Course Descriptions

The following are short descriptions of some of our activities.

NEW COURSES     NEW COURSES     NEW COURSES

STYLE and SUBSTANCE: Wearable Ideas and Worthy Women A light hearted discussion group on style, fashion and noteworthy women and their achievements. Starting 15 Feb 22

CREATIVE WRITING, MURWILLUMBAH A group where each member is encouraged and supported to write, to learn, to participate in discussions and to provide feedback on the work of others, in a positive, supportive and professional manner. Starting 15 Feb 22.

The current Timetable has contact details, days and times.

ART ENTHUSIASTS   This is a group of like-minded amateur artists wishing to have camaraderie while improving their artistic skills.  This is a self-help group which relies on the skills of members being shared around in an enjoyable atmosphere.  

AUSTRALIAN HISTORY – Not currently offered

AUSTRALIAN POETRY APPRECIATION – Not currently offered

BOOK CHAT   Meets in Kingscliff first Monday of the month during term time. Members don’t all read the same book as do most Book Clubs, but we each choose a book under a given theme, eg travel, a biography, survival, suspense.  Our Book Chat is an informal conversation about books, not intended to be too literary or academic.

BRAIN GAMES   Just about everyone would like to keep their brain sharp no matter what their age.  The sessions are designed to encourage mental agility through exercises and games to stimulate different parts of the brain in a socially friendly and participatory way

CANASTA   All welcome – from beginners or those already knowledgeable.  “Pony” will be the only game you will be playing.  Currently this is a small group whose members are enjoying the friendship that it brings.  If anyone would like to join us we would be more than happy to welcome all new comers, even if they haven’t played canasta our leaders will be more than happy to teach them.

CARD MAKING   These classes are designed to be fun and interesting and everyone can achieve beautiful cards with little or no experience. Cost is $3.00 for each card kit. Basic tool kit is required after first lesson.  This consists of scissors, metal ruler, craft mat, pencil (fine), double sided tape, scoring tool.  All machines that are used will be supplied by Jackie. An example of this is a die cutting machine.

COLOR, STYLE & IMAGEsuperseded by our new course Style and Substance: Wearable Items and Worthy Women

CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS – Not currently offered

CURRENT AFFAIRS, DISCUSSION GROUP   A friendly chat of concerned people, getting things off our chests and hearing others’ points of view, without a heated word. Please bring your active mind and calm nature to the group, (we have lots of laughs too!).

DIGITAL PHOTOGRAPHY   From your iPhone to large DSLR, learn tips and tricks to enhance your photography.

FRENCH ADVANCED   This group has learned most of the verb tenses, has a wide vocabulary, and knows a lot of grammar. If you wish to join us, please come along.

GERMAN CONVERSATION:

  • Beginners   German Beginners uses an easy to follow textbook called “German Demystified” by Ed Swick, available locally or online.  Students first learn the German alphabet, which will help with the proper pronunciation of German words.  Next, students move on to simple day to day conversation in German – eg. greeting, name, courtesies.  Also in the first term, they will learn some simple grammar and become familiar with the three gender articles – masculine, feminine and neuter. Even inanimate objects have a gender which makes German and interesting language. By the end of the first term students will have a good grounding in simple grammar and will be able to hold a simple conversation with classmates. Classes are conducted in a happy and paced atmosphere.
  • Intermediate   This class has completed work on a German grammar book, called “German demystified”. Some class time  will be spent on consolidating “nuts and bolts” work from that book. However the main thrust of each lesson will be to increase student confidence in using German to talk about everyday aspects of life in a relaxed, supportive atmosphere. Ingrid would welcome anyone who may have learned some German in the past and wishes to join this class.
  • Advanced   Those who have learned some German and would love to broaden, deepen or simply refresh their fluency in the spoken language will find the joy of communicating in German again with like-minded people a rewarding and entertaining experience. Unobtrusive help will be at hand if needed.

HATHA YOGA   Irrespective of age, sex, fitness level, religious and cultural beliefs, everyone can benefit from the practice of this very gentle style of Yoga. Yoga is unique in that the simple movements (asanas and postures) provide exercise for all the muscles and joints of the body, as well as the stimulation of internal organs and glands. As a result of this careful stretching and relaxation, posture naturally improves, allowing all systems of the body to work more efficiently and productively, promoting a greater sense of good health, joy, and wellbeing. After only a few sessions you will observe your body gradually loosening up as it gains greater flexibility, and with a little practice, also discover an increase in stamina, a calmer and less tense state of mind, and a surprising ability to cope with the pressures and changes of modern living.

