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:
Fantasy
Structures
Set Design
Costumes
Transport 
Science Fiction
Robots
Weapons
Pirates

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

 

Regards

Andrew & the Tinker Team



For more information on events and related articles, check out the information on our website or contact us.

Feel free to forward this newsletter on to other parents who may be interested in a quality holiday programme.

If you are receiving this email and no longer require our services, please reply with “no thank you”, so we can remove you from our mailing list.

Tinker Spring School 2018 - 13th Sep 2018

Tinker Spring School 2018

Tinker Spring School is about to get underway.

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 new theme for thiese holidays, that of pirates. So if you are a seafaring tinkerer, then this one is for your. 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:
Fantasy
Structures
Set Design
Costumes
Transport 
Science Fiction
Robots
Weapons
Pirates

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.

 

Financial Challenges Ahead.

We are currently revising our fee structure. Since we started Tinker School at our current site in October 2015, we have kept the daily fee at the half day price of $40+GST. This was to broaden our client base and give people the opportunity to see what we do and how we go about doing. This has been the case for the last three years. In that time our landlord has been fairly generous in what we pay for rent. However, he has increased our rent to the point that we need to look at how to best meet the shortfall.

We are welcoming feedback from our community of clients and tinkerers as to how we can best deal with this financial hurdle. These include:
  • Have a Makers Market Fair (once a term);
  • Set up a Repair Cafe on a Saturday;
  • Get Sponsorship from within the Community;
  • Get more Tinkerers to attend the Tinker School;
  • Apply for Grants and other funding sources;
  • Increase our fee structure.

There are pros and cons to each, and to implement each requires time and resources that we do not currently have. Some of the projects are in the pipeline but take time to get going. It will also require support within the community for each to succeed. Your feedback on these initiatives would be welcome, and any time or resources that you may be able to contribute would be most welcome. We aim to have long term measures in place by February 2019.

In the Meantime
The full day fee is normally $55+GST. However we feel that may be too much of a fee increase. So we are looking to set full day tinkering at $50/day +GST. 

If you are happy with this arrangement, let us know. If you have other thoughts regarding our situation, we would welcome them.

Thank you for your time on this matter. and your support. We would not exist if we did not have your support.

We wish you all a great finish to the term and l;ook forward to seeing you these holidays.

Regards

The Tinker School Team

Tinker Winter School 2018 - 2nd Jul 2018

Tinker Winter School 2018

Tinker Winter School is about to get underway.

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. 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:
Fantasy
Structures
Set Design
Costumes
Transport 
Science Fiction
Robots
Weapons
Jewelry

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.

Northern Galaxy Football Academy

Our popular football clinic run by players from the Northern Galaxy Youth football team will continue these holidays. It will take place on Wednesday 18th to Friday 20th July from 10.00am-3.00pm. It is suitable for beginning and intermediate players between the ages of 5-14 years of age. This is a community initiative supported by the Tinker School to assist in building the next generation of footballers with their coaching skills and provides an opportunity for fundraising for team strips, equipment and end of season activities.

If you are interested in knowing more or would like to make a booking, then contact us.


We wish you all a great finish to the term and l;ook forward to seeing you these holidays.

Regards

The Tinker School Team

Tinker Autumn School 2018 - 11th Apr 2018

Tinker Autumn School is about to get underway.

The Rialto Movie Prop Challenge

We have partnered 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. 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:
Fantasy
Structures
Set Design
Costumes
Transport 
Science Fiction
Robots
Weapons
Jewelry

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.

Northern Galaxy Football Academy

Our popular football clinic run by players from the Northern Galaxy Youth football team will continue these holidays. It will take place on Thursday 26th and Friday 27th April from 10.00am-3.00pm. It is suitable for beginning and intermediate players between the ages of 5-14 years of age. This is a community initiative supported by the Tinker School to assist in building the next generation of footballers with their coaching skills and provides an opportunity for fundraising for team strips, equipment and end of season activities.

If you are interested in knowing more or would like to make a booking, then contact us.


We wish you all a great finish to the term and l;ook forward to seeing you these holidays.

Regards

The Tinker School Team
 

Tinker After School 2018 - 31st Jan 2018

Tinker After School 2018

"The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something."

 

Tinker After School

Now that school has begun we turn our attention to providing an after school tinkering experience. We simply call it Tinker After School. From 3.00-5.30pm each day, Tinkerland will be open for tinkerers to think, make, create & solve. Click on the link to check out the course fees for the term. We also know that there are tinkerers who would like to tinker, but are unable to attend as they have no way of travelling to us. However, in good tinkerschool fashion, we have come up with a solution.

