January 22, 2017

Latest posts from Home Education Foundation

Cost of putting a child through school to year 13 has risen to more than $38,000

From Stuff:

For a child born today, the cost of 13 years of “free” schooling has risen to more than $38,000, up 15 per cent on 10 years ago.

Shoes, stationery, uniform, class trips, textbooks, school donations, bus passes, and laptops – they all mount up as parents prepare to send their children back to school.

Research by ASG Education Programmes shows that, for a child born in 2017, 13 years of school will cost parents $38,362.

Sarah Pope with her sons Nico, 9, and Isaac, 6. She has made saving for their future education a financial priority.

JOHN KIRK-ANDERSON/FAIRFAX NZ

Sarah Pope with her sons Nico, 9, and Isaac, 6. She has made saving for their future education a financial priority.

For parents considering private education, that bill is now $345,996, or 48 per cent more than a decade ago, while integrated schools will cost $109,354 over 13 years.

READ MORE:
Families struggle to afford the rising cost of back-to-school requirements

Schools bring in $11m more in donations during 2015
Kids dip out as cost of school trips rises
School costs pile up for parents
Parents told: Work out how much kids really cost

ASG said the figures are the “average estimated costs and represnt the highest amount parents and families could expect to pay”.

Secondary Principals’ Association Sandy Pasley says schools do what they can to help parents suffering financial stress at the start of the school year.

Porirua mother of four Dinah Ostler-Malaulau said the family was likely to spend hundreds of dollars to get her year 12 daughter Tisa set up for the year. “It’s expensive, really expensive.”

On top of standard stationery requirements, the 16-year-old Tawa College student needed a graphics calculator, and art supplies. Fees for sport and school trips would add to that. The school also asks for a voluntary donation of about $200.

Ostler-Malaulau recently finished working as a teacher at Porirua College, a decile 1 school, where she saw how stressful the start of the school year could be for families.

Education Minister Hekia Parata says spending on education has increased by 35 per cent since 2008-09.

Read the rest of this news article click here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/national/education/88464281/cost-of-putting-a-child-through-school-to-year-13-has-risen-to-more-than-38000

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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

Golden Bay High School prizegiving: high achieving students honoured

Golden Bay High School's dux Yerren van Sint Annaland

Nina Hindmarsh

Golden Bay High School’s dux Yerren van Sint Annaland

In the news November 8, 2016

This year’s Golden Bay High School’s dux wants to pursue a career in computer programming.

Yerren van Sint Annaland, 17, was recognised as the top scholar at the school’s senior prizegiving on Thursday.

Along with the dux award, van Sint Annaland also won the University of Otago’s Academic Excellence Entrance Scholarship of $45,000.

He was heading to Dunedin next year to start a computer science degree.

The award is given to just a few high school graduates who display not only outstanding academic results but also community service.

Van Sint Annaland said he was chosen for his involvement in a number of different areas including work for the conservation group Project Janszoon. He was on the student advisory board and helped his school adopt a section of the park.

He was also involved with sporting groups representing his school in tennis and football, as well has leading the production and design of his school’s magazine.

He also tutored younger students in maths, English and tennis, as well as helping to make the school magazine and looking after the school’s 3D printer.

Van Sint Annaland said he has kept busy this year with maths, digital technology and physics.

“I managed to complete my level three English last year, and I also did level 3 statistics last year so this year I got to really focus on the stuff that I actually enjoy,” he said.

As part of his digital technology course, van Sint Annaland redesigned Golden Bay’s weather mapping page.

“The old one was was really outdated,” he said. “I had to re-design it more or less from scratch, it was all code and scripting.”

He said home-schooled by his father until Year 9.

“It taught me that you just have to enjoy what you’re doing to learn,” he said.

“When I was home schooled I didn’t do anything except what I wanted to do, so I learned so much about computer programming, which I got into really early on.”

He said he was never taught to read, but just picked it up when he was ready.

“It was the same for maths. It just happened when I was ready.”

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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

Science Opportunities

 Nathalie Thomas will be running a few courses in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Palmerston North and Wanganui.

See information below.

Basic chemistry laboratory course (ages 12+) – for waiting list only

This 6-hour lab course covers a large part of the chemistry practical skills usually covered in high school science classes during years 9 and 10. No prior skills or knowledge required.

Content: safety in the lab, the Bunsen burner, separation techniques, chemical reactions,making and testing 3 common gases, pH scale, acids and bases, indicators.

