Upcoming ART Courses

Participants at the Adelaide ANZAB ITTS course, October 2014

ART courses are in the planning for Sydney and Bundaberg in 2021. These may include Module 1 (Teaching Handling) and Module 2C (Teaching Elementary Change Ringing). The courses are dependent on a minimum number of participants to go ahead so we are keen to hear from interested ringers in advance.

The Sydney course (Module 2C) will be run on 22 May. The Bundaberg courses will be run in conjunction with the ANZAB festival. The ANZAB 2021 registration form provides space to indicate your interest.

If any other tower, state or island is interested in a course or courses being run locally when circumstances allow, please email

The courses will introduce the Learning the Ropes scheme for structured teaching and learner progression.

Who should attend these courses?

Module 1 will be of use to anyone who currently teaches learners to handle as well as those who would like to teach handling in the future. The minimum requirement is to have good bell control and the ability to ring up and down confidently, preferably in peal.

Module 2C will be useful to those who run practices or wish to run practices in future, as well as ringers who want to improve their own skills in order to strengthen the band. It will cover developing foundation skills, building skills for plain hunt and beginning to ring methods. The minimum requirement is having rung a quarter peal of Doubles or Minor.

Association of Ringing Teachers

If you have any questions, please contact me.

ANZAB Education Officer

ART Course Module 2C at St Jude's, Randwick, 22 May 2021

St Jude's Randwick will host ART course Module 2C (Teaching Elementary Change Ringing) on Saturday 22nd May. This is a full day course, led by tutors David Smith and Kathi Downs.

Who is it for? Module 2C is useful to those who run practices or wish to run practices in future, as well as ringers who want to improve their own skills in order to strengthen the band.

What is covered? The course shows new and experienced teachers how to support their students and develop the necessary foundation skills for good ringing, and then move forward to ringing changes. You will learn through a mixture of practical and theory sessions about:

  • Developing foundation skills - fine bell control, listening, rhythm and ropesight
  • Lots of fun exercises to develop these skills
  • Coaching skills, building a band and running successful practices
  • Introducing Plain Hunt and Covering
  • Steps to making the transition into Bob Doubles and Bob Minor

Interstate ringers are welcome to apply.

Education Officer

Lithgow ART Modules, November 2019

From Hannah Musgrove, a participant: attending the course as a slight sceptic because I have been teaching learners for many years, I was very impressed with the course. I found the two days interesting, useful and fun, and I learned a few tips and several new exercises to use and improve my teaching and moving Lithgow ringers forward. I would recommend it to anyone who teaches, regardless of experience. Thanks to Lithgow Uniting Church for allowing us to host the course and to Kathi, Corinne and David for organising and presenting a great 2-day course.

Nine towers were represented on this course – including, Lithgow (Hannah Musgrove, Greg Sutton, Zelda Doyle, Sherida Brodie), Bathurst (Deb Dixon, Chris Bacon, Francis Thomas), Orange (Ric Cother), Menangle (Ron Shepherd), Christ Church St Lawrence (Kin Mun Kan), Naremburn (Geoffrey and Patricia Gemmell), Brisbane (David Smith), Katoomba (Kathi Downs) and The Alphabet Ring (Corinne Rule).

Attendees at Lithgow ART course, November 2019

Brisbane ART Modules, November 2016

Many thanks to all who attended and contributed to the ART modules 1 and 2C held at St John's Cathedral Brisbane on 19th/20th November, and congratulations to Josclyn Sloan on becoming a fully qualified ART tutor.

Here are the attendees:

Attendess at Brisbane ART course, November 2016

(l-r) Ruth Andersen, Ian McCulloch, Sue Pacey, Helen Briggs, Wendy Beer, Tom Perrins,
Patrick Johns, Harold Bartlett, Mike Toze, Ananda Rashell, David Smith, Jos Sloan

David Smith

Education Update - July 2016

I am very pleased to report that we had our first Sydney ART Training Course in April 2016. This was over two days in St James and St Mary’s with a successful outcome for all involved.

