September 2005 – 30 November 2006, 2004 Catalogue

30 Nov 06 – Writing opportunity for youth – get your views published in a book.

DEAR NEW ZEALANDSome of this country’s most promising young people have teamed up with Greenpeace and Oxfam to bring you “Dear New Zealand”.

This is an exciting opportunity for young people around New Zealand to have their thoughts, passions, concerns and convictions published in a new book.

Young people can submit letters on the topics of cultural identity and diversity, environmental ustainability, international relations or social justice. Our country needs to hear your voice on these urgent and crucial issues.

Please pass on this opportunity to your friends, family and networks, and anyone between the ages of 15-30 years.

Submissions close on the 30th November 2006.

Get Thinking. Get Writing. Get Heard.

For more information, and to register your interest, visit

18th November 2006 – 11th Annual TEACH Leadership Forum

11th Annual TEACH Leadership ForumSat., 18 Nov 2006 Palmerston North

Venue: Home Education Foundation Office, 33 Matamau St., Palmerston North
Time: 10 am to 4 pm
Cost: No cost, lunch provided. Please RSVP.
Contact: Barbara Smith, ph. (06) 357-4399,
Details: TEACH (Thorough Education Achieved in a Caring Home) Forums have been held annually since 1996 in various parts of New Zealand, by Craig and Barbara Smith of the Home Education Foundation. They are designed to be gatherings of equals to discuss, share and explore any topic the home educators attending wish to raise. The Forums are open to any home educators but are specifically intended for those carrying some responsibility within the local support group, such as co-ordinator, leaders, newsletter editors and other volunteers. It is also for those wanting to start up a support group or are involved in helping others in their home education endeavours.

11 Nov 06 – Home Education Workshop – Maketu


Date: 11 November 2006
Time: 9:45am to 4:30pm (bring your own lunch)
Venue: Maketu Community Centre – next to Firestation
Wilson Road North Maketu – near Te Puke
Cost: $10 single/couple
$15 would include other family members
grandparents/teens etc.
A number of vendors will be there with books, curriculum etc

Contact: Juliette
Phone: (07)5332522, 027 6141701

9:30 Registration
9:50 Welcome and notices

10.00-11:00 2 electives
1. Craig: Home Education – The Christian’s Imperative (C)
2. Barbara: Avoiding Burnout – Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough

11:00-11:30 morning tea
11:30-12:30 2 electives
3. Craig: Home Educating Through Secondary and Preparing For Tertiary
Education and the Workforce
4. Barbara: Training our Children’s Minds – The Tools of Learning and
Motivation (slightly C)

12:30-1:30 lunch bring your own, drinks provided
1:30-2:30 3 electives
5. Craig: Getting Started, dealing with MOE/ERO, pulling children out of School, filling out exemption form etc
6. Barbara: Books, Great Books and More Books – Creating your own Library; How to Use It
7. Genevieve: – Staying at Home vs Going to School (with an emphasis on
secondary) (C)

2:30-3:00 afternoon tea
3:00-4:00 3 electives
8. Craig: Getting Things into Perspective
9. Barbara: Training our children/Youth to be Pure (C)
10. Genevieve: Using our Maiden Years Wisely (girls only roughly 12+)

4:00-4:30 Smith Panel
Craig, Barbara, Genevieve and Charmagne
4:30 Workshop ends
*(c) Christian content

2006 Henty Essay Contest

For the past four years, Vision Forum has been delighted by the wonderful responses we have received to our Henty Essay Contest in which Christian students were asked to comment on the important lessons communicated by the historical adventure fiction novels of G.A. Henty. These contests have been such a blessing that we would like to do it again.Vision Forum is pleased to announce the 2006 Henty Essay Contest. The topic this year is:??How G.A. Henty’s works remind us of God’s providence throughout history. ?? Contestants are encouraged to demonstrate that they have carefully read at least five of the novels and to draw from such in their essay. We are asking students eighteen years of age and under to submit an essay of fifteen hundred words or less, to be typed, double-spaced, and submitted with an accompanying biographical sketch including a photograph of the essay’s author to:

Or, by mail to:

The Vision Forum, Inc.
Attn: 2006 Henty Essay Contest
4719 Blanco Rd.
San Antonio, TX 78212

Submissions must be received by Vision Forum no later than October 31. Three winners will be announced: first, second, and third-place, with prizes of a $500, $250, and $100 Vision Forum gift certificate, respectively, and links to their essays will be posted on the Vision Forum home page. All essays become the property of Vision Forum. A winner will be announced by November 30.

