- Classes are scheduled from February to November each year.
- Most courses are held in weekday business hours during school term.
- The course venues are:
- Fairfield Railway Station
- Merrilands Community Centre
- Northcote Senior Citizens Centre
- Northcote Town Hall
- SPAN Community House
- Courses are available to U3A members.
Members may enrol in our classes at any time during the year.
To enrol in our classes, you need to become a member of U3A Darebin by completing a Membership Application Form. Please list the classes you wish to attend in the Class Enrolments section.
- Some of our classes are fully booked. We will notify you if you are enrolled or if your name has been placed on a waiting list.
- Annual Membership fee entitles you to enrol in any number of courses, where there are vacancies, within the calendar year.
Alternatively, contact our office and request an Information Kit with full course details and a Membership Application Form.
Return the completed application by mail with cheque or money order (no cash please). The postal address for return of the form is printed on the form.
You may prefer to enrol in person by visiting the office.
Please check print friendly timetable for class vacancies
- Art Appreciation
- Book Discussion 1 No vacancies, see Book Discussion 2
- Book Discussion 2
- Charades, Trivia and Music
- Cinema Studies
- Computers for all
- Computer 1
- Computer 2
- Current Affairs
- Dinner Dancing
- Draw Then Paint
- Female Archetypes in History
- French Language and Culture
- History of European Culture
- Introduction to Philosophy
- Italian Films
- Italian Language
- Line Dancing
- Let’s Talk Together
- Mah Jong
- Painting and Drawing
- Poetry Through The Ages
- Reading and Writing for Retirees
- Scrabble Club
- Singing for Pleasure
- Toning Meditation and Healing Circle
Tutor: Alison Laird
This group meets on the first Friday of the month and on any 5th Friday at Fairfield Station classroom from 10 am to 11.30. Visits will be made on the third Friday of each month to Melbourne and regional galleries and studios either by public transport or by car-pooling. There may also be opportunities to visit galleries and workshops at other times.
Members are able to participate as much or as little as they wish – to lead a class discussion, contribute to the discussion or merely listen to what others have to say!
Topics will include a mixture of Australian and overseas artists and a variety of periods, including primitive and Eastern art, and touching on painting, sculpture and architecture.
The group is a very enthusiastic and friendly one and welcomes new members.
Coordinator: Elva Armstrong
Do you enjoy reading a good book and then wish you could discuss it with someone? Book Discussion 2 is the place for you!
We meet on the second Wednesday of each month at Fairfield Station from 10:30 am – 12 noon.
Book list for First Semester:
- Tim Winton: Cloudstreet (February)
- Nicolas Shakespeare: Inheritance (March)
- Jonathan Franzen: Freedom (April)
- Harper Lee: To Kill a Mockingbird (May)
- Rosemary Lancaster: Je Suis Australienne (June)
Tutor: Claudia Sanzin
A relaxed group of members gathers at Fairfield Station from 1.30 pm to 4.00 pm on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month to play Canasta, with partners when the numbers are even, otherwise singly.
We take a break some time between 2.30 and 3.00pm, for a cup of tea or coffee and a biscuit. Chatting is not restricted to the break, and we cannot recall a game that did not produce lots of laughter. Our sessions are, therefore, much more than just card games.
Tutor: Noel Butterfield
Our poetry tutor, Noel Butterfield, is offering an abundance of fun games to challenge and entertain us. What is on offer? First, Charades – the ultimate in non-verbal communication. Once we have learned the relevant cues and gestures we’re away! Next, trivial pursuit - Noel has hosted trivia nights at most of his schools, so he has amassed a wealth of materials over thirty years. We will have buzzers and bells, teams of two or more, no pressure, just fun and non-threatening.
In these and other games we will cover a wide range of subjects: popular quotations, ’Who am I?, movies, proverbs, book titles, songs, sport, literature, general knowledge, your local area, poets, current affairs, ’Who said that?‘, history and so on. The rollicking foot-tapping music segment is a particular favourite of Noel’s – he plays two or three bars of a well known song and class members supply the song title and the artist.
Come along and have a ball!
Details: classes will be held weekly on Monday afternoons, 1.30 -3.00, in the Fairfield Community Room, 121 Station St., Fairfield (next to the Fairfield Library).
