Current courses

Belly Dance Summer School

Arabic Rhythms In Action (on your body!)
Join trainer Amina/Sally – experience and investigate wonderful Arabic music, and put together some moves. Click here to book.

Over one afternoon in an air-conditioned hall, you will listen to some gorgeous Arabic music, analyse and dissect the rhythms of the percussion, then as a group begin to understand the moves that fit the music. And try them out!

A real percussionist will be joining in on tabla for some of the class (TBC). And after the class we’ll dig into some bubbles and Turkish Delight in the late afternoon summer.

Sally O’Loughlin (Amina) is Dungog’s popular belly dancing instructor. Amina has taught and performed for over 20 years, and brings a wealth of experience and fun to her classes. Age is no barrier.

This class is for women only – you can expect a nurturing, no-fear environment.

When: 2.00-5.30pm, Wednesday 24 January 2018

Where: Anglican Hall, 51 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost: $80 full price, $65 concession.

What to wear: Skirt, loose clothing, scarf around your hips , no shoes during the class. If you have a veil bring one along!

Who this is for: This will especially suit anyone who’s already been doing belly dance with Amina. You can be a near novice or a seasoned performer. If you’ve done a few classes with Sally, or if you can rustle up figures 8s (downward, forward, backward), shimmy, hip lifts, hip flicks and snake arms – the basics in other words – you’ll be fine.

If you’re brand new to belly dance, next term starts on 8 Feb 2018

Click here to book.

Belly Dance

with Sally O’Loughlin – aka Amina

No need to book – just turn up on the night.

From Thursday 8 February, 8 week term.

Exotic, flowing, graceful, belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance. It’s also a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is suitable for all ages, with a whole range of benefits for health (see just a few listed below). Above all, belly dance is fun, and a great way to meet others and express your inner self!

Over the 8 weeks of the class, beginners will learn the classic moves, hip flicks, hip turns, figure of 8s – and how to shimmy. Beyond beginner students will move to the next layer and delve into veil work. Both groups will learn a short choreographed piece to perform for family and friends!

Sally O’Loughlin (Amina is her stage name) has been dancing for 23 years and teaching for 21. Amina spent three years as part of a troupe and has taught in her own private studio. She brings a wealth of experience and a sense of fun to her classes – and a commitment to making belly dancing a rich and rewarding experience for everybody. Amina has taught students aged 4 to 84 – age is no barrier.

This course is for women only – you can expect a nurturing, no-fear environment.

When & where: 5.45-7.00pm, Thursdays from 8 February to 29 March 2018 at the Anglican Hall, Dungog.

Cost: $15 per class payable on the night, or pay for all eight classes only $105.

What to wear: Skirt, loose clothing, scarf around your hips , no shoes during the class. If you have a veil bring one along!

Benefits: Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. It is a good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in older people. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way. Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form.

No need to book, just turn up on the night.

If you want to pay for the full course at the discount rate of $105, you can either do so on the night (cash or cheque) or you can pre-book and pay by clicking here.

Bee-Keeping: A Taster

with Michael Netherton

at the Fosterton Biodynamic Farm

This course is likely to be popular. If you miss out and want to go on the waiting list, click here to contact us, citing Bee-Keeping in your comment.

Honey-bees are wondrous creatures that you can easily keep in your own backyard.  Your garden will love them being there, plus you’ll get some honey that tastes fantastic.

This practical, hands-on course will cover:

  • working safely with bees
  • how a bee-colony survives, and how to help them live at your place
  • what’s inside a bee-hive: we’ll open some living hives and look around inside
  • bee diseases and pests, and how to deal with them
  • how to extract your own honey, and
  • useful bee books & bee equipment, and where to get them.

This is what you’ll get:

  • confidence that you can easily look after your own hive (or two)
  • a basic understanding of how to keep bees safely
  • some honey that you’ve extracted yourself
  • the ability to contact Michael and ask as many bee-questions as you like.
To book, click here.

When: Sunday 19 November 2017, 9.30am-1.00pm.

Where:  Fosterton Biodynamic Farm, 792 Fosterton Rd Dungog (a few km out of town).

Cost:  $125.

Limited numbers. Booking essential. Morning tea included.

Rating: just the course to do if you’re considering getting into bees!

What to bring, what to wear:

• Long sleeve shirt and trousers (a pair of overalls with a zip‐front and elastic hems is perfect – basically, you’ll need to make sure that a bee can’t crawl under, through or around your clothes and then sting you).
• Fully enclosed and high footwear (gumboots under overalls work really well).
• A bee veil (only if you have one already: we have a few spare).
• Long gloves (only if you have some already, we’ll have a few spare pairs).
• A broad brim hat & sunscreen.
• A fold‐up chair.

What we provide:

• Bee veils to share (we have 3 spare veils of different types).
• Long gloves to share (we have 2 spare pairs).
• Hive tools and other bee-keeping gear for you to look at and use.

Michael Netherton is a registered apiarist who produces and sells honey from his own hives on a small scale. As an active member of the Hunter Biodynamic Group he has different views regarding “normal” beekeeping. But in this workshop he will focus on what it is you need to know (and do) if you wish to keep bees using common equipment and procedures.

To book, click here.

… tick, tick, BOOM!

… from Fizzics Education

A fun science show performance where we blow stuff up!
In the name of science of course 🙂

What better way to get folk into science than to do the stuff they want to see!

Originally designed to be run at the Powerhouse Museum, this large stage performance gets noisy as the Fizzics Team explores the science behind explosions and explains why chemical safety is so important. This is not just a series of tricks though, their experienced presenter will cover a multitude of concepts:

  • air pressure differentials.
  • exothermic vs endothermic chemical reactions.
  • the effect of surface area on reaction rates
  • combustion requirements.
  • properties of liquid nitrogen
  • applications of controlled explosions and more…

Designed to get all sorts of citizens excited by science or simply end the year with a BANG!

The Fizzics Education team brought us a fantastic show at last year’s Dungog Festival. Don’t miss this one.

When: Saturday 18 November, at 12 noon.

Where: Dungog High School MPC (Multi-Purpose Centre). Entry via Chichester Dam Rd – some parking in the school back carpark, more in the bus stop and on the street.

Cost: gold coin donation.

Who will this suit? Kids! Adults! You!

How long is the show? nearly an hour. Go out for lunch in town afterwards!

Be Bird Alert 2017 – talk & event

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BE BIRD ALERT is a multi-part event to make it easy to participate in Australia’s biggest Citizen Science event – The Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Whether you’re a novice or a committed twitcher, you’ll enjoy this free event.

COME ALONG at 3pm on Saturday 21 October to the James Theatre for a talk from Robert Griffin about the various sorts of birds, their habits and habitats, recognition tips, info on endangered birds and recent research programs. Plus some handy hints on what to do if you find an injured bird. Robert is a member of Birds Australia.

There will also be an introduction to the bird count app so you can join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count on 23-29 October.

EARLY ON SUNDAY MORNING, 22 October, visit a local bird haven  with a group to spot birds under the guidance of a bird mentor (limited numbers – book in at the Saturday talk).

ON SUNDAY MORNING, 22 October, finish off at a BIRD BRUNCH at the Dungog Community Garden to compare notes and experiences.

OVER THE NEXT WEEK, 23-29 October, join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and record the birds you see on the phone app or on the Aussie Bird Count website.

Who it’s for: Both novice and experienced bird observers.

When/Where:
Introduction and talk – Saturday 21 October, 3.00pm at the James Theatre,
6 Brown St, Dungog.
Mentored bird spotting – Sunday 22 October, AM –
time and locations around Dungog will be announced at the Saturday arvo talk (limited numbers – book in at the Saturday talk). NB it will be a pretty early rise as “the early spotter gets the bird”. 
Bird Breakfast –
Sunday 22 October, AM, after the bird spotting (gold coin donation).
Aussie Backyard Bird Count Monday 23–Sunday 29 October 2017.

Booking: No booking is required, however it’s best to attend the Saturday talk if you want to book a place on the bird mentor activity on Sunday morning.

Bird Count Registration: You can register as a counter for the 2017 bird count at the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website. The website also has information about downloading the phone app and field guides and other resources. Click here to check it out.

Cost: Saturday talk is free. Sunday bird spotting is free (limited places). Sunday brunch is gold coin donation.

About our speaker. Robert Griffin has been a birdwatcher for 40 years. He first became interested in birds while living in the Blue Mountains. Initially his interest was in ‘bush birds’, but it now extends to all types of birds including waders and seabirds. An active member and supporter of organisations such as Birds Australia and Birding NSW, Robert is involved in monitoring programs such as those for the Powerful Owl and for the Australian Wader Studies Group. He also leads birding tours in Sydney and in regional New South Wales.

Best of SCINEMA 2017 – science cinema (M)

Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub is proud to present

THE BEST OF SCINEMA

2 hours of the best films from the 2017 International Science Film Festival showcasing some wonderful short films from across the planet.

When: 7pm, Friday 18 August 2017.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St, Dungog.

Rated M. Contains subtitles, some coarse language, scenes of animal surgery and themes of animal cruelty.

Cost: GOLD COIN DONATION, please.

PROGRAM:

nex
A visually stunning film illuminating the minute battles of nature from the micro to macro scale as a rhinoceros beetle, attacked by a fungus, struggles between life and death. Even the tiniest things can have a huge impact. Award for Technical Merit.

Einstein-Rosen from Spain
It’s the summer of 1982. Teo claims he has found a wormhole. His brother Oscar does not believe him… at least not for now. “A quirkily charming and entertaining film.” Best Short Film.

Pangolins in Peril – A story of rare scales
The rare secretive Pangolin plays a vital ecological role but is on the verge of extinction. Two brave and passionate wildlife watchers fight against the odds to save the endangered Pangolin. “Simply and beautifully produced film that shows conservation biology in a political and social setting” Award for Scientific Merit.

The Purple Plain
How different would things have been if it had been one small step for a woman, and one giant leap for mankind? Inspired by the true story of Mercury 13; the first women who tested for space flight. Best Director.

Think Like a Scientist: Natural Selection in an Outbreak
Computational geneticist Pardis Sabeti and disease ecologist Lina Moses bring us to the front line of the 2013-15 Ebola epidemic and explain the science behind how this event became the largest Ebola outbreak in history. Best Experimental/Animation.

Fix And Release
An amazing team at a turtle trauma centre in Ontario, Canada is determined to battle to even the odds for freshwater turtle survival in the modern world. “An important story, well told and beautifully shot”. Best Documentary.

Test Tube Babes
Two sisters that are the outcome of IVF, explain the amazing science of reproductive biology with wit and charm. “You’ll never look at a paw-paw the same way again!” Special Jury Award.

OWSIA (Darkened Water) from Iran
The aqueduct in the central Iranian city of Yazd has supplied water to the city for 2,500 years, now rots away due to bureaucracy and corruption. A 30 minute “fascinating well-made film about this living UNESCO heritage site, social politics and the complex issue of water rights”. Best Film.

