December 21, 2014


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Home educators and NCEA 1 & 2

Home Educating and wanting to sit NCEA 1 & 2 then read this email from Bev Tagg at EmployNZ

Hi Barbara,

As discussed, please pass the following information to the Parents / Students involved in home school.

At EmployNZ we work with students that decide to achieve their NCEA 1 and 2 and have left school for various reasons, or have decided they want these qualifications and have been home schooled or learning via correspondence.

EmployNZ is an approved PTE with NZQA  category 1 status, been in Tauranga since July 2000 offering a range of courses.

We achieve this with the following Free courses –

National Certificate in Employment Skills – Level 1, National Certificate in Computing Level 2 and Business Administration Level 2. National Certificate in Hospitality – Foundation Skills Level 1.

Within these qualifications we include NCEA 1 and / or 2.

Once they have these qualifications they can then go onto further education or look for employment which is discussed as part of their learning plan and chosen pathway.

Each course is 20 weeks, at Cameron Rd or Fraser St, Tauranga or Te Puke; Monday to Thursday 8.3am to 3pm and Friday 8.30 am to 12.30pm approximately.

We look forward to answering any questions or inquiries parents or students may have.

Feel free to contact me.

Cheers

Bev Tagg

Moderation / Tutor

P: 07 577 0177 Ext 803

F: 07 577 0172

M: 027 652 1445

Email: bev@employnz.net.nz

399 Cameron Rd

TAURANGA 3144

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CIE: Cambridge – learners and parents

If you haven’t already, have a look at the CIE website.
There is quite a bit of information for learners and parents here:

www.cie.org.uk/cambridge-for/learners-and-parents/study-resources

Cambridge exams in New Zealand – Home Educators

If you or your children are interested in the Cambridge exams then please join this yahoo group: https://groups.yahoo.com/neo/groups/NZHOMEEDCAMBRIDGE/info  You can ask all your questions here.

Please do not approach a school. Home Educators have their own contact people with CIE

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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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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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“A Parent’s Perspective on College” Voddie Baucham Webinar (free)

It is a question faced by almost every parent of a high schooler.

‘What should we do about college?’ Or perhaps, ‘Where can my student get the best education without compromising their values?’

You want your student to be prepared for success, but at what cost (financially, spiritually, etc.)?

A Parent’s Perspective on College

Join nationally renowned Christian speaker Voddie Baucham and his daughter, Jasmine, for a free 60 minute webinar, as they share their perspectives on college – and learn why and how they made the decision they did for Jasmine to pursue and earn her bachelor’s degree.

The questions are real and the stakes are high.

The webinar is free and it takes about 20 seconds to register (which you can do by clicking here). More importantly, you’ll learn how your student can ‘own their education’, pursue focused academic excellence, and go after the dreams God has given them while earning their degree.

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 1 May 2013:  One year 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:

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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Changes to University Entrance for 2014

This is the link to the new University Entrance minimum standards from 2015.
Relevant if you have children in year 12 (or below) this year, who intend to go to University one day.
http://www.nzqa.govt.nz/about-us/news/quals-review-guidelines-update-2/

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From the Smiths:

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

Updated 1 May 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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Online exams accessible when needed

This could be good news for Home Educators wanting to do exams:

Online exams accessible when needed

JO MOIR

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Lawrence Henderson

MAARTEN HOLL/Fairfax NZ

iSCHOOL: Wellington College’s Lawrence Henderson believes online NCEA exams would be popular.

Pupils may soon be able to sit school assessments online when they are ready, rather than waiting for the traditional exam period.

New Zealand Qualifications Authority chief executive Karen Poutasi has outlined what she says could be a “significant cultural shift for New Zealand” in a recent speech to secondary principals about the next decade in education.

“We can reach a position within eight years where most students will be sitting examinations using a digital device,” she said.

Secondary Principals Association president Tom Parsons said the system would be of huge benefit to intelligent pupils who were being held back in the classroom while they waited for end-of-year exams.

Teachers would manage pupils at different levels because it was already happening.

“Kids don’t always learn in a meaningful and quick way unless engaged, but why shouldn’t we remove the barriers so that they can do that learning earlier in certain areas.”

He said principals supported the idea happening as soon as possible, although the structure of the classroom and teaching style would need some changes first.

Dr Poutasi said the move towards online and on-demand assessments was a response to the technology shift already happening in schools…

Read more of the article  here: http://www.stuff.co.nz/technology/digital-living/8610984/Online-exams-accessible-when-needed

IDEA MAKES THE GRADE

The benefits of online exams at times of pupils’ own choosing will be huge for 15-year-old Lawrence Henderson and his peers.

“You would be able to tick off the subjects you excelled at and get them out of the way early, leaving you more time to study and prepare for the areas you struggled with,” said the year 11 Wellington College pupil.

Teachers were already battling to cater for a wide range of abilities, which could affect the pace of learning, Lawrence said.

“The more intelligent students get annoyed when it’s slow and then sometimes that can affect classroom behaviour.”

Technology was already a big part of learning at Wellington College after a “bring your own device” policy was introduced last year.

“Wi-fi was installed and it’s really good being able to do research for your individual projects, but we still do a lot of stuff with pen and paper, so it’s not too bad at the end of the year.

“But I think most students would be pretty happy to do it all online whenever you wanted,” he added.

“It would be different but I think everyone would see the benefits.”

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