January 27, 2015

AHE Annual Picnic – Celebrating Home Education

From AHE

Tug o War

Auckland Home Educators Inc has been building this annual get together since the year 2000 when it was originally “Not Going Back To School, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah, Nah!” Day. It’s held in early February and is now Auckland’s largest Unity in the Community get-together, drawing together families from across the Greater Auckland region and beyond. Largely in the form of a BYO picnic, a programme of activities for all ages has been incorporated over recent years.

Everyone’s welcome, and you’re encouraged to invite a partner, wider family, neighbours and supporters, if only for a short time.  Even sceptics can be persuaded to drop in to gain a better understanding of your community, all with the help of a huge third party! We’re constantly thrilled to see the relieved smiles on dad/grandma’s face when they see how many others enjoy this minority lifestyle! And remember to invite that someone you know who’s considering home education. So much networking goes on for both new and established families.

Where: One Tree Hill/Maungakiekie Domain (near Stardome Planetarium), 670 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, Auckland
When: Thursday 5 February, 10am – 2pm
What: BYO picnic, lots of enthusiasm and smiles.
Bring: Extended families, friends considering homeschooling, etc.
It’s a great networking opportunity, catch up with old friends from the greater part of Auckland and beyond.
Brought to you by Auckland Home Educators Inc

The site we book has a fabulous playground, including a great flying fox and push-along train. Teens also have a larger piece of ground in close (not too close!) proximity for some casual soccer/rugby/cricket fun. Of course, Cornwall Park is not just a beautiful tree-lined place to soak up some atmosphere. There’s the Stardome PlanetariumHuia Lodge which houses the Information Centre and Maungakiekie Education Centre (offering enlightening geological, archealogical and historical information and some great footage and photos), Acacia Cottage (Auckland’s oldest surviving building), One Tree Hill/Maungakiekie and so much more! Why not tag on a visit after the Celebration?

Our next annual picnic is Thursday 5 February 2015 from 10am-2pm.

For more information: AHE

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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

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Wanganui MoE Office now processing exemptions

An email from Lucy Ambrose from the National Office of the MoE

Hi Barbara,
This is just a quick email to let you know that the Whanganui Office are now processing their own home education exemptions.

The details are:

Whanganui Office

Address for couriers and reception

Address for couriers and reception
93 Ingestre Street
Whanganui
Director of Education for Taranaki, Whanganui, Manawatu: Jann Marshall
Email enquiries.whanganui@minedu.govt.nz
Phone (06) 349 6300 | Fax (06) 349 6301

Postal address

Private Bag 3012
Whanganui 4540
DX Number: PX10045

I have not yet got a name of the person who will be doing the processing but will let you know when I do. I will be updating our website to reflect the changes as soon as possible.

Kind Regards,

Lucy Ambrose | Senior Advisor | Student Engagement

So anyone applying for an exemption in Taranaki, Wanganui and the Manawatu need to now send their exemption application to the Wanganui office.

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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

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Moving and large home for sale

Greetings in the New Year of 2015.

Big changes are happening to us this year Lord Willing.4_Tawa_St_sm_001When I was so ill last year my Dr called my children home from overseas to say goodbye. As I slowly got better my children encouraged me to think about moving to Tasmania – to be near Charmagne. I was not ready for that and said that it was a nice idea and that I would think and pray about it as a long term option.  In the meantime Charmagne was keeping an eye on properties that might be suitable coming on the market.

The ideal property came up for sale last year. A block of land with a house and granny-flat which adjoins the Downes’ land was offered to Charmagne for me back in about September 2014 and offered at $50k less than it was being put on the market. However, I said that I was still not ready to move so the owner advertised through agents. Since then we have all thought a lot about this property which is still for sale and I began to feel I would regret it if I did not at least seriously consider this place as a potential future home. Eventually I came to think of this property as THE property that I should buy, so negotiations began in earnest.

I am able to give our official offer on February 9. https://www.allhomes.com.au/ah/tas/sale-residential/23-cordwell-road-franklin-southern/14140464891011?lid=169267869

23 cordwell Roadmap of land

In this bird’s eye view, the red boundary shows the property we are interested in. The light blue boundary is Josh’s parent’s property. The dark blue boundary is Josh and Charmagne’s property.

To be able to put in an offer on the Tasmanian place I need to sell 4 Tawa Street. So we have been going like crazy getting our home ready to sell. For the next couple of weeks I want to make 4 Tawa Street available to any friends who may be interested in it, if I don’t receive any acceptable offers I will then put it in the hands of an agent.

In many ways I don’t really want to move, however there are distinct advantages for us (Jedediah, Kaity, Grace and me) to move over to Tasmania.

  1.  To be near family in Tasmania and Victoria—especially grandchildren.
  2.  It will be much easier for me to visit Zach and his family in the States (yearly Lord willing—Zach puts money into an account every week towards my tickets) Charmagne will be able to look after the children I leave at home.
  3.  I will be on the land again. I grew up on the land (3.5k acres) and will finish my days on the land (9.9 acres)
  4.  Out of my 8 children only 2 sons will not be on the land once we move. My two youngest girls are looking forward to riding nearly every day. The combined properties have 5 horses and 3 ponies—the girls will enjoy helping to look after and ride them.

The Future:

I am looking forward to the extra family time I will be able to have with all my children—the young ones coming with me, my Australian and USA families. I plan to travel back to New Zealand on a regular basis. My younger children are adopted or under guardianship. We need to keep coming back to visit with their birth families.

Because I will be coming back to NZ on a regular basis and I still have one son in NZ I have decided to carry on with the Home Education Foundation especially while we are going through all the changes with the MoE and the National Library. I am trying to pass on all the experience I have to others, mostly on the internet—email and via FB. It is really encouraging to see so many younger people wanting to serve and help other home educators. So this is not goodbye. I will also be available to do workshops/meetings  on my return trips to New Zealand. I will be contactable via SKYPE/Facetime and I will try to get a cheap phone system so that I am available for phone calls.