Build A Wood-fired Pizza Oven

…on a rammed earth base.

Get that pizza in (it was a McCain's pizza from the local supermarket, just to test it).

Learn the secrets of building a wood-fired oven just perfect for pizzas, bread and even roasts. You’ll be working with trainers Shane Hannan and Clare Tilyard. Get your hands dirty and get your brain firing with great ideas for your own oven.

To Book, Click Here.

Back in July, our Rammed Earth Works class put in a rammed earth base.

Now on Saturday 7 October you’ll form the mould, build the oven and set the door. And on Sunday 8 October you’ll put in the insulating blanket and do the first layer of render.

You’ll also find all about rendering, decorating, providing finishing touches, and firing it up.

Rating: Wood-fired pizzas – what can we say? – hours of cooking fun for your whole household …

When: Saturday 7 October 2017, 9am-12.30pm and Sunday 8 October 9am-12.30pm.

Where: Location in Dungog town – you’ll be given details when you book.

Cost: $125, concession $105.

To Book, Click Here.

 

Our River and Rainforest Workshop

Our River and Rainforest

Free Workshop

Saturday 24 June, 10am–3.30pm

Come along to a free workshop to hear: 

• Glenn Albrecht:  Renowned environmental speaker and local bird enthusiast who will be inspiring us about our local flora & fauna

• Skye Moore, environmentalist, will talk about the Williams River past and present and river corridor projects in the upper catchment.

• Then come with us to visit a local resident’s unique rainforest planting along the Williams River to look at 15 years of riverbank restoration work and listen to:

• Alex King, rainforest specialist, will talk about rainforest restoration and its importance as habitat.

Where: Dungog Festival Lounge, 224 Dowling St, Dungog,
followed by site visit near Frank Robinson Park,
Stroud Hill Rd, Dungog.

Cost: Free (and lunch provided) Bookings essential for catering. Register at EventBrite: www.eventbrite.com.au/e/our-river-and-rainforests-workshop-tickets-34949439715

or contact Judy: 0411 258257

“Re-energise Your Business” forum

“Re-energise Your Business” forum – great ideas, new models, going bigger, planning for success

In business? In the area? Want to meet, learn, discuss, explore, network and get inspired?

DCC business square 19Jun17Come to our inspirational Business Forum on Monday 19th June 2017

It’s for locals with existing, new, and still-in-the-dreaming phase businesses.

Keynote speaker Barbara Sweeney will draw on her experience witnessing successful enterprises throughout regional Australia, to expand on the theme of “turning challenges into success stories”. Barbara is a journalist with Australian Country Style, food writer, and organiser of her own literary event, Food & Words.

There’ll be short talks introducing tools for evaluating products and services, new business models and ideas for making it on the net. And a panel to pull it together and get your questions answered.

The event is free, and includes nibbles, but you can also buy dinner from the menu if you wish.

When: 6-9pm, Monday 19 June 2017

Where: Dungog RSL, cnr Brown & Lord Sts Dungog

Cost: free including nibbles (but you can also buy dinner from the menu if you wish)

How to book: click here to save your place. This link will go to Eventbrite where you can register for FREE FREE FREE FREE FREE

This event is put on by the Dungog Community College, as part of our Women Do Business Series but is open to all.

Dungog Community College’s “Women Do Business” Series is supported by the NSW Government through Women NSW.

Rammed Earth Works

THIS COURSE IS FINISHED.

220-RammedEarthLearn by doing! Build a foundation and then use formwork to build a low, walled structure. For a pizza oven!

Rammed earth is an old building technique made new again. It offers strength, thermal mass, beauty. In this workshop with local building designer Tom Chen and builder Shane Hannan you’ll get your hands literally dirty.

Discover how to peg out to your dimensions, install formwork, process clay, mix your materials (cement is used in this version), and ram the mix. Then do the same thing for a more complex 3-walled base (for a pizza oven). Put in a “services” box eg for power or water.

Finally the next steps will be explained, including how to seal the surfaces when they’re ready, known issues and your own situation. Rammed earth is brilliant for retaining walls, a feature wall, garden wall and so much more.

(Then comes the pizza oven. A week later, we’ll be having a workshop in “how to build a wood-fired pizza oven” over two half days, 8-9 July. Participants in the rammed earth course will receive a significant discount in the pizza oven course. Click here for more on the Pizza Oven course.)

To book for rammed earth works, click here.

When: Saturday 1 July 2017, 8.30am-3.00pm TBC

Where: Location in Dungog town – you’ll be given details when you book.

Cost: $125, concession $105. Optional lunch $15 per person.

Cost for BOTH Rammed Earth Works & Build A Wood-fired Pizza Oven:
$220.

To book click here.

Power Choices

Power Choices day - tips, tricks & scince

Come and discover some simple household tips to save money on your power bills. Find out how to put solar in. And learn the latest in renewable technology available locally.

The day includes:

– speakers on a range of power-saving topics, from energy efficient techniques for the busy householder, to the latest pathways and costs to “getting the solar on”, to some new developments in the science and tech. Speakers:

– the chance to join up to the Take Two Project, where your household can join with others in the shire to try out the ideas you’ve learnt on the day

– break-out sessions: choose the one that suits your situation or interests, get your questions answered

– activities and stalls – and morning tea

– a fun TV doco over lunch, or a tour of an eco-home (limited numbers)

On:
Saturday 29 April 2017 at the CWA Hall, 199 Dowling St Dungog.

9.30am Georgina Clark on simple ways to save $$ and reduce your household energy use.

10.15 Dave Watson on how to get the solar on, costs, metering and maximising sun consumption.

10.45 Tom Chen on passive solar building.

11.00 Julio Braslavsky from CSIRO on new developments in energy including batteries and how they interact with the grid.

11.45 Choose your breakout group and ask questions of the experts.

12.15pm Join the Take Two project with Helen Rubeli.

12.30 Watch a free fun BBC doco on the bicycle-powered home.

1.30 Tour a solar passive house ($10, booking essential).

Cost: Tour $10, everything else FREE.

This is aimed at anyone who’d like to lower their electricity bills! But it’s also great for someone who’d like to get connected to renewable technologies too. And there’s a splash of science thrown in for good measure.

There will also be stalls, activities and displays to peruse.

Book A Tour Of An Eco-Friendly House

Passive solar building means: good positioning of the house site, smart use of materials, eaves, thermal mass, windows, and understanding how a place will be used. The result is warm in winter, cool in summer and much lower bills. Discover how it can work in a lovely local home. Limited places, $10 per person, 1.30-2.30pm Sat 29 April 2017. To book a place on the tour, please click here.

Talking critters

Talking Critters - mozzies & ticks!Talking Critters is a couple of talks about mozzies and ticks.

First up Dr Cameron Webb of the University of Sydney and Westmead Hospital will look at “Beating the bite of mosquitoes that spread Ross River virus”. What sort of mozzies spread the virus? What are the links between local wetlands, wildlife and climate change for future outbreaks? Webb, who’s written much on mosquitoes including an excellent guide to mozzie repellents, will give tips for their safe and effective use and tricks to stop the critters breeding in our backyards.

Ticks will be covered by local vet Digby Rayward. He’ll focus on a new strain of Theileria affecting cattle but he’ll also be answering some of the questions he hears every day in his job about these rascals.

Bring a critter story. We’d love to hear a short (2-3 minute) yarn about a creepy-crawly, especially if it has some scientific interest. Like the one about waking up with a tick behind your eye. Or the time you saw a python trying to eat a bat twice its size and decided to investigate how large a prey a python can swallow.

Cost: FREE!! (There will be a gold coin donation box though.)

When: Wednesday 12 April 2017, 7.00-8.30pm.

Where: Dungog CWA hall, Dowling St (next to Chillbillies), Dungog.

Enquiries: try Contact Us above.

Belly Dance

with Sally O’Loughlin – aka Amina

No need to book – just turn up on the night. Or get the whole term discount by clicking here.

(Notice – there is a 3 hour Summer School coming on 24 January 2018 – Arabic Rhythms In Action. Click here to learn more.)

Term 1: Thursdays 8 February to 29 March 2018 at the Anglican Hall.
Exotic, flowing, graceful, belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance. It’s also a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is suitable for all ages, with a whole range of benefits for health (see just a few listed below). Above all, belly dance is fun, and a great way to meet others and express your inner self!

Over the 8 weeks of the class, beginners will learn the classic moves, hip flicks, hip turns, figure of 8s – and how to shimmy. Beyond beginner students will move to the next layer and delve into veil work. Both groups will learn a short choreographed piece to perform for family and friends!

Sally O’Loughlin (Amina is her stage name) has been dancing for 23 years and teaching for 21. Amina spent three years as part of a troupe and has taught in her own private studio. She brings a wealth of experience and a sense of fun to her classes – and a commitment to making belly dancing a rich and rewarding experience for everybody. Amina has taught students aged 4 to 84 – age is no barrier.

This course is for women onlyyou can expect a nurturing, no-fear environment.

When & where: 5.45-7.00pm, Thursdays from 8 Feb to 29 March 2018 at the Anglican Hall, 51 Dowling St Dungog.

Cost: $15 per class payable on the night, or pay for all eight classes only $105.

What to wear: Skirt, loose clothing, scarf around your hips , no shoes during the class. If you have a veil bring one along!

Benefits: Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. It is a good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in older people. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way. Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form.

No need to book, just turn up on the night. Or pay in advance and get the discount by clicking here.

Barista – Coffee For Cafes

Barista accredited course

Over 4 hours you will learn the core aspects of espresso creation and how to put them together to make fine coffee.

To book, click here.

The trainer is former cafe-owner and coffee lover John Ellis.

This non-accredited class includes a useful workbook to take home and some information on staying hygienic in a hospitality setting. Although there’s no qualification, you will receive a Certificate Of Attendance for your participation.

It’s all about the coffee. Whether you’re after a job in a cafe or simply searching for espresso excellence, this course is for you. John Ellis is passionate about the quality of the coffee you make.

When: Saturday 11 March 2017, 9.30am-1.30pm.

Where: Dungog Festival Lounge, 224 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost: Adults: $135. Youth (still at school or under 18) through Dungog Shire Community Centre – $50. We will need to pass your details to the Youth Service Facilitator after you’ve booked your spot.

What to wear: Wear comfortable clothes and closed-in shoes. There’s a practical segment to the course.

Breaks and food: There will also be a short break with tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.

Note: Places are limited. Email us (Contact Us, above) citing Barista to get put on the waiting list if the course is full.

Certificate IV in New Small Business

New Small Business certificate + mentoring

This course has already started: contact us if you are interested in business courses.

Learn about financials, marketing, compliance, and day-to-day running of a business …

earn a Certificate IV in New Small Business (BSB42615)…

and come out at the end with a completed business plan for your new or existing business.

