Courses 2022 – Terms 3 and 4

This is a list of the courses Southlakes U3A have organised for 2022 Terms 3 and 4.


103 Men’s Breakfast

Your opinion is ……. . Meet and share your thoughts on a wide range of topics in a friendly atmosphere over breakfast. Definitely the group to join if your interest is in local and current events.

1st Monday of the month 8:30 to 10:00 am in Wangi Wangi.
Maximum number: Open
Leader: Greg Trotter

147 Bocce for Fun

Designed as a fun activity, with rules depending on the location of play for the week. Bocce is closely related to British bowls and French pétanque. The modern-day form was developed in Italy and is based on games played dating back to the Romans.

Mondays from 9:00 to 10:30am at various locations
Maximum Number: Open
Leader: Lorelle Calvert

22 Strumming the Strings

Paul Kelly offers guidance and direction to Ukulele Students of the Intermediate Level and above in a relaxed and informal environment. The main goal of this class is to create a friendly space for individuals who like playing UKULELE and singing (per Covid restrictions) in a group setting. BUT, most of all, the emphasis is on FUN.

Mondays from 10:30am to Noon at the Dora Creek Workers Club.
Maximum Number: 45
Leader: Paul Kelly

82 Tai Chi for Exercise 2

Tai Chi is Gentle flowing movements that relax and exercise the body and mind.  It is based on ancient Chinese exercises and is done to your own body’s ability.  It promotes and maintains good health, improves breathing and increases flexibility.  This is a beginners class for Tai Chi and Qigong and will cover the Lotus and Shirbashi 1 and 2.  Bring a bottle of water and wear comfortable clothes and soft shoes.

Mondays from Noon to 1pm at the Morisset Masonic Centre
Maximum Number: 26
Leader: Ann Henderson

114 Card Sharks

Come and revive the art of playing cards. We grew up playing cards, but life has diverted our interests. This is an opportunity to once again enjoy the fun of playing any card games eg 500, Euchre, Rummy, Pontoon, Cribbage, and others.

Mondays from 1 to 4pm at the Dora Creek Workers Club
Maximum Number: 18
Leader: Graeme Auchterlonie

38.3 Balance ‘n Bones

An exercise program for active, mobile, mature aged participants. It is a fun way to work out and aims to increase flexibility, balance, coordination, and core strength. A 45-minute DVD is used for this class. An extremely popular choice.  Wear suitable footwear eg sneakers and wear comfortable clothing.  Bring water, 1kg hand weights and a small medium soft ball comfortable to hold in two hands.

Mondays from 1:30 pm to 2:30 pm at Morisset Masonic Centre.
Minimum Number: 10      Maximum Number: 40
Leader: Laurene Mulcahy

111 French for Travellers

For those who may be planning travel to a French speaking country (if borders are ever opened again) or you may just want to brush up on your conversational French, this is the class for you.

Mondays from 2 to 3:30pm at the Morisset Uniting Church in the Trees,
Maximum Number: 12
Leader: Bruce Edgell


38.1 Balance ‘n Bones

An exercise program for active, mobile mature aged participants. It is a fun way to work out and aims to increase flexibility, balance, coordination, and core strength. A 45-minute DVD is used for this class. An extremely popular choice. Wear suitable footwear eg sneakers and wear comfortable clothing.  Bring water, 1kg hand weights and a small medium soft ball comfortable to hold in two hands.

Tuesdays from 8:30 to 9:30am at Dora Creek Hall
Maximum Number: 35
Leader: Barbara Humphries

132 Southlakes Ukulele Group (SLUGs)

A weekly workshop for novice ukulele players who know the fundamental skills to play the instrument and want to improve their ability to accompany themselves, in a group, while singing popular songs. The object – perform at the Year-end Concert.

Tuesdays from 10 to Noon at Dora Creek Hall.
Minimum Number 10: Maximum Number: 40
Leader: Kit Craig

180 Disc Bowls – Term 4

Disk bowls is the grey nomad version of lawn bowls. It is played on any surface but with disks instead of balls. As well as becoming a proficient, active player you will also learn to score and calculate points for players. Wear enclosed shoes and hat; bring water and a comfortable chair to sit on.

