. New Events in 2018, Semester 2

U3APP has been very active in continuing to add to the course program.  For Semester 2: Terms 3 and 4, the following new courses and one-off events have been  included:  (the newest courses since the last e-bulletin are highlighted in bold text)


Monday Courses

  • Drawing Fundamentals, starting Monday July 16
  • Beginners' Bridge, starting Monday October 8
  • Photography using your iPhone and iPad Camera, starting Monday October 29
  • Drawing Fundamentals (repeat), starting Monday October 8

Tuesday Courses

  • The Adventure of English – A History of the English Language, starting Tuesday July 17
  • The Australian Constitution: Discussion on the 1967 Referendum and Aboriginal Recognition, starting Tuesday July 17
  • Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners (Tuesday), starting Tuesday July 17
  • Origin of the Bible and Koran from an Agnostic Non-religious Point of View, starting Tuesday August 28
  • Egypt: 500,000BC to 30BC, starting Tuesday October 9
  • Philosophy of the Human and the Posthuman, starting Tuesday October 9

Wednesday Courses

  • Cryptic Crosswords for Beginners (Wednesday), starting Wednesday July 18
  • Using Your iPhone and iPad More Efficiently,  starting Wednesday July 18
  • Introduction to Philosophy, starting Wednesday July 25
  • Computer Basics for Everyone (repeat series), starting Wednesday July 25
  • The Good Life: Seven Perspectives, starting Wednesday October 17
  • Apple Tips & Tricks - get more out of your Apple devices!, one session only on Wednesday October 31

Thursday Courses

Friday Courses

  • Bridge Playing Sessions, starting Friday October 12
  • Beginners' Hatha Yoga, starting Friday October 12
  • Getting the Best from What You Eat: Nutrition and You (repeat), starting Friday October 12

For further details about the courses and to book, or if the course is full, to put yourself on the waitlist, go here.




  • Wednesday September 19: The Victorian Law Reform Commission: Development, Review and Reform of Victoria's State Laws

Out and About

  • Wednesday July 18:  Guided Tour – The Jewish Museum of Australia
  • Wednesday July 25:  Walk in Melbourne CBD
  • Thursday Aug 9:  Exhibition – Mao’s Last Dancer
  • Wednesday Nov 14:  Guided Tour – Dome to Catacomb Tour of The State Library of Victoria
  • Thursday Dec 6:  Punting on the Lake – Royal Botanic Gardens

Saturday Seminars

  • Saturday July 21: Vikki Petraitis: Murder on Her Mind
  • Saturday Aug 18:  Dr Michael Adcock: The Republic of Pleasure – La Vie Parisienne
  • Saturday Oct 13: Seniors Festival Marquee Speaker - Hon Dr Kay Patterson

Special Events

  • Tuesday 16 and Wednesday 17 October: U3APP Art Exhibition
  • Thursday 18 October: U3APP Concert

For further details about the one-off events and to book, or if the event is full, to put yourself on the waitlist, go here.



  • Mindfulness Meditation, returning Tuesday October 9


You can check back here whenever you want to know about new Courses and One-Off Events.

. Dates for your Diary

Dates For Your Diary

Wednesday 19 SeptemberTalk: The Victorian Law Reform Commission: Development, Review and Reform of Victoria’s State Laws (Please note change of time for this Talk)

Friday 21 September - Term 3 ends

Monday 8 October -  Term 4 begins

8 to 21 October - Victorian Government & City of Port Phillip Seniors Festival.  Associated Events held at Mary Kehoe Centre:-

Tuesday 6 November - Melbourne Cup Day (no classes held at U3APP)

Wednesday 14 November - Out & About - Dome to Catacomb Tour - State Library Victoria

Thursday 6 December - Out & About - Punting On The Lake: Royal Botanic Gardens

Friday 7 December - U3APP year ends


. Tutor Training Workshops

U3A Network Victoria has organised two Tutor Training workshops for the morning of Monday 24 September (the first day of Term break/school holidays)

The first is a workshop for Tutors and those interested in Tutoring and will be delivered by Axel Leonhardt.  Axel has delivered very-well received sessions for U3A Tutors this year. This workshop is suitable for prospective tutors, newer tutors and longstanding tutors.  There is something for everyone!

From Axel’s bio (below): Join me in exploring content and process; let’s peal back the many layers of often complex issues. Be prepared that I may even challenge your beliefs and thoughts…
In the end, I hope to be able providing you with time & space to embrace new ideas, reflect, consider, ‘percolate’ – so you can be clear how best to apply back at U3A newly learnt content and insights.

The second is a workshop for Exercise and Activity Leaders.  This workshop will be delivered by Gen Nolan of Musculoskeletal Australia who had led the Victorian Active Ageing Partnership.  Gen presentation at the VAAP conference recently was well received and has of resources and tools for us to consider.

