Kidz Inc Tinker School News Feed http://www.kidzinc.co.nz Kidz Inc Tinker School Tinker Autumn School 2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/52/Tinker-Autumn-School-2018<h3>Tinker Autumn School is about to get underway.</h3> <h2>The Rialto Movie Prop Challenge</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> Themes will include:<br /> Fantasy<br /> Structures<br /> Set Design<br /> Costumes<br /> Transport&nbsp;<br /> Science Fiction<br /> Robots<br /> Weapons<br /> Jewelry<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> To make a booking <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">contact us</a>. <h2>Northern Galaxy Football Academy</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> If you are interested in knowing more or would like to make a booking, then <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">contact us</a>.<br /> <br /> <br /> We wish you all a great finish to the term and l;ook forward to seeing you these holidays.<br /> <br /> Regards<br /> <br /> The Tinker School Team<br /> &nbsp;1523361600http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/52/Tinker-Autumn-School-2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz823Tinker Autumn School 2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/52/Tinker-Autumn-School-2018 Tinker After School 2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/51/Tinker-After-School-2018<h3><strong><em>&quot;The real gap is between doing nothing and doing something.&quot;</em></strong></h3> <p>&nbsp;</p> <h2>Tinker After School</h2> Now that school has begun we turn our attention to providing an after school tinkering experience. We simply call it <strong>Tinker After School.</strong> From 3.00-5.30pm each day, Tinkerland will be open for tinkerers to think, make, create &amp; solve. Click on the link&nbsp;to check out the <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZvsX5mX6hRQ8YTfVc5IYW8x_ZVSiWqSL8YpIxzpjhT4/edit#gid=0">course fees</a> 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. <h2>Tinker Rideshare</h2> 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 <a href="https://docs.google.com/spreadsheets/d/1ZvsX5mX6hRQ8YTfVc5IYW8x_ZVSiWqSL8YpIxzpjhT4/edit#gid=0">Tinker Rideshare.</a> 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 <a href="/pages/13-39/Rideshare" data-object-ref="scm_sub_page_content:39">here</a>. <h3>New Enrolments 2018</h3> If you are new to the Tinker School community please <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KidzIncTinkerSchool/">Like Us</a> on facebook to see tinkering activities around what we do. If you would like to enrol in Tinker After School, reply <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">email</a> with your child/s name, age, school they attend, days they will attend, and if you are partnered up in Tinker Rideshare. Download and <a href="/pages/8/Downloads" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:8">enrolment form</a>. We will confirm your booking.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <strong>Regards</strong> <h3>The Tinker Team</h3>1517310000http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/51/Tinker-After-School-2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz821Tinker After School 2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/51/Tinker-After-School-2018 Tinker During Summer 2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/50/Tinker-During-Summer-2018<h3><em><strong>&ldquo;Education is what remains after one had forgotten what one has learned in school&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Albert Einstein</strong></em></h3> &nbsp; <h2>Inside:</h2> <strong>2018<br /> Care &amp; Enrichment<br /> Northern Galaxy Football Academy<br /> Tinker School Flea Market<br /> Tinker Coffee &amp; Barista Training<br /> Like Us on Facebook<br /> Enrolment Steps<br /> Affordable Childcare<br /> Invoicing &amp; Payment Plans<br /> Last Laugh</strong><br /> &nbsp; <h2>Hi Everyone</h2> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>2018</h2> <p>2017 was a year of few&nbsp;downs and many ups. We access&nbsp;no government funding, which means that we are dependent&nbsp;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.</p> <h2>Summer Courses 2018</h2> <p>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. <a href="/pages/13-22/Activities" data-object-ref="scm_sub_page_content:22">Check out here</a>, to find out more of the types of activities and projects being offered this summer.</p> <h2>After School Care &amp; Enrichment 2018</h2> <p>The Tinker School ASC&amp;E programme starts on Monday 29th January 2018. It runs from 3.00-5.30 daily. We pick up from NEVN School.&nbsp;Intermediate and secondary students can be involved in projects of their own design. Check out the <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KidzIncTinkerSchool/">Tinker School</a> facebook page for more information or check out our website page <a href="/pages/15/Tinker-School" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:15">here</a>. To book your tinkerer in for the start of the new school year, <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">contact us here.</a></p> <h2>Tinker School Catchment</h2> <p>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.</p> <h2>Northern Galaxy Football Academy</h2> <p>As part of our commitment to develop youth leadership, we will be training our Northern Junior Youth&nbsp;Grade team to deliver a coaching programme for 6-12 year old footballers.