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.

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.

Sunday, June 05, 2005

Flinders Ranges Camp Update

Willochra Camp - (Diocesan Centre) Melrose
Lower Flinders Ranges
(at the base of Mount Remarkable)

Monday 17th to Friday 21st October

Dormitories, recreation hall, hiking, swimming, activities, astronomy and other activities

Approximate cost:
$15 per person per night. A booking fee of $15 per family applies - send a cheque or money order to Beverley Paine, PO Box 371 Yankalilla SA 5203, together with names and ages of those attending the camp, plus your contact details. For more information about the camp, email Beverley or Anthea

There are three buildings with dormitory style accomodation. The Bannon Wing has 4 rooms with bunk beds for 6 people in each room. The Jubilee Wing has 8 rooms with bunk beds for 6 people in each room. This wing also contains a kitchenette and a meeting room with easy chairs. Both of these wings are carpetted and have an en-suite.
The American Wing is an older style building with 6 rooms which each accommodate 4 people. Showers and toilets are situated at the end of this building under the same roof.

Other amenities:
The Chapel of Christ the King is available for worship and study. There is a dining room and modern kitchen with a cold room and industrial size gas stoves. The Centre also has a swimming pool, gas fired barbecue, and an Activity Hall for games and other activities. There is a large area for sport and outside activities.
There is gas heating in Hall and Chapel is available at hirer's expense. If we use this service we will ask all campers for a gold coin donation to cover the cost. All crockery, cutlery, and cooking utensils are on site. A phone is available for campers use. Reverse Charge Calls, Phone Away card or Telecard needed. The telephone number is (08) 8666 2177. There is a full-time Warden on site: (08) 8666 2096.

Please bring:
blankets and sheets, or sleeping bag, pillow
first aid equipment
toilet roll
sports equipment
inside games, art, craft and other activities

Camp rules:
No firearms, alcohol, dogs or gambling. No smoking inside buildings. No bleaches or disinfectants in toilets or handbasins - use products suitable only for septic tank systems. Swimming in the pool is only allowed if an adult is present to supervise.

Planned activities so far...
* Astronomy - Mr Jackson and the Paine's are both bringing telescopes, so we'll be doing some star gazing and astronomy.

* Shared meals...
Watch this space for information for a shared meal each day. Please bring ingredients to suit the meal which will communally cook! Lunch and Breakfast are self-catered by each family.

Thursday, June 02, 2005


ADNIL PRESS- *Note: new web site* A new look & new products.
PO Box 22 Booleroo Centre,
SA 5482
Ph 08 8658 6019
Adnil Press is run by a homeschooling family. We publish Voyages in Phonics, Voyages in Language, Voyages in Literature, Voyages in Diction and the Schonell Spelling Programme. In addition, we supply resouces such as Prima Latina, Latina Christiana, Traditional Logic, Classical Rhetoric, The Story of the World series, books from Dinah Zike, as well as resources for Art & Music Appreciation, and more!
* Two new programs are the Music 'First Discovery' series, and also the 'Times Tales' on the Maths link.

catalogue -
PO Box 371, Yankalilla SA 5203
phone 08 85583212 or 0431908220; fax 08 85583212

Writer and publisher of home education books, unschooling and natural learning books. Now stocking books by John Holt, John Peacock, Grace Llewellyn, Linda Dobson, Mary Griffith, Ann Lahrson-Fisher, and others. Publishing Homeschool Australia e-newsletter and Unschool~Kidz! e-zine. Beverley is interested in publishing books written by Australian home educators and is currently publishing Michele Hasting's 'The Homeschooling Trail'. Email Beverley for submission guidelines.



Suppliers of quality home education resources including Bright Ideas Press titles, Knowledge Quest Maps, Saxon maths, Parent Support, Shurley English and much, much more.
A New Zealand agent for Education Choices, and Keystone, home education magazines.
Visit or email for a price list.