This great opportunity is one leg of Dungog Community College’s new Women’s Business Planning & Entrepreneurship Project.

The Cert IV in New Small Business is a dynamic course that covers much of what’s involved in running a small business — and also helps build skills in dealing with the unpredictable things that can happen in a business.

The course is tailored to small local rural businesses. It will suit you if you:

– have a great idea for a business and want to give it your best shot – from researching the market to getting the financials right to presenting a quality business plan eg to a bank

– are already involved in running a small business and want to give it a firm footing by getting the basics right – and perhaps even expand the biz.

(This course is also available to men at the Smart & Skilled standard rate.)

The Business CentreThe Registered Training Organisation supplying this training is The Business Centre, Newcastle Region. RTO Code 90224. This training is subsidised by the NSW Government.

Mentoring

Selected students will also receive 5 face-to-face mentoring sessions and 5 over the phone with business mentor Kate Murphy of the Hunter Region Business Centre. Details coming soon.

When

The information and enrolment session will be on Wednesday 15 February from 10am at the CWA Hall in Dungog. If you can’t make this time, please get back to us and we can organise a briefing. We strongly advise all intending students to attend if possible. To express your interest in the course please email us at education@dscc.net.au and we’ll send you a form and put you on the list.

The course is planned to run two days a week, Tue + Wed, from Tuesday 28 February 2017. It won’t run on school holidays. The main training day will be the Tuesday. The Wednesday will include some training, some assessment opportunities, Q&A and will be an opportunity to get on top of the workload.

Cost

This is a subsidised course, but the amount of subsidy depends on your circumstances and whether you’re selected for a scholarship by the Women Do Business committee.

Scholarship students will pay anything from $0 to $460. Other students will pay anything from $0 to $1830. (Even this is heavily subsidised under the NSW Government’s Smart & Skilled program, as the normal full cost of the course is  $5320.) For more on Smart & Skilled you can click here.

Please contact us to get an expression of interest form. Once we have your details we can tell you the likely cost for you.

Units Of Study

Establish legal and risk management requirements of small business BSBSMB401.  Understand contracts, your legal responsibilities and entities, legislation, intellectual property, insurance and more.

Plan small business finances BSBSMB402. Understand costs and pricing, develop a financial plan and how to finance a business.

Market the small business BSBSMB403. From marketing strategies to developing a marketing mix.

Undertake small business planning BSBSMB404. Minimise your risks while building a business plan.

Investigate micro business opportunities BSBSMB301. Hone those ideas, investigate what the market needs, and other factors.

Profile the market BSBMKG401. Know your potential customer and position yourself in the market.

Analyse consumer behaviour for specific markets BSBMKG402. Are you selling a product or a service? Is there already a market? What do consumers need and how do they behave?

Analyse and present research information BSBRES401. Research, analyse and present for a variety of audiences.

Coordinate business resources BSBADM409. Keep an eye on your resources, your inventory, your records, and have your systems in place.

Report on financial activity BSBFIA402. Know where your business is at financially, collect the right records, get the paperwork working for you.

women-do-business-squareThe Women Do Business series

Dungog Community College’s “Women Do Business” series is supported by the NSW Government through Women NSW. The four corners of the project are:

– subsidised Certificate IV in New Small Business for up to 10 women – learn business skills, get your idea or existing business really working, and develop a quality business plan. Subsidised by the NSW Government and supported by The Business Centre.

– mentoring for those women by business mentor Kate Murphy, with the support of .

– a forum in Dungog shire “Entrepreneurship, financial basics and creative business for women”.

– an inspirational session for young women at Dungog High School: “$tart It Up – entrepreneurship, monetisation & creative business”.

 

 

Big Science – Big Fun

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This great ‘science sampler’ was developed as a way of introducing science to the greater community. It’s a 60 minute tour of some fun, in-your-face science, and will suit adults or families. See gigantic bubbles, flying toilet paper, hair-raising electricity, bubbling liquid nitrogen, levitating beach balls, volunteers on a nail chair, a giant gyroscope, coloured shadows, a flame equalizer and much more!

It’s Science, It’s Fun and It’s Free!

Who it’s for: Everyone.

When/Where:
Saturday 29 October, 12.45 pm at Dungog Uniting Church Hall, 246 Dowling St, Dungog. This is a free event running as part of the Dungog Festival.

Booking: No booking is required.

Cost: Free 

Be Bird Alert – talk and event

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BE BIRD ALERT is a multi-part event to make it easy to participate in Australia’s biggest Citizen Science event – The Aussie Backyard Bird Count. Whether you’re a novice or a committed twitcher, you’ll enjoy this free event.

COME ALONG at 6.30 on Friday 14 October to the Dungog RSL for an introduction to the bird count. We will also have a short talk by Ingrid Berthold about Citizen Science and local photographer & Birdlife Australia member, Dick Jenkin, will talk about the practical aspects of local bird spotting.

ON SATURDAY MORNING, 15 October, you can join a group to do some bird spotting under the guidance of a bird mentor. This will be a great way for novice bird spotters to get some practical tips and experience out in the field.

ON SATURDAY MORNING, 15 October, finish off at a BIRD BRUNCH at the Dungog Community Garden to compare notes and experiences.

OVER THE NEXT WEEK, 17-23 October, join in the Aussie Backyard Bird Count and record the birds you see on the phone app or on the Aussie Bird Count website.

Who it’s for: Both novice and experienced bird observers.

When/Where:
Introduction and talk – Friday 14 October, 6.30pm at Dungog RSL, 100 Lord St, Dungog.
Mentored bird spotting – Saturday 15 October, AM – time and locations around Dungog will be announced at the Friday night talk.
Bird Breakfast – Saturday 15 October, AM (gold coin donation) – Monday 17–Sunday 23 October.

Booking: No booking is required, however you must attend the Friday night introduction if you want to be part of the bird mentor activity on Saturday morning.

Bird Count Registration: You can register as a counter for the 2016 bird count at the Aussie Backyard Bird Count website. The website also has information about downloading the phone app and field guides and other resources. Click here to check it out.

Cost: Free Friday evening and bird mentor event on Saturday morning (limited places). Saturday brunch is gold coin donation. 

Traffic Controller course

Dungog Shire Events Inc Traffic Controller Course – October 2016

The aim of the course is to give local volunteers the skills and qualification to undertake traffic control duties at local community events such as the Dungog Festival, the Gresford Billy Cart Derby, local street parades etc.

The course is being subsidised by Dungog Shire Events Inc. Volunteers or their organisations only need to pay 30% of the cost of doing the course upfront. However, the agreement is that once people have completed the course, if they volunteer for traffic control duties at three local community events they will have that cost reimbursed by Dungog Shire Events. The Registered Training Organisation providing the course is Admire Workplace Training, RTO #91330.

Here are the steps that participants in the course need to follow:

Step 1 – enrol in the course

Put your name down for the Traffic Controller course. You can be sponsored by a local community group (e.g. Dungog Festival, Gresford Billy Cart Derby), or can pay for the course yourself. To book, please contact Ivan Skaines at ivans@dungog.nsw.gov.au or 4995 7777. He will need your phone number and email address.

The full cost of the course is $350, however with the 70% discount, your initial payment will be $105, not including the White Card cost.

Step 2 – complete a White Card online – and get your USI number

A prerequisite to the Traffic Control course is the White Card, which can currently be completed online. This is not included in the cost of the Traffic Control course and can cost anything from $40 up. A White Card (CIC or general construction induction card) is required for workers who want to carry out construction work, including people who are doing traffic control at construction sites, events etc. You can google White Card online courses. We recommend you complete the White Card as soon as possible. It take 2 or 3 hours online.

NB NSW does not offer on-line White Card but for the moment they do accept a White Card studied on-line from another state.

Prior to starting the online course participants will need to obtain a Unique Student Identifier (USI) number if they don’t have one already. A USI is a unique number that is allocated to anyone studying nationally recognised Vocational Educational Training (VET) in Australia. You will also need it for the Traffic Control course. Apply for your USI at www.usi.gov.au – it’s quick and it’s free.

Step 3 – Day 1 of the Course – Monday 17 October – 8.30am-3.30pm (tbc)

The first day will be conducted at the SES Building in Dungog. Please bring some form of photo identification (drivers licence, passport, seniors card etc), your USI number, and evidence that you have completed the White Card. There will be theory and practical components to the day. Please bring a pen, wear comfortable clothes (including hat and maybe sunblock), and closed-in shoes. Lunch and morning and afternoon tea will be provided.

Step 4 – Day 2 of the Course – Friday 21 October

The second day is a practical assessment on-site at a location in or near Dungog. There will be 3 assessment sites used. Again, you will need to bring a pen, wear comfortable clothes (including hat and maybe sunblock), and closed-in shoes. You will also need to bring lunch, water and other refreshments.

Students deemed competent by the end of the day will be legally qualified to undertake traffic control duties, though the actual certificate will take some time to receive.

Step 5 – after the course

Your qualification will be mailed to you about 2 weeks after completion of the course. Once you have volunteered for traffic control duties at 3 local community events the 30% cost that either you or your community group paid upfront will be reimbursed by Dungog Shire Events. This qualification is valid for 3 years. It’s also useful for employment if you are looking for paid work on construction sites, roadworks etc.

Basic Barista

Barista accredited course

Discover coffee-making with an espresso machine taught by our coffee guru John Ellis. Over 6 hours you will learn the core aspects of espresso creation and how to put them together to make fine coffee.

We are just finalising dates for this newly revamped course.

It’s all about the coffee. Whether you’re after a job in a cafe or simply searching for espresso excellence, this course is for you. We have developed this course to not only tick the boxes required to get the qualification – trainer John Ellis is also passionate about the quality of the coffee you make.

Accreditation: This is not an accredited course. It’s informative and fun, with some real skills being taught, and you will receive a certificate of attendance on completion. If you do want an accredited course, please get in touch with us and we’re happy to advise on possible training places.

When: No class yet. Hours 9.30am-3.30pm .

Where: Dungog Festival Lounge, 224 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost: Adults $120, youth (still at school or under 18) $105.

What to wear: Wear comfortable clothes and closed-in shoes. There’s a practical segment to the course.

Breaks and food: please bring your own light lunch. There will also be a short break with tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.

Note: Places are limited for this course. Email us (Contact Us, above) citing Barista to get put on the waiting list.

BOOMERANG BAGS Dungog Launch

Boomerang bags LAUNCH

Boomerang Bags is a community driven initiative tackling plastic pollution at the grassroots level.

Dedicated community groups, schools, businesses and volunteers get together to make reusable ‘Boomerang Bags’.

It will be an evening filled with fun including special presentations from 3 fabulous young entrepreneur scientists, inspiring short films,  displays and a Q & A.

Nibblies and drinks will be provided on the night.

When: Wednesday 17th August 5-7 pm

Where: The James Theatre, Brown St Dungog.

