Registrations – Term 3, 2018

Hi everyone,

Registrations for the homeschool programmes which run weekly at the North Shore YMCA (or North Shore Recreation Centre) are OPEN for term 3 enrolments!!

Gymnastics Programme, Tuesdays 1-2pm (4-12yrs)

–  Indoor Hockey Programme, Thursdays 11.30-12.30pm (5-10yrs and 11yrs-teens)

– Senior Basketball Skills Coaching Programme, Thursdays 1-2pm (11yrs-teens)

– Junior Basketball Skills Coaching Programme, Thursdays 2-3pm (5-10yrs)

You can now register either at the reception counter or you can enrol by telephone to receive your HASCA member discounts. If you are happy to pay the non-member rates you can book online.

Below, Mahalia (from the North Shore YMCA) has outlined their new booking system which includes setting up a family profile – it’s fairly quick and easy to do.

The new 10-week Indoor Hockey Programme for all ages (5-10 & 11+) is commencing in term 3, and Indoor Soccer will hopefully be added in term 4 – very exciting! Thank you for all your wonderful feedback!

Term 3 dates for the North Shore YMCA Programmes are: Tuesday 24th July to 25th September AND Thursday 26th July to 27th September (all programmes run for 10 weeks).

Please read Mahalia’s email and be sure you set up a profile for your family for easier booking now and in the future.


Dear Homeschooling Parents,

Thanks for choosing to be part of the YMCA family – we love having your family as part of ours. 

Bookings for Term 3 Homeschool Kids Recreation Programmes are now open

Term 3 bookings for Gymnastics and Basketball are now open. To book into one of these programmes you’ll need to register your family on Aimy Plus.

An interim booking system for Term 3

We’ve been working hard to improve our service to you and your family and we’re in the process of introducing a streamlined booking system.  While we work towards the best solution for you, we are introducing an interim solution for our Term 3 Kids Recreation Programmes. We’re using a system called Aimy Plus, which is designed specifically to book and manage children’s programmes.

We do ask that you take a moment to create an account with Aimy Plus and register yourself and your family. 

New Programme
Indoor Hockey is a brand new programme that we are starting in Term 3. It will run for 10 weeks on Thursdays from 11:30am-12:30pm. We are very excited to start something new and there is a special price for HASCA members.   

Let’s get started
·         Firstly, you’ll need to set up an account for your family, by clicking on the link below.

·         We have new terms and conditions that you will need to agree to – please make sure you take the time to read over these thoroughly.

·         To claim your HASCA discount on any of the Homeschool Programmes, you will need to email, with the programme you wish to enrol your child into.

·         We will book you in and apply the HASCA discount.

·         An invoice will then be emailed to you. Once payment has been made, your booking will be confirmed.

Kids Recreation Programmes – Register Online < click here to create your family profile

Have a question?
Should you have any questions about the new system, our Kids Rec Programmes or just a general query, please don’t hesitate to call us on (09) 480 7099 or pop in to see us at the Centre.
We look forward to seeing you and your family soon.

Mahalia Rolston | Operations Manager
YMCA North Shore

5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote, North Shore City 0627, New Zealand
09 4807099 |

Below, timetables showing all homeschool programmes (YMCA, HASCA, and other providers) running weekly at the North Shore YMCA, and the YMCA’s term rates.

Register NOW for these other wonderful opportunities taking place in term 3! Enquiries welcome!

> Visual Art Classes with Nina Lawgun, visit HASCA or email or call 021-2045952

> Oral Communication and Presentation with Melissa Rouse, email for more information, or contact Nina at    Course content can be used to improve confidence and public speaking skills, or at a more advanced level to prepare for speech exams and higher level learning and assessment.

> Junior Basketball Team for Semester 2, playing in the YMCA Yr5/7 League Thursday afternoons, email Selena at

>  (1) DanceFit 8-11yrs, (2) DanceFit 5-8yrs, or (3) DanceSport 11+/Teens  > REGISTER FOR DANCEFIT OR DANCESPORT HERE <

Based on feedback, we’d like to offer THREE classes with Taryn Howarth! Two DanceFit classes: one geared towards younger children 5-8yrs (30mins), plus 8-11yrs (45mins), and DanceSport!

