Minecraft School for cool kids in Port Macquarie, Coffs Harbour and Newcastle

Updated: Jan 18

✦ The most awesome vacation care program in town!

The hit game Minecraft has been used to teach everything from history to microbiology to the principles of quantum computing, utilising virtual building blocks and creative problem-solving. Every primary aged Port Macquarie Minecraft fan will be excited to hear that the Computer Capers Minecraft School is being offered these school holidays.

We spoke to Rob Walker and Joel Walker about their unique vacation care program “Computer Capers”.

For the child that is constantly plugged in

The unique vacation care program caters to kids that are not into sports based or child care minding services. It’s providing a space for kids that are stimulated by gaming or coding.

The technology focused, support environment offers youth with a shared interest in technology, a place to come together in the hope of forming lasting and meaningful friendships that have been nurtured through computer based social activities. A place where young people can come together and embrace their love of games.

Rob Walker from the successful Computer Capers brand, joined forces with “out of the box” thinker Joel Walker and, with their unique powers and cutting edge technology, they were able to offer regularly scheduled social activities at the Port Macquarie Stadium during the school holidays.

Rob’s background in education and foster care, ensures he is the perfect candidate to support participants, while Joel is focused on creating fun events in a unique social space.

Participants learn to navigate games individually and in groups, with plenty of support on hand. More focused gamers can express themselves in a non-judgemental space. Skills are celebrated and built upon with each member made to feel valued and heard. This program is designed to be cool, creative and an accepting place to visit, hang out and learn while having fun.

You have a background as an IT teacher Rob, tell us more about Minecraft School?

“For many parents, school holidays can be a really stressful time, trying to juggle the demands of work with making sure your children are looked after and having fun in holiday care. We designed the Minecraft meet up program after identifying a need to cater to kids that are motivated and orientated by technology and design."

If you haven't heard about Minecraft, it's a computer game that uses virtual building blocks and teams with opportunities for creative problem-solving.

Like it or loathe it, nothing will change the fact that kids love building online worlds where they are only limited by their imagination.

Through our Computer Capers Holiday Program, we provide support during the building challenges, collaborative activities, social games and group problem solving, all on a safe, private and secured computer server.

It’s a family affair where your son Joel is learning the ropes from you and is now your partner in the program. Tell us who can attend the workshops?

Computer Capers is aimed at Primary aged children, the holiday program is available to any level of technical ability. Each child is given an opportunity to participate in competitions, quests, and mini lessons, all while having fun and interacting with their friends in this positive digital way.

This year, we have designed a huge program with loads of new and exciting classes that include Minecraft Mania, which is the most popular session by far, and we have added more mini games to try. We want this holiday program to be the best.

Most kids love Minecraft, but some need step-by-step guidance and support. We like to think that we can help build social connections while demystifying the exciting world of Minecraft, enabling all children to explore through Minecraft-based activities. We engage with kids by motivating them with open-ended activities.

What outcomes can parents expect from their kids after participating in the program?

Minecraft School is responsible for creating new friendships and bonds, as participants work together to plan landscapes, fight night-time zombies, and continue daily survival. Collaboration, team-building and individual play are all encompassed.

Furthermore, the sessions examine science, technology, engineering, and maths, and beyond that strengthen communication skills, expand and push problem solving skills,