Cost: NIL

Bring all the family and enjoy a GREAT night out.

 

 

 

Boomerang Bags Launch

Paterson Allyn Williams Science HubJoin us to celebrate this
grassroots community initiative
to rid our environment of
polluting plastics.

Special Guests Presentation, Screenings,
Displays, Q&A followed by drinks and nibblies.

Find out much much more here.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St, Dungog.

When: 5-7pm, Wed 17 August 2016.

Cost: free!

With special thanks to Tzu Chi Foundation.

 

Best of SCINEMA (M)

World's Best Science Short FilmsPaterson Allyn Williams Science Hub is proud to present

THE BEST OF SCINEMA

2 hours of the most amazing films from the 2016 International Science Film Festival showcasing the diversity of science films from across the globe.

When: 7pm, Wednesday 24 July 2016.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St, Dungog.

Rated M.

Cost: GOLD COIN DONATION, please.

PROGRAM:
Robot Koch – Eclipse (ft Julien Marchal) (Germany) A musical journey through the cosmos created entirely by images from Hubble, NASA, ESA, ESO or Google Earth. Music from Robot Koch’s “Eclipse”.
Living Close – Parasitism (Australia) Relationships are complicated. She’s an emerald wasp just trying to find the right guy to start a family. He’s a cockroach that has left it all behind for a cross-species parasitic relationship.
Corpus (France) A complex chain reaction brings human organs to life. But can this creation be produced by a machine?
The Amazing Life Cycle of the European Eel (UK) The Romans kept European eels as pets and adorned them with jewelry. Today, they continue to travel over 12,000 km back and forth from the Sargasso Sea to complete their life cycles.
Metamorphosis of plants (Poland) This unique film is the result of two years spent watching and analysing the movements and metamorphoses of plants.
Update (Germany) In the near future, apps and gadgets are seamlessly incorporated into day-to-day activities. Laura is comfortable with this life but her attitude to data has consequences.
Maratus (Australia) A garbage collector takes a photo of a tiny colourful spider that will change his life.
HILLEMAN: A Perilous Quest to Save the World’s Children (USA) An American scientist succeeds in developing more than half of the vaccines children receive today, saving 8 million lives every year since the mid-1960s, and yet few know his name.

That NBN Thing: Questions & Answers

That NBN Thing: questions & answers on 22 JulyA talk and public discussion about the National Broadband Network (NBN).

Alun Davies will help to demystify the NBN and explain why it matters for both individuals and businesses in regional Australia.

Davies will delve into the science and technology – and more. Topics will include: the NBN explained – FTTP, FTTN, fixed wireless and Sky Muster Satellite; cloud computing, 3D printers and robotics; building a digital economy and what regional areas can do to take advantage of digital disruption technologies.

The discussion will include plenty of time to answer your questions. (Which can be anything from “what exactly are digital disruption technologies” to “why do I get good internet and my neighbour doesn’t”.)

When: 7pm, Friday 22 July 2016. The event should go for about 90 minutes.

Where: James Theatre, Brown St Dungog.

Entry by gold coin donation.

Davies headed the successful NBN Lobby Group for New England, was a member of the Regional Telecommunication Review Committee and is Chair and Co-ordinator of the Armidale Digital Economy Implementation Group. His work has helped Armidale receive international recognition by being named in the top 21 Smart Communities for 2016.

The Paterson Allyn Williams Science Hub is a group of local organisations that are partnering with Inspiring Australia to produce local events and engage the community with science issues and activities.

Future events this year will include helping launch the local ‘boomerang bags’ initiative and soft plastics recycling scheme for Dungog Shire, a film program from the SCINEMA International Science Film Festival to screen at the James Theatre Dungog during science week in August, and a family-friendly citizen science project during National Bird Week in October.

For information and updates check the Facebook page – https://www.facebook.com/PatersonAllynWilliamsScienceHub/

If you or your group would like to partner with the Science Hub, please contact Dungog Community College at: education@dscc.net.au

Diploma of Child, Youth & Family Intervention

Diploma of CYFI

New start date: this course is now starting on Wednesday 7th September 2016.  Information and enrolment session will be held on Wednesday the 24th August 12.30pm at the Dungog shire Community Centre.

Start a rewarding career working with at-risk children and families. This course focuses on the skills you will need to engage with children and young people with complex trauma and attachment issues and needs. Each child, situation and case is different, and you will be given the training you need to assess the needs of each child or family and determine an appropriate course of action. The course also grounds you in the social, cultural
and legal frameworks relating to issues for families and young people.

When: Fortnightly face-to-face classes with trainer Tracy Cerff on Wednesdays from 7th September until March 2017. Classes typically run 9am-3pm.

Where: Anglican Hall, Dowling St Dungog.

Work placement: you will be doing 200 hours of work placement as part of this Diploma. This is a great way to gain experience in the industry.

Accreditation CHC50313.

Occupational titles/roles may include:

• Child Protection Worker
• Youth support worker
• Residential Carer
• School services worker
• Family support worker
• Juvenile justice worker
• Welfare worker

Payment Options:
1. Smart and Skilled

(An Initiative of the NSW Government)
Smart and Skilled is a reform of the NSW Vocational Education and Training (VET)
system. It’s helping people in NSW get the skills they need to find a job and advance
their careers.
To be eligible, you must:
• Be 15 years old or over
• No longer be at school
• Be living or working in NSW
• Be an Australian citizen, Australian permanent resident, Australian permanent humanitarian visa holder or New Zealand citizen
For more information, call us on 1300 79 67 87

2. VET Fee-Help

VET Fee-Help is an Australian Government loan scheme that helps eligible students pay their tuition fees for Diploma and Advanced Diploma courses.
To be eligible you must:
• Be an Australian Citizen or hold a permanent humanitarian visa
• Have a tax file number
• EITHER provide your Year 12 certificate OR achieve exit level 3 in an Australian
Skills Core Framework test (BCA National can provide an ASCF test to you if required)
For more information, call us on 1300 79 67 87
or visit www.studyassist.gov.au

Yes, you may be entitled to both the Smart & Skilled course cost and the VET Fee-Help loan.

To book your place …

… or find out more information, contact BCA National on 1300 79 67 87.

More on the course:

Required: Access to internet and email. If this is an issue with you, please discuss with Dungog Community College to see if we can find a work-around for you.

Prerequisites: none required.

Student Support: Expert trainer, personalised support, study workshops, all learning resources provided.

University Articulation: Graduates can gain up to a year off the Bachelor of Social Work at selected universities.

Get Started With Computers

Unlock the mysteries of email, internet, files, Windows, documents, and even turning the thing on and off. Discover the essentials on real PCs, with plenty of time to try things for yourself.

This course will suit novices and near-novices of any age. Trainers Tony Skimmings (who teaches I.T. at the high school) and Tim Norris  (from Norris I.T.) have both an impressive understanding of the digital world and the patience and ability to make it Not-Too-Hard for learners.

Come to grips with the jargon, move around by keyboard or mouse. Explore the world over the internet, send and receive email. Open, edit and save a document. Deal with difficulties. Find out about security. Discover what your “next step in tech” might be.

Of course we can’t cover everything in one course, so we’ll find out when you book what your specific computer needs will be and tailor the training for the class.

The perfect gift for that non-connected loved one. To book, click here. Or ring us on 4992 1133 ext 7 and we’ll get busy with the booking.

When: 4 two-hour sessions in July, spread across two weeks: Tuesday 5th, Wednesday 6th, Tuesday 12th, Wednesday 13th July. 10.30am-12.30pm.

Where: Dungog High School computer lab, Dungog High School, Eloiza St Dungog.

Cost: $105, concessions $80. (This course is GST free.)

To book, click here. Or ring the number above.

Belly Dance

with Sally O’Loughlin

For beginners and old hands, on Wednesdays 19 & 26 Oct, then Thursdays 3, 10, 17, 24 Nov.

Click here to book.

Exotic, flowing, graceful, belly dance is one of the oldest forms of dance. It’s also a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is suitable for all ages, with a whole range of benefits for health (see just a few listed below). Above all, belly dance is fun, and a great way to meet others and express your inner self!

Over the 6 weeks of the class, beginners will learn the classic moves, hip flicks, hip turns, figure of 8s – and how to shimmy. Beyond beginner students will move to the next layer and delve into veil work. Both groups will learn a short choreographed piece to perform for family and friends!

Sally O’Loughlin has been dancing for 22 years and teaching for 20. Dancing under the name Amina, she spent three years as part of a troupe and has taught in her own private studio. She brings a wealth of experience and a sense of fun to her classes – and a commitment to making belly dancing a rich and rewarding experience for everybody. Sally has taught students aged 4 to 84 – age is no barrier.

This course is for women onlyyou can expect a nurturing, no-fear environment.

When & where: 5.30-7.00pm, Wed 19 & 26 October & Thu 3 Nov 2016 at CWA Hall, Thu 10, 17, 24 November at Anglican Hall.

Cost: $120, concessions $105. Cost covers all six classes.

What to wear: Skirt, loose clothing, scarf around your hips , no shoes during the class. If you have a veil bring one along!

Benefits: Belly dance is a non-impact, weight-bearing exercise and is thus suitable for all ages. It is a good exercise for the prevention of osteoporosis in older people. Many of the moves involve isolations, which improves flexibility of the torso. Belly dance moves are beneficial to the spine, as the full-body moves lengthens (decompress) and strengthens the entire column of spinal and abdominal muscles in a gentle way. Belly dancing is natural to a woman’s bone and muscle structure with movements emanating from the torso rather than in the legs and feet. The dance often focuses upon isolating different parts of the body, moving them independently in sensuous patterns, weaving together the entire feminine form.

To book click here or… give us a call and we’ll put you on the list.

Certificate IV in DISABILITY

Cert IV Disability

Be part of the NDIS. The National Disability Insurance Scheme has started, enabling disabled people to create their own programs in consultation with case-workers and carers. Our certificate is the latest, designed to best respond to the NDIS.

Qualification code: CHC43115.

Practical: includes 120 hours work placement for some serious real-world experience.

Subsidised & affordable: enrolments are subsidised by NSW Government’s Smart & Skilled program. Centrelink participants could pay as little as $240 (the most any student will pay is $2300* – still amazing value). Payment plan available.

The right skills: the Certificate IV is becoming the industry standard qualification. It will be presented by Transformational Institute, a Newcastle based Registered Training Organisation with a focus on leadership, management and disability. RTO #31269.

Starts: We are hoping for a start in May 2016.

Blended training: one face-to-face session a month plus work placement and some on-line training, over a year.

Interested? Contact Jane or John 4992 1133 or education@dscc.net.au. Or just come to the information session. Or both!

* Contact us to find out more about the subsidised price & confirm eligibility.

French For Travellers

French For Travellers box 210

This course is postponed till mid Feb next year. Please contact us if you wish to get on the list.

