Newsletter – October 2013


Our second set of courses in the fourth term is enrolling now. Do be quick, places are filling fast.

There are some vacancies left in the popular Introduction to computers course, starting Monday, 4th November  (3 weeks) at 9:30am. If you are new to computers this is the course for you, don’t miss it! Your online life will become much

more purposeful with this course and a little bit of help from our friendly tutors…tutor and learner

If you miss this one, don’t despair, there is a second  Intro course before Xmas. That one starts on Thursday 21st November, at  2pm, and runs for 3 weeks.

The next Using Word Successfully  3 week course starts on Wednesday, 6th November at  2pm and runs for 3 weeks. If you want to use your computer to write, format and store documents you will find this course invaluable.

The next 5 week course on Managing the Data on Your PC starts on Tuesday, 19th November at  2pm. This course is essential if you want to be able to keep your electronic data well filed, so that you can always find what you are looking for.

photo-editingThe ever-popular Managing and Editing Photos course starts on Wednesday 20th November at 9.30am and runs for 5 weeks. Good timing with the Xmas holidays coming up, you will learn how to file, manage and present your photos to the best effect. You will also learn how to share photos and present them on different media.

What Can I do on my PC?” (3 weeks) starts Monday 25th November at 9:30am, is great for a quick overview of all those useful internet applications like social media, shopping, movie, theatre and travel bookings, Wikipedia, banking, surfing the net, travel and Google earth, photos, music etc.

Please contact Teresa ( to book your place (or phone 04 2983132).


The monthly iPad workshops are on Monday, 11th November and 9th December.tablets & Seniors

Android tablet workshops are set for Thursday, 14th November and 12th December.

You don’t need to enrol for these workshops, just turn up. Fee $5


  In ancient Israel, it came to pass that a trader by the name of Abraham Com did take unto himself a young wife by the name of Dorothy. And Dot Com was a comely woman, broad of shoulder and long of leg. Indeed, she was often called Amazon Dot Com.

And she said unto Abraham, her husband, “Why dost thou travel so far from town to town with thy goods when thou canst trade without ever leaving thy tent?”

And Abraham did look at her as though she were several saddle bags short of a camel load, but simply said, “How, dear?”

And Dot replied, “I will place drums in all the towns and drums in between to send messages saying what you have for sale, and they will reply telling you who hath the best price. The sale can be made on the drums and delivery made by Uriah’s Pony Stable (UPS).”

Abraham thought long and decided he would let Dot have her way with the drums. And the drums rang out and were an immediate success. Abraham sold all the goods he had at the top price, without ever having to move from his tent.

To prevent neighbouring countries from overhearing what the drums were saying, Dot devised a system that only she and the drummers knew. It was known as Must Send Drum Over Sound (MSDOS), and she also developed a language to transmit ideas and pictures – Hebrew To The People (HTTP).

And the young men did take to Dot Com’s trading as doth the greedy horsefly take to camel dung. They were called Nomadic Ecclesiastical Rich Dominican Sybarites, or NERDS.

And lo, the land was so feverish with joy at the new riches and the deafening sound of drums that no one noticed that the real riches were going to that enterprising drum dealer, Brother William of Gates, who bought off every drum maker in the land. Indeed he did insist on drums to be made that would work only with Brother Gates’ drumheads and drumsticks.

And Dot did say, “Oh, Abraham, what we have started is being taken over by others.”

And Abraham looked out over the Bay of Ezekiel , or eBay as it came to be known.

He said, “We need a name that reflects what we are.”

And Dot replied, “Young Ambitious Hebrew Owner Operators.”

“YAHOO,” said Abraham.

And because it was Dot’s idea, they named it YAHOO Dot Com.

Abraham’s cousin, Joshua, being the young Gregarious Energetic Educated Kid (GEEK) that he was, soon started using Dot’s drums to locate things around the countryside.

It soon became known as God’s Own Official Guide to Locating Everything (GOOGLE).

That is how it all began. AMEN!