Important: students aged 13 and under need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab, up to 3 students allowed per adult.

Friday 24 February 2017 from 9:30am to 4:30pm with a lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Course fee: $45 per student or $120 for 3 siblings. Note: Victoria university is offering their lab, equipment anddemonstrators free of charge making this a very affordable day ?

Venue: Victoria University, Kelburn campus, Wellington.

Radiation and radioactivity (ages 10-14)

During this workshop students will learn about radiation and radioactivity.

There will be a demonstration of the Geiger counter with real radioactivesources. The central theme is space travel and the possibility of colonisation of Mars. A high interest workshop. No prior knowledge or skills required.

Course fee: $20 per student or $50 for 3 siblings.

Dates & venues: Lower Hutt, Mon 27 Feb, 1:15pm to 3:45pm. Russell Keown House.

Palmerston North, Thu 2 March, 10am to 12:30pm, Gateways Church.

Wanganui, Fri 3 Mar, 10:15am to 12:45pm, Training for You campus.

Introduction to Nuclear Physics (ages 13+)

Students will learn about radiation, radioactivity, isotopes and the concept of half-life as well as everydayapplications of nuclear science. We will measure radioactive sources with a Geiger counter. An understanding of atom structure is recommended.

Course fee: $20 per student or $50 for 3 siblings.

Dates & venues: Lower Hutt, Tues 28 Feb, 1:15pm to 3:45pm. Russell Keown House.

Palmerston North, Thu 2 March, 1pm to 3:30pm, Gateways Church.

About the tutor

Nathalie Thomas is a homeschooling mum who lives in the Bay of Plenty. She has a MSc in Chemistry, did her teacher

training in Auckland and taught at high school level for more than 10 years before retiring 11 years ago to become a

home educator. She now runs science workshops and laboratory courses specifically for homeschooled children as well

as online courses. Her website is www.science-for-home-educators.co.nz.

Booking and payment details

To register for the above workshops email Nathalie on info@science-for-home-educators.co.nz , with your name and

contact phone number, your child’s name and age and which workshop(s) you would like to attend.

Payment is due by Wed 15 February 2017. More detailed information about the venue and what to bring will be

provided closer to the time of the workshops.

Note that a refund will only be given if the workshop is cancelled or if there is another family who can take your place.

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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

 

Virtual field trip: Victoria University goes to Antarctica

Virtual field trip: Victoria University goes to Antarctica
“It’s not easy to take students to Antarctica, but by filming the lectures on the ice, we can introduce students to this incredible continent.”

Virtual field trip: Victoria University goes to Antarctica

Victoria University is giving students the opportunity to explore Antarctica – for free.

The tertiary education provider is offering its first massive open online course (MOOC) that will allow anyone, anywhere, to explore the ice continent.

Enrolments are now open for Antarctica: From Geology to Human History on the global edX platform, a nonprofit, open-source technology platform founded by United States universities Harvard and MIT, and governed by universities for universities.

With support from Antarctica New Zealand, Dr Cliff Atkins and Dr Rebecca Priestley filmed lectures on location on Ross Island and in the McMurdo Dry Valleys of Antarctica.

Together, they explore more than 500 million years of geological history and 250 years of geographical discovery and scientific endeavour on the ‘coldest, driest, windiest continent on Earth’.

“It’s not easy to take students to Antarctica, but by filming the lectures on the ice, we can introduce students around the world to this incredible continent,” says Priestley.

Priestley, a science historian and writer who has written extensively about Antarctica, visits Captain Scott’s huts on Ross Island and interviews conservators from the Antarctic Heritage Trust and scientists and logistics staff working at Scott Base and McMurdo Station.

Atkins is an Antarctic veteran, having spent 12 seasons on the ice. He introduces students to some of the planet’s most remarkable landscapes – the Dry Valleys, the Transantarctic Mountains and the world’s southernmost volcanic island.

Antarctica: From Geology to Human History starts on Saturday 15 April. People can enroll now, for free, online 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

Smacking Law Still Rejected, Widely Flouted – Poll

smacking-mai-chen-review-if-i-see-john-keyAlmost a decade on from the passing of the controversial anti-smacking law, a poll has found continued widespread rejection of the law and an admission that 2 out of 3 NZ’ers would flout the law if they believed it reasonable to correct the behaviour of their child.

