September 24, 2016

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Above Rubies Family Camp, with Colin and Nancy Campbell!

Early Bird registrations close tomorrow

Oct 28 at 4 PM to Oct 30 at 1:30 PM
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    Lodging

    From Michelle:
    Hey everyone, we’re really excited about this upcoming family camp – please tell all your friends!
    More details will be added to this event over the next few days – you also can PM Michelle Campbell to find out more!Registration form link:

    https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSeoOLrwBwDnXOfwxc6sKXEdPIDRQ3qlIMXq-5Tq1QjJsdKdEg/viewform?c=0&w=1

    Basic Program

    Friday

    Arrivals and registrations from 4 pm

    Own dinner19.30 Colin and Nancy speaking

    9 pm Supper

    Saturday

    7 am Prayer meeting

    07.30 Breakfast

    9 am Colin and Nancy each taking a session

    10.30 Morning tea

    11 am Colin and Nancy each taking a session

    12.30 Lunch

    Free time

    4 pm Question & Answer

    17.30 Dinner

    7 pm Colin speaking after a concert. Families may present items.

    Sunday

    7 am Prayer meeting

    07.30 Breakfast

    9 am Colin and Nancy Speaking

    10.30 Tea

    11 am Testimonies

    12.00 Lunch

    What is Above Rubies?

    Above Rubies is a ministry to encourage women in their high calling as wives, mothers, and homemakers. Its purpose is to uphold and strengthen family life and to raise the standard of God’s truth in the nation.

    The name has been chosen from Proverbs 31.10 AMP, “A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman, who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far Above Rubies or pearls.”

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    Who are Colin and Nancy Campbell?

    “Colin and I both are both blessed to come from a Godly Christian heritage. We are grateful for this legacy. I believe God’s plan is that every family build a godly generation so that His truth is passed on from one generation to the next.

    They say that the most difficult time of a relay race is to pass the baton to the next runner. We must be careful that we don’t drop the baton as we seek to impart God’s truth to the next generation…….”

    A biography of the Campbell family, how they have lived the Christian life, how they have been blessed by Godly Children and grandchildren.
    ABOVERUBIES.ORG

     

    Isn’t Above Rubies a lady’s magazine? Why would men want to attend the camp?

    This family conference will be a powerful time of encouragement for the whole family, as both Colin and Nancy share godly wisdom gleaned over many faithful years serving God in raiding their children.

    Check out the “Meat for Men” page, where Colin shares a vision of Uncompromising Manhood for married men and singles alike.

    Meat for Men's photo.
    Meat for Men
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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

Education Minister Hekia Parata asks for investigation after reports of 5-year-olds struggling to speak at school

Some children are starting school without the ability to speak in sentences, sparking a government investigation.

Education Minister Hekia Parata has asked officials to look into what is behind the apparent trend and what can be done to address it.

One school principal has told the Herald that New Zealand-born children at his school spoke with American accents because they’d learned to speak watching the Disney Channel.

Parata said factors could include increased screen time in front of electronic devices and fewer parents reading to their kids.

“We have been getting quite a lot of reports back – and it is becoming more consistent now – from new entrant teachers, that kids are arriving from early childhood with very poor oracy skills.

“Early childhood are reporting that kids coming to them, at 3 and 4, are also turning up with poor oracy skills.

“[It's] not just not being able to speak. Not making eye contact with adults. Their whole interaction with people. It is a mix of stuff.”

Don McLean, principal of Hampden Street School in Nelson, said the oral language skills of about 10 to 15 of the school’s 70 new entrants each year were well below standard.

“What we’re seeing is kids who don’t speak in sentences – they speak in phrases . . . and they don’t have a very wide vocabulary.

“We had boys a couple of years ago that were from a Kiwi family but spoke with American accents. It was because they’d learned to speak watching Disney Channel.”

McLean said busy and tired parents not speaking enough with their kids was a key part of the issue, with many leaving parenting to the TV and electronic devices.

Help your child with simple activities and, in doing so, have lots of conversational exchanges. Photo / 123RF

Help your child with simple activities and, in doing so, have lots of conversational exchanges. Photo / 123RF

“It might sound old school but sitting around the table at night, talking about how the day went is a great way to have those conversations.

“Reading is also very important, and don’t just read to them or get them to do their reading and say ‘well done’, also discuss the book.”