For more details visit

Katherine Mansfield writing competition

Home Educators can enter the Katherine Mansfield writing competitionSince 1959, the Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Awards have helped boost the careers of celebrated New Zealand writers such as Maurice Shadbolt, Frank Sargeson and Daphne de Jong.

The Awards comprise three categories: Premier, Novice Writer and Young Writer. The Young Writer category is open to secondary school students, aged 13 to 18 years.

2006 Bank of New Zealand Katherine Mansfield Awards
Entries for this year’s Awards open on 1 May 2006 and close on 30 June 2006. For eligibility criteria and entry details, please visit their website.

The Premier category winner is awarded NZ$10,000. The winners for the Novice and Young Writer categories are awarded NZ$1,500 each. The winning Young Writer’s school is awarded NZ$1,500 and a creative writing workshop hosted by a New Zealand writer.

For more details click HERE

13 Oct 06 Social Studies and Music Fair – Waikato

Social Studies and Music FairFriday 13 October 2006

Looking for participants/entrants for the day… from around the Waikato and beyond…

– think of how people interact with each other and or the world/environment around them.
Consider a country; people group; culture – music, food, beliefs, dress, activity…; describe how climate affects culture or lifestyle; compare or contrast two settings eg rural vs city, or island vs continental lifestyles; forms of social control within communities… etc …


Buskers or exhibit-based entries can be offered.
Study Beethoven or Classical music or a particular instrument, or … .

have 5-10 minutes of music to perform in the buskers spot – must be booked in with organisers. BYO instrument/s.

Looking forward to this OPEN DAY – Grandparents Day – Fair – Sausage Sizzle – Vendors – be there – Home Education Awareness Week – Day.

THEN – The Home Educators Network
Phone: (07)8553126

History Fair, Auckland – Sept 1

“Spring into History”
Auckland Home-schoolers’ History Fair
Date:1 September 2006
Venue:Mangere Memorial Hall
Dominion Road, Mangere Bridge

A group of Auckland home schoolers is planning a History Fair, modelled on the successful home schoolers’ History Fair, held in Morrinsville in recent years. Home-school families are welcome to participate whether you’re from Auckland or further a field. Some may even wish to present at both venues.

9:00am doors open to set up

10:00am exhibit – judges will circulate at this time

12:00pm prize giving

12:30?? 2:00pm lunch/chat/cleanup.

Lunch will be a shared lunch so please bring finger food.
Bring a picnic rug and if fine we’ll eat outside

Those participating will choose a history topic: a particular time period, the history of a people group/person or the history of a subject (e.g. the history of the English language).

Presentation will be on 3 sided??science fair’ table top display stands (cardboard or corflute) with models, implements etc displayed on the table in front of stands. The children can dress up to match the time period/topic, and stand beside their project to answer questions and explain their project to viewers. Children will not be expected to be beside their project for the entire exhibition?? on arrival they will be given a time frame within which they will need to be available.

There will be four group categories:
1) Up to 7 years
2) 8?? 10 years
3) 11+ years
4) Family or mixed age group

Each project will be judged on the following criteria:

  • Depth and accuracy of information revealing research skills and knowledge of the subject
  • Presentation including clarity, imagination, originality
  • Ability to answer questions and discuss subject with judges

Don’t let this put you off. The idea is for it to be fun and enjoyable.
If you are opposed to judging then you don’t have to be judged.

The project, as far as possible should be the child’s own work.
Participants need to complete an entry form (see below) with child’s name, age, topic, a brief comment on parental involvement (e.g.??typed by parent’) and space for a judge’s comment. This form is not for the public to view but is for the benefit of the child and judge.

