Tutor Profiles


| Kathleen Bambridge | Kay Bennetts | Coralie Creevey | Simon Degeling | Yvonne Ding |John Eastaff | Etienette Fennell | Jenny Gregson |John Griffiths | Joelie Hancock | Dorothy Heinrich | Keith Hempton | Beatrice Howarth | Geoff Howe | Ken Johns | Pauline McCreery | Walpura Page | Lyn Porter | Alex Pouw-Bray | Bob Rabbitt | Ann Rees | Waltraud Schmidt | David Smith |Chris Shetliffe | John Slaytor | Julanne Sweeney | Adriaan van der Wyst | Laure Vincent-Allard |

Kathleen Bambridge

I have had an interest in Film from my childhood. I would like to share not only the film but to discuss the film after it is screened. I have recently retired. I have worked as an archivist for the past 18 years. I have also worked as a Public Servant for 25 years.2019
Feminist Talk, Film Biographies, World War II on Film — Japan, “Another Year” — 2010 Movie, “Character” — Dutch Movie, “Nowhere in Africa” — 2010 German Movie, “The Sea is Watching” — 2002, Japanese Movie, Our Oral History, Movie Nostalgia (with Helen Kellaway & Raelene Wilsdon), World War II on Film, Indigenous Films

Kay Bennetts

Kay Bennetts is a retired teacher with a life-long love of reading, live theatre and film. Although not able to study visual art at school, her self-education was valuably supple­mented over her years as a volunteer guide at the Art Gallery of South Australia. 

Kay believes that social inter­ac­tion is essential for human health.  During the COVID crisis she is keen to explore how contem­porary tech­no­lo­gies can enable social inter­ac­tions while main­taining essential social distancing.

Film Club 4th Tuesday Reading at Halifax, online… National Theatre Dinner Club, Beating the Drum, Free to Air Film Club, Netflix Film Club, Reading for Enjoyment

Coralie Creevey

After obtaining a Master Arts (History) from UNSW in the 1980s, I worked in various profes­sions until, since retire­ment, I’ve had more time for art, music and good liter­ature. These restore one’s faith in human goodness and creativity which The News can undermine. 

I’d like to share with inter­ested people  my knowledge of some of the most beautiful and enduring art of Western civil­isa­tion over the last 500 years.
Masterpieces of Western Art, European Art since C15

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Simon Degeling

Son of Dutch migrants, I grew up on the NSW north coast and received degrees in French and History from Newcastle University.  During my graduate days, I had a few holiday jobs working as a steel­works labourer for BHP.  That paid for trips to Europe, which resulted in a lengthy stay in France, where I taught English and gained fluency in French.

After a working life spent teaching in ACT govern­ment schools, I managed to spend 15 months in the French-speaking part of Switzerland, teaching business English. One of life’s better decisions was retiring to Adelaide.

Quite by accident, I stumbled upon U3A several years ago.  I was walking past the Box Factory, when I noticed it housed an outfit called University of the Third Age.  I went inside, got a prospectus and the rest, as they say .….….

French Elementary Conversation (2

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Yvonne Ding

I was an associate professor in the Department of Electronic Engineering in a UNI in SHANGHAI before I moved to Adelaide from China in 2021. I obtained my doctorate in science in China, actually, my major is Radio Physics. I have been teaching College Physics and Semiconductor Physics in the univer­sity for about twenty years. In 2006, I had been a Visiting Scholar for Teaching Science with Mordern Educational Theory at Sydney University for half a year. 

This Chinese course in U3A is  tailored for Chinese learners to help them master the most commonly vocab­u­lary and sentences. It focuses on cultiv­ating their skills of Chinese listening and speaking and an ability to use simple words and sentences for basic commu­nic­a­tion in daily life. In the meantime, the learners  can also deepen their under­standing of Chinese language and culture. 

Chinese Mandarin (3)

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John Eastaff

Mah Jong

Etienette Fennell

I was born in Paris, where I went to primary school, coming to Australia at the age of 11.  The remainder of my education was in Adelaide and I have an Honours degree in French and degrees in Italian, Fine Arts and Music. I was trained at the Elder Conservatorium as a classical singer and I play cello with amateur orches­tras.  My other interests include writing books and  trav­el­ling. I am currently learning Russian and have joined a small group of Russian singers.
Throughout my lifetime, I have taught French, Italian and Music at all school levels and ended up, for twenty years, as a tutor in French at Flinders University.  Additionally, I have taught at Adult Education and also conducted classes at the Elder Conservatorium in the topic of “French for Singers”.

