New Courses

We have been busy finalizing some new courses for Term 4 including Digital Literacy, Mindfulness for Mental Health and Literacy Through Art. We look forward to bringing these classes to our community and we think they’ll be popular!

 All courses can be booked from our website on the COURSES link, then scroll to locate your preferred course.

Computer & Phone Essentials

This 10 weeks course is designed to help learners understand the basics of various areas of technology, including different digital devices, their functionality and the ways people can use these devices to connect with others and access services over the Internet.

This course will be tailored to individual needs, so don’t be terrified of the classroom format – we are here to make sure you are comfortable to learn!

Tutor: Our Tutor, Ed Butler, has 20+ years as a local teacher. He hopes to improve the digital literacy of our less technical community members over this 10 week course.
When: Tues 10th Oct0ber, 2-4pm.
Cost: $30 for full 10 weeks.

Honeytones Choir

Group singing is a great way to express yourself and to connect with others. Studies show that it provides a multitude of social and health benefits. As a choir, we will sing in a range of musical styles, working together to bring the songs we are learning to life and to continually develop our musical and singing skills.

Who is it For? Anyone 15 or over. No singing or note-reading experience needed!
Tutor: Suzanne Hobson has been conducting choirs for adults and children for over 20 years. She is also a pianist, teacher, and performer.
When: 7pm – 8.15pm Mondays from 2nd October (Special Introductory session on 2nd October!)
Cost: $100 per term

Mindfulness for Mental Health

Mindfulness is a mind training skill that supports greater calm, clarity, focus, balance and mental health. Drop in for a guided 75-minute practice session and discover the benefits for yourself.  No previous experience required.

Tutor: Peter Muizulis has an Honours degree in Psychology and has practised and taught mindfulness for over 30 years. For more information, visit: .  Prior to your first session, please call Peter for a personal orientation (Phone: 0449 000 393).
When: Fridays from 6 October (*except Oct 20th and Nov 3rd)
Time: 10am-11.15am
Cost: $20 per session. Includes take home materials.

Literacy Through Art – ART for Expression and a Better Life

This 8 week program is for anyone interested in creating a richer life experience through art making. With a focus on watercolour and ink, we will be exploring materials and techniques whilst discovering how the practice of making art will positively inform the rest of your day.

Throughout the course we will be:

  • exploring colour mixing and looking at how to use colour for impact,
  • mark-making and line work,
  • sketching from life, from photos and from your imagination,
  • building a playful workbook of ideas and methods to carry you beyond the class and into your own practice and given the time of year, if you choose, making unique and meaningful seasonal gifts.

Tutor : Sophia Cosmas is a new resident in Hepburn Shire. With her son, pups and guinea pig, she is excited to share her knowledge and experience with Shire residents for the first time.
When : From Fri 6th October, 10am-11.30am (90 min)
Cost : $275 (includes a 50% subsidy on materials)



Thanks to very generous sponsorship from the Daylesford Foundation, all of our School Holiday Activities will be FREE to all registrants. Book in at


DNC Joke of the Week

Johnny brought home his history test result – it was 90. His father was so happy with it. However, his mother just couldn’t believe her son got 90 in history. After taking a closer look at the marks, she found that the handwriting styles of the 9 and the 0 were different.

“Johnny, you are so busted. Tell me, did you add the 0 to your marks?”

“No, mum, I didn’t.”

“I am asking you once more. Did you add that 0 to your marks?”

“Mum, no, I didn’t add that 0”.

”OK, as you’re not telling the truth, you are grounded for 1 month.”

“Mum, no, please, no, I really didn’t add that 0.”

” This is your last chance kid, tell me the truth.”

“……. I just added the 9 to it.”

[If you’ve got a better joke, (and doesn’t everyone??) send it to  and we’ll publish it. (Remember, this is a family publication! 😊).  We’ll even include your name if you wish – or you can protect your anonymity!]