Tuesdays from 10 am to 1 pm at Myuna Foreshore Reserve
Maximum Number: 12
Leader: Pam Pratt

46 Intermediate Patchwork

Suitable for quilters/patchworkers with at least beginner’s experience. It allows for more advanced techniques to be explored. Just bring along your own fabric and equipment such as scissors, rotary cutter, ruler, cutting mat, long pins, fine needles etc.

Tuesdays from 10am to 3pm at Dora Creek Seventh-day Adventist Church Hall.
Maximum Number: 10
Leader: Kath Auchterlonie

 153 Numerology – Cancelled

Find those hidden talents, understand where you are going or where you have been in your life by using your date of birth and birth names.  Use your curiosity to understand family and friends…always using the analogy of the Glass Half Full.

Tuesdays from 11.30 to 1pm at the Morisset Masonic Centre.
Minimum Number: 6        Maximum Number: 12
Leader: Janice Gaarenstroom

164 Creative Sketching and Drawing        Term 3

Creative approaches to sketching using pencil and ink.  In Terms 2 and 3 water colour wash to be added.

Term 1 is about easy ways to sketch in a number of styles using pencil and ink for beginners and beyond.  Classes are social in nature and do not require pre skills.  Class is about having fun and developing creativity.  Area covered include Landscapes, Seascapes, Urban Scapes and Face and Figure Sketching.

Term 2 continues with the added inclusion of water colour wash to sketches.  Material required are pencils, an eraser, a sharpener, black ink fine liners and drawing paper (a4)

Tuesdays from 12:00 to 2:30pm at Dora Creek Hall.
Minimum Number: 8        Maximum Number: 15
Leader: Charles Pearson

181 Mah Jong for Beginners

A gentle introduction to the traditional Chinese game of Mah Jong. Lessons are presented in a sequential manner to enable you to learn and practice. You will be introduced to the language and terminology of Mah Jong and practice using it as you play. All players need the book “Mah Jong Player Companion” by Patricia A Thompson and Betty Maloney.

Tuesdays from 1.15 to 3pm at the Morisset Masonic Hall.
Maximum Number: Open
Leader: Bernie Gill


39 Tai Chi & Qigong

Tai chi and qigong are centuries-old practices that involve certain postures and gentle movements with mental focus, breathing, and relaxation. These gentle exercise coordinate the body and enhance your health. Everyone is welcome.  Wear comfortable clothing and soft footwear.  Bring water.

Wednesdays from 8am to 9am at the Dora Creek Hall.
Maximum 25
Leader: Laurene Mulcahy

155 Meditation – Cancelled

A time to relax and restore.  To become Peaceful within, allowing you to face the year ahead.  Discover different Meditations and find the one for you.

Wednesdays from 9.15 to 10.15am at Dora Creek Hall.
Minimum 6             Maximum 12
Leader: Janice Gaarenstroom

177 Australian Electoral System – Term 3

Recently we had to vote for the Australian Federal government. It is vital to have a good understanding of the voting systems used in Australia. This course will explore:

  • The different voting systems used in State/Federal elections
  • Formal/informal/donkey votes, preferences, quotas, above and below the line
  • How to develop a process to get maximum value for your vote.

Wednesday. Term 3 from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Dora Creek Hall
Maximum: 20
Leader: Henry Wellsmore

178 Ethics – Term 4

Ethics attempts to explore and answer the question “What should be done?” by using systematic, reasoned approaches rather than by knee jerk, emotional responses. This course will examine the main ethical models and use these models to examine issues from environmental, medical, animal and agricultural ethics. Examples may be climate change, abortion, voluntary assisted dying, cloning, eating meat, intensive farming, genetic modification of crops etc.

Wednesday Term 4, from 10:30 am to 12:00 noon at the Dora Creek Hall
Maximum: 20
Leader: Henry Wellsmore

175 Magic with Paints – Cancelled

This is a short course involving creative experimentation with acrylic paints. No prior knowledge of skills needed. Join in the fun. Bring acrylic paints, rubber gloves, canvases, rags for cleaning hands and a notepad. Wear old clothes or an apron for protection. All items available at the Reject Shop.

Wednesdays Term 3 from 11:00 am to 2:00 pm at the Morisset Masonic Hall
Maximum number: 15
Leader: Pauline Vella

129 Ladies Lunches with a Twist

You are invited to join this group for lunch and lively discussion. Lunches are held in various locations.

