Tinker Christmas & Summer School Fun 2017 - 3rd Dec 2016

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.

Benjamin Franklin



Tinker School Starts
Social Media
Christmas & Summer Programme
Enrolments & Information
Tinker School Fees 2017
Monthly Statements & Invoices
Last Laugh


Hi Everyone,

With the festive season fast approaching, I trust that all things are well in your homes and that you will have time to cherish the gift of family during this time. Kidz Inc will be celebrating the end of the year at the Tinker School creative space. We now have a permanent space from which to run our after school and holiday care.

We have revamped our website. There you will get a better idea of who we are and what we stand for, and how we can support you. Check out our home page and let us know what you think.

Tinker School Starts

Kidz Inc has invested in the development of a community creative space in North East Valley. It became known as the Tinker School. It operates from 347 North Road alongside Woodstock Furniture. Youth-led projects and community courses are being developed here. Recently a Blacksmithing course was run. Many members of the community attended with the youngest blacksmith being 8 years old. We will be running a Repair Cafe in a couple of weeks.

The Tinker School aims to be a complementary way to build the resilience of the NEV community. It does this by building the students character and their capability. Kidz Inc has a focus on developing the character of the student, whereas the Tinker School focuses on their capability. ​​Bringing the two together requires an alignment of values. A toolbox with good tools will assist with this.

The Tinker Toolbox

The right tool for the right job. If your only tool is a hammer, you will treat all problems as a nail. The toolbox for the students learning journey to build their character and capability will need good tools. Here are the main tinker tools:

The Avatar is like the map (a tool) of the Tinker school. It shows what is valued and how they become of value. It is about purpose and direction.

The Choice Action is a tool that allows us to recognise what motivates and shapes our behaviours and actions. It is about needs and motivation.

The Gung Ho is a tool for team building and working together. It is about teamwork and effectiveness.

The Tinker Process is the tool required to solve problems, present solutions to a good question. It is about know how and can do.

The Heros' Journey is the narrative, trials and milestones we create as we embark on the journey. It is our narrative, we are the Hero of our story.

We shape the narrative by the choices we make and the decisions we take. We are the hero in our own story. By using the tools listed above, we aim to ensure that the gifts, the solutions that are made, and the problems that are solved will make the world we live in a little more extra ordinary.

Social Network

The gift of belonging, one of our key principles that shape the culture of Kidz Inc Tinker School. Kidz Inc and the Tinker School both have a page on the Facebook network. We will be using it to connect people to our programme.

You can check out the Kidz Inc page or the Tinker School page. Both will have updates and information regarding care and courses here in our community.

Write a testimonial on one of our Facebook pages, and book your child/ren into our Christmas programme and there will be a lucky Christmas dip awaiting their arrival. Your word of mouth recommendations is our most valued form of community communication.

Christmas & New Year Holiday Care 2017

We aim to run projects that have a Christmas theme, tree decorations, cards, wrapping paper, muffins and any offerings that your children may want to bring to the table. There will be the traditional movie day and peer support games.

Looking ahead to Summer 2017, we aim to provide interesting and engaging activities. If its hot, there will be water squirters, if its windy, there will be kites, and on rainy days, there will be projects that the children bring to the project. Our first and foremost consideration when planning the activities is to involve the children in the planning. Check out our activities page to find out more.

Enrolment & Information

The Christmas Holiday Programme will get underway within two weeks. There will be the commencement of the North East Valley OSCAR programme. Check out the dates on our homepage or for more info, times and costs.

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.

Tinker School Fees 2017

From the beginning of the 2017 school year, all fees will rise by approximately 15%, that is the amount of GST paid. This means that ASC will cost $12.00/session, pick up service for ASC will be $17/session and holiday care will be $40/day. More information can be found here, as well as payment plans for high holiday care users.

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 accounts will need to be settled before the commencement of the next holiday programme. All after school programme accounts are required to be finalised before the commencement of the 2017 school year.

Remember to include the invoice number if you are paying direct credit through online banking services. We prefer the online banking option. If you have queries or concerns about payments or payment plans, contact us as soon as possible.


The Last Laugh

Entering Heaven

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the pearly gates.
"In honour of this holy season," Saint Peter said, "You must each possess something that symbolises Christmas to get into heaven."

The first man fumbled through his pockets and pulled out a lighter. He flicked it on. "It represents a candle," he said. "You may pass through the pearly gates," Saint Peter said.

The second man reached into his pocket and pulled out a set of keys. He shook them and said, "They're bells." Saint Peter said, "You may pass through the pearly gates."

The third man started searching desperately through his pockets and finally pulled out a pair of women's glasses.
St. Peter looked at the man with a raised eyebrow and asked, "And just what do those symbolise?"

The man replied, "They're Carol's."

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


Andrew & the Kidz Inc Team

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