March 27, 2015

Ministry of Education – Review report and Ministry work programme

Email from the MoE – We are having a Teleconference with the MoE next Tuesday and would love your feedback:

Dear Home Educating Parent

The Ministry of Education has recently completed its review of home education in New Zealand which we consulted with you on in September 2014. We have now developed a work programme for change which includes a number of operational improvements.

As well as consulting with you, we also sought feedback from Te Aho o Te Kura Pounamu (the Correspondence School) and the Education Review Office (ERO) as well as Ministry of Education staff. We used the feedback from throughout the sector to inform our decisions and actions to improve home education in New Zealand.

You can find a copy of the review report at:

http://www.minedu.govt.nz/Parents/AllAges/EducationInNZ/Homeschooling.aspx

The report contains the Ministry’s future work programme for home education as an appendix and includes dates about when particular changes are scheduled to take place.

These changes are mainly focused on operational improvements including:

·         Reviewing the application form and appeal and complaints process

·         Developing new practice guidelines

·         Training ministry advisors in home education philosophies

·         Implementing a more robust application assessment process (in particular regarding declining applications)

We have also made some immediate improvements based on your feedback. For example the Statutory Declarations will no longer need to be signed by a Justice of the Peace which will take effect 1 April 2015.

If you have any questions or feedback, please email home.schooling@minedu.govt.nz.

Kind Regards,

Jim Greening

Group Manager – Sector Enablement & Support

Ministry of Education
Ministry of Education | Te T?huhu o te M?tauranga
www.minedu.govt.nz

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Possible conferences in April and May

Below is an email that I have just sent out to a few people. My home has sold, I move out 21 April and leave New Zealand 5 June. So I will be available to speak at a few places around New Zealand. Please take a look at the dates below and if they suit you would you be available to organise a conference in your area?  The dates that are confirmed are set, but the other dates may be able to be moved around a little. Please contact me if you are interested in organising a conference in your area barbara@hef.org.nz, 06 357 4399 or 021 0278 2221

While I still have a van in New Zealand and while I wait for my container to arrive in Tasmania I thought I would travel around New Zealand doing conferences and visiting family and friends before leaving. I will be back regularly (with my adopted and guardianship children to see birth parents) but I wont have my own vehicle.

So before I go would you like me to talk in your area? If so, then are these dates below suitable? It is not a big task: 1. Book a reasonably cheap hall (usually a Church hall); 2. advertise in your area; 3. take registrations – either pre conference or just on the day; 4. have tables so that I can set out a bunch of books for sale; 5. serve up morning, afternoon tea or supper; 6. clean up.

If you would like me to talk, and have others talk too, I would like to have a slot for a “State of the Nation” talk – about 45min to an hour. (45min then 15 min for Q & A.)(Included in the talk will be the MoE “work programme” next steps, National Library and Asylum.)

Travelling with me will be Suzannah Rowntree (Australian). Bio and talk info below.

Travelling Barbara, Grace 9 and Suzannah

27 – 30 April half day conference in Wanganui

2 May Conference in Hamilton  (THEN) Home Educators Conference: contact Margaret (07) 843 5656 email:  mmaryt@hotmail.com (numbers limited)
5 May half day conference at  Tauranga: Contact Gin bugbear49@gmail.com and phone number is 0221276461
6 May half day conference Taupo
9 May Conference in Nelson
11 May Drive to Takaka half day conference Takaka
12 May or half day morning conf Takaka and drive to Nelson
13 May Half day conference Wesport
14 May Half day conference Hokitika – confirmed
16 May possibly available to speak for half a day in Wanaka 16, 18, 19, or 20 (Will let you know as one of those days we will be taking a trip up to the Hakataramea Valley via the Lindis)
22 May Conference Te Anau (Possible Suzannah bus trip to Mitre Peak?) Drive out to Dipton
23 May Conference Invercargill (drive to Dunedin in the evening or early morning 24th)
25 May Conference Dunedin – confirmed
26 May half day conf Oamaru, Timaru or Ashburton
27 May half day conf in Ashburton, Christchurch/Rangiora or Cheviot
28 May Half day conf in Blenheim
29 May Travel to Wellington half day conf in Wellington
30 May to 3 June Palmerston North/Masterton/Levin
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2011 South Island tour Craig and Barbara

2013 South Island tour Barbara

2015 South Island tour Barbara and Suzannah

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Workshop Electives offered by Barbara Smith
http://hef.org.nz/2007/workshop-electives-offered-by-barbara-smith/

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Barbara’s Bio
Barbara - Media
Barbara, widow of Craig Smith, has been home educating her eight children 35 years (29 years with an exemption). Had pre-schoolers for 30 years, breast fed for 22 years. So I know what it is like to be trying to teach the children with a preschooler or two and having a baby crying out for another feed and two loads of washing needing to be hung out. I still have at least seven years ahead of me so I have to be able to last the long haul. Barbara is the author of Training our Children.
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Suzannah is available to speak at the conferences 22 April – 30 May.
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Suzannah’s bio:
Suzannah RowntreeWhen Suzannah Rowntree isn’t travelling the world to help out friends in need, she lives in a big house in rural Australia with her family, writing fiction and non-fiction and trying to beat her previous number-of-books-read-in-a-year record. She blogs the results at www.vintagenovels.com and is the author of several books including War Games, a Christian guide to classic literature, and Pendragon’s Heir, a novel for young people. As a home-ed graduate, Suzannah has also been active in advocating home education both in Australia and New Zealand.
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Suzannah’s topic

“Finishing the Race: How Home Education Prepared Me for Life”?

