Past & Future Courses

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Past courses


Be Bird Alert. A citizen science event including participation in the National Bird Count. A talk, a bird-spotting session at a local avian hotspot, and brunch at the Dungog Community Garden in October 2016. Part of the Paterson Allyn Williams SCIENCE HUB.

Belly Dance with the entertaining and nurturing Sally O’Loughlin is 6 weeks of body moves for women only.

Best Of Scinema. 2 hours of amazing films from the 2016 International Science Film Festival. Part of the Paterson Allyn Williams SCIENCE HUB.

Big Science, Big Fun. Fizzics Education presented a grand hour of scientific whiz-bangery during the Dungog Festival. Part of the Paterson Allyn Williams SCIENCE HUB.

Boomerang Bags launch. Community initiative to remove plastics from our environment. Special Guests, Presentations, Screenings, Displays, Q&A followed by drinks and nibbles. Part of the Paterson Allyn Williams SCIENCE HUB.

Certificate III in Individual Care (Aged Care) ran February to November 2016. Through training provider WEA Hunter, with the wonderful Dianne Martell. Contact us if Age Care interests you.

Diploma of Child Youth & Family Intervention started in September. Through Training Provider BCA National.

Diploma of Counselling with BCA National finished in March 2016.

Drive 4 Survival Ultimate course for learner drivers and includes FREE First Aid Certificate and the Beer Goggle experience! Over 4 Wednesdays in May.

Fungi: Friend Or Foe? Sky Moore and Dr Lesley Wright gave engrossing talks all about FungusPart of the Paterson Allyn Williams SCIENCE HUB.

French For Travellers: Six fun, fresh lessons in conversational french. Now occasionally run as private class with Jillian.

Get Started With Computers: It’s never too late and you’re never too old to join the digital world – 4 sessions in July 2016.

Provide First Aid. Several run each year, usually with trainer Sonja Medcalf.

Traditional Bread Baking with Simon Brownbridge from Fosterton Farm Bakery. This course usually sells out fast. It ran 3 times in 2016.

Traffic Controller. Where do you think those volunteers at local events with the lollipop sign come from? Subsidised by Dungog Shire Events Inc. RTO Admire Workplace Training RTO #91330


Barista and safe food handling – accredited course recognised by the hospitality industry. Or just for coffee lovers! This one runs regularly.

Certificate III in Aged Care the equivalent of becoming an AIN, was 1 day a week over 6mnths.

Certificate II in Construction Pathways – readiness for apprenticeships etc. in the construction industry.

The Challenge of Domestic Violence – workshop held in October, how to recognise the signs and improve the situation.

Diploma of Counselling Full Diploma started in 2015, 1 day a fortnight over 12 months, finished 2016.

Diploma of Community Services Work Full Diploma completed.

Dungog Masked Ball – Under the Big Top!! – a fantastic night of frivolity that was sold out and raised much needed funds!

Provide First Aid – all aspects of routine first aid, to a certificate standard. Held full day Saturday or evenings.

Responsible Service of Alcohol (RSA) and Responsible Conduct of Gambling (RCG) – legal requirement for working where alcohol is served or gambling undertaken.

Traditional Bread Baking with Simon Brownbridge from Fosterton Farm Bakery. Always a waiting list for this one!


Apply First Aid Certificate full day

Diploma of Community Services Work. Full Diploma, finished 2015.

Three courses subsidised by State Training Services’ Strategic Skills Program funding:

Certificate IV in Training & Assessment (TAE).
Certificate IV in Youth Work.
Training & Assessment Skill Set.

Beauty from Natural Ingredients with Pat Collins. 

Italian Cooking. Entrees, pasta, mains, desserts, with the sure hand of Marisa Groves!

Traditional Bread Baking with Simon Brownbridge from Fosterton Farm Bakery. These fill very quickly.

Termites, Trees & Your Home with Peter Hill.

The Dungog Masked Ball 2014. Our big fundraiser, the hottest ticket in town, became a very very memorable evening. Laughter, dancing and great company.

Ceramics 7-week course with skilled potter Clare Tilyard.

Get Started With Computers. It’s never too late and you’re never too old to join the digital world – 

The Style & Fit Course – discover & sew your perfect look. Measure yourself, assess your own style, discover the looks that suit your body type. Then develop a pattern, prototype it, and sew yourself a blouse in this workshop with Barbara Sherlock. Over 3 Saturdays.

Soundscapes: Record Your World with screen & sound artist Virginia Hilyard. This project is supported by Arts NSW’s Country Arts Support Program, a devolved funding program administered by Regional Arts NSW and Arts Upper Hunter on behalf of the NSW Government”.