4th Wednesday of every month from Noon to 2:00 pm. Venues advised well before the lunch.
Maximum Number: 30
Leader: Pam Brandse  

14 Book Lovers

For those interested in reading and then discussing the books.

Every 3rd Wednesday from 1 to 2:30pm at the Morisset Masonic Centre.
Minimum Number: 6                   Maximum Number: 15
Leader: Laurene Mulcahy

179 Guest Speaker Cafe Style

Roll up! Roll up! Everyone’s invited to this course. Yes, and every member can bring a guest or two. They don’t have to be a U3A member, but all guests and members must be double vaccinated as per U3A policy. Relax and enjoy the refreshments, the talks, the Q&A sessions and discussions. Your afternoons will include a guest speaker presenting interesting information /stories on various topics including space, frogs, travel, life, humanitarian experiences and more. Relax and enjoy. Gold coin donation for refreshments.

1st Wednesday of August, September and November from 1.30pm to 3.30pm at
the Dora Creek Hall.
Maximum number: open
Leader: Helene Deer

182 The Red Dove Choir

The course is about

  • developing a four-part harmony and choral singing skills.
  • training and enriching your public performance experience
  • increasing your musical knowledge
  • building personal confidence and team spirit
  • having FUN

Wednesdays from 2 pm to 3:30 pm at the Morisset Uniting Church in the Trees.
Maximum number open
Leader Anne Hart

176 Astronomy – Term 3

Since the beginning of time people have gazed up at the stars in wonder. Join me for a series of talks about modern astronomy and astrophotography in a number of observing nights using telescopes and cameras. Learn about the Hubble Telescope and the new James Webb Space Telescope. Discuss some of the amazing images they are publishing and how these images are produced. Apply some astrophotography techniques to your own images of the night sky.

Wednesdays Term 3 from 7 to 9pm at the Morisset Masonic Hall.
Maximum number: 10
Leader: Jeff Stokes


30 Bird Observation & Photography – Term 4

Morning walks in several “hot spot” birding locations in the local area to observe and photograph our beautiful birds.  Participants will learn about the close relationship between the birds and our environment.  Wear suitable clothing and shoes for easy bush tracks.  Mosquito repellent is strongly recommended.  Binoculars and/or camera with a telephoto lens will be useful but not essential.  A field guide to Australian Birds, either book or all is essential. 

2nd & 4th Thursdays from 7:30 to 9am, meeting at Cooranbong various .
Maximum Number: 6
Leader: Maurice Ashton

38.2 Balance ‘n Bones

An exercise program for active, mobile mature aged participants. It is a fun way to work out and aims to increase flexibility, balance, coordination, and core strength. A 45-minute DVD is used for this class. An extremely popular choice. Wear suitable footwear eg sneakers and wear comfortable clothing.  Bring water, 1kg hand weights and a small medium soft ball comfortable to hold in two hands.

Thursdays from 8:30 to 9:30am at Dora Creek Hall.
Minimum Number: 6                   Maximum Number: 35
Leader: Barbara Humphries

88 Walking the Lake

Let’s discover the lovely short walks around the lake. Each walk will take 60 – 90 minutes at a gentle pace. Participants will need stout walking shoes or boots, a hat, and a water bottle.

Thursdays from 8.30 to 11:30am. Meeting place advised well before the walk.
Minimum Number: 5                   Maximum open
Leader: Kit Craig

28 Photography Field Trips

We visit many interesting places, local and not so local, where your camera skills can be practised in the field. Most digital cameras have far more capabilities than the average user needs. A great opportunity to expand and enhance your photographic skills. Just bring your own digital device. 

3rd Thursdays from 8:30 to 1pm, meeting at Rotary Park, Kahibah St, Morisset.
Maximum Number: 20
Leader: Helen Adams

 79 Coffee Club

Build and nurture friendships in U3A. Enjoy a chat, with a cuppa, at various local cafes. Learn about your community.

Every 2nd and 4th Thursday of the Month from 10 to Noon. Venues advised ahead of time.
Maximum Number: open
Leader: Merle Goyen

157 Mah-Jong with Mates

A very pleasant way to exercise your mind. This year long course is for players familiar with the western variation of Mah-Jong. Various forms of the game will be played including that of Thompson and Maloney.

