Give us some of your great ideas for our U3A
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 as 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 course 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 2019 our Tech Savvy team offered a 'Be Connected' Summer School and course in Semester 2; Tech Savvy Beginners (Apple Devices); Tech Savvy Projects ('Family History' & 'Community Projects') and Tech Savvy Talks. The 'Be Connected' Summer School is being offered again in 2020 to continue to develop the digital literacy of our members.
'Exercises for Fun', 'Recorder Group', 'Stock and Land' and a now discontinued 'Travel Group' were offered as new courses in 2018. It is offered that 'Hot Topics', piloted with four sessions in Semester 2 2018, will be offered again in Semester 2 2020.
Some highly valued courses are semester rather than year long - such as Meg Dillon's 'Some moments in Australian History' offered in Semester 1 2018 and 'Introduction to Western Civilisation' offered in Semester I 2020.. Some courses move off the timetable, some return, with 'Games' returning in Semester II 2018 - the expanding with the introduction of a fortnightly Saturday Games '500' session,
New Courses in 2019 include
'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'
'Saurday Games - 500'
New courses for 2020?
Coin Collectors - commenced November 2019
A Taste of Art
Pitmans Shorthand Refresher?
Let us know what you think of these suggestions or send us your own by completing the form below!
Please let Program Coordinator Terry Case (5762 1700) know if you have knowledge/skills in one of these course/activities and are interested in presenting it.