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First semester courses for 2018

The course book for Sydney U3A is now available on the sidebar of the home page of the Sydney U3A website. The Endeavour (Southern) region courses for 2018 can also be found on the sidebar of Endeavour’s main page. If you are not already a member of U3A, you may obtain a hard copy of the course book by joining Sydney U3A. Forms are available on the home page of the Sydney U3A website or by contacting the Sydney U3A office.

There are so many stimulating courses on offer – including some new ones – from history to walking, from science to the arts, and brain workouts to relaxation and enjoyment.

Scroll down for some Course amendments, the first semester program 2018 for Gems of the Silver Screen and Explorations in Music details. If you wish to know more about Sam Adam’s music course, click on the links in the right-hand column.  

Art and Music in the South

Did you realise we have five art groups in this region?
Gymea Art Class works with pastels
You can learn about Art History at Cronulla if you want to learn  about different  aspects of art, its history and individual artists. Discovering Art at Gymea makes frequent excursions to interesting galleries if you are interested in seeing the work of others.
You can create your own art at Sutherland, Gymea and Oatley if you wish to explore your inner da Vinci or Picasso. Dip your toe in – or your paintbrush!


Please Note: The booking secretary for Art History 181EC12 course at Cronulla is now
Teresa Lamberton: Phone 9502 4420: email teresalamberton@hotmail.com



In-depth study of ancient civilisations from early Egypt, surrounding empires and Mediterranean states.
Each Tuesday from 6 Feb 10:00 – 12:00 at Miranda: Westfield (600 Kingsway, next to Lincraft on Ground Floor)
Leader:    Position Vacant
Bookings: Dorothy Dalyell 9520 5563

  • Longstanding Leader, Elsie Barraclough, is unable to continue her leadership role with the following course. Although the course members have taken on responsibility for maintaining the course the consensus is that the group would prefer a new leader to coordinate course administration. Should you be interested in taking on this responsibility please contact regional course coordinator Ted Watson – ej.watson@optusnet.com.au phone 9527 3689 for additional background details. Also feel free to ring bookings secretary Dorothy Dalyell for an update on future programmes and ideas. This is a great opportunity for someone to discover the joys of leading a particularly interesting subject. Leadership know how is available should this be required.


MUSIC FOR FUN Singing 181EC07   
We meet to discover (or rediscover) the joy of music: to sing together, improve breath and pitch control, explore the basics of music, and to write songs. A good preparation for joining a choir.
Each Thursday from 8 February 10:00 – 12:00 at Cronulla School of Arts
Leader and bookings Henry Collins
9544 4328 henryhenrycollins@yahoo.com.au (preferred)

  • If you have considered becoming involved with this excellent course please contact Henry without delay either by email or telephone. In the meantime the course remains in limbo until its future is resolved.

Course amendments for this Semester

Ted Watson, Regional Course Coordinator advises there have been the following amendments/additions to courses for this current semester:

BEGINNER’S ITALIAN**(12) Language – Italian
Allanah Jarman is seeking to run the above course this semester at the Cronulla School of Arts Activity Room.
Each Tuesday from 6 Feb 2:00 – 3:30 or time to be arranged.
Ring or email her should you be interested. Allanah Jarman 0497 963 231 allanahjjarman@gmail.com

OPEN MINDS (**20) Discussion 181EC08
A discussion group keen to tackle the harder problems in life. An opportunity to explain your point of view and learn how and why others think differently.
Cronulla School of Arts Activity Room.
Second and fourth Wednesday from 14 February 10:00 – 12:00 – change of start date from 7 February.
Leader and bookings Henry Collins 9544 4328 henryhenrycollins@yahoo.com.au (preferred)

1 km flat walk from Gymea Station)
Three Thursdays 10:00 – 12:00 – Leader Gordon McLelland, Bookings Jill McLelland jillU3A@outlook.com 9524 6506
1: “Journeying to the Centres of the Planets”
Let’s go on a journey – not just to visit the planets of our solar system, but to get to know them more intimately through understanding their varied and downright dangerous insides. We’ve yet to actually dive under the clouds of the gas giants, crack through the ice of the dwarf planets or drill into the rocks of the terrestrial planets – so how do we know what lies beneath planetary surfaces?
Learn about this fascinating topic from a Planetary Scientist based at ANSTO
**Thursday 15th February Speaker: Helen Maynard-Casely – change from start date 8 February 2018.