If you are have any questions or wish to register contact:

Katie Richards
Or send to:
220 St Andrews Rd

$5 for one or two exhibits in family
$10 for three or more exhibits in family
$2 entry for those just observing

Please Register by Friday, 4 August 2006

Entry Form



Project Title:

Parental Involvement:

Judge’s Comment:

Christian Homeschool Mothers Retreat – 25-27 August 2006 in Waikanae

25-27 August 2006
Elm Court, Waikanae Christian Holiday Park
Speaker will be Rosie Boom – a wonderfully inspiring and enthusiastic speaker.
See her website
Several workshops on a variety of relevant topics will also be offered.

A weekend for home educating mothers to take some time aside to be refreshed, inspired and treated specially in your unique role.

A brochure will be available within the week and will have details of costs etc.
Places for full-time accommodation are limited, so book early to avoid disappointment.
Day visitors and nursing babies are welcome.

If you have any enquiries or would like a brochure please contact:

Sara McDonnell
(04) 567-3730

Gayle MacDonald
(04) 388-7690

Kids Fair — The Childrens Expo 1 – 3 July 06 in Auckland

Kids Fair 2006 — The children’s Expo!Date: 1 – 3 July
Time: 10am to 5pm daily
Venue: ASB Showgrounds, Greenlane, Auckland
(All Indoors)
Entry Price
Adult $14.00
Child $6.00 (5-14 yrs)
Under 5 yrs FREE
Family Pass $35.00
(2 Adults and 2 Children)
Children Under 14 yrs must be accompanied by an Adult.

For more information on the Kids Fair go to

The Home Education Foundation and Family Integrity will have a stand at the Kids Fair.
The stand will be mainly promotional.
We will be wanting to promote home schooling/education to the general public who passes the stand.
We will be giving away flyers about home education.
We will be selling our range of products on Saturday and Monday. There will definately be no sales on Sunday.
The stand number is 225 in Hall 2 next to the wall of Hall 3.
Hall 1 has the food plus stands, Hall 2 is the main Hall with all stands, and Hall 3 has the Sports for kids and Demo Interactive Area plus stands
If you come to the show then please pop in and say Hi to us. We would love to get to know you a little.

Homeschoolers History Fair – Morrinsville – 28 June 06

The Sixth Annual Homeschoolers History Fair
Venue: Campbell Hall
Canada Street
Date: 28th June 2006
Start: 9.00am set up.
Viewing: From 10.00There are 3 age groups:
1. 5 – 7 years Judged by Erena Fussell
2. 8 – 10 years Judged by Graeme Pearce
3. 11years and up Judged by Michelle Pearce

Family entries are welcome.

Please pre-register by phoning Robyn Smith (07)889-7878
or email: to allow us to have
some idea of numbers.

$5 for 1-2 entries, $10 for 3 or more per family.
Gold coin donation for those just coming for a look!
All welcome!

Science and Technology Fair – 16 June 06 – Auckland

Date: Friday June 16th 2006
Location:Auckland Central (yet to be
Time:12.30pm – 4.00pmInviting all interested home educated children/families.
Plese register your interest via email or post by May 7th 2006.
Yes, I know that doesn ?t leave much time to register, but a well thought through project and presentation will take time. If you are interested, now is the time to commit.

For those who have participated in or viewed the wonderful History Fair that is held at Morrinsville each year, the days format will be similar (albeit at a later time)

12.30-1.00pm Entries arrive
1.00-2.00pm Judging
2.00-3.00pm General viewing
3.00pm prizegiving
3.00-4.00pm Afternoon tea/tidy up

Cost: $3 per entry, and $2 for visitors, payable on the day.

Children can enter individually or as a group (family or otherwise). The judging will be divided into five categories;

  • Living World
  • Physical World
  • Material World
  • Planet Earth and Beyond
  • Technology

Each category will be divided into 5 age groups:
under 7yrs
group entry
You may request that your entry is not judged.

Science projects (the first four categories) will be assessed based on

  • Scientific thought and understanding
  • Originality
  • Thoroughness
  • Technical skills
  • Presentation

Technology projects will be assessed based on

  • Development
  • Innovation and originality
  • Identifying the need/opportunity
  • Evaluation
  • Thoroughness
  • Technical skills
  • Presentation

Entries are to be presented using the stand-alone cardboard or plastic corrugated stands that are available at stationery stores. These will stand on tables/desks, allowing room for models etc. Technology entries may need a larger area to display their products. Please note that there are guidelines that need to be adhered to if your entry may use dangerous chemicals/materials or involves animals. Contact me for more information if this will be true for your project.

