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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.
Some courses are semester long, short courses or even single session courses rather than year long - such as Meg Dillon's successful Opera and History courses and John Barry's course about World War I, 'Over There'. John has also also taught a Legal Matters short course. A single session course on 'Advanced Care Planning' and two short courses 'Facebook for Mentors' have also been held.
'Exercises for Fun', 'Recorder Group', 'Stock and Land', and the now discontinued 'Travel' and 'Hot Topics' group were offered as new courses in 2018. ,
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'; also 'Coin Collectors' piloted late in the year by Alex Adkins.
Courses introduced in 2020 just before the pandemic lockdown which resumed in 2021:
A Taste of Art
A Different View of Germany History
The News - Fact or Fiction?
Our 'Tech Savvy' courses continue to evolve to meet needs at the time and the availability of tutors and mentors. In 2021 Tech Savvy convenor Jenny Sawyer will offer Tech Savvy Beginners (Apple Devices) and the 'Be Connected' program to continue to develop the digital literacy of members, while Robyn Lukey is offering Tech Savvy Beginners (Android Phones).
2021 The 2021 Course Program is largely a replica of last year’s 'pre pandemic' program, with no new courses in Semester 1 in 2021. If you have an idea for a course as the year progresses, talk to Dorothy Webber on 0412 263 071. 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 developing your idea as a course, contact Beverley Lee 0478 607 838. Course requests currently awaiting convenors include ‘Ukelele’; ‘Urban Landcare/Citizen Science/Field Naturalist’, 'Poet's Corner', ‘Auslan’, 'Revise Your Shorthand', 'Line Dancing' - perhaps you’ve heard or thought of others. There’s an online Suggestion Box below!