“Despite having almost 10 years to prove the doubters wrong, the law has failed to convince anybody of its benefits or its effectiveness. In fact, the law has maintained its very high level of opposition, but most significantly, a high level of NZ’ers say they would flout the law despite the possible consequences. This proves the abject failure and rejection by ordinary NZ’ers of this highly controversial and flawed law. If it had any merit, it would have proved itself by now. Instead it has simply threatened and undermined good parents raising great kids,” says Bob McCoskrie, National Director of Family First NZ.

smacking-mail-chen-review-if-i-see-mai-chen“It’s time for the politicians to fix this law. One of the most significant things the new Prime Minister of the country Bill English could do is change the approach of his predecessor and respect the views of the NZ public and amend this law.”

In the independent poll of 846 people undertaken by Curia Market Research, only 23% of respondents believe a smack that is reasonable and for the purpose of correction should be a criminal offence – similar to levels in a 2014 poll. 72% disagree with the current law (72% – 2014) and 5% were unsure / refused to say. Opposition to the law was highest in provincial and rural areas, amongst current parents of children under 18, and National and NZ First supporters.

In a further question, 65% of respondents say they would smack their child to correct their behaviour regardless of the anti-smacking law. 28% said they wouldn’t, and 7% were unsure or refused to say. NZ First supporters were most likely to flout the law.

“A report at the beginning of last year analysing the 2007 anti-smacking law, “Defying Human Nature: An Analysis of New Zealand’s 2007 Anti-Smacking Law”, found that there was not a single social indicator relating to the abuse of children that had shown significant or sustained improvement since the passing of the law, and that the law has negatively impacted law-abiding parents.

Police statistics show there has been a 136% increase in physical abuse, 43% increase in sexual abuse, 45% increase in neglect or ill-treatment of children, and 71 child abuse deaths since the law was passed in 2007. CYF have had more than 1 million notifications of abuse and there has been a 42% increase in physical abuse found by CYF since 2007. And health data reveals a 132% increase in children diagnosed with emotional and/or behavioural problems and a 71% increase in children hospitalised with mental and behavioural disorders since 2007.

An analysis of the law in 2014 by Public Law Specialists Chen Palmer said that statements made by politicians to the effect that the new section 59 does not criminalise “good parents” for lightly smacking their children appear to be inconsistent with the legal effect of section 59 and the cases they analysed.

“New Zealanders predicted all of this before the law was passed, but their concerns were ignored. The politicians and anti-smacking lobby groups linked good parents who smacked their children with child abusers, a notion roundly rejected – and still rejected – by NZ’ers. The anti-smacking law assumes that previous generations disciplined their children in a manner that was so harmful that they should now be considered criminals,” says Mr McCoskrie.

Family First NZ continues to call for the government to adopt the ‘Borrows amendment’ which allows non-abusive smacking and which the National party had previously lobbied and voted for.

The nationwide poll was carried out during November and has a margin of error of +/- 3.4%.

READ THE FULL POLL RESULTS

– See more at: http://bobmccoskrie.com/?p=18327#sthash.XxnQIr9M.liOrdtH3.dpuf

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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

Tauranga film to debut with Lion King

“Home Educated sisters have written, produced, filmed, directed and edited this movie. If you’re in the BOP pop on down tonight and check it out.”
Cast and Crew from Tauranga short film Implications of Imagination, which will debut at Mount Drury's Lion King screening tomorrow night. Photo/supplied

Cast and Crew from Tauranga short film Implications of Imagination, which will debut at Mount Drury’s Lion King screening tomorrow night. Photo/supplied

People gathering at Mount Drury tomorrow for a Night Owl Cinema screening of The Lion King will be treated to the debut of a short film created by a Tauranga 16-year-old.

Implications of Imagination is the directional debut short film from teen photographer and film maker Rose McMahon. Rose is the founder of photography business Little Miss Rose.

The film features NZ’s Got Talent finalist Fletcher Oxford as one of the main stars and explores the relationship between Oliver, a teenage boy, and his much younger sister Maggie (played by Daria Galey) and possibly one or two fairies.

The film will be screen at Mount Drury from 8pm tomorrow night.

Cast and Crew from Tauranga short film Implications of Imagination, which will debut at Mount Drury's Lion King screening tomorrow night. Photo/supplied

Cast and Crew from Tauranga short film Implications of Imagination, which will debut at Mount Drury’s Lion King screening tomorrow night. Photo/supplied

Rose said the goal of the film was to encourage people of all ages to dream a little. To let themselves imagine what might be possible and believe in themselves.