We had 10 student teachers of different levels, two of whom (Tom Perrins and Pam Brock) will help with mentoring others. Matthew Sorell and David Smith took the course as tutors where myself, Joscyln Sloan and Peter Harrison were all trainee tutors running most of the weekend. This resulted in me being recognized as a tutor for both modules, alongside Joscyln Sloan for module one at this stage, with both of us becoming full members of ART. All others on the course had their skills tested too in different ways - confidence grew everywhere and a lot of fun was had by all. What this means is that any volunteer work connected to ART and courses is spread out a little more throughout ANZAB.

Sydney ART course, April 2016

Image courtesy David Smith

These ART training courses are not necessarily for the most experienced of ringers. Naturally we welcome experienced ringers but it is designed for others too (we love you all!). Of course some good basic foundation skills are needed and other ringers need to have confidence in your ringing ability. Please contact me if you are interested at all in knowing more.

The main ART training website is at www.smartringer.org so please feel free to have a look. If you have already done a course and can’t remember how to get into more deep areas of the website, please email me and I will tell the secret! If you have already done one of these courses and just feel you want to move on but don’t know what to do, please email me.

Even if you would just like to touch base, send me an email at the address below. You can find out more about ART at its website.

Looking at workshop possibilities is my next project, so watch this space.

Association of Ringing Teachers

Corinne Rule
Education Officer

Adelaide ITTS Course, October 2014 - A Participant's Report

Two experienced teachers from the UK. Ten very experienced teachers and ringing masters from Australia. Twelve ringers sufficiently experienced to be starting to teach and run ringing. Some extra Adelaide ringers helping with arrangements and joining us for social occasions. And a few experienced ringers from the previous two-day course. What a fantastic group for exchange of ideas and some excellent ringing.

The formal part of the weekend was run by Pip and Gill of the Association of Ringing Teachers. The structure worked well, focussing on specific aspects of teaching handling, building a band and the first several stages of developing change ringers. Everyone found aspects useful to take back to their towers and use in their teaching. Things I will be trying, and recommending to others at Christ Church St Laurence, include a new (for me) way of introducing the handstroke in handling lessons, and the exercise of passing a rope from one person to another whilst ringing. I am also encouraged to be more inventive in exercises to assist the foundation skills of rope sight and bell control. In addition, I will discuss changing our way of organising ringing to include placing the band for every ring at practices and for service ringing.

Participants at the Adelaide ANZAB ITTS course, October 2014

Clockwise from the Purple Sally: Ian McCulloch (Brisbane) and Ruth Andersen (Maryborough); Norma Cother and Jim Woolford (Orange); Matthew Sorell (Adelaide), Eleanor Weeks and Helen Silver (York); Oriana Zanon (Bathurst) and Gill Hughes (ITTS Tutor); Deryn Griffiths (Sydney) and Deb Dixon (Bathurst).

Before attending the weekend I was concerned that I would find the advice rigid and contrary to my preferences. However, there was a lot of common sense and exercises were presented as options, or part of a tool kit. We discussed pros and cons of different approaches and the need for flexibility in teaching according to the preferences and aptitude of the learner(s) and the strength of the more experienced ringers available. So, I need not have been concerned. I picked up some new ideas, enjoyed exchanging ideas, and felt very encouraged.

Apart from the ITTS sessions, everyone got a chance to ring on the majestic bells of St Peter’s, Adelaide. I had the honour and delight of being part of an excellent serivce quarter-peal, and I loved the couple of touches of Stedman Triples during the general ringing on Saturday evening.

Since the weekend I have started to investigate the online resources of the ART/ITTS. However, I have barely scratched the surface and am not able to comment on the accreditation structure at this stage. What is clear to me is that some more workshops with a structure to them and on similar content to this one, would be beneficial within ANZAB, providing support to new and experienced teachers of handling and change ringing.

Deryn Grifftihs

Association of Ringing Teachers

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