Wednesday, 31 October 2018

Homeschool Breakup - save the date!

Friday evening, 7th December.
Details will follow.
Save your toilet rolls for the super toilet roll challenge.
Hope to see you there!

West Coast Home Educators

Sunday, 19 August 2018

Fwd: Arthur's Pass Outdoor Education

Hi Folks,

If anyone wants to pick this up, please contact Gemma.  I am happy to forward any emails, but I can't organise anything.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
From: APOEC <>
Date: Mon, Aug 20, 2018 at 12:55 PM
Subject: Arthur's Pass Outdoor Education

Hi ,

My name is Gemma and I am the manager at Arthur's Pass Outdoor Education Centre.

Earlier this year we had some home school families from Canterbury join together for a camp out here that ran similarly to a school camp. The goal for them was to give the students and parents an opportunity to socialise with others in a similar situation to them while having some fun outdoors. The weekend was very successful and I want to see if you can help me to see if there are other students and families around the South Island who may be interested in something similar.

Firstly due to feedback we have received, in the upcoming school holidays we are looking to launch our first Family Olympics to encourage families to get outside and explore while participating in a bit of healthy competition. This is open to all ages and families and therefore is an opportunity to experience what we have to offer while meeting new people and having a fun weekend. 

We will provide food, programme and accommodation over Sat & Sun (2 weekends to choose from). Families will then have the option to extend their stay throughout the week ($30 per adult; $20 per child per night for accommodation only) which will give them the opportunity to participate in some of the free activities that The Department of Conservation will be putting on or they can explore Arthur's Pass and surrounds at their own leisure.

Would it be possible for you to email the poster attached to families who you think may be interested please?

Secondly, we also offer tailor-made programmes and family camps around particular intended learning outcomes and interests if families would prefer. We can accommodate 45 people at a time with the option of having an additional 28 at the Alpine Club depending on room shares. We run programmes all year round and choose suitable activities for the weather conditions. We also have a range of gear such as rain coats, thermals, gloves, hats, sun hats etc. that participants can borrow at no extra charge if they do not own them.

Please let me know if this is something you think your families would be interested in as I am keen to broaden the opportunities for young people to experience the outdoors.

Kind regards,

Gemma Murphy

Manager - Arthur's Pass Outdoor Education Centre

YMCA, Arthur's Pass Outdoor Education Centre

West Coast Road, PO Box 51007

Arthur's Pass 7654, New Zealand

P +64 3 318 9249  E

M  +64 27 411 4569

West Coast Home Educators

Thursday, 31 May 2018

Fwd: Community Conservation Symposium, 14-15 June (Shantytown and field trips)

Have a look at the programme and see what you think.  And I'd be hugely grateful if you could share it with other home-schoolers on the coast.  I know some schools are thinking of bringing a few senior students. 

Hope you like what you see and can come!

Any questions let me know.


PS normal rate for the Thursday – main conference day - is $75, students $25.  The field trips are half price for students, which isn't shown on the website, but I'll make the deductions. 


INGER PERKINS | Manager, West Coast Penguin Trust | 03 755 8600 or 027 370 1876 | Facebook | Donate



The Community Conservation Symposium, to be presented by the West Coast Penguin Trust, will be held at Shantytown on Thursday 14th June with field trips to local community conservation projects on Friday 15th June and we're hoping you will join us! 


Our objective is to support you - community groups and individuals involved in conservation on the West Coast, those hoping to become involved and those with an interest in our natural environment - to learn from experts in their fields, from professionals, scientists and practitioners, and through networking – with experts and with each other.


A packed day of presentations at Shantytown will include a broad range of topics from predator control to fundraising and forest ecology to trust governance.  Networking opportunities will be extended through a winter dinner social immediately afterwards, generously sponsored by DOC here on the Coast.


Optional field trips are available the following day and will include Cobden restoration together with a trapping workshop, the kiwi crèche at Moonlight, and a variety of projects up the Coast Road.


The full programme is available here: Community Conservation Symposium 14-15 June 2018 Programme

Register at


Students pay just $25 for the main day, and field trips are half price for students.


Please share this with anyone you think may be interested, please make the most of this unique opportunity and we hope to see you there!

Warm regards





West Coast Penguin Trust

P: 03 755 8600    M: 027 370 1876    W:    E:    D=Donate!

PO Box 63, Hokitika 7842, New Zealand


We have experts working on the protection of penguins and seabirds but we need your help to continue our projects that will ensure the survival of these threatened species on the West Coast.  You can donate by clicking here. Thank you.

I work part time and variable hours and will respond to emails as soon as possible.




West Coast Home Educators

Friday, 25 May 2018

Shantytown Day for Older Students

Hi there folks,

You should already be aware of this visit.  Due to family commitments, Hanlie has passed on the organsation for this to Lara Priestly.

Please be aware, this is for older students only.

Date: June 22nd
Time: 10am-2pm; please arrive at 9.30am
Cost: $3 per child cash
Student Age: 12 and up

They will be learning about Matariki; however they will go easy on the legends as there are a number of Christian families this may not sit well with.
If confirmation could be emailed to me at that would be fantastic.

Warm regards
Lara Priestley

West Coast Home Educators

Saturday, 24 March 2018

Fwd: FW: Jumpstart 2018


From: Dale Epp
Sent: Wednesday, 21 March 2018 7:25 AM
To: Dale Epp
Subject: Jumpstart 2018


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Sharing His Life,


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