Tinker As Autumn Falls Upon Us - 27th Mar 2017

Tinker As Autumn Falls Upon Us

For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.

Edwin Way Teale



Project Guru
Innovation in Education
Autumn Programme
Enrolments & Information
Monthly Statements & Invoices
Last Laugh


Hi Everyone,

With three weeks to go before the commencement of the Autumn school holidays, it is timely to send out our newsletter to let you know that we will be open for business and have been actively planning the programme. 

Project Guru

Our resident project guru Andrew Wills will be joining us once again to deliver awesome project-based experiences. Currently he has been involved with Tahuna Intermediate developing and delivering an electronics and coding programme of work for upper primary and intermediate school aged children.

He has a list of other projects developed over his extensive career and they can be found on his website www.maketoys.net.nz. If you are unsure of what you may like to make, then this is the first stop.

Innovation in Education

The Kidz Inc Tinker School provides opportunity for children to discover and explore their interests.

We provide them with tools so they better understand what motivates them, how to work together and how to go about making things. On our newly revamped website we have provided better information as to how we go about doing this. Our main focus is on the process, not so much the content. Below are some links to help you better understand how this is achieved.

Choice Action: is a tool to help children better understand the underlying reasons for their choice of behaviour.
Gung Ho!: is a tool to help children better understand how to work together as a team.
Tinker Process: is a tool to help children better understand how to take their ideas and turn them into a reality.

By focussing on the process rather than the content, they are better prepared for an uncertain and changeable future. Resilience, resourcefulness, self confidence and calculated risk taking are qualities that will better serve them in the years ahead.

Autumn Holiday Programme

We aim to run projects that work with the interests and abilities of the children in our care. The emphasis is on enrichment. There will be the traditional movie day on Thursday and daily peer support games. Our first and foremost consideration when planning the activities is to involve the children. More information about how we run our days can be found here.

Enrolment & Information

If you are looking to confirm a place for your child/ren, please reply to this email with your childs’/rens’ names, age, school and dates you would like them to attend. When we receive your email, we will reply with a confirmation of your childs’ place. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from here from our website. Ensure that all contact details are up to date, especially mobile numbers and emails.


Monthly Statements & Invoices

Statements are sent out at the end of each month that will show your account balance as of the end of the month. It will list the transactions that have occurred over the month. If your statement balance is in brackets e.g: (40.00), it means you are in credit. This is a good thing.

A reminder that all outstanding school holiday accounts will need to be settled before the commencement of the Autumn holiday programme. All after school programme accounts are required to be finalised before the commencement of the second term 2017 school year.

Remember to include the invoice number if you are paying direct credit through online banking services.

The Last Laugh

Saving the Easter Bunny

A man was blissfully driving along the highway, when he saw the Easter Bunny hopping across the middle of the road. He swerved to avoid hitting the Bunny, but unfortunately the rabbit jumped in front of his car and was hit. The basket of eggs went flying all over the place.

The driver, being a sensitive man as well as an animal lover, pulled over to the side of the road, and got out to see what had become of the Bunny carrying the basket. Much to his dismay, the colorful Bunny was dead. The driver felt guilty and began to cry.

A woman driving down the same highway saw the man crying on the side of the road and pulled over. She stepped out of her car and asked the man what was wrong.

"I feel terrible," he explained, "I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny and killed it. There may not be an Easter because of me. What should I do?"

The woman told the man not to worry. She knew exactly what to do. She went to her car trunk, and pulled out a spray can. She walked over to the limp, dead Bunny, and sprayed the entire contents of the can onto the little furry animal.

Miraculously the Easter Bunny came to back life, jumped up, picked up the spilled eggs and candy, waved its paw at the two humans and hopped on down the road. 50 yards away the Easter Bunny stopped, turned around, waved and hopped on down the road another 50 yards, turned, waved, hopped another 50 yards and waved again!

The man was astonished. He said to the woman, "What in heaven's name is in your spray can? What was it that you sprayed on the Easter Bunny?"

The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: "Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave."

Thanks for getting through to the end of this newsletter. We look forward to seeing you this Easter. In the meantime, see you next newsletter.


Andrew & the Kidz Inc Tinker Team

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