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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.


Shorter exercise classes Term 1

As we are starting many of our regular courses a little later in 2015, most of our yoga, pilates, tai chi, dancefit, dancercise and mindfulness classes are running for either 6 or 7 weeks , and are listed as separate courses under our Health, Wellbeing and Fitness category. Click here to see the various classes available.

Effective Planting for Your Garden

Effective PlantingMargaret's popular Effective Planting course returns on 17 February starting at 6pm.  You will develop the know-how to choose appropriate plants to thrive in your specific garden conditions, giving you confidence to make good buying decisions at the garden centre. From previous courses:  "This is one of the best taught and most relevant courses I've done at Selwyn yet" "Inspiring - creative - great to learn so much more after having gardened for many years". 

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Children's Courses

Guitar for Children

As well as a return of our popular drama, music, and art classes, 2015 sees the introduction of many new courses including Drama Production, Holiday Cooking, Success with Maths, and Polymer Clay.  We are pleased to present our new-format guitar classes incorporating song-writing, ear training and music notation.

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Textiles & Fashion

Coming up in February and March: Embroidery Today, a fresh and current look at this timeless skill,  Sewing for Beginners and Sewing Next Steps (for those looking to expand their knowledge), Tivaevae Cook Islands Quilting, and Upholstery for BeginnersPattern Alternation and Design is available in May.  For a full look at our Craft, Textile and Fashion courses, click below.

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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.

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Mediterranean Magic

Cinque Terre

Have you read about the Cinque Terre? "The Five Lands" is composed of five villages on a rugged portion of coast along the Italian Riveria. It is a region close to June's heart and in this course she will share her recipes collected both from her travels and from her Italian friends. Learn More


Microsoft Word and Excel Beginners

Are you re-entering the workforce, or wish to update your skills.  Our introductory level Microsoft classes will give you the confidence to use these widely-used applications.  Excel: Learn to create spreadsheets, charts, perform calculations with formulae, and analyse numerical information. WordLearn or update your computer skills to produce attractive, structured letters and forms. Become adept at copying, cutting, pasting, editing and formatting text, tabs and leaders, tables and columns.

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Cake Decorating

Cake DecoratingRolled fondant, butter icing and piping. Learn the basics with chef Tim, and wow friends and family with stylish cakes. Starts 16 Feb.

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Ethnic Cooking

Thai CookingTantalise your tastebuds and expand your repertoire with our range of ethnic cooking courses in February. Join June for Mediterranean Magic on 16 Feb, Paula for Thai Cooking starting 17 Feb, Korean Cuisine with Cecilia or Turkish Cuisine with Buket both on 18 February. Later offerings include Austrian Cakes, Catalan, Greek, French, Kim Chi, Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Indian, Middle Eastern, Moroccan, Sushi and Mexican.

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Eating for Health

"Let food be thy medicine, and medicine be thy food" Hippocrates

“Food is Medicine” is a term which was originally coined by Hippocrates, the father of Western medicine; it was his belief that eating wholesome food is the basis for good health.  Ayurvedic Cooking and Nutrition, Gluten-Free Cooking, Healthy Kids, Weight Loss for Life, Meat-Free Meals and Toddler Nutrition offer different ideas for boosting health through food.

For those who wish to grow more of their own, see our Productive Boxes, Balconies and Backyards, Vegetable Gardening, and Creative Sustainable Garden Design courses.