Course Descriptions

The following are short descriptions of some of our activities

ART ENTHUSIASTS   (Maree Edwards & Kay Lunnon)  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   (Patrice Hose)  Australian history is much more than Captain Cook and convicts. It is a story of courage, tragedy, the quirky and the shameful. It is a story of so much achieved in so many ways and in so little time. Discover how Australia became the country it is today. This group will feature contributions from members and hopefully this provokes lively discussion so that everyone can get involved. 

AUSTRALIAN POETRY APPRECIATION   (Patrice Hose)  Australian poetry – Banjo Patterson and Henry Lawson! True, but there are many other eminent Australian poets whose work is widely acclaimed throughout the world. If you are at all interested in poetry, why not join this group? The group discusses a particular poet at each meeting. The poet’s life, background and poems form the bases of these discussions. 

BOOK CHAT   (Jennifer Derrick)  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.

BOOK LOVERS   (Group Leader TBA)  Meets on last Friday of the month in Kingscliff.  We all read the same book, then discuss our thoughts on it. These can be very different and it is always interesting to see how others interpret the same story line. New members are welcome.

BRAIN GAMES   (Marge Sheekey)  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   (Barbara, Pony Version, Tuesday, Tweed Heads Library; Marilyn, Canasta, Monday)  Barbara and Marilyn welcome 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   (Jackie McGee)  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 & IMAGE   (Lorraine Bagge)  Held for 5 weeks in the first term. Not sure what colour or style suits you?. Then this is the group to enlighten you. Lorraine has vast experience in showing people how to enhance their image. Have fun and discover how to bring out the real you with a makeover.

CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS   (Group Leader TBA)  Stretch your mind in this fascinating pastime. Be a detective, look for hidden clues. Lots of laughs happening here.

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

DISCUSSION GROUP   (David Robinson)  A round table with 8-12 people discussing topics, trying to find solutions to the world’s troubles. A friendly chat of concerned people without a heated word, just getting things off our chests and hearing others’ points of view. Politics, climate change, economy, media, etc. are all in a morning’s discussion.  Please bring your active mind and calm nature to the group – we have lots of laughs too.

FRENCH ADVANCED   (Carolyn Henstridge)  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.


  • Beginners   (Jahnavi)  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   (Ingrid)  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   (Ingrid)  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   (Di Johnston)  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.


  • Level 2   (Janice Godwin)  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 Level 4   (Janice Godwin)  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.

ITALIAN Level 3   (Mary Rawson)  The advanced Italian group is made up of people who have been learning the language for a few years. The focus is mainly on conversation with a little grammar done every week and is aided by native speaker Victor Scoccimarro, who was instrumental in starting Italian learning for us. They all enjoy the relaxed, informal atmosphere in which they attempt to converse in Italian for at least half of the time!

KNIT & NATTER   (Jude  Vernon)  This is a social knitting circle available to both women and men, from novice to expert for those with a shared passion in knitting to meet, mingle, share patterns, techniques, tips on stitches and trouble shoot. Research has shown that knitting increases brain health, improves fine motor skills and reduces stress levels. Participants are asked to bring their own projects, as materials will not be supplied.

MAHJONG:   (Janet Swift, Pat Tripp) 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 Janet Swift (0412 821 642) regarding the Monday groups and Pat Tripp (07 5524 3674) regarding the Thursday group. 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   (Janet Swift)  11.45 to 1.45pm and 2pm to 4pm a number of people meet to learn Mahjong while others play Mahjong.  
  • Thursday   (Pat Tripp)  from 2pm to 4 pm people play Mahjong. 

MOTOR MOVERS   (Alec Shortus)  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   (Bronwyn and Phil Warden)  An easy 2 hour walk on formed paths, boardwalks and beaches in our local area lead by Bronwyn and Phil. Group Members will need to be moderately fit, able to walk or amble for approx. 2 hours. There will be ample opportunities to rest, indulge in photography, take in views and wildlife. Group members will be notified of location on Monday prior to walk, carpooling could possibly be organised if venue is some distance away. Venue: Local beaches, headlands and wetlands.

PAVEMENT WALK   (Julia Shortus)  This continues to be a happy group of people who chat along the way solving the world’s problems and generally enjoying each other’s company. This 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.

PAINTING AND CHAT   (Yvonne Downes)  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   (Jenny Jones)  Basic / classic Pilate exercises performed on a mat, followed by relaxation.

SCRABBLE:   (Beth and Rachel)  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.

  • Monday, Murwillumbah Library   (Beth)
  • Thursday, Cudgen   (Rachel)

SINGALONG   (Group Leader TBA)  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   (Andrew Kolec)  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.   Andrew has places available in the Beginners’ group.

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

TECHNOLOGY   (David Robinson)  Technology is fantastic but a big puzzle for some, it is here to stay and becoming an everyday tool. In the group we demystify technology so you are not overwhelmed with it. Terms like WiFi,  Blue Tooth, Android etc. are taught so you become comfortable using your Tablet or Smartphone. We discuss/explain Attitude, Awareness and Acceptance of new technologies so we can enjoy the benefits they bring. There is no need to have a computer or experience to attend the class.


  • Your Own Story   (Chris Beattie)  In this Group Chris will help you to put together your own fascinating life story.  After all we all have one.
  • Life Stories   (Lynda Tait)  Tuesday, 11am. 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   (Lynda Tait)  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 still at a modest $40. 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  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. 


If you attend any Groups at Cudgen Leagues Club, you must be a 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