The school spent a lot of time on oral language skills, but if pupils didn’t have a good foundation, it was difficult for them to keep up with their peers, McLean said.

“If they’ve got poor oral language skills, they’re also going to struggle with reading and writing. Some do catch up but others will always lag behind.”

Parata expects advice by the end of the year on how the transition between pre-school and school can be strengthened, and what can be done in early childhood to ensure children develop resiliency.

Education Minister Hekia Parata in her Beehive office. Photo / Mark Mitchell

Education Minister Hekia Parata in her Beehive office. Photo / Mark Mitchell

The Education Minister said she would need to wait for the findings of the work to say what was causing the apparent decline in the spoken-language abilities of new entrants.

“It’s going to be a mix of stuff like screen time, less reading between adults and kids.”

Examples of what children should be able to do upon starting school provided by the Ministry of Education include asking questions about a picture, following directions in a group setting and holding a conversation.

The issue of pupils’ speaking ability was flagged in a 2014 report by Benjamin Riley, reported on at the time by the Herald.

Riley, who is from the United States, spent seven months with the ministry and visiting schools as an Axford Fellow.

He was told by half a dozen primary schools of a marked decline in spoken-language ability. The issue affected New Zealand-born children, not just those with English as a second language.

The issue has been flagged in an “update” of the special education system focussed on high-level changes.

It proposes spending more money on preschoolers to try and help them as early as possible, with ministry officials expecting this will eventually reduce the cost of providing learning support at school.

Initial work will include looking at how help is provided for speech disorders like oral language delay, to work out how things can be improved if help is provided earlier.

Try to talk with, not at, your children. Photo / 123RF

Try to talk with, not at, your children. Photo / 123RF

Parata said another piece of work currently underway was looking at how the early childhood curriculum, Te Whariki, could be better aligned with the New Zealand Curriculum, which covers schools.

And officials are keen to make sure teachers’ professional development helped smooth the transition between pre-school and school.

Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins said almost every school would report the problem of worsening oracy amongst new entrants.

“It’s difficult to draw generalisations about the backgrounds of those kids. Socio-economics plays a bit of a role. But having two full-time working parents can play a role in that. Certainly family dysfunction is one of the big drivers.”

Labour has warned that early intervention should not come at the cost of reducing support for school-age children with special needs.

Hipkins said the oral-language issue highlighted the danger in the Government’s move to enable students to enrol with online learning providers, instead of the local school.

“Person to person interaction is one of the really significant developmental things that happens to kids when they start school or early childhood education . . .they are not going to get that necessarily sitting at home in front of a computer.”

Future orators

• Help your child with simple activities and, in doing so, have lots of conversational exchanges.
• Tell children words and expressions but also make sure they are able to frequently try out new language.
• Read aloud to your children and give them time to think over what they have heard. Ask lots of closed questions (with one-word answers) and open questions (those with many different answers).
• Try to talk with, not at, your children.
• Encourage them to retell their favourite stories from books or their own experience. 

The battle for education

TodayWhat the overhaul of the education system means for you.
Tomorrow: Who is Education Minister Hekia Parata and what is motivating a raft of changes to New Zealand’s schooling system.

NZ Herald

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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

SOCIAL WORKERS DRAG BOY FROM PLANE, GET DRAGGED INTO COURT

SOCIAL WORKERS DRAG BOY FROM PLANE, GET DRAGGED INTO COURT

Swedish officials accused of destroying family over homeschooling

Domenic and Annie Johansson

Domenic and Annie Johansson

For half of his life, 14-year-old Domenic Johansson has been in the custody of social services agencies in his home country of Sweden after agents forcibly removed him from a jet on which he and his parents were preparing to leave for his mother’s home country of India, because he was homeschooled.

For much of that time, he’s been denied permission to see or talk to his parents. Social services agencies even have denied him contact with extended relatives, and he was refused permission to attend the funeral of his grandmother.

Now, ADF International is asking the European Court of Human Rights to intervene, restore the boy to his parents and allow them to try to repair the damage that has been inflicted from years of state custody.

WND first reported on the case in 2009 when the boy was 7. At that time, his parents, Christer and Annie Johansson, went public with their case after social services officials ordered police to halt their plane’s takeoff so they could snatch Domenic.

