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2015 Mini Conference

2015 Mini Conference – Hamilton

Saturday 2nd May 2015 9:30am

St Stephens Church, Melville, HamiltonClick here to view map



8:30 Registrations Open
9:20 Welcome
9:30 Keynote Speaker: Barbara Smith – State of the Nation
10:15 Morning Tea
10:40 Session One – Select from two options
12:00 Lunch
13:00 Session Two – Select from two options
14:20 Q & A
15:30 Afternoon Tea
17:00 Finish


THEN Members Early Bird 27th March – 10th April 2015:                             $10
General registrations 11th April – 30th April 2015:                                            $20
Door sales:                                                                                                                   $25

Non THEN Members General registrations:                                                        $40
Door sales:                                                                                                                   $45

All registered participants can bring their partner for an additional fee:       $10


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Keynote Address – State of the Nation

Session 1  choose one of the following options

Training Our Children’s minds”, “The Tools of Learning” and “Motivation” – Barbara Smith
Barbara takes the Grammar, Logic and Rhetoric stages of a classical education and applies it to a Hebrew/Interpersonal approach. This is a good workshop no matter what curriculum you are using or not using.

Leaving the comfort zone of the curriculum. – Margaret Evans and Cally Brown
Facilitating children’s learning through experiences and a wide range of resources relevant to their interests and needs. This workshop involves presentation and discussion.

Session 2 choose one of the following options

Avoiding Burnout – Keeping Going When the Going Gets Tough – Barbara Smith
Symptoms of burnout
Causes of home school burnout
Strategies for avoiding burnout

Pathways to higher education – Nathalie Thomas
Nathalie will give an overview of the different pathways to tertiary education with a more in-depth look at how NCEA works.

Open Q & A – Cally Brown, Barbara Smith, Julia Dirks, Nathalie Thomas, Veronica Garcia Gil, and a homeschooling graduate
Come ask anything of our panel –  made up of a diverse group of home educating parents and graduates.
Do you have a burning question or issue and want to ensure you get a chance to ask?  Please enter when you register, or send your questions to Julie at


Key Note Speaker : Barbara Smith
Barbara, widow of Craig Smith, has been home educating her eight children 35 years (29 years with an exemption). Had pre-schoolers for 30 years, breast fed for 22 years. So I know what it is like to be trying to teach the children with a preschooler or two and having a baby crying out for another feed and two loads of washing needing to be hung out. I still have at least seven years ahead of me so I have to be able to last the long haul.

Cally Brown homeschooled her four sons for 23 years starting as an eclectic homeschooler and transitioning over the years to unschooling.

Margaret Evans home educated her six children for 23 years evaluating and reassessing her approach as the needs of her children and her family circumstances demanded.

Nathalie Thomas has been homeschooling for 8 years. She has two sons, the oldest one is 17 and he is currently working towards his university entrance qualification. Nathalie used to be a high-school science teacher so she understands how the NCEA system works.

Julia Dirks Homeschooled her 3 children for 21 years from birth to tertiary education.

Veronica Garcia Gil Proud homeschooling mum of three children who never believed she would be homeschooling.


Will be provided, including hot and cold drinks.


Please bring your own lunch, other wise there are limited options available to purchase food at the near by shops.  Hamilton CBD is only 5 mins by car.


We unfortunately cannot offer any children’s program, or child minding services, so please take care to make other arrangements for your children for this time.

All babies are welcome.

If you would like to sell or advertise home education resources/materials or services please contact Julie

For any queries please email


Please share/forward this link with other home educators.


Updated 1 October 2014:  Three years on (Craig Smith’s Health) page 7 click here


Needing help for your home schooling journey:


Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:

Information on getting started


Information on getting an exemption

This link is motivational:

Exemption Form online:

Coming Events:


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