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Term 3 Newsletter

Kia ora Canterbury Home Educators,

I hope you are finding joy these school holidays in this wet weather!

This year our family has been engaging with the Kidsfest activities in Otautahi - Christchurch as our regular daily routine has been disrupted by the school holidays. We are looking forward to getting back to our normal CHE activities next week including Adventure Monday & Sporty Tuesday. You know you are on the right track with homeschooling when your kids are asking you when they get to go back..

There is quite a lot of choice for Term 3 activities and events. The Committee is busy planning the details of the Matariki Disco on July 22nd. We know this is going to be a highlight this year for the children and adolescents in the CHE Community. Matariki is a time of celebration, reflection, growth, planning and renewed vision in the Māori culture. We have a Matariki decorations competition for the tamariki to be inspired, create and showcase their work at the Disco (see the entry details later in the email.)

Today is the last day for the CHE members survey to be completed - please take 3-5 minutes to complete this now if you haven’t already done so. Also, our giveaway for an Orana Park Family Day Pass closes tonight at 10:00 PM NZST. You can enter this AFTER you complete the survey by emailing with a blank email titled ‘Survey23’. The winner will be announced on Tuesday in our members Facebook group.

You can find the CHE Survey here:

This is such a valuable resource for the committee and the community for clarity and vision for future planning. We hope to be able to share these results at our AGM on August 24th. Be sure to join us in person or online for this special annual event.

You will find some new activities/courses this term including Minecraft Education for 8+ yrs, Bushcraft Skills, BRIGHT STARS One day school with Imagination Station, Woodblock printing & our very own CHE Yearbook Design course. We are still looking for an additional 1-2 teenagers to join us for the 2023 Yearbook production. Please reach out to with any questions/expression of interest.

I hope you will find activities that suit your family for this coming Term. Term 3 starts next week on Monday July 17th and finishes on Friday September 22nd. There are no Public Holidays during Term 3.

Ngā mihi nui kia koutou katoa,


Term 3 Activities & Events


Adventure Mondays

12:30-3:00 PM Landsdowne Community Centre

All Ages

$2/family/session, casual attendance is fine


Runs every Monday afternoon during term time - think Playcentre for big kids! Each week we run a parent led activity. We hold a planning session on the first Monday of the term to plan out the activities for the rest of term, all welcome. Adventure Monday is a great place for children to hang out, make friends and have some fun, and for parents to chat and relax with a cuppa. Bring a piece of fruit to share for afternoon tea.

A great place to make connections plus crafts, games, activities and free-play.

Pitter Patter Dance Class

11:45 AM - 12:25 PM

Papanui Baptist Church Hall - 144 Sawyers Arms Rd

Age: 5-7 yrs, but flexible to our needs

$105.00 (can also contact for more info)

Lovely little class, very fun. There will be an optional recital this term.

May not run if we don’t have the numbers so please contact Pitter Patter ASAP if you’re keen.

BRIGHT STARS / One Day School (24th July-11th September)

Wellbeing & Creative Empowerment programme

This term our Theme is Animal Kingdom: a super-exciting array of professional creative workshops and nature guardian experiences that will bring students closer to flora and fauna, as well as their own nature within.

9:30am-3:00pm, for 6-12 year olds.

HQ is Avebury House, Richmond

$65 a day (discounts for whole term)



Sporty Tuesday

A variety of sports for fun and fitness.

Currently full but running a wait list, so do get in touch if interested.


1:00 – 2:00 PM

Ages 5-15 yrs

Halswell Domain

approx $15 per child per term

Contact: Marleen

House of Bricks Lego Homeschool Club

10:00 –11:30 AM (First Tuesday of the Month)

All ages (Caregiver Required)

West Melton

$25pp ($5 preschoolers, Duplo supplied)

Tuesday 1st August – Shadow Building

Tuesday 5th September – Container Constructing



Basketball skills

11:30AM, 2nd August - 13th Sept

Pioneer Stadium

All ages welcome - the group currently is 5-10 yrs.

Older/younger siblings are welcome to use the other half of the court if it’s not being used by coach.

$5 per child per session (can attend casually)


Gymnastics Class

11:30AM-12:30 PM, Wednesdays

Age: 5-16 yrs

$90 for 9 weeks

Activities and games covering a range of gymnastic disciplines, as well as parkour.

Affinity Gym, Rolleston


Yearbook Design Course

12:00 - 2:00 PM, Avondale

Age: 13-17 yrs

Sponsored by CHE

We are looking for 1-2 more teenagers to join our 2023 Yearbook project. This will run as a design course in which students will learn how to create a yearbook publication from beginning stages to completing a printed publication over Term 3 & 4. There will be real world work aspects such as meeting deadlines and a commitment to spend 1 hour working independently at home outside the weekly class. An excellent opportunity for students interested in fine arts, creative writing, graphic design & photography.


