Tuesday, October 26, 2010

Bookings Open Monday!

Bookings will open for the 2010 Easter Fitzroy Falls Camp on 1 November 2010. A few people have contacted us early, but please note that bookings will not be processed prior to 1 November.

The camp will be held from Monday 11 April to Friday 15 April, which is the first week of the NSW school holidays, and the week before Holy Week.

The chaplain for the camp will be Fr. Joseph Michael Mary McShane from the Franciscans of the Immaculate in WA. Bishop Julian Porteous, Auxiliary Bishop in the Sydney Archdiocese has graciously agreed to visit us at the camp and confer the Sacrament of Confirmation to suitably prepared candidates. If you have a child who you would like to be Confirmed at the Camp please advise us along with your booking so that adequate preparations can be made.

Please use the online booking form here: https://spreadsheets2.google.com/viewform?formkey=dFVOV2hPUzFwMkdOZHdSQ0M0bWs4QWc6MQ to submit your application and encourage your Catholic Homeschooling friends who may be interested to do likewise.

We look forward to seeing you!

Sunday, August 1, 2010

Bookings - Easter 2011 Fitzroy Falls Reminder

Just a gentle reminder that bookings open October 1 :)

Details to come.

Stay tuned.

Sunday, May 30, 2010

A depressing correction...

Sorry for the blunder folks, but the price per family has not gone up $40, but $70 from last year.

And one more bit of bad news (well, two bits really): the price will rise again for the next two years, but by how much is still unclear.

Please don't shoot the messenger.

On the up side, our Catholic Homeschoolers group does enjoy a significant discount over other groups because of our long term relationship and good reputation with the Fitzroy Falls Conference Centre.

Sunday, May 23, 2010

Fitzroy Falls Rates for Easter 2011 just in

Hi folks,

In the interests of total transparency, the Fitzroy Falls Conference Centre have just sent out the rates for the Easter 2011 camp.

It's not pretty folks. The maximum family rate has gone up $40 from last year and the prices for individuals/smaller families seems to make anything over 1 adult with 3 children or 2 adults with 1 child cost the same as the maximum family rate. I'm not sure if this is the way it's always been (I don't remember that far back!), but the prices seemed a tad steep to me. I've entered into negotiations with the conference centre to see if we can save some of the smaller families or those families that will only have a few people attending some money. I guess, if we were to make the best of a bad situation, the prices might inspire whole families to come along and take advantage of the economy of scale!

I'll keep you all posted.

Monday, May 10, 2010

Fitzroy Falls 2011 Easter Camp Dates for your diary

A quick reminder of dates for your diary:

The camp will run in the first week of the NSW April school holidays: April 11th - 15th 2011.

Applications for bookings will open October 1, 2010.

Bishop Julian Porteous will be visiting and conferring the Sacrament of Confirmation for eligible candidates, so please start to get organised if this concerns your child - do you have copies of Baptism Certificates?

Contact Helen Brearley via email here for more details if you would like your child Confirmed at the camp.

Regarding bookings...

Information on how to apply for a booking (how/where/how much etc) will be posted on this blog around late August to early September. If you know someone who would like this information please suggest they subscribe to this blog, or, if they aren’t internet savvy, please pass the information on to them, or let us know (via email here) and we will post them the details via snail mail.

Saturday, May 8, 2010

Events Calendar added

Hi folks,

A calendar of upcoming homeschooling events has been added to the blog (look down the list on the right, just below our Twitter updates (by the way, are you following us on Twitter yet?)).

The calendar will show whatever the next 5 events on our calendar are. If you want an event included, please email details using the link at the top of this page. You can view the whole calendar by clicking on one of the events (you might need to set up a free google account to view the whole calendar.)

Thursday, May 6, 2010

Fixed email address

Thanks to Michelle Vieira for pointing out the problem (now fixed) with the email address link at the top of this page.

I was wondering why we were getting so little correspondence. I thought it was me, turns out it was, but not for the reason I first thought. :)

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Fitzroy Falls 2011 Easter Camp Chaplain

I'm very happy to announce that our chaplain for the Fitzroy Falls Easter Camp 2011 will be Fr. Joseph Michael Mary McShane from the Franciscans of the Immaculate in Western Australia. Check out their website here.

