Information update on local ESL and conversations classes


Literacy Network has received the following information about ESL classes as well as conversation classes in our local area.

*ST MATHEWS – The Corso Manly (9977 6249)

ESL classes on Mondays 9:20-11:30am ( Fees $20 per term – concessions available)
Conversation classes – all levels – Thursdays 5:45-7:00pm

*COMMUNITY CONNECT : 30 Fisher Rd, Dee Why (9982 6985)

Classes suited to Chinese students, Mondays 10am-12pm
Beginners on Mondays 2:30-3:30pm
Conversation on Wednesdays 12:30-1:30pm

* BROOKVALE COMMUNITY CENTRE ( Pat Duggan 0427 538 646)

Conversation classes on Tuesdays at 2pm

Our first get together for 2016

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Happy to New Year to all our members. Hope 2016 has started well for you. The committee has met and is planning events for the year.

1.Literacy Network get-together
Date: Sat  13 Feb 2016
Time: 10am -12 noon
Venue: Level 1,  14 William St, Brookvale

Come and share morning tea and discuss your experiences with other tutors.
We will hear about some of the English classes our students attend at TAFE and in community centres.
Please RSVP by Thurs 11 February.
0405 313 986

2. Tutor training
Tuesdays 5th April to 24th May for 8 weeks
10 – 12.30pm
Level 1/ 14 William St Brookvale
If you know people who might be interested, please refer them.

3 Office roster
The office is open on Mon and Thurs mornings for about two hours.
We are looking for more volunteers.
Please email us, or phone Robyn 0421 339 187,  or Amanda 0418 498 551  if you are willing to be on the roster.

We look forward to seeing you on Saturday 13 February at 10am.

Amanda McDougall
Robyn Smith

Our end of year Christmas party!


It’s nearly Christmas … time for you to sparkle …
Please join us to celebrate the
end of another successful year for the
Manly Warringah Literacy Network
Lunch, a drink or just catch up and meet our wonderful volunteers
Where:    Dee Why RSL Club – Bistro
Reserved area in the Fishbowl
When: 12 Noon Friday December 11, 2015
R.S.V.P Please .. to Anne or 0407 750 008
by Friday Dec 4
if you are able to join us
so we can confirm numbers for our reserved area

Our newest tutors!

On Sept 1 we completed our 2015 tutor training with eight people enrolled. Three trainers shared the tutoring and the participants said they enjoyed the varied presentations.

The next training session is planned for April/May 2016 and we are seeking volunteers.

Notice of AGM, September 19, 2015






AGM and Members Workshop.

TIME: 10.00 am to 12 pm, Saturday September 19, 2015

VENUE: Literacy Network office, Level 1, 14 William St Brookvale

Our Annual General Meeting is fast approaching! To be held in our new office at the Northern Beaches Community College, Brookvale, the AGM will be an opportunity (in addition to AGM formalities) for members to see our new office and to participate in workshops where they can share their experiences with other members as well as learn about new resources/websites which can help with tutoring. Morning tea will be provided.

Parking in William Street is difficult; members are advised to park at Warringah Mall and take the short walk across Pittwater Rd and along William St.

We are keen to find new members who might be interested in joining the Management Committee. If you are interested and want more information, please feel free to call Robyn Smith: 0421 339187 or Chris McGuigan:  0411 215088.


Chris McGuigan


24 August 2015


Our next Tutor Training Course begins on July 21st

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Our next Tutor Training Course

Dates: Tuesday July 21 for 7 weeks until September 1.
Times: 9.30 am to 12pm.
Address: Level 1, 14 William St, Brookvale, in the Northern Beaches  Community College campus.

Please note: there is no parking on the property and parking in the street is limited. We suggest you park in the Warringah Mall carpark and cross the road to William St where there is Free parking for 3 hours.

For more details, please contact us by phone or email.



February – a busy month for reading material!

February is a busy month for events which come with a lot of reading material, from the serious to the fanciful. Valentine’s Day (February 14th) is probably the most well-known and commercially celebrated date in February, with numerous articles available online (click  here for one with cloze tests, comprehension and spelling exercises).

Chinese New Year’s day falls on February 19th in 2015 and again, there are numerous articles online (click here for the Sydney website for Chinese New Year’s celebrations). 2015 is the year of the goat, also known as the year of the sheep and/or the ram, and there is plenty of reading material available via Google.

World Cancer Day falls on February 4th (click here for a link) as does Pancake (Shrove) Tuesday (click here). ‘Darwin Day’ – celebrating Charles Darwin and his contributions to science and the study of evolution – falls on February 12th (click here).  On a much less serious note, National Tooth Fairy Day falls on February 28th (click here to find out all about it).


Happy Australia Day!

Australia Day falls on January 26th each year, and it’s a national public holiday. Google ‘Australia Day’ and you’ll find numerous articles on its history, significance and how people celebrate it; you will also find a wealth of information on the official Australia Day website here.

You might also like to google ‘Australiana’. What student wouldn’t want to know more about football, meat pies, kangaroos, Holden cars, Hills hoists, lamingtons, Anzac biscuits – and Vegemite? (Although he/she might not like the taste of that last one…)

Our Christmas party – Friday, December 12


Christmas 2014 is approaching fast!
To celebrate another year with Literacy Network, please come and join us for a drink and some snacks.

4pm-6pm, Friday December 12th

Literacy Network Office
18 Wentworth St, Manly

Please RSVP by the 5th December to let us know if you are able to join us.


Thank you.

The Literacy Network Committee