Move X

Homeschool Social AcroSports

Wednesdays, 1:30-3:00PM

$15 for one child, or $10 per child for 2 + children in the same family per session.

All ages

The Homeschool Social Acro Sports Session is a 90 minute session catering to homeschooled children. This session is run by one of our coaches and includes play-based learning activities designed to build confidence, fitness and social skills.

Contact: Move X (03) 384 8244


Climbing @YMCA

1:00 – 2:30 PM

Ages 7/8+ depending on climbing ability (Not Clip & Climb)


$10/session, $90 concession cards available, $5 for optional shoe hire.

Contact: Marleen

Animal Care

1:00-2:30 PM (starts August 3rd – September 21st)

All ages (Caregiver Required)

West Melton

$160 for 8 week term


Love animals? Want to learn more about animal welfare, handling, nutrition, natural health, first aid and more? Come and meet the animals of Nachalah Homestead and learn how to care for and handle them correctly - cats, dogs, horses, rabbits, birds and sheep! Learn from a former Vet Nurse who has a passion for natural animal healthcare and welfare.

Crafty Steps

10:30-11:30 AM or 12:00-1:00 PM


Age: 6-12 yrs



1. Winter Watercolour Trees ( watercolour techniques ) 1 class 2. Polar Bear Chalk Art ( chalk and stencil art project ) 2 classes 3. Picasso's Masks ( self portrait, oil pastels, paper mache, acrylics ) 3 classes 4. Chinese Vase with Spring Flowers ( colour theory and art history ) 1 class

Mine craft Education

10:30-12:15 PM

Halswell Library

Suitable for all ages (younger children may need supervison)



Please bring your own USB Stick for saving your world onto


The course will run Thursday afternoons for the whole term

2:00-3:30 PM

MacFarlane Park Community room on Acheson Street in Shirley.

Age: 10-12 yrs

10 sessions @$10 each= $100 for the full term

Contact: to secure your space.

**Due to popularity, I am extending last term's course and opening it up to new students**

If your child is between 10 and 12 years old, and you’d like them to increase in confidence and interpersonal skills, this term-long course will help in both of those areas.

Improv (Improvisation) develops a child’s creativity, mental flexibility and thinking skills in numerous ways, all of which help in positive perception of themselves.

Mostly I use light-hearted fun games which use improvised acting - making up stories and scenes spontaneously, being supported in a group setting.

There is no pressure- only encouragement and up-building.

THE CRYSTALIGHTS - Tween Performance Crew - Dance, Drama & Art Combined


4:45-6:00 PM for 10-13 year olds in Lyttelton


We have space for a few more performance loving kids to join the crew and help co-create! Fun and confidence building experience where each crew member has input and their unique talents have the opportunity to shine.

Welcome to come for a try-and-see session.




QE II School of Gymnastics

Fridays, 11:30AM - 12:30PM

Price: $10.50 per session, term needs to be paid in advance.

All Ages

Contact: Melle -

Short courses/One off sessions

Two Week Block

Swimming Lessons

All ages, Graham Condon pool in Papanui



We’re currently planning whether to run block swimming during Terms 3 and/or 4 - please email if you might be interested in block swimming during one of these terms.

Bushcraft Skills

West Melton

$15pp - maximum of 5 per session, caregiver required

Contact: (Enquire regarding days and times available)

Short 1.5hr sessions covering different Bushcraft Skills topics

Options available – Make a Bow Drill (for fire making), Bushcraft Whittling, Bushcraft Knots, Bushcraft Weaving with Ti Kouka (Cabbage Tree), Slingshots, Bush Compass, Bushcraft Shelter Construction. Different topics have different age ranges, please ask for more information

Introduction to Natural Horsemanship

1 1/2 hour Introductory Sessions

All ages (caregiver required)

West Melton

$15pp (price increase from last term as now includes a pony ride)

Minimum of 2 and maximum of 4 per class

Enquire regarding days and times available


Join us for an Introductory session and find out how we keep our horses naturally, the differences in techniques and tools and the reasons why we do it! Meet the herd and spend some time grooming and getting to know them and have a pony ride!

"My passion is to teach people, young and old, how to understand and communicate with the horse naturally. Instead of using force and fear I teach games that communicate with the horse using the horse's own language. My goal is to have the horse run to you instead of run away from you. Here at Out West Horsemanship we teach foundation Natural Horsemanship from the ground up using Happy Horse, Happy Life methods.' - Izzy

Woodblock Print Making with Saskia Van Voorn

27, 28, 29, 30 July 2023

10:00 AM - 4:00 PM each day

$320 for course, paid in advance.