The movie was filmed in one day on an almost zero budget with a cast and crew of volunteers.

”Seeing the film on the big screen in front of a big crowd will make all the hard work and effort worthwhile. And [it] will be a thrill for all the cast and crew,” Rose said.

The crew involved included scriptwriters, camera operators, sound technicians, drone operators, film production people, hair and makeup artists and casting agents.

Rose said the film showcased ”just how talented people in the film community in the Bay of Plenty is, with so many incredible and capable people”.

Fletcher will also perform a song he has written, inspired by the movie. Other performers include Seth Rackman and the Hitmen Fuse Bucket Drummers.

Street Food Union food trucks will also be available.

The movie is awaiting classification but is expected to be family friendly.

The event is open to the public from 6pm and a gold coin donation to attend. The movie is expected to screen at 8pm.

– Bay of Plenty Times

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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

Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health

From: RANZCOG Foundation Coordinator

Dear Sir/Madam

On behalf of the Royal Australian and New Zealand College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists (RANZCOG), it is with pleasure that I attach information regarding the 2017 Liam and Frankie Davison Award for outstanding achievement in literary writing on an issue in women’s health.

The award is open to students resident in Australia or New Zealand who are in their final three years of secondary school. The deadline for receipt of applications is 30 April 2017.

I would be most grateful if you could disseminate this information as appropriate.

Should you, or any members of your staff, have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact me.

Kind regards

Jennifer Keating

RANZCOG Foundation Coordinator

(Tuesdays, Wednesdays & Thursdays)

Please note the College will close on Friday 23 December 2016 and re-open on Wednesday 4 January 2017. Correspondence received after Friday 16 December may not be processed until the new year.

Wishing you and yours a very happy and safe holiday season.

RANZCOG, College House | 254 – 260 Albert Street | East Melbourne VIC 3002

t: +61 3 9412 2993 |   f: +61 3 9419 7817 e: jkeating@ranzcog.edu.au

Please read these links for more information:

LFD Award – Covering Ltr 2017

LFD Award_ A4 Flyer_2017

LFD Award_Supplementary Info_2017

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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

 

Are you about to write an exemption?

From AHE (Auckland Home Educators)

The Auckland office of the Ministry of Education is receiving increasing numbers of exemption applications.
Fay Norman has been processing all the applications herself over the last two and half years. She is now retiring and the job of processing exemptions will be distributed to six different Auckland regions with one liaison person overseeing from the Auckland office.

If you live in the Auckland Area (which extends from Wellsford to Mercer) you still need to submit your exemption to the Auckland Office (12-18 Normanby Road, Mt Eden, or post to: Private Bag 92644 Symonds Street, Auckland 1150, or by email: enquiries.auckland@education.govt.nz)

Your exemption will be initially processed by Atarangi Putamainu (Ati). Ati has been receiving applications for a number or years, but now, instead of passing the information on to Fay Norman, Ati will pass the application on to a team member in the region that you live. Ati will be available by phone (09-632 9400) if you have questions about your application. If she is not able to answer your questions she will pass you on to the person processing your application.

The six regions are (approximately):
North: Wellsford to the North Shore
West: Helensville to New Lynn
Central: Avondale to Remuera
East: Kohimarama to Howick
Southwest: Onehunga to Manukau
South: Manurewa to Mercer

Julie Spedding will be the Home Education liaison person for the Auckland Region. She is based in the Auckland office and wants to see consistency between all the six regions. Fay Norman has provided training sessions for each manager in the six regions, though the actual processing will be completed by one of their team members. It will be overseen and signed off by the manager.

Julie is keen to hear feedback about how this new system is working. It begins next week – Monday 12 December 2016
I will be in regular contact with Julie, so please encourage anyone you know who is doing an application to get in touch and let me know how it goes. We hope there will be a smooth transition to the new system.

If you have any questions or concerns relating to the Ministry of Education, please feel free to contact me and I will do what I can to help (govtliaison@ahe.org.nz)

Please pass this on to anyone in the Auckland area that may be doing an exemption in the future.
Thank you
Natalie Donaldson
Government Liaison
for :

Auckland Home Educators
www.ahe.org.nz

AHE Supports Home-Educators in Auckland Thinking of home-educating?Come along to an AHE Information Session. Find out more about what home-schooling involves, what support is available and the legal process.  Be reassured that home-education isn’t as hard as you think!  Contact Michelle at infosessions@ahe.org.nz to find out when the next Information Session will be held.

