September 5, 2015

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Home Schooling New Zealand Meetings, Aug 10 – Nov 6 2015

A message from Cynthia Hancox and dates for some meetings coming up soon:

Just for everyone’s info – meetings happening throughout the North Island and top of the South over the next few weeks. This is a great chance to find out more about Home Schooling NZ, ACE if you like, but also more options for high school. HSNZ offer excellent support, and the option to get an official record of learning which can help our kids gain access to further training etc. Contact details and dates below.

The Principal of Home Schooling New Zealand, Todd Roughton, is travelling to various parts of the country to meet and talk with any interested homeschooling families.

While Home Schooling New Zealand is accredited to administrate ACE Certificates in New Zealand, as a charitable Christian trust dedicated to assisting the Christian community in the area of homeschooling, its interests are much broader than just ACE. HSNZ families use a wide variety of curricula, and Todd’s job includes assisting families to find the pathway that best meets the needs of their individual children.

The purpose of the visit is to help, support and encourage homeschooling families, as well as to answer any queries. This may be of particular interest to those with questions about homeschooling options at secondary level for their growing children.

Todd’s background includes teaching in New Zealand state primary, intermediate and secondary schools, three years ESOL teaching in Europe, nine years in New Zealand Christian schools (including four as principal), nine years working for the Tertiary Education Commission as a Literacy/Numeracy specialist, and a decade as a private educational consultant and producer of curriculum materials. He and Riety (a secondary school language teacher) have successfully homeschooled their own four children, and for the last four years they have run the Whangarei-based HSNZ office.

Todd’s itinerary is as follows:

Monday August 10th –Marton/Ashhurst/Palmerston North
Contact: Marton: Suzy Rea, ngamara@xtra.co.nz , 06 327 4422
Contact: Palmerston North: Victoria Ferma, wvferma@gmail.com, 06 355 5757
Tuesday August 11th – Foxton/Levin/Otaki
Contact: Denise Small, caitlinsmum2004@hotmail.com , 06 368 0843
Wednesday August 12th – Waikanae/Paraparaumu/Porirua
Contact: Kayla Fox, jaredfox@paradise.net.nz , 04 904 8869
Thursday August 13th – Wellington
Contact: Mark & Ate Sherwood, mark.sherwood@xtra.co.nz , 04 383 6961
Friday August 14th – Lower Hutt/Upper Hutt/ Carterton
Contact: Nicola Wharekawa, ricwhare@paradise.net.nz, 04 970 0596
Monday – Tuesday August 24th – 25th Tauranga area
Contact: Rechelle Hanson shekinah96@gmail.com (022) 301 2507
Wednesday-Thursday August 26th – 27th Hamilton area
Contact: HSNZ office hschool@xtra.co.nz (09) 459 5626
Monday/Tuesday August 31st -September 1st – Waitara/New Plymouth/Inglewood
Contact: Daryn Short, , daryn@rexshort.co.nz , 027 269 5935
Wednesday September 2nd – Stratford/Hawera
Contact: HSNZ office hschool@xtra.co.nz (09) 459 5626
Thursday September 3rd – Wanganui
Contact: HSNZ office hschool@xtra.co.nz (09) 459 5626
Monday November 2nd – Friday November 6th Atawahi/Nelson/Collingwood/Motueka/Wakefield/Richmond area
Contact: HSNZ office hschool@xtra.co.nz (09) 459 5626

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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/

Bay of Plenty Symphonia – RISING STARS 2015 CONCERT

PO Box 14073, Tauranga 3143 www.bopsymphonia.org.nz

Dear Home Schooler

Attached (see below) is some information about our upcoming RISING STARS finals concert on Friday 4th September.  This year we have six great young musicians who will compete for the title in the Concerto Competition, and the winning piece in the inaugural Composition Competition will also be on the programme.  See attached (See below) for more details!

Please encourage all your students and parents to come along and support these talented young people. Their hard work and dedication is a real inspiration to all of us.  We recommend you buy your tickets in advance to avoid queues on the night and avoid the possibility of being turned away if the theatre is sold out!

Please get back to me if you’d like any more information.