Tutor: Paul Michell
Paul Michell graduated in Cinema Studies at RMIT as part of the first intake of that course in the late 1970s.Paul has presented Cinema Studies at U3A for the last four years and once more will present a selection of films in a new light.
In first semester Paul Michell will be presenting some outstanding American films of the last thirty years. The USA often leads the world in artistic cinematic interpretation, despite the quantity of dross it also produces. From blockbusters to more intimate films, we will explore further insights into the art of cinema.
The class runs for three hours. First we watch the film as a group, then we discuss it. By this free exchange of ideas a deeper insight is sought
Classes are held on the 4th Wednesday of the month from 9:45am- 12:45 pm at Fairfield Station. A detailed list of films will be released at the first class.
Tutor: Nalin Sharda
During Semester 1 the tutor, Nalin Sharda, will take you carefully through the basic operations of computers. You will use the internet and become proficient in sending and receiving emails .The fee to members is $40 for the 16 week course. Classes: 10-12 Saturday at Merrilands commencing 15 March.
Tutor: Russell Lennox
The students will have a computer each to do the lessons. The Spanhouse computers run Microsoft Windows operating software and Microsoft Office 2007 Applications. The applications will permit the students to create and maintain word processing documents, spreadsheets and slide presentations.
We will study core tasks, like the keyboard, the mouse, how to customise the desktop, working with files, folders, Help and Support.
We also look at the difference between word processing applications Word, Wordpad and Notepad. The students have enjoyed applying colour, drawings and clipart to documents and we have a number of sessions on cutting/copying and pasting.
All students will have e-mail addresses on the Internet and will e-mail each other with or without attachments. Social networking will also be explored.
Please Note: An extra fee of $50 per semester applies to cover the cost of the Span Computer room.
Tutor: Russell Lennox
This class has a prerequisite of computer 1 or similar computer training. The course will cover the same topics, as Computer 1, but will delve deeper into each topic with a focus on running an organisation like U3A. The software will be Microsoft Office 2007.
Please Note:- Preference for this class will be given to U3A volunteers, Tutors and committee members. An extra fee of $50 per semester applies to cover the cost of the Span Computer room.
Tutor: Dr Marko Beljac
This lively group meets fortnightly on Thursdays from 10.30 to 12.00 at Fairfield Station. Discussion is informal and wide-ranging, examining issues in the news, both local and international. We welcome our new tutor, Marko Beljac, who recently received his Doctorate in International Relations at Monash University. Marko is happy to discuss any topic that members care to raise.
Tutor: Ethel Fredericks
Ethel will focus on the dances suitable for the many social functions (for example, dinner-dances) where there is a band but only a small dance floor. This class is also an enjoyable way to learn the basic steps of Latin American and ballroom dancing.
Details: Monday 12.30 – 1.30, commencing 7 February, at East Preston Senior Citizens Centre, Donald Street East Preston. Melway 19A10.
Tutor: Jane Savage
Our tutor is an experienced teacher who is also a well-travelled artist, author, poet and cartoonist. Jane will be opening up the elements of line, shape, colour and form. She will use texture and tone to elicit the rhythm, the emotion and the science of modern art. Jane asks that you bring a starting kit bought cheaply at a newsagent or Officeworks:
- an A3 sketch pad, acid-free paper
- pencils – HB, 2B and 4B
- a pack of 12 coloured pencils.
- a scrapbook, glue stick and scissors
Classes Tuesday 1.30-3.30 pm at Fairfield Station
Tutor: Dr. Jone Gaillard
Troublemaker or caring mother, seductress or faithful wife, pitiless warrior or suffering victim: these are some of the kaleidoscopic images of woman as portrayed in history and legend. In her 2011 course Dr Jone Gaillard will analyse some of these aspects through the stories and images of famous women, both historical and legendary, of the past and the present.
Tutor: Clement Nanbu
The focus of this class is modern French language, conversation and pronunciation. The tutor, Clement Nanbu, will also cover the history of France and its rich culture. Classes: Friday, 2.30 – 4.00pm. at Northcote Senior Citizens Centre, commencing Friday 4 March 2011.
