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What we’re about

Ōtepoti Dunedin Homeschoolers (known as "SHEAF - Supporting Home Education Among Families" 2003-2023) is a supportive and inclusive community for homeschooling families in the Otago region. Our goal is to create an environment where families can connect, learn from each other, and grow together.

Our group collaborates to create a range of educational and social opportunities which support the varied needs and curiosities of our home educating families. We have a diverse range of interests and values, and our shared aim is to foster a love of learning in our children.

“Education is not the filling of a pail, but the lighting of a fire.” - William Butler Yeats

At Ōtepoti Dunedin Homeschoolers, we believe that home education is a viable and valuable educational choice, and we work to support homeschooling as an option for families in our community.

Above all, we are a community of families who share a common goal: to provide the best possible education for our children. We believe that by working together, we can create a supportive and enriching learning environment that nurtures the unique talents and abilities of each child.

Our events are in general open to all homeschoolers – membership to our Meetup page requires you to be homeschooling and in our region, whether you live here or are travelling through. Different events may have guidelines as to who is able to attend based on age etc, at the organiser's discretion.

Any member is welcome to schedule a meetup - just get in touch with our admins for some guidance on how to go about it.

We gauge interest in events via RSVPs, and while they are not always necessary (unless otherwise stated) they are appreciated for keeping the organisers motivated and so that you can be contacted if meetup details change.

Our membership list is periodically tidied up. If you have not logged into meetup in 6 months or have not attended an event within 3 months of joining, you may be asked to join again.

For more information, please see our Frequently Asked Questions.

Thank you from our admin team!