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  • Find a new interest
  • Get fitter and healthier
  • Make new friends!

Join one of the 350+ short courses offered by Selwyn Community Education for all adult and lifelong learners!

Affordable and easily accessible evening, weekend and day classes with experienced tutors in a friendly environment.


Life Long Learning

In the 1990s, research revealed a critical factor in having a full and vibrant 'later' life: maintaining a challenged and stimulated brain.  For both our baby-boomers (mostly already retired), and our younger population facing increased life expectancy, keeping well mentally and physically is a hot topic.

An important component in the solution is life long learning.  What is life long learning? Nancy Merz Nordstrom defines it as the continued educational experience that utilises non-credit academic courses, educational travel, and community service and volunteerism to fully engage the brain, heighten physical activity, and maintain healthy social relationships.

Recent research from Marjan Laal and Peyman Salamati highlights the following benefits of life long learning:

  • an enriching life of self-fulfillment
  • helps us make new friends and establish valuable relationships
  • keeps us involved as active contributors to society
  • helps us find meaning in our lives
  • helps us adapt to change (especially technological)
  • an opportunity to give back to the community
  • increases our wisdom
  • helps us put our lives in perspective
  • creates a curious, hungry mind
  • opens the mind
  • helps fully develop natural abilities

View their full research paper here.


Selwyn Community Education features in the East & Bays Courier

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Courier Article


Accounting - The Balance Sheet Explained

 Accounting The Balance Sheet Explained


If you are in business you need to understand the signals that your balance sheet sends out to bankers, creditors and investors.  If you are a creditor or investor, you need to know what to look for.  

And why does the Profit and Loss Statement attract so much attention? We identify financial trends and their consequences - we look at cash flows, profit margins, inventory maintenance, break-even volumes and expense management.

This class is not about preparing a balance sheet; it's about reading one. Starts 9 June with Bill Ferguson.Learn More



DLSR Photography - The Next Step

Night and Location Photography

Course content includes getting to try different lenses - macro, wide, telephoto and accessories – ND and polariser filters. Practical setups for still life -  flowers, food and more. One session on taking portraits – composition and lighting. One night photo field trip and one Saturday morning for landscape photos. There will be weekly fun projects and a final best photos presentation. Starts 8 June with Ian Eng.

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Check out our Blog! We will be updating it regularly with news, as well as profiles on tutors and different courses we offer here at Selwyn Comed.

Our latest blog is about upcoming Gluten-Free Cooking course with Karin Puttner. Read it here

What's Hot for this TermWhat's Hot for this Term

Chinese CharactersLearning Chinese Characters the Revolutionary Way

A revolutionary crash course! Come and get familiar with 60 Chinese characters in only three hours! This workshop is taught by linguistics expert Dr Svetlana Chevenko on Wednesday 27 May 6 - 9pm.Learn More


Modern Middle Eastern Cooking

Modern Middle Eastern Cooking

This is a part demonstration, part practical class in which you will be introduced to cuisine from Turkey, Persia, Morocco, Lebanon, Iraq and Greece. Starts 2 June with Sahar. Learn More



Maximising Your Powerpoint Presentations 

Public Speaking


Join Janet Xuccoa in this interactive course to learn how to present to a group, utilising verbal skills and power point as an aid. Janet is an author, public speaker, award winning Professional Trustee, and a Partner at Gilligan Rowe & Assoc. Starts 8 June: Mondays 7pm for 4 weeks.Learn More


Interior Design: Curtains, Cushions, Lamps and RugsInterior Design: Curtains Cushions Rugs

Come and learn the tips and tricks of choosing the right furniture, cushions, lamps and rugs. Turn ordinary into WOW! 8 June with Gaye Adsett.Learn More






NZ FavouritesAnzac Biscuits


Homemade baking has special appeal with tempting aromas wafting through the kitchen and flavours that cannot be found in commercially prepared goods. June will teach you the tips and techniques of baking and share with you her mother's favourite, easy to follow recipes including Gems, Cheesecakes, Anzac Biscuits, Savoury Pies, Scones, Muffins and Napoleon Sponge Cake. 8 June.Learn More


Indian Cooking Made Easy 

Indian Cooking

Have you thought of Indian Cooking to be complex, or very difficult? Yet you want to enjoy savouring the mouth-watering dishes, and impress your friends with your culinary art! Then this is the course for you. With Nikarika. Starts 26 August.Learn More