All skill levels welcome

Internationally renowned and trained artist Saskia Van Voorn lives and works in Le Bons Bay. We are very lucky to be able to offer her Woodcut Printmaking workshop for the community right here in Akaroa.

Favouring the natural environment, Saskia specialises in woodblock printing using a technique inspired by the 18th and 19th century woodcut of Japan. Ukiyo-e (pictures of the floating world). Learn her technique of making a detailed drawing, then using multiple woodblocks, add the skills of how to use gradation of colours to achieve depth and subtlety to make your print.

All skill levels are welcome to come along, with a strictly limited number of students. Beginners and more experienced artists are most welcome. Saskia will work the room to give everyone one on one tuition.

Learn from a master tutor over 4 consecutive sessions. Be quick !

All materials supplied * see note on registration form.

Contact: or phone 021527184 for more details.

Special opportunities

Hi, I work for Assistance Dogs Trust who train dogs for children with disabilities.

We are looking for individuals/families living in Christchurch to help our puppies grow up to become life-changing Assistance Dogs. Puppy raisers are an integral part of our organisation. Their job is an amazing one: to support our little ones on their journey towards becoming superheroes!

To become a puppy-raiser, you must:

- Have a fully fenced and secure property

- Have time to spend socialising and exercising your puppy.

- Be available to meet for puppy development training.

Our puppies stay with their raiser until they are about 16-18 months of age, then return to Assistance Dogs to be formally trained for their future roles. We cover the cost of feeding and vet care, and there is a supervisor available for all of our dogs.

To learn more, visit the link below

or contact me by email:

CHE Events

Kids Social - Matariki Disco & Craft competition

Saturday July 22nd

6:00-9:00 PM

Sponsored by CHE

St. Albans Community Centre

Come and join us for our Term 3 social for all ages. We will begin with arts & craft activities from 6:00-7:00 PM for our younger children and will have DJ Cass mixing on the dance floor from 7:00-9:00 PM for everyone. There will be a selection of snacks & beverages available for purchase on the night (cash only).

We have a Matariki decorations competition running - you can create a special themed decoration beforehand and drop your entry off to Carmel Tuit or Fran Cowie at Adventure Monday/Sporty Tuesday by the 19th of July. There will be two winners announced on the night - Under 8 years category & 9+ years category. Please email for another drop off location if you aren’t able to bring it to these designated places.

Last year the black lights were a hit and we invite you to dress in white/neon colours for the best effect on the dance floor!

Parent Social & AGM for CHE

Thursday, August 24, 2023

7:00-9:00 PM

Carlton Bar & Restaurant - 1 Papanui Road Merivale

We will be hosting a parent social beginning at 7:00 PM at Carlton Bar & Restaurant before the AGM which will include some complimentary appetisers and the option to purchase a beverage if you wish.

The AGM will start at 8:00 PM with the option to join in online via Zoom if you are not able to attend the in person event at Carlton Bar & Restaurant located at 1 Papanui Road, Merivale.

We would like to see as many CHE members as possible participate in this meeting.

Please RSVP to

Creative Junk Subscription

A non-profit that specialises in safe recyclable items from a wide variety of sources, especially industry, as well as new art supplies at greatly reduced prices.

CHE is a member. Please mention your membership to Canterbury Home Educator (CHE) at Creative Junk and fill a small bag of creative materials for $8 (instead of the usual $13) or a large bag of creative materials for $11 (instead of the usual $16).

Also, a MAKESPACE community space is available upstairs. They provide sewing machines, tools and resources for you to create, upcycle and/or repair goods using waste materials. Cost $5/hour/person plus materials.

25 Disraeli Street, Addington, Phone 03 379 4040

CHE library

The Canterbury Home Educators resource library is located at 293 Waterholes Road, Rolleston. Please see below to visit as our library is currently hosted on a private property.

All members are allowed to check out up to 30 items for up to 4 weeks. There are a variety of resources available from hire lego sets, home educating parent books, as well as many curriculum sets to trial.

The CHE Library will be open tomorrow, Tuesday July 11th at 1:30PM. Please text 027 348 9122 to confirm or email Debbie at to arrange another time to visit.

Scholastic Book Orders

Organised by Kim Ramsey, to order please email or contact on Facebook.

Scholastic catalogues are dropped off at Adventure Mondays each term.

Contact us

Have something to add to the next Termly newsletter? Email us at

Need to reference the CHE policy? You can find it here.

Have a wonderful break between Term 2 & Term 3!

Signing off - the Newsletter Team


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