In-depth study of ancient civilisations from early Egypt, surrounding empires and Mediterranean states.
Each Tuesday from 6 Feb 10:00 – 12:00
Leader: Elsie Barraclough is taking a break from leadership duties for semester 1.2018.
The course will be run by the current members on a cooperative basis.
Bookings: Dorothy Dalyell 9520 5563 ddalyell@bigpond.com

Gems of the Silver Screen for First Semester, 2018

Film and ReelGems of the Silver Screen is held from 10.00 am to midday approximately every first and third Tuesday of the month upstairs at the Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Rd, Cronulla. The team leader is Brian Harvey (9521 5822).

Morning tea is held before class from 9.15 a.m.

Date Film Length
1. 20 Feb, 2018 Anastasia (1956) 105 minutes
2. 6 March 2018 Dirty Dancing (1988)  A sizzling drama about a taboo love affair blossoming on the dance floor.  Originally a low-budget film by a new studio, this film became a box office hit.  100 minutes
 3. 20 March, 2018 Broken Lance (1954)  The family saga of a rancher family, set in 1880’s Arizona.  Chance for fans to see Spencer Tracy in a western film. 
100 minutes
4. 3 April, 2018 Beauty and the Beast (2016) Some wonderful stars here, not least two of my favourites Don Stevens and Emma Thompson.
129 minutes
5. 17 April, 2018 Peyton Place (1957) A peaceful New England town hides secrets and scandals. Based on the novel of the same name.
157 minutes
6. 1 May, 2018 The Eddy Duchin Story (1956) Life story of the famous musician of the 1930s and 1940s. The young Eddy Duchin initially wanted to be a pharmacist.
123 minutes
7. 15 May, 2018 Dunkirk (2017) Shows the drama and daring of the Dunkirk rescue in 1940, using thousands of extras and period boats. 106 minutes


Explorations in Music – First Semester 2018MC900431531[1]

Explorations in Music is held from 1.00 p.m – 3.00 p.m. on the second and fourth Wednesdays of the month in the upstairs theatrette of the Cronulla Arts Theatre. Note that there will be no classes held during school holidays.

The program for First Semester is printed below. If you wish to see the details of any session, click on the relevant link. If you want a printed version of the whole semester, click on the link at the bottom of the program.

Manifesto of Explorations in Music

I am not here to teach you music. I am here to expand your musical appreciation by leading you through and exposing you to as many kinds of musical styles from as many sources and eras as I can.

I don’t want you to learn the notes but I do want you to feel the music. I would like you to absorb the sounds you hear as a sponge would absorb water. I would like your soul to be infused, filled and inspired by what you hear.

Some of the things I would like you to find as you listen to the music are: drama, romance, anger or irritation, beauty, hope, joy, serenity and a feeling for and an understanding of the magic of music.

Sam Adams

Date Theme Details (Click on a link below to view)
1st Semester 2018 Program for this semester Music Program
1. February 14 2018 Australian Women Composers Australian Women Composers
2. February 28  2018 Antonin Dvorak (1841-1904) Part 1 Anton Dvorak Part One
3. March 14 2018 Carl Maria Von Weber (1786-1826) Carl Maria von Weber
4. March 28 2018 Sergey Taneyev ((1856-1915) Sergey Taneyen
5. April 11 2018 Gallipoli Symphony (DVD) Various Composers;
The Glass Soldier Suite
(CD) Nigel Westlake
Gallipoli & Glass Soldier
6. May 9 2018 Sir Arthur Bliss (1891-1975) Sir Arthur Bliss
7. May 23 2018 Lady Day: The Many Faces of Billie Holiday Lady Day – Billie Holiday
8. June 13 2018 Anton Dvorak (1841-1904) Anton Dvorak Part Two
 9. June 27 2018 Come to the Cabaret Come to the Cabaret

For a printable version of the full semester program, click here: Explorations in Music Semester 1 2018

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