Details: 11 Jozecom Place,
New Zealand.
Ph 03 347 7168

I am a home educator with nine years experience with my own children and five years assisting home educators with exemption applications.


Serving the home education community in New Zealand by providing quality courses for both new and experienced home educators. The Broad Room seeks to inspire and educate parents to educate their own children.


Christian based curriculum materials, resources and support.


EBENEZER BOOKS - Parrish Family
P.O. Box 639
Ph: 07 3888 5114
We specialise in Godly books and music for children and adults which teach and entertain while they help to build character. We stock a large range including; fiction, biography, historical fiction and non fiction, character building & heritage story books, Bible story books, colour-in and activity books, music and more. Our books will compliment any curriculum. We also search for titles not in our catalogue upon request.


Catholic materials and Charlotte Mason and living books.


GOLDEN BEETLE BOOKS - Rudolf Steiner Education and homeschooling teaching manuals.


# workshops: *the Beginner's Guide to Home Education, *Educational Games,
*Charlotte Mason methods of education explained, *Educating and
Career-guiding Teens, *Literature - "What's the big deal?"
# guidance and help with writing an exemption application
# support and preparation for an ERO review
Lennie has home educated her children since 1987 and is a professional
teacher of adults. She has run workshops since 1997 and helped parents with
MoE and ERO issues for many years.
Email: "L Harrison"


HOMESCHOOL FAVOURITES - Resources for A Living Education.
Email Mary at
A Living Education' - quarterly magazine on CM methods as used in Australia.Charlotte Mason how to books
Mother culture/HSing families books
Diana Waring materials
Greenleaf Press materials
Timeline and mapping materials
Classical Kids
Artistic Pursuits and more


Michelle is now able to supply the storytelling tapes and CDs by Jim Weiss (Greathall Productions) at very reasonable prices. These have won numerous awards in the States and are great to supplement your history studies, as an alternative to watching TV, and for birthday/Christmas presents. They are hoping to be able to supply some modest dress patterns from Sense and Sensibility.


A collection of Australian books that are self-instructional, if used in the right order.


The Angelico family , operating Kingsley Educational from our home as a mail order supplier of home education curriculum and support materials. As Christians, we aim primarily but not exclusively to serve our fellow-Christians with mainly Christian curriculum.


50 Walpole Avenue
Auckland 1702
Ph: +64 9 269 3532
Contact is Erena Fussell.

Suppliers of Apologia Science resources and just about anything else you can think of.


PO Box 3284
Belconnen MDC ACT 2616
+61 2 6259 3944 (tel)


MINISTRY 2000 - Tony & Esther White
Or write to: P O Box 269,
Orbost, VIC 3888,
Ph: 03 5154 1977Math-U-See products.


U & V Balzat
P.O.Box 302555,
North Harbour
Auckland 1330
New Zealand
Tel: 09 915 3332
Supplying Charlotte Mason materials and more. Email for more info and order form.


OPEN VISION AUSTRALIA - John and Ruth Florance
PO Box 577
Orbost VIC 3888
Phone: +61 3 5154 1022
Exclusive Australian Consultants for Sonlight.
Other products include: Winston Grammar, Singapore Maths, Christian Novels, LLATL,Writing Strands, Learnables and other Commonsensepress products.


If you would like to join the NZ/AU Group license at a substantial discount please contact Janne Witt After using it with our 7 children since 2001 I am so impressed with it that since 2003 I have undertaken to co-ordinate the NZ/AU Group License. To have a look at the programme click here

The link will take you to the page where you can download 30 reading books with activity sheets for FREE and where you can also preview the extra materials available to members of a Group License. To investigate the rest of the site scroll to the bottom of the page and click on 'continue tour'. At the bottom of the second page you will see all the tabs to negotiate the site. The 'All Books' tab will allow you to investigate each book's summary page. The 'Home' tab is where you can take the full site tour.