Whether you’re travelling overseas soon or just want to learn the language, French For Travellers could be just the ticket.

Over 6 fun, fresh lessons, Jillian Ford will get you conversing: Getting Around, Asking For Help, Meeting People, Taking The Metro, Booking A Hotel or Restaurant, Appointments at Doctors or Hairdressers, Shopping In Boutiques, Dining Out & more. There’ll be a good dose of vocabulary & a little grammar, but mostly it’ll be about conversation, in a light-hearted non-judging atmosphere. Plus much on the culture & “French ways” of doing things.

Who it’s for: beginners who are travelling soon – or just want to learn a language. It will also suit students who took this class earlier this year. Expect extra activities to extend your learning.

When: 6 two-hour classes, 3-5pm, selected Fridays from 14 October (probably 14 & 21 October, 4, 18, 25 November, 2 December). Postponed till mid Feb 2017.

Where: Dungog venue TBA.

Cost: $150 (reduced from $180 due to clerical error…) Limited places!

Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) 2016

RCGWe’ve had to cancel this course (sorry!!). Please contact us at education@dscc.net.au if you are still keen to get your RCG or RSA.

Responsible gambling services must be provided wherever gambling activities are undertaken. In the hospitality industry, the gaming area is provided in a range of venues such as hotels, motels, clubs, pubs and casinos.

Whether you’re working where wagering on horses or sports happens – or where there’s gaming on Keno, lotteries and pokies, this course will work for you.

You can also book for Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) either in combo or alone. See below.

This course will fill quickly, so get in quick. (Your place is only guaranteed by payment of the fee.) The course cost includes the $70 cost of the photocard.

This course is conducted by Donna Mere Morrell-Pullin trading as DMP Training RTO ID 91591.

To book, click here.

When: RCG Friday 30 September 2016, 9.00am-3.30pm. (RSA is being held at the same venue a day earlier.)

Where: Dungog Memorial Bowling Club, Brown St Dungog.

Accreditation: Provide Responsible Gambling Services SITHGAM201.

Cost: $135. Cost for Dungog High School students is $110.

Photo Card: Once completed, you will attend an authorised agent to get your photo card – 100 points of ID are required. We’ll tell you more about what’s involved on the day of class.

Combined with RSA: both courses for only $245 (or $235 for Dungog High School students). Click here if you just want Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) alone.

Accreditation: SITHGAM201 Provide Responsible Gambling Services.

Get your USI: The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is now compulsory for anyone undertaking an accredited course in Australia. It’s free and you can get it at this website: www.usi.gov.au. You will need to provide this to us before you start.

What to bring: Lunch. And any items for note taking.

Add The RSA

The RSA is an essential legal requirement to work in any bar in Australia. This includes pubs, clubs, staff or supervisors, volunteers at fundraising and community events, where alcohol is served or sold. An RSA can be the key to travel, employment, and running successful functions and events.

 

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA)

Responsible Service of AlcoholThe RSA is an essential legal requirement to work in any bar in Australia. This includes pubs, clubs, staff or supervisors, volunteers at fundraising and community events, where alcohol is served or sold. An RSA can be the key to travel, employment, and running successful functions and events.

You can also book for Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) either in combo or alone. See below.

This course will fill quickly, so get in quick. (Your place is only guaranteed by payment of the fee.)

This course is conducted by NovaSkill Singleton RTO code 6996.

To book, click here.

When: RSA Friday 4 December 8.45am – 3.15pm. (RCG is being held at the same venue a week later, on Friday 11 December.)

Where: Dungog Memorial Bowling Club, Brown St Dungog.

Cost: $170. This fee includes $70 cost of processing your photocard.
Dungog High students (including those just finishing Year 12) $150.

Combined with RCG: both courses for only $230. Click here if you just want Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG)

Accreditation: SITHFAB201 Responsible Service of Alcohol.

Photo Card: Once completed, you will attend an authorised agent to get your photo card – 100 points of ID are required. We’ll tell you more about what’s involved on the day.

Get your USI: The Unique Student Identifier (USI) is now compulsory for anyone undertaking an accredited course in Australia. It’s free and you can get it at this website: www.usi.gov.au.

What to bring: Lunch. And any items for note taking.

Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG)

Responsible gambling services must be provided wherever gambling activities are undertaken. In the hospitality industry, the gambling environment is usually referred to as the gaming area and is provided in a range of venues such as hotels, motels, clubs, pubs and casinos.
Gambling is defined as the staking of money on uncertain events driven by chance. The major forms of gambling are wagering (racing and sport) and gaming (gaming machines, table games, Keno and lotteries). Both forms of gambling are relevant to the hospitality industry.
You can do both for a significantly discounted price!

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The Challenge of Domestic Violence

It’s everyone’s responsibility

DV workshop

Free workshop

Monday 19 October 2015 10am-4pm
Doug Walters Pavilion, Mackay St Dungog

 

Recognising the signs of Domestic Violence and understanding the problem is the key to improving the situation for many people.

Who this is for:
  • anyone worried they might be in an abusive relationship – or worried that a friend or relative might be.
  • community groups interested in this topical and corrosive issue.
  • anyone working in community services or a frontline health person.
  • concerned members of the community.
  • hairdressers, shop assistants, council staff, anyone who meets people from a variety of walks of life.
 Workshop outcomes:
  • What exactly does Domestic Violence (DV) consist of and what is the root cause?
  • Myths & false beliefs challenged
  • Know the warning signs!
  • Stalking – far more than being followed.
  • Intimate partner sexual violence
    • what is it & are you affected?
    • marital rape is rape & is a crime.
  • loss & grief associated with DV.
  • PTSD as a result of violence.
  • impact on children, families & community.

Lunch included. Places are limited

Enquiries/RSVP: 4992 1133 or education@dscc.net.au

 Stats

51% of the Australian population believe most women can leave a DV situation, so why don’t they?

90% of children in violent homes have witnessed violence perpetrated against their mums. How does this impact them?

1 in 6 Australian women experience violence from a partner and 1 in 20 men. Are men just not reporting? 

At least 65 women have died in Australia this year at the hand of their partner or ex-partner!

Tracy CerffTracy Cerff is a practising counsellor who specialises in DV and Childhood Abuse as well as working with clients struggling with depression, anxiety and co-morbidities. She is affiliated with Ricky Hunter & Associates, facilitating workshops throughout Australia.

Tracy has been lecturing and writing for colleges along the east coast of Australia for the past 5 years and counselling for 8. Life experiences led Tracy to work and study within the community services sector and to follow her passion in helping and supporting those affected by domestic violence and childhood abuse.

Barista – and food handling

Barista accredited course

We are currently rejigging our arrangement with the course

Make & Serve Espresso Coffee is an accredited course recognised by the hospitality industry.

Over 6 hours you will learn all the core aspects of espresso creation and how to put them together to make fine coffee.

To book, click here.

With expert training from John Ellis, you will gain a qualification recognised across Australia.

Do the prerequisite food-handling course in your own time. Use Hygienic Practices For Food Safety is a prerequisite for this class – if you don’t already have this unit (or its equivalent) you will receive a workbook and manual to complete before the day of the Barista class. Your trainer will check your workbook during the course of the day.

It’s all about the coffee. Whether you’re after a job in a cafe or simply searching for espresso excellence, this course is for you. We have developed this course to not only tick the boxes required to get the qualification – trainer John Ellis is also passionate about the quality of the coffee you make.

Accreditation: Make & Serve Espresso Coffee SITFAB204 – plus the pre-requisite course Use Hygienic Practices For Food Safety SITXFSA101.

100 points of ID required.

When: Saturday 13 August 2016, 9.30am-3.30pm (or a little later). If you can’t make this class, contact us to get priority for the next one.

Where: Dungog Festival Lounge, 224 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost:
Adults: $195 for both Make & Serve Espresso and Use Hygienic Practices For Food Safety; $140 for only Make & Serve Espresso Coffee (ie you already have a food handling certificate that meets current criteria).
Youth (still at school or under 18) through Dungog Shire Community Centre – $30. We will need to pass your details to the Youth Service Facilitator after you’ve booked your spot.

Unique Student Identifier number: you will NEED THIS before you can receive your certificate. If you don’t already have a USI, please apply through www.usi.gov.au It’s quick and it’s free. The USI has been compulsory since 1 Jan 2015.

Do you already have the prerequisite course? Use Hygienic Practices For Food Safety SITXFSA101 has previously been known by a variety of names, including “Follow workplace hygiene procedures”. Contact us if you don’t have the exact course SITXFSA101. Please bring your Statement Of Attainment or other record to the Barista course.

What to wear: Wear comfortable clothes and closed-in shoes. There’s a practical segment to the course. Please bring ID on the day as well.

Breaks and food: please bring your own light lunch. There will also be a short break with tea, coffee and biscuits supplied.

Note: Places are limited for this course. We run approximately 10 Barista classes a year. Email us (Contact Us) above citing Barista to get put on the waiting list.

Skill Sets & Short Courses for business

Bookkeeping Skill Sets & Short Courses 250 box

Get the right combination of skills and improve your bottom line!

Aimed at small business and micro business, these short courses can give you a serious understanding of your financials, cash-flow, profit and loss, billing protocols and much more.

A changing array of subject areas will be offered over coming months. All of them are part of our Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (hey, here’s a thought: why not do the full cert5 ificate course?). They are all accredited, accepted nationwide and can even become part of a full qualification in Business, Accounting or Bookkeeping.

A Bookkeeping Basics

Cash-Book record-keeping to Bank Reconciliation stage. 1 unit:

Establish and maintain a cash accounting system FNSBKG402

B Bookkeeping Essentials

Accrual Accounting (Double Entry) incl Debtors & Creditors to Trial Balance Stage. 2 units:

Establish and maintain a cash accounting system FNSBKG402

Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system FNSBKG403

C Bookkeeping Advanced

Accrual Accounting (Double Entry) Balance Day Adjmts to Financial Statement Stage. 3 units:

Establish and maintain a cash accounting system FNSBKG402

Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system FNSBKG403

Prepare financial reports BSBFIA401

D Bookkeeping – BAS & IAS

Business Activity Statements (BAS) & Instalment Activity Statements (IAS) preparation. 1 unit:

Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks FNSBKG404

E Bookkeeping – Payroll

Payroll establishment & management incl PAYGW & SGC. 1 unit:

Establish and maintain a payroll system FNSBKG405

F1 & F2 Bookkeeping – Computerised

Day 1: MYOB incl. Company Set-up, Transaction input + Tips and Tricks.

Set up and operate a computerised accounting system – Essentials FNSACC406 – Part 1

Day 2: MYOB incl. Inventory, Payroll, BAS/IAS + Tips & Tricks

Set up and operate a computerised accounting system – Advanced Techniques FNSACC406 – Part 2

G Excel & Record-keeping

Spreadsheets for Cash-Books, Payroll, Charts, complex formulas. 1 unit:

Develop and use complex spreadsheets BSBITU402

You can also mix and match other units from the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping. Contact us for more details.

