April 21, 2018

Taratahi Agriculture Training School

A note from Gwenda Smithies

I thought you might be interested in putting the following info out to NZ homeschoolers…

Last year we discovered Taratahi Agriculture Training School.  They offer distance learning courses in agriculture and their courses give you NCEA credits.  You can choose whether you want to do level 1, 2 or 3 courses.  Our son did sufficient level 3 credits (14 credits) to gain an entire subject for the purposes of University Entrance.  You don’t have to have done levels 1 and 2 before level 3.  Our son went straight to level 3 and the material was straightforward.

Taratahi post out all required materials and offer a wide range of agriculture areas to choose from  – for example you can study sheep breeding, how to improve soil health, recognizing common pasture plants and lots of other things.  You can do as many or as few courses as you want.  It is totally flexible and the workload required for each course is not high.  There is a cost but it is not unreasonable.  We were their first ever homeschoolers but they liked the experience of having homeschoolers!  They have now streamlined a process to make it easier for other homeschoolers to get qualifications and credits in agriculture.  We think this is a brilliant option for homeschoolers.  Their website is https://www.taratahi.ac.nz/programmes/primary-industries-in-schools  This site contains all the various options for secondary school-age students.  You will notice that they also offer some pretty cool on-farm courses but these practical courses are not available in all parts of New Zealand, however we can certainly all access the many distance-learning options (scroll to the bottom of the page on that site to find the distance learning section).

Regards, Gwenda Smithies rgsmithies@xtra.co.nz

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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/

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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Science Opportunities

 Nathalie Thomas will be running a few courses in Wellington, Lower Hutt, Palmerston North and Wanganui.

See information below.

Basic chemistry laboratory course (ages 12+) – for waiting list only

This 6-hour lab course covers a large part of the chemistry practical skills usually covered in high school science classes during years 9 and 10. No prior skills or knowledge required.

Content: safety in the lab, the Bunsen burner, separation techniques, chemical reactions,making and testing 3 common gases, pH scale, acids and bases, indicators.

Important: students aged 13 and under need to be accompanied by an adult in the lab, up to 3 students allowed per adult.

Friday 24 February 2017 from 9:30am to 4:30pm with a lunch break from 12:30 to 1:30pm.

Course fee: $45 per student or $120 for 3 siblings. Note: Victoria university is offering their lab, equipment anddemonstrators free of charge making this a very affordable day ?

Venue: Victoria University, Kelburn campus, Wellington.

Radiation and radioactivity (ages 10-14)

During this workshop students will learn about radiation and radioactivity.

There will be a demonstration of the Geiger counter with real radioactivesources. The central theme is space travel and the possibility of colonisation of Mars. A high interest workshop. No prior knowledge or skills required.

Course fee: $20 per student or $50 for 3 siblings.

Dates & venues: Lower Hutt, Mon 27 Feb, 1:15pm to 3:45pm. Russell Keown House.

Palmerston North, Thu 2 March, 10am to 12:30pm, Gateways Church.

Wanganui, Fri 3 Mar, 10:15am to 12:45pm, Training for You campus.

Introduction to Nuclear Physics (ages 13+)

Students will learn about radiation, radioactivity, isotopes and the concept of half-life as well as everydayapplications of nuclear science. We will measure radioactive sources with a Geiger counter. An understanding of atom structure is recommended.

Course fee: $20 per student or $50 for 3 siblings.

Dates & venues: Lower Hutt, Tues 28 Feb, 1:15pm to 3:45pm. Russell Keown House.

Palmerston North, Thu 2 March, 1pm to 3:30pm, Gateways Church.

About the tutor

Nathalie Thomas is a homeschooling mum who lives in the Bay of Plenty. She has a MSc in Chemistry, did her teacher

training in Auckland and taught at high school level for more than 10 years before retiring 11 years ago to become a

home educator. She now runs science workshops and laboratory courses specifically for homeschooled children as well

as online courses. Her website is www.science-for-home-educators.co.nz.

