Responding to 14 new event organiser insurance requests, and 7 new work experience insurance requests, and lots of recurring events in both categories.
Set up members with about 30 new educational subscriptions
Working with Wingaru Kids to make their program available to the home education community
Met with Mystery Science - this will be available as a group buy in January for only $20 USD/family (usual HS price is $49 USD), but with a minimum group size of 100.
Attended Associations Forum Event Summit in Brisbane. This was a full day conference, which Karen attended. Lots of learning about how to run successful events....perhaps a conference in our future?
Attended the next HSCG meeting & presented an agenda item: Changes in Practice?
Wrote a support letter for Concertante Ensemble grant application. If they are successful in obtaining funding, their education program will be inclusive of home educated students.
Provided registration support to 31 home educators; 26 in NSW, 2 SA, 2 Qld and 1 ACT. Support provided included- connection with a local supporter, providing support documents and sample plans, and providing supporters to sit in on visits
Answered 31 calls on the home education helpline
Continued to try to secure the website commissioned by the 2016 and 2017 committees - or obtain a refund. To date, the website and branding project remains undelivered.
Ruth attended the Associations Forum lunch on Conflict Resolution
Set up 60 more members with their new hea.edu.au email addresses
Supported a group of Tasmanian Home Educators experiencing challenges with their HESPS
Have you considered volunteering for the HEA? You can give as much or as little time as suits your family, and participate in a way that is compatible with your interests. Currently we're recruiting:
Newsletter team members - people to write articles & take photos. Casual writers can send material in for publication also. It would be great to hear what's happening in your local home ed community. Email articles to Karen: firstname.lastname@example.org or to express your interest.
Helpline volunteers - experienced homeschoolers in different regions to work on a roster system to answer the helpline phone service. The helpline provides a valuable service to the home education community, and is often the first point of contact for families considering home education. For more information, email Alicia: email@example.com
Registration Support Subcommittee - experienced homeschoolers willing to support other home educating families through the registration process. We are aiming to develop a large network of Support Volunteers across the country who can build community by helping other families. This can be by helping out with paperwork, phone calls, via video conferencing and by sitting in on registration visits. Email Viv: firstname.lastname@example.org to find out how you can get involved.
In the near future, we're going to be calling for volunteers to assist with Social Media, Constitution Review and Advocacy. If you have an idea of how you could help, but don't see it here, we'd love to hear your ideas.
My name is Josiah, I’m 24 years old. I was home schooled up to year 10 school equivalent and then went to a school in NSW to study for the HSC. After school I went to university for four years to study civil engineering and business/economics. I am currently working as a graduate engineer in local government.
Home-schooling for me was, I think, a great asset as it allowed exposure to a wide variety of subjects and areas of learning besides the generic school subjects. I was then able to spend extra hours expressing myself in those subject areas which really appealed to me. For instance, it was apparent to me early on that I enjoyed building and design with a keen interest in aircraft. Noticing this interest my parents bought me balsa wood and other materials which allowed me to experiment with designing and building all sorts of different small aircraft. When I was about 10yrs old my dad and I joined the local Radio-Controlled Aircraft club to broaden the scope of what was now a fully-fledged hobby. My skill sets extended into electronics, online research and managing my meagre (pocket money) budgets!
My two years at school, however, were also extremely beneficial for me, not only from an academic stand point but also from a personal development one too. Having friends I saw on a regular basis, deadlines for assignments and leadership responsibilities in Year 12 grew my character and taught me things that aren’t as readily replicated in a home-school environment. I didn’t think I was going to like school before I started, however after a short while I began to thoroughly enjoy it. Even those subjects that I struggled with growing up such as literacy and spelling improved markedly by the end of year 12 to the point where I topped my class in English. Additionally, I was able to excel in Maths and Design & Technology and achieve top marks in those subjects also. School helped pave a straight path to university into a degree that wouldn’t have been easily accessible if I hadn’t done the HSC.
Performing at university was made much easier for me having already had experience at school with handing in assignments by a deadline and actually getting to classes. I think some time at school or TAFE would be very beneficial to anyone wanting to attend University.
However, university is not something that many people need nor should pursue. My years being home-schooled allowed me the time and flexibility to find what I was most interested in and had an aptitude for, an opportunity which perhaps conventional school wouldn’t have given me in my early years.
Josiah - 24
I am a homeschool graduate. To answer the questions I get most commonly: Yes, I sometimes did school work in my pjs and ate lunch whenever I felt like it; No, I didn't just skip work I didn't like; Yes, I had lots of friends, and no they weren't all homeschoolers and; Yes, I know I seem 'normal' for a homeschooler. Homeschoolers are mostly like other people, just, you know, educated at home!
I also hold a Certificate IV in Music (Performance), a Bachelor of Music (Cello & Composition) with Distinction and am working towards completing a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (Special Education). It was not difficult to find and gain entry into these courses; I'd actually say it was easier than what I witnessed my friends go through at school. In many ways I was also more prepared to give my best shot at University than my school-attending friends; my mother set me up to be a self-motivated learner and to have the desire to complete things independently of schools, deadlines, and teachers. Though, the deadlines do help - so I set my own.