The Gotland couple had been homeschooling Domenic, described as “a bright and happy 7-year-old,” as they prepared to move to India. They “made all the right moves, informing the school of their plans.”

But police invaded the international air carrier, took Domenic and placed him in social services custody, where he remains despite years in Swedish courts.

ADF International explained Tuesday why it filed a request to the ECHR to intervene.

“The boy, who is their only son, has not been allowed to see his parents in five years and five months. The Swedish district court acknowledged in 2012 that Domenic’s parents took good care of him, but noted that they schooled him at home. This practice, which is rare but legal in Sweden, forms the background and possibly the reason for the draconian punishment the family continues to suffer,” the organization said.

Lorcán Price, ADF International legal counsel, said the Swedish authorities have clearly violated the Johanssons’ right to family life.”

“This right is a fundamental right expressly guaranteed by the European Convention on Human Rights,” Price said. “Separating a young child from his parents without even allowing them access to each other is an extreme and unnecessary interference with this right.”

When authorities snatched Domenic, they had no warrant. Nor did they ever charge the Johanssons with a crime.

“At first, Christer and Annie were allowed to visit their then seven-year-old son two hours a week; however, the government soon cut off all visitations. The child was not only prevented from seeing his parents but also his extended family. When his grandmother died, the officials denied the boy permission to attend her funeral,” ADF International said.

In 2009, a court initially ruled that the government “was within its rights” to seize Domenic. Officials claimed he need a filling in his teeth and he hadn’t had a vaccination.

But the officials, according to ADF International, “also repeated the demonstrably false charges that homeschoolers do not perform well academically and are not well socialized.”

In November 2015, the Swedish Supreme Court refused to correct the case.

“Every child deserves to be raised by his or her mother and father. The European Convention on Human Rights requires the cutting of that bond to be the nuclear last resort. In this case, it seems to be the government’s first resort, and so we are inviting the European Court of Human Rights to intervene,” said Robert Clarke, director of European advocacy for ADF International.

“International law holds that children should grow up in an environment where their family ties are maintained, allowing them to enjoy the love, support, and nurture of their natural parents. We urge the European Court of Human Rights to accept the case and quickly have the Swedish authorities return the Johanssons’ son to their care.”

When that 2015 decision was released, prominent family attorney Ruby Harrold-Claesson of the Nordic Committee on Human Rights said the decision “really isn’t surprising, because the system has to protect its power over every individual, and its prestige when they commit the basest of crimes.”

Michael Donnelly of the international Home School Legal Defense Association noted then: “This is more of the same cold, callous indifference we’ve seen in the past from the Swedish Supreme Court. This court had multiple opportunities to correct a gross injustice, and each time they have turned away.”

He said the Swedish state “has destroyed this family and, sadly, even if the court agreed to hear the case and overturn the decision – the harm has had been done is virtually irreparable.”

Commenting earlier on the case, Roger Kiska, senior counsel for ADF, said the case reveals the “hardness” of European condemnation of homeschooling, which once was exemplified by Adolf Hitler, who was among the first to ban homeschooling and require student to be under government indoctrination during their formative years.

“Domenic should have been returned long ago but for the bureaucratic hardness of the Swedish Child Protection system,” he said. “The behavior of the Swedish officials in this case has been reprehensible.”

Swedish officials have declined numerous requests to respond to WND questions.

Read more at http://www.wnd.com/2016/06/social-workers-drag-boy-from-plane-get-dragged-into-court/#EJf76vMGITYCFTtF.99

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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