Please refer to the attachments for more detailed information regarding judging criteria and what constitutes a well thought through science or technology project. I realize that the standard and expectations may seem very high, especially for younger children. Some of this will be due to the “new and unknown” factor. I would rather that all interested children “give
it a go” and be rewarded and encouraged for their effort, than feel that the goal is too high. The judges will be supportive of any effort made, especially in this first year.

In mid May I will contact all nterested children/families and confirm the venue location and programme. At this stage I will need the participants’ names, ages and title of projects.

contact: Erin Lapish
either via email ,
or by mail to
P.O.Box 13043
Erin is happy to send out hard copies of this information, with an enrolment form, to those without computer access.

Education Resource Expo – 1 April 2006 – CANCELLED

CANCELLED Education Resource Expo

on Saturday 1 April 2006 [no kidding!].

incorporates Science and Maths Fair

* Vendors enquiries to: [from 20 Dec 05]

March – DR JAY WILE/SALLY CLARKSON TOUR – Chistchurch, Wellington, Auckland

Dr Jay Wile and Sally Clarkson are coming to New Zealand!Both Dr. Wile and Sally Clarkson are internationally sought after speakers and authors. It is a great opportunity for us to be inspired by speakers of this calibre who can encourage us in our homeschooling journey. (See biographies at end of this page for further information.)

The tour will be a three centre one, starting off in Christchurch, going through Wellington (yes, we have included you this time!) and ending up Auckland.

Each centre is organising their own conference so specific details will vary. To find out more, please contact the people listed below. A children’s programme is available in each of the three centres to help make it easier for you to attend but places are strictly limited.

Dates to mark in your diary now (if you haven’t already):

Christchurch 20-21st March

Monday 20th & Tuesday 21st March
Beulah Christian Fellowship Church
140 Springfield Road
Contact: Dot,

Please click HERE for the Christchurch Programme.

Wellington 21-22 March

Wellington – Tuesday 21st & Wednesday 22 March
Crossroads Community Church (Salvation Army)
Cnr Kings Crescent & Cornwall Street
Lower Hutt
Contact: Sara,

Please click HERE for the Wellington Programme.

Auckland 24-25 March

Auckland – Friday 24th & Saturday 25th March
Manukau Central Baptist Church
75 Everglade Drive
Manukau City
Contact: Carol, or book online!
CLick HERE for the Auckland programme

The Firelight Foundation proudly Presents…

International Keynote Speakers Dr Jay Wile & Sally Clarkson!

First 100 prepaid registrations receive a conference pack but THESE HAVE NEARLY ALL GONE. Pre-registrations receive a $10 discount over those that arrive on the day without pre-registering. Prices below already include the pre-registration discount.

Please note that both speakers are speaking from a Christian perspective but the conference is open to all. Come along for some encouragement in your homeschooling journey.

Both speakers will be speaking from a Christian worldview but the conferences are open to all.

Sally Clarkson

Sally Clarkson is the mother of four wholehearted children, a conference speaker and author of numerous books including ‘The Mission of Motherhood’ and ‘Seasons of a Mother’s Heart’. After college, Sally served with Campus Crusade in Communist Poland and continued in ministry after her marriage to Clay in 1981. In 1994, they started Whole Heart Ministries to encourage and equip Christian parents through books, workshops and seminars, and a ministry website. Since 1998, Sally has ministered to thousands of mothers through her WholeHearted Mother Conferences and email newsletters. The Clarskons have homeschooled all of their children.

Dr Jay Wile

Dr Jay Wile holds a Ph.D in nuclear chemistry and a B.S in chemistry. He has won several awards for excellence in teaching and has presented numerous lectures on the topics of Nuclear Chemistry, Christian Apologetics, Homeschooling and Creation vs Evolution. He has taught in three universities and a high school for gifted and talented students. Dr. Wile has written 5 high school science textbooks designed specifically for homeschooled students and a Christian apologetics book. He is married to Kathleen and they have a daughter, Dawn.

