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Welcome to the SHEAF Blog.

Despite our best intentions, we're not great at keeping this blog updated with our latest happenings. We are, however, definitely an active group, meeting at least once each week during term time.

If you'd like to make contact with Dunedin home educators, our contact details are in the column, below right.

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Have a look through this blog to see the types of events we have organised in the past. You'll also find links to other blogs and articles that we find useful or informative, on the off-chance that you'll appreciate them too :~) (Look for these more general blog-posts under the label "Weekend Reading")

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(Last updated May 2013)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Book Sale this weekend

Fulton Hogan's Relay for Life team are holding a booksale fundraiser this Sunday, April 1st, 12.30pm at Fairfield community hall.

No Swimming Lessons Term 2

Next term there will be no swimming lessons, due to lack of bookings. Families are still welcome to meet for a social swim and lunch, meet at the tables beside the wave pool from 11.00 onwards.

Newsletter writing vacancy!!

The role of SHEAF Newsletter-writer is up for grabs. After a good few years' writing, off and on, I think it's time for me to pass on the baton, so as from next term I will no longer be writing the newsletter. I think it is a hugely important tool for the fabric of the group, so I am hoping to be inundated with offers of help, and will be forced to draw a ballot. Please don't sit there thinking someone else will do it, as it's likely everyone will be thinking that, and the newsletter will be lost. So do contact me ASAP!
cheers, Kathrin

This week's events

Nearly the end of term already! Next week will be our last meet-up for the term, at another park - Navy Park in South Dunedin , on the corner of Oxford and Prince Albert Rd, near Marlow pie shop. Meet from 12.30, 4 April.

Also a reminder that the Big Peoples' Night Out - Nova Cafe, the Octagon - is on again this Thursday (29 March). Meet from 7.30 for coffee, dessert and conversation.

Sunday, March 11, 2012

Curriculum Supplier Visit

From Selina-Jane:

Christina Green from Christian Education services is coming back to Dunedin to give us a chance to look at and buy the curriculums she has available. She has a huge range of items, including new ones, unavailable at her last visit. Christina is now the only national distributor in NZ, after Erina at Learnex has moved on to focus on other things.

It has been 2 years since Christina was here, and due to poor numbers coming along and looking at that time, it is likely to be another 2-3 years before she is here again. So, if you are at all interested, it would be great if you could make an effort to go along and see her stuff.

Note that although CES does specialise in resources for christian home educators, they also carry resources suitable for secular home educators.

Venue: Elim Church, 67 Harrow Street, Dunedin
Date: Tuesday April 3rd
Time: 1 – 4.30pm
Orders and sales can be made on the day.
Credit Card and Eftpos facilities are available

Wednesday, March 7, 2012

Intriguing Dunedin Street Walk

Wednesday 21 March - Intriguing Dunedin Street Walk - Book 4 (red) Walk 4 - "Hidden Mansions, the R.A.F, and a six-pence". Meet at the north end of Queen St beside Woodhaugh Gardens. Allow 1 1/2 hours. This walk includes stairs, so may not be suitable for prams and pushers. These walks are from a series of books written by a Dunedin local, and they explore Dunedin's history. Also a great chance for some exercise. We do walk at the pace of the slowest participant, so those with small children are more than welcome to come along.

A message about swimming lessons

Nicola has had an email from Swimsation, regarding the swimming lessons, The classes require a minimum of 12 children enrolled, or we will be unable to continue to access them. Please email Nicola to confirm your booking for next term, by Thursday 8 March.

Term 1 Museum trip

Our museum trip this term is on Wed 28th March at 12,30, Topic Focal Point - the ODT remembers 150 years of people , events and milestones. Students will explore news media and find the big stories to understand the past and help to predict Otago's future.

Please email Michelle to book. The Otago Museum requires a minimum of 12 children attending, so please book early, and mark the date clearly in your diaries. :-)