<br /> <br /> We are working in partnership with Northern Junior Association Football Club (NJAFC for short), who along with Maori Hill are under the umbrella of&nbsp;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.<br /> <br /> All proceeds from the coaching clinic will go towards continued youth development and leadership opportunities in North Dunedin.<br /> <br /> 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&rsquo; enthusiasm in this sport. More information can be found <a href="/pages/18/Galaxy" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:18">here</a>.<br /> <br /> Dates: 24th-26th January 2018<br /> Time:&nbsp; &nbsp;10.00-3.00<br /> Venue: Chingford Park<br /> Cost:&nbsp; &nbsp; $20/day/player<br /> Bookings: <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">Contact Us here</a></p> <h2>Prototype Academy</h2> <p>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.</p> <h2>Tinker Coffee &amp; Barista</h2> <p>Tinker School and Grid Coffee partnered to present a youth development proposal to the Valley Project Dragons&#39; Den event. Shortly after, we ran an open day in December for enrolments and will be starting our first youth coffee &amp; barista training course starting in February. If you have teenagers who are interested then <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">contact us.</a></p> <h2>Tinker School Flea Market</h2> 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 &amp; 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. <h2>Twilight Tinkering Classes</h2> 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 <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">contact us</a> to discuss how these classes may work for you. This is an exciting opportunity we are keen to continue.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Like Us on Facebook</h2> 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 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/KidzIncTinkerSchool">Tinker School</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Kidz-Inc-121361057897959/">&nbsp;Facebook</a> page here.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Enrolment Steps</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> If you are seeking a WINZ subsidy, <strong>we are not accredited</strong> and you would not be eligible.<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="/pages/8/Downloads" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:8">enrolment form</a> and bring it along on the first day.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Affordable Childcare</h2> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Invoicing &amp; Payment Plans</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="/pages/13-20/Payment-Plans" data-object-ref="scm_sub_page_content:20">here</a>. <h3><strong>We receive no funding and operate entirely on Parent Fees.</strong></h3> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Last Laugh</h2> <h3>Q &amp; A with Kidz</h3> <br /> Q: Name the four seasons.<br /> A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.<br /> <br /> Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.<br /> A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.<br /> <br /> Q: How is dew formed<br /> A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.<br /> <br /> Q: How can you delay milk turning sour ?(brilliant, love this)<br /> A: Keep it in the cow.<br /> <br /> <br /> Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you. <h3><strong>Regards</strong></h3> <h2>Andrew &amp; the Tinker&nbsp;Team</h2> <br /> <br /> <em><strong>For more information on events and related articles, check out the information on our </strong></em><a href="/" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:1"><em><strong>website</strong></em></a><em><strong> or </strong></em><a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2"><em><strong>contact us.</strong></em></a><br /> <br /> <em>Feel free to forward this newsletter on to other parents who may be interested in a quality holiday programme.</em><br /> <br /> <em>If you are receiving this email and no longer require our services, please reply with &ldquo;no thank you&rdquo;, so we can remove you from our mailing list.</em>1515236400http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/50/Tinker-During-Summer-2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz820Tinker During Summer 2018http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/50/Tinker-During-Summer-2018 Tinker School Christmas 2017http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/49/Tinker-School-Christmas-2017<h3><strong>Tinker School Christmas Programme 2017</strong><br /> &nbsp;</h3> <h2><strong>Tinker School and Fun Science with Amadeo.</strong></h2> 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.<br /> <br /> To make a booking now for this event you can <a href="https://docs.google.com/forms/d/e/1FAIpQLSf9G6j2gwJWUT6iG-vw3qeoWw75vvrg4NXUxHQx0CuGDCjXCA/viewform">register here</a>.<br /> &nbsp; <h3>Tinker School Flea Market</h3> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.&nbsp; <h3>Grid Coffee</h3> 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.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/KidzIncTinkerSchool/posts/?ref=page_internal">Tinker School</a> facebook page.<br /> <br /> Have a most festive season, Merry Christmas to all.