Cost: each individual unit costs $377.

Where: a venue in Dungog shire – probably the Anglican Hall (TBC).

When: face-to-face training is on a Thursday evening and the very next Saturday daytime. The first three skill sets all start with the same unit, Establish and maintain a cash accounting system, on Thursday 6 Augst 5.45pm-9pm and Saturday 8 August 10am-2pm.

Your trainer: Julie Blatch has been an accountant, trainer, business mentor, and resource developer for over 25 years. She’s also friendly, fun and passionate about financial skills empowering business owners. The Registered Training Organisation is BCA National.

What kind of workload: there will be some assessment in class, plus home study and project work. Every unit is different.

Can I ‘work on my business’ via the class? Yes, to an extent. While some of the training and assessment work will involve case studies, there will be opportunities to apply your new skills to your own business as well. Again, it varies from unit to unit.

I’m interested. What do I do next? Make contact, get on the list, enrol. As courses come up, we’ll get in touch. You can contact us through our website (see the ribbon above) or call Laura O’Leary at BCA National on 1300 69 35 65. BCA logo - R35.G52.B107

Diploma of Counselling

Diploma of CounsellingDiploma of Counselling – part or full course

The Diploma of Counselling is designed to give you the skills and knowledge required to undertake generic counselling work using high level communication in a range of commonly used modalities and working within a case management framework.

This course opens up employment opportunities such as: working for community services organisations. It does not qualify you to work as a counsellor in schools. Occupational titles may include: Counsellor; Problem Gambling Worker.

The course consists of 17 units across a range of key areas in counselling and community work. If you’re a good communicator with empathy, persistence, and the ability to respond to difficult issues and situations, this could be a great course for you.

Students who have completed a Diploma of Community Services Work can gain their Diploma of Counselling by completing just 9 of the 17 units (some conditions apply).

When: starting 20th April, running fortnightly on Mondays or Wednesdays (to be confirmed). It will finish in March 2016. Dip CSW holders will start 18th May and finish coursework in late September.

Cost: All 17 units, the complete qualification, is $10,800. The 9 units for the part qualification will cost $5,850.

Where: sessions in May and June have moved to the Anglican Hall, Dowling St Dungog.

Study NOW pay later – the VET FEE-HELP option

  • Do you want to take on further study but cannot afford up-front tuition fees?
  • Do you wish you could undertake further training but government funding isn’t available to you or your chosen vocation?
  • Do you know someone who missed out on a university placement but could benefit from a bridging course until the next admissions date?

Then VET FEE-HELP could provide the solution.

What is VET FEE-HELP?

A loan scheme for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), VET FEE-HELP can assist eligible students undertaking certain VET courses of study (diploma level and above) to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees.

Students who access VET FEE-HELP assistance will have a loan with the Australian Government, which will pay BCA National the student’s tuition fees. Students repay the loan through the tax system once they reach the minimum income threshold level for repayment, which for the 2014-15 financial year is $53,345.

The Registered Training Organisation (RTO) is BCA National who taught the Diploma of Community Services Work last year.BCA National

 

 

Unit Code
Work within a structured counselling framework CHCCSL501A
Apply specialist interpersonal counselling interview skills CHCCSL502A
Recognise and respond to individuals at risk CHCCS514B**
Facilitate the counselling relationship CHCCSL503B**
Support clients in decision-making processes CHCCSL507B**
Determine the suitability of client for counselling services CHCCSL512A**
Apply learning theories in counselling CHCCSL505A**
Apply personality and development theories CHCCSL504A**
Reflect and improve upon counselling skills CHCCSL509A**
Apply counselling therapies to address a range of client issues CHCCSL506A**
Apply legal and ethical responsibilities in counselling practice CHCCSL508B**
Contribute to WHS processes HLTWHS300A
Work effectively with culturally diverse clients and co-workers HLTHIR403C
Develop, facilitate and monitor all aspects of case management CHCCM503C
Identify and use a strengths-based practice CHCFAM417B
Work with a child focused approach CHCFAM503B
Work effectively with clients with complex alcohol and-or other drugs issues CHCAOD510B

** Students who have received a credit transfer from the Diploma of Community Services Work (conditions apply) need to do these units to gain their Diploma of Counselling.

What to do next. Contact John or Jane at Dungog Community College: education@dscc.net.au or 4992 1133. Or contact Juliane at BCA National on 1300 69 35 65 for the cost of a local call for more information. Do also come to our information session: hear about the course, and get answers to your questions.

Certificate II in Construction Pathways

Just in at short notice: a Certificate II in Construction Pathways, which will be a substantially hands-on qualification being run in conjunction with JobFind, Novaskill and Dungog SES.
This would suit a young person wanting to work in construction.

This is one of those certificates that delivers above and beyond the normal Cert II. From bricklaying to earthworks to landscaping to stonework and concrete, students will learn how to build retaining walls, participants get a range of skills for the construction industry.

There are a dozen units, including 6 core units. It starts on Wednesday 4th March, for an enrolment, orientation, induction, safety and introduction day. The next week it gets going in earnest: for 15 weeks, three days a week (Wed, Thu, Fri) there’s training, building and working in a real-world project putting in landscaping and a barbecue area for Dungog’s own State Emergency Services centre.

There are 4 places available, at  a cost of $2,350. A payment plan is a good option for paying in instalments (deposit and then weekly or fortnightly payments).

This is what it says about the Cert II in Construction Pathways in the certificate information:

“This qualification provides a pathway to the primary trades in the construction industry with the exception of plumbing. Trade outcomes are predominantly achieved through an Australian Apprenticeship and this Certificate II allows for inclusion of skills suited for entry to off-site occupations, such as joinery and shopfitting as well as carpentry, bricklaying and other occupations in general construction.

“This Certificate II is designed to introduce learners to the recognised trade callings in the construction industry and provide meaningful credit in a construction industry Australian Apprenticeship.

“The qualification has core unit of competency requirements that are required in most Certificate III qualifications. The elective options are structured to allow choice from areas of trade skills as an introduction to a range of occupations.

“The construction industry strongly affirms that training and assessment leading to recognition of skills must be undertaken in a real or very closely simulated workplace environment and this qualification requires all units of competency to be delivered in this context.

“Completion of the general induction training program specified by the National Code of Practice for Induction Training for Construction Work (ASCC 2007) is required before entering a construction work site. Achievement of unit CPCCOHS1001A covers this requirement.”

Core units of competency are:

Work effectively and sustainably in the construction industry CPCCCM1012A
Plan and organise work CPCCCM1013A
Conduct workplace communication CPCCCM1014A
Carry out measurements and calculations CPCCCM1015A
Read and interpret plans and specifications CPCCCM2001A
Apply OHS requirements, policies and procedures in the construction industry CPCCOHS2001A

Other units of competency may include these:

Handle construction materials CPCCCM2004A
Apply basic levelling procedures CPCCCM2006B
Carry out basic demolition CPCCCM2009A
Carry out concreting to simple forms CPCCCO2013A
plus two more units TBA (possibly in carpentry and/or brick-laying).
Get your name in to Kylie Williams at Novaskill.
You can also get in touch with her to find out more about employment outcomes, apprenticeships, how the certificate works, what’s required, how the payment plan works or more. Just contact Kylie Williams of Novaskill Singleton on 0408 478 085 or KylieW@novaskill.com.au.

Diploma of Management

Lead and inspire with effective business management.

Diploma of Management BSB51107

Whether you manage people, a business or a group – or have management ambitions – this course gives you the skills. Train up in team effectiveness, financial management, budgeting, professional development, project management, marketing and customer service.

This course is currently postponed until a may or June start date. Contact us (see the Contact Us tab above) to get on the list for the course.M

Accredited and portable: a job or career in management. 

This qualification is accepted nation-wide, and can be used in a small or large business. This course is for you if you are looking to create a career pathway into management, want to formalise your management skills or starting/managing your own business. It’s also for you if you are managing people or a business and want to get some concrete skills or qualifications.

Who is this course for? 

  • Administration workers looking for a promotion
  • Team leaders and managers who wanting to formalise their current skills and seek career pathways
  • Anyone looking to start their own business or manage businesses more effectively
  • Anyone interested in project management, HR and financial management

Eight units covered in face-to-face sessions.

The course will consist of 8 face-to-face training sessions, one a month, plus workplace visits, homework and assessment. All learning materials (incl. text books) are provided. It will be conducted by registered training organisation BCA National. The eight units are:

BSBWOR501B Manage personal work priorities and professional development
BSBPMG522A Undertake project work
BSBWOR502B Ensure team effectiveness
BSBFIM501A Manage budgets and financial plans
BSBRSK501B Manage risk
BSBMGT515A Manage operational plan
BSBMGT502B Manage people performance
BSBCUS501C Manage quality customer service

 VET Fee help & Tax deductible.

This course is accredited for the VET Fee-Help student loan system.

Cost: $6600, GST-free. A payment plan is available – or you can use VET Fee-Help.

Study NOW pay later – the VET FEE-HELP option

  • Do you want to take on further study but cannot afford up-front tuition fees?
  • Do you wish you could undertake further training but government funding isn’t available to you or your chosen vocation?
  • Do you know someone who missed out on a university placement but could benefit from a bridging course until the next admissions date?

Then VET FEE-HELP could provide the solution.

What is VET FEE-HELP?

A loan scheme for the Vocational Education and Training (VET) sector that is part of the Higher Education Loan Program (HELP), VET FEE-HELP can assist eligible students undertaking certain VET courses of study (diploma, advanced diploma, graduate certificate and graduate diploma courses).

Eligible students who choose BCA National as their training provider will be able to borrow funds up to their FEE-HELP limit (which in 2014 is $96,000) to help pay for all or part of their tuition fees.

Students who access VET FEE-HELP assistance will have a loan with the Australian Government, which will pay BCA National the student’s tuition fees. Students repay the loan through the tax system once they reach the minimum income threshold level for repayment, which for the 2014-15 financial year is $53,345.

Thinking of the future? University articulation.

With this course you can gain credit of up to a year off a Bachelor of Business or Bachelor of Business Studies with this diploma at Charles Sturt University, Think Education Group and the University of Newcastle.

What to do next. 

Get in touch with us – we’d like to know what days of the week suit you best; what your best contact details are. We’ll send you an enrolment form and draft schedule. The course will start late February or early March. The course will only go ahead if we get the numbers – so tell your friends about it!

Contact details: 

John O’Brien at Dungog Community College education@dscc.net.au 0427 290 209.

Juliane Tran at BCA National Juliane@bcanational.com 1300 69 35 65.

Aged Care Certificate III

Get into a career that makes a human difference. 

Stop press:

It’s not too late to enrol. February at the CWA Hall 199 Dowling St Dungog. We are taking enrolments up until Monday 16 March (you would have to attend that class). The course has already started but Novaskill have agreed that they will be able to “catch people up” if they make the effort as long as they enrol by this date. Call Kylie at the number below for you.

