South Australian Home Education Network

South Australian children learning at home and in the community.
Information and resources for South Australian families interested in educating their children at home.

Friday, September 23, 2005

Term 4 Calendar from Northern Area Group

Northern Home Education Group -
These functions are open to all - not just the northern group

Tues Oct 11th 1-3pm Dunstan Adventure Playground, Walkerville
Term 4
Week 1
Tues Oct 18th 1:30pm Salisbury Bowl, Clayson Street, Salisbury East

Week 2
Tues Oct 25th 1-3pm Clonlea Park, Willaston
Thurs Oct 27th 12noon Ice Skating, Adelaide

Week 3
Tues Nov. 1st 1:30pm Salisbury Bowl, Clayson Street, Salisbury East

Week 4
Mon Nov 7th 1pm Chess Group & Book Fair - 10 Falcon Ave., Mile End
Tues Nov 8th 1-3pm Rymill Park, Adelaide

Week 5
Tues Nov 15th 1:30pm Salisbury Bowl, Clayson Street, Salisbury East

Week 6
Tues Nov 22nd 1-3pm Carisbrooke Reserve, Main Nth Rd, Salisbury Park
Thurs Nov 24th 12noon Ice Skating, Adelaide

Week 7
Tues Nov 29th 1:30pm Salisbury Bowl, Clayson Street, Salisbury East

Week 8
Mon Dec 5th 1pm Chess Group- 10 Falcon Ave., Mile End
Tues Dec 6th 1-3pm Belair National Park at the Adventure Playground

Week 9
Tues Dec 13th 1:30pm Salisbury Bowl, Clayson Street, Salisbury East

Week 10
Tues Dec 20th 1-3pm Civic Park, Modbury, opp TTP
CHRISTMAS LUNCH please RSVP of your participation in bistro lunch by 22/11

Any further information please don't hesitate to contact
Bowling Days - Jenny Herriman on 0427 811958 or email
Park/Sports Days - contact Sarah Knight on 0411 737875 or

Wednesday, September 07, 2005

Narnu Farm Camp 2006, Hindmarsh Island

Wednesday 6th September - Sunday 10th September 2006

Please email me (Beverley) if you wish to reserve accomodation. There is a $15 booking fee, refundable until August 1st 2006.

We will be staying in the Bunkhouse, which sleeps 54 in eight rooms with showers and toilets near by. There are also several cottages that can be rented for the camp as well, if you prefer this option.

Sleeping in the Bunkhouse will cost:
$17 per person per night ($12 children under 6, children under 2 are free)
with a cleaning fee of $95

Free supervised animal feeding and cow milking.
BBQ facilities, 1/2 court tennis, and table tennis are free.
Blacksmithing, Hand Ploughing, Butter Making, and Vintage Truck Farm Tour $2 per person (minimum numbers apply)
Pony rides $10 per person minimum age 3 for 1/4 hour
Horse rides from $18 per person 1/2 hour trail ride minimum age 5
Riding lesson $30 per person (include trail ride) minimum age 5
Scenic Trail Ride $32 per person 1 hour minimum age 13
DVD Home Entertainment Theatre $20 per night

Situated on Hindmarsh Island overlooking the Murray River, five minutes from Goolwa. If we're interested in educational excursions we can visit the Signal Point Museum, Barrages plus Goolwa historic/heritage township and Museum. Water sports would be one possible activity. A car trip to see the mouth of the Murray is another. Or we can totally focus on the farm stay theme and develop educational activities around this.

For those that can't afford this camp we also have the much cheaper annual Point Sturt dormitory camp near Milang in May 2006. This camp focusses on relaxation, getting to know each other and activities that we bring along.

I am also happy to organise a Caravan Park camp sometime next year for those that like to camp in tents, or caravans or onsite cabins, but only if sufficient numbers are willing to book in advance (pay a booking fee). Suggestions: Second Valley, Aldinga, Kadina/Moonta area.

Sunday, July 31, 2005

Charlotte Mason Mother’s Support Group

Saturday 6th August

Topic: Nature Notebooks
Location: Cathy Sowerbutts’ Home, Windsor Gardens
Time: 2pm sharp – 4pm
Please email Cathy to RSVP or if you would like some more information prior to the meeting.

Nursing babies welcome (we don’t usually bring our other children with us to make things easier for the hostess and for the smooth running of the meeting)

All welcome: whether you are new or old to homeschooling or just thinking about it, whether you know a lot or nothing about CM, perhaps you would just to meet with some other homeschooling mums for some time out.