Auckland: Home Education – A Lifestyle Choice – 21 March 06



7.15PM TO 9.30PM

Provided by Auckland Home Educators Inc

Are you prepared to CHALLENGE YOUR THINKING on the meaning of ‘Education’?
Consider a LIFESTYLE of discovery, learning, relationships, communication, flexibility, freedom and fun
Be INFORMED about some popular misconceptions This two-way introductory session works through the Home Education (aka
Homeschooling) option.

How can it work in with your family and their needs? Why would anyone want to commit to this crazy lifestyle?

Isn’t it just ‘school at home’ or can it be much more flexible & tailored to individual personalities, learning styles & circumstances? Isn’t there a curriculum to follow?
What’s out there in the community?
How can the kids ‘socialise’?
What are the pitfalls?
This is a relaxed & informative evening based on Qs & As to help with the decision-making process.

Venue: Greenlane, Auckland (venue to be advised on booking)

Cost: $5 per person/couple – correct cash appreciated

Booking: Essential to ensure a seat, suitability of venue, & viability of the session.

Dawn Burgin – Email (pref):

Tel: (09) 528-8922
giving name/s, ‘phone numbers, email address and suburb

Auckland Home Educators Inc

homeschool essay contest, 1 March – 14 April

Jeff Myers’ Product Releases Celebrated By Essay Contest!As of next month, the Myers Institute will be publishing all of its video courses through Broadman and Holman Publishers. This is an exciting strategic relationship; B & H is a Christian publisher affiliated with the largest evangelical denomination in the U.S., the Southern Baptist Church. The parent company of B & H also has a chain of bookstores (Lifeway), a church curriculum division, camps, and more.

To celebrate this new relationship, Broadman and Holman is having an essay contest in which contestants will write an original essay of 1000 words or less describing what it means to be a great communicator.

The contest begins March 1, 2006 and ends April 14, 2006. You may post essays online at

13-15-year-old division:

Grand prize (worth approximately $499.00):
* A teacher and student DVD set of “Secrets of Everyday
Leaders” by Jeff Myers
* A teacher and student DVD set of “Secrets of Great
Communicators” by Jeff Myers
* A teacher and student DVD set of “Secrets of World
Changers” by Jeff Myers
* A set of “Christy Video Series: Boxed Set”

Second prize (worth approximately $183.00):
* A teacher and student DVD set of “Secrets of Great
Communicators” by Jeff Myers
* A Fifty Dollar ($50.00) gift certificate to

16-18-year-old division:

Grand prize (worth approximately $484.00):
* A teacher and student DVD set of “Secrets of Everyday
Leaders” by Jeff Myers
* A teacher and student DVD set of “Secrets of Great
Communicators” by Jeff Myers
* A teacher and student DVD set of “Secrets of World
Changers” by Jeff Myers
* A portable DVD player

Second prize:
* A teacher and student DVD set of “Secrets of World
Changers” by Jeff Myers
* A Fifty Dollar ($50.00) gift certificate to

Happy writing!

BOOK/CURRICULUM FAIR – 11th of February, 2006

Palmerston North Curriculum FairDate: 11th of February, 2006.
Time:10am – 4pm
Harmony House
541 Ruahine Street
Palmerston North
Entry: Free
Contact: Sandra
(06) 354 5678

Calling all Home Educators, Parents and Teachers come along for a great day out exploring wonderful books and curriculum! FREE tea & coffee and FREE entry!!!!
Just turn up and browse at leisure.

Vendors will be promoting their products throughout the day, please look for the *** by the vendors name so you don’t miss the time of their talks.
The popular Dayspring Christian Academy Resource Center will also be open for the day. Conveniently located in the same building this is an ideal opportunity to check it out and perhaps join!

LearnEx Education Services -Auckland ** 11:10am
Math U See, Story of the World, Apologia Science, Considering Gods creation, Schonell Spelling and much much more!

Geneva Books -Palmerston North
Bibles, Christian Living, Henty books, Christian Liberty Press, Ruth Beechick titles and many more.

CES Books – Auckland ** 2:40pm
Abeka, Saxon Math and other great titles

Tisa Education Services – Hastings
Singapore Maths

Home Education Foundation – Palmerston North ** 10:30am
Editors of Keystone Magazine, Teach Bulletin also stocking the Bluedorns Logic books and many more great titles!