Best regards

Maggie

Maggie Gething

President, BOP Symphonia

Ph:  07 549 5547 or 021 144 2028

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Attached information:

Bay of Plenty Symphonia presents the finals concert of this year’s Rising Stars Competitions. Six talented young musicians from Bay of Plenty schools will perform a movement from their chosen concerto, accompanied by the orchestra. The works to be played are mostly classics of the repertoire and will be well known to music lovers. The finalists are:

  • Phoebe Cho (Bethlehem College): Beethoven – Piano Concerto No.3
  • Jessie Colbert (John Paul College, Rotorua): Dittersdorf – 2nd Concerto for Double Bass
  • Soomin Kim (Tauranga Girls’ College): Grieg – Piano Concerto.
  • Esther Lee (Otumoetai Intermediate School): Haydn – Cello Concerto No.1
  • Janet Reid (Bethlehem College): Mendelssohn – Violin Concerto
  • Andrew Robinson (Tauranga Boys’ College): Weber – Clarinet Concerto No. 1.

Their performances will be judged by a panel of prestigious judges comprising musicologist Peter Walls ONZM, pianist Rae de Lisle ONZM and Bassoonist Ben Hoadley. While the panel deliberates, 14 year old violinist Anna Lee, who was the winning Rising Star in 2013, will perform Wieniawski’s Légende with the Symphonia.
For the first time in this biennial competition, Bay of Plenty Symphonia has included a Composition category. The concert will feature a performance by the orchestra of the winning piece, Soomin Kim’s Warmth of Passion.
Prizes will be presented by the Deputy Mayor of Tauranga, Kelvin Clout.
RISING STARS 2015
Conducted by Justus Rozemond
Friday 4th September, 7.00 pm, Graham Young Youth Theatre, Tauranga Boys College
TICKETS: $24 Adult; $21 Senior; $20 Members and Friends of BOPS; $10 Student.(Plus service fee) Book at www.iticket.co.nz or phone 0508 iTICKET, or at Creative Tauranga, Willow Street.
Door sales: $26 Adult; $23 Senior; $22 Members and Friends of BOPS; $12 Student.

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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/

 

Online Encouragement for Home Educators

NZ-r-Online Encouragement for Home Educators

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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/

Family Discipleship & Homeschool Conference is this Friday/Saturday

Family Discipleship NZ

A reminder that the Family Discipleship & Homeschool Conference is this Friday/Saturday in Levin.

Registration for the children’s sessions closes tonight.

Speakers include: Kris Baines and Jason Winslade (home educating dads and pastor-elders of Redemption Church, Christcuhurch),
Robert Hunt (Creation Ministries Intl) “Dinosaurs and the Bible”, “Is Genesis History”
Tony Richardson, accountant – “Family finances”
Scott Brown (director National Center for Family Integrated Churches)
Kevin Swanson (Generations with Vision)

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOL

WINTER CONFERENCE 2015

FRIDAY,  24  JULY  -  SATURDAY,  25  JULY  2015

UPDATE 16 July:  We still have spaces available in the children’s programme and have extended the cut-off date for registration for the children’s programme to Tuesday 21 July.

CONFERENCE VENUE:

QUEEN ST GOSPEL CHAPEL,
541 Queen St,   Levin,   Horowhenua

WHAT’S THE PURPOSE OF THE CONFERENCE?

Come and receive fresh vision for your family, be encouraged in your efforts and  meet or reconnect with other like-minded Bible-based Christian folk. This year’s conference has been extended to two days so you have more time to fellowship.

Topics are all taught from a Biblical worldview and include:

  • HOMESCHOOLING – learn about or refresh your vision of why we do what we do;    raising children who will love Christ above all
  • FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP- what is it? Equipping mums and dads with Bible principles for passing on the baton of faith to our children
  • FAMILY INTEGRATED CHURCH – why the church and the family need each other
  • BEST  KEPT  SECRET – FAMILY  WORSHIP – why do it? & How? Practical tips for newbies and the old-hands
  • CREATION SCIENCE – exploring topics relevant to the whole family
  • FAMILY  BUSINESS  AND  ENTREPRENEURSHIP – how working together with your children can strengthen the ties that bind and provide unique discipleship opportunities
  • RURAL LIVING – hear how God has inspired other Christian homeschool families in this area

WHO’S ORGANISING IT?