Join Dr. Gordon Neufeld in Warsaw

From Mike Donnelly, HSLDA Director of Global Outreach
I am writing to extend an invitationparticularly for those in Europe—to benefit from an upcoming event with renowned developmental scientist Dr. Gordon Neufeld. Learn more about Dr. Neufeld via his website or by watching his keynote address at the GHEC 2012 in Berlin. 
Please share the details below as applicable with your contacts and networks. Thank you!
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As a co-organizer of the event “Dr. Gordon Neufeld Warsaw 2016,” I have the great honour and pleasure to invite you to two seminars by international authority on child development Gordon Neufeld, Ph.D., that will be held on Thursday, October 6th in Warsaw, Poland at the Warsaw School of Economics (SGH) in the main hall. Tickets are available for purchase here. Please tell others!Dr. Neufeld is coming to Warsaw as part of publicity for his book Hold On to Your Kids (Publisher: Galaktyka), which was finally translated into Polish! This is an unprecedented occasion to see and hear Dr. Gordon Neufeld live for the first time in Poland.
The seminars are not specifically directed at homeschoolers for the reason of including everybody concerned about our youth. However, homeschoolers from Warsaw and surrounding areas and countries are most welcome, as they are the parents who live and breathe attachment every single day of their lives.
Hold On to Your Kids explains the causes of the modern breakdown of parental influence—and demonstrates ways to “reattach” to sons and daughters, establish the proper hierarchy in the home, make kids feel safe and understood, and earn back your children’s loyalty and love. This updated edition also specifically addresses the unprecedented parenting challenges posed by the rise of digital devices and social media. By helping to reawaken instincts innate to us all, Dr.Neufeld and the book’s co-author Gabor Maté, MD, will empower parents to be what nature intended: a true source of contact, security, and warmth for their children.
There will also be a pre-seminar book event on October 5th at a charming bookstore. At this event, Dr. Neufeld will give a short lecture on the book and its topics. The event provides you with a chance to get a personalized copy of the book that has famously been translated into 20 languages (and counting!) all over the world.
So, please, help us spread the good news about the events with your family and friends who might be in Warsaw at that time and follow us on social media. For two years a team of very dedicated people have worked to make the events happen in our beautiful capital.  Please consider joining us this fall in Warsaw to celebrate the sweet fruit of our hard work.
 For detailed information and registration, please contact the psychologist couple Joanna and Michael Stoch via email or at +48 608 515 182.
For information about homeschooling, contact me (Bozena) directly via email.
Sincerely yours,
Bozena Riedel-Baima, MD
and a happy home-schooling Mom
Thank you for helping spread the word!
Yours very truly,
Mike Donnelly
HSLDA Director of
Global Outreach

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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

NZDC YEP! AUCKLAND SPRING SCHOOL 2016 JUST BROS & JUST GALS!

From Melanie

Kia ora

The New Zealand Dance Company have a Spring School coming up, 3-7 October and we are keen to get information about our seasonal schools and YEP programmes out to home educators

NZDC YEP! AUCKLAND SPRING SCHOOL 2016

JUST BROS & JUST GALS!  

Join NZDC Bros Carl Tolentino & Chris Ofanoa and NZDC Gals Katie Rudd & Chrissy Kokiri for a full week of dancing.

Daily classes: contemporary, fusion, ballet, yoga and Swing!

Technique development and co-creating work.

Be the first to learn a brand new Chris OfanoaFusion! 

Featuring a JUST BROS & JUST GALS“DANCE OFF” for family and friends at the end of the week, 4pm on Friday 07 October.

BOOK NOW

Dates:             Monday 03 October – Friday 07 October 2016

Times:9.00am – 4pm

DANCE OFF: Friday 4pm

Location:        Wellesley Studios, 113 Wellesley St West, Auckland

Registrations: Open now until Monday 03 October 2016, unless full earlier.

Ages: 11+ years students.  NB. Maximum 20 Bros and maximum 20 Gals

Cost:   $350 incl. GST

There is opportunity for financial assistance.  If you would like to apply for a scholarship, please email Kerry-Ann at kerry-ann.stanton@nzdc.org.nz.  All scholarships are awarded on individual financial need, based on a referee’s endorsement.


Melanie Bayly

Community & Education Administrator

 +64 (0) 9 378 7361 
 melanie.bayly@nzdc.org.nz

Wellesley Studios
113 Wellesley Street West
Auckland 1010

PO Box 90810 Victoria Street West
Auckland 1010 New Zealand

www.nzdc.org.nz

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Students to learn online from home instead of at school under major education reform

http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11699382

Education Minister Hekia Parata has introduced major education reforms. Photo /  John Borren

School-age students will be able to enrol in an accredited online learning provider instead of attending school, under new Government legislation.

The move has dismayed the primary school teachers’ union who say education is about learning to work and play with other children.

The radical change will see any registered school, tertiary provider such as a polytechnic or an approved body corporate be able to apply to be a “community of online learning” (COOL).

Any student of compulsory schooling age will be able to enrol in a COOL – and that provider will determine whether students will need to physically attend for all or some of the school day.

The Ministry of Education says this requirement may depend on the type of COOL.

