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Beating Corona virus – Keeping in Touch
During the period of self-isolation and temporary cessation of formal classes, we want to keep in touch by hearing from members how they are managing :
Ann O’Connor’s Creative Writing Group has gone on-line. One member collects everybody’s essays/poems and passes them on as a group email on a fortnightly basis, inviting comment. In doing this, we stick to our routine and get to enjoy each other’s works. With a writing group this is not hard to do and so far it’s been working well.
ART FOR ENJOYMENT: This group enjoys a weekly Skype Art Class with a presentation on a particular artist, members ‘show and tell’ of their own work, then have social chat and a virtual cuppa!
Scroll down to Our Courses for a full course report while in isolation.
POETRY IS ALIVE: As course leader of this poetry group,I try to pick a – mostly light-hearted – poem and send it on to the members, usually once a week. I guess every distraction is welcome during this trying time. – Liz Peters
SINGING FOR FUN: Singing for Fun has been operating classes on Skype since mid March and now has 18 members and counting. We meet – virtually – every Thursday, with one week being devoted to singing, the lyrics and videos being uploaded to all. On alternate weeks, members participate with presentations about singers or music that interest them and we sing some of the associated songs. We have a virtual cup of coffee and a chat about what we have all been doing. It’s extremely uplifting to still be singing, learning and talking together. – Barbara Adams
SOLVING CRYPTIC CROSSWORDS: Like many others in U3A, we’ve had to adapt to our new stay-at-home situation. I email out the cryptic theme sheets that we would normally do in our classes. So far we’ve covered Dog Breeds and Book Genres. In a few days I send a further email with hints about the cryptic techniques in play (eg anagram, double definition, hidden word etc) and finally an email with fully explained answers. Everyone has lots of time to mull over each of the 20 or so clues. I’m delighted to hear back from my U3A class members on their successes (or otherwise!) but mostly about the progress they’re making. They’ve told me how much they look forward to each new theme and its mental challenge – so heartening. – Rosemary De Gabriele
SPEAKING FRENCH: Our Monday afternoon French class members are keeping in touch with a few challenging on line lessons. Each week I send an email with a point of grammar and a few exercises to do on the topic. These are voluntary and I make a few corrections if necessary. I receive a mix of serious study, humour, various videos of amazing things all showing the wonderful spirit that our class enjoys. Hopefully we will be able to get back to meeting in person before too long. – Joan Craven
ART-SKETCHING: We started our online sketch communications long before Covid-19. We ramped up when we realized that going to class was not a good idea. So instead of just viewing & discussing our art adventures, we transfer the lessons to a format through Pinterest that can be followed each week at our usual lesson time. Each week a lesson and homework is set and every class member has participated. Difficult exercises like sketching from ”different angles” and creating the ”feeling of peace” have all been executed with lots of skill, while critiques and personal messages are warm, kind and thoughtful. In this way we know everyone is happily involved in sketching and all are OK and safe. – Peggy Annabel
DRAWING: Before Corona, the class was asked what lessons they’d like to fill our yearly calendar, so when our class was cancelled, we could do these topics. Pam sends them by email and then we scan the finished art to Robyn, who in turn sends them on so all can see each other’s art. During the ‘lockdown’ this is keeping our class together & busy with art. Recent topics: Roses and graphite & pen & ink tree lesson. – Janice
The course book for Sydney U3A is available on the sidebar of the home page of the Sydney U3A website. The Endeavour (Southern) region courses for 2020 will also be found on the sidebar of Endeavour’s main page shortly. 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.
U3A Endeavour Region has many and varied courses to offer its members. Languages, films, food for the brain and the soul, history of all sorts, arts, drawing and sketching, various approaches to music and film, and groups for discussion, about books, travel, lunching, science, general knowledge and for walking.
During the year we have periodic 5th Tuesday lectures on something interesting to which the public and all U3A members are welcome. As well, there’s the wonderful fringe benefit of fun and friends to be experienced.
Have a look in our Course booklet that comes every Semester to see what you might enjoy. If your chosen course is full, ask if you can go along for a visit or two to see what it’s about, see if you can go on a waiting list. Maybe you could become a course leader. Should you be interested in conducting a course within U3A and would like to discuss the matter further, please contact President Ian on
There’s also something called “Events for All” offering lectures, holidays, tours and outings. Check them out at the front of your Course booklet.
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1st SEMESTER 2020
Art for Enjoyment
With the arrival of Coronavirus, Art for Enjoyment (Endeavour) quickly initiated a weekly Skype Art Class. Using this platform, the group members make a weekly presentation on an artist of their choice, then we engage in a “Show (your current artwork) and Tell (what technique was used)” session where knowledge of art mediums and their applications are shared. In addition, we upload Art Exhibitions from around the world, this week was a fabulous slideshow of Salvidor Dali’s amazing artworks, followed by a discussion on his motivations. We then finish with a social chat session and a Virtual Cuppa! – Barbara Adams (Facilitator)
A great start for 2020!
In November 2019 the projector in the Cronulla School of Arts theatre died. It was really too old to repair and replacement was very expensive. Cronulla School Of Arts applied for a grant from Scott Morrison which was approved one week before Christmas break though for much less than had been applied for. However it enabled SOA, supplementing with their own funds, to go big and go forward by replacing the old style screen and projector with an LG 5K UHD television.
Today this was installed in the theatre – see the pictures below. Part of the setup includes an incredible sound system, blue-Ray DVD, PC, laptop and camera connectivity. The screen with thousands of pixels is crystal clear with full house lights on.
A wonderful facility currently being used by U3A.
Our groups will be using this starting next week, with Armchair Travellers, Ballet, Opera, History of Art, Aspects of History and At the Movies, Dirk Bogarde. Watch this space for updates! – Margaret Durie
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. A handout about the music is given for each meeting.
This May 2020 there will be no meetings as Sam will be on holiday.
The program for First Semester follows:
|12 February 2020||Percy Grainger|
|26 February 2020||Medieval Magic|
|11 March 2020||Cyril Scott|
|25 March 2020||Janis Ivanovs|
|8 April 2020||Australian Composers|
|22 April 2020||No meeting due to holiday|
|13 May 2020||” ” “|
|27 May 2020||” ” “|
|10 June 2020||John Field|
|24 June 2020||Erno Von Dohnanyi|
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 (Leader)
Trevor Campbell, bookings 9525 6970 (Secretary)