log fire which heats the whole home – no other heating required even on those cold winter nights. The bathroom boasts a spa bath, shower, toilet, and vanity. The house has a second toilet in the laundry. The whole house has been rewired in recent years and is insulated under floor as well as in the ceiling and walls with a heat transfer system to the master bedroom.  The main home has also been reroofed in recent years. The 3m by 3.6m conservatory opening off the kitchen/dining area looks to the Northeast soaking in all the morning sun and leads out to a covered porch with an abundant grape vine which is a fantastic area for outside entertaining and access from the garage to the house.

4_Tawa_St_sm_004The secondary building is a separate house which was moved to this property in 2004 and refurbished. It contains three smaller rooms and one very large room fitted with a heat pump and alarm. This building is ideal for a home office, rental, granny flat, boarders, etc. Each room has multiple power points and data points since being rewired and refitted a few years ago for use by a home business with several staff.

4_Tawa_St_sm_003The third independent structure is a fully insulated recreational room which has been lined, carpeted and is currently fitted out as a library, it has been used as a bedroom and sewing room in the past.

At the back of the library is a garden shed.

4_Tawa_St_sm_010Monday or Tuesday I get to put in an offer on the property in Tasmania. (DV)

We plan to change the boundries as I can’t afford to buy it all without a mortgage. So this is what we roughly plan for the boundries to look like. Mine will be the Red boundary, Charmange with the dark blue and her inlaws with the light blue. Charmange and her husband plan (DV) to build on the piece of land that we plan to buy.

Since I plan to put in an offer for the property on Tuesday I need to get serious about selling 4 Tawa Street. If you are, or you know of anyone who might be, interested in looking at 4 Tawa Street please contact me soon. barbara@hef.org.nz, 06 357-4399, 021 0278 2221.
More on our move and the propery here: Moving and large home for sale
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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/

Class Dismissed

FOR WELLINGTON REGION – LAST CHANCE!

Dear Friends and Supporters,

Thank you so much for purchasing tickets to the Wellington screening of Class Dismissed on February 22nd, I really appreciate your support.

The screening is coming up in just over 2 weeks time and I’m really looking forward to meeting some of you there.

There are just 25 tickets left. It would be fantastic to fill the theater, especially since this will be Wellington’s only showing of the film. If you have friends who homeschool or neighbors interested in finding out more about homeschooling, I encourage you to invite them to the screening.

Despite being filmed in the US, the experiences and information shared in the film has a universal appeal. As one recent audience member said after a screening in the US:

“Class Dismissed is a MUST see – especially for those who are thinking about homeschooling and unschooling, or for those who have doubts, or for those who are “in the trenches” and need a shot of inspiration and validation.”

Since I have no direct or effective way to reach homeschoolers in Wellington, I’m reaching out to you to ask that you pass along the information to anyone in your area who might be interested.

Here is the direct link for tickets:
http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149730

And here is our Facebook event page that you can use to invite friends:
https://www.facebook.com/events/943506892334840/

Many thanks for your support,

Jeremy Stuart – Director, Class Dismissed.

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/

And

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

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

and

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/