Teens … DanceSport is fantastic prep’ for the homeschool ball or any dance, come along and enjoy dancing and socialising with your peers! (Parents, encourage your young men to join!) 🙂

for boys and girls, ages  8-11 years
Thursdays, 12:45-1:30pm, YMCA Dance Studio
HASCA members $70, non members $75
Term 3 – 2 Aug to 20 Sept 2018 (8 weeks)

A non-partner dance programme for boys and girls, which links physical activity with mental activeness. DanceFit incorporates balance, timing and stretching. Engaging your muscles helps with balance. The children warm up with balancing steps, which are fun and challenging.
for boys & girls, ages 5-8 years
Thursdays, 1.30-2.00pm, YMCA Dance Studio
HASCA members $60, non members $65
Term 3 – 2 Aug to 20 Sept 2018 (8 weeks)

A fun beginner 30-minute DanceFit class for boys and girls, with music and dances geared specifically to a younger age group linking physical activity with mental activeness. 

for boys and girls, 11+, preteens, teens
Thursdays, 2:00-2:45pm, YMCA Dance Studio
HASCA members $70, non members $75
Term 3 – 2 Aug to 20 Sept 2018 (8 weeks)

A fabulous partner dance programme for boys and girls, which links physical activity with mental activeness. DanceSport explores the basics of good old-fashioned partner dances, such as: Waltz, Samba, Cha-Cha. Each class in the programme introduces new steps, reinforcing what has been previously learnt through practice and repetition. 
Taryn teaches DanceSport as a tool to help children build social awareness, confidence, and self-esteem.

We need a minimum of 8 students per class – please enrol as early as you can, thank you very much! Thank you to those who have expressed interest, we will be in touch with you today to confirm.

HASCA would like to ask for your support through participation in one or several of these awesome learning opportunities. 

Please visit WHAT’S ON for Sewing classes, Ballet for Tiny Tots and Level 1, the Homeschool Singing Group (choir), Swimming lessons, Sports, Literature & Composition, & other fun outings!

Your enquiries are welcome to

​Kind regards,
Nina Lawgun and Sandra Dawson for HASCA
Homeschool Auckland Sports & Cultural Association Inc.

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GIVE IT A GO DAYS at the North Shore YMCA

Tuesday – 3rd July 2018 ….Gymnastics, and more!

Thursday – 5th July 2018 ….Basketball, Art, and more! 

This will be an opportunity to come along and TRY FOR FREE…! Awesome!!!

If you already participate in one of the programmes or classes running at North Shore YMCA on Tuesday or Thursday each week – then BRING A BUDDY along for free …they might love it too! 

The HASCA Homeschool Library will be OPEN for viewing/tours on both days …come along for a chat, a cuppa, and let your children trial (for free) one of the many wonderful activities on offer! 

HASCA will email more specific information closer to the end of term.

We hope to see lots of new faces! 



Chelsea Bay Tours – all full!

Hi everyone,

Thanks so much for registering for our upcoming educational trips to the iconic Chelsea Sugar Factory in Birkenhead … all three outings are now FULL!

Term 2, 2018

Chelsea Bay Tour – Wednesday, 27th June <<<< FULL

Chelsea Bay Tour – Friday, 6th July <<<< FULL

Term 3, 2018

Chelsea Bay Tour – Monday, 23rd July <<<<FULL


Thank you Ale!

Thank you Ale Rusholme for running the recent fun events:

LASERFORCE on Tuesday 29th of May, and JUMP on Tuesday 5th of June

Both were loads of FUN!!!

See for our next gathering…!

Do join us …we’d love to see you. 🙂






Committee Meeting May 1st 2018

HASCA’s next committee meeting will be:


Tuesday, 1st May 2018, 1:30pm – 2:30pm, @North Shore YMCA (Rendle Room), 5 Akoranga Drive, Northcote.


We welcome your thoughts, ideas, feedback, perhaps there is something new you would like to implement: an activity, a class, a sports team, but would like support.


Come along and get involved …or come along for a cuppa and say “hi”!


