Tinker School Time Challenge - 27th Sep 2017

Tinker School Time Challenge

Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.

Jean de la Bruyere

 

Hi Everyone,

What beaut weather we are having, I trust you catch a moment of the present whilst it is around. I am hoping that it will carry on into the school holidays so that we have the best days for outdoor activities. Planning is well underway for the programme of activities. We are aiming to include a lot of technology activities.
 

Tinker Time Challenge

We aim to engage students in hands on, meaningful activities that focus on projects, problems or play. Currently we are developing a range of time focussed projects. These projects are designed to be completed in a set time frame. These time frames are of 1hour, 2hour, 5hour, 10 hour and 20 hour duration.

In our experience working with tinkerers, many ask how long the project will take. Often students embark on a project without knowing how long it takes to make it, or they underestimate how long the project will take. By framing the project in terms of how long it will take, they come to recognise that time is an invaluable resource which is necessary to complete project work.

Check out our Tinker School Facebook page for ideas and examples of projects that students may enjoy being involved in. Otherwise they may have an idea of their own which they want to make.

Either way, the end result will be amazing projects that will continue to inspire and engage them in further projects.
 

Information and Enrolments

The following will give you a bit more information.

We have a range of activities here developed by our own resident project guru Drew Wills that are suitable for inquisitive, curious and hands on maker types of children. 

Head back to our website and check out the links to get a better idea of our daily structures and activities here

Enrolment forms can be downloaded here. They can be filled in and scanned to be returned by email, or brought along on the first day.

We currently offer a full day (8.30-5.30) for a half day rate of $40+GST. 

If you would like to make a firm booking, please reply email with your childs name, school they attends and the dates you would like for them to attend.

We look forward to hearing from you.

Regards

Andrew & the Kidz Inc Team


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Tinker in the Spring - 10th Sep 2017

Tinker in the Spring

 “Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”

Jim Henson

 

Inside:

Open Day
Tinker School Venue
Tinker School Catchment
Community Engagement
Like Us on Facebook
Enrolment Steps
Affordable Childcare
Invoicing & Payment Plans
Last Laugh

 

Hi Everyone

The calendar has just turned over for spring and we are looking forward to the days and the benefits that it will bring to us all. As the green buds grow on the trees, there are things growing in the community we call the Tinker School.
 

Open Day

Sunday 17th September 2017
1.00-4.00pm

We want to showcase our school, have you meet the great tinker team and see the kinds of projects that students can be involved with. You can come and talk about our philosophy and how this shapes the way we work alongside the students who attend. Share widely and we look forward to seeing you there.
 

Twilight Tinkering Classes

We are going to be opening the Tinker School in the evenings over the Spring and Summer to give adults the chance to tinker as well. We will be offering woodcraft, cabinetmaking, blacksmithing, repurposing and restoration and leather craft. If any of these peak an interest in your tinkering soul, then come along to the Open Day and talk with us as to how these classes may work. This is an exciting opportunity we are keen to action.

 

Tinker School Venue

We have been tinkering at our venue to improve the range of activities we can offer. We are  including software and hardware that can provide children opportunity to do graphic design, filmmaking, studio recording equipment, 3D design and printing, robotics, online games development and much much more. We have a good materials workshop facility for designing, prototyping of ideas, painting and finishing. It has been a great place for the after school students students to explore, tinker and discover.

We run the Tinker School during term time from 4.00-6.00 daily. 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.
 

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 at the Otago University. Spaces are available if you are keen to be a part of the Tinker School Experience at NEV.
 

Community Engagement

The Tinker School have been involved in many community activities in the NEV. This includes providing football coaching for the players at NJAFC. We support the Circulation Trust for circo-arts training and performance through the Festival of Tricks.

The Tinker School is looking to establish a youth development programme in the Valley to support youth 14-21 years of age. It will be modelled on our Kidz Inc philosophy but upgraded for older students with an enterprise focus. This is an exciting development. By using the Tinker School you are supporting these locally grown initiatives.
 

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 spring, 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 and the Tinker Team



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Tinker School Winter Solstice Care & Enrichment 2017 - 23rd Jun 2017

"You must make a choice to take a chance or your life will never change."

 

 

Explore CHOICE these winter school holidays.


The Kidz Inc Tinker School will be involved in a range winter school holiday care & enrichment.

Follow these links back to our website to find out more about these awesome initiatives happening.

 

The Last Laugh

Putting on Boots
There was this teacher who was helping one of her kindergarten students put on his cowboy boots? He asked for help and she could see why. Even with her pulling and him pushing, the little boots still didn't want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.

She almost cried when the little boy said, 'Teacher, they're on the wrong feet.' She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn't any easier pulling the boots off than it was putting them on. She managed to keep her cool as together they worked to get the boots back on, this time on the right feet.

He then announced, 'These aren't my boots.'

She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, 'Why didn't you say so?', like she wanted to. Once again, she struggled to help him pull the ill-fitting boots off his little feet. No sooner had they gotten the boots off when he said, 'They're my brother's boots. My Mum made me wear them.'