<br /> <br /> Regards<br /> <br /> Andrew and the Tinker School Team1512298800http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/49/Tinker-School-Christmas-2017http://www.kidzinc.co.nz819Tinker School Christmas 2017http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/49/Tinker-School-Christmas-2017 Tinker School Flea Markethttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/48/Tinker-School-Flea-Market<h3><strong>Come one, come all! Come support our tinkering. </strong><br /> &nbsp;</h3> <h2><strong>Come support our fundraiser for a youth-led repair cafe!</strong></h2> <br /> 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.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/KidzIncTinkerSchool/posts/?ref=page_internal">Tinker School</a> facebook page.1509447600http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/48/Tinker-School-Flea-Markethttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz816Tinker School Flea Markethttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/48/Tinker-School-Flea-Market Tinker School Time Challengehttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/15/Tinker-School-Time-Challenge<h3><strong><em>Children have neither a past nor a future. Thus they enjoy the present, which seldom happens to us.<br /> <br /> Jean de la Bruyere</em></strong></h3> <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h2><strong>Hi Everyone,</strong></h2> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Tinker Time Challenge</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Check out our <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KidzIncTinkerSchool/">Tinker School</a> 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.<br /> <br /> Either way, the end result will be amazing projects that will continue to inspire and engage them in further projects.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Information and Enrolments</h2> The following will give you a bit more information.<br /> <br /> We have a range of&nbsp;<a href="http://www.maketoys.net.nz/" target="_blank">activities&nbsp;</a>here developed by our own resident project guru Drew Wills that are suitable for inquisitive, curious and hands on maker types of children.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Head back to our&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kidzinc.co.nz/" target="_blank">website</a>&nbsp;and check out the links to get a better idea of&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kidzinc.co.nz/activities" target="_blank">our daily structures</a>&nbsp;and activities&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kidzinc.co.nz/activities" target="_blank">here</a>.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> Enrolment forms can be&nbsp;<a href="https://www.kidzinc.co.nz/downloads" target="_blank">downloaded here</a>. They can be filled in and scanned to be returned by email, or brought along on the first day.<br /> <br /> We currently offer a full day (8.30-5.30) for a half day rate of $40+GST.&nbsp;<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> We look forward to hearing from you.<br /> <br /> Regards <h2><strong>Andrew &amp; the Kidz Inc Team</strong></h2> <br /> <strong>For more information on events and related articles, check out the information on <a href="/" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:1">our website</a> or <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">contact us</a>.<br /> <br /> Feel free to forward this newsletter on to other parents who may be interested in a quality holiday programme.</strong><br /> <br /> If you are receiving this email and no longer require our services, please reply with &ldquo;no thank you&rdquo;, so we can remove you from our mailing list.1506423600http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/15/Tinker-School-Time-Challengehttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz815Tinker School Time Challengehttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/15/Tinker-School-Time-Challenge Tinker in the Springhttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/47/Tinker-in-the-Spring<h3><em><strong>&nbsp;&ldquo;Kids don&#39;t remember what you try to teach them. They remember what you are.&rdquo;<br /> <br /> Jim Henson</strong></em></h3> &nbsp; <h2>Inside:</h2> <strong>Open Day<br /> Tinker School Venue<br /> Tinker School Catchment<br /> Community Engagement<br /> Like Us on Facebook<br /> Enrolment Steps<br /> Affordable Childcare<br /> Invoicing &amp; Payment Plans<br /> Last Laugh</strong><br /> &nbsp; <h2>Hi Everyone</h2> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Open Day</h2> <h3>Sunday 17th September 2017<br /> 1.00-4.00pm</h3> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Twilight Tinkering Classes</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h2>Tinker School Venue</h2> We have been tinkering at our venue to improve the range of activities we can offer. We are &nbsp;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.<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/KidzIncTinkerSchool/">Tinker School</a> facebook page for more information or check out our website page <a href="/pages/15/Tinker-School" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:15">here</a>.