From Coming Events

Saturday 3rd November 2007 – HOME AND COUNTRY SHOW – Manawatu

A good day and time to bring your childrens years worth of effort, fun and skills together.
Saturday 3rd November 2007 at the village Valley Centre Ashurst.
Start time 9am to 4.00pm.

Sections are age grouped:
4yrs and under,
5and 6yrs,
12yrs and over.

There are many sections to enter and you may enter them all or one: Animals calf, lamb, horse, goats or other; Pets cat, bird, fish, dog, mice, rabbit, etc; Baking iced biscuits, non cooked slices, through to Novelty cakes; Floral; Handcraft; Construction; Art; Photography; Bike decorating.

There are games such as three legged races, egg and spoon, bouncy castle, sausage sizzle lunch, tea and coffee for adults and a littlies area.

More information and entry forms will be getting sent out soon. and queries please email

7 September 2007 – History Exhibition –

[Registrations & payments close on Friday 17 August 2007 – details at the end. However, I’m sure Katie would appreciate knowing early on if you intend to join in – helps in the planning process of this large undertaking!

“Snapshots” People and Places Throughout the Ages

Come to the Home Educators’ History Exhibition on

Friday 7 September 2007
Mt Eden War Memorial Hall
9.30 am – 2 pm

Your project can be: any period of history, any person in history or the history of a particular subject.

Presentations can be individual or family/group and can take any form:

* Make a Display stand
* Wear a costume
* Paint a picture
* Write a book review
* Make a model
* Make some craft work
* Make a photo display
* Make a timeline
* A book you have made to display

Or simply come and be inspired by the exhibits!

Our aim is to encourage our children in their love of history and as such we would like minimal parental input so as to reflect the child’s learning.

Each entry will be allocated half a trestle table on which to display their work. Children are encouraged to stand beside their work for some part of the morning so as to answer questions and explain their project to

The feedback will be sli ghtly different to last year. There won’t be formal judging with places awarded. Every participant will receive a certificate as well as a feedback sheet. There will be several appointed ‘reviewers’
who will be circulating and talking to the entrants. They will write their comments on a feedback sheet. Other parents/grandparent/friends will also be encouraged to comment on the feedback sheet so the child take home a
whole sheet of valuable comments.

9.00 am Doors open to set up
10.00 am Viewing starts and continues through morning tea until lunch time.
10.30-11.30am Morning tea available in kitchen area (bring something yummy to share)
Tea/coffee provided
12.00-1.00pm Picnic lunch across road at Potter’s Park (bring your own picnic lunch)
1.00pm Clean up, pack up
1.30pm Presentation of certificates
2.00pm Finish

Those with pre-schoolers: please be aware that it can be a long morning for the littlies and, while the whole family is welcome, there are no child-care facilities available. It is your responsibility to watch after your own children or make prior child-care arrangements.

What to bring: Morning tea to share, your own lunch for picnic at Potter’s Park.
Cost: $5 per entry (with a maximum cost of $20 for one family)
Registration: By Friday August 17 2007, please register with Katie Richards,
Send cheque to: 220 St Andrews Road, Epsom

If you have any questions please feel free to contact:

Katie Richards
Denise Walmsley
Judith Tizzard

August throughout NZ – Literature comes alive with Jim Weiss!

Christchurch, Palmerston North, Hawkes Bay, Auckland and Whangarei

What improves listening skills, broadens the vocabulary, improves grammar and helps with reading, at the same time as inspiring, educating and entertaining? The answer is… Listening to high quality stories.

Now you can listen to high quality stories in real life as Jim Weiss, the multi award winning storyteller is visiting NZ in August! Jim is not your average storyteller. He is a classical storyteller with a focus on classical literature and history. (See bottom of the page for more information about Jim Weiss.)

“He is a master; the best I’ve ever seen or heard.”

Further information will be disseminated through local groups and also on our website , but here is a brief rundown.

Christchurch – Thursday 16 August

9.30am All age family performance. Venue TBA

4.30-6.30 Storytelling workshop (teachers, librarians & homeschooling parents). Upper Riccarton Library

Contact: Dorothy

Palmerston North – Monday 20 August

Massey University College of Education Auditorium

9.30am Preschool

11.30am Intermediate

1pm Primary

2.30-3pm Signing

4.30-6.30pm Storytelling workshop (teachers, librarians & homeschooling

Contact: Sandra


Hawkes Bay – Tuesday 21 August

Hawke’s Bay Opera House

10am Preschool

11.30am Intermediate

1pm Primary

4.30-5pm Signing @ Hastings Public Library

Contact: Ruth


Auckland – Thursday 23 August


9.30am All age family performance. Ray Freedman theatre, Epsom Girl’s

3.20pm Radio Rhema interview with Rob Holding

4.30-6.30 Storytelling workshop (teachers, librarians & homeschooling parents). Hera House. 17-19 Gladding Place.