Tutor: Yana Ostapenko
The focus of this course is the cultural history of European civilisation. Students will be provided with an introduction to and overview of the evolution of the concept of cultural transformation from ancient civilisations to modern times. We will focus on different topics that together will present a range of cultural ’pictures‘ of Europe through time. The units will cover the following topics:
- Ancient Civilisation – West and East
- From Greece to the Renaissance
- Medieval Cities – ordinary life and culture
- Science and University in the Age of Renaissance
- From Renaissance to Reformation
- The Age of Enlightenment
- European Culture in the 18th and 19th Centuries – music, theatre and literature
- Modern Europe in the 20th Century – evolution of art and philosophy of life
- Culture of the Russian Empire from 17th to 20th Centuries
- Contemporary European art and culture
- Modern film and animation as a reflection of modern life
- Russian and Ukrainian masterpiece films and cartoons
Tutor: Dr Peter Goldsmith
This eight-week short course will provide students with an understanding of philosophical thought through relaxed and informative discussions. Concepts and questions will be introduced in a way that builds our understanding and enables a sharing of ideas.
Dr Peter Goldsmith will facilitate discussions in a relaxed and exciting way. You will be both stimulated and challenged and be self-driven in your desire to build your knowledge in the areas you choose.
Details: Eight weekly classes will be held on Mondays, 1.30 – 3.00 pm, at Fairfield Station.
Convener: Claudia Sanzin
This monthly screening of selected Italian movies will appeal to our Italian members and to anyone else who is interested in the Italian language and Italian cinema. A gold coin donation would be appreciated to cover the cost of hiring the DVD or video.
Sessions will be held at Fairfield Station on the fourth Friday of the month, 10.30 – 12.30 am.
Tutor: Adriana Ficarazzi
This course is designed for learners who have a reasonable grounding in basic Italian grammar. It is quite demanding and is not recommended for people without some formal background. Participants will continue to expand their knowledge of the spoken language, idiomatic usages and useful vocabulary words. Language and culture units will be integrated into a range of topics, including Italian cities, tourist attractions, shopping, eating out, public transport, leisure and pleasure, etc.
The text Book for 2011: Sempre Avantiand Sempre Avanti Workbook 2, available at CIS Educational, 247-249 Cardigan Street, Carlton, ph 9347 9144
Tutors: Loraine Hegarty and David Lamb
This class is led by the well-known exhibition duo Stepping Out. Loraine and David have many years experience in teaching Ballroom, Rock and Roll and Line Dancing and you can be sure of a lot of fun as you move to the music and get fit.
Loraine asks that you wear comfortable clothes and runners or similar well fitted shoes with rubber soles. Classes are held Friday from 2 – 3:30 pm in the main hall at Northcote Senior Citizens Centre.
Tutors: Christine Fittipaldi
This group, mainly made up of women for whom English is a second language, has been meeting for many years. They study topics of interest to the group designed to develop skills in English conversation and written composition.
Tutor: Nancy Keele
This is a western version of a Chinese game, probably of 19th century origin. It is played with tiles similar to dominoes but engraved with Chinese symbols and divided into suits and honours.
We play Mah Jong every 1st and 3rd Saturday of the month between 1.30 and 4 pm at Fairfield Station. We all have a lot of fun, win or lose. This is a very mixed group of people, from absolute beginners to very experienced players. Nancy Keele and Val patiently teach us the intricacies of this fascinating game. We would welcome more people to come and join us.
Tutor: Jean Garita
Needlecraft is a self-help class. We all bring our own project along – cross-stitch, knitting, crochet, and patchwork, anything you care to bring. We sometimes do a class project if the group wishes. If someone wants to do a project that they have not done before, someone with those skills will show them how. People in the group all help one another and the atmosphere is very relaxed and friendly. New members warmly welcomed.
Tutor: June Pitman
This is not a class, in the sense that there is no structured tuition. It is a companionable gathering of like-minded people who share a common enthusiasm: the desire to draw or paint subjects of their own devising, using materials of their choice (most employ watercolours).
Tutor: Noel Butterfield
The Tutor, Noel Butterfield, has been a teacher of English for 30 years and has provided the following course outline:
Let’s just immerse ourselves in the passion that is poetry. The emphasis will be on appreciation and enjoyment. I have been captivated by poetry for thirty years so I feel qualified to introduce you to the very best.
