April 2, 2015


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Kick-start the New Year With $100 Worth of Free MP3s and a Sale!

In honor of the the New Year, we here at Western Conservatory are making two special offers available to you!Starting today, we’re launching a New Year Sale to help you stock up on educational products for your children, gifts for your friends and relatives, and inspiring new resources to equip and strengthen your whole family all year long. Until January 8, take 10% off an order of one item, 25% off an order of two items, and 35% off any order of 3 items or more! Offer expires 11:59PM CST on Thursday, January 8, 2015.
Kick-start the New Year by loading up on great new listening material — for free! This Thursday, January 1st (until Friday, 5pm January 2 NZ time), download up to $100 worth of MP3 messages that will help you and your family be more purposeful, more fruitful, more faithful, and more united this next year than ever before.Browse our most popular messages, such as How to Practice Biblical Discipline, Developing Your Gifts Within the Family Economy, the Curriculum Advice series, The Worldview of the Creative Mind, and Jane Austen and Vampires, as well as a variety of other messages on family issues, guy-girl relationships, worldview, home education, child training, family business, art and culture, and Christian life purpose in general. And for 24 hours only, download your picks for free!
Click to see the MP3 selection here
Spread the word and share this offer with your friends! Offer expires 11:59PM CST on Thursday, January 1, 2015 (until Friday, 5pm January 2 NZ time).Western Conservatory’s mission is to equip families to “make disciples of all the nations” and lead our culture toward Christ. Making these messages available to you for free is one of the ways we’re trying to accomplish that. Thank you for joining in this mission.Happy New Year from your friends at Western Conservatory! We’re looking forward to another year with you.

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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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Hamilton Education Information Evening

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This weekend: ABOVE RUBIES LADIES CAMP

LADIES!

Need refreshment?
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Feel like doing something completely different this spring?
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a weekend away in peaceful country surroundings…
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enjoying meals especially prepared for you…
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listening to inspiring messages brought to you by powerful speakers…….
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Combine this with meeting and getting to know other women from throughout Otago,
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and you have a weekend worth attending…
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This weekend
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“ABOVE RUBIES LADIES
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CAMP”
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“LOVE, LANGUAGE, THEN
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LEADERSHIP”
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AT WAIHOLA CYC
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YOU WON’T BE DISAPPOINTED !!!!
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14-16 NOVEMBER 2014,
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COST $110
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WITHIN REASONABLE
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DRIVING
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DISTANCE FROM
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ANYWHERE IN
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OTAGO, SOUTHLAND
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BE BLESSED LISTENING TO
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VAL STARES (Brisbane)
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NATALIE STRIPP (Gold Coast)
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HEATHER JONES (NZ)
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ALSO AVAILABLE   FANTASTIC
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WORKSHOPS
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DAUGHTERS $95
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(and granddaughters and nieces)
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OVER 14 MOST WELCOME
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Open to ALL women of all ages: young women, wives, mothers, grandmothers, daughters, single women, divorced, separated, or widowed. All Welcome.
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WONDERFUL FOOD
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COUNTRY VENUE -  beautiful views 
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MANY POSITIVE RECOMMENDATIONS!!!
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for further information please contact the
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Registrars:
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Julie Wiel 03-417 7091
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Robin McGowan  03-415  9047 
[cell 027 7524 713]
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or email  robnjoe@hotmail.com 
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[Above Rubies Ministries’ purpose is to uphold and strengthen family life and to raise the standard of God’s truth in the nation.
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The name has been chosen from Proverbs 31:10 ]
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If you have missed seeing this until now then it is not too late to catch the Saturday programme. Pop out there tomorrow nice and early for a full day of encouragement.
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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

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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Student ID for Home Educators

Today only (for the next 14 hours)

$15 for Student, Youth or Teacher Travel Cards from ISIC New Zealand (value $30)
  • ISIC is the only internationally recognised student ID card

In order to be eligible for an ISIC, you must be:

1) A full time student in further or higher education, studying for at least 12 weeks per year, with 15 hours of contact time per week, or
2) In full time secondary education aged 12 years and above.
3) An ISIC card is also available to any student that is homeschooled in New Zealand as long as they provide a copy of an exemption certificate from the Ministry of Education. To prove this you must provide ISIC New Zealand proof of current full-time student status during application.
Check out their local and global discount finder. Here’s a taste of what these cards will get you:
Locally

  • Exclusive student airfares and travel deals at STA Travel
  • Over 4,500 discounts in Australia and New Zealand! Most discounts are 20% off (up to $25 in value)

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  • Up to 40% off international airfares at STA Travel
  • $50 off Contiki tours 7 day or longer
  • $50 off G Adventures tours 7 day or longer
  • 5% off Comprehensive travel insurance
  • 5% off Eurail youth passes
  • Complimentary hotel nights worldwide

To purchase this ID card go to: http://www.treatme.co.nz/Deal/Tauranga/isic-new-zealand-sep14rd?utm_source=dailydeal&utm_medium=email&utm_content=smallimage&utm_campaign=ddTauranga&ds=2014-10-02&c=false&ab=&p=1

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

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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How Each Political Party Views Home Education: Updated with more comments from the Parties

As the General Election approaches and we start considering who we should vote for, it should be an easy task to decide, but with each passing Election I have been finding it harder and harder to make that choice.  In earlier Elections, Craig and I always voted for the National Party, however, we have not voted for them for several Elections now.  Many things have changed.  There has been a huge cultural shift away from our Judeo/Christian base.  Who should we vote for?  That is not an easy question to answer.