Tinker Rideshare

We talked about this matter with parents and got a perspective from both sides. As a result we came up with a rideshare service simply called Tinker Rideshare. Check out the link and if you would like to be involved then contact us, and contact the person to partner with you in Tinker Rideshare. More information here.

New Enrolments 2018

If you are new to the Tinker School community please Like Us on facebook to see tinkering activities around what we do. If you would like to enrol in Tinker After School, reply email with your child/s name, age, school they attend, days they will attend, and if you are partnered up in Tinker Rideshare. Download and enrolment form. We will confirm your booking.

Many Thanks for your support of Tinker School, we are totally dependent on tuition fees. You can support us within the community and put in a good word about tinkering.

Regards

The Tinker Team

Tinker During Summer 2018 - 7th Jan 2018

“Education is what remains after one had forgotten what one has learned in school”

Albert Einstein

 

Inside:

2018
Care & Enrichment
Northern Galaxy Football Academy
Tinker School Flea Market
Tinker Coffee & Barista Training
Like Us on Facebook
Enrolment Steps
Affordable Childcare
Invoicing & Payment Plans
Last Laugh

 

Hi Everyone

The calendar has just turned over for 2018 and we are looking forward to the days and the benefits that it will bring to us all. As the summer continues to bring warm weather, there are things growing in the community we call the Tinker School.
 

2018

2017 was a year of few downs and many ups. We access no government funding, which means that we are dependent on parent fees and other initiatives. After school course numbers dropped with the departure of many of our international families midway through the year. They were very supportive of what we do as it contrasts greatly to the education they receive in their home countries. We were involved in the Love the Lindsey CreekFest and continue to be involved with local sporting groups and other community activities.

Summer Courses 2018

The Tinker School commences its care and enrichment programmes on Wednesday 3rd January 2018. We are open daily from 8.30-5.30. To make a booking contact us here. Check out here, to find out more of the types of activities and projects being offered this summer.

After School Care & Enrichment 2018

The Tinker School ASC&E programme starts on Monday 29th January 2018. It runs from 3.00-5.30 daily. We pick up from NEVN School. Intermediate and secondary students can be involved in projects of their own design. Check out the Tinker School facebook page for more information or check out our website page here. To book your tinkerer in for the start of the new school year, contact us here.

Tinker School Catchment

The Tinker School service is placed to meet the childcare needs of the NEV community and surrounding suburbs, including Pine Hill, Opoho, Liberton, Ravensbourne and West Harbour as well as parents who may be studying or working at the Otago University or Polytech. Spaces are available if you are keen to be a part of the Tinker School Experience at NEV.

Northern Galaxy Football Academy

As part of our commitment to develop youth leadership, we will be training our Northern Junior Youth Grade team to deliver a coaching programme for 6-12 year old footballers.

We are working in partnership with Northern Junior Association Football Club (NJAFC for short), who along with Maori Hill are under the umbrella of Northern Football Club (senior club). This relationship is to support NJAFC their QualityMark accreditation football provider in Dunedin. This is an exciting prospect for the football commmunity as it will access resources, people and equipment to keep building and developing football in our area.

All proceeds from the coaching clinic will go towards continued youth development and leadership opportunities in North Dunedin.

Tinker School is working with NJAFC to support football development in Dunedin, together we are training youth and willing parents to become coaches. We will be offering the New Zealand Football training programme in a team coaching environment that will have a the skills and games to build any young players’ enthusiasm in this sport. More information can be found here.

Dates: 24th-26th January 2018
Time:   10.00-3.00
Venue: Chingford Park
Cost:    $20/day/player
Bookings: Contact Us here

Prototype Academy

We had a successful team up with Phillipa Dick from Hatch, Keir Russell from Fablab, and Amadeo Ballesteros from Fun Science, during the Winter holiday programme. It was a vibrant and exciting two weeks. The aim was to work together, share ideas, resources and staff to provide an unique holiday experience. Since the team up, we established the Hive Otago Trust, and were successful in securing a GigCity grant to develop digital literacy around Dunedin. Watch this space as this unfolds in 2018.

Tinker Coffee & Barista

Tinker School and Grid Coffee partnered to present a youth development proposal to the Valley Project Dragons' Den event. Shortly after, we ran an open day in December for enrolments and will be starting our first youth coffee & barista training course starting in February. If you have teenagers who are interested then contact us.

