January 26, 2022

Home Educators and the New Vaccine Mandates

Unfortunately there are a few rumours going around about home schoolers/educators such as:

1. The MoE will not be processing any new exemptions soon. This is untrue.

2. That where there are children 5-12 being home schooled/educated anyone over 12 living in that home must be vaxed. This is untrue.

Cynthia Hancox has updated the page she wrote on this earlier. Please check the link out to read the update 16 January 2021.

Cynthia has updated her earlier article and added some more detail. http://www.cynthiahancox.com/information/home-educators-the-new-vaccine-mandates

Update 16th January 2022:

The above remains correct and current. There are NO mandates for homeschoolers to be vaccinated. The roll out of vaccines for 5-11yos has no effect on this. There have been no new health orders passed that affect homeschoolers (home educators) in this regard. There is nothing on the Ministry’s website to suggest otherwise. If you hear differently, it is just another one of the rumours flying around. Please disregard and don’t spread it. If, however, at any time you come across something on a government website you think puts a different light on things, please contact me with the link. I will check into it and update this page if necessary (as well as let you know what I find).

Read the this link to read the rest of the update link to get the rest of her update.

If you hear anything of concern please don’t talk about it but contact Cynthia with whatever link you have and she will check it out and get back to you and update this page accordingly.

Isolation education/unschooling/schooling

A reminder, especially to those new here, we are all Isolation Educating/Unschooling/Schooling.

This is not Home Education/Unschooling/Schooling.

Home Education/Unschooling looks so very different with so very different support networks. We are all missing the groups we used to attend, the meet ups we used to enjoy etc. That is so for, us as parents, and for our children.

This Post is about the current lockdown and and how we can get encouragement and make education work for our families while we are all in lockdown – for those who are wanting to home educate, unschool, looking into bringing children home in the long run, or would rather have their children in school (or have no alternative but have their children in school).  

We want to be sharing with each other how we are making Isolation Education/Unschooling/Schooling work.

Please share what is working for you.

Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/
Here are a couple of links to get you started home schooling:
Information on getting started: https://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/
Information on getting an exemption: https://hef.org.nz/exemptions/
This link is motivational: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/
Exemption Form online: https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-exemption-form-now-online/
Beneficiaries: https://hef.org.nz/2013/where-to-for-beneficiary-families-now-that-the-social-security-benefit-cate

Huge List of Free Homeschool Printable Sites

As part of The Chaos and The Clutter 5 part series on Frugal Homeschooling, they are sharing a reference list for finding the best online printables for free or almost free. Using printables, you can create an entire curriculum that will fit with many types of homeschooling.Huge List of Free Homeschool Printable SitesClick on the link above or here to get to the Huge List of Free Homeschool Printable Sites


Needing help for your home schooling journey: https://hef.org.nz/2011/needing-help-for-your-home-schooling-journey-2/


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

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/


Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational: http://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online: https://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


From Homeschool Heartbeat: WORK+HOMESCHOOL

I have not listened to this yet. Whenever I have listened to Homeschool Heartbeat it has always been helpful and encouraging. So I think this will be as well.

Work + Homeschool: The Paradox That’s Helping Families Soar: An Interview with Pamela Price
How can you successfully homeschool your kids and work at the
same time? Is that even possible?
Tune in to this week’s Homeschool Heartbeat as Pamela Price—a
blogger, author, and homeschooling mom—offers tips and guidance
for working homeschool parents.
In this podcast, you’ll learn about:
  • How to become a successful ‘homeschool entrepreneur’
  • The diversity of homeschooling
  • Why self-care is so important
  • How to homeschool as a single parent
  • The most essential thing for working homeschool parents
  • to remember



Needing help for your home schooling journey:



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

Information on getting startedhttps://hef.org.nz/getting-started-2/


Information on getting an exemptionhttps://hef.org.nz/exemptions/

This link is motivational:https://hef.org.nz/2012/home-schooling-what-is-it-all-about/

Exemption Form online:https://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




National Library update

National Library Update

6 March 2017               

Kia ora t?tou

As you know, the National Library of New Zealand released its new strategic directions in early December 2016.

You received a link before Christmas to a short animated video and the document itself, Turning Knowledge into Value: Strategic Directions to 2030.

Te Puna Foundation launch, December 2016: Chris Szekely, Gaynor Brymer, Bill Macnaught, Susie Ferguson, Corin Haines, Peter Murray

As we round out the first quarter of 2017 I would like to provide you with a brief update on our plans for the year.

2017 Strategic Work Programme

This month formally marks the end of the development phase of our strategic work programme and the start of the implementation phase. To support this work I have appointed a strategic lead for each of our three strategic themes, to keep us thinking big and on course to meet our aspirations for 2030. As highly experienced staff from within the Department and the National Library, their names will be familiar to many:

The strategic leads joined my leadership team in a full day workshop last week to refine our priorities and strategic work programme for the year ahead. Significant activities already underway include:

  • Re-launch of Services to Schools online offerings from March, including Any Questions delivered in partnership with the Ministry of Education and libraries;

  • Engagement with authors, publishers, libraries and others in a roundtable discussion in Auckland this week to explore the role that libraries can play in supporting the creative sector, including the future role of the public lending right;

  • Opening of the He Tohu exhibition and associated public programmes in May in our Molesworth Street Wellington building in partnership with Archives New Zealand;

  • Discussions with public libraries to agree a collaborative solution to address the limitations of the current model for public internet services provided through the Aotearoa Peoples Network Kaharoa.

Each of these activities highlights to me the importance of partnerships and collaborative approaches as we start the implementation of our strategic directions.

I will have more to share once our strategic leads are fully up to speed and as our work programme progresses.

Collaboration in-house

To encourage innovation and collaboration on a smaller scale in-house we have recently established the National Library’s own Business Innovation Group. This group of staff meets fortnightly to create, consider and assess proposals that will foster professional development, collaboration and innovation in our daily work.

All this in addition to business as usual at the National Library, so we are looking at a very busy 2017! I look forward to working with you.

Ng? mihi



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