Fr. Joseph has chaplained many homeschooling events in the USA and we look forward to drawing great benefits from having him with us.

Monday, May 3, 2010

From the facebook ad for the Lennox Head Camp

Start Time:
Monday, 06 September 2010 at 10:00
End Time:
Friday, 10 September 2010 at 10:00
Lennox Head, North Coast, New South Wales, Australia

Hi All.

I would like to invite Catholic Home Educators to the Lennox Head Catholic Home Educators Camp which is held on 6-10th September 6-10th.
This is our 10th year of bringing Home Educating families together for a few faith filled days of friendship, fellowship, fun activities.

Devotions include:
-Daily Mass (in the Traditional Rite)
-Daily Rosary and Benediction
- Spiritual Talks
- Catechesis of the Good Shepherd

Fr Terence Mary Naughtin is Camp Chaplain and available for regular confession.
Bishop Geoffrey Jarrett of the Lismore diocese celebrates Mass on Tuesday offering the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Holy Communion.

We are in walking distance of the beach and each day time is spent enjoying tme on one of the North Coast's most beautiful beaches.

Our other activities include our annual sports day, a sand castle building contest, a concert and on the final night a bonfire.

Camp is located on the North Coast, near the Gold Coast. Two hours south of Brisbane, nine hours north of Sydney.

Each family is accommodated in their own dormitory.
Accommodation Costs
$80 adult/high school
$60 primary
$48 pre school
Under Three’s Free
With a large family maximum of $320 for the four nights.

Meals are also fully catered.
Adult $90
Primary $78
Pre school $54

Please don't hesitate to contact me with further questions or for a brochure.

We warmly invite Catholic homeschooling families to come and join us for our 10th year:)

The link to the facebook invite is here: http://www.facebook.com/event.php?eid=119918204690859

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

Bookings - Easter 2011 Fitzroy Falls

With Bishop Porteous coming to confer the Sacrament of Confirmation at the Easter 2011 camp at Fitzroy Falls, it will be necessary to make sure that all candidates are properly prepared.

This includes more than the catechetical formation which parents give!

Confirmations create a bit of a clerical avalanche, and as a result we will be bringing the date for bookings FORWARD to October 1, 2010.

If you have a child who you would like to present as a candidate for confirmation you should start getting your paperwork in order. Helen Brearley can help in this regard. Email us (our address is at the top of this page) if you need help contacting Helen. In the first instance, you should obtain a copy of your child's baptismal certificate.

More reminders will be posted as October 1 draws closer! Stay tuned.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Bishop Julian Porteous at 2011 Fitzroy Falls Easter Camp

After a meeting with Bishop Julian Porteous today I am thrilled to announce that while he can't chaplain the entire Easter 2011 Fitzroy Falls Catholic homeschoolers' camp, Bishop Porteous has generously offered to attend a part of the camp, give some talks and confer the Sacrament of Confirmation.

The Bishop was incredibly gracious and hospitable, giving each of the children a small gift - holy cards he had received from Pope Benedict XVI no less!

More details to come!

Any suggestions about how we might fit Confirmations in the timetable are greatly appreciated!

Thursday, April 22, 2010

2011 Camp Dates

The Camp dates for the 2011 Easter Catholic Homeschoolers Camp at Fitzroy Falls are Monday 11th April to Friday 15th April.

Bookings will open on November 1. Families wishing to attend are warmly encouraged to subscribe to this blog to ensure automatic notifications of any updates.

Subscribing is pretty simple. Just click on the "Follow" icon on the right of this page. You'll need a (free and easy to get) google or twitter account. Send an email to catholichomeschoolerscamp@gmail.com if you need a hand with this.

Fitzroy Falls 2010

Here are a few photos from the Catholic Homeschoolers Camp at Fitzroy Falls at Easter 2010.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

Lennox Head Camp 2010

Our good friends from Lennox Head have asked me to post a plug for their up coming camp in September: So here it is!