Full details can be found on the following link Tutors and Exercise Training

RSVP to [email protected] by Tuesday 18th September


. Vale Betty Walton

With thanks to Jill Hearman for her thoughtful words and Barry McIntosh for the photos of Betty's Life Membership presentation in June 2016


We sadly announce that Betty Walton, Life Member & long term Tutor at U3A has died peacefully in Sydney after a heart attack on June 16th.

Betty joined our U3A in the early days in 2004, and taught Italian from 2006 to 2012 and Play Reading from 2004  to 2015

Born in Scotland in 1927, Betty travelled widely with her husband Tom who died last year. They established an English Language school near Milan in Italy after Tom retired.

Betty had a vibrant, enthusiastic personality and was always very positive which made her a pleasure to be with. She loved tennis, walking, acting and languages, but never cooking!

Betty joined our German class in 2014 and loved it! She often responded in Italian (her first language) which amused the whole class.

She ran a play reading group at the Lyceum Club and also at Emerald Hill Residences where she lived before moving to Sydney to be near her family.

On Friday 22 June, a wake will be held for Betty at the Lyceum Club at 12:30pm

A Celebration of her Life will be held at Christ Church, South Yarra

on Wednesday 4 July at midday. 

Betty’s ashes will be interred in the grounds of Christ Church after the service.

Betty will be sadly missed by all who knew her.


Barbara Spalding OAM

We proudly announce that Barbara Spalding, U3A Life Member and former Office Manager has been awarded "Member of the Order of Australia (AM) in the General Division" "for significant service to public administration in Victoria to the community particularly in the areas of welfare & education".  A most richly deserved award and a wonderful achievement!

Barbara's time in Public Service saw her rise to management in a stellar career that spanned many years and took her to many countries where her expert input was highly valued.  Barbara was a strong public advocate in her dedication to social welfare and education and her voluntary roles in community organisations such as Reichstein Foundation, Brotherhood of St Laurence, Overseas Service Bureau, and Asylum Seekers' Resource Centre, also reflected this passion.   At a National Conference in Melbourne some 2 years ago, an interstate participant commented when hearing Barbara's name mentioned, 'Barbara Spalding was the best public servant Victoria ever produced'!

After retirement, Barbara joined U3APP around 2005 as an office volunteer, and also served on the Management Committee.

She took the position of Office Manager from 2008 to 2011 (incl.), taking over from Joan Ashbolt who was in the initial role when U3A was first established in the City of Port Phillip.  Barbara became indispensable in the office and she attended most days. She took on all the varied roles in a calm and most efficient manner but always had time to listen to any problems volunteers may have.  When mailouts needed to be done, Barbara made certain there were chocolate biscuits to help the volunteers maintain their enthusiasm!  Barbara identified, designed, and produced a manual of procedures that served the office volunteers until the systems became computerised.

Everyone at U3APP sends their warmest thanks and congratulations to Barbara for her significant contribution to the community and to our U3A.


Do I have to be a U3APP member to enrol in 2018?

YES. You must have paid your 2018 membership prior to the start of enrolments on Monday 4 December 2017. If you’re not sure of your membership status, go to the U3A Port Phillip website, login, and your status will be displayed at the top of the screen.

When/how can I enrol in a course?

We prefer you to login and enrol on-line via our website, as it saves a lot of manual processing. However we do accept paper enrolment forms. On-line enrolments open Monday 4 December at 9:30am. Paper forms can be submitted during the last week of term (27 November to 1 December), but are not processed until Enrolment Day 4 December. Enrolments stay open for every course until the course fills. Waitlists are on-going – you can add yourself at any time.

I can’t login to the U3APP website – what do I do?

If you have any problems logging in, please send an email to [email protected] and someone will assist.

I’ve been attending a course in 2017 – do I have to enrol again?

YES. All courses are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. No preference is given to people who have been attending the course in the past. You need to enrol in the course on or after 4 December.

I’m already on a Waitlist for a course I want to join. Do I have to do anything?

YES. All courses are filled on a first-come-first-served basis. Waitlists are cleared at the end of the year and no preference is given to people who have been on a Waitlist. You need to enrol in the course on or after 4 December.

Am I more likely to get into a course if I enrol on-line?

We try and make the enrolment process as fair as possible. Paper enrolments are numbered in order of receipt and keyed by volunteers at the same time as on-line enrolments are opened. If you have a low-numbered paper enrolment, you will probably get a place in the courses you want. If you have a higher numbered paper enrolment, you are more likely to miss out on a popular course.

I would rather put in a paper enrolment. When can I do so?

The Course Guide will be available from 20 November. If you want to put in a paper 2018 Enrolment Form, they will be available from the Office from that date. Completed forms can be left at the Office from 27 November until 1 December. Forms will not be accepted before that date.

I’m an Associate Member. Can I still enrol in any U3APP course?

Some popular courses (eg exercise and language courses) are restricted to full members. These have (FM) beside the course name in the course guide.

I’m a member of another U3A but I really want to do a course marked (FM). What do I do?

You can join as a full member of U3APP even if you are a member of another U3A. You just pay $40 instead of $27 membership fee.