I initially connected with U3A Adelaide a few years ago when I took a French class with Tony Comin, who was then standing in for Andrew Beare.  It was at the instig­a­tion of my friend, Tony Kelly, that I decided to teach a class for U3A.
French Breakthrough (3)

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Jenny Gregson

Jenny has extensive training and exper­i­ence in art, craft and graphic arts, and teaching adults and children. She developed her Drawing Without Fear course specially to help people who want to draw but may feel intim­id­ated, or have been discour­aged by negative exper­i­ences with drawing in the past. She loves to help people to achieve things they thought they couldn’t achieve, and likes to foster a friendly, accepting atmo­sphere in her classes. Jenny is also a singer/songwriter/guitarist with the duo Halcyon, and writer for and editor of Kalori, the quarterly magazine of the Royal South Australian Society of the Arts.

Drawing Without Fear

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John Griffiths

I was born in England and came to Australia in 1969. (best thing I ever did!) I had worked with aeroplane engines but moved to the auto­motive world and became a service manager of a large deal­er­ship in Perth. I learned a great deal about the way cars are traded and service became my passion. I also had a love of aircraft and wanted to get my private pilot’s licence. This I did achieve in 1997 When I was 50 years old. I have tutored a course  called Easy car main­ten­ance and another called Come fly with me. I am a co ‑tutor with Leonie Pike, in Art for pleasure. Also with Beatrice Howarth where we play Bridge.
U3A has been like a family to both me and my wife Suzette, It has been very precious in our retire­ment.

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Joelie Hancock

I have been co-ordinating the Play Reading group since 2004. It’s a role that I fell into when my father, who was attending U3A with me, volun­teered us both to run the class.  After many years of regularly checking at the Oxfam Book Shop to now have 120 sets of plays, I am still co-ordinating the group.

I retired in 1999 as a Literacy Education lecturer at Flinders University. I also had a major role in producing fourteen books docu­menting good literacy teaching practice. My area was not drama or theatre but I love to read and share reactions with others who also enjoy liter­ature. Experiencing and learning about drama has never been as enjoyable for me as in our Play Reading Group.  I have learnt an enormous amount about play­wrights, their plays, and the social history of their times. My latest preoc­cu­pa­tion is recording the history of the 352 insti­tutes we have had in South Australia. Most of these began as places to access and share liter­ature.  [2022]

Play Reading

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Dorothy Heinrich

In my profes­sional life I was for many years a univer­sity lecturer in Human Physiology and Pathophysiology. Since retiring I have continued my interests in writing, history and travel.  With my husband I have visited diverse places, ranging from South East Asia, China and Russia, to countries of Europe, including Iceland. My U3A  roles have included organ­ising the Holiday Shorts programs and Out and About visits to places of interest.  
I have given U3A present­a­tions on the settle­ment of early South Australia, Iceland and its Viking origins, and how the humble potato has influ­enced the course of European history.Since early 2020 I have taken on the role of tutor of Writers Workshop, previ­ously capably run by Lyn Arden.I have published two books:  ‘Ada’s Story’, a family history,  and ‘The Man Who Hunted Whales: A tale of Kangaroo Island and a doomed ship’.

Writers Workshop

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Gwenda Helsham

Shakespeare on Stage and Screen

At the Movies — Gwenda


Keith Hempton

Keith was firstly a Modern Language Teacher (French and German at Sydney Grammar School) and then, for over 20 years, a profes­sional singer.  He sang principal roles with the major opera companies in Australia, including Opera Australia and the State Opera Companies of South Australia, Queensland and Western Australia. He sand with such conductors as Mark Elder, Carlo Felice Cillario, Myer Fredman and Barry Tuckwell. He was the bass with the Song Company (Australia’s only profes­sional classical vocal ensemble) from 1986 — 91. 

From 1991 he was Lecturer in Charge of Wollongong Conservatorium and from 1995 until 2008 was Head of vocal Studies and Co-ordinator of the Honours Performance Programme at the Elder Conservatorium within the University of Adelaide. Keith has taken early retire­ment with the intention of returning to performing both as a singer and a presenter.  He also hopes to have the oppor­tunity to adju­dicate, lecture and examine.  Over the years he has acquired a vast exper­i­ence and knowledge of classical music (he is also a trained radio presenter) and would like to find the oppor­tunity to make chal­len­ging use of his partic­ular skills. 

