October 23, 2014


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Cruise within the Kaipara

I have an email from Lisa who is the leader of the Kaipara Homeschool Group she is organising a cruise within the Kaipara. They need more adults to make the cruise a child-friendly one.

I have been speaking to the organiser, Gaye Somers, and she is offering to give us a special deal for the homeschool group. Instead of being $35 per adult it would be $30 per adult, and children 5 to 14 yrs $12 instead of $15. Children 0-4 are free. The date would be Wednesday the 22nd October 11am – 2pm. BYO lunch. We would need at least 30 paying adults (they take 100 passengers) and then we could have the boat just for our group and then the commentary would be tailored to the needs of the children. The trip would only go for just over 3 hours instead of 4 hours so it is doable for kids.

The cruise features:

  • Old Kauri Mill Sites
  • Maori Pa Sites
  • NZ’s largest inland river systems
  • Working oyster and mussel farms
  • Remote Historic Settlements
  • Takahoa Bay
  • Historic 1860 Batley Hotel
  • Many bays and inlets accessible only by boat
  • Birdlife, ecology, nature and historic cruise
  • Informative commentary as the sites as passed by

For more information here is their website below:

http://www.kaiparacruises.co.nz/

The cruise leaves from Pahi Wharf – google map below

https://www.google.co.nz/maps/place/Pahi+Rd,+Pahi+0571/@-36.131224,174.2289201,14z/data=!4m2!3m1!1s0x6d0c5e2cdcde8101:0xb2648d6417ffa960

The deadline is this Sunday – we have 14 adults so far.

Thanks so much.

Kind regards,

Lisa Liggett :)

Kaipara Homeschool Group Co-ordinator

Ph: 09 439 1330

Cell: 021 117 9667

 

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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

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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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Home Education Information Session: 20 October 2014

Are you considering Home Educating but need more information?

Auckland Home Educators (AHE) run a Home Education Information Session each term. The next one is on Monday 20 October 2014 at 7pm in Greenlane, Auckland.

It aims to provide information and answer your burning questions so you can decide if home education is right for you and your child(ren).

You will get some tools and clear information to help you decide if home education is the right journey for you and your child(ren).

Only $10 a family
For more information or to book for the next session, contact Michelle at infosessions@ahe.org.nz

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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

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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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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

*****

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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Some Coming Events for Home Education during 2014

Greetings, here are some of the home education events in New Zealand over the next few months.

29-31 August 2014 HEART Northland 2014

13 September 2014 Family Discipleship Seminar – “Sowing Seeds”

September 2014 HEART Retreat Southland

11 October 2014 East Coast Mini HEART retreat in Wairoa

13 – 18 October 2014 Home Education Awareness week

18 October 2014 MHE Home and Country Show

31 Oct-2 Nov 2014 TRIBE: Natural Learning & Parenting Camp

14-16 November 2014 Above Rubies Ladies Camp – Waihola, South Island

21-23 November 2014 Above Rubies Ladies Camp – Rotorua, North Island

13-15 February 2015 Christian Homeschoolers Family Summer Getaway

18-22 February 2015 Unschooling Retreat, Foxton Boys Brigade (more information coming soon)

March 2015 Tedd Trip conferences in New Zealand (Please note date change) http://www.shepherdpress.com/product/shepherding-a-childs-heart/

24 July 2015  Learn Nothing Day

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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

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