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Tinker School Catchment</h2> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Community Engagement</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> The&nbsp;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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Like Us on Facebook</h2> 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 <a href="https://www.facebook.com/pg/KidzIncTinkerSchool">Tinker School</a><a href="https://www.facebook.com/Kidz-Inc-121361057897959/">&nbsp;Facebook</a> page here.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Enrolment Steps</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> If you are seeking a WINZ subsidy, we are not accredited and you would not be eligible.<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="/pages/8/Downloads" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:8">enrolment form</a> and bring it along on the first day.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Affordable Childcare</h2> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Invoicing &amp; Payment Plans</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> 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 <a href="/pages/13-20/Payment-Plans" data-object-ref="scm_sub_page_content:20">here</a>. <h3>We receive no funding and operate entirely on Parent Fees.</h3> 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.<br /> <br /> &nbsp; <h2>Last Laugh</h2> <h3>Q &amp; A with Kidz</h3> <br /> Q: Name the four seasons.<br /> A: Salt, pepper, mustard and vinegar.<br /> <br /> Q: Explain one of the processes by which water can be made safe to drink.<br /> A: Flirtation makes water safe to drink because it removes large pollutants like grit, sand, dead sheep and canoeists.<br /> <br /> Q: How is dew formed<br /> A: The sun shines down on the leaves and makes them perspire.<br /> <br /> Q: How can you delay milk turning sour ?(brilliant, love this)<br /> A: Keep it in the cow.<br /> <br /> <br /> Thank you for your time and we look forward to hearing from you.<br /> <br /> <strong>Regards</strong><br /> &nbsp; <h3>Andrew and the Tinker&nbsp;Team</h3> <br /> <br /> <em><strong>For more information on events and related articles, check out the information on our </strong></em><a href="/" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:1"><em><strong>website</strong></em></a><em><strong> or </strong></em><a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2"><em><strong>contact us.</strong></em></a><br /> <br /> <em>Feel free to forward this newsletter on to other parents who may be interested in a quality holiday programme.</em><br /> <br /> <em>If you are receiving this email and no longer require our services, please reply with &ldquo;no thank you&rdquo;, so we can remove you from our mailing list.</em>1504958400http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/47/Tinker-in-the-Springhttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz810Tinker in the Springhttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/47/Tinker-in-the-Spring Tinker School Winter Solstice Care & Enrichment 2017http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/46/Tinker-School-Winter-Solstice-Care-Enrichment-2017<h3><em>&quot;You must make a choice&nbsp;to take a chance or your life will never change.&quot;</em></h3> &nbsp; <h3>&nbsp;</h3> <h2>Explore CHOICE these winter school holidays.</h2> <h3><br /> <strong>The Kidz Inc Tinker School will be involved in a range winter school holiday care &amp; enrichment. </strong><br /> <br /> Follow these links back to our website to find out more about these awesome initiatives happening.</h3> &nbsp; <ul> <li> <h3><a href="/pages/17/Prototype" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:17">Prototype:</a> Project - ProblemSolve - Play (7-18 years of age)</h3> </li> <li> <h3><a href="/pages/15/Tinker-School" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:15">Tinker School:</a> Think It - Make It - Solve It (5-14 years of age)</h3> </li> <li> <h3><a href="/pages/18/Galaxy" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:18">Northern Galaxy Football Academy</a> (5-12 years of age)</h3> </li> <li> <h3><a href="/pages/13/Tinker-After-School" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:13">Kidz Inc OSCAR Service:</a> Fun Activities Together (5-12 years of age)</h3> </li> </ul> <h2>The Last Laugh</h2> <strong>Putting on Boots</strong><br /> 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&#39;t want to go on. By the time they got the second boot on, she had worked up a sweat.<br /> <br /> She almost cried when the little boy said, &#39;Teacher, they&#39;re on the wrong feet.&#39; She looked, and sure enough, they were. It wasn&#39;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.<br /> <br /> He then announced, &#39;These aren&#39;t my boots.&#39;<br /> <br /> She bit her tongue rather than get right in his face and scream, &#39;Why didn&#39;t you say so?&#39;, 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, &#39;They&#39;re my brother&#39;s boots. My Mum made me wear them.&#39;<br /> <br /> Now she didn&#39;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, &#39;Now, where are your Mittens?&#39;<br /> <br /> He said, &#39;I stuffed &#39;em in the toes of my boots.&#39;<br /> <br /> She will be eligible for parole in three years.<br /> <br /> <br /> See you next newsletter.