The 2015 conference is being organised by local Bible-based Christian homeschool parents and is supported by the organisations and businesses set out below the conference schedule further down this page.

WHO SHOULD COME?

  • Families who are already homeschooling or who are interested in homeschooling.
  • Grandparents, young adults, newly-weds, children of all ages.
  • Young people/singles interested in catching a vision for their own future.
  • Men and women interested in learning more about discipling their own children and passing on the baton of faith.
  • Parents keen to learn how to spread the Gospel and to pass that on to their children.

Speakers:

  • Local homeschool mums & dads
    Some of whom have been homeschooling for over 20 years and have learned a little bit along the way.
  • Jason Winslade
    Pastor-elder of Redemption Church, Christchurch, which is a family-integrated church.   Husband, father of 5.
  • Kris Baines
    Pastor-elder of Redemption Church, Christchurch.  Husband, father of 7, runs PsalmTwelveOne.com ministry with an emphasis on restoration of Biblical manhood.
  • Robert Hunt
    Creation Ministries International, NZ Branch.

PLUS Skype sessions featuring insights from:

  • Scott Brown
    Director of National Centre for Family-Integrated Churches, USA.
  • Kevin Swanson
    Director of Generations with Vision, Colorado, USA.

Children:

For most sessions, children are encouraged to stay in the main auditorium and learn alongside their parents. For many families, they will be unfamiliar with this practice, but it is a proven method of enabling the children to hear the vision their parents are hearing and catch it for themselves so the family is in unity. The speakers are experienced in catering to all-age audiences.

For some sessions, we do offer a children’s programme (ages 5-10 yrs old). Children must be registered by 14 July to participate in this.

Infants & Toddlers: Rooms for restless younger children and sleeping babies will be available. There will be an AV feed from the main auditorium.

FAMILY CONCERT & CHOIR PERFORMANCE

This year, we are pleased to present a Friday evening concert suitable for the whole family.   The concert will feature quality ministry performances incorporating beautiful Gospel music and timeless hymns.

Saturday afternoon will feature a presentation from the 2015 Conference Choir.

Purchasing Resources

Book sales will be available on the topics addressed at the conference.  Payment can be by cash or internet banking.

COST

The family and adult conference fees are no longer being charged.  Entry will be by donation which will be collected at the conference.

The costs for the children’s programme remain the same. 

UPDATE:   We still have spaces left on the children’s programme and can now accept registrations for this programme until Tuesday 21 July.  Only children registered  may attend the children’s programme.

Ticket Per Person Per Family Available until:
Children’s Programme (5-10 yrs) $5/child max $20 14 July

Registration Information:

For further info contact one of the following:

  • Bart 022-357-0714
  • Alison 06-342-7570
  • Sara 027-4907-969

MEALS:

No meals will be provided by conference organisers.

Please bring a plate to share for morning and afternoon teas.  Please also bring something for the shared meal on Saturday evening .e.g crock pot meals, bread, fruit, salads, soups and vegetables.

Supporters & Sponsers:

Family Discipleship NZ would like to thank the following organizations for their generous support:

Conference Schedule

FRIDAY

8:00am     Doors open
9:00am     Welcome and Opening Address
9:30am    Why we do what we do (Kris Baines)
Building a Gospel-centred vision for home education

10:30am   MORNING TEA

11:00am   Skype Recording & Session (Kevin Swanson)

12:00pm   LUNCH

1:30pm  God’s Plan for Effective Discipleship (Kris Baines)
The critical relationship between church & family

2:15pm    Understanding Family Integrated Church (Jason Winslade)
  The realities of what it is, what it’s not and how it can happen.

3:00pm     AFTERNOON TEA

3:30pm    Men’s Session: The Need of the Hour                          
Men who will step up for the sake of the Gospel  

                      Women’s Session:

Insights from local experienced homeschool mums, discussion time.

4:15pm    Dinosaurs and the Bible            Speaker:  Robert Hunt

5:15pm    DINNER

7:00pm     Family Evening Concert
Presentations from families and guests

7:45pm      Prayer                                                  Speaker: Graham Smith

8:30pm     SUPPER AND FELLOWSHIP

SATURDAY

9:00am     WELCOME BACK

9:15am      Skype Recording  & Session      Speaker:   Scott Brown

10:15am    MORNING TEA

10:15am – 10:45am      Optional Workshop during morning tea
Introduction to Homeschooling & Approaches

10:45am   Family Economy Insights & Inspiration    Speaker:  Various
Rural Living:   One Family’s Testimony

11:45am    Structuring the Family  Economy          Speaker: Tony Richardson, Accountant
Pacticalities and structures for managing family finances enterprises and finances.