Tinker School Flea Market

Tinker School has managed to secure another space in the building, which is dedicated to resource storage and small scale workshop. It works beautifully. During the week, tinkerers work and build their projects. Staff also work on projects. Once a month we will be running a Tinker School Flea Market. In November we ran our first market day, had the bunting out to show that there was something on. Stallholders presented handmade products, coffee was available, and music provided by Catgut & Steel, and Spinster, two local artists who supported this initiative. We aim to make this a regular event to encourage community vitality, resilience and entrepreneurship.

Twilight Tinkering Classes

We opened the Tinker School in the evenings over the Spring and Summer to give adults the chance to tinker as well. We offered woodcraft, cabinetmaking, blacksmithing, repurposing and restoration and leather craft. In 2018, if any of these peak an interest in your tinkering soul, then contact us to discuss how these classes may work for you. This is an exciting opportunity we are keen to continue.
 

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 half day price. That is a $60.00 day programme for only $40.00+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.
 

Last Laugh

Q & A with Kidz


Q: Name the four seasons.
A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.

Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.
A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.

Q: How is dew formed
A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.

Q: How can you delay milk turning sour ?(brilliant, love this)
A: Keep it in the cow.


Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Andrew & the Tinker Team



For more information on events and related articles, check out the information on our website or contact us.

Feel free to forward this newsletter on to other parents who may be interested in a quality holiday programme.

If you are receiving this email and no longer require our services, please reply with “no thank you”, so we can remove you from our mailing list.

Tinker School Christmas 2017 - 4th Dec 2017

Tinker School Christmas Programme 2017
 

Tinker School and Fun Science with Amadeo.

The Christmas school holidays arrive in two weeks. We at the Tinker School have been busy with the activities and projects that we will be running. As part of the Christmas festivities, we have Amadeo joining us from Fun Science to do morning curiosity starters and presentations to spark the imagination. Then for the rest of the day they can participate in activities and project work of their own design.

To make a booking now for this event you can register here.
 

Tinker School Flea Market

Our Tinker School Flea Market went really well with great stall holders, good patronage and awesome weather. There was music from local legends, Catgut and Steel, and the likes of Spinster, na d Kerian Veraine on Hurdy-Gurdy. The effort is to fund the Barista and Coffee Training course we are developing. Registration for it will be open to youth aged between 14-24 years of age.

We will also be running a Tinker Village Market day as well, with stall holder wares, food, entertainment, as well as coffee, from our trainees. 

Grid Coffee

As we grow our tinker community, we are working with other people in the local area, including Nikki, Gavin and Brian from Grid Cafe. Together we aim to provide education and training to youth (14-24 years of age) around coffee culture. We want a high quality, artisan approach to coffee training in a real world context of community engagement and enterprise. 

We aim to work alongside youth to give them knowledge, skills and practice in the art of coffee. A holistic approach which includes the sourcing, roasting, preparation and presentation of the coffee, as well as the cleaning and maintenance around the tools and equipment of the trade.

By pairing up the training of coffee with the concept of a repair cafe encourages an atmosphere of learning and growing, engaging in a culture of know how and can do. This is the philosophy that shapes the Tinker School philosophy.

This is a Tinker School community initiative funded by the patrons who use our after school and holiday care and enrichment services. Additional sources of funding are through initiatives like the Flea Market and the Tinker Village Market. 

So if you have time, if you know people who would like to come and see what we do and how we do it, come along to the Barista Training Open Day on Saturday 16th December from 11.00 - 4.00pm. Check out more of what we do at our Tinker School facebook page.

Have a most festive season, Merry Christmas to all.

Regards

Andrew and the Tinker School Team

Tinker School Flea Market - 1st Nov 2017

Come one, come all! Come support our tinkering.
 

Come support our fundraiser for a youth-led repair cafe!


As we grow our tinker community, we are working with other people in the local area, including Nikki, Gavin and Brian from Grid Cafe. Together we aim to provide education and training to youth (14-24 years of age) around coffee culture. We want a high quality, artisan approach to coffee training in a real world context of community engagement and enterprise. 

We aim to work alongside youth to give them knowledge, skills and practice in the art of coffee. A holistic approach which includes the sourcing, roasting, preparation and presentation of the coffee, as well as the cleaning and maintenance around the tools and equipment of the trade.

By pairing up the training of coffee with the concept of a repair cafe encourages an atmosphere of learning and growing, engaging in a culture of know how and can do. This is the philosophy that shapes the Tinker School philosophy.

This is a Tinker School community initiative funded by the patrons who use our after school and holiday care and enrichment services. Additional sources of funding are through initiatives like the Flea Market. 

So if you have time, if you know people who would like to come and see what we do, come along to the Flea Market. Check out more of what we do at our Tinker School facebook page.

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