So if you are interested in taking a look at 4 Tawa Street please contact me over the next couple of weeks—06 357-4399 or 021 0278 2221

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More on 4 Tawa Street, Palmerston North for those interested

A fantastic home for the large home educating family

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  • Home for the large family or
  • Home and Income or
  • Investment property or
  • Home and Granny Flat4_Tawa_St_sm_004

LOT 9 PT LOT 10 DP 9861                                                                                                          CT WN505/110                                                                                                                         Land size 900m2  (Freehold)                                                                                                    RV $335,000 as at 1/9/2012                                                                                                  Floor size 267m2                                                                                                                         Site cover 318m2  35.3%                                                                                                                  Rates $2876.47

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

Excellent location close to Russell Street Primary School, PN Boy’s High School, the Hospital, and the CBD.

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

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

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

At the back of the library is a garden shed.

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There is also a large double garage with a large workshop accessible through the garage or by its own external door.

Behind the main house is a bike shed and a large wood shed with about 18 months supply of dry wood ready to be used.

This property is situated on the corner of a quiet cul-de-sac surrounded by good neighbours. It is a place well suited for pets and currently has a cat and 7 laying hens. The well established raised organic gardens are low maintenance for their size, with concrete paths and brick mowing strips for easy lawn upkeep. There are numerous fruit trees many of which are productive dwarf fruit trees, and a section of the front yard is devoted to a garden of native New Zealand plants.

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To see a lot more photos and for more information email me barbara@hef.org.nz if you are interested in our home.

More photos:  photos for promotional 240115

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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

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Rising costs tipped to spur some struggling families to keep their children home from school.

Murali Annu and his wife, Avanthi, save what they can for the future education needs of their son Naren, 18 months, and daughter Nidhi, 4. Photo / Dean Purcell

Murali Annu and his wife, Avanthi, save what they can for the future education needs of their son Naren, 18 months, and daughter Nidhi, 4. Photo / Dean Purcell

Some children won’t return to school next week because their struggling families can’t afford to pay for basic items, says a budget adviser.

The prediction comes as a report calculates a state-provided “free” education for a child starting school this year will cost almost $35,000.

For a child born this year it will cost more than $37,000.

The peer-reviewed Planning for Education Index was compiled from a survey of more than 1000 members of ASG Education Programmes, who were asked about the cost of school fees, transport, uniforms, computers and school and sports trips.

Thirteen years of costs associated with a state school education would ultimately amount to $37,676 for children born this year — $17,499 by the end of primary school in 2027 and a further $20,177 by their high school graduation.

In other school systems, costs were far higher.

A primary and secondary education in the state-integrated system, beginning in 2020, would have cost nearly $108,000 by 2032 — while the average cost of private schooling until Year 13 was more than $323,000.

The growing costs of sending a child through the New Zealand school system were made clear when compared with the costs for a child starting school next week — $34,524 for state schooling, $93,251 for state-integrated schooling and $269,943 for private schooling.

The annual costs for a Year 1 student starting school next term would grow from $1976 in 2015 to $3781 by 2027.

Over the past decade, education costs in New Zealand had risen at 1.5 times the rate of headline inflation — and there was no reason costs would not keep rising, ASG Education Programmes chief John Velegrinis said.

Darryl Evans, chief executive of the Mangere Budgeting Services Trust, said the families his service assisted were well aware of the costs of schooling — yet they were not a priority for households struggling even to pay the rent.

“I know families that have already told us that they won’t be sending their kids back to school next week because they haven’t been able to buy uniforms, stationery and new shoes — because all the money is going on rent and food.”

Other families had been forced to hunt for $3 shoes in opportunity shops to save on school uniforms — and one mother had paid $273 for stationery and items for two children aged 11 and 5 (story continues after the graphic).

Schools Trustees Association president Lorraine Kerr was surprised by the increasing costs in ASG’s report, which she said low-income families would need to “squeeze more blood out of a stone” to meet.

The Ministry of Education has acknowledged costs of operating schools could increase in line with general inflation or wage pressures…

Last night, Education Minister Hekia Parata emphasised that all students between the ages of 5 and 19 were entitled to a free education, and parents could not be forced to pay donations. However, boards could ask for donations for extra activities or projects.

School is top priority

As a boy in India, Murali Annu received a first-class education because his parents made his schooling their priority.

Today, the sales analyst wants his own kids to get the same opportunity – but it’s not easy in a one-income rental household in Avondale…

“But for us, money is secondary to education,” he said. “I’m very thankful that my parents gave me a good education. On that basis, I got into the University of Auckland. But in a real sense I want to provide my children something better than I got.”

Read the whole article here: http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11390477

- NZ Herald

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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

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Class Dismissed

Be among 1st in the world to see the world’s 1st feature-length documentary exploring the rapidly growing homeschool movement. To attend, click “join”, then buy your tix to this private screening here: http://www.brownpapertickets.com/event/1149730 Then invite others near Wellington to screening to attend by clicking the invite button and choosing your friends based near Wellington.

Short Synopsis: Frustrated with the traditional school system, a family in L.A. pulls their two kids out of school and takes their education into their own hands. Class Dismissed takes a fresh look at what it means to be educated in the 21st century and explores the rapidly growing movement of parents providing an education outside a classroom setting.

Christchurch: SOLD OUT

There may be a second Christchurch screening – keep an eye out for this

Around the World: https://www.google.com/maps/d/u/0/viewer?mid=zJ0ry40guulE.kWtmg54QeUWA

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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

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