December 18, 2014


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International History Bee and Bowl

The International History Bee and Bowl (IHBB) is an organization that runs history quiz tournaments for primary and secondary school students throughout the world in over 20 Countries. Home educators are welcome to compete (at the same cost as State Schools) in their tournaments. They can compete in teams from their home education support group or on their own.

This month, IHBB will be holding tournaments in New Zealand for the first time. Their Christchurch and Hamilton tournaments will take place on 13 September, while our Auckland and Wellington tournaments will be held on 14 September. The top 50% of teams and individual students will then get the chance to represent New Zealand at the inaugural International History Olympiad, which will take place in the USA in July 2015

Email received from Nolween Madden:
My name is Nolwenn Madden, and I am the Executive Director of The International History Bee and Bowl. IHBB is an organization that runs history quiz tournaments for primary and secondary school students throughout the world in over 20 countries; see www.ihbbglobal.com for our international homepage. Homeschoolers are welcome to compete in our tournaments. They can compete in teams from their homeschool association or on their own.
Our questions draw on both historical knowledge and critical thinking skills, and students use a buzzer system to answer them, so it’s almost a bit like being on a TV quiz show. The Bee is for individual students, while the Bowl is for teams of up to six students.
This month, IHBB will be holding tournaments in New Zealand for the first time. Our Christchurch and Hamilton tournaments will take place on 13 September, while our Auckland and Wellington tournaments will be held on 14 September. The top 50% of teams and individual students will then get the chance to represent New Zealand at the inaugural International History Olympiad, which will take place in the USA in July 2015 (see historyolympiad.com for more).
You can find more information, including sample quiz questions, game rules, a study guide and more about the International History Bee and Bowl on our New Zealand homepage at www.ihbbnewzealand.com. I can also put you in touch with some of the attending homeschoolers from our past tournaments in other countries if you would be interested to hear their thoughts. If you are ready to register officially, please just visit: http://ihbbnewzealand.com/register/regionals-registration/
Please let me know if your kids are interested or if you have any questions. Thanks for your time, and I hope that you will be interested in this new opportunity for your homeschoolers.
Sincerely yours,
Nolwenn Madden

International History Bee and Bowl

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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

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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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Homeschool Essay Contest: The Most Inventive Wins!

HSLDA's PHOTO CONTEST

Kick off your school year with HSLDA’s 13th annual essay contest! Offering cash prizes upwards of $200, this contest is open to all homeschooled students ages 719 and runs through November 1, 2014. Our themes for this year’s contest focus on inventions.

View Contest Info & Guidelines

Our world has been shaped by the inventions of the past, with inventors improving and building on the ideas of previous generations. Every item we use—from the toothbrush to the smartphone—was invented by someone using his or her God-given creativity and intellect to do something!

Category 1 (ages 7–10): God has given humanity great creativity, and so many amazing things have already been invented. But there is still so much room for ingenuity! If you were to invent something that has not yet been invented, what would it be, what would it do, and why would you choose to invent it?

Category 2 (ages 11–14): Let’s say you are stranded on a desert island, alone, where there is no electricity, no cell tower signal, nor any other sign of civilization. You have a stockpile of food and help is on its way—in a couple months—but in the meantime you must survive. What three existing inventions would you want to find washed up on the shore of the island with you and why?

Category 3 (ages 15–19): Though created with good intentions, to do something good, some inventions have had unintended negative consequences. They’ve solved one problem but created other problems—sometimes worse than the first. Choose one such invention and discuss its positive and negative impacts. Be sure to address whether or not the benefits from the invention outweigh its negative impact.

Each student is invited to enter up to two essays relating to the theme for his or her age category.

To get a sense of what to look for or avoid when writing an essay, you can view the judges’ comments from previous contests or read the winning essays from previous years!

Guidelines and entry forms can be found on our website, as well as information about our other annual contests: art, poetry, and photo.

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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/

 

 


“The point of the essay is to change things.” ~ Edward Tufte
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UC Business and Law Essay Competition

 The UC Business and Law Essay Competition is open to all secondary students in New Zealand including home educators. Details of the competition are below.
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Good afternoon,

The College of Business and Law invites your students to enter our 2014 UC Business and Law Essay Competition.

It’s election year so the essay topics are based on examining political parties’ policies on issues affecting the economy, employment, taxation and the justice system.

There are some great cash prizes for your students and your school. Each category will have three placement prizes.

·        1st Prize: $400 for your student and $150 for your school

·        2nd Prize: $200 for your student and $150 for your school

·        3rd Prize: $150 for your student and $150 for your school

What do students need to do?
Write a 600-word essay on any of the following topics.

Category Topic
Economy Some political parties are advocating the use of tools to manage the value of the New Zealand dollar in the belief it is over-valued.  Discuss the value of the $NZ and the impact of the use of tools to control its value.

 

Employment Compare and contrast the employment policies of the two main political parties (National and Labour) and discuss their impact on young job seekers.

 

Law and Justice Compare and contrast the justice policy of two or more political parties and discuss their advantages and disadvantages.

 

Taxation Some political parties are advocating the introduction of a capital gain tax.  Discuss the advantages and disadvantages of this type of taxation.

 

Then go online to enter at:

http://www.buslaw.canterbury.ac.nz/outreach/essay.shtml

Encourage your students to start watching the election news, reading up about political parties’ propositions, and discussing the issues in class and at school. Most importantly, tell them to start writing and enter!

Kind regards,

Andrea and Fiona

Andrea Chin

Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
School of Business and Economics | College of Business & Law

University of Canterbury | Te Whare Wananga o Waitaha

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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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Engaging Minds Ltd: Competition

A competition from Engaging Minds Ltd

COMPETITION TIME!!!!!!!
Here at Engaging Minds we have been so inspired by “Kid President” (see our recent Facebook posts) that we are running a competition to find kids in NZ who are inspiring others with their good and kind deeds and encouragement.

Go to our Facebook page and in 100 words or less tell us about the kids you would like to enter into the competition and what awesome/ kind/ encouraging deed they did.

It would be unfair to not include children just because their parents don’t have a Facebook account. We would love you to share it on the HEF website and if they want to enter, they can send their entries via the “contact us” link on our webpage. Put “GOOD DEED KID COMPETITIION” in the subject line. http://www.engagingminds.co.nz/contact-us”
All entries will go into the draw to win a Family Pastimes co-operative board game of your choice.

Entries close 30 March 2014. Winner announced 31st March 2014 – be sure to check our Facebook page regularly to read about all the awesome things NZ kids are doing – and to see who the winner is.

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 2 February 2013:  One year 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 started: http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

Information on getting an exemption: http://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/

 

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NZ Homeschool Short stories and poems 2013

A COMPILATION OF SHORT STORIES AND POEMs WRITTEN AND ILLUSTRATED BY HOMESCHOOLERS OF NZ

For homeschooled kids all over NZ from ages 5 to 17.
Have your favourite short story or poem written this year published. Illustrations welcome!
Stories must be up to 500 words and corrected.
Please submit a story or poem suitable for all ages to read, so no adult content or scary, gruesome themes.
Entries must be submitted by 1st of November 2013 to be ready for sale by Christmas.
One entry per child.
Please send your story or poem to
Kylie Gordon
82 Purvis Road, RD 8, Whangarei, 0178 or email scanned/attached entries to nzshortstorybook@outlook.com

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

Please do so with the whole post. Thankyou

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated: 12 September 2013:  One year 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:

http://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/

and

http://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/

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