Regulations will set out the way in which attendance in an online learning environment will be measured.

The change is part of legislation that has been introduced by Education Minister Hekia Parata.

She said it was the biggest update to education in New Zealand in nearly 30 years.

“COOLs will be open to as wide a range of potential providers as possible to gain the greatest benefits for young people,” Parata said.

“This innovative way of delivering education offers a digital option to engage students, grow their digital fluency, and connect them even more to 21st century opportunities.

“There will be a rigorous accreditation process alongside ongoing monitoring to ensure quality education is being provided.”

Online schooling models are used overseas.

In the United States, there has been strong growth in the number of online charter schools, which are publicly-funded but privately-run.

Some of the schools in the US providing online tuition do not have physical classrooms – students and teachers work from home on computers, communicating over email or a web platform.

Charter or “partnership” schools were introduced to New Zealand as part of National’s agreement with the Act Party.

A spokeswoman for Parata said the existing correspondence school Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu would become an accredited online provider.

“COOLs are being opened up to as wide a range of potential providers as possible to get the greatest benefits for students. One of the advantages of more providers is the ability to develop specialist niche provisions, eg. in Asian languages.”

NZEI president Louise Green said the experience of online schooling in the US was “woeful”.

“All the evidence is clear that high-quality teaching is the single biggest influence in-school on children’s achievement.

“Education is also about learning to work and play with other children and to experience both growing independence and a range of activities outside the home.

“This proposal was not subject to any consultation prior to appearing in the Bill. We are concerned it will open the door to a new market in private provision subsidised by the taxpayer that will take resourcing away from public schools.”

Post Primary Teachers’ Association (PPTA) president Angela Roberts said the change would only benefit private business.

“Our students are not a commodity to be traded on the open market…there is no new opportunity created by this. The only advantage is to business to dip their hand in to the public purse.”

Labour’s education spokesman Chris Hipkins said the move to online learning brought risks.

“Kids get a lot of social interaction at school, a lot of their personal development happens when they are at school.”

NZ First education spokeswoman Tracey Martin said the changes amounted to a “social experiment”.

“This continues to build on this governments belief that ‘anyone can teach’ and those that will pay the price for this ignorance will be out children.”

Te Kura is currently the only correspondence school. The change would open it up to competition.

Act leader David Seymour, who is Under-Secretary to the Minister of Education, said the changes announced today were not about clearing the way for online charter schools.

That was because there was nothing in the current law that would stop a partnership school allowing students to learn online from home.

An application to establish an online partnership school was rejected by the Government-appointed authorisation board in 2013.

“In principle, partnership schools have offered this opportunity for a long time…who knows what future applications will come forward,” Seymour said.

“I think the jury is still out about whether learning content online is a substitute for the social aspects of actually being part of a school community. But, look, it’s quite possible for some kids that’s exactly what they need.”

Dame Karen Sewell, chair of the correspondence school’s board of trustees, welcomed the changes.

“They will give young people and their whanau the right to choose the education that best suits their needs. Students could choose to learn online or face-to-face, or a mix of both, and have access to a much broader range of subjects regardless of the size and type of school they are attending.

“Many of these young people are referred to Te Kura after long periods of disengagement from education and when all other options have been exhausted,” said Dame Karen.

“Under the proposed changes students, with the support of their whanau or school, could choose to come to Te Kura – or to another COOL – and continue with their learning programme in an environment which may be better suited to them.”

Currently about 23,000 students use the correspondence school each year. About half of those students use Te Kura for subjects or curriculum adaptation which their own school does not provide.

A regulatory impact statement by Dr Andrea Schollmann, the ministry’s deputy secretary of education system policy, said there was convergence between correspondence education and that done face-to-face.

“Evidence suggests that, where students have increased agency over their learning, including choice about where to enrol, this can increase their engagement…for some students, online learning may provide the best learning environment.”

Another option considered was to let all students enrol in the correspondence school, but it was ultimately decided to open up the market by allowing any school, tertiary provider or body corporate to apply to become a COOL.

Dr Schollmann’s impact statement did note that international evidence suggests access to online learning increased student movement between providers, which could harm learning. There is also a risk that schools could use the changes to “move on” troublesome students.

However, she noted that accreditation would be removed from providers who had poor results.

NZ Herald

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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

National Library of New Zealand’s strategic direction: submission

Email from the National Library

Consultation closes in two weeks!

