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Have a look at what is happening in the Endeavour (Southern) region of Sydney U3A, which meets in the St George area and Sutherland Shire !

For news on current classes, go to Our Courses or Reports from our Courses. The first program (2018) for Explorations in Music is available at Our Courses. To look up the most recent newsletter, go to the sidebar on this page or Newsletters and for earlier articles, Past Events. The current course book and list of committee members can also be found on the sidebar on this page.

News from our Region

Gunnamatta Bay

It was always exciting starting back at school after the long holidays, and it’s the same now with U3A. Exercising our minds again, exchanging holiday tales with old friends and getting back into a routine, it’s all good. Our new Course Booklet is out and the first Semester for 2018 starts this week – What fun!

Check out  late alterations to courses below in case it affects you.

Interesting news for our talented writing members – read on for details about a local Literary Competition.


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

Literary Competition

Sutherland Shire Literary Competition to celebrate talent in the Sutherland Shire and Australia-wide.

This new Competition aims to celebrate the exciting breadth of literary talent right across our nation, and promote the rich cultural heritage of the Sutherland Shire whilst contributing to the diverse and rich tradition of literary practice in Australia.

The 2017 winner in the ‘Free Verse Poetry’ category of the prestigious Henry Lawson National Literary Awards was Sutherland Shire Councillor Barry Collier who has now conceived this competition.

Entries are open for submission from Monday 5th February, 2018 until Monday 30th April, 2018 to Australian residents over 18 years of age. Works must be original, in the following categories:

 Traditional (rhyming) verse (max. 80 lines)
 Free verse (max. 80 lines)
 Short stories (max. 2000 words)

Generous prizes are on offer.

For more information on the competition and full terms and conditions, visit www.sutherlandshire.nsw.gov.au/literarycompetition

Harvesting in the Suburbs

Hmmm, is growing your own vegies too hard? Well, come with this group to see what can be done and enjoy another year of, hopefully, happy and rewarding Harvesting outings. (We love to see new members!)

Here are the details of our first outing Please email me, well in advance, if you are able to attend our 1st 2018 outing on 14 February. joancollinsau @gmail.com or robynbillk@yahoo.com.au

DATE: Wednesday, 14 February 2018
VENUE 1: Waverley Community Garden, Clementson Park, Cnr Newland and Ebley Streets, Bondi Junction.
TIME to MEET: 10:05 am
PLACE to MEET: Bondi Junction Station Concourse – just inside the main EXIT to Grosvenor St.
COST: $3
TRAVEL DETAILS: Walk – less than 10 mins from Bondi Junction Station to Clementson Park.
The Waterfall Train departs Sutherland Station at 09:08 – meet in 2nd carriage from front – arrives at Bondi Junction Station at 09:55. Exit right from Station into Grosvenor Street and then right again into the Mall. Walk down the Mall to Newland Street and turn left. Walk 2 blocks down to Ebley Street and Clementson Park.
Bring water, morning tea (in Clemenston Park) and own lunch (in Barracluff Park near Roe Street).
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VENUE 2: Roe Street Verge, North Bondi

Walk back together from Waverley Community Garden to Bondi Junction Station’s Bus Interchange.
Bus nos 386 or 387 from Stand B (every 15 mins).
Alight at the intersection of Old South Head Road and O’Sullivan Road (at Golf Course corner) and cross the road.
Walk down to the next street on the right – Warners Avenue – and down to Barracluff Park.
Lunch – in Barracluff Park.
Roe Street Verge – walk back to Old South Head Road and turn right. Roe Street 3rd on the right.
Return to Bondi Junction Station by Bus from Old South Head Road.
Mobile no. FOR ‘Harvesting Day ONLY’ as I do not have my phone on otherwise: 0488 616 933
Tomato Festival at the Royal Botanic Gardens – 17 and 18 February (Saturday and Sunday). Unfortunately Joan is not organising to go this year but, if going, please wear your U3A badge as we had our photo taken with Costa (Gardening Australia) last year. Could someone please take photos at this year’s Festival if going. Sally Peterson has entered her Tomato Chutney and the prize results will be awarded on Sunday morning.

Wednesday, 14 March – Whites Creek Community Garden, Lilyfield.

Gems of the Silver Screen

First Semester, 2018

Endeavour Region U3A
Cronulla School of Arts, Surf Street
Every 1st and 3rd Tuesday of the month
10 am start movie. Morning tea before class from 9.15 am
Team Leader: Brian Harvey (9521 5822)

6 February                          April Love 1957, 99 mins
20 February                        Anastasia 1956, 105 mins
6 March                              Dirty Dancing 1988, 100 mins
20 March                            Broken Lance 1954, 100 mins
3 April                                 Beauty and the Beast 2016, 129 mins
17 April                               Peyton Place 1957, 157 mins
1 May                                 The Eddy Duchin Story 1956, 123 mins
15 May                                Dunkirk 2017 2017, 106 mins

Next Committee Meeting

The next U3A Endeavour Region (Southern) committee meeting will be held on:
Friday 2nd March 2018 at 10.00am
in the supper room at Cronulla School of Arts, Cronulla.  All members are welcome to attend.

Endeavour Region Links

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  1. Our Courses
  2. Reports from our Courses
  3. Our Newsletters
  4. Past Events


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For information about Endeavour (Southern) U3A, contact Margaret Kingston by phoning 9522 9868 or emailing her at m.kingston1@bigpond.com