 

Home School Mentioned In Trump’s Plan For First 100 Days

From Homeschool Base

Yesterday president elect Donald J. Trump released a plan outlining what he hoped to accomplish during the first 100 days of his presidency.

Throughout the election most homeschoolers were painfully aware that neither candidate spent very much time addressing homeschooling and their plans for education. On the one hand, Hillary has a long track record of statements about homeschooling, many of which were taken from her book, It Takes a Village, on amazon. The HSLDA was already preparing for Clinton. On the other hand, during Trump’s campaign he only mentioned homeschooling (specifically) one time. Nevertheless, Trump did make it very clear during his campaign that he wants to abolish Common Core.

Now that Trump is president elect, he has released a plan for his first 100 days.

Education reform during Trump’s first 100 days

Taken from Trump’s first 100 day plan:

4. School Choice And Education Opportunity Act. Redirects education dollars to give parents the right to send their kid to the public, private, charter, magnet, religious or home schoolof their choice. Ends common core, brings education supervision to local communities. It expands vocational and technical education, and make 2 and 4-year college more affordable.

In a campaign ad, Trump said: “Common Core is a total disaster. We can’t let it continue.” And from earlier this year: “Get rid of Common Core — keep education local!” His definition of school choice, “School choice means that parents can homeschool their children… 100%”

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Trump has not gone back on his word. Because this act found its way into his first 100 days, it is clear that this is one of the issues that Trump will be fighting for the hardest.

The question then becomes, how will this be implemented and what does it really mean for homeschoolers? Trump’s views and opinions on homeschooling were published along with his other plans in his book: Great Again: How to Fix Our Crippled America – via amazon.

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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

An award-winning toy business run from a country Waikato home

 

The Rolston buccaneers. (From left) Ty, Monte, Sawyer, Jada and Danny prepare to do battle in the bush beyond.

There are lots of places to play around the property.
 The kids play in the bush and fish in the stream. The adults work from home creating toys that win awards. imaginations are fuelled, dreams fulfilled. It’s a good life.

When Dee met Jeremy 20 years ago it was clear they would one day alight in a place without traffic snarls or neon lights, where the noisy beat of a kereru’s wings would be the loudest sound around.

Dee was raised on a farm at Kinohaku, a speck-sized settlement on the shores of the Kawhia Harbour. She and her sisters and brother played imaginary games, built African pygmy huts in the bush, leapt feet-first from a high bridge into the harbour and helped their grandmother hand-milk her cows in return for milk and butter. “We had no television,” she says. “We made our own adventures.”

Jeremy and Dee.

Jeremy and Dee.

Jeremy spent his childhood shifting homes as his father followed shearing gangs around the country. They moved 15 times before he reached his teens. He says he missed each home. But through the tapestry of ever-changing landscapes he cherishes one memory. When shearing was slow he and his dad would jump on a farm bike and go bush to hunt possums. They would kip overnight in makeshift shelters, boil the billy on an open fire and breathe the bush air. It was, he says, the best time ever.

This is a love story. But it’s more than a fairy tale about a beautiful blonde-haired young woman who married her best friend. It’s about a couple who share ideas about what childhood should be like. In this household of mum, dad and six kids aged from one to 12, real-time conversations are important; imagination is encouraged.

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Music is a passion for Jeremy and the older children, and spontaneous singalongs take place when anyone picks up the guitar. 

Monte, aged eight, is currently working on a graphic novel about a dog named TLSH, aka The Last Super Hero, who sometimes gets in trouble. When he finishes he might join his siblings to re-enact a scene from Lord of the Rings, or mount a pretend pony to hurdle jumps in the paddock.

Dee says she can count on one hand the number of times she has ever heard one of her children complain they are bored. “If they did,” she says. “I would suggest giving them a job to do.”

The good life for the Rolstons began officially eight years ago, when they bought a house on the road to Te Pahu near Raglan. But the seeds for their lifestyle were planted much earlier. They met through a church youth group when Dee was 18 and Jeremy 22. Jeremy says he first saw Dee at a concert and cymbals crashed.

There’s no shortage of pint-sized tools when work has to be done, nor is there any lack of imagination when it comes to games, dressed-up or not.