Now she didn't know if she should laugh or cry. But, she mustered up what grace and courage she had left to wrestle the boots on his feet again. Helping him into his coat, she asked, 'Now, where are your Mittens?'

He said, 'I stuffed 'em in the toes of my boots.'

She will be eligible for parole in three years.


See you next newsletter.

Regards

Andrew & the Tinker School Team


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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

 

Inside:

Project Guru
Innovation in Education
Autumn Programme
Communication
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.

Regards

Andrew & the Kidz Inc Tinker Team


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The Great Northern Junior Football Coaching Holiday Programme 2017 - 27th Mar 2017

The Great Northern Junior Football Coaching Holiday Programme 2017

To be a better football player than you hav ever been, you have to do something that you have never done.

Felicity Luckey

 

Inside:

The Great Northern Junior Football Coaching Clinic
Last Laugh

 

Hi Everyone,

The first school term is almost completed , and the football pre-season has started across the whole of Dunedin. Kidz Inc have always been football mad, so over the next three weeks we will be planning in preparation for the school holidays.
 

The Great Northern Junior Football Coaching Clinic

As part of our commitment to develop youth leadership, we will be training our Northern Junior 15th 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.

Kidz Inc 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.
 

Autumn Enrolment 2017

The Great Northern Junior Football Coaching Course
Monday 24th April to Friday 28th April 2015
10.00am - 3.00pm 
Chingford Park Pavillion
Cost: $20/day +GST
Whole Day Care: $40/day +GST (8.30-5.30)

Grades 6-8
Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th April 2017

Grades 9-12
Wednesday 26th to Friday 28th April 2017

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 this email, we will reply with a confirmation of your childs’ place. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from here.

Whole day care will commence at our Tinker School premises at 347 North Road, NEV. Please indicate whether you will be requiring whole day care for your child. 
 

The Last Laugh

Elementary

Sherlock Holmes and Dr. Watson go on a camping trip. After a good dinner and a bottle of wine, they retire for the night, and go to sleep. Some hours later, Holmes wakes up and nudges his faithful friend. "Watson, look up at the sky and tell me what you see."
"I see millions and millions of stars, Holmes" replies Watson.
"And what do you deduce from that?"
Watson ponders for a minute.

"Well, astronomically, it tells me that there are millions of galaxies and potentially billions of planets. Astrologically, I observe that Saturn is in Leo. Horologically, I deduce that the time is approximately a quarter past three. Meteorologically, I suspect that we will have a beautiful day tomorrow. Theologically, I can see that God is all powerful, and that we are a small and insignificant part of the universe. What does it tell you, Holmes?"

Holmes is silent for a moment. "Watson, you idiot!" he says. "Someone has stolen our tent!"

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

Sincerely

Andrew & the Football Team


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

A good conscience is a continual Christmas.


Benjamin Franklin

 

Inside:

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.

Regards

Andrew & the Kidz Inc Team


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Kidz Inc Holiday Springtime 2016 - 14th Sep 2016

Kidz Inc Holiday Springtime 2016

 “Kids don't remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.”

Jim Henson

 

Inside:

Tinker School Venue
Kidz Inc Catchment
Mindstorm Robotics
Community Engagement
Like Us on Facebook
Enrolment Steps
Affordable Childcare
Invoicing & Payment Plans
WINZ Subsidies
Last Laugh

 

Hi Everyone

The calendar has just turned over for spring and we are looking forward to the days and the benefits that it will bring to us all. As the green buds grow on the trees, there are things growing in the community we call Kidz Inc.
 

Tinker School Venue

After four years running the after school programme at North East Valley Normal School, we have relocated to a premise that is better suited for our programme. The space at 347 North Road allows us to set up resources permanently. We are  including software and hardware that can provide children opportunity to do graphic design, filmmaking, studio recording equipment, 3D design and printing, robotics, online games development and much much more. We have a good workshop facility for designing, prototyping of ideas, painting and finishing. It has been a great place for the ASP students to explore and discover.

We run the Tinker School during term time from 4.00-6.00 daily. 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.
 

Kidz Inc Catchment

Kidz Inc NEV 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 at the Otago University. Spaces are still available if you are keen to be a part of the Kidz Inc Experience at NEV.
 

LEGO Mindstorm Robotics

I recently visited the Robocup in Dunedin to see such a diverse range of Mindstorm projects that were constructed and programmed to meet challenges. These challenges include Robofootball, robodance, and search and rescue. Each challenge required students to design a machine that would include motors, sensors and a computer known as a brick, and then programme it to work within the parameters of the challenge. This was a totally engaging experience to see teams of young people work through these challenges. At Kidz Inc we will have access to LEGO Mindstorm for these Spring holidays and will be running courses in how to make these projects. If you are interested in being a part of this programme let us know. Places will be limited.
 

