Background to the University of the Third age
The use of the word University in the title comes from the medieval concept of a “community of scholars” who come together to learn from one another. In this environment, learning is an end in itself, individuals learn what they like, at a pace they prefer. No qualifications are required to enter, neither are any qualifications awarded. U3As are voluntary, self-help organisations. They tap the great reservoir of knowledge, skills and experience which is to be found among older people and which is often undervalued or overlooked. All of the teaching, planning and administration of a U3A is carried out by its members. Classes are planned jointly by tutors and students in response to members’ interests. The area of study is negotiated to meet the needs of the learning groups; a course may be short or long, depending on the requirements of the subject and the interests of the group.
The first University of the Third Age was founded in Toulouse, France in 1972. The idea spread rapidly not only throughout France but to many other countries, particularly in continental Europe. An international Association of U3As was established by 1975. In the latter part of 1984 the first Australian U3As were formed in Melbourne. There are now more than 124 member organisations and over 10,000 members throughout Australia.
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The Forster-Tuncurry branch was established in May 1994.
If you join the U3A you will find people of like interests and, no doubt, like most of us who are already members, you will make friends and enjoy outings both social and educational.
For more information, you may like to contact any of the Committee members.
What does our U3A offer?
- A friendly and relaxed environment for the continuation of the learning process;
- The opportunity to offer ideas and participate in decisions for future courses;
- Participation in courses which are held in the daytime during four terms of the year:
Term 1 February/March
Term 2 May/June
Term 3 August/September
Term 4 November/December
Courses we provide:
A variety of one-off courses are provided and may be seen in our Newsletter which can be downloaded from the site.
As well, there are regular courses which are outlined below:
MULTI SESSION TOPICS
U3A WRITERS on Mondays 10-12 noon.
This course is run by Chris Butler and provides an opportunity for people to share their experiences of writing in a supportive, friendly, cheerful atmosphere. For more information contact the class assistant Rose-Marie Hayes: 0450 355 422
PUPPETS on Mondays 1-3pm
The Puppet people enjoy creating puppets and performing for pre-schoolers in the district. Contacts: Maggie Poole: 6555 5654 & Noline Cornhill: 0406 375 390 Email: Noline.firstname.lastname@example.org
LET’S PLAY GAMES on Tuesdays 1.30-3.30pm
You’re welcome to join this very friendly group to play Mahjong, Scrabble, Rummycub and other assorted games. Contact Patricia Cornish: 0431 339 351
U3A SINGERS on Wed 1-2.30pm
Under the guidance of Geraldine Mullin, the group meets to sing for pleasure a variety of musical styles including jazz, popular, blues, country and popular songs from the musicals. Contact: Anne King 6555 2754
FLIRTING WITH PHILOSOPHY on alternate Fridays 10-12 noon
With Barry Hora as the Tutor this term, the group is invited to look at life’s ever-changing problems and their solutions with a disbelieving mind, a smile and sometimes a chuckle. Contact: Robyn Hill 6557-5377
MEDIA MATTERS on alternate Fridays 10-12 noon
At these Current Affairs sessions, led by Jan Bennett, participants are invited to bring items of news for discussion. There is always a varied set of items and discussion is lively and educational. Contact: Robyn Hill 6557-5377
COLLECTORS GROUP Tuesday mornings 10.00 to 12.00
Participants are invited to bring along collectible antique objects which can be described and discussed. Carole McGuffog is the enthusiastic tutor. Contact: Noline Cornhill 0406 375 390
BOOK CLUB NO. 1 Meets on 2nd Friday of month. Waiting List may apply. Contact: Eve Bell 6555 7090
BOOK CLUB NO. 2 Meets on 4th Tuesday of month at various locations. Contact Laurel Hickmans 6554 4541