Certificate III in Aged Care CHC30212 – This qualification is the entry level course to work in aged care facilities.

The Cert III has very good employment outcomes. It includes 14 focused units of study, and over 100 hours of work placement (the best way to get jobs).

Become part of a caring, growing industry with a certificate that qualifies you to work anywhere in Australia.

You will need to do a federal police check (asap if you’re enrolling late) and a First Aid certificate.

The Registered Training Organisation offering this course is Novaskill Singleton.

 

Frequently Asked Questions

Q1. When will my course commence and where will training be delivered? 

A1. Your course will commence Monday 23rd February at 9.30 am. Training will be delivered in Dungog. Venue TBA.

Q2. What is the duration of the training program? 

A2. The duration of the program is 20 weeks. Course will conclude on Monday July 6th.

Q3. How much will my course cost? 

A3. The cost of this program will be $3000.

Q4. Do I have to pay the full amount upfront? 

A4. You will need to pay a $400 deposit. Payment plans can be arranged.

Q5. How will my training be delivered? 

A5. You will attend face to face training 1 day per week (Mondays), undertake external study and benefit from workplace learning.

Q6. Will I need to undertake work placement? 

A6. Yes you will. Our students undertake 2 days placement per week.

Q7. When will I start work placement? 

A7. Your placement will need to start by week 5 at the latest.

Q8. Do I need to find my own placement? 

A8. It is desirable that you find your own placement. That way you can negotiate with the facility days and times that suit you best.

Q9. Will I need a First Aid Certificate? 

A9. Yes you will. We will deliver First Aid in your area early 2015.

Q10. Will I need a police check? 

A10. Yes you will need a federal police check. This can be done online and it is advisable that you do this as soon as you decide to enrol. We are happy to send you a link.

Q11. How do I secure my position in the program? 

A11. Register your name and contact number by contacting Novaskill – tell them it’s for the Dungog Aged Care course.

 

Contacts: John O’Brien education@dscc.net.au 0427 290 209

Kylie Williams KylieW@novaskill.com.au 6575 3700

Managing Money In Small Business

Make the figures work for you.

Do you manage a small business and would like greater power over the finances?

Do you do the books in your business?

Or do you want to work as a bookkeeper?

This accredited course is for you.

Perfect for any small or medium business. Information session on Thursday 28 May at 5.45pm at the CWA in Dungog.

Knowledge is power, but in the case of business, knowledge is also money, productivity, time saved, dollars saved, knowing where things are working and where they aren’t, where the money’s coming from – and where it’s going!

Master bookkeeping. Get to grips with financial records. Understand money. Know the terms and concepts. Stay on top of bills and invoicing, tax and BAS, reconciliation and bank accounts, payroll, Excel spreadsheets, accounting software (MYOB or Reckon) and much more. Turn up at your accountants with your reconciliation done, your data files intact – and then understand what the accountant is actually saying to you.

Accredited and portable: a career in “doing the books”.

This course gives you a qualification that’s accepted nation-wide: the Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215). It can be used in a small or large business, working freelance for a number of people or businesses, or (after satisfying eligibility requirements including experience) being a registered BAS service provider. It can also be a pathway to a Diploma of Accounting. Managing Money In Small Business consists of 9 core units and 4 carefully selected electives to round out the qualification.

The excellent, career-building Certificate IV in Bookkeeping (FNS40215)

The course will consist of 13 face-to-face training sessions, one a fortnight, plus homework and assessment. The units are:

Prepare financial reports BSBFIA401
Design and produce business documents BSBITU306
Establish and maintain a cash accounting system FNSBKG402
Establish and maintain an accrual accounting system FNSBKG403
Carry out business activity and instalment activity statement tasks** FNSBKG404
Establish and maintain a payroll system** FNSBKG405
Apply principles of professional practice to work in the financial services industry FNSINC401
Develop and implement policies and procedures relevant to bookkeeping activities FNSBKG401
Contribute to health and safety of self and others BSBWHS201
Perform financial calculations FNSACC303A
Develop and use complex spreadsheets BSBITU402A
Write simple documents BSBWRT301A
Implement customer service standards BSBCUS403B

** = the two units of study to be eligible to register as a BAS consultant with the Tax Practitioner’s Board (check the board’s website for non-training requirements).

Tax deductible – and there’s a payment plan.

Cost: $4480, GST-free. A payment plan is available – typically an upfront fee and then fortnightly or monthly payments.

What to do next.

Get in touch with us – we’d like to know what area of bookkeeping you’re interested in (freelance consultant, your own business, working in another business); what days of the week suit you best; what your best contact details are. We’ll send you an enrolment form and draft schedule. We are now aiming to start the course in late April. It will only go ahead if we get the numbers – so tell your friends about it!

Contact details:

John O’Brien at Dungog Community College education@dscc.net.au 0427 290 209.

Juliane Tran at BCA National Juliane@bcanational.com 1300 69 35 65.

 

Beauty From Natural Ingredients

With Herbalist Pat Collins

Renowned herbalist, naturopath and teacher Pat Collins has agreed to combine two of her most popular courses in one full-day workshop, just for Dungog Community College.

To book, click here.

First you will learn how to create a natural cosmetic range. Understand more about the ingredients that are in common cosmetics and how you can replace them. Discover the oils, herbs, butters and so much more that will nourish and revitalise your skin type.

Learn how to make: Clays; Scrub; Cleanser; Toner; Aloe and comfrey moisturising cream; Body butter; Cream for sensitive skin; Nourishing oil; Hydrating lotion

Then in Soaps, shampoos and washing gel you’ll make your own soap from a basic recipe. Learn to create a great variety of soaps using various herbs, clays, natural colours, base oils, honey, essential oils and milk. Look at the ingredients in commercial bath products and learn how they affect our health. Create your own shampoo, hair conditioner and lots more.

Learn how to make: Six soaps; Nettle hair conditioner; Shampoo; Washing gel; Soap balls; Liquid soap; Castille soap.

They make perfect Christmas presents.

When: Saturday 15 November, 9.30-4.

Venue: CWA Hall, Dowling St Dungog.

Cost: $95.

To book, click here.

Traditional Bread Baking

with Simon Brownbridge from Fosterton Farm Bakery

These classes fill up very quickly. And both of the August 2017 classes are now full!. Best idea is to get on our shortlist. Click on Contact Us above and send us a message and we’ll put you on the list for the next one.

In this practical hands-on course, you will discover how to turn a few simple ingredients – wheat, water, salt and some yeast or sourdough “ferment” – into delicious bread.

This course will cover:

– how flour is milled and the importance of fresh-milled flour
– how to establish and maintain a “sweet” sourdough starter
– mixing and developing dough by hand
– kneading and shaping techniques on the table
– methods for using wholegrain and lighter flours
– rising procedures and baking techniques, tricks and tips, especially for the home oven
– plus a little history – grains and their significance in the development of human civilisation.

Each participant will make 3 loaves of bread to take home:  a traditional wholemeal loaf, a freestanding cob and a baguette or French stick. We will use wheat, rye and spelt flour from Fosterton Farm’s own famous mill.

Click here to book.

When: Sunday 20 August or Sunday 27 August 2017. 9.30am-1.00pm.

Where:  Fosterton Farm Bakery, 792 Fosterton Rd Dungog (a few km out of town).

Cost:  $125.00

Number of participants:  10 only. Booking essential.

Rating: the course you knead to give your breadmaking a rise!

Fosterton Farm Bakery’s focus is on providing nutritious, tasty breads and other products based on traditional baking techniques. The Bakery’s small stoneground milling operation stands beside the bakery producing the freshest flour from grain purchased from biodynamic and organic farmers.

Owner/baker Simon Brownbridge, has 30 years experience in natural baking techniques, working for commercial operations and setting up his own businesses. Simon is a passionate advocate for good bread being available in the community. For him, nutrition is the foundation of good health.

Traditional Bread Baking

with Simon Brownbridge from Fosterton Farm Bakery

At the Dungog Festival 2014

This course is now full but we are taking names for a re-run. The class has proved so popular, we are hoping to run it again. Click here to contact us, citing Bread Baking in your comment.

In this practical hands-on course, you will discover how to turn a few simple ingredients – wheat, water, salt and some yeast or sourdough “ferment” – into delicious bread.

This course will cover:

– how flour is milled and the importance of fresh-milled flour
– how to establish and maintain a “sweet” sourdough starter
– mixing and developing dough by hand
– kneading and shaping techniques on the table
– methods for using wholegrain and lighter flours.
– rising procedures and baking techniques, tricks and tips, especially for the home oven
– plus a little history – grains and their significance in the development of human civilisation.

Each participant will make 3 loaves of bread to take home:  a traditional wholemeal loaf, a freestanding cob and a baguette or French stick. We will use wheat, rye and spelt flour from Fosterton Farm’s own famous mill.

Part of the Dungog Festival 2014!

When: Friday 29 August 2014, 10am-1.30pm.

Where:  Fosterton Farm Bakery, 792 Fosterton Rd Dungog (a few km out of town).

Cost:  $95.00

Number of participants:  10 only. Booking essential.

Rating: the course you knead to give your breadmaking a rise!

Fosterton Farm Bakery’s focus is on providing nutritious, tasty breads and other products based on traditional baking techniques. The Bakery’s small stoneground milling operation stands beside the bakery producing the freshest flour from grain purchased from biodynamic and organic farmers.

Owner/baker Simon Brownbridge, has 27 years experience in natural baking techniques, working for commercial operations and setting up his own businesses. Simon is a passionate advocate for good bread being available in the community. For him, nutrition is the foundation of good health.

 

Social Media 4 Business

Social Media 4 Business 13 & 20 September 2014presented by Norris I.T.

This course is postponed till next year. Please contact us citing Social Media Course if you want to be on the list when we know the dates and times.

Are you making the best use of social media in your business? Do you use social media at all but don’t want to be left behind?

With Racheal and Tim Norris you will learn how you can benefit from these increasingly important ways of communicating with customers. The major focus is on Facebook. Discover how to set up and maintain a page for yourself and your business. Attract followers. Keep your page active and relevant. Run a campaign or one-off event. Get loads of tips and tricks – but also find out about some of the traps and privacy no-nos.

Get the know-how and find out when Facebook works best – and when it doesn’t.

The course will also feature a general introduction to other social media, including Twitter, Linked In, Google Plus, Instagram, and blogs and web pages – and how to integrate the ones that suit you. Find out which one does what and which audience they really work for.

At the end of the second day you will have a draft Social Media Plan, a strategy and a new understanding of Facebook and other social media.

When: two three-hour classes on consecutive Tuesdays, 16 & 23 September 2014, 6-9pm.

Where: TBA.

Cost: $90. Dungog District Chamber of Commerce members $85. Two people from the same business $155.