12:15pm    LUNCH

1:30pm       Is Genesis History?                          Speaker: Robert Hunt

2:15pm       As for me and my House                        Speaker: Kris Baines
Establishing a culture of worship within the home

3:00pm       Introducing the 30 Day Challenge

3:15pm   AFTERNOON TEA

3.45pm       Panel Questions & Answers

4.15pm      Performance from Family Discipleship Conference Choir

4:30pm      Where To From Here                      Speaker: Jason Winslade
How to ensure that information leads to transformation

5:15pm    Closing Remarks

6:00pm    SHARED DINNER

Please note:  This schedule is subject to change

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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/

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOL WINTER CONFERENCE 2015

Family Discipleship NZ

IMPORTANT UPDATE on Family Discipleship & Homeschooling WINTER Conference, 24-25 July 2015, Levin

Due to hardships some families are facing, and because we want to make the conference accessible to as many people as possible, we are no longer charging a set conference fee.
Attendance will be by donation which will be collected at the conference.
The children’s programme cost remains unchanged.

Please visit www.familydiscipleship.nz for further details of the conference.

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOL WINTER CONFERENCE 2015

_Growing Great Christian Families_

FRIDAY 24 JULY – SATURDAY 25 JULY

CONFERENCE VENUE:  QUEEN ST GOSPEL CHAPEL,  541 QUEEN ST, LEVIN

Receive fresh vision, be encouraged in your  efforts and meet or reconnect with other like-minded Bible-based Christian folk.

This year’s conference has been extended by an extra day so you have more time to fellowship.

The conference is being organised by local Bible-based Christian homeschool parents and is supported by the organisations and businesses set out below.

It will begin at 9am, Friday 24 July and finish with a bring-and-share meal on Saturday 25 July evening.

Please pass this notice on to any other Christian families or homeschool families who you think might like to come.

 All sessions will be taught from a Biblical worldview and will include topics such as:

  •  Homeschooling – learn about or refresh your vision of why we do what we do, raising children who will love Christ above all
  •  Family discipleship- what is it? Equipping mums and dads with Bible principles for passing on the baton of faith to our children
  •  Family integrated church – why the church and the family need each other
  •  Best kept secret – family worship – why do it? & How? Practical tips for newbies and the old-hands
  •  Creation science – exploring topics relevant to the whole family
  •  Family business and entrepreneurship – how working together with your children can strengthen the ties that bind and provide unique discipleship opportunities
  •  Rural living – hear how God has inspired other Christian homeschool families in this area

 Speakers will include video and/or live presentations from:

  •  Local kiwi Dads and families sharing their experiences and insights
  •  Kris Baines and Jason Winslade, Redemption Church, Christchurch
  •  Robert Hunt, Creation Ministries International

Plus sessions featuring recorded insights from family-integrated church
pastors and homeschool advocates:

  •  Kevin Swanson, Generations with Vision
  •  Scott Brown, National Centre for Family Integrated Churches

For more information and a complete schedule please visit our website,
www.familydiscipleship.nz [1].

FAMILY CONCERT: Friday Night Family Concert – featuring beautiful old
Gospel songs and many favourite hymns.
BOOK SALES: Will be available on the topics addressed at the conference.
ACCOMMODATION:  If you are able to _offer_ accommodation to an attending family, or if you _need_ accommodation,  please contact us.  There are also several holiday parks in the Horowhenua area
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 CHILDREN: For most sessions, children are encouraged to stay in the main auditorium and learn alongside their parents.
The speakers are experienced in catering to all-age audiences.
For some sessions, a children’s programme (ages 5-10 yrs old) will be available. Children must be registered  by 14 July to participate in this.
INFANTS & TODDLERS: Rooms for restless younger children and sleeping
babies will be available. There will be audio-visual feed from the main auditorium.