French Vive la France (3), An Exotic and Irrational Entertainment (online)

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Beatrice Howarth

Beatrice Howarth became an enthu­si­astic supporter of U3A Adelaide when she was
invited to join in 2009 to teach Modern Greek. Since then, she has taught a course every year sharing with parti­cipants her knowledge and love for Middle Eastern and Greek cultures and history. She has offered several courses including courses on Syria and Legendary Greek women spanning the last 3000 years. She likes sharing her love for Greek culture and Ancient Greek Philosophers. She enjoys the challenge of research into areas she has studied at univer­sity, many years ago but would like to learn more now and is encour­aged by the enthu­siasm, support, friend­li­ness and schol­ar­ship of U3A members.
Beatrice was born in Egypt and has studied and worked at the University of
Alexandria (Egypt), the Australian National University (Canberra), the University of
New England (Armidale, NSW) and the London School of Economics and Political
Science, London University. She holds degrees in Classics as well as English and
French Literature and a Master in Librarianship. She moved to Adelaide in 1980
when her husband joined Flinders University and she has worked for the Tertiary
Education Authority and the Multicultural and Ethnic Affairs Commission.
She is a fluent speaker of Greek, French and Italian. She has lived and worked in
England, Austria, Italy, Greece as well as Egypt and Australia and continues to travel
every year as her children live and work overseas.
She played various games of cards and chess since her under­graduate days and
since 2014 she estab­lished Bridge at U3A. She believes that social Bridge enables
players both in keeping their minds chal­lenged and facil­it­ates social inter­ac­tion. Over
the years she has been assisted by John Griffith, Rod Harvey and since 2019 Dr
Alex Pow-Bray. Numbers have continu­ously increased and U3A now offers a
Beginner’s, Intermediate and Advanced Bridge Courses. [2022]

Advanced Bridge 
Intermediate Bridge

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Geoff Howe

Australia in the 50s
Soul Men

Sumerian Civilisation
The Peculiar Institution

I was a teacher,  initially with High Schools, then as a lecturer in Adult Matriculation in Tafe and finally at Eynesbury Senior College. Over a long period I taught Year 12 Modern History, Australian History, American History and Classical Studies, as well as English and Legal Studies. I retired at the end of 2006 and have been a tutor at Adelaide U3A since then.

Philosophy, Life and Big Ideas (with Alexandra Hayes)

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Ken Johns

Ken’s profes­sional career was in business manage­ment in South Australia, mainly in the elec­trical industry.   For many years he also conducted (part time) various manage­ment classes and Professional Development courses for various Management Consultants in Adelaide, on topics including nego­ti­ation skills, time manage­ment and marketing manage­ment. Ken is an Associate Fellow of the Australian Marketing Institute. 

Since his retire­ment, he has pursued a number of other interests in both Philosophy and Psychology.  Ken is currently a Tutor in both of these topics. He is also a member of the Depth Psychology Alliance and the International Association for the Study of Dreams.

Philosophy, Life and Big Ideas (with Alexandra Hayes)

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Maria Macdonald

Italian Conversation Thursday (4)
Italian Conversation Tuesday (4)

Pauline McCreery

Since retiring at the beginning of 2009 I have been busier than ever before.  I can devote more time to image based computing, to travel, to playing croquet, to learning French, to.…you name it!  I love theatre, travel, reading, good food and wine and being a grand­mother.  I am a past President and past webmaster for U3A Adelaide and continue to serve on the Board and to work in the office. It is wonderful to be able to continue with my love of both learning and teaching at a wonderful organ­isa­tion that enables me to encompass both. [2022]

GIMP It!, Start Your Photobook

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Walpurga Page

Hand and Foot Canasta

Lyn Porter

In semi-retirement, Lyn is enjoying living her two passions:  Circle Dancing and Professional Counselling both of which carry a healing component and focus on group process and relationship. 