We can look at how the MPs have voted in the past.  This does give us some indication of their Party’s objectives and their personal morality.  Bob McCoskrie from Family First has put together an informative brochure which is helpful in this regard.  (valueyourvote.org.nz/2014-general-election/)

We also need to look at who the minor Parties would like to see as Prime Minister for the next three years, and who they see that they can work with.  This report by the New Zealand Herald gives some information on this.http://www.nzherald.co.nz/nz/news/article.cfm?c_id=1&objectid=11318606. It is concerning that Winston Peters is not letting us know his thoughts on this.

Another issue to think about is if the Party we give our Party Vote to does not pass the 5% threshold then their votes are split up proportionally with the successful Parties.  But if we don’t give the Party our vote, they will never reach the 5% threshold.

Also of consideration for us as home educators, is how each Party views home education.  We enjoy a relative freedom here in New Zealand compared to many of our overseas counterparts which we would like to preserve and continue to encourage.  However, we should not vote on one issue. We should look at what the Party stands for and look at most of their policies rather than voting on a single issue like home education.  Below I have listed, from what information I could find and responses I have received, how each Party views home education.

Sadly, as the Western Nations of our world move away from their Judeo/Christian roots, we see its outworking in all areas of our society.  More than ever, we are the ‘salt’ needed to savour, and the ‘light’ needed to shine.  As Christians, we need to be scrutinising each Party’s policy through the lens of the Word of God, looking at which Party is more closely aligned with the principles laid out in Scripture.  Whilst we cannot expect a secular organisation to hold to Biblical principles, we can choose to vote for one who will best represent Biblical values and what the Bible has to say.

Lots to think and pray about.  May God grant you wisdom as you vote.

How each Political Party views home education:

ACT:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements: Support

Website:

Remove all compulsive regulations around enrolment schemes, allowing schools to choose whether, when, and what sort of enrolment scheme they choose

Recognise the role for quality properly tested home education (This is of concern.  What testing?)

Conservative:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements: Support

Website: nothing on website (They should have something about home education)

Colin and Helen Craig are home educating parents

From Christine Rankin: Our website does not have all of our policies  up there but we are supporters of home schooling. We believe people should have choice in education and that the funding should follow the child.

Green:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements: Oppose (This does not seem to line up with the below policy from the website)

Website: 6. Diversity And Equity Of Access (Would they impose ‘diversity teaching required’ i.e. sex education etc)

The Green Party will:
7. Support home schooling families and identify ways to improve resources for home-based learners. Ensure the Ministry of Education and ERO understand home schooling education philosophies and practices. (Good to hear.)

Internet Mana:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements: Support

Website: Nothing on website (They should have something about home education)

Labour:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements: No Response (Not a good sign from a major Party)

Website: Nothing on website (They should have something about home education)

From Emma King, Office of Chris Hipkins: I am writing to acknowledge that Chris Hipkins has received your email. I don’t think we have anything specific on home schooling in the policy documents but if you’re interested in particular aspects of it, please tell me what they are and I’ll get Chris to respond to you.

Maori:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements: No Response (This does not seem to line up with the below policy from the website)

Website: Education should be driven by whanau aspirations so that learning is meaningful, relevant and creates a foundation for self-determination, entrepreneurial skills and opportunities for a positive future.

Help whanau to create their own teaching and learning models

(This is promising but in what context?  State schooling, private schooling, home schooling?  How much freedom for individual families or possibly like-minded community groups?)

Nothing about home schooling

National:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements: No Response (Not a good sign from a major Party)

Website: Nothing on website (They should have something about home education)

From Cameron Cotter, Campaign Communications ManagerNational recognises the importance of choice in our education system, and has no current plans to change the law as it relates to home schooling specifically.

NZ  First:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements:  Support

Website: Nothing on website (They should have something about home education)

From Tracey Martin, Deputy Leader,

At this time the New Zealand First Manifesto is silent in the area of Home Schooling.  The reason for this is that no member of the Home Schooling community approached us over the last three years to inform us of any difficulties or areas of concern/improvement.  New Zealand First does  not create policy without first having a relationship with those to be directly affected by that policy.

Having Home Schooled one of our sons for a period of time I have a working understanding of the current environment under which the parents and students you represent are working.

Should your organisation wish to have a discussion with New Zealand First after the election we would welcome that invitation.

United Future:

Family First Brochure—Parental choice for education and ECE arrangements:  Support

Website: Nothing on website (They should have something about home education)

From Fraser Seifert: Unitedfuture does not have any specific policy on home schooling but we support the right of parents to choose home schooling if they wish.

I have written to all the Parties with nothing on their websites about home educating. I have only heard back from two parties so far: NZ First and Labour

Update: Conservatives, United Future and National have now answered my email – see their comments above.

Still need to hear from: Internet Mana and  Maori

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From the Smiths:

http://hef.org.nz/2011/craig-smith-26-january-1951-to-30-september-2011/

Updated 22 April 2014:  Two 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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