Log in

Log in

Log in

Log in

December 2013 News

Mothers celebrate a year of homeschooling

  • Written by  Elissa Dowling
Homeschooling mothers travelled from Toowoomba to the MumHeart Conference last year. Photo: Provided

When most of us think of school, we imagine a classroom full of students.

But for many Toowoomba children, education takes place at home with their family.

A group of Toowoomba homeschooling mothers gathered to celebrate their year at a Christmas function in November.

“We believe there are at least 100 families homeschooling in Toowoomba,” Barb Somervaille, one of the coordinators of the Darling Downs Christian Homeschool Network said.

“It can be hard to tell because many families enrol through different schools or through Education Queensland.”

The network is about to celebrate its 18th Awards Night, and Barb said the group had grown considerably since it first started.

“Homeschooling has become more accepted and widely known. It used to be thought of as very strange, but now people tend to just nod and smile and say, ‘Oh, I know someone else who homeschools,’” said Barb, who has homeschooled her own eight children over the past 20 years.

Barb said benefits such as a peaceful lifestyle, time for children to develop their own interests and individual personalities, as well as the formation of close-knit families, were some of the reasons people were turning to home education.

With a teaching co-op, weekly sports groups, regular excursions and activity days, as well as many informal get-togethers, homeschooling families were often well connected within the community.

Barb said there were many “precious friendships” formed between homeschooling families from different denominations.

“Our common ground is that we all just want to do the best we can to train and educate our children.”

She said finding support was important to share ideas and resources as well as encouragement.

Next year, the biennial MumHeart mothers’ retreat will occur at the Sunshine Coast.

“Last year we had over 100 women and we are expecting more from around Australia next year,” Barb said.

Latest News

Families flock to popular Queen’s Park Carols

A picture perfect summer evening saw over 10,000 pack Queen’s Park for the 2015 4GR Mayoral… Read More
Stories and testimonies are shared at City Women’s 10th Anniversary celebration

City Women celebrates 10 years of impacting girls and women

City Women celebrated their 10th anniversary last month with a night of sharing a decade of… Read More
The monument to victims of violence along with its creator, Daniel Gill

New monument to the victims of violence an Australian first

The first stand-alone dedicated monument to the victims of violence anywhere in Australia was… Read More
Catholic Archbishop of Hobart, Julian Porteous

Justice for children and freedom of speech hang in the balance

COMMENT: Managing Director of the Australian Christian Lobby Lyle Shelton believes social… Read More

How to cope with Christmas

COMMENT: Trevor and Don Burstow, directors of Burstows Funerals share how to grow through… Read More
The tents in which asylum seeker families live in on Nauru

Seeking asylum . . . and finding Jesus

Toowoomba’s Jack and Annie Kamst share two stories of working with asylum seekers on Christmas… Read More

OneChurch News Supported By