There’s no shortage of pint-sized tools when work has to be done, nor is there any lack of imagination when it comes to games, dressed-up or not.

They later became best mates. On their first date he took her for a walk in the bush and gallantly piggy-backed her across a river. Dee says she married Jeremy “because if some other girl married him, I would lose my best friend”.

Jeremy was a furniture-maker – a skill he had learned, with a black rubber-handled claw hammer, at the knee of his father. He was a skilled tradesman and topped New Zealand in his trade certificates in cabinet-making. Dee had a BA from Waikato University and a post-graduate diploma in English as a second language. Four years after their marriage they travelled to South Korea where Dee taught English and Jeremy – who had originally signed on as a caretaker – found himself instead teaching kindergarten. “It was great,” he says. “The best time. I could be myself.”

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When the couple returned to Hamilton the furniture-making business had hit tough times as cheap imports flooded the country. Jeremy took up a position running a church youth group. But with the approaching birth of their third child, the couple realized they had outgrown their home.

“I think because I had moved so often, I also wanted a place where we could put down roots and the kids could have some space,” Jeremy says.
Paradise was found in the form of a large two-storied wooden home with a labyrinth of rooms, flanked by bush, a creek, an orchard and massive climbing trees. Soon after they moved in Monte was born in the front bedroom.

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Part of the plan was always for Dee to home-school the children. “We didn’t want them to spend half their lives on a school bus or in a classroom.”

Read the rest of the article here: http://thisnzlife.co.nz/award-winning-childrens-toy-business-run-country-waikato-home/

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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

 

2015 Homeschooling Statistics in NZ

 

Map of New Zealand

The 2015 Home Schooling Statistic for 2015 are now on the MoE website.

Homeschooling

“This index page provides links to data on homeschooling.

“As at 1 July 2015, there were 5,558 home schooled students recorded in the Ministry of Education’s Homeschooling database. These students belong to 2,916 families and represent 0.7% of total school enrolments as at 1 July 2015. Out of the 5,558 homeschoolers 66.5% were the aged 12 or under, 66.6% had been home-schooled for less than 5 years, and only 4.4% had been home-schooled for 10 years or more.

“European/P?keh? students are more likely to be homeschooled than any other ethnic group with 81.5% of all homeschoolers identifying as European/P?keh? compared to 52.3% of the total school population. Only 7.6% of homeschoolers identify as M?ori compared to 23.6% of the total school population, 2.0% of homeschoolers identify as Pasifika compared to 9.8% of the total school population, and 2.1% of homeschoolers identify as Asian compared to 10.6% of the total school population. The ethnicity of 2.7% of homeschoolers is unknown.

“The chart below provides a number of downloads relating to the number of students in Homeschooling.”

Homeschooling Students Time Series Downloads: File Type & Size 

The concern we have had every year when the statistics are released is the same again this year with about a 1,000 children beginning home education and about 1000 finishing home education each year. These are the statistics that are of concern: “21.6% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 36.4% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years”

Homeschooling Turnover

“Between 1 July 2014 and 1 July 2015 there was an overall net increase of 3 students; 1,032 students entered into homeschooling and 1,029 students finished homeschooling.

“The average age of the 1,032 students entering into homeschooling was 8 years old, 86.6% were aged 12 or under and 1.0% were age 16 or above. Of the students entering homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2015, 75.0% identified as European/P?keh?, 10.1% identified as M?ori, 3.4% identified as Pasifika, 2.9% identified as Asian, and 2.1% of homeschoolers ethnicity were unknown.

“The average age of the 1,029 students finishing homeschooling was 14 years old, 38.4% were aged 12 or under, and 24.5% were 16-years old or above. Of the students finishing homeschooling during the year ending 1 July 2015, 21.6% had been in homeschooling less than a year, 36.4% had been in homeschooling for 1 – 5 years, and 12.5% had been in homeschooling for 10 years or more. The average time spent in homeschooling of leaving students was 4.4 years.

“The chart below provides a number of one-on-one dimensional tables relating to student numbers.”

Homeschooling One-on-One Table Downloads:File Type & Size 

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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/

 

Malta: Please help the home educators in Malta by signing this petition

Please sign this petition to help the home educating families in Malta

Ministry of Education: More Voice to Legalize Homeschooling in Malta – Sign the Petition!

Petition now does not  have an end time – so please sign if you have not done so already

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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