ST ATHANASIUS BOOKSELLERS - stockists of Catholic books
556 Torrens Road, Woodville Nth. S.A. 5012.
Ph 08-8345 1522
Opening hours for calling in:Thur, Fri, Sat 10.30am - 5pm.Books on homeschooling: Catholic Education-Homeward Bound; Catholic Homeschool Treasury; Catholic Homeschooling. Living history books including many mentioned in popular curriculum guides such as Greenleaf, 4 reallearning etc.




PO Box 186
Ferny Hills Delivery Centre, QLD. 4055
Queensland, 4055
Tel/Fax: 61-7-3351-7243
Tel/Fax : (07) 3351 7243
Suppliers of Apologia materials, How Great Thou Art publications, Trivium Pursuit, Peace Hill Press, Truthquest History, Canon Press, Critical Thinking Books, Easy Grammar as well as materials from Nothing New Press, Greenleaf Press, For Such a Time as This Ministries, Educators Publishing Service, and New Tribes Mission.


Aussie Homeschool Message Board
This message board is primarily for Australian Homeschoolers to swap or sell curriculum- new or second hand or to share resources, online links, homeschool businesses or retailers.


Ebay Australia
A place to buy resources and books.


PLEASE NOTE: This list is in alphabetical order - please browse through the whole list and contact the vendors directly for further information or catalogues. If you would like your homeschool business/ministry to be included on this list, please email the details to either or

Susan, Julia, Bec and Robynne.

Contacts and Newsletters

When first inquiring about homeschooling it's a good idea to contact local support groups and newsletters for information about homeschooling in your state. Please respect the privacy of families who donate time and energy to devote to providing support and information as contact people. Write down your questions before calling, keep your phone calls brief and to the point. Call at reasonable times, remembering these families are educating their children and your call may take them away from learning activities. Homeschooling families are busy people, but they are willing and happy to help you begin your homeschooling adventure! Last updated November 2003 email corrections, additions and omissions to Debbie,

Homeschool Australia Beverley Paine, Always Learning Books PO Box 371 Yankalilla 5203 - send self addressed stamped envelope for 10 page information brochure on getting started with homeschooling, or email
Homeschool Australia FAQ discussion group
Homeschool Australia Free monthly online newsletter

SA Home Based Learners Newsletter editor: Linda Maher, PO Box 22 Booleroo Centre, SA 5482

HESA internet contact group - sharing information about gatherings and excursions in the metropolitan and near country areas:
Organises regular 'Open House' gatherings and other activities

Adelaide Sue is happy to talk to families about home education in general. Ph 8260 5229
"Home Based Learners SA" - L Westernberg, 144 Stephen Tce, Gilberton SA 5081: ; editor -

Noarlunga Area - Debbie Dunn

Western Suburbs - Louise: email

Southern Area - Stephanie Mitchell

Southern Hills & Strathalbyn Homeschool Group: Narelle Lee or Strathalbyn SA 5255 Contact: Rebecca Williams Ph: Email:

The Southern Vales Support Group meets Wednesday at 1pm at Kuipto Hall, Brookman Road Kuipto Contact Beverley for a contact person.

Northern Suburbs Wednesday Outings Group Jenny

Murray Bridge Group meet fortnightly during the school term on Thursdays from 2.00 pm. Contact Beverley for a contact person.

Peterborough Michelle

Home Educators of South Australia yahoo discussion group:

21st Century Education yahoo discussion group:

ChooseSA yahoo discussion group for Charlotte Mason devotees

Port Lincoln Deb Palmer would like to meet up with other Eyre Peninsula homeschooling families.