What to bring: A laptop, iPad or tablet so you can set up a page and work with it: if you don’t have one, either borrow one or let us know and we can try to organise something. Try to eat something beforehand or bring something to munch on. Tea, coffee and bickies will be provided.

If you don’t have a Facebook presence already: please contact us to make arrangements – we want you to set up the right sort of FB account! If you’re so concerned about FB that you don’t want to risk it, call and we can talk over the issues and find an alternative way.

Give Mountain Biking A Go

Mountain Bikingwith Wolf Skafte-Zauss

This course has been postponed till next year. Click here to put your name down to be contacted, citing Mountain Biking in your comment. Wolf does organise classes privately; you can contact him via his website, http://pedalon.com.au/.

 

Spend a great morning enjoying this healthy, enlivening activity. With its low hills and scenery, Dungog Shire is a marvellous place to mountain-bike, and Dungog Common is a great place to try it out.

Over the morning the class will learn

–  basic riding techniques

–  ways to ride safely, ways to conserve energy, picking the right path, dealing with obstacles

– gearing, keeping your bike running,

–  building health and condition for the future

–  where to next – mountain-biking is becoming very popular round here lately

–  what that funny smell is (hint: it’s fresh air).

Aerobic, muscle-building, bone-building, endorphin-pumping, the health benefits of mountain biking are well known. And there are few risks if you take a sensible approach: such as doing this course.

Bikes and safety gear are provided, but you can bring your own. Morning tea is included.

When: Saturday 23 August, 9.30-1.00.

Where: The Dungog Common, end of Common Road, Dungog.

Cost: $65. Youth (13-18) $49.

Italian Cooking

with Marisa Groves

Back by popular demand.

Italian Cooking 20 September (bookings open soon)

Nowadays Italian is practically Australia’s national cuisine. Aromatic, healthy, and relatively easy, it’s also a crowd pleaser. This course will be mostly about some straightforward classics – and a couple of more challenging ones.

The menu is still being shaped, but you can expect to be making and trying:

– a couple of entrees, such as arancini rice balls, stuffed peppers, dumplings or carpaccio

– two pasta courses (gnocchi with basil and burnt butter, tagliatelle)

– a classic main

– a user-friendly vegetarian side dish, such as eggplant parmigiana

– and a couple of desserts, such as tira misu, semifreddo, Sardinian biscuits or cassata.

Chefs will arrive at 2.30pm, review the recipes, learn something about the ingredients, and prepare and cook up ‘una tempesta’. Diners will arrive later, engage in a couple of educational activities, and then Everyone eats. Chefs take home recipes and leftovers if there are any!

Marisa Groves has also taught our Cooking With Roses class, and catered for our Masked Ball. She is of Sardinian extraction and has travelled extensively through the region.

When: Saturday 22 November 2014, starting 2.30pm (for chefs) or 6.45pm (for diners).

Where: the kitchen under the grandstand at the Dungog Showground.

Cost: $89 for cooks, $39 for diners.

Dietary requirements: allergic or vegetarian, please inform us. If paying on-line, you can provide any information under “dietary requirements” in the questions section of the checkout page.

Click here to book your place.

The Style & Fit Course

Discover & sew your perfect look

Investigate elements of clothing style, learn how to accentuate your best features.

On day 1 trainer Barbara Sherlock will help you assess your figure for proportion, size and type and give you some great tips on how to gather a wardrobe that really suits. On days 2 and 3 you will be learning how to adjust a pattern so a blouse will fit just right. You’ll tissue-fit the pattern to your measurements, sew a toile, make some fine adjustments and create the final garment. Pattern adjustments on this basic pattern can be used on many others.

Knowing your style helps you feel good. Avoiding expensive purchasing ‘mistakes’ is great for the budget too. And knowing how to sew it yourself is even better.

Barbara Sherlock has a long term passion for sewing and upcycling and a background in teaching. We will be treated to her huge amount of experience and knowledge gained over the past 10 years as a member of the Australian Sewing Guild.

When: over 3 Saturdays: 29 March 12.30-4.00pm; 5 April 9.30am-2.30pm; 12 April 9.30am-2.30pm.

Where: CWA Hall, 199 Dowling St, Dungog.

Cost: full price $125, concession $115. Day 1 only: $50.

Click here to book.

Take A Swing At Golf

Take the mystery out of golf.

Get to grips with the game, from how to hold the club and hit the ball cleanly (and in the right direction) in this two part clinic with Rick McLean.

Golf – it’s all about the grip, the stance, the swing and getting the fundamentals right, the very best way to start.

Your coach Rick McLean has taught countless people to play golf at Sandgate’s driving range. See below for Rick’s good-looking credentials. And don’t forget you’ll be doing it on both of our shire’s fine golf courses, at Paterson and Dungog.

For golf newbies or people who’ve been taught by relatives.

Click here to book.

** After a private clinic? Rick is available after class to give clinics at any standard. Contact him directly on 49 51 2692 and tell him you’d like to do a private class after the Dungog Community College clinic. Remember the first one is at Dungog, the second at Paterson.

When: Over two Wednesdays, 16th & 23rd April, 9.30-10.30am. This is during the Easter school holidays.

Where: Session 1 at Dungog Golf Club, Hanleys Creek Rd Dungog. Session 2 at Paterson Golf Club, lot 21 Webbers Creek Rd Paterson.

Cost: Adults $90, kids $59. NB anyone under 12 must be accompanied by an adult. Maximum 10 students.

Take the day off work and get yourself hooked on the sport that lasts a lifetime.

Click here to book.

About Rick

Rick has been a Member of the Professional Golfers Association of Australia (PGA) since 1982. He started his golf as a junior at Wyong Golf Club, aged 12, then Belmont Golf Club where he then went onto do his golf professional traineeship under the well respected Paul Robertson.

In 1982, at age 20, Rick was appointed Head Golf Professional at Beresfield Golf Course. In 2007 he moved to Newcastle Golf Practice Centre full time to focus more on his coaching.  He attends seminars on a regular basis to keep up to speed on what’s developing in the golf industry.

Rick estimates that in his 30+ years of teaching golf he has seen over 750,000 golf shots hit by his students.

Get Started With Computers

Unlock the mysteries of email, internet, files, Windows, documents, and even turning the thing on and off. Discover the essentials on real PCs, with plenty of time to try things for yourself.

This course will suit novices and near-novices of any age. Trainers Tim Norris and Tony Skimmings have re-built the course from the ground up this year.

Come to grips with the jargon, move around by keyboard or mouse. Explore the world over the internet, send and receive email. Open, edit and save a document. Deal with difficulties. Find out about security. Discover what your “next step in tech” might be.

The perfect gift for that non-connected loved one. To book, click here.

When: over 4 evenings: Tuesday 11 March, Wednesday 12 March 2014, Tuesday 18 March, Wednesday 19 March, 6-8pm.

Where: Dungog High School computer lab, Dungog High School, Eloiza St Dungog.

Cost: $85, concessions $70. (This course is GST free.)

To book, click here.

Ceramics

with Clare Tilyard

This 7-week ceramics course is designed to encourage experimenting with basic hand-forming techniques including pinching, coiling, slab building, using moulds, developing design concepts, and learning decorative techniques to get your creativity flowing in a fun and accessible way.

Clay is one of the most ancient creative materials on the planet and making ceramic art is an absorbing and inspiring personal experience. Get in touch with your creativity with local potter and postie Clare Tilyard. This fun and supportive course is designed to give participants a sound basis to explore the qualities and possibilities of working with clay. It’s incredibly hands-on.

Bring along your ideas and design concepts – and Clare will help you realise your ceramic potential. Or come with your mind a blank sheet and be inspired as the class progresses. In our final week you can try out a potter’s wheel. Clare can help you explore decorative finishes and options, and your work will be fired at the high school at a time to be arranged.

Tools, materials and glazes are provided at cost. Your starter block of clay will cost approximately $25, payable to the trainer, price to be confirmed.  For many students this will be enough for the whole course (some may need more).

Join us on Monday evenings from 5.45 and set free your inner potter! To book, click here.

When: over 7 weeks from Monday 3rd March until 14th April 2014, 5.45-7.45pm.

Where: Behind the Dungog Art Society building, 96-102 Dowling St Dungog.

What to wear: not your Sunday best! Comfortable clothing, covered shoes. Maybe an apron.

What to bring: a large plastic container with a lid, for your clay and your tools if you have any. Alternatively, a bucket.

Cost: $170. Students $145. Initial block of clay is $25 (TBC) payable to the trainer on the night.

To book, click here.

Apply First Aid – 1st March

Saturday 1 March 2014

Learn all aspects of routine first aid, to a certificate standard. What’s covered: CPR for adults and infants, fractures, sprains, burns, control of bleeding, responding to heart attack, asthma, snakebites and exposure, and much more. All led by experienced district local Sonja Medcalf (Registered Training Organistion Parasol Ltd).

To book, click here.

A First Aid Certificate is now considered mandatory for many jobs – but above all, it’s the knowledge of what to do when the worst happens.

Looking for re-certification? You can renew your current certificate by doing the same class without doing the preparatory first part, for a lower price.

Note: Students without a current certificate are required to complete a workbook prior to the commencement of the course. This takes the place of a day’s training and is done in a workbook with the help of your manual.

Students doing the re-certification do NOT need to do the workbook but must present their current certificate or wallet card.

When: Saturday 1 March, 9am-3.30pm

Where: Board Room, Lara Aged Care, Scott Avenue, Dungog.

Cost: Apply First Aid $160; Apply First Aid Re-certification $140.

Accreditation level: HLTFA311A – also known as Senior First Aid Certificate.

Rating: Be ready for trouble …

To book, please click here.

Apply First Aid – 29 Jan

Wednesday 29 January

Learn all aspects of routine first aid, to a certificate standard. What’s covered: CPR for adults and infants, fractures, sprains, burns, control of bleeding, responding to heart attack, asthma, snakebites and exposure, and much more. All led by experienced district local Sonja Medcalf (Registered Training Organistion Parasol Ltd).

To book, click here.

A First Aid Certificate is now considered mandatory for many jobs – but above all, it’s the knowledge of what to do when the worst happens.

Looking for re-certification? You can renew your current certificate by doing the same class without doing the preparatory first part, for a lower price.

Note: Students without a current certificate are required to complete a workbook prior to the commencement of the course. This takes the place of a day’s training and is done in a workbook with the help of your manual.

Students doing the re-certification do NOT need to do the workbook but must present their current certificate or wallet card.

When: Wednesday 29 January, 9am-3.30pm

Where: Board Room, Lara Aged Care, Scott Avenue, Dungog.

Cost: Apply First Aid $160; Apply First Aid Re-certification $140.

Accreditation level: HLTFA311A – also known as Senior First Aid Certificate.

Rating: Be ready for trouble …

To book, please click here.
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This is now required for any accredited course in Australia.

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