On Course with Bingara Community College

August 8, 2008

Bingara Community College wants to offer more courses that Bingara people would like to do. We want to make sure the program we offer is one that Bingara wants and needs.

We also want to improve the quality of our courses. To facilitate a review of our organisation’s performance and to plan for the future, we are holding a Planning for the Future Workshop on Sunday, August 24, 10am to 12 noon at the Conference Room at the Imperial Hotel. Mr Rod King will conduct the workshop.

Your views, opinions and feedback will be greatly appreciated. Help us by attending this workshop. If you are able to attend, please let Robyn know by phoning 0267241965 or email bala@northnet.com.au.

The Certificate III in Aged Care course (Course No. CHC30102) has started. We are delighted to have 21 enrolments for this course! David Maddigan is the tutor and the course is offered in partnership with Community College –Northern Inland.

This is accredited training and the qualification is recognised throughout Australia. We are very grateful to the SES for the use of their wonderful training room for this course – it is an excellent venue.

The new brochure containing Bingara Community College’s latest courses is out. If you did not receive a copy in the mail, please let Robyn know. She will be very happy to send you a copy – or call in to 36 Maitland St and pick one up.

On the It front we have an introductory computer course coming up. Computers for Beginners (BSBCMN107A: Operate a personal computer) will be offered on three Tuesday nights – August 12, 19 and 26 – at Bingara Central School, 6 – 8pm.

This course will help you catch up with the "computer revolution". Learn how to get started with your computer, write letters and documents using word processing, manage your files and folders, send and receive emails.

The course will definitely go ahead – we have sufficient bookings – but there are still vacancies if you would like to attend. This course will be taught by Peter Jones and will cost $60.

On Saturdays 20 and 27, we are offering a new course – Basic Electronics for Mechanics. This will be taught by Mr Michael Keating. This training will be of value to professional mechanics, apprentices and TAFE students and amateur mechanics.

This course aims to demystify electronics by showing participants basic electronic principles in a way that can be easily understood.

The course allows for plenty of practical experience and learners will leave with a super sensitive LED light tester and a square wave generator that they will make during the course. Please see Robyn if you would like to put your name down for this course.

Adult Learners Week is fast approaching – the first week in September. During this week we present a number of awards, including Adult Learner of the year and Tutor of the year.

If you would like to nominate someone for one of these awards, please contact the coordinator. There will be a variety of free and subsidised courses and activities available to celebrate this week. They will be advertised soon and include Maintain financial records (BSBFIA301A), Conduct online transactions (BSBITU303A) and Life Experience Counts. We will also have a free demonstration of Rag Rug Making by Mrs Rose Anderson.

If you are (or would like to be) a volunteer or your organisation uses volunteers, we have accredited training for volunteers that may be of interest to you.

The Certificates in Active Volunteering cover a wide range of skills at a variety of levels. Call in and talk to the coordinator about the options available.

Lisa Moore conducts two great aerobics classes weekly. These classes are held at the Civic Centre at 5pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays. Registration fee is $5.50 (an annual one-off charge) and each class costs $5.

Come along to tone up, improve aerobic fitness and maybe lose weight! Wear comfortable clothing and joggers. Bring water, mat/towel and hand weights if you own any. Some weights are available. These are fun classes and the music is great.

Pilates is held on Saturday mornings at 10am at the Civic Centre. Pilates is great for strengthening core muscle groups and improving flexibility. It is also good for relaxation and stress relief. Wear loose, comfortable clothing and bring water and a mat or towel. Registration fee is $5.50.

The Bingara Community College Sewing Group and the Needlecraft Group meet on Mondays and Wednesdays respectively from 9.30 am to 12.30pm at the Bingara Arts Centre. Marlene Brown coordinates both these groups. Annual membership is $5.50. Call in to see the beautiful work done by the members. New members are always very welcome. If there is something you would like to learn, ask Marlene or one of the Group members – there is a good chance they can find someone to help you.

If you have ideas for courses you would like to enrol in or teach, please contact our coordinator, Robyn Gasson either by phone on 0267241965 or call in to John Gasson & Co’s office at 36 Maitland St, Bingara.