Classes

AQUA-JOULES & AQUA-JETS  Suitable for all fitness levels, Aqua-Joules & Aqua-Jets jump into a heated pool and go through a range of gentle actions to help maintain and improve your fitness level. Using the water to cushion your body we do things like running in the water, using pool noodles to create muscle strengthening resistance and even some aerobic activity. Pool admission charge extra.

BOARD GAMES Spend a pleasant morning playing Rummikub, Scrabble and/or other board games. Ad hoc class – $2.00 per session

BOOK CLUBS Book Clubs promote healthy ageing by stimulating and enlarging our minds through the adventures we experience in the books we read each month. We have three book clubs, Bookworms (Wednesday), Bookmarks (Wednesday) and Bookends (Thursday), with classes reading a different book each month.

We meet for 2 hours to talk about the chosen book. But that’s not all we do. We share, we laugh, we are shocked and amazed, we shed a tear – we even discuss the book. Some of us do research online for reviews and information, but our morning is relaxed and informal with a welcome break for morning tea. Being in a book club challenges us to read an eclectic range of books that we may not have chosen for ourselves – with some good and some not so good. .

Sorry WAIT LIST only for these classes.  Phone 0490 757 458 to register your interest in joining a group, or in starting another book club.

CHIT CHAT – Share this opportunity to come alone to a friendly chit chat when you can share and perhaps broaden your ideas and opinions on a range of topics in enjoyable non-judgment group atmosphere.

COOKING  DEMONSTRATIONS – Rediscover some of the old but proven techniques; learn some new techniques and even venture to produce our own recipes.  Through demonstrations and taste tests we will enjoy breaking down and producing some family staples.

Once we all feel confident with basics we will move onto some more intricate recipes, side dishes and desserts. This is where the importance of presentation, colour and flavours will shine.

CRAFT GROUP –  We are currently seeking a Tutor for this class. If you can help, please phone 0490 757 458.

CREATIVE WRITING Each member of the class takes a turn to plan a lesson. Homework is shared and friendly suggestions made to help improve our writing styles. This semester Creative Writing is exploring how to write a novel using movies as example storylines. We are currently seeking a Tutor for this class. If you can help, please phone 0490 757 458.

DRAWING Do you draw stick figures and lollypop trees, but wish you could do better? If you have always wanted to “have a go at art” but were not sure where to start, this is the class for you. It offers instruction for beginners and challenges for the more experienced students. Absolute beginners welcome.

FAMILY GENEALOGY CLASS – Are you interested in your family history? Would you like to learn more about researching and recording your family tree? Do you want to record your family’s stories for future generations? Would you like to participate in a U3A class to help you on your way?

  • Let us know if you are beginning level or have experience.
  • Some computer skills required as much of the course will involve online searching and recording.

This class can only proceed if sufficient interest is shown, so be sure to contact our class coordinator, Denice on 0490 757 458.

FRENCH – We are currently seeking a Tutor for this class. If you can help, please phone 0490 757 458.

GAMES AND PUZZLES – WIDGEE – Spend a pleasant afternoon playing games and puzzles at the Widgee Memorial Hall. Ad hoc class – $2.00 per session

GARDEN GROUP  Please phone 0490 757 458 for more information.

GERMAN – Every lesson we do a bit of grammar, add vocabulary, take turns in reading, make time for “conversation”, where one tries to find the right words to make sentences from.  Sometimes, by translating, we discover cultural differences that manifest themselves in language: Habits, do’s and don’ts, etiquette, which adds an extra dimension to the mere process of learning a language, almost like looking into another people’s soul.

HISTORY – The class will be looking at the Gympie region’s Gold Rush Festival, Gold Mining and Early Transport.

LAPTOP COMPUTERS BEGINNERS, INTERMEDIATE & ADVANCED

LAPTOP – BEGINNERS*  – Getting started with your laptop – for beginners. A slow-paced class to become comfortable with using a laptop. Computer terms. Keyboard skills. Send and receive simple emails. etc. 

LAPTOP – INTERMEDIATE* – The next step for those wanting to learn more. Adding attachments to emails, Search engines. Saving files and finding them again!  How to find out the things we don’t know.  Content will be driven by the needs of students.
*Note:  In-class helpers needed for both Beginner and Intermediate classes

LAPTOP – ADVANCED – For advanced users. – ON HOLD – Please phone 0490 7570458 for more information.

LINE DANCING Another way to improve your fitness, and lots of fun to boot!  Please wear sensible shoes (sneakers), bring your own water and hand towel. Look forward to seeing you there

MAHJONG SOCIAL GROUP – Once you know the basics, join the players group for an enjoyable friendly social game each week. Ad hoc class – $2.00 per session

MEMOIR WRITING A really interesting class comparing and sharing life experiences before setting it down on the page. – We are currently seeking a Tutor for this class. If you can help, please phone 0490 757 458.

MY KIND OF POETRY – Please phone 0490 7570458 for more information.

PHOTOGRAPHYWe are currently seeking a Tutor for this class. If you can help, please phone 0490 757 458.

RETRO JUKEBOX SINGERS If you enjoy singing rock and roll hits from the fifties and sixties, this is the class for you. We practice weekly and perform for various community groups throughout the year. You may also like to put on your best rock-a-billy outfit for performances – most of us do! It’s always fun. Remember – you are never too old to rock and roll.

SINGING FOR PLEASURE Sings a variety of old time songs, taking turns to select the repertoire. Please phone 0490 757 458 for more information.

SMARTPHONES & TABLETS Bring your personal device and learn how to get more out of it by using all those confusing apps! At the very least you will learn how to use your phone to make phone calls, send and receives emails and access the internet. You will also learn how to adjust your settings to make your phone or tablet more user friendly.
Suitable for absolute beginners. Note:  In-class helpers needed for this class

TAI CHI – At U3A we are learning Khor style Tai Chi. Khor style, created by Grandmaster Gary Khor, is a variation of “Yang” style. It is a product of a lifetime study and refinement of “Tai Qi Quan”.  Khor style takes into account the latest scientific knowledge about body mechanics and functionality, as well as deep studies of traditional Chinese knowledge and the contribution of many practitioners and researchers throughout the world.