International: More options for education in Queensland

HOME education is a recognised and lawful education option for Queensland families.

Local group Gympie Homeschoolers mostly consists of parents new to the area who wanted to make contact with like-minded parents choosing to home educate their child.

Many parents choose to register and submit a curriculum for each of their children to the Home Education Unit. This is assessed, changes made and the parent is responsible for planning, implementing and evaluating the program.

“Parents to use a variety of teaching techniques such as hands on, visual and face to face learning at the child’s pace and in an environment that inspires the child,” said Homeschoolers’ parent Melinda Barrett.

There is a network of support for parents who home educate with the Home Education Unit, Brisbane School of Distant Education, and Riverside Christian College in Maryborough and Facebook SunnyHomeschool support hub. The local home education group regularly attends workshops, activities, libraries and museums, excursions, park outings, play tennis and take drama classes.

“Home education programs access community resources which develops each child’s learning style – you can keep exploring until the child becomes confident and has reached the appropriate learning level,” said home educator Jenny Simpson.

A group of homeschoolers visited the community garden on the grounds of Cooinda Aged Care centre recently.

Gympie Homeschoolers group produces a newsletter each term.

Inquiries to Jenny on 0422 971 150 or email

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