Where are young home-ed graduates now? In this talk I’ll give case study of 4 home-ed grads, one of whom was home-educated through high school by a mother with chronic illness. I’ll also discuss some of the most important life lessons I learned from my parents, demonstrate how home-ed graduates are thinking outside the box when it comes to higher education and employment, and provide examples of how my own and other parents prepared their children for life.

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Suggestions for programme and costs
Full day conference could look something like this
Suggested fee $15.00:
Registration 9am
First session 9:30 – 10:30am
Second session 11:00 – 12:30pm
Bring own lunch
Third session 1:30 – 2:30pm
Fourth session 3-4pm
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Half day conference could look something like this -
Suggested  fee $10.00 :
Registration 2:30pm
First session 3-4pm
Second session 4:30 – 6pm
Bring and share Dinner
Third session 7- 8:30pm
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The entry fee pays for the venue, morning, afternoon tea and supper and to help with my travel costs.
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I am looking forward to seeing many of you again or for the first time.
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Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here

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Needing help for your home schooling journey:

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

And

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

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

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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Our move to Tasmania

Our plans are progressing nicely – both properties are now unconditional. So we have to get serious about the move now.

Downes Jr proposed housespot and shared driveways

Red lines my new property

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

Light blue lines Josh’s parents and his brother’s property

So this is my timeline at this stage:

4_Tawa_St_sm_13

I am working hard at selling hundreds of bookshttp://hef.org.nz/resources/books-secondhand/. I hope to add to these lists each day and try to keep them updated regularly.

I am also selling heaps of stuff on Trademe,  on Facebook selling pages as well as having a continuous garage sale until 18 April – feel free to come and see what is for sale – you might pick up a nice bookcase or two.

We should be getting a Report back from the MoE any day now – (not sure what will be involved in these next steps yet – will publish them asap)

Today or tomorrow I will be deciding which Moving Company to go with. Once that decision is made we will be getting heaps of boxes – packing, sorting, selling and ditching will begin in earnest.

1 April our good friend Suzannah is coming over from Victoria to help me pack etc.

18 April final Garage Sale at 4 Tawa Street

20 April Kaity leaves to go to Tasmania

20/21 April Container comes and will be packed

20/21 April Final cleaning of 4 Tawa Street

21 April 4pm vacate 4 Tawa Street

22 April – 30 April (staying with friends) End of year accounts (GST report, letter and receipt to givers and Charities Commission)

25 April – Possible Garage Sale at 541 Ruahine Street for things that couldn’t fit into the container

1 May Settlement on 23 Cordwell Road, Franklin, Tasmania https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/tas/property-research/23-cordwell-road-franklin-tas-7113/201611807411

1 – 23 May Available for workshops/conferences in North and South Islands. Let me know if your area would like me to visit Suzannah is also available to speak. Would be travelling with Grace (9) and Suzannah. Check out our itinerary here: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

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

30 May Suzannah leaves to go back to Victoria

5 June Jedediah, Grace and I fly to Melbourne.

Contact details:  021 0278 2221, barbara@hef.org.nz

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

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

And

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

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

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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Tedd Tripp conference in Palmerston North TODAY

There is still time to hear Tedd Tripp in Palmerston North today. Don’t miss out. Even getting part of the conference will be a blessing for your family.

Tedd and Margy Tripp

Quotes From Tedd Tripp:

 “We want a Biblical Culture for our children”

“We need to have a three generation vision – how we instruct our children affects their children and grandchildren”

“My goal is to stand beside my child as someone who also needs grace”

“Heart change is lasting change – first clean the inside of the cup, then the outside will be clean.”

“All behavior is heart-driven”

From conference attendees

“One word – Inspiring”

“I’ve read all his books, but it’s so good to hear Dr. Tripp in person.”

“Fantastic and applicable”

“Loved the way Tedd Tripp talked about the issues of the heart”

Final online cut off dates for the rest of NZ:

Actual programme varies according to location.

Like us on Facebook:

Kind regards,

The Organisers

Shepherding the Heart NZ Tour 

Ph 06 8766079 or 0274790002

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Please feel free to repost, forward or pass on  this email

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

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

And

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

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

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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Shepherding the Heart Tour has begun

From Erena:

Tedd and Margy Tripp

We have just had the most wonderful time in Auckland with Tedd and Margy Tripp with over 500 people attending this event. Thanks to those who helped, including a number of homeschooling families and teens.

Here’s what people have been saying:

  •  ”Very blessed to have been at the conference today. Love Tedd and Margy’s very down to earth and clear way of explaining biblical truth.”
  • “Wonderful course on parenting children of all ages…..”
  • “So good to be reminded of importance of shepherding the heart and how to be godly parents!”
  • “Great conference in Auckland. Really challenged and encouraged in my parenting.”
  • “If you are thinking about going, go! The rest of the country is in for a treat.”

Final cut off dates for the rest of NZ:

Actual programme varies according to location.

Like us on Facebook:

Kind regards,

The Organisers

Shepherding the Heart NZ Tour 

Ph 06 8766079 or 0274790002

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Please feel free to repost, forward or pass on  this email

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

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

*****

Needing help for your home schooling journey:

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

And

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

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

and

Information on getting an exemptionhttp://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/

Coming Events: http://hef.org.nz/2013/some-coming-events-for-home-education-during-2013-2/

Beneficiaries: http://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-categories-and-work-focus-amendment-bill-has-passed-its-third-reading

Red Tape Cluster Buster Meetings and the Scoping Survey: http://hef.org.nz/2014/next-steps-deadline-8-december-2014/

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