New residents enjoy O'Week 2014
New and returning residents had the opportunity to form friendships and explore university life throughout a fun 2014 New College Orientation Week (O’Week).
The new residents (freshers) arrived at New College on Sunday, 23rd February. The Master of New College, the Dean of Residents and the President of the New College Students’ Association each addressed the freshers and their families over a buffet lunch and welcomed them into the New College community. Parents left after the lunch and the pace of O’Week quickened. Later that day everyone got into their Flannelette shirts for a Barn dance. This first night was also a chance for the O’Week leaders to teach the new residents their fresher dance, a tradition that is now ten years old.
Monday’s activities included breakfast at Coogee and a skit night. There was also a compulsory talk about sexual harassment and boundaries to help new residents understand how to live and care for others appropriately in a University College environment.
On Tuesday residents went on an O’mazing Race around campus, overseen by New College’s team of Academic Tutors. Later there was an opportunity for residents to find out about the New College Christian Fellowship. In the evening everyone went to a famous Indian restaurant at Milson’s Point before returning to visit some local establishments and cafes in the city.
Collegians pulled out their visas to cross the harbour for lunch at Manly on Wednesday. In the evening Freshers donned their suits and cocktail dresses for the Fresher Formal Dinner.
Thursday began at Sunrise...the television show, that is. After just four days the Freshers had a good handle on their Fresher dance and performed it live on national television. Then it was time to get a feel for Sydney transport during a Public Transport Rally. That night a fun trivia event was held in the College’s Main Common Room followed by a supper for the new