AHE Conference 2017

AHE Learning Together Conference

Saturday 20 May, 9 am – 5 pm
Raye Freedman Arts Centre, Epsom Girls’ Grammar School

Please read through all the information before registering.



Come and join us for an inspirational day of encouragement, ideas and networking to help you in your home-schooling journey.  The AHE Learning Together Conference is a ‘locally produced’ event designed to help parents on their home-schooling journey.  Whether you’re investigating home-schooling as an option for your child, or have been underway for many years – there’s something for everyone!

Home-schooling is a great way to set a family culture.  It’s a way to bond to one another, to hold to each other, to create a kind of community with each other that can withstand even the hardest stuff.

My home-school success is not based on my children’s achievement in maths or writing.  But in my ability to stay connected to the people my children are, not who I hope they will be.  Allow your home-school life to create space for discovery…

from Julie Bogart, creator and owner Brave Writer

We will have main speakers, plenty of workshops to choose from, time to talk with other home-schooling parents, and peruse available vendors (see below).


8.00 am  Registrations open
9.00 am  Keynote speaker: Kate Jaunay
Once Upon a Time – a Home-Educating Story
10.00 am Morning tea and Vendors
10.45 am Session 1 – Workshops (1 hour)
12.00 pm Session 2 – Workshops (1 hour)
1.00 pm   Lunch and Vendors
2.00 pm   Keynote speaker: Siobhan Porter
Creating a Community for Yourself and Your Children
2.45 pm   Panel: Dads
3.30 pm   Session 3 – Workshops (1 hour)
5.00 pm   Finish

2017 is the 20th Anniversary for Auckland Home Educators.  Home-schooling is alive and well in Auckland – yay – and AHE is still going strong. We’ve asked founding member, Kate Jaunay, and current Director, Siobhan Porter, to share some of their stories, and insights they’ve gained from learning together with their family and community.

Panel Discussion – Dads:

Popular demand has seen this panel reappear not as a workshop but for the benefit of all attendees.  A panel of experienced home-educating fathers will talk about their participation: cheering from the sidelines to really getting stuck in. This will include Larne Edmeades, our 2015 speaker, and former principal of ACG Parnell College. If you have questions for the Dads’ Panel please email them to conference@ahe.org.nz.


Note: All our speakers are home-educators. The views they hold are their own, and not necessarily representative of AHE. We hope you enjoy the variety of speakers and topics. You may choose one workshop per session.

10.45 am
Mastering Maths
Erin Parkinson
Unschooling for Excellence
Rose Carlyle
Online Learning
Rhys Lewis
& Val Robb
Terrific Teens
Rosie Boom
12 noon
Stay Sane Home Management
Rachael Ayres
Frances Peeters
Let the Music Speak
Stacey Shuck
Te Tiriti o Waitangi
Natasha Hofmans
Home-schooling Solo
Rachael Anderson
3.30 pm
Starting Out
Fiona Taylor
Learning on the Road
Rachael Ayres
Out of the Box
Monica Bayldon-Lewis
Finishing Well
Natalie Donaldson



Click here to find out about SPEAKERS…



Lunch and Morning Tea will be provided. We can accommodate some dietary requirements (GF and vegetarian).

Please make other arrangements for your children as we are unable to provide child-care. Breast/bottle-fed babies are welcome, though we would ask that you are sensitive to others if your baby is getting too noisy 😢.

A number of vendors selling home-school curriculum and resources will be attending the conference including, Engaging Minds, Learnex, RIC Publications, RightStart Mathematics, CES, and Creation Ministries.

There will be a number of prizes given on the day from our vendors and other sponsors.


Because it is AHE’s 20th year to celebrate we are subsidising conference costs. If you are an AHE member, you receive a concession for the conference (and other AHE run events). If you would like to become a member, please click here to join.  (Membership subscription is $20/year or $35 for two years per family). Please note, the price includes lunch.

Early-bird pricing has ended now.

Standard Pricing:
Individual: $45 ($60 non-member)
Couple: $80 ($105 non-member)

Please pay to AHE a/c 12-3011-0543821-04  (Ref ‘name’ and ‘conference’)
Last day to register: Saturday 14 May

Special Concessions
If you are an AHE member who is a solo-parent we have a limited number of free tickets to the conference; also if you struggling financially we have concessions available. PLEASE contact Irene (conference@ahe.org.nz) if you are in this situation (or could recommend someone who is).

If you live out of Auckland and accommodation/transport costs plus registration are limiting factors, please also contact Irene.

Please contact us about financial assistance before the end of April.

If you have queries or questions feel free to email Irene at conference@ahe.org.nz.





Many thanks to our sponsors: