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While the current social distancing laws are in place, classroom attendance is limited to 13 and outdoor activities limited to 20. Attendees MUST register for these courses and comply with our CovidSafe plans, which are prominently displayed at our venues.
We have provided nine on-line courses to date. If there is enough demand, we may provide more. Please let us know.
This page will be updated regularly, so please check back. Stay safe, stay healthy, stay home!
To enrol in any of the courses listed below, click HERE. Otherwise, go to the relevant Courses page from the menu above.
Queensland’s Exit from Coronavirus Lockdown (posted 1 July 2020)
We now have the latest timetable for resuming life with less restrictions … the “new covid normal”. This timetable is effective from Friday 3rd July.
Go to the Qld Govt Covid website to see in more detail what and when restrictions are being lifted, frequently asked questions and more info by clicking 👮♀️
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Hardy Perennials (posted 29 Jun)
Hardy Perennials are starting back with their first meeting on Thursday 9th July, 9.30am at 22 Tardent St, Atherton. Please remember to enrol by going to Courses for 2020, then the Gardening tab and clicking on the enrol button. Bring along a folding chair, a mug and your own food for morning tea.
Newsletter with the latest out now (posted 21 Jun 2020, updated 23 Jun)
For all the information on what courses are resuming, plus a whole lot more information, please read the latest newsletter, which can be found under Newsletters in the headings above. Note there is now a form on this page to subscribe to receive an emailed copy. Financial members who have provided an email address already receive a copy.
Activities are resuming (posted 19 Jun 2020)
Great news! Current government rules allow for our Room 22 at the Atherton Community Centre in Mabel Street to safely accommodate 13 people, so the committee has decided to resume as many activities as possible, starting on 1st July.
Members are assured that all government and medical guidelines will be adhered to, with instructional signage displayed, surfaces cleaned and hand sanitisers available. Participants in any of the activities will be asked to arrive half an hour early to comply with hand sanitising requirements.
As we become more organised, available courses and activities will appear on this website, so please check back regularly.
New Tech Tips Page (posted 28 Apr 2020)
The CAVE people (Committee Against Virtually Everything) have come out in force against the government’s latest weapon in fighting the coronavirus, the COVIDSafe app. The scare tactic used is about privacy. Yet these same people would no doubt be Facebook users. Not many people realise Facebook tracks everything you do online, even when NOT using Facebook.
Sue Fairley brought this to my attention and asked how to stop it. For everyone’s benefit, I have posted the instructions in a new Tech Tips page (see above). I will be adding to this page regularly, so please check in every now and then.
U3A Online Courses (posted 16 Apr 2020)
Your committee has decided to pay for nine on-line courses offered by U3A Online. These will be free to members. See the U3A Online listing above for course details.
For security reasons, you will need a password and login details to enrol in these courses
To undertake one or more courses, simply send an email to Jane, our course co-ordinator, at email@example.com. Alternatively, fill in the normal Courses Registration Form at the end of the Online Courses list.
Activities to do in isolation (updated 19 May 2020)
I will be selective as to what is listed here, as I can’t fit in all your suggestions, but please keep them coming. Check back regularly. Click on the symbol or coloured text to go to the linked site for more information.
Fill in or update your Enduring Power of Attorney and Advanced Health Directive
These are “must Have” forms. There is a link to these forms under “Links to Other Sites”, or you can click 🎫
Keep viruses at bay!
On your tech gadgets, that is. See Tech Tips for more information.
Download the COVIDSafe app from the Google Play Store or Apple App Store. The COVIDSafe app speeds up contacting people exposed to coronavirus (COVID-19). You need to keep Bluetooth on for it to work properly. iPhone users need to keep the battery charged and Android phones require Location Services to be on for Bluetooth to work properly. The COVIDSafe app does not record location information or track your movements. I urge everyone to have this app on their smartphones.
Get your flu shot. It is free at the doctor’s if you are over 65. You also get the stronger version.
Visit the Qld State Library
Discover free, on-line resources for a huge range of topics. For example, MAKEIT workshop plans offer introductory level 45 minute workshops on topics like film editing, mechanics and soft circuits. There are many collections relating to the experience of Queenslanders during the First World War. Kanopy has over 30,000 films to explore! The library has access to Lynda.com, which is an elearning subscription service that includes over 5,500 courses and 136,000 video tutorials in basic topics like Windows 10, Office 365 and Google Docs. Experts create and deliver all courses and provide exercises and work samples.
There are over 200,000 ebooks to download and read, online access to newspapers and magazines such as National Geographic from all over the world and in 30 different languages. You can learn how to trace your family history, do a photography course, etc etc etc.
Click 👴👵 to access.
Keep a diary of your COVID19 experience (Journaling)
Ever wondered how your grandparents and great grandparents coped during the Spanish Flu pandemic in 1919? Your grandchildren and great grandchildren might wonder the same thing about you during the world-changing COVID19 pandemic way back in 2020! My wife is keeping a diary of what we did and felt, to pass on. This is a highly recommended activity!
Keeping a diary is now called “journaling” (keeping a journal) and we are offering an on-line course on how best to do it. Click 💡 There are other benefits besides making a historical record.
Once the domain of teenage girls and the literati, journaling has become a hallmark of the so-called self-care movement, right up there with meditation. And for good reason: Scientific studies have shown it to be essentially a panacea for modern life. There are the obvious benefits, like a boost in mindfulness, memory and communication skills. But studies have also found that writing in a journal can lead to better sleep, a stronger immune system, more self-confidence and a higher I.Q. (from the New York Times 🎫).
Read the U3A Australia Newsletter
This is well worth reading to see what other U3A’s are doing. particularly interesting is a list of U3A online courses. Take note all you creative writers, there is a worldwide competition with $40,000 prizemoney detailed on page 14. There is also a link to four pages of activities suggested by U3A Victoria. To read, please click 🙂
Learn how to connect to the digital world.
Be Connected is an Australia wide initiative empowering all Australians to thrive in a digital world. We have online learning resources as well as a Network of community partners – the Be Connected Network – who offer in-person support so you can develop your digital skills and confidence. Find a local place for friendly help and advice, or join the Network to help others. It is free to join. Click 🙄
A must watch is this video put together by the Ravenshoe State School. They sing three songs and the video is inspiring. The final song is about Ravenshoe, which we know has gone through very tough times. Click 😎
Travel the World in your armchair. Click 😀 You can also download the EarthCam app to your smartphone. If you want a more exciting journey and go by (virtual) train, click 🚞 Make sure you cast your phone to your smart TV for an even better viewing experience.
Watch Nature and Beautiful Scenery at Explore.org by clicking 🖼. If you open with Google Chrome and you have chromecast on your smart TV, cast to your TV.
Download Google Lens to your smartphone and use it to identify plants, flowers, insects and any other mysterious objects encountered in your (limited) travels. You can also scan the barcode on any product, e.g. a toilet roll, to find the nearest stockist and cheapest price.
Go to the Sydney Opera House. This is really good! It offers a weekly program of unmissable full-length performances, live recordings and never-before-seen footage from the Opera House archives. There is a wide variety of topics, from interviews, live concerts, live dance and so on. I recommend watching these on your TV. Click 🙌. Note the program changes weekly, so keep checking.
Visit the Vancouver Aquarium. Click 🥽
Visit a Museum (from Enaide Freeman’s granddaughter to make sure she kept occupied)
Ongoing U3AAT Activities (posted 10 Apr 2020)
A number of groups have decided to make a few changes to the way they operate and keep going in these trying times. I will keep this list updated as more groups decide to get going, so please check back regularly.
U3AAT Facebook Noticeboard
This is quite active and worth joining. Click 😀
Cultural Review Group
Bev Masasso has her group “looking in your backyard” and sharing amongst the group. Some interesting photos are emerging!
The Getting of Wisdom Group
David Turnbull has a lively discussion going amongst members.
Des O’Neill is being creative by using Zoom, run by his sister in Melbourne, to continue his course. A good topic would be to keep a diary of your ativities/observations during this pandemic for future reference/handing on to your great grandchildren! Perhaps we should all consider doing this.
The Happy Snappers, at least those on Facebook, are also continuing. Check out the Tablelands Snappers Photography Group here.
Yes, we are still keeping things running in the background. Any suggestions are welcome. Just see Contact Us above.
AGM postponement (posted 10 Apr 2020)
As many of you are aware, we have postponed our AGM to a better time, when we are again allowed to meet. Each incorporated association, which we are, is required by law to hold an AGM within six months of the end of the financial year. This is the ruling from the Qld Office of Fair Trading, courtesy of the U3A Network Queensland.
Until further notice, please be advised that, if required, a grace period of six (6) months has been granted to all incorporated associations for the holding of Annual General Meetings.
The association is encouraged to reconsider whether it has alternative options for holding meetings such as by telephone, video conference, and similar technologies.
COVID-19 information sources (pasted 1 Apr 2020)
It is great to see our members helping one another in so many ways. There is a lot of information circulating and particularly the media is overwhelming us with it. Most of it is very good. I feel we can have too much, however, so limiting to the following few sources will tell you all the necessary information.
The Commonwealth government has an app called Corona freely available on the Google Play Store or iPhone App Store. Just open up the relevant store on your smartphone and search for Corona. Download the government one.
For Queensland information, go the Health Department’s current status page click here
For the latest status of the world infection rate, go to the World Health dashboard by clicking here.
A really good news source is the ABC. Click here. The ABC News also has a really good app for smartphones.
Coronavirus information (posted 8 Mar, updated 16 Apr 20)
The Queensland U3A network has advised us to keep our members up-to-date on this threat, particularly as our age group is the most likely to suffer severely from this virus. So we need to arm ourselves with the latest facts from official sources, not from social media. Then we will know how best to avoid catching the disease. We should also act responsibly and spread calm and common sense amongst the community, thus avoiding a repeat of the ridiculous panic buying of toilet paper and the like!
2. Stay home and follow all the directions about self-isolation if instructed to do so, or social distancing otherwise. Please also read these advisory documents for more information:
(Click on these links)
Novel coronavirus (2019-nCov), Qld Government
Coronavirus (COVID-19), Australian Government
U3A is a self-help community, and individuals do need to be self-reliant, take personal responsibility and keep informed. Members need to be conscious of the potential spread of the infection in the community, and take precautions in all interactions with others, including when on public transport.
The global situation is still evolving and we will update this advice if the circumstances warrant.
About U3A (posted 8 Mar 20)
Some interesting information about the U3A Network in Queensland, extracted from its web site.
The first Australian U3A was established in Melbourne in 1984 and quickly caught on in other communities in Australia. In Queensland the first U3As to be formed were Sunshine Coast and Brisbane in 1986. U3A Network Queensland was established in 2009.
U3A is the largest provider of adult education programs for retirees in Queensland. All programs are provided by volunteers. There are now 34 U3A groups in Queensland including U3A Online, with an estimated 23,000 members. Each U3A is a community organisation which promotes healthy ageing by sharing educational, creative, leisure activities provided by their own members. We ask for no qualifications for membership and we award no degrees or diplomas. Classes are held in a whole range of different subjects; including: computing, languages, travel, the arts and a range of physical fitness activities suitable for more senior adults. We learn for the joy of learning: there are no pressures of exams.
U3As in Australia are autonomous, managed by the members themselves and the only restriction to the curriculum is the expertise available within the community.
Our own U3A on the Atherton Tablelands grew out of neighbourhood “Happy Hours” in Oleander Drive, Lakeside. Glyn Davies was a retired professor and still keen to share his vast knowledge, so he led and the rest followed and before we knew it, the U3AAT began in March 2011. Membership quickly grew and it averages about 300. Three of the original committee are still on it, those being Barbara, Fran and Alf! Annual fees have never changed at just $25. Note we don’t restrict ourselves to retirees, so all ages are welcome.
If you have yet to renew your membership, please do so and remain in one of the few growing clubs and organisations in Australia. This year the committee will be particularly focused on finding activities that members want and encouraging members to be more active in attending these activities. Currently we are reviewing our strategic plan, so here is your chance to tell the committee what you want for the next few years.
Stay tuned, particularly read the newsletters, this web site and our Facebook pages and aim for that “Active Mind, Active Body”!
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