<br /> <br /> <strong>Regards</strong> <h2>Andrew &amp; the Tinker School Team</h2> <br /> For more information on events and related articles, check out the information on our <a href="/" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:1">website</a> or <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">contact us</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Feel free to forward this newsletter on to other parents who may be interested in a quality holiday programme.</strong><br /> <br /> <em>If you are receiving this email and no longer require our services, please reply with &ldquo;no thank you&rdquo;, so we can remove you from our mailing list.</em>1498132800http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/46/Tinker-School-Winter-Solstice-Care-Enrichment-2017http://www.kidzinc.co.nz807Tinker School Winter Solstice Care & Enrichment 2017http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/46/Tinker-School-Winter-Solstice-Care-Enrichment-2017 Tinker As Autumn Falls Upon Ushttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/33/Tinker-As-Autumn-Falls-Upon-Us<h3><em>For man, autumn is a time of harvest, of gathering together. For nature, it is a time of sowing, of scattering abroad.<br /> <br /> Edwin Way Teale</em></h3> &nbsp; <h2>Inside:</h2> <strong>Project Guru<br /> Innovation in Education<br /> Autumn Programme<br /> Communication<br /> Enrolments &amp; Information<br /> Monthly Statements &amp; Invoices<br /> Last Laugh</strong><br /> &nbsp; <h2>Hi Everyone,</h2> 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.&nbsp;<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Project Guru</h2> Our resident project guru <a href="/pages/3/About-Us" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:3">Andrew Wills</a> 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.<br /> <br /> He has a list of other projects developed over his extensive career and they can be found on his website <a href="http://www.maketoys.net.nz/">www.maketoys.net.nz.</a> If you are unsure of what you may like to make, then this is the first stop.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Innovation in Education</h2> <strong>The Kidz Inc Tinker School provides opportunity for children to discover and explore their interests.</strong><br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <a href="/pages/15-24/Choice-Action" data-object-ref="scm_sub_page_content:24">Choice Action:</a> is a tool to help children better understand the underlying reasons for their choice of behaviour.<br /> <a href="/pages/15-25/Gung-Ho" data-object-ref="scm_sub_page_content:25">Gung Ho!:</a> is a tool to help children better understand how to work together as a team.<br /> <a href="/pages/15-26/Tech-Literacy" data-object-ref="scm_sub_page_content:26">Tinker Process:</a> is a tool to help children better understand how to take their ideas and turn them into a reality.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>Autumn Holiday Programme</h2> 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 <a href="/pages/13-22/Activities" data-object-ref="scm_sub_page_content:22">here.</a><br /> &nbsp; <h2>Enrolment &amp; Information</h2> <p>If you are looking to confirm a place for your child/ren, please reply to this email with your childs&rsquo;/rens&rsquo; 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&rsquo; place. Enrolment forms can be downloaded from <a href="/pages/8/Downloads" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:8">here</a> from our website. Ensure that all contact details are up to date, especially mobile numbers and emails.</p> &nbsp; <h2>Monthly Statements &amp; Invoices</h2> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> Remember to include the invoice number if you are paying direct credit through online banking services.<br /> &nbsp; <h2>The Last Laugh</h2> <strong>Saving the Easter Bunny</strong><br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> &quot;I feel terrible,&quot; he explained, &quot;I accidentally hit the Easter Bunny and killed it. There may not be an Easter because of me. What should I do?&quot;<br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> 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!<br /> <br /> The man was astonished. He said to the woman, &quot;What in heaven&#39;s name is in your spray can? What was it that you sprayed on the Easter Bunny?&quot;<br /> <br /> The woman turned the can around so that the man could read the label. It said: &quot;Hair spray. Restores life to dead hair. Adds permanent wave.&quot;<br /> <br /> <br /> 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.<br /> <br /> <strong>Regards</strong> <h2>Andrew &amp; the Kidz Inc Tinker Team</h2> <br /> For more information on events and related articles, check out the information on our <a href="/" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:1">website</a> or <a href="/pages/2/Contact" data-object-ref="scm_page_content:2">contact us</a>.<br /> <br /> <strong>Feel free to forward this newsletter on to other parents who may be interested in a quality holiday programme.</strong><br /> <br /> <em>If you are receiving this email and no longer require our services, please reply with &ldquo;no thank you&rdquo;, so we can remove you from our mailing list.</em>1490526000http://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/33/Tinker-As-Autumn-Falls-Upon-Ushttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz775Tinker As Autumn Falls Upon Ushttp://www.kidzinc.co.nz/news/33/Tinker-As-Autumn-Falls-Upon-Us