Lyn graduated with a Science Degree and began her profes­sional career as one of the first female geolo­gists in Australia to work for private enter­prise.  Marrying a geologist and raising a family through many inter­state and overseas moves gave her an oppor­tunity for many life­styles and career exper­i­ences as a High School Maths teacher and Mineral Exploration Information specialist.  Return to Adelaide and career change for her husband prompted Lyn to trans­ition into Professional Counselling via Lifeline training and Masters degree in Social Science.  She gained rich exper­i­ences as a Lifeline Telephone Counsellor and Supervisor, Personal Support Program Caseworker working with the long-term unem­ployed, on women’s issues as a Counsellor at Women’s Community Centre, and through her private Counselling practice continues to offer support to family Carers as a brokered Counsellor to Carers SA and to employed people through sponsored EAP Counselling.  Lyn has been enjoying Circle Dancing since 2002 and stepped up to leading and teaching upon the sudden death of previous teacher in 2011.  She has Cert IV TAA as well as Circle Dance training from UK master teachers Mandy de Winter, Judy King and Andy Bettis as well as Australian teachers Krista Sands, Judith Keller & others.
Circle Dancing

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Alex Pouw-Bray (M.A. Ph.D. Dip. Ed.)

Bridge is a mentally stim­u­lating and socially agreeable card game that has been available at Adelaide U3A for several years now. We teach and play Contract Bridge.

I have a lifelong love of playing cards that began with learning card play from my grand­mother. I have played Bridge for 44 years, have been a member of the South Australian Bridge Association and hold the status of Local Master. I enjoy sharing my knowledge of playing bridge with others and exper­i­enced success in this with the Adelaide U3A Beginners and Intermediate Bridge groups in 2019–2022. During that time, we have seen bridge increase from one group to three—an Advanced Group for those who have been playing profi­ciently for some time, an Intermediate Groups who have completed the Beginners course and are consol­id­ating their bridge skills through further lessons, and a Beginners Group where they learn bridge basics and progress to enjoying playing Contract Bridge.

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Bob Rabbitt

My interest in music began in the early 1950s, I was about 11 years old, when my father used to work in the garden on Saturday after­noons and he would bring our big radio outside so that he could listen to the football while he worked.  Following the football, which I believe was probably on radio station 5KA, there was a music programme which would play the hit songs of that time. Some of the artists I remember hearing were Frankie Laine, Guy Mitchell, Doris Day, Johnny Ray, Rosemary Clooney, Jo Stafford, Marty Robbins and so on.  Also, when I went to visit my aunty and uncle, who had a big phonogram and record player, they would play their LP records of the musicals of the 1950s. As I grew into my teenage years, music gained more signi­fic­ance. At home we had a small mantle radio and in the evenings, as we washed and dried the dishes, I was able to listen to the music of the Platters, Elvis Presley, the Everly Brothers, etc., etc.

I think sometime during 1959, my father bought a small record player, which was hugely exciting for me. Then, when I left school, I could buy my favourite 45rpm singles as they came on the hit parade .….. and so I started my record collec­tion. My girl­friend used to work at John Martins and, every week, she would bring me the 5AD Top 40 charts.  She was so good at doing this that, even­tu­ally, I asked her to marry me.

Now, over 50 years later, she doesn’t bring me the Top 40 charts but she does have a habit of saying to me, “Would you please turn that music down!”

For the Record
 (with Adriaan van der Wyst)

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Ann Rees

I have been teaching music for more than 50 years, always with the desire to enable people of all ages and abilities to enjoy and gently extend their knowledge, under­standing and pleasure. Recreational music-making is uplifting in many ways and group music is satis­fying socially, emotion­ally, spir­itu­ally and intel­lec­tu­ally. Sometimes it is just plain fun! I played in my first recorder ensemble when I was 13 years old, have been hooked ever since, and have no intention of stopping now.
Recorder Group

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Waltraud Schmidt

Before moving from Germany to Adelaide in 1992, I taught German, English and Geography at the German-French High School in Freiburg. While living in the USA for a few years in the early eighties, I had the oppor­tunity to learn how to make pottery. 

In 1995 I joined the WEA and taught German from ‘Beginners’ to ‘Advanced Conversation’ until 2010.  In 2013 I started to teach ‘German for Beginners’ at U3A. 

I also was a tour guide at the South Australian Museum for 24 years.
German Elementary (2), German Language and Culture (4)

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Chris Shetliffe

My enthu­siasm for walking in nature and partic­u­larly in bushland  stems from an under­standing of its health benefits and the freedom of mind and spirit it engenders.

Since retiring from a career in child,  maternal health and human services, I joined U3A to help me keep phys­ic­ally & mentally fit, join other like minded walkers and enjoy the outdoors.

