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Take a class with us!

Welcome to Parnell Trust's programme of Community Classes. With more than 50 classes to choose from, there's plenty to learn and new talents to discover or cultivate throughout the year.

At Parnell Communty Centre we offer a fresh programme twice a year, with classes and workshops led by knowledgeable and experienced tutors. Our programme for Terms 1 & 2 runs from January to July; the Terms 3 & 4 programme runs from July to December.

Most classes and activities are held in the Jubilee Building, at 545 Parnell Road, where there's plenty of parking outside business hours. Other classes are held nearby at our Glanville Community Campus at 27 Glanville Terrace, Parnell.

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Our latest programme

Bookings are now open for classes in Term 4.

Classes for Term 4, 2019 start from October 14 and most get underway in the following two weeks. Please sign up early as we cancel classes that haven't recieved enough enrolments a few days before their start date.

Here's a snapshot of our classes available in Terms 4, 2019 below. Please go to our Enrolment page for detailed descriptions of all classes and workshops, and to enrol online.

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  Culture & Languages
  • French - Beginners and Post Beginners levels plus French for Travellers 
  • German - Beginners and new Post Beginners class
  • Italian  - all levels of classes plus Advanced Conversation 
  • Portuguese - Beginners and Post Beginners class
  • Spanish -  Beginners Groups One and Two, Post Beginners and Intermediate classes

       More info on Culture & Languages classes 

   English as a Second Language
  • Everyday English - Post Beginners 
  • Fluency and Pronunciation - Intermediate and above class
  • Workplace English - Post Beginners / Intermediate class

       More info on English as a Second Language 


"My course was fantastic!! Much nicer than I thought! Very helpful for my life in NZ, with the best teacher ever I've met in NZ. I really want to take this course again!! - 2017 ESOL student

  Healthy Body & Mind
  • Hatha Yoga  - Beginners and Continuing classes
  • Pilates Early Bird Classes - two sessions on Thursdays
  • Pilates Day Classes - Beginners and Continuing classes - two sessions on Mondays & Thursdays
  • Pilates Evening Classes - Continuing class
  • Tai Chi & Qigong  - Beginners and Continuing classes
  • Dancing Qigong

       More info on Healthy Body & Mind classes

  Creative Arts & Crafts
  • Anyone Can Learn to Draw - two groups
  • Anyone Can Learn to Paint a Small Canvas - two classes
  • Artistry of Flowers  - Living with Flowers and Ikebana for Beginners
  • Calligraphy  - two Beginners classes
  • Knit One, Purl One 
  • Raranga - Flax Weaving 

       More info on Creative Arts and Crafts classes

  Music, Rhythm & Dance
  • The Art of Dance 
  • Ukelele  - Beginners and Continuing class

       More info on Music, Rhythm & Dance classes



  • Internet Essentials

       More info on Technology classes

  Sustainable Urban Living

We're finalising a second half year programme  of FREE 2-hour workshops for Terms 3 and 4, 2019.  These are held alongside Parnell Farmers Market on Saturdays, mostly from 9-11am.

New classes planned for the next programme are:

  • Introduction to Rongoa - traditional Maori healing
  • Textile Upcycling: Make, Do and Mend
  • Beeswax Wrappings


While our next programme is being developed, take a look at what we offered in the first half of 2019, thanks to funding from the Waitemata Local Board.  

  • Preserving Fruits & Damson Jams with Lynda Hallinan
  • Live More, Waste Less with Lisa Hansby
  • Textile Upcycling with Barbara Woodman
  • A Guide to Worm Faming with Worms R Us
  • Urban Beekeeping with Carol Downer
  • Chicken Keeping in the City with Barbara Stumbles
  • Organic Gardening with Heirloom Organix
  • Composting with the Compost Collective

       More info on Sustainable Urban Living workshops

 More great Community Classes

Parnell Trust supports Selwyn Community College Education classes including:
Art & Interior Design, Genealogy: Family History on the Internet, Te Reo Maori for Beginners and Sugar-Free Living.  The college also runs a popular series of Think Talks by invited speakers, with a format similar to TED Talks.

Selwyn Community College's brochure is available from the Jubilee Building's lobby. Click here for pdf version.