Dayspring Christian Academy
School supplies and science equipment

Issacharian Books & Tapes ** 1:20pm
Various Christian Living books and tapes


When: Tuesday, 7 February 2006 from 11am
Woodmancote Road, KhandallahMeet on the grass over the bridge from the Play Area. Look for our banner. Playground, Outdoor Pool, Stream & bushwalks

If the weather is bad a cancellation notice will be published on the e-mail message board.

Date:TUE 7 FEBRUARY 200 (provisional date)
Time: 11am-2pm
Venue: One Tree Hill/Maungakiekie Domain (adjacent to Stardome Planetarium)
670 Manukau Road, Royal Oak, Auckland
Cost: Free, BYO picnicBrought to you by Auckland Home Educators Inc

IMPORTANT: Please respect the parking restrictions on our Council Permit.

Park in the adjacent roads, leaving the Domain carpark for the general

Please carpool or use public transport where possible.

A wonderful opportunity to present a united front with around 200 home
educators & supporters. How big can we make 2006? Folk from other parts of
the country sometimes travel in for this so, if you’re aiming to visit
Auckland, include this in your plans since it flows on from a long weekend!
Families can put faces to names/voices, find support, share ideas, expand
our children’s sense of belonging and, most of all, have fun! Many kids
just love to discover how many others are travelling along the same road.

This isn’t just for the kids, though – invite wider family, neighbours &
supporters to soak up the atmosphere of our community, too. Partners are
particularly welcome so do persuade them to drop in or, even better, book a
day off. You might even get Grandma Skeptical along to gain a better
understanding of ‘socialisation’ – all with the help of a huge third party!
Encourage that family who’s been making noises about home education to come along, too. The more, the merrier for a BYO picnic, support & friendship.
Bring some cash along in case there are some buy/swap/sell resource
opportunities, ice blocks, coffee, etc!

There’s no rain date this year – the event will only be cancelled if there
is heavy rain. Call 0274-358922 if it’s not obvious how the day’s weather
will affect the go-ahead.

BASEBALL CLINICS 11.30am-12.15pm / 12.45pm-1.30pm Greg Wolfe of NZ
Baseball Federation will be there again. This time, two clinics of no more
than 25 mixed age girls and boys per clinic will be run – first in, first
served on the day so aim to arrive around 11am if your kids would like the

SUPPORT GROUPS across Auckland & further afield are invited to make the
effort to join in. The impact of us coming together is so much greater than
smaller groups doing their own thing. Co-Ordinators are encouraged to
arrange for a banner/sign to be clearly displayed where you’re sitting for
anyone needing to identify a specific area (eg, a newbie, someone seeking to
broaden their contacts).

LOCATION We have a special Permit from Auckland City Council to use this
park which includes a great playground, flying fox, skateboard park, a few
BBQ tables & toilets. There are even some cows & sheep belonging to the
Cornwall Park Farm a little further up the hill. Please ensure that you &
your family respect the public’s right to continue using the facilities
while we’re there and that any rubbish is disposed of responsibly. The new
venue (we used to gather in Cornwall Park) was a success last year and we’d
like to be granted a future Permit!

GETTING THERE A map should be visible here or go to|1&svctype=1&zoomin=true&move=true

Access is an easy 4km off State Highway 1 (Greenlane exit). **Please
respect the parking restrictions on our Council Permit & park in the
adjacent roads, leaving the Domain carpark for the general public.** Call
MAXX on (09) 366-6400 for public transport options or try their route
planner at Buses stop outside the gates.

LINKS The Maori name for the hill is Maungakiekie – mountain of the kiekie
(Freycinettia banksii), which grows as an epiphytic climber or vine. This
is a special historical & geological place with lots to discover – some

Cornwall Park

Huia Lodge Visitor Centre (open 10am-4pm) where there’s an art exhibition,
“Which New Zealand Bird?”, & a new interpretive display on the Maori history
of Maungakiekie; Acacia Cottage, the oldest timber building in Auckland;
Obelisk, roughly 30m (100 feet) tall & surrounded by a paved area,
incorporating Sir Logan Campbell’s grave.