 COST:
Early-bird price (extended till 14 July) $35/one adult    $55/family
From 15 July      $40/one adult     $65/family
Day visitor (Fri only or Sat only):  $30/one adult     $40/family (no early-bird price available)
 Children’s programme (5-10 yrs old):      $5/child     maximum of $20/family
(only children registered by 14 July may attend the children’s programme).

 TO REGISTER:
E-mail admin@familydiscipleship.nz, visit www.familydiscipleship.nz
[1]  or ring Sara 027-4907-969.
For further info ring Bart  022-3570714  or Alison 06-3427570  or Sara 027-4907-969

Sincerely
on behalf of the Conference organising team

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOLING WINTER CONFERENCE 2015 is supported and sponsored by
Home Education Foundation, NZ www.hef.org.nz [2]
Rural Geek www.ruralgeek.co.nz [3]
Zion Motors Ltd, Paraparaumu www.zionmotors.co.nz [4]
OakTree Christian Music Academy Ltd www.oaktreemusic.co.nz [5]

Links:
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[1] http://www.familydiscipleship.nz
[2] http://www.hef.org.nz/
[3] http://www.ruralgeek.co.nz/
[4] http://www.zionmotors.co.nz/
[5] http://www.oaktreemusic.co.nz/

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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/

Values Lessons NZ

Email from long time home educator: Jenny

Hi Barbara,

After teaching character qualities in an after school club for ten years, I decided to share my lesson plans with other homeschoolers and teachers.
I’ve put a website together with over a hundred lesson ideas for teaching children biblical character. It covers these core values: kindness, truthfulness, forgiveness, the power of words, making right choices, honesty, patience and thankfulness.
It includes a main lesson and these follow up lessons for each character quality: an activity, puppet play, clapping rhyme, folk tale, movie clip, quotes, a NZ history story, games, object lessons and a code of conduct. Here’s the link:
Thanks heaps.
God bless,
Jenny

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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/

Warehouse Stationery – Get NZ Writing

From Warehouse Stationery:

We’re encouraging Kiwi children to handwrite these school holidays, because handwriting helps them learn, create and feel great.

To do this, we’ve created a cool selection of postcards instore so children can write a message and send it to someone they love in New Zealand for FREE.

You’ll find them instore. So come down to your local Warehouse Stationery and get writing!

LEARN MORE ›

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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/

ENGAGE 2015 Family Discipleship & Home Education Conference

An Email from Kris Baines:

Hi All,

Just a note to say registrations are now open for the ENGAGE 2015 Family Discipleship & Home Education Conference here in Christchurch, to be held 14-15 Aug. We are hosting this conference with the aim to encourage and equip home-educating families in their task. It will also be a time for spiritual refreshment, a time to renew vision/direction, and a time to network and fellowship with like-minded families. The conference will feature local speakers and some live “skype-ins” from international speakers (including Scott Brown & Kevin Swanson).

Early bird pricing applies until 17 July.

Please visit http://www.engageconference.org.nz for more info and to register.

Please advise if you require any posters/flyers for your church/organisation.

Blessings,

Kris Baines

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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/

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOL WINTER CONFERENCE 2015

_Growing Great Christian Families_

FRIDAY 24 JULY – SATURDAY 25 JULY

CONFERENCE VENUE:  QUEEN ST GOSPEL CHAPEL,  541 QUEEN ST, LEVIN

Receive fresh vision, be encouraged in your  efforts and meet or reconnect with other like-minded Bible-based Christian folk.

This year’s conference has been extended by an extra day so you have more time to fellowship.

The conference is being organised by local Bible-based Christian homeschool parents and is supported by the organisations and businesses set out below.

It will begin at 9am, Friday 24 July and finish with a bring-and-share meal on Saturday 25 July evening.

Please pass this notice on to any other Christian families or homeschool families who you think might like to come.