*All welcome!*


Kindest regards,


Homeschool Auckland Sport & Cultural Association

Silverdale Adventure Park – HASCA Trip

Friday, 23rd March, 2018

10:45am – 2:45pm

Silverdale Adventure Park

East Coast Road, Silverdale

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All homeschooling families welcome! 

Register with Ale to participate in this fun outing!

Limited numbers so be quick.

After last year’s epic day out … join us for unlimited access to all the ‘fun stuff’ listed below, but especially the AMAZING LUGE.


  • 10yrs – $20.00 to include Cosmic Play Zone, Tube Slide, 3D cinema, Spaceship Simulator & Luge for over 8’s, Waterslide (In summer only)
  • 11-16yrs – $25.00 to include Cosmic Play Zone, Tube Slide, 3D cinema, Spaceship Simulator, Luge , Bungee ( min weight 40kg-max 100kg) Zip Line ( min weight 40kg –max 100kg), Waterslide (In summer only
  • Adults $35.00

This will also include a reserved area for our families to rest and have their lunch. 

Please email Ale at with names and ages of those wishing to attend, or contact Ale via HASCA email or Facebook (HASCA.NZ).

Kind regards, 

Ale Rusholme
Homeschool Auckland Sport & Cultural Association

Tim Bray Shows – HASCA Coordinator

Dear HASCA members and homeschooling friends,

Is anyone willing to coordinate bookings this year to the wonderful Tim Bray Productions at The Pumphouse Theatre in Takapuna?

Tim Bray’s 2018 shows are detailed below: Pipi Longstocking (term one), The Great White Man Eating Shark & Other Stories (term two), Badjelly the Witch (term three), and The Santa Claus Show ’18 (term four).

HASCA has had a coordinator manage show bookings for many, many years now and we’d like to continue supporting Tim and his work; HASCA bookings qualify for ‘school group booking’ pricing.

Lin Li would like to step down from this role as she would like to look at booking Youth Theatre and Ballet for our members and community this year. Thanks Lin Li for the many years you’ve booked the Tim Bray shows for us – we are very grateful!

These shows are fantastic for children aged 3-10 years, although children much older, parents, & grandparents enjoy them greatly too!

If you’d be keen to look at taking on this role please contact and Lin li will answer any questions you may have and tell you more about the benefits!

Thanks so much.

Homeschool Auckland Sport & Cultural Association

tim bray 2018

Upcoming Shows:

Pippi Longstocking
Gala: Saturday 07– Saturday 07 April 5pm
Term Time: Monday 09– Friday 13 April 10.30am and 1pm daily
School Holidays: Saturday 14– Saturday 28 April 10.30am and 2pm
An enduring favourite of boys and girls around the world. The irrepressible Pippi Longstocking has flaming red ponytails and lives all by herself in Villekulla Cottage. Imagine, no grown-ups!
Join Pippi, and her friends, Tommy and Annika, as she outsmarts the bullies, has fun with her monkey, Mr Nelson, and is reunited with her father, the Cannibal King. A topsy-turvy world of fun and hi-jinks.
(Presented by arrangement with NORDISKA ApS. – Copenhagen, Denmark)

The Great White Man-Eating Shark and Other Stories
BY: by MARGARET MAHY, adapted for stage by TIM BRAY
Gala: Saturday 30– Saturday 30 June 5pm
Term Time: Monday 02– Friday 06 July 10.30am and 1pm daily
School Holidays: Saturday 07– Saturday 21 July 10.30am and 2pm
Three quirky tales by Margaret Mahy come to life on stage. Norvin loves swimming in the bay but wishes he could swim as fast as he can without other swimmers getting in his way. He finds a novel way to have the water all to himself. But is he alone?
Also featuring Mahy’s The Boy with Two Shadows (having your own shadow is one thing, but when you agree to look after a witch’s one then the troubles begin) along with The Boy who was Followed Home (ever been followed home by a hippo, or two? Imagine what Mum says when she finds them in your front garden!)

