Tinker Summer School 2019 - 4th Dec 2018

Tinker Summer School 2019

"At any given moment you have the power to say: this is not how the story is going to end"

Christine Mason Miller

Tinker Christmas & Summer School 2018/19 is about to get underway in less than two weeks.

The Makers Market.

This is an initiative that has been in the pipeline for the last couple of years. We are encouraging the creation of locally made artefacts for sale, using local resources that have been repurposed, recycled or repaired. This is a youth-led community initiative being developed with Logan Park High School to encourage and engage students in community enterprise. The market is to provide a regular outlet for people who create. It will showcase the resourceful and resilience of our local community. 

All proceeds will go towards establishing a Repair Cafe in the valley. The concept of a repair cafe provides opportunity for people to repair, restore, recycle artefacts that may normally be thrown away. People would work alongside professionals and learn how to repair items that would normally be thrown away.

The cafe will serve coffee made by students learning the art of barista coffee service. We are working with Grid Coffee Roasters to establish a top notch coffee and barista training service for students in the valley. The key to learning the craft is practice, practice and more practice. The Repair Cafe will provide opportunity for students to develop their skills in a real world context.

By supporting the Makers Market, you are supporting the development of youth activities in the community. The Makers Market will run on Saturday 15th December 2018, from 11-00-4.00pm. There will be a range of stall holders and bewteen 1.00-3.00 there will be maker activities for children and adults to make homemade presents for Christmas. To join in will cost gold coins or koha and will contribute to covering the costs. The aim is to ensure it is sustainable.

You can also support the Tinker School by enrolling your child/ren into the Tinker Christmas and Summer School these holidays.

The Rialto Movie Prop Challenge

Due to the popularity of the Rialto Movie Prop Challenge, we have partnered once again with the Rialto Cinemas Dunedin to bring movie prop making into the realms of tinkering. Each day a theme will be presented to provide a springboard from which to build their day. We have introduced a Christmas theme for the Christmas holidays, and throughout the summer we will continue with the ideas. 

Tinkerers can be involved as little or as much as they would like. At the end of each day, the tinkerer who is voted as having the prop which is both functional and aesthetic will receive a single pass to the Rialto Movie Theatre.

Themes will include:
Set Design
Science Fiction

Of course, in keeping with our philosophy of tinkerers managing themselves, if they come with an idera of their own, they can do that as well. We are all excited to give this a try, and see who out there will be the next generation of Weta Workshop tinkerers.

To make a booking contact us.

Like Us on Facebook

We have a page set up that we encourage parents to like. There are some posts that ask for you to feedback on the type of programme your child/ren would like to be involved in. We also post articles that are relevant to the focus we have in community development through working with children and families in the community. You can find the Tinker School Facebook page here.

Enrolment Steps

If you are looking to enrol your child/ren into our holiday programme please contact us and provide the name/s of your children, their age and the school they attend and the dates that they will be attending.

If you are seeking a WINZ subsidy, we are not accredited and you would not be eligible.

If you are an existing customer you will not need to fill out another enrolment form, you will just need to let us know if any of the details have changed. If you are enrolling for the first time, you will need to fill in an enrolment form and bring it along on the first day.

Affordable Childcare

The Tinker School ensure that all children can have access to our experience. This summer, parents can have full day access to the programme for only $50.00+GST.

Invoicing & Payment Plans

All parents are invoiced at the end of the programme. If you are new to the programme, we ask for a deposit up front before the commencement of the programme.

If you are looking to reduce the costs and will be seeking long term use of our holiday programme, we have payment plans that take the financial pressure off families by spreading the cost over a 12 month period. For more information regarding this service follow the link here.

We receive no funding and operate entirely on Parent Fees.

Therefore, we ask that parents that have outstanding accounts to finalise them by the end of the school term. The cash flow of our business is directly tagged to pay our great staff. To ensure that our great service continues your prompt settlement of accounts is vital.

A Big Thanks

Thank you everyone for your support of the Tinker School this year. We have felt the support and the positive feedback that we get gives us the energy to keep going and make Tinker School even better.

We have some projects in the pipeline for 2019 that aim to get the Tinker School narrative of what we do and how we do things. This includes a game that is being developed, and a series of storybooks. We are seeking and using local youth to contribute to these projects so watch this space.

Last Laugh

Three men died on Christmas Eve and were met by Saint Peter at the Pearly Gates.

“In honor of this holy season,” Saint Peter said, “you must each possess something that symbolizes 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 Hates,” 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 symbolize?”

The man replied, “They’re Carol’s.”

Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year



Andrew & the Tinker Team

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