Community Engagement

Kidz Inc have been involved in many community activities in the NEV. This includes providing football coaching for the players at NJAFC. We support the Circulation Trust for circo-arts training and performance through the Festival of Tricks. Kidz Inc is looking to establish a youth development programme in the Valley to support youth 14-21 years of age. It will be modelled on Kidz Inc philosophy but upgraded for older students with an enterprise focus. This is an exciting development. By using the Kidz Inc Service you are supporting these locally grown initiatives.
 

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 Kidz Inc 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

Kidz Inc ensure that all children can have access to our experience. This spring, parents can have full day access to the programme for half day price. That is a $55.00 day programme for only $35.00. Better still, if you are eligible for a full WINZ subsidy, you will pay only $10/day. How AWESOME is that. We want you to celebrate our Kidz Inc Tinker School.
 

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 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 and the Kidz Inc Team



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Kidz Inc Tinker School Christmas 2015 - 2nd Dec 2015

Kidz Inc Tinker School Christmas 2015

Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.

Calvin Coolidge


Inside:

Tinker School Opening
Activity Philosophy
Christmas Programme
Enrolment Steps
OSCAR Subsidy Forms
Last Laugh

Hi Everyone,


I trust that the next couple of weeks you will all wind down rather than up, and are looking forward to the spirit of Christmas. Let it be a reminder that it is a time we can spend with our children.

Tinker School Opening

The Tinker School is the next stage of the Kidz Inc social enterprise for sustainable community development. It is aimed at intermediate and high school aged students wanting to explore, create and build projects that matter.

The Tinker School will give school age students from 12-18 years of age the opportunity to work on innovative projects, addressing real world needs. Students will choose projects that will build their knowledge and skills around real world problems and opportunities. They will be involved in choice creation, decision-making and problem solving as they work towards appropriate and sustainable solutions.

They will be resourceful, resilient and enterprising. The long term outcome of being involved in the Tinker School would have students engaged with the local community in joint ventures to address social issues.

Students will have access to processes such as cabinet-making, blacksmithing, enamelling, pewter casting, electronics, robotics, 3D Design and printing to create solutions for themselves. This includes repurposing of electronic components and other materials including wood, metal, plastic to create useful, enterprising and marketable projects.

An open day to come and visit the Tinker School Workshop will take place on Saturday, December 5, from 11am to 4pm at the Valley Community Workspace, 11 Allen Street NEV.

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To find out more regarding this amazing community initiative or to register your interest for enrolment in 2016, email: andrew@kidzinc.co.nz. or visit www.kidzinc.co.nz.

Philosophy around Activities

Kidz Inc provides an range of enrichment technology immersion activities. These activities aim to create fun and engaging environment for children to explore choice and decisions-making. Our Choice Action Management Programme (CHAMP) develops their social skills. By participating in an activity they choose to do, they will develop both their personal capability AND their character. This builds confidence and enhances their self-esteem. They have positive interactions with the children they play with and the play that they do. The result we aim for is that they are doing fun activities together. The Kidz Inc Experience.

Portfolio of Activities

A full range of activities can be found on our website here.

Peer Support Games:

These are played at the beginning of the day to foster a sense of belonging and inclusiveness. Everyone participates.

Innov8r
Dog n Bone
Corners
Marco Polo
Bop it Tag
Octopus, Amoeba, Tag
Parachute Games
Newspaper Fashion Parade
Rapid Dough
BP Challenges
And many more. We encourage children to share and teach their favourite games as well. 


Self Directed Activities:
These are children-centred, self initiated activities that require minimal mentor engagement. They aim to build their confidence in managing activities free of mentor involvement. Below are some of the activities available:

Football
Hutmaking
LEGO
Role Play & Circo Arts
Parquour
Sports & Games


Mentor Instruction Activities:
These are mentor-initiated activities that children can choose to engage. They aim to build their confidence in extending their mastery of skills in project work guided by mentor.

Christmas Pewter Casting
Candlemaking
Innov8rs Workshop
Christmas Ornaments
Christmas Treats
Think it Make it


Off-Site Excursion:

THURSDAY IS MOVIE DAY!! and always has been
Rialto Cinemas
Dunedin Library
First Church grounds
Otago Settlers Museum

Enrolment Steps

If you want to enrol or book your children into our programme email is the best and most reliable way to confirm your booking. When emailing have your childs name, age, school they attend and the dates thatn you want them to attend. Once we receive this information we will return reply your email with a confirmation. From there you can fill out an enrolment form and bring it to Kidz Inc on the first day. If there are special considerations for your child, let us know in advance. If things change, thats okay, just let us know via email, mobile or txt.

If you are seeking a WINZ childcare subsidy, see below.

OSCAR Subsidy

Work and Income have sent out OSCAR declarations for the up and coming school holidays and next years after school programme. If you are looking to use the OSCAR subsidy, ensure that you contact Work and Income and let them know that you want to have support with childcare, and complete the form. We will need to fill out our part of it. We can do this on the day that you first arrive at our programmes or you can mail it in before time.

The Last Laugh

I love this one, so I've put it in again. Share and enjoy.

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."

See you next newsletter.

Sincerely

Andrew & the Kidz Inc Team


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