Apply First Aid Certificate over 2 evenings

Apply First Aid Certificate full day

The Art Of Upcycled Fashion – learn tips and tricks about re-designing found clothing into unique fashion with textile artist Dawn Thompson. 2 Sat mornings: 3rd & 17th August. Cost: $75, $65 concession. Or second day only $40.

Begin Yoga with Donna Cavanough was a thorough grounding in this transformative exercise program. Donna is still running classes in Dungog (Anglican Hall on Tuesday morning and evening), and Vacy (School Of Arts Wednesday morning and Friday morning). Contact her 0407 290 293 to find out more.

Belly Dancing was very popular in first term, and ran well in second term. CONTACT US if you want to get on the next one (for beginners or beyond beginners).

Blogging For Business, Blogging For Pleasurebuild that on-line presence with the inspiring Paul Andrew. Wed 11 & Mon 16 September.

Bush Dancing over 6 entertaining weeks – featuring fantastic live music from folk artists The Planetariums every week. Pauline Cambourne has been calling and teaching Australian social dancing since the 1980s. The Planetariums are the Planet Dungog “house band” featuring musicians Jackie Luke and Greg Wilson and special guests. $75 adult, kids $30. Family (2 adults and 2-3 children) for $190.

Cooking Spicily With Amorelle. Aromatic and warming, follow the spice route in this hands-on, tummy-on cooking class with fine food wrangler Amorelle Dempster. $59 for cooks, $37 for diners. Contact us to express your interest in further cookery classes.

Cryptic Crosswords – yes they can be solved. This course has already started. Over four weeks in cafes across the shire! Take the mystery out of cryptics with the amusing John O’Brien. Wednesday mornings from 28 August.

A Day In The Roses – care – show – cook – sketch: Pick and choose one or more workshops ($22 each) – Cultivating, Showing, Cooking With or Sketching Roses. Have a gorgeous day devoted to the celebrated flower. Groups welcome. We are hoping to hold this course again in spring – either 2013 or 2014!

DUNGOG FOOD AFFAIR 1-2 November 2013:

Garlic Growing/Garlic Harvest & Beyond with Jocelyn Colleran,
Seed-Raising with Kate Beveridge,
 two separate classes with David Marks.
Traditional Bread Baking with Simon Brownbridge.

Get Started With Computers. Unlock the mysteries of email, internet, files, Windows, and even turning the thing on and off. Over 4 evenings (Mon-Tues for two consecutive weeks). We will run this course again – please contact us to get yourself or a less computer-savvy friend on the list.

Get To Know Your Digital SLR Camera – a day of discovery beyond point & click with photographer Robyn Moore Sat 14 Sept 2013.

Introduction To MS Excel. Learn to use this powerful spreadsheet program. Over four evenings in June. $125, concessions $109. (This course is GST free.) Contact usfor more information about computer courses coming up.

Jazz Talk – with Paul McNamara from Ten Part Invention and saxophonist Sally Corbett. Come and talk, walk, dance, sing, play with these two jazzoids, 22 Aug.The first of our “Culture A Love Story” series of talks with panache. Contact us to get on the list for the next one.

Maintain Your PC – clutter, spam, viruses, dust, heat, hardware upgrades, and much much more over 4 evenings from 2 September 2013.

Photographic Workshop the “re-vision dungog” project. This course has finished but a contemporary photography club is has begun to meet. Contact us for details. Special price thanks to Dungog Lions Club for selected Dungog High School students . With funding from the Country Arts Support Program, Arts Upper Hunter.

Responsible Service Of Alcohol (RSA). Contact us if you want details of other RSAs that may be available. Cost $160.

Special event: NOEL JUPP: observations of a lifetime – the plant guru speaks. Sept 21 James Theatre Dungog. This course has now finished but stay tuned for Noel’s next event.

Termites, Trees & Your Home. This course sold out. Contact us if you want to get on the list for our next one.

Traffic Controller (grey or blue card).

Winter Pizza & Camp Oven Delights – wood-fired yummies (Pizzas: smoked salmon, potato, ham-pineapple, Peter Vickery’s mushroom feta, choc-orange. Camp oven: chicken wrapped in cardamom, winter fruit crumble). Contact us to get on the mailing list for
More Woodfired Pizza classes.


Accreditation & Skills

  • Aged Care Certificate III
  • Apply First Aid Certificate – over 2 evenings – or a full day
  • Practical Management Skill Set
  • Training & Assessment Certificate IV

Begin Yoga

Build A Wood-Fired Pizza Oven

Pinebrush to Thalaba Church walk

Sell More Stuff (and increase your profit) Visual Merchandising Workshop

Pave With The Expert

Ukulele! Introduction

Get Friendly With Frogs

A Night Of Indian Feasting


and many more in the planning…

Traditional Bread Baking Sunday 11 September 2016
Barista accredited course
This is now required for any accredited course in Australia.

This is now required for any accredited course in Australia.

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