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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, Collectors and Birdwatching - from news of a course idea to reality! Ideas for our courses come from many sources. After hearing about a popular play reading group at Deniliquin U3A and an Antiques group at a Melbourne U3A, programs were developed for 'Play Reading' and 'Collectors'. 'Bird Watching' was inspired by observing a member with undoubted skills in this area, while 'Demystifying Psychology' was inspired by the name of a course offered by U3A in Shepparton and knowing a psychologist happy to introduce it ‘when I retire’.
Most courses are ongoing and are offered on a year-long (10 session) basis. Some ongoing courses have a theme each year, for example, Armchair History's theme this year is 'The Tudors'.
Semester length courses of five sessions are also offered. Meg Dillon's 'Opera' courses began a long run in 2016, with wonderful titles including 'A Night at the Opera - French Style'. Meg also offers semester long history courses and literature courses such as this year's 'Russian Literature'. John Barry's popular course about World War I, 'Over There' was also semester length.
Short courses of two to four sessions are offered from time to time, including John Barry's 'Legal Matters' sessions. Single session courses on 'Advanced Care Planning' and 'End of Life Care and Decision Making' have been popular.
The U3A meeting room at the Seniors Community Centre is in constant use, with three sessions on Mondays and Tuesdays, and two sessions on other days. 'Exercises for Fun' and 'Let's Talk Books' are held in the Auditorium while 'Family Research--Beginners' and 'Russian Literature' use the small classroom.
'Hands on' courses offered in the meeting room include 'Play Reading', 'Recorder', 'Patchwork', ‘Brain Games’, 'Meditation' and 'German'. A light-hearted ‘hands on’ activity in the meeting room is ‘Saturday Cards -500’, held on alternate Saturday afternoons.
Serious matters are discussed in 'Politics and Current Affairs', 'Sustainability', 'The Media - Fact or Fiction' and ‘Investment’.
'Stock and Land' and the new course 'The Sky's the Limit', feature monthly guest speakers and an excursion or two throughout the year. Monthly ‘Meet and Mingle’ sessions feature a guest speaker on a matter of community interest, together with a news update from the executive committee. Participants are the guest speakers in 'Armchair Traveller'.
Courses offered at outside venues include 'Lifeball' (Benalla Leisure Centre); 'A Taste of Art' (Broken River Painters' Studio), 'Art Appreciation' (Benalla Art Gallery); 'Film Discussion Group' (Benalla Library) 'Singing for Fun' and 'Community Singing' (The Hub, Cooinda).
'Garden Team' and 'Pagemakers' are held at people's homes, while 'Garden Appreciation' draws upon venues with exceptional gardens throughout the region and 'Birdwatching' our local lake and bushland habitats.
Local restaurants provide the venues for monthly ‘Chat ‘n Chew’ lunches, while regional wineries and restaurants are visited by ‘Wine Appreciation’ members each month.
Drawing upon adult learning principles, 'Collectors', 'Coin Collectors', 'Creative Writing', 'As Time Goes By (Memoirs)', 'Family Research' and 'Let's Talk Books', involve each person contributing content to each class.
Lesson content, including YouTube videos, is included on the website for later review for 'Music Appreciation', 'Exploring the Universe', 'Family Research', ‘Tech Talks’ and 'German'.
Beginners’ courses are also added to the program from time to time - for example, this year ‘German- Beginners’, ‘Family Research—Beginners’.
Our 'Tech Savvy' courses continue to evolve to meet the digital literacy needs of members. Benalla U3A pioneered the Australian Government's 'Be Connected' program. 'Be Connected' is offered both as a separate course and as a rich resource base fpr Tech Savvy Beginners (Android) and Tech Savvy Beginners (Apple). .
If you have an idea for a course as the year progresses, talk to Geraldine McCorkell. Completing a Program Proposal can help to clarify your ideas. If you haven't taught before or are working as a team and would like assistance in turning an idea into a course, contact Beverley Lee 0478 607 838.
Completed course proposals currently awaiting convenors include ‘Armchair Ecologists' and 'Photography', while ‘Poetry’, a ‘Men’s Book Group’, ‘Gallery Hoppers’, ‘A Taste of (local clubs and activities)…’ and ‘Ukelele’ are on the drawing board. Perhaps you’ve heard or thought of others. The possibilities are endless!