ITALIAN CONVERSATION:

  • Conversation   This class introduces students to the Italian language, its culture and its grammar. Students are encouraged to use Italian as much as possible in interesting, true-to-life situations, e.g. greetings, personal details, leisure activities, eating out, shopping, etc. Students will also listen to a variety of texts spoken by authentic Italian speakers. Required texts: “Buongiorno Italia” by Joseph Cremona, “Italian Grammar Drills by Paola Nanni-Tate”, an Italian verb book and an Italian/English dictionary. Janice will email or print out additional worksheets for the students. Note: This class has been exposed to several years of Italian at U3A and is not recommended for beginning students, however, anybody with some knowledge of the Italian language and grammar is welcome to join. 
  • Intermediate   This conversation class aims to encourage students to use Italian as much as possible in interesting, true-to-life situations, e.g. personal details, daily routines, leisure activities, talking about holidays, past experiences and future events, etc. Students will also listen to a variety of texts spoken by authentic Italian speakers and are encouraged to read extracts from Italian magazines, newspapers and online blogs. Required texts: “Buongiorno Italia” by Joseph Cremona, “Nuove avventure con Montalbano” by Andrea Camilleri, an Italian verb book and an Italian/English dictionary. Note: This class has been exposed to 8 years of Italian at U3A and is not recommended for beginning students, however, anybody with a moderate level of Italian language and grammar is welcome to join.
  • Advanced – Not currently offered

MAHJONG   The Western game is played following the rules laid down in ‘The Game of Mahjong – Illustrated’ plus a few ‘House Rules’. Numbers are restricted therefore it is necessary to contact the Group Leaders regarding the Thursday group (see the timetable for contact details). We do ask that beginners start on a Monday and then move to other groups if held at a more convenient time once some knowledge of the game has been gained.

  • Monday   People just beginning to learn Mahjong start in this group that includes standard players.  
  • Thursday   People confident in playing Mahjong. 

MOTOR MOVERS   What Makes Motors Move? Discuss fascinating, emerging technologies for air, land and water transportation. Find out about development, applications, engineering and operation. Excursions to museums and exhibitions are proposed.

NATURE WALKERS – Not currently offered

PAVEMENT WALK   This walk comprises a happy group of people who chat along the way solving the world’s problems and generally enjoying each other’s company. The walk is followed by coffee at the tables in the park for half an hour. If you would like a morning walk along both sides of Cudgen Creek, why not meet us just before eight on a Monday morning in the park opposite the ambulance station. For variety, on the last Monday of the month, an away walk is held. Contact Group Leader for details.

PAINT AND CHAT   A group of like minded people meeting in Kingscliff to improve their artistic abilities by sharing skills and knowledge in an enjoyable social atmosphere.

PILATES   Basic and classic Pilate exercises performed on a mat, followed by relaxation.

SCRABBLE   This class is a good way of keeping the brain cells working and players usually come with a reasonable knowledge of the game. This Group is friendly and sociable, however it is limited in numbers due to the size of the room.  There are lots of benefits of playing Scrabble in addition to the obvious fun part. The more you play this board game the better you get at it and the more rewarding it will become for you in many ways including: mentally, socially and emotionally.

SINGALONG – Due to COVID restrictions, currently not offered. There’s no doubt that after 90 minutes in our Wednesday afternoon Singalong session, you’ll be happily humming one of the catchy tunes from our collection of titles. We all can and should sing, in fact it has been scientifically proven that singing in a group has substantial health benefits. This happy, sociable gathering of both male and female voices sings in unison. There are no auditions!

SPANISH   Those attending these classes range from beginners to Level 2. Members of this class are required to have the publication “Hugo in 3 Months  – Spanish Latin America” and with the aid of this book, they will be guided through essential grammar and pronunciation, building up a vocabulary and practicing speaking skills.

TAI CHI  Note: At the moment there are limited vacancies in some forms practices. Please contact the Group Leaders stated in the Timetable for more information. Tai Chi originated in ancient China. Nowadays it is practiced throughout the world to enhance health and wellbeing. Many scientific studies have demonstrated that Tai Chi is amazingly effective for this. Tai Chi is suitable for almost anyone, it may help relieve pain and stress, improve quality of life and concentration and integrates body, mind and spirit.  Practicing Tai Chi helps to strengthen vitality with a very positive effect on health. Tai Chi is low-impact, gentle, safe and effective. Build Health Fast – in Slow Motion

WRITING LIFE STORIES   This enjoyable class has a complement of 12 members all keen to commit our stories to a medium that was unimaginable when we were growing up. Our stories form the basis of a social history – the lives of our grandparents, our parents  –  and our upbringing in the 1930s, 1940s and 1950s.

YOGA POSTURES   In this class we practice Hatha Yoga – the  yoga of posture and breath. Originally the purpose of yoga postures (asanas) was to build and maintain the strength, stamina and flexibility needed to endure long periods of meditation and to balance physical and mental processes. This is still a worthy goal, but if your interest in yoga goes no further than a fit body and good health then doing the postures in this class will achieve this. Click here to read about the  Benefits  yoga provides.     

**Important Notice**  

Our annual membership fee is a reasonable $60. For this you may join as many different groups as you wish, subject to  numbers. However you may only attend one YOGA and one PILATES group unless there is no waiting list. This is due to overwhelming interest in these groups and the limit on numbers attending. Please respect the Group Leader’s decision. when enquiring about this.

Before joining U3A please contact the Group Leader for the group you wish to join to ensure there is a vacancy, as some groups have a waiting list.  Please do not just “show up”

In addition, you may attend one single group to make sure it is right for you before joining U3A Tweed Coast Inc. 

GROUP LEADER CONTACT DETAILS CAN BE FOUND ON THE TIMETABLE LINK IN THE TIMETABLE, MEMBERSHIP FORM AND CONTACTS PAGE

If you attend any Groups held in a Club, you must be a financial member of that club.

What is your hobby or passion? Why not share it with others.

   Have a chat to our Group Coordinator, 

Bruce :- 0408 257 528

 Why Not Fill Out a Membership Form found on the Timetable, Membership Form and Contacts page