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Term Dates

Term Dates for 2016 Start Ending
Term 1 Monday 1 February to Friday 15 April
Term 2 Monday 2 May to Friday 8 July
Term 3 Monday 25 July to Friday 23 September
Term 4 Monday 10 October to Friday 16 December

 

Ordering from SCEE

You will need to download the latest order forms from www.scee.edu.au which have the new prices on them. The forms are listed under the “Distribution” menu. The username to use is “de” and the password is “john146”. There is now the opportunity to do a web order. Instructions on how to do this are also in the “Distribution” menu.

Computer Courses

If you want your children to learn how to use Microsoft Word or Microsoft Excel Cheryl Price has some excellent courses which they have adapted for homeschoolers and in a format that is very suitable for sending tests into us. To order them send an email to prices1@xtra.co.nz and order the Home Schooling Package for either:

HENZ Introduction to Spreadsheets for Excel 2010 Or

HENZ introduction to Word Processing for Word 2010

These are the only specific packages they have for Home Schooling but they do have other training resources and I can send or email you an Easy Way price list if you would like to see what they have.

NOTE: In the past these were worth one credit per course. From this year (2016) they will only be worth 1/2 credit per course. If a student began any of them last year they will be given the 1 credit since they started the course with the understanding they would gain 1 credit – not 1/2.

Literature & Creative Writing Resource Books Library

Most of you know that you can borrow the resource books for Literature & Creative Writing from me for the cost of postage.   At this stage  all the Literature & Creative Writing Books are up and Basic Literature 7 and the secondary literature. There are also some of the resource books for some of the electives now up too plus some of the DVDs for hire. If you don’t see there what you need it is worth while for you to contact me as we don’t have everything there yet. You do not have to log in to www.homeeducationnz.co.nz  to view the whole site, but if you are ordering books and want to register so you don’t have to fill in your details each time, you can do this. I do recommend that you keep your password somewhere safe as if you forget it, I don’t think I can find it for you. We’re still working out how that side will work but presume you would have to fill in a form to have your password emailed to you.

New ACE Certificate Guidelines

The new ACE Certificate Guidelines are now available to download from www.facenz.org website.  If you have secondary-aged children then you must have these.

Upper Level Tests

In the upper level ACE courses the Self Test does not necessarily cover the material that will be tested in the PACE Test. Therefore to prepare well for these tests it is necessary to review the entire PACE. This warning is particularly relevant for Collectivism and History of Civilization I and II.

Maths Solution Keys

With the introduction of the 4th Edition PACEs and the new score keys there has also been a new addition which may be helpful to some of you. As well as the score keys there are solution keys. These can be helpful if you or your children get stuck with their Maths.

I have looked through the order forms and I cannot find them listed so if you wish to order them you should list them on the email to which you attach your order form.

These are the solution keys that are available along with their codes:

CEE406273  Maths 1073-1076

CEE406277 Maths 1077-1079

CEE406285 Maths 10851086

CEE406287 Maths 1087-1088

CEE406289 Maths 1089-1090

I have ordered a set of these so if you wish to view one or get stuck and need to see one urgently just contact me and for the cost of postage I will lend them to you.

Rosetta Stone Credits

I have recently been advertising the Rosetta Stone language programme. It was our understanding in New Zealand that each level would be worth 1 ACE credit. It seems that we were mistaken in this and that each level is only worth half a credit. In fairness to those who started the programme on the understanding that students would gain one credit per level we will abide by this for those who have already begun the programme but from 1st June, 2014 those who begin the programme will only earn half a credit per level.

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