Oamaru Conference

Wednesday, 16 September

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Conference Schedule

Wednesday, 16th September

Registration Closed Friday 11 September
Door Sales Available!

5:30 pm


6:00 pm

Secondary Options: Choices for Home-Schooling through High School

What are the options for teenagers who choose to home-school through the secondary years? How does NCEA work, and how do home-schoolers access NCEA?  What’s Cambridge?  Are there other options (like not doing any qualifications and focussing just on great learning)!? How does one enter university as a home-schooler?  In this talk Natalie Donaldson will give a brief overview of the myriad of possibilities and help you work through the best options for children who are home-educated through the senior years.

7:00 pm


7:30 pm

Under Construction: A Work in Progress

Homeschooling is a long term project, and it is important to recognise that, just like any big project, we are works in progress.  It is important to count the cost and really understand our WHY before we begin, because our WHY carries us through the challenges and ups and downs of real life, and helps us not get derailed.  Like all projects – we need a vision for what we’re doing and some blue-prints to build to.  Building something significant takes time and effort, and it gets messy!  We need encouragement for the journey, and healthy self care to last the distance.  Join Cassandra Shepherd as she shares from her 15 year journey homeschooling her 3 children through to graduation, beginning in New Zealand followed by 9 years in Singapore. 

8:20 pm


8:30 pm

Finding the Spark that Motivates You and Your Child

Marian Lane will talk will be about how to find your SPARK.  What is your “spark” and how can you identify it in yourself and your children?  How can you maintain it through your home-schooling journey.  This spark is what helps build resilience, optimism and achievement in you and your family.  It will give you the strength to cope with the difficult days that will inevitably come as part of every home-school journey.  By knowing and encouraging a person’s potential spark they can become a unique and productive flame that positively impacts their family, community and the world around them.  Come and hear how you too, can be building a family where everyone is striving towards their best selves.

9:20 pm

Final Q & A 

9:30 pm



Reach Church

17 College Street
Oamaru North


If we are unable to attend in person,
the conference will be conducted online and a
partial refund provided for ticket holders.

Early Bird: - now ended
$30 per person for the evening
Standard Price:
$45 per person for the evening

If another member of your household would like to attend the
Secondary Options Talk only

the price is
$10 per person early bird (now ended)
$15 standard price



Registration has now closed but Door Sales are available on the night.
We’d love to see you if you can make it!

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