Thursdays from 1:00 pm to 3:30 pm at the Dora Creek Workers Club.
Minimum Number: 8                   Maximum 24
Leader: Maree Neubeck

 29 Painting & Drawing

For beginners and experienced folk, join this watercolour class to learn Watercolour Painting, Drawing and Pen & Wash. A wonderful and relaxing opportunity to develop and grow your talents.  Bring your drawing gear and watercolour paints.  Wear suitable and comfortable clothing.  Bring afternoon tea, a cup, tea or coffee and water.

Thursdays from 1 to 4pm at the Uniting Church in the Trees, Morisset.
Minimum Number: 6                   Maximum Number: 2
Leader: Kath Auchterlonie

 31 Keep Your Marbles Rolling – Cancelled

Exercise your brain, humour, and social skills with a fun mix of creative thinking, puzzles, word games, code breakers, trivia, and jokes. There will be plenty of class participation (the leader is not going to do it all). There may be a small fee for photocopying. Just bring pens, pencils, eraser, and notebook with you.

Thursdays from 1 to 3pm at the Morisset Masonic Hall.
Maximum number open
Leader Graeme Auchterlonie

123 Chair or Mat Yoga

A gentle style of yoga, Chair Yoga is done sitting in a chair or standing using the chair for support. The class incorporates gentle movement and breathing techniques and ends with a short meditation. No experience is needed. Move at your own pace and mobility. Everyone is welcome. Bring a yoga mat, and a water bottle.t. 

Thursday from 10.00 to 11.00am at Dora Creek Hall.
Minimum Number: 5                   Maximum Number: 25
Leader: Monica Scanlon

131 Opal Outings        

Grab your Opal Card and explore our local area using all forms of travel – train, light rail, ferry and bus.  We will roam from Maitland and Raymond Terrace in the north to Gosford and Palm Beach in the south.  A great way to see our wonderful towns from a different angle.

One Thursday during Term Break from 8am to 4pm.  Dates July 21 and September 22.  Trip information sent in the previous week.
Maximum Number open
Leader Laurene Mulcahy


94 Laptop Basics Term 3

Learn how to use your Windows Laptop. Please bring your laptop to every class if possible, however extra laptops can be provided.  New enrolments are invited.

Fridays from 9:30 to 12pm at the Uniting Church in the Trees, Morisset.
Maximum Number: 15
Leader: Greg Trotter

127 Organising Digital Pictures Term 4

Bring your Windows laptop or use ours.  Use Windows to organise your picture folders.  Install and use Picasa to find and display pictures and basic editing.

Fridays commencing November 4 from 9:30 to 12pm at the Uniting Church in the Trees, Morisset.
Maximum number 15
Leader Greg Trotter

142 Our Rich Local History   Term 3

Visiting six different local locations, 3 in each term.  Meeting a variety of local history buffs, understanding their connection and particular perspective.  Gaining in knowledge around local events, local identities and local social history.  Engaging with other interest participants and sharing knowledge and value of local history.  This course is weather dependent.  Confirmation of venue will be sent the week prior.

Fridays from 10am to 12pm on the following dates:, 22/7, 5/8, 19/8
Maximum Number: Open
Leader Frances Dunn

141 Movies that Move Us

Through the enthusiasm and passion of the group we will explore favourite movies. We will discuss techniques, genres, music, and dialogue that make our favourites so memorable.

Movie days are July 28, Aug 11 & 25, Sept 8, Oct 21 Nov 4 & 18, Dec 2.
Fridays from 1pm to 3.30pm at Morisset Masonic Centre.
Minimum Number: 10                 Maximum 30
Leader: Trish O’Brien

161 Singing Together

Enjoy the pleasure of singing old favourites and not so old, with friends around the piano.  This is not a choir and no experience is required.  We will just have fun singing together.  Sheet music will be supplies.

Fridays from 2pm to 4pm at Cooranbong Community Services Hall
Minimum Number: 10                 Maximum 40
Leader: Roger Philpott

184 Lets Make Music – Term 4

Make music with a friendly group who enjoy playing and singing all styles of music. Audience members are welcome to listen and appreciate the music. Eight collections of music (supplied) form the weekly repertoire but there’s plenty of time for solos, ensembles, and socialising. It’s all for fun but more experienced musicians offer help. There’s room for any instrument but the piano is already taken. Bring your instrument and music stand.

Fridays from 11am to 1pm at the Cooranbong Community Services Centre
Maximum number: 30
Leader: Angela Finney