Don’t forget to have your say on the National Library of New Zealand’s strategic directions before 31 August.

Kia ora t?tou

You may recall that I wrote to you about a month ago to invite you to make submissions on the National Library’s draft strategic directions to 2030. The submission period closes on 31 August 2016 and I am really interested to know your thoughts on our ‘Positioning for the future’ consultation document.

The document can be viewed by visiting www.govt.nz/national-library-future and I encourage you to make a submission through the same website. If you would like to provide feedback via email please send it to natlibfuture@dia.govt.nz.

Our aspiration is to ensure that New Zealanders everywhere have easy access to knowledge, to engage everyone in reading for pleasure, and to contribute to a prosperous New Zealand that values words as part of our heritage. This is bigger than any one institution so we are looking to uncover areas of common strategic interest and to identify strong partnership opportunities for the future.

The findings from the consultation will feed into a final strategy towards the end of this year and form the basis for an action plan for implementation from 2017 onwards. Your contribution and collaboration could help shape the future direction of the National Library and keep our proposed initiatives aligned with your priorities.

If you have any questions about the consultation, again please email natlibfuture@dia.govt.nz.

Ng? mihi

Bill Mac naught

Sorry that I missed this a month ago – we were travelling. If you use, or plan to use the National Library then make sure that your voice is heard via this submission process.

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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

ENGAGE 2016

Info on Engage Conference in Christchurch:

Hi All,

Just to let you know registrations are now open for ENGAGE 2016 (flyer attached) the Family Discipleship and Home Education Conference to be held again in ChCh this coming August 12-13. Spaces are limited, and registration is essential. To register please visit www.engageconference.org.nz. Please let us know if you want any flyers/posters.

Kind regards,
Kris Baines

ENGAGE POSTER

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What People Said About ENGAGE 2015….

“Thank you for organising and running Engage 2015. It was a great refresher and refocus for us and I feel that we will implement and mull on the things talked of during the conference to enrich our relationship with God, our marriage, our relationship with our children and our homeschooling journey.”

“Thank you so much for such a wonderful conference.  We had not expected to be so blessed, but we loved it and found it so refreshing.  It was such a treat to be there.  Even the younger children enjoyed it (as an example, 9 year old said afterwards, “I love conferences”).  Thank you so much for everything you put into making this such a fantastic event.  May the Lord reward you.

“Congratulations on the awesome conference you and your team pulled off this weekend…really appreciated the tips on
discipling our children and hearing the many wonderful speakers”.

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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

Family of six to spend a year on a bus, filming a child abuse documentary

'We're committed to doing it and we'll find a way to fund it,' says Chris Lane, back right. He's pictured with wife ...

GEORGE HEARD/FAIRFAX NZ

‘We’re committed to doing it and we’ll find a way to fund it,’ says Chris Lane, back right. He’s pictured with wife Erinna and kids, from left, Theodore, 4, Lachie, 6, Joshua, 8, and Noah, 8.

Erinna and Chris Lane, of Te Awamutu, plan to pack up their life and take their family on a documentary-making mission.

The pair run Big Kid Productions and are taking their skills to the road to show what ordinary Kiwis can do to prevent child abuse.

“What we can do is we can make a film. So that’s what we’re going to try to do… It’s just about getting people to actually do something,” Chris said.

“Actual tangible change rather than clicking outrage on Facebook, which doesn’t actually change anything.”

Their project, which starts in October,  has been dubbed Stop The Bus and the aim is to produce a 90-minute film, with ongoing updates for social media.

Their four boys - Joshua, Noah, Lachie and Theodore – are reportedly super keen on the adventure.

“We’re just everyday, ordinary, ‘normal’ New Zealanders and we’re going to put our family on a bus for a year,” Erinna said.?

They’ll be looking for people who are making their communities stronger and already have a list of suggestions.

A bus will be the Lanes’ home for the time on the road but they’re still working on getting one.

They’ve spent about six months on research, including working with Child Matters, and have been visited by MPs.

“We’re committed to doing it and we’ll find a way to fund it,” Chris said.

Erinna and Chris started Big Kid Productions off with mostly wedding work, although they more recently made music videos for Avalanche City.

They’ve wanted to get into some film and documentary work for themselves for a while so Stop The Bus is that project.