Thursday, July 28, 2005


Next month at the Auslan group we will be playing a game of "Go Fish"
during our meeting. We will be learning the signs for "(do) you have?"
and "Go fish" along with the number signs and the following animals.
I suggest that you practice at home before you come so that the game
flows smoothly. If there are too many words for your children to
remember just practice the animals and we play the animal version first.

As there seem to be several versions of some words we will be using the
ones from the sign bank for this game.
The animals we will be using learning are:
Possum, cockatoo, emu, wombat, echidna, kangaroo.
Happy signing!

For more information about the AUSLAN Group, contact Marina

Pt Dock National Railway Museum Excursion

A booking has been made for Friday 12th August at 12 noon.

The cost is $4 per child. Parents are free (They usually have a ratio of 1 adult to 4 children but I explained that we are all home educators and as such we take responsibility for our own children so naturally the ratio will be higher for us)

Bring the money on the day and give it to Vanessa as you arrive.

The Railway Museum is on Lipson Street at Port Adelaide.

I will need a confirmation of attendence by those who still want to go by Tuesday 9th August, so I can confirm numbers so that they can ensure they have enough guides.

I have some brochures that I will take to ice skating tomorrow if anyone would like one.

There is a web address if you would like to take a look. Apparently you are able to print off some resources.

(The Military Museum is very close by if folk wanted to self organise to go there. It is possible to catch a train down to the Port or a bus. Also the Maritime Museum. )

For more information contact:

Tuesday, July 26, 2005

Junior Field Naturalists

Junior Field Naturalists, which may be of interest to homeschooling families, meet once a month and usually have a guest speaker who addressed the group on their particular area of speciality. Meetings/speakers scheduled for the remainder of the year are as follows:

August 19th - speaker/subject TBA
September 16th - threatened species
October 21st - seals and sealions
November 18th - St Peters billabong (Wetlands) including end of year BBQ

Meetings start at 7:30pm till approximately 9:00pm at the latest and are usually held in the Nature Education Centre at Norwood Primary School, Osmond Terrace, Norwood (brightly painted building behind playground at southern end of yard).

The contact persons for the Junior Field Naturalists group are Clive and Alison Boyce,

Saturday, June 25, 2005

Salt Water Meets Freshwater

Debbie has organized, through Waterwatch, a FREE session at the Onkaparinga Estuary.
FRIDAY 8th of JULY 1PM (Meeting at 12pm for lunch and a run around) - Session with Matt (from Waterwatch) runs for 1.5hrs
LOCATION: Weatherald Tce Footbridge, Port Noarlunga
TOPIC: Where Fresh Meets Salt: discuss tides, salinity fluctuations and water quality of the estuary; use ID charts to identify birds and plants; consider the importance of the estuary as a fish breeding area; discuss how the health of the estuary affects the marine environment.
BRING: drinking water and a clipboard and pencil if you want to do the associated worksheets.
For more worksheets and activities to do before the visit go to the following excellent site: The quickest way to the resources is to click on the link on the left under "News in Brief" which says New Catchment Connections folder released. This take you to the index page and the Estuary stuff is in Folder two - just follow the links to the PDF files. (These could be useful too for those going to Beach Biology on Monday)
Debbie has set up a database on the Yahoo site for people to register their attendance and as she needs to photocopy worksheets. Please indicate here how many worksheets you will need (ie one for each child you think will complete it). There is a charge to cover the copy costs $1 for info pack (10 pages) - about estuaries and answer key for field worksheet (1 per family) + 30c per worksheet per child.

Tuesday, June 21, 2005

Homeschooling Concert

Mid Year Homeschool Concert and Exhibition

July 2nd at Stirling Family Church

1:30pm Exhibition Opens
2pm Concert Starts
Cost $2 adult $1 per art work entered
$1 children Only one piece per child please.
$6 family
Please bring a plate of food to share for a combined afternoon tea during intermission. Tea and Coffee will be available at 50c

All items must be registered by 24th June. Spaces may be limited, to avoid disappointment book early. For more information email Narelle
Exhibition Items are displayed at owners' risk.

Expressions of interest for trading tables welcome. Please phone Narelle.

Please note that the exhibition and trading tables will be open before and after the concert and during the intermission. They will not be open during the concert.

Participation certificates will be presented.