In this group many of us share the planning and leading of walks to ensure there is a variety in the types, degree of challenge and location of walks.  [from 2023]

Bush Walks

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John Slaytor

After gradu­ating from Adelaide University (B.A.,  Dip. Ed.), John taught in high schools for a few years before returning to do a Master’s degree in Climatology. For the next 15 years or so he taught student teachers and, during this time, also did a B.Sc.  John spent several extended periods overseas in insti­tu­tions in Holland (Earth Sciences) and England (Land Management).   For the last 10 years before retiring he was Senior Lecturer in park manage­ment at the University of S.A.  He is a Life Member of both the Aust.  Meteorological Association and the Royal Geographical Society of S.A.

So how is it that he’s running a course in Spanish?  Well, since student days he has had an interest in foreign languages, but the oppor­tunity to study only Latin formally at University.   Yet this, coupled with a certain fascin­a­tion with grammar (English and Latin) arising from its import­ance in his education in the mid-twentieth century, was of great help as a renewed interest in languages arose when he retired.  Intrigued by the Graeco-Latin origins of the Romance languages, and spurred on by partner Mary, together they did SACE Spanish via the School of Languages.  This is his only formal qual­i­fic­a­tion in Spanish.   So, rather than being a tutor, he regards himself as a coordin­ator of a group of like-minded auto­di­dacts, still of modest Spanish conver­sa­tional skills, but very enthu­si­astic, who are mostly refugees from the legendary Silvia Lang’s Spanish class and who, after her retire­ment, wanted to continue in the same way the study of the beautiful Spanish language, its liter­ature, and culture.
Spanish Literature and Grammar (3)

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David Smith

Wine Exploring

Julanne Sweeney

Born Julanne Drynan on dairy farm near Beaudesert. All Hallows School Brisbane. B.A. Dip. Ed. 1957. 1st class English Hons 1986 UQ. 1958–2002 High School teaching in FNQ [Yeronga 1983–86] and cattle farming at Mena Creek with former husband Fabian; estab­lishing native tree plant­a­tions from 1980s. Political campaigns (1972 — and 2022!) and envir­on­mental protests for Barrier Reef and World Heritage Wet Tropics.

At Cairns High 1958–9 encour­aged debating for Pat O’Shane, first Aboriginal magis­trate; in Townsville taught with Eddie Mabo at contro­ver­sial Black Community School 1972–3; awarded Qld Multicultural Medal 1997 for voluntary community cultural activism in Innisfail area. Shakespeare specialist Grin and Tonic Theatre Troupe (director Dr Bryan Nason) is still based in a hut (seen in Oz film CELESTE) near my Tropic Valley waterfall on the Cassowary Coast.

At the birth of my wonderful Down syndrome grand­daughter Isadora in 2002, I moved to Adelaide where 4 of my 5 children work in profes­sional arts worlds. The other is a prac­tising visual artist and educator inter­state. A great privilege [to top off a long teaching career] was to work with inspiring refugees, migrants and their teachers at the Adelaide Secondary School of English.

The exhil­ar­ating challenge of tutoring the Shakespeare Reading group at U3A came in 2014 when the youngest of 6 Adelaide grand­daugh­ters left Kindy ( regular pick-ups persist ). My cognitive world changed : new wealth in profound texts is shared fort­nightly. Previously neglected books ( for Poetry  and Reading for Pleasure ) jump off my shelves. And I’ve added Music appre­ci­ation and stim­u­lating LKT and CAF thanks to U3A.  [2022]

Shakespeare Play Reading

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Adriaan van der Wyst

Takes the “For the Record” class with his co-presenter, Bob Rabbitt.  He also presents occa­sional lectures on topics in the science field.

Adriaan taught maths and science in SA secondary schools for eight years before working in the Education Department in Research and Planning and in Personnel for thirty years.  His main interests are music, philo­sophy, history, religion and bush­walking and golf. 
For the Record
 (with Bob Rabbitt), The Boy from Oz

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Laure Vincent-Allard

As a free-lance consultant and lecturer, Laure has combined her wide-ranging knowledge of European Art History (24 years as a conference-guide in French Historic sites and for private companies and 15 years as an Art History teacher) with her 18-year domestic and inter­na­tional exper­i­ence as a trainers’ super­visor and team leader.

She has a Bachelor degree in Art history and Archaeology with honours, and various diplomas and certi­fic­ates in guiding/lecturing and in manage­ment. She has provided lectures, confer­ences, led workshops and training in both European Art and Team Leadership (from stress manage­ment to training improve­ment, just to name a few). She special­ises in expanding creativity, chal­len­ging intel­lec­tual and emotional perspective and building self-confidence with humour and kindness.

Laura’s website:- www.thewittyscope.weebly.com
French Perspective Française, Watercolour Affairs

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