Historic Places Trust

Stardome Observatory Tel: (09) 624-1246

Look forward to seeing lots of you and your families in a few weeks!

Celebration Organiser: Dawn
Phone: (90) 274 3296
Mob: 0274-358922

10 Dec 2005 Curriculum Fair – Christchurch

Curriculum Fair

Date: Saturday 10 DecemberTime: 12.00 – 4.00 p.m.

Venue: Reformed Church of Bishopdale, 90 Highsted Road,

Cost: No charge.

Table space available for new and second hand sellers – a donation
towards the hall hire would be appreciated.

Contact: Adrienne


October 2005 Home & Country Show – Manawatu

29 October
The 10th Home & Country ShowContact Lynne Prior (06) 353-6840 for more information or if you are able to help run this event.
For forms email

8 October 2005 – Maths-U-See -Steve Demme

6 & 7 October 2005 – Christchurch Conference

Home Educators Conference
6 & 7 October 2005For all Parents and Teens

Steve Demme from USA, and Anthony White from Australia have kindly agreed to come to Christchurch to speak to us in October before speaking at a conference in Auckland.

Steve Demme, author of MATHS U SEE, a popular new maths curriculum, was
a school principal and maths teacher who saw the need for a better way
to teach and learn math, and came up with this revolutionary award
winning program. He will not be pushing MATHS U SEE but speaking on how
to make maths relevant to everyday life. He has also served in pastoral
ministry, and he and his wife have home educated their 4 sons, one of
whom is a special needs child. Steve is a sought after speaker in the
United States.

His son Ethan, aged 23, will be with him and speaking to teens and
answering questions.

Anthony White, from Victoria, Australia, was a senior executive with
some of the biggest service firms in the world in Management consulting;
IRD Australia, Telstra Optus, Mt Isa Mines, Elders, Queensland Health
and ran national practice and multimillion dollar projects. He was an
engineer, in the Australian Army, British Aerospace, Venture Capital
fund raiser/financier and now he is a farmer and home educating dad.
He wants to pass on some of his knowledge and expertise to parents and
especially teens, motivating them to do better.

The conference will be held at Rutland Street Chapel, Rutland Street, St Albans, Christchurch Thursday (1:30pm to 8:30pm) and Friday (9:30am to 8:30pm)

Planned Session Topics

1:30 am
2:00 pm
The days topics are yet to be finalised, but likely to include, mortgage busting: build a house in a day, diffusing stress, communicating,
starting a home business financing a venture, hearing from God, taking
Jesus’ commands for real

7 PM

9:30 am
9:15 – 10:30
11:00 – 12:00
Anthony White – Pride, expectations and hope (Steve’s testimony with regards to his Downs Syndrome son and how he came to write Maths U See)

1:30 – 3:00
3:30 – 5:00
Maths- tricks and tips. Come with your questions. Steve wants to help
you teach and learn maths well. Learn to be a tutor not a teacher.

Steve – Training Disciples. Making educational decisions
Ethan speaking, he is a university graduate & will be answering your

7:00 – 8:30
Keeping the family together. Having raised 4 boys successfully Steve
shares with plenty of humour tried and proven suggestions for your family.

Food – Please bring some baking or two packets of biscuits to
contribute to morning/afternoon teas. Tea/coffee will be provided. Bring
your own lunch and tea, which you may eat on the premises, or buy from
nearby shops. There will be approx two hour tea break from 5?? 7 pm.

Registration – Home Educators Conference 6 – 7 October 2005
Send your registration slip to : SIHE, PO Box 186,Rangiora

Name :

Address :

Couple or family whole day or part thereof $15 Couple or family whole conference $25

Single Adult whole day or part thereof $10

Single Adult whole conference $15 Late Registration Fee $10
(after the 26th September)
(if registered after ???)

Phone # :

Email :

I / We will attend :
Whole Conference $……………………..
Thursday only $……………………..
Friday Only $
Childrens Programme $
Late Registration $
Total payment $

Cheques payable to South Island Home Educators. Electronic payments to
030 674 0157258 00 Westpac Rangiora. Put your name and ‘conference’ as
a reference on your electronic banking.
Billets may be required for people from out of Christchurch. We may be
able to help match people and accommodation.