How do I maximise my chances of getting into a popular course?

Here are some hints:

  • Check that you can login to the website well before Enrolment Day Monday 4 December – send an email to [email protected] if you have a problem.
  • If you haven’t used the on-line enrolment system before or recently, practise booking into the test classes on the Courses and Enrolling page that will be set up for this purpose.
  • On Enrolment Day, login to the website well before enrolment bookings open at 9:30am, so you are all ready to go.
  • If you want to enrol in more than one course, book the one that you think is most likely to fill first, then the next most popular, and so on.

What if I miss out on the course I want to do?

Unfortunately, some of our courses are very popular and they may fill before you try to enrol. When this happens, the entry in the Courses and Enrolling page will change so that you can’t click on it to enrol. Instead the word WAITLIST will appear beside it. If you missed out, please click on the word WAITLIST. This will create an email message which you must SEND to put yourself on the Waitlist. Waitlists are processed in order of receipt of these emails.

Is it worth bothering to put myself on the Waitlist for a class that is full?

YES and YES. For two reasons:

  • Over time, most people on a Waitlist get into the course. Often people who start a course find they can’t or don’t want to continue within the first week or so of the term, so you may not have to wait long.
  • If the Course Coordinators know that there is a big demand for a course, they may be able to find another tutor to run a similar course, or persuade a tutor to run a second session, or to repeat the course. If that happens, people on the Waitlist for the course will be given preference for places on the additional course.

I enrolled in the practice course – should my name appear in the list of attendees?

You need to refresh the page before your name will appear.

I enrolled in the practice course – should I receive a confirmation email?

Yes you should. If you can’t find it, please check your spam or junk mail folder carefully. Many of our members have found that U3APP emails go into these folders, especially if they have a Gmail account. To find out how to stop this from happening for a Gmail account, click here.

I tried to put myself on the Waitlist for the practice course and it did not create an email as it is supposed to. What do I do?

This can happen if there is a setting on your computer that isn’t correct. If you use Outlook, click here to find out how to fix it. If you use Gmail, click here.

Is there a limit to the number of courses I can enrol in?

Because of high demand there are restrictions for some classes and these are indicated as follows:

  • (E) Exercise classes and (L) Language classes are limited to 2 courses per membe
  • (FM) Full membership is required for some of our very popular courses, and these courses are not available for associate members.

New Policy on Extended Planned Leave

A new policy has been approved by the U3APP Committee of Management after consultation with tutors, course coordinators, office managers and the IT team. Its aim is to allow maximum access to courses which are most in demand.

In brief, when a member gives notice of extended leave for five or more consecutive weeks from weekly classes – or three or more from fortnightly classes – that vacated place will be offered to the first person on the waitlist, and the person who is going away will in turn be moved to the top of the waitlist for that course.  These modifications will only affect courses which have a waitlist and the tutor will be consulted to make sure that the move is appropriate.

You will be interested to know that our enrolment team has been able to move more than 150 people off waitlists and into courses in the first semester of this year, so we anticipate that a member will be able to return to class soon after their extended leave.

This policy comes into effect immediately.   Click here to read a fuller version.


Staying Safe on the Internet

Noble Works greeting card

For those who attended the recent course on Staying Safe on the Internet, and for those who missed it, you can download the slides from the talk. They contain many useful links to other websites.

One of the issues covered in the course was the problem of choosing and remembering passwords. I rather liked this solution (see picture right).

Another issue covered was avoiding scams. We have received a communication from Consumer Affairs Victoria urging U3APP to alert all our members to the dangers of scams.

For more information from CAV, here are the links:

The benefits of the new electronic roll-cards – Helen Vorrath

Our IT guru, Helen Vorrath, explains why the move to our new electronic roll-cards will reduce the workload of our wonderful office and IT volunteers:-

"When I first started thinking about automating U3APP processes, I was convinced that the one thing I would never try to automate was the course roll-cards. What could be easier than ticking off your name on a piece of paper?

The answer to that is nothing. But the new electronic roll system that we are introducing this coming Semester is nearly as easy for you to use. But people are still asking, quite reasonably, why bother?

So here are the reasons why:

  • We need to collect attendance statistics (to support grant applications, see which course are the most successful, etc). At the end of Semester, some poor soul had the tedious task of trying to enter all those messy ticks and crosses from the paper rolls into a spreadsheet.
  • We are actively managing the Waitlists, so we need to know who’s dropped out of a class so that we can put someone from the Waitlist in. With electronic rolls and electronic options for apology and cancellation, Karen English’s ITEM team can do course management without having to leave the comfort of their homes.
  • We can keep accurate electronic rolls for courses which are run somewhere other than Mary Kehoe, and these rolls are accessible from anywhere. No one has to collect or return a roll card.

So when someone hands you a cute little tablet instead of a paper card when you come to classes next Semester, we hope you will enjoy marking yourself present electronically.

Helen Vorrath - IT"