The new year brings new opportunities. This January edition of Snippets brings information about joining a singing group; volunteering to help tutor English; and a callout from Box Hill Institute for past students and staff to contribute to their centenary celebrations.

Singing for fun and friendship

Sing Australia Blackburn North is a group of people who love to sing for fun and friendship. There are no auditions and there is no need to read music or learn words. They sing a variety of songs and there are opportunities to perform for community organisations.

Singing sessions are held weekly on Thursdays between 7.30 pm and 9.30 pm at the Forest Hills Village Community Centre, 264 Springvale Road, Nunawading. For more information go to, email: or contact Mick Both, the Group Leader Ph: 0414 484 080.

Volunteers needed to tutor English

The Melbourne AMEP Volunteer Tutor Scheme matches volunteers with people from migrant and refugee backgrounds learning English. With one-hour weekly sessions, volunteers support learners to gain confidence in conversational English; learn more about Australian culture, and find employment or access local services. Importantly, volunteers connect people to community.

No teaching experience is needed as training is provided. For more information go to or you can register for an information session via Zoom on Wednesday 21 February from 6.30 pm. Please register through Eventbrite

Celebrating 100 years of Box Hill Institute

Box Hill Institute is seeking alumni and staff stories to help celebrate its 100th anniversary. If you studied or worked at any of the organisations listed below, then please get in touch with Box Hill Institute, and share your story and memorabilia.

  • Box Hill Technical School for Girls and Women, between 1924 – 1972
  • Whitehorse Technical College, 1973 – 1982
  • Box Hill Boys Technical School, between 1943 – 1983
  • Box Hill TAFE / Box Hill Institute, between 1982 – 2023
  • The Centre for Adult Education (CAE), between 1947 – 2023

Visit the Box Hill Institute website: or email

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