The Mackay Homeschool Community is an intentional group which connects families in the Mackay Region for rich home learning experiences. We are a co-operative and active group of diverse homeschooling families connecting for social meetups, events, field trips, and other face-to-face activities. Our desire is to be a thriving, healthy and safe space where families can gather for support, friendship and learning experiences, and grow together as a community.
This inclusive and welcoming group represents families from all walks of life with many different homeschooling styles, ranging from unschooling to distance education and everything in between.
We hold regular events which are organised and run by parent volunteers. Any group member is welcome to host an event, or connect with smaller groups of families within this larger group.
Each parent takes responsibility for themselves and their children to abide by the shared values of the group: inclusive, safe, responsible, respectful, open, and co-operative.
Members agree to an annual commitment contribution of $25 per family. Funds from members’ contributions are used to cover group administration costs such as insurance and web hosting fees, as well as paying for activities or supplies which the group votes on.
Each parent takes responsibility for themselves and their children to abide by the shared values of the group. Membership of this group is conditional on your agreement with our values. Our primary value is that we are respectful of other parents/carers and children so that everyone in the group is treated with courtesy and dignity.
Parents/carers must actively supervise their children, especially in these situations: with younger children, in higher risk activities (e.g. swimming) and during workshops.
If a child is disrupting an activity (e.g. behaving violently or experiencing big feelings) parents will move to a safe space with their child to assist them and then join the activity again when they are ready.
No insults, racist language, swearing or foul language, gossip, or ongoing deliberate behaviour that harms others - both direct and covert.
No physical violence or destruction of property.
No sexually suggestive comments or jokes, unwanted physical touch, sharing inappropriate media (eg X-rated videos), or behaviour that would be considered grooming.
Do not take photos/videos of other people or share photos of others online without their consent.
We ask that events shared in this group do not get shared elsewhere unless approved by administrators.
The online group for is for events and discussion related to home learning. No advertising or promotion of businesses.
Parents/carers will address issues (with their children if appropriate) by acknowledging responsibility for any harm and agreeing on how to interact in future.
If someone is in immediate danger, any person in the group can take necessary action to prevent harm. If a child was involved, communicate with the child’s parent/carer about the incident
If children cannot resolve a conflict themselves, the parents/carers will discuss the problem with the other child’s parent, and not directly with the other child.
Parents/carers will address problems directly with the person involved, preferably in person (not using text/email). Address the specific issue by describing the problem, without attacking the person. Consider taking another adult with you into the conversation to help you resolve the problem. There are many members in the group who are skilled in conflict management and non-violent communication who you can call on.
Mackay Homeschool Events
Fortnightly Community Gardens visit
Monthly Nature Walks
Monthly Craft Circle
We celebrate different cultures through feasting and sharing at our annual International Dinner. We share a potluck style dinner with food from across the world. Children who wish to present projects on a particular country through speeches, music, dance and posters.
We host a hugely successful open-air market where children produce goods to sell to one another. Families share their creativity and skills, and children learn financial and business skills through hands-on experience.
Community Garden Visits
We are involved in the community gardens where children and parents meet regularly to contribute to the upkeep of the gardens through projects such as art installations, planting and gardening maintenance. The children learn about gardening and growing their own food through workshops and explorations with experienced gardeners. Younger children participate in a nature based circle and playtime.
Children have an opportunity to present what they have been learning in the area of Science through project displays, speeches and demonstrations. The Science Fair has a relaxed and supportive environment for children to become comfortable sharing their work.