I was homeschooled from Year Five (age 10) to completion, which for me was about Year Eleven. In my last year of homeschooling, I completed my Certificate IV in Music through my local Conservatorium, where I had grown up learning how to play the cello. Gaining a formal qualification in a subject I loved seemed like a completely natural next step; it meant I got to do a whole lot of music, which I enjoy and generally was good at, and stop the subjects I disliked while still doing those I loved (notably, history and geography). I used this Certificate IV to gain entry into University. I applied for a Bachelor of Music, but interestingly a Certificate IV just has a set value in the UAC admission system and I could have applied for almost anything provided the mark was high enough, and even potentially if it wasn't. Once I was enrolled in Uni, it quickly became apparent that my Certificate IV wasn't going to get me any further, but it still stands alone as a formal qualification on my resume; it is currently the only formal qualification I have for piano playing (though I'm working to change that!). It's a lot more useful to me than a HSC score would have been - if you have any formal qualifications no employer or tertiary institution really cares about the results of your Year 12 exams.
Homeschooling in no ways restricts what you are able to do in life. It gave me freedom to do what I want, which is something I treasure to this day. My education gave me the courage to pursue a different path, which turned out to be lots of music and moving 900 kilometres away from everything I grew up with. The main problem I've had with being homeschooled are the repetitive questions (see above)! I have the knowledge of how to get more knowledge and I plan to use that to my advantage. As they say, knowledge is power!
In NSW one of the services that the HEA offers is support with home education registration visits. Because the authorised persons who conduct the registration visits vary in their knowledge of home education and have their own views on what home education should involve, they sometimes reject applications or give short registration periods when they shouldn’t. Having a supporter present at registration visits reduces the likelihood of families receiving short registrations. It gives applicants confidence and if there are any problems the supporter can advocate with the AP. People who have been home educating themselves for a while and have been through several registration visits are those best placed to provide support.
One family that was recently assisted by the HEA lives in regional NSW. Their children were removed from school because of abuse experienced at school and were severely traumatised. The family had been given a first registration period of six months but were then rejected at re-registration. The family contacted the HEA and asked for assistance and an HEA volunteer met with the family, discussed the situation with them and had a look at their documentation. The family were encouraged to appeal against the decision, which they did. Two supporters attended the registration visit, the rejection was overturned and two years registration was granted.
The HEA needs more people who are willing to provide registration support so please, contact Viv if you are willing to assist. There is training and support for supporters and often supporters start out by going with an experienced supporter for a visit so they get an idea of what it is like and can be confident themselves. It’s a very worthwhile and rewarding thing to do.
We are aiming to provide registration support nationally, wherever there is a need. What does registration support look like in your area? We invite you to tell us what support you need, and to join the registration subcommittee.
The HEA is currently in negotiations with Wingaru Education to make their Wingaru Kids program available to the home education community.
Wingaru Kids provides quality, curriculum-aligned content created by Aboriginal people in an engaging format so that students are excited to learn authentic and accurate knowledge about Aboriginal people.
The HEA is asking for expressions of interest from families who would be interested in accessing this subscription to ensure there is enough interest to meet minimum numbers.
The cost is likely to be around $40-60 per family
(up to 4 children) for 12 months.
This heavily discounted subscription would be available
exclusively to HEA members.
Encounter Edu designs and delivers sponsored
STEM and global learning programs, transforming education inside and outside the classroom.
From the desk of learning designer, Megan Folan:
As an agency we do four things, firstly, we design STEM and global learning programs, with 33 fully resourced units of work available to download from our website (www.encounteredu.com). We also have a diverse multimedia library, with 120 videos, 103 galleries and 38 different activities. Additionally we have a section that provides professional development, which has 99 subject updates. These subject updates provide information for particular topics such as Learn more: Marine Carbon cycle and teaching tips such as How to: Develop investigation skills for younger students.
Alongside all of that, multiple times of the year we broadcast Live Lesson, linking global topics to the classroom. These Live Lesson are unique education events that are linked to our units of work. For example Arctic Live 2019, broadcast from the UK Arctic Research Station in Ny-Ålesund, Svalbard, is linked to our Frozen Ocean resources, 4 units of work that are applicable to ages 7-11, 11-14, 14-16 in science and geography.
Coming up 11th – 15th November we will be broadcasting AXA XL Coral Live 2019 from the CARMABI Research Station in Curaçao. The event involves 25 live lessons, with 10 Live Investigations, where the host will perform an activity found on www.encounteredu.com, they will then answer any questions students may have. There will also be 10 Expert Interviews which involves the host asking a scientist any questions students may have. Finally there will be 5 Ask me anything sessions. This gives students a chance to ask the host and guest any questions they may have, such as ‘Ever wondered whether you can sleep underwater?’