 All sessions will be taught from a Biblical worldview and will include topics such as:

  •  Homeschooling – learn about or refresh your vision of why we do what we do, raising children who will love Christ above all
  •  Family discipleship- what is it? Equipping mums and dads with Bible principles for passing on the baton of faith to our children
  •  Family integrated church – why the church and the family need each other
  •  Best kept secret – family worship – why do it? & How? Practical tips for newbies and the old-hands
  •  Creation science – exploring topics relevant to the whole family
  •  Family business and entrepreneurship – how working together with your children can strengthen the ties that bind and provide unique discipleship opportunities
  •  Rural living – hear how God has inspired other Christian homeschool families in this area

 Speakers will include video and/or live presentations from:

  •  Local kiwi Dads and families sharing their experiences and insights
  •  Kris Baines and Jason Winslade, Redemption Church, Christchurch
  •  Robert Hunt, Creation Ministries International

Plus sessions featuring recorded insights from family-integrated church
pastors and homeschool advocates:

  •  Kevin Swanson, Generations with Vision
  •  Scott Brown, National Centre for Family Integrated Churches

For more information and a complete schedule please visit our website,
www.familydiscipleship.nz [1].

FAMILY CONCERT: Friday Night Family Concert – featuring beautiful old
Gospel songs and many favourite hymns.
BOOK SALES: Will be available on the topics addressed at the conference.
ACCOMMODATION:  If you are able to _offer_ accommodation to an attending family, or if you _need_ accommodation,  please contact us.  There are also several holiday parks in the Horowhenua area
.
 CHILDREN: For most sessions, children are encouraged to stay in the main auditorium and learn alongside their parents.
The speakers are experienced in catering to all-age audiences.
For some sessions, a children’s programme (ages 5-10 yrs old) will be available. Children must be registered  by 14 July to participate in this.
INFANTS & TODDLERS: Rooms for restless younger children and sleeping
babies will be available. There will be audio-visual feed from the main auditorium.

 COST:
Early-bird price (extended till 14 July) $35/one adult    $55/family
From 15 July      $40/one adult     $65/family
Day visitor (Fri only or Sat only):  $30/one adult     $40/family (no early-bird price available)
 Children’s programme (5-10 yrs old):      $5/child     maximum of $20/family
(only children registered by 14 July may attend the children’s programme).

 TO REGISTER:
E-mail admin@familydiscipleship.nz, visit www.familydiscipleship.nz
[1]  or ring Sara 027-4907-969.
For further info ring Bart  022-3570714  or Alison 06-3427570  or Sara 027-4907-969

Sincerely
on behalf of the Conference organising team

FAMILY DISCIPLESHIP & HOMESCHOOLING WINTER CONFERENCE 2015 is supported and sponsored by
Home Education Foundation, NZ www.hef.org.nz [2]
Rural Geek www.ruralgeek.co.nz [3]
Zion Motors Ltd, Paraparaumu www.zionmotors.co.nz [4]
OakTree Christian Music Academy Ltd www.oaktreemusic.co.nz [5]

Links:
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[1] http://www.familydiscipleship.nz
[2] http://www.hef.org.nz/
[3] http://www.ruralgeek.co.nz/
[4] http://www.zionmotors.co.nz/
[5] http://www.oaktreemusic.co.nz/

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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/

Email from the National Library

National library of New Zealand Te Puna M?tauranga o Aotearoa

Tena koe Barbara

We thought the Home Education Foundation might be interested in an update on the National Library Services to Schools Transformation.  We would appreciate it you could circulate this update to others within the Home Education Foundation as you deem appropriate.

Services to Schools Update

In this update

•             Project overview

•             Interest from schools

•             Implementation 2016

•             Service concepts

•             Expert input

•             Proposed changes to National Library Services to Schools Team

Project overview

As you know we are changing the way National Library supports schools; that’s in order for us to increase the reach and impact of our service.

Our vision is that young people have access to effective and connected library services and library learning environments that support their development as readers and digitally literate learners.

The basis for the transformation was articulated in an independent review in 2012 by highly respected educationalist Mary Chamberlain, MNZM.

The transformation will enable us to:

•             Improve reading engagement for students

•             Support digital literacy for students and teachers

•             Support the development of modern library learning environments

Our Services Strategy 2015-2018, approved last year, signalled the move to a new operating model, structure and culture to deliver the above.

The new operating model will ensure our team has the confidence and capability to provide a sustainable service that’s fit for the 21st Century learning environment.

The new operating model will be implemented over the next four years.

We’ve listened to feedback and have invited others to work with us on finalising the new model.

We are receiving input from schools, thought leaders and expert practitioners in education, library and digital development and our own National Library staff to further refine these services through to the end of 2018.

