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We are always looking for ideas/suggestions for activities and courses for Benalla U3A. Do you have any you would like to share? Contact us through the form on this page.
Playreading - from news of a course idea to reality! After hearing about a popular play reading group at another U3A, the possibility of a similar group was raised, researched and a program plan developed. The Play Reading group commenced in 2016, with Keith Rogers inaugural convenor.
Bird Watching, convened by U3A 'birdie', Kathy Costello, and Collectors, convened by enthusiastic depression glass collector Judith Borthwick, also commenced in 2016. Like Playreading, these courses were very well received and moved from pilot programs in the first half of the year to ongoing programs. Short courses 'Legal Matters' (John Barry), 'Opera' (Meg Dillon) and 'Google Apps' (Terry Dillon) were also added to our program offerings in 2016.
In Semester 2, 2017 and again in Semester 1, 2018 'Over There' a course about World War I was offered by John Barry who also taught a Legal Matters short course in 2017. A single session course on 'Advanced Care Planning' and two short courses 'Facebook for Mentors' were offered and completed.
Our 'Tech Savvy' courses have continue to evolve to meet needs at the time and the availability of tutors and mentors. In 2020 our Tech Savvy team will offer a 'Be Connected' Summer School and fortnightly 'Be Connected' Drop In program to continue to develop the digital literacy of our members. Tech Savvy Apple Devices - Beginners and Intermediate groups; Tech Savvy Community Projects; Tech Savvy Family History and Tech Savvy Talks are also on offer.
'Exercises for Fun', 'Recorder Group', 'Stock and Land' and a now discontinued 'Travel Group' were offered as new courses in 2018. 'Hot Topics', piloted with four sessions in Semester 2 2018, will be offered again as 'The News - Fact or Fiction' in Semester 1 2020.
Some highly valued courses are semester rather than year long - such as Meg Dillon's successful Opera and History courses. Courses can move off the timetable, then return, with 'Games' returning in Semester II 2018; followed in 2019 by a new, fortnightly Saturday Games '500' session,
New Courses in 2019 included 'A Night at the Opera - French Style' 'Patchwork for Beginners'; 'Booker Reading Group'; 'German for Beginners'; 'History: After the Victorians'; 'History: An Introduction to Western Civilisation'
'Meditation''; 'Saturday Games - 500'
New courses for 2020 - include
A Taste of Art
A Different History of Germany
Coin Collectors - (piloted in late 2019)
German - Conversation
Tech Savvy Be Connected Drop In
Tech Savvy Apple Devices - Intermediate
The News - Fact or Fiction?
We are hoping top offer Line Dancing and Revise your Pitman Shorthand courses in the coming year. Send us your other suggestions for new courses by filling out the suggestion box form below!
Please let Program Coordinator Terry Case (5762 1700) know if you have knowledge/skills in an area which might be suitable for a U3A course!