(This venue is RIGHT by the Manukau off-ramp so is extremely easy to get to.)

Contact: We need a contact to help with enquiries and registrations for this event. Please advise if you would love this job!

Initial interest may be registered with

Whangarei – Saturday 25 August

Incorporating the Whangarei Home Educators Conference

Several Keynote sessions plus a workshop for teens

Contact – WHESG;

5pm (time to be confirmed) FREE COMMUNITY PERFORMANCE

Old Library Complex

Contact: TBA


Pricing varies depending on location but ranges between $3 and $5 per person. The adult workshop tickets are $20 for home educators and this includes light refreshments.

(In order to get the cost down to the lowest possible level, we are running the children’s performances as a non profit initiative.)

Feel free to pass onto your local group and any interested friends or family members.

Erena Fussell

PS Never heard of Jim Weiss? Scroll down for more information…


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Superior Resources to Excel in Learning


Jim Weiss is much more than an entertainer. This is not ‘froth and bubble; –
it is material of outstanding quality from an extremely experienced performer.

Jim is a multi award winning storyteller who is committed to promoting literacy through the vehicle of storytelling. He is performing in New Zealand for the first time ever during August as part of the ‘Great Tales
Down Under’ nationwide tour. Jim’s focus is on the retelling of classics –
tales from classical literature, cultures from around the world and stories from times gone by. His website – provides a lot more information about his content and approach; we’re sure you’ll be impressed!

Literature comes alive with Jim Weiss!


[Please forward freely!]

This event is STRICTLY BY PRE-REGISTRATION ONLY (complete & return the registration slip at the end of this message) – places are limited. There will be no admittance at the door on the night due to Government building security restrictions. Members of Auckland Home Educators Inc are entitled to free attendance and have priority registration until 5.00pm Wednesday 27 June. Non-members may register now but will be placed on a ‘holding list’ until after the priority deadline.

Whether or not you intend to come along, please email me separately at with any concerns, comments, clarifications or
congratulations about ERO visits in the Auckland Region. I’ll arrange to raise them with the ERO representatives on behalf of your group or yourself.

Presenting an evening Forum in association with
Auckland Home Educators Inc ( and The Education Review Office (


Time: 7.00-7.15pm admittance & seating; 7.20pm doors close; 7.30pm prompt
start; 9.15pm end
Venue: The Education Review Office, 13-15 College Hill, Ponsonby, Auckland
Cost: AHE Members – free; non-AHE members – $2 per person to cover promotion
(please bring correct cash)
Priority Registration: AHE members only until Wednesday 27 June (5pm).
Non-members placed on a ‘holding list’ until after the priority deadline.
Registration Close-Off: Friday 6 July (4pm)
Admittance: Government building security restrictions mean there will be no admittance without pre-registration – we must supply an attendance list
prior to the event. Please avoid the embarrassment of being denied entry if you are not listed!
Registration: See the slip at the end of this message

Whether we like it or not, to legally home educate in NZ a parent/guardian must obtain an “Application for Exemption from Enrolment at a Registered School” for each child 6 years old and over. We are also subject to
Education Review Office visits at some point (not annually, thankfully!) to satisfy the Education Act requirement that each child is being “taught at least as well and as regularly as in a registered school”. Many of us would have much to comment on about that, but the fact is that Reviews are due legal process and we are (for the most part, I think!) law-abiding citizens.

Come along to this information evening to allay apprehensions, update your knowledge to help those in your support network, prepare for a looming visit, or just to help you anticipate and be informed for the future. The idea is to help you relax so that you aren’t operating through fear or false expectation which can add pressure to the family and actually alter the way in which you home educate!

Hear Rob Williamson (Senior Review Officer, Homeschooling Unit) and Alan Watkins (Review Officer) explain why the system is in place; how it all works; what you can expect. These representatives are keen to form a closer relationship with our community and are supportive and encouraging of the home education option.

I look forward to welcoming you!

Dawn Burgin
Auckland Home Educators Inc
[a democratic, non-profit, voluntary group providing information & support for current & prospective Home Educators]

Want to unite for credibility and networking? Consider becoming a member – visit or email

T O R E G I S T E R :

Send the following details to Dawn at with “AHE/ERO Forum Wed 11 July” in the heading:

AHE Member: Yes / No (please delete)
First Name:
Family Name:
Email Address:
Support Group (if applicable):

Please do not assume that you are registered until you receive an acknowledgement email.

27th June 2007 – Morrinsville homeschoolers History Fair

27th June 2007 – Morrinsville homeschoolers History Fair

Hi there everyone,

I am just doing a bit of forward planning, seeing as I will be having a baby in January and want everyone to know the details of the History Fair so everyone can at least think about putting it in their diary for next year, and also in your Homeschool Newsletters that will be coming out in the New Year.