Booking and payment details

To register for the above workshops email Nathalie on info@science-for-home-educators.co.nz , with your name and

contact phone number, your child’s name and age and which workshop(s) you would like to attend.

Payment is due by Wed 15 February 2017. More detailed information about the venue and what to bring will be

provided closer to the time of the workshops.

Note that a refund will only be given if the workshop is cancelled or if there is another family who can take your place.

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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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Exciting news from Canterbury University for Home Educators

Great news from Canterbury University
Home-school Student Award
Hi,

 I’d like to bring to your attention some recent work we have been doing at the University of Canterbury clarifying progression to university for home-school students. There are several pathways for home-school students to gain admission to UC for degree level study, which are outlined on a new web page we have created. Also for the first time UC Arts is offering a College Award especially for home-school students, which is tied to one of those pathways.

 UC Arts is offering home-schooled students the opportunity to receive a College Award of $3000 towards fees in their first year of full time study in a BA, MusB, or BFA.

 Please contact us if you would like to discuss ways that we can promote this offer to home-school students through your networks, or if you have questions about the College Award or the STAR programme.

For any enquiries about Special Admission or the STAR Programme please contact:
Franka Menzies, Academic Processes Co-ordinator 
franka.menzies@canterbury.ac.nz

For any enquiries about the Bachelor of Arts, Bachelor of Fine Arts, Bachelor of Music or the UC Arts Home-School College Awards contact:
College of Arts Student Advisors 
artsdegreeadvice@canterbury.ac.nz

 Regards

Tim Winfield
Marketing and Outreach Coordinator
College of Arts, University of Canterbury
Private Bag 4800, Christchurch 8140, New Zealand
Tel: +64 3 364 2987 ext 6756, Room 409, Karl Popper Building (view map)
www.arts.canterbury.ac.nz FollowUC Arts:

 

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Please share this information with other home educators and home education groups you are in

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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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Young baker gets his diploma at 16

From the Rotorua Daily Post: Http://www.nzherald.co.nz/rotorua-daily-post/news/article.cfm?c_id=1503438&objectid=11588064

A local teen with a knack for rising early has finished his diploma in baking, at just 16. Haans Paraki-Webber, a home-school student, started doing work experience at Rotorua’s Ciabatta Bakery when he was just 13.

After a year of unpaid work experience, bakery owners Alex and Sue Burge were so impressed with Haans’ commitment, they offered him paid employment one day a week. Since then he has completed his diploma in baking through Waiariki Institute of Technology.

Haans said his year at Waiariki was “fantastic” and that he was relieved to finish.

“It was really fun, some parts were hard, but mostly fun. I’m relieved to be finished but I’m also a little bit sad that I don’t get to hang out with my classmates any more.”

He said the most challenging part for him was the assignments, adding he was good at the practical side of things though and managed to get through quite well.

Haans said it was his goal to one day open his own bakery but for now he was enjoying working fulltime at Ciabatta Bakery.

“I work four days a week, it’s nice to have a three-day weekend as well as doing what I love when I go to work,” Haans said.

He said Mr Burge had been really helpful and he was always learning from him.

Haans first acquired his passion for baking when he was 12 and started making packet mix cakes from the supermarket.

“Then I learned how to make them from scratch and a friend of mine took me to one of his shifts at the bakery and that’s when I wanted to be a baker. It was awesome seeing how it was made in bulk.”

He said if there was anyone else out there wanting to do something similar at a young age they should work hard to get it. “Even if you don’t really want to do something that will get you there, put effort into it and make it fantastic. Try to enjoy everything you do.”

Haans’ mum Cindy Paraki said the point of difference with Haans was that he was so young when he knew what he wanted to do.

She said it was hard to get people to take him seriously and she was grateful to the Burges and Waiariki for doing so.