Can you provide accommodation
for a family or couple or ?

Yes/ no

How many could you provide
accommodation for?

Do you require a billet in ChCh? Yes/no
For how many?
Children over 10 may enjoy to sit in on the conference, and certainly
teens will find much of it very interesting. However for those younger, please make other arrangements if you can. There will be a children’s programme during the morning and afternoon sessions, and a young children’s video in the evening for those of you who cannot find
alternative arrangements for your children. For planning purposes we
need to know numbers. There is a small cost of $2.00 per child per day.

Do you require the children’s programme for your children ?

# and age



Are there any teens or adults available to help with the children
programme for any part of the conference ?
Yes / No

September 2005 – Science Fair – Maeroa

Thursday 15 SeptemberThe 5th Annual Homeschoolers Science Fair will be held at the Trinity Reformed Baptist Church

9am?? 1.30pm
corner Matai and Miro Streets, Maeroa.

This is a non competitive opportunity to display your work!

Everyone aged 3 years up to and including High School age is welcome to make a display, which is limited to the size of one regular Science Fair display board. It would be great to see lots of High School age students there! Children are welcome to make a shared display.


$3 for 1 or 2 entries, maximum $5 per family. This should cover the costs of certificates and a small chocolate bar per participant (please let me know if your family cannot have these) and the beverages at lunch.

9 – 10am set up

10am – 12noon exhibit

12 – 1.30pm lunch / chatting /cleanup

Please phone Helen Hunt on (07) 856.4867 if you would like to be included.

Watch this space for more: – soon!

Home Education Foundation Catalogue – as at June 2004

Keystone (individual copies) NZ$ 6.00TEACH Bulletin (individual copies) NZ$ 1.00

Preparing for an ERO Review NZ$ 5.00

Training Our Children NZ$10.00

Training Children and Youth to Be Pure NZ$15.00

Timechart History of the World NZ$39.95

Teaching The Trivium NZ$59.95

Literacy Timeline and CD NZ$99.95

On Family Worship (booklet) NZ$10.00

On Family Worship (tape) NZ$10.00

Hand that Rocks the Cradle NZ$10.00

Lives in Print NZ$10.00

That for Which our Fathers Fought NZ$10.00

That for Which our Fathers Spoke NZ$10.00

Learning Logic at home (booklet) NZ$10.00

Learning Logic at home (tape) NZ$10.00

The Logical Defense of the Faith (booklet) NZ$10.00

The Logical Defense of the Faith (tape) NZ$10.00

Introduction to the Trivium (tape) NZ$10.00

Practical Trivium (tape) NZ$10.00

7 Truths of Home Schooling (tape) NZ$10.00

Bare Bones of Basic Debate (tape) NZ$10.00

How to Use Internet For Research (tape) NZ$10.00

Classical and Historical Literature (tape) NZ$10.00

Learning Classical Languages at Home (tape) NZ$10.00

Learning to Think Logically (tape) NZ$10.00

Less Hurried Approach NZ$10.00

The Fallacy Detective NZ$46.00

Heart of Home Schooling NZ$24.95

Emotional Purity NZ$26.00

Journeys of Faithfulness NZ$32.00

Home Making NZ$40.00

Christian Modesty – The Public Undressing of America $10.00

Negotiating The Curriculum Maze NZ$ 5.00

The Lost Tools of Learning NZ$ 5.00

I Love Home Schooling (Sticker) NZ$ 3.00

Beyond Survival NZ$33.50

Reaping the Harvest NZ$35.95

Safely Home NZ$24.95

Uniting Church and Home NZ$29.95

Family Man, Family Leader NZ$29.95 – introductory price $27.95

Vocabulary Bridges NZ$42.95

My Mommy, My Teacher NZ$24.95

Lord Builds the House NZ$29.95

Mike Harding tape NZ$15.00
Mike Harding CD NZ$30.00

NOTES to go with Barbara’s talks or tapes:
Training Children’s Minds (notes) NZ$ 2.00
Keeping Going/Going Gets Tough (notes) NZ$ 1.00
Training Children/Youth to be Pure (notes) NZ$ 2.00
Books, More Books, Great Books (notes) NZ$ 1.00
Training Children to Worship (notes) NZ$ 1.00