Windsor Gardens Alison Cromb is happy to talk to anyone re homeschooling queries and especially to give explanation of what we did for the high school stage and how we got our children into university

Limestone Coast Home Schoolers (South East) - Sharee Cordes, 14 Werona St, Mount Gambier 5290: ; email:

Christian Homeschoolers of SA - Bruno Colangelo, PO Box 2009, Prospect 5082: email:

Yorke Peninsula/Maitland: Brenda Stock, PO Box 255 Maitland 5573

Charlotte Mason Philosophy of Education Support Group - Anna Hackett, 16 Arcoona Ave, Rostrevor 5073: email:

Goolwa and Southern Coast Activities and Get Togethers contact Deb,

"Nature Walks and Nature Talks" - Anna Hackett, 16 Arcoona Ave, Rostrevor 5073: email:

Steiner Education Study Group meets each month on the 3rd Tuesday at the Anthrological Bookshop, 96 Halifax St, Adelaide. Free.

Alice Springs Sharon Mann
08 8963 1263

Wednesday, June 01, 2005

What's On - Sustainable Environment Activities in Adelaide

from The Alternative Technology Bulletin (produces ReNew Magazine)

June 2. How do we become a people-friendly city? Free public forum on revitalising our communities. 7.15pm Payneham Community Centre 374 payneham Rd. Speakers include Paul Downton, Denise Schumann, Emilis Prelgasukas, Jacgui Hunder, Claire Fulton, Alan Shepard. Enquiries 8332 8738.

June 3-5. Eco-living Expo. Wayville Showgrounds. Showcasing energy efficiency, recycling, water conservation and lots more. See

June 5. World Environment Day. See

June 24. 6pm - Victoria Square Fountain. Critical Mass is a monthly bicycle ride to celebrate cycling and to assert cyclists' right to the road. The idea started in San Francisco in September 1992, and quickly spread to cities all over the world. This site attempts to be the most complete guide to local Critical Mass rides around the globe. or

July 7-10. Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Sustainability is a major theme in this July's Adelaide Festival of Ideas. Thinkers and activists will gather to enliven and provoke audiences in The speakers have been posed a single question:"What is to be done?"
Among the 40-odd speakers are: Elisabet Sahtouris, an evolution biologist, futurist, and consultant on Living Systems Design which she applies to organisational design in businesses, government and global trade and Stephen Schneider, a leading authority on climate change, and Professor, Department of Biological Sciences, Stanford University. The Festival web site at includes biographies for all speakers. You can also sign up to receive regular updates and announcements via email.

July 31. National Tree Day. July is the month for a tree spree - the 10th annual National Tree Day is on Sunday July 31st and Schools Tree Day is on Friday July 29th. Organised by Planet Ark with backing from Toyota and AMP Foundation, last year's Tree Day saw 250,000 volunteers plant over a million wildlife-friendly native trees. Call the Planet Ark Tree Day Hotline on 1300 88 5000 to get involved or visit

Sept 10-11. SOLAR HOUSE DAY - the premier event for Ecologically Sustainable Development - are you up to volunteering this year??? or call Monica Oliphant if you would like to get involved 8277 3357 or 0404 898 277

Sept 19-23. Shaping Sustainable Systems15th IFOAM Organic World Congress. With the theme of 'Shaping Sustainable Systems', the Conference will shape, through debate and discussion, the important role that organic systems play in ensuring long term sustainability. In placing the spotlight on the host nation, there will also be a particular focus on the unique Australian organic systems of permaculture, and rangeland systems management. Adelaide Convention Centre, North Terrace, Adelaide.

Sept 24-25. GO 2005 Organic Festival - This is an opportunity to be a part of Australia's biggest organic event: a festival featuring the nation's biggest farmers' markets, amazing food stalls and the best in products and technologies for sustainable living. Botanic Park & Festival Flyer.pdf

Sept 25 - Oct 2. Known as the 'Brain-Sport' of our time, the World Solar Challenge entrants will traverse more than 3,000km of the Australian continent from tropical Darwin to balmy Adelaide, in cars powered by nothing more than the sun. The World Solar Challenge promotes and celebrates education and technical excellence, drawing attention to the imperatives of sustainable transport.

posted by Beverley