Interest from schools

When we approached schools to be one of 15 to work closely with us on refining the new services we had no idea we would receive so many applications.

Registrations of interest closed in May with more than 190 schools putting their hands up to work with us.

We have now confirmed the 15 schools who will work closely with us over the next 18 months.  They have been chosen on a set of criteria which include location, decile, type and size of school.

The list of the 15 schools is available on Services to Schools website.

We are also keen to keep in close touch with the other 170+ schools that came forward so they can contribute to the transformation that will be taking place.

We will be inviting them to join us in a series of workshops around the country in term three to help provide input ahead of the design of prototype services.

Implementation 2016

The new service offering for schools will commence with prototype services starting to come into effect from the beginning of the school year in January 2016.

When these new services come into effect we will still see them as ‘prototype’ services, subject to a further year of testing and shaping with schools and experts.

We intend to communicate with schools during the second half of term three 2015 regarding how they can access our services in the 2016 school year.

Service concepts

We are currently working on how each of the new services will look.  The first step of this process has been working with our own staff.

The next step will be to involve our 15 schools and expert practitioners to get these services ready for prototyping in 2016.

Expert input

A project reference group has been established to help us transform our services.

The project reference group is made up of strategic thinkers from the education, library and digital development fields.  This group will provide input on the transformation and will challenge and test our thinking.  They will meet twice yearly until the end of 2017.

Proposed changes to National Library team

In order to support and deliver these transformed services we need to look internally at the organisational structure required in the Services to Schools Team. We embarked on a consultation with our staff this week about the operational structure of Services to Schools.

This exercise will take place in advance of the new service offering referred to earlier in this update. Final decisions are to be made in August following staff consultation.

We are committed to increasing the reach and impact of our services to schools and we are confident that the changes proposed will enable us to do this.

To this end the key change proposed is to introduce more of a national delivery model with lending services provided from Christchurch in the South and Auckland in the North.

If you have any questions please contact Geraldine Howell, Director Literacy, Learning and Public Programmes on 04 474 3071 or email S2Stransformation@dia.govt.nz.

Regards

Geraldine Howell

Director Literacy Learning Public Programmes, National Library

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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/

Needing information

I have been home educating with an exemption for 29 years. Craig and I have had contact with the MoE for most of those years. I have to say that the current staff at the National Office of the MoE are the most home educating friendly National Office staff that we have had. We have seen them making changes to make the enviroment for home educating in New Zealand even better than it already was.

At the moment we are going through the Red Tape Cluster Buster meeting results and the Survey that many of you filled out. On many of the comments that you all made the MoE is listening and making changes. Hopefully we will be seeing the plain english version of the Exemption Form by the end of June.

There are some things that the MoE have discussed and decided to make no changes on. I would like to mention two of those things here and get your feedback where appropriate.

 

School Principals

The MoE still feels it needs to talk with the Principals during the exemption application process when we are pulling our children out of school to home educate them.  They did say to us in one meeting that if people are having trouble with their principal during the exemption application process then we need to let them know. Today I have just heard of two families having trouble with their principal during the application process.

If you have had or are having  any trouble with your principal due to the MoE contacting them during the exemption application process then please let me know.

 

Justified Absence

The same applies to “Justified Absence”. I thought that we might be able to use the term “Justified Absence” which schools have to justify why they are not at school for a period of time but the MoE is keeping to their decision that our children must be in school during the ages of 6-16 unless they already have an exemption.

So if you are having any a trouble getting a “Justified Absence” from your principal, a letter from your Dr or any other way then please let me know.

I still don’t have the internet on. This post has been written in a hurry as we are going out shortly to hopefully buy a car and see again about getting the internet at our new home. I want to hear from you as soon as possible so that we can talk to the MoE about this as soon as possible.

 

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

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/

 

 

 

 

Greetings from Tasmania

Greetings

We arrived at our new home about 6pm last night. As we drove up the drive we were greeted by many Wallaby and one Possum. Our container arrived yesterday morning so we are busy unpacking now.

My new contact details are:

Email still the same: barbara@hef.org.nz

Postal Address: P O Box 110, Franklin, Tasmania 7113, Australia

Cell phone: 04 29531588 or +61 429531588

We do not have the phone or internet yet. I am at my daughter’s at the moment.

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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/