“It’s quite a big deal and we don’t know how much money we will have to live or anything at the moment,” Erinna said.

“But we really believe in it so we’re going to do it regardless.”

Child abuse isn’t a positive topic but the Lanes want to make a documentary that will empower people to do something.

?”A lot of the documentaries that are out there are quite shocking and focus on the negative stuff,” Erinna said.

People featured in the film may not necessarily be dealing directly with child abuse, but could be working with at risk kids or helping a sports club create young leaders.

Chris is in charge of filming and editing, and hopes he’ll find space to work on their bus.

He describes Erinna as the “critical eye” and manager, but she’ll also be busy home schooling the boys.

Her vision for the documentary was to have people all across New Zealand linking arms to take ownership of the child abuse issue – a gesture too big to ignore.

So, in each place they visit, they’ll give people the chance to link up in front of some iconic local scenery.

Two other major aims of their documentary are to show child abuse exists across the board, not just in some sectors of society, and to give people ideas about what they can do to prevent it.

Outrage alone isn’t going to do it, Chris said.

“Everyone got enraged [about the deaths of the Kahui twins] and now we’ve got Moko 10 years later and everyone’s enraged.”?

The Lanes have been working with Child Matters, who will be their subject matter experts.

They are also supported by law firm Tompkins Wake and are hoping to set Stop The Bus up as a charitable organisation.

To support the project, visit givealittle.co.nz/cause/stopthebus#

 - Stuff - http://www.stuff.co.nz/life-style/well-good/inspire-me/81717427/family-of-six–to-spend-a-year-on-a-bus-filming-a-child-abuse-documentary

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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

Home Education Awareness Week (HEAW) 17 to 22 October 2016

Home Education Awareness Week (HEAW) 17 – 22 October 2016

Home Educators all over the country use this as an opportunity to do something special to raise their profile locally and develop a bit of positive public relations. This helps in gaining the movement a bit more credibility, especially when applying for grants or discounts with resource suppliers, or for admission to tertiary institutions or gaining help and advice from schools and perhaps even the use of some of their resources. And of course the benefits would be examined by more people, thereby bringing more people into the home schooling movement and your local support group.

For more information on HEAW go to: http://hef.org.nz/2007/home-education-awareness-week/

Please share this information with other home educators and home education groups you are in

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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

HEART Retreat: 24-26 June 2016

Please share this information with other home educators and home education groups you are in

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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

New doco says NZ education system is ‘grossly unfair’

Documentary maker Bryan Bruce says the government could do better for our children.

Bryan Bruce is not afraid to ask the big questions whether he is looking at child poverty or the growing divide between rich and poor. The Scottish-born Kiwi filmmaker, who was responsible for the documentaries Mind The Gapand Inside Child Poverty, is now putting New Zealand’s education system under the microscope.

In his documentary, World Class? Inside NZ Education: A Special Report, Bryan, a former teacher, looks at what he believes are some fundamental problems in schools.

He is critical of the reforms, known as Tomorrow’s Schools, which started in the 1980s in which schools became self-managing.

 ”So what happened in 1987 is the politicians got involved and thought ‘We know better than the teachers. We’re going to get involved and every school will manage itself and we’ll have these boards.’

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“What happened is that schools in rich areas did really well because they had accountants and lawyers on their boards and schools in poor areas didn’t do well because they didn’t have the capacity to pull in money and all of that. What we’ve really ended up with is an apartheid system of education. Our system of education is grossly unfair.

“Every child who enters the public system of education should have the same right not just to enter it but to actually succeed in it and that’s not the case.

“If education was a reality game show I’d be giving out roses to the teachers and voting treasury off the island. I’d be telling the ministry that if they don’t help teachers more, they’ll be next to go.”

For his documentary Bryan travels to New York, China and Finland to compare their education systems with New Zealand’s. He also shines the spotlight on South Auckland’s Manurewa Intermediate, a decile one school he says is “one of the best schools in the country”.

“It’s run by an incredible principal called Iain Taylor. They have a discovery approach where you will find what the child is interested in and then you will teach from that position. So if a kid likes motorbikes you start there. They read about motorbikes. The idea is to develop a passion for learning.

“If you keep testing children on knowledge, you drive that passion for learning out of them.”

World Class? Inside NZ Education: A Special Report - TV3, May 24

 - TV Guide

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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