Morrinsville Homeschoolers
History Fair

Is to be held on Wednesday
27th June 2007 at
Campbell Hall in

All interested parties please let me know.

Further details can be found at

National Christian Home Educators Family Conference 2007

CANCELLED DUE TO SECTION 59 OF THE CRIMES ACT 1961 taking up so much time this year

20th Anniversary of the first Christian Home Educators Family conference held in Palmerston North February 1987 put on by CHOMES (Christian Home Schoolers of New Zealand)

The plans are to hold the 2007 Family Conference mid to late 2007 in Palmerston North – Watch this space for more information.

Being reviewed due to Section 59 still being debated until possibly June 2007.

HEART retreat

HEART retreat

HEART retreat


Forward notice for those thinking of attending HEART this year: Hoping to have some enrolment forms within the next two weeks. What is HEART? A weekend for home educating mothers at Totara Springs, Matamata. Ladies come from Whangarei to Palmerston North to attend. A number of us went last year and enjoyed the break. More details to follow.

The fixed costs are as follows…

Yes, unfortunately the prices have gone up this year, it was unavoidable. There is a great weekend planned though and I’m sure ladies will get good value
for money! Our hope and heart’s desire is (‘scuse the pun!), that ladies will return home refreshed in spirit, rejuvenated in energy and revived in

Posted from Manukau newsletter.

Competitions for Home educators

HSLDA’s 2006 Poetry Contest for Homeschoolers

Home School Legal Defense Association is very excited to be holding our second annual poetry contest. Along with the art and essay contests, the poetry contest offers an opportunity to reward excellence. Although poetry, and especially poetic form, can seem intimidating, we encourage you to try it.

Read more about it at:

Photo Competition

Home school only

Open to the following age groups.

Age groups: 7 -10, 11-14, 15-18


Age 7-10 The family pet, animal or favourite Teddy Bear(s).

Age 11-14 -Wheels, skateboard, bike, vehicle or just wheels

Age 15-18 – Weather or Seasons

Certificates to the three best in each age group will be issued.

Forward your entry to

Rules of Entry
1. Entry must be by email only to


2. Photo must be relevant to the competition theme.

3. Name, age and email required.

4. Copyright remains with the photographer but by entering the competition he/she gives permission to post image.

5.To protect online privacy only first name and age will be published.

6. Judges decision is Final, no discussion or correspondence.

7. Email entry to be received no later than Wednesday 13 June 2007

8. Winners will be notified by email.

9. Photo must not have been entered in any other competition.

10. Open to those who Home School only.

11.By entering the competition, the entrant verifies that he/she has read the “Rules of Entry” and agrees to abide by them.

Palmerston North’s 2nd Annual Home Education Curriculum Fair

Palmerston North’s 2nd Annual Home Education Curriculum Fair

Date: 10 February 2007
Time: 10am to 4pm
Venue: Reformed Church Building
541 Ruahine Street
Palmerston NorthProgrammeFor more information please feel free to contact:
Sandra Elliott
PH: 06 323 3499

Cost: $2 per family. First 50 home educating mums through the door receive complimentary goodie bags. Spot Prizes.

Café: Nothing over $2.50. Coffee & Tea provided free.

Second Hand Books
There will be a table for homeschoolers to sell their surplus books/Resources. **IMPORTANT** If you wish to do this, please bring a separate envelope for every item you wish to sell, with your name and the amount you would like to sell it for.

On the day you will fill out a *Sticky Note/s for the inside/s of your books to match your envelope (*we will supply these). The envelopes will go to the volunteer supervising the books and any monies will be put in this for you to collect.

LearnEx Education Services
CENZ (Christian Education NZ)
Geneva Books
Tisa Education Services
Creaky Corner
Issacharian Books
Eduquip Ltd
Home Education Foundation


10:00am – Registration

10:10am – Presentation by Eduquip Ltd (10 min.)

10:30am – Building a Biblical Work Ethic (45min.) by Ray Green of CENZ
11.20am – Discovering Your God Given Design (45min.) by Ray Green of CENZ

12:20pm – Presentation by Issacharian Books (10 min.)
12:40pm – Presentation by Home Education Foundation (10 min.)

1:00-2:00pm – 2 electives:
Is It Possible to Discipline Children in Our Undisciplined Society? by Craig Smith
Staying at Home vs Going to School by Genevieve Smith (To help students determine whether to stay at home or go to school for secondary years.)

2:15pm – LEARNEX (10 min.)

2.45pm – Understanding God’s Way of Handling Money (45min.) by Ray Green of CENZ

3:40pm – Creaky Corner (10 min.)