Our Reasons for Home Education:

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Although he was achieving good results, he wasn't reaching his full potential because his love for learning had been destroyed & hence his grades were steadily declining.

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Completely failed by the system, he hated school, was always tired & homework time was a major frustration for both of us. He was severely frustrated & quickly heading to become yet another ADHD statistic.

Monday, March 23, 2015

Red Cross People Saver Course

People Savers is a first aid course that prepares the students to act in an emergency situation, whether in the classroom or playground, on a school trip or camp, or at home.

  • It introduces and familiarises the students with basic hands-on first aid skills for emergency situations
  • It is facilitated in your school by a trained Red Cross New Zealand first aid instructor
  • It is a stand-alone course (but can also be part  of a teacher-planned unit of work or inquiry)
  • It supports the curriculum, particularly  Health & Physical Education, Science and Social Sciences.

2015_0323_080052The course covers the following areas using the DRSABC framework:

  • D ~ Check for Dangers
  • R ~ Check Response
  • S ~ Send for help
  • A ~ Check Airway
  • B ~ Check Breathing
  • C ~ Check Circulation and bleeding

2015_0323_081640Some of the topics covered were:

  • How to call for help
  • Circulation/bleeding
  • Dangers
  • Shock/nose bleeds
  • Response
  • Broken bones
  • Airway
  • Burns and scalds
  • Recovery position
  • Poisons
  • Breathing

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Students were encouraged to roleplay emergency situations & practiced being both the casualty and the people saver scenarios.

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Teamwork was initiated to get the check the students recollection of materials covered. They also got to practice how to do a bandage & a arm sling.


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Sunday, March 8, 2015

Hikianalia Hawai Tour


Hikianalia is the Hawaiian name for the star also known as Spica, which rises together with Hōkūle’a (Arcturus) in Hawaii. They are sister stars because they break the horizon together at the latitude of the Hawaiian islands.  While Hikianalia has her own sail plan for part of the Worldwide Voyage, she and Hōkūleʻa will begin and conclude the voyage side-by-side. 2015_0308_131836 

Hikianalia combines the latest ecological technology with the heritage of the voyaging tradition. Each of our hulls contains an electric motor powered by onboard photovoltaic panels that convert sunlight to electric propulsive energy. With a zero carbon footprint, her design supports the “Mālama Honua” intent of the Worldwide Voyage.2015_0308_132238

2015_0308_132536Hikianalia was designed specifically for the Worldwide Voyage, following a template created by Salthouse Boatbuilders and used by the Okeanos Foundation for the Sea, which commissioned the seven waka moana of the Pacific Voyagers in Aotearoa (New Zealand). A sail path between Aotearoa and Hawaiʻi was rekindled in 1985, when Hōkūle’a sailed there and established an ongoing relationship with Maori communities.

We received a complete run down of all the features and amenities on board this ship. I found it quite impressive how they’ve kitted out this small space for fairly comfortable living, complete with kitchen, shower & toilet.

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Hikianalia features at a Glance:

  • Built in Auckland, Aotearoa by Salthouse Boatbuilders (builders of the Pacific Voyagers waka)
  • Launched for sea trials on September 15, 2012
  • Set sail from Aotearoa to Tahiti on October 9, 2012.  Arrived on October 25.
  • Length: 72 feet
  • Width: 23 feet
  • Green Footprint: Hikianalia is powered by photovoltaic-driven electric motors
  • Hikianalia is the Hawaiian name for the star Spica.