Badjelly the Witch
BY: by SPIKE MILLIGAN, adapted for the stage by TIM BRAY
Gala: Saturday 22– Saturday 22 September 5pm
Term Time: Monday 24– Friday 28 September 10.30am and 1pm daily
School Holidays: Saturday 29– Saturday 06 October 10.30am and 2pm
Share Tim and Rose’s madcap adventure through the great black forest and into Badjelly’s castle. Cheer as Tim and Rose set off to search for Lucy. Laugh with Dinglemouse, Mud-wiggle and Binkle-bonk. And then….BOOOO at Badjelly, as she captures Tim and Rose. Will she turn them into sausages? Will they escape? Who will save them?

The Santa Claus Show ’18
Gala: Saturday 01– Saturday 01 December 5pm
Combined Season: Monday 03– Saturday 22 December 10.30am and 1pm daily (except….


Netball & Basketball Teams

Register now for Homeschool Netball and /or Basketball teams. Don’t miss out!

Please visit HASCA NETBALL or BASKETBALL for more information.

Skating – Thank you!

Thanks to all the families who came along to the HASCA Skating event @Activzone on Jan 31st. We had a blast!!

See you at the next fun social event. 🙂


Junior Literature Class for 2018

Please make enquiries to Nina Lawgun, email – or via HASCA.

Nina also offers other Literature Classes for older children Yr9/10 and Yr11, plus Art Classes Beg/Foundation-Senior.


Hi All


I’m just putting out some feelers to see if there would be sufficient interest to make a Junior Literature Class aimed at approximate ages 9  – 11, worth running. (Approx yrs 5  – 7)


The proposed day and time is Thursdays 11am  – 12pm at the Northcote YMCA.


Each week we will read 1 – 3 chapters of the book we are studying. For students who need reading support, parents may sit in and also read with them at home. After reading together in class we will then discuss what we have read together and work through some discussion questions as a group. From there, students will have a personal response activity to do in class such as a short written activity, a craft activity or an interactive group activity.


Each week students will have a small homework task to complete.


Ideally students will already be able to write a few sentences with or without parental support.


Correct spelling, punctuation etc is not required at this stage as this will be part of the learning process.


I am thinking of studying 1  – 2 Highly regarded novels each term supported by a variety of picture books for older children. We may also include a poetry unit at some stage.


Some of the novels I am considering are…


The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe – C.S Lewis

The Butterfly Lion  – Michael Morpurgo

The Trumpet of the Swan – E.B White

Shiloh – Phyllis Reynolds Naylor

Charlotte’s Web E.B. White


I will confirm book titles once I have a clear picture of the ages and stages of the children in the class, as I will tailor the content to suit the bulk of the class.


Parents would be welcome to sit in and support their child/ren.


I am also happy to accommodate slightly younger children aged 7  – 8 years who are able to sit quietly and listen in class provided they are supported by a parent. If there is a small group if this age or of non-reader/writers, perhaps a parent could work with them together on in class activities.


I would likely charge $75 per family for this class or if your family are paid up ﹰﹰHASCA ﹰmembers then $65 per family. This would be dependent on numbers as I will need to cover room hire costs, printing etc.


If interested please email me asap so that I can book space at the YMCA and plan specifically.


Please indicate which if the following most applies to your child to assist me with planning content and ensuring I am teaching students at an appropriate level.

Reading Levels:
My child could easily read these books on their own & fully comprehend the content.

My child could read these books alone but may need help understanding some of the content.

My child could mostly read these books alone but may need a small amount of parental assistance with reading and comprehension.

My child could read these books alongside me by alternating pages but it would be too much for them to read the entire book on their own.

My child would struggle to read these books so would need me to read aloud to them.


Writing Levels:

My child is confident with writing and could easily produce 3 or more paragraphs of writing with minimal assistance.

My child is reasonably confident with writing small amounts of up to 1 paragraph without parental assistance.

My child can write a basic paragraph but may not use correct spelling or punctuation and may need occasional assistance.

My child can write a couple of sentences to answer a question with or without correct spelling.

My child can narrate 3  – 5 reasonably well thought out sentences but could not write them on their own.

My child is not writing independently yet and would need a 1:1 support in class in order to participate.



Warm regards




Homeschool Auckland Sport & Cultural Association