“They haven’t taken on someone as young as him before but he did really well. He was so lucky with his training and now he is in a position where he is training others coming through.”

Ms Paraki said she would love to see other businesses take youngsters under their wing because it had taught Haans so much.

“He was so confident picking knifes and chopping and mixing things. He got into it seriously from the age of 12 when he just kept making things. He has the confidence to try anything,” Ms Paraki said.

Mr Burge said Haans was such a young enthusiastic guy.

“We realised he had potential to do really well and after all this time he has done exceptionally well.”

Mr Burge said it was great to see how Haans had progressed from being a young apprentice to training the new staff they had recently employed. “He has such an awesome attitude that makes the workplace environment just fantastic.”

– Rotorua Daily Post

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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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Family Economics Conference – 6 & 7 November 2015

Family Economics Conference with Trevlyn McCallum

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Date: 6 and  7 November 2015

Venue: To be advised soon

Cost: Friday night donation/offering and Saturday $10 per family, pay at the door

Programme:

Friday 6th November

5:30pm Shared Meal

Talk starting 6:30/7pm when dinner is finished First talk from Trevlyn The gospel of the kingdom

1.      The kingdom of God

2.     Sovereignty and ownership

3.     Building the kingdom, one family at a time

 

Saturday 7th  November – 3 Sessions

9-10am Talk 2  – The gospel and Wealth

1.      Multi-generational stewardship

2.     Private property

3.     Wealth = it’s goodness and pitfalls

 

10-10:30am Morning tea

 

10:30-11:30am  Talk 3 – The gospel and hard work

1.      No neutrality and the goodness of work

2.     Taking dominion

3.     Work and rewards

 

11:30-1:00pm BYO/shared lunch

 

1-2pm   Talk 4 – The gospel and family economics

1.      Family structure

2.     Family vision

3.     Multi-generational thinking

Q&A session

Afternoon tea and pack-up

If you want to know more please email: tm2015@outlook.co.nz or phone (06) 342 7570

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Trevlyn was born in Zimbabwe, grew up in South Africa and immigrated to Sydney, Australia, in 1999 where he met his wife, Susannah. They are home educating their five children on a 7.5 acre property in beautiful Allens Rivulet (Tasmania), where they hobby farm a flock of close to 30 sheep, 14 chooks, 2 cats, a dog and a horse.
Trevlyn has served as an elder in the Presbyterian Church of Australia, preached at various churches in the Hobart area and organised practical theology conferences. He is the founder of Reformed Resources (http://www.reformedresources.com.au/), an Australian ministry that encourages Christians to apply Scripture to all of life. Trevlyn has written extensively about how to apply God’s Word to life. He is also a founder of The Gospel Agenda (www.thegospelagenda.com.au), a local Tasmanian ministry that promotes the application of the gospel to the family, church and state. As Trevlyn is passionate about how the gospel (and the entire Word of God) is applied to every square inch of life and limits civil government to its sphere of sovereignty, he stood for the Family First Party in the Australian Federal electoral seat of Denison in 2013 (http://www.mypolitician.com.au/federal/candidate/trevlyn-mccallumTrevlyn has worked in managerial positions within some of Australia’s largest financial services companies. He currently works as a financial adviser for a local Hobart small business. Trevlyn has completed financial planning studies and a postgraduate degree ininternational business. He has studied practical theology; in particular Biblical economics, family worship, apologetics, politics and the Bible, ethics/morality and history.
Trevlyn and Susannah are passionate about applying God’s Word to all of life and are trying to build a multi generational vision of faithfulness for their children and grandchildren.
Trevlyn is available to speak at meetings or Church services in Auckland and Hamilton. Please refer to the link above if you are interested in having Trevlyn speak at a meeting or Church service in your area – either a meeting already planned or set up a meeting specially for Trevlyn.
Trevlyn’s meetings in New Zealand so far:
5 November Masterton
7 November Palmerston North

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Please share/forward this link with other home educators.

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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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