I will take you through some ballads, odes, sonnets, etc., purely for your enjoyment. We will, however, look briefly at various techniques that make poems ‘work’ and come alive. To achieve this goal, we will have a close look at alliteration in the work of Gerard Manley Hopkins. We will examine the odes of Keats and other evocative romantic poetry. We may also include the metaphysical poets such as John Donne.
The course will conclude with a look at Michael Schmidtt’s The Great Modern Poets – the best fifty since 1900. Class members will also be encouraged to create their own poems, using some of the techniques studied.
Tutor: Rita Keller
This class is for anyone who has English as a Second Language and wants to improve their reading and writing skills in a friendly, relaxed, stimulating and accessible environment.
The course is designed for people whose English skills are at beginner, post-beginner or intermediate levels.
The course program will draw on students’ needs and give them opportunities to practise their reading and writing in a range of contexts, from notes and messages to letters of complaint, personal writing, imaginative stories and some grammar – all in an atmosphere of fun and laughter.
The tutor, Rita Keller, is a qualified ESL (English as a Second Language) teacher with many years experience. A sense of humour and fun is basic to her teaching style.
Classes: Wednesday 1-4pm, Merrilands Community Centre, cnr Asquith and Sturdee Sts, Reservoir.
Club leader: Dorothy Hunt
The tutor, Dorothy Hunt, has decided to create two groups of players to cater for different levels of interest and experience:
- Social Scrabble where the rules can be decided by the group members.
- Competitive Scrabble where we will learn and abide by the rules of the Australian Scrabble Players Association.
Everyone is welcome to join in, whether you are a complete beginner, very ’rusty’ or an avid player. Scrabble is a lot of fun and it really gets the brain working!
Convener: Albert Stuckey
Our method of discovering the bard is to watch half an hour or so of a play on DVD or video and then read the relevant text. The Bell Shakespeare Company will be performing Julius Caesar in 2011, so we will read and view this play prior to its Melbourne production. Other plays will be chosen as the class decides.
Tutor: Jo Laurance
Jim Logan is delighted to introduce Jo Laurance as our new conductor.
Jo is experienced in choral direction, speech and vocal therapy and the private tuition of singers. She has had a long and varied career as a professional singer.
Jo invites you to come and join this happy group. You don’t have to be a Pavarotti, and you will enjoy the warm and friendly atmosphere.
Tutor: Barry Watson
Tai-Chi is a recreational fitness technique of flowing movements and forms designed to exercise and develop the body and mind in unison.
The movements are performed in a slow and dreamlike pace, with deep concentration and breathing to transport one into a state of tranquil relaxation. The word Chi literally means “energy”.
As a qualified instructor, I teach the ”Traditional Yang Style”, consisting of 108 steps, in a light-hearted and professional manner, including Chi Quong Breathing, stretching exercises, soft exercises for joints, e.g. arms, legs, elbows, etc., and posture and balance.
I give three classes on Monday afternoons at Northcote Senior Citizens Centre: Basic,Intermediate and Advanced . Beginners are very welcome to join the Basic class. The movements are modified for people with arthritis.
“Tai Chi is a graceful yet gentle form of exercise that is suitable for all ages and levels of fitness. We would love to welcome new students and Barry has endless patience and good humour to introduce students to the discipline he loves.”
Convener: Audrey Grace
“Toning meditation is a very effective way of training the mind and enhancing general well-being.” This is a quote from Dr Jaroslav Kovaricek who presented a very popular workshop on this meditation technique to Darebin U3A last year.
As Yaroslav lives interstate, Audrey Grace is offering to facilitate weekly sessions, with his full support and guidance by email.
The toning exercises are very simple and create a wonderful experience of harmony and peace. We will meditate using the CD supplied by Yaroslav. We will then create a healing circle for the world, yourself and those close to you who are in need.
Sessions will be held weekly on Tuesday mornings from 8.30 – 9.30 am, at the Northcote Senior Citizens Centre, in the main hall.
If you wish to order your own meditation CD, please bring $20.
Tutor: Shyamala Benakovic
The adapted Iyengar Yoga program is specifically designed for older people. The poses are basic but challenging and designed to improve balance and confidence while standing and walking.
“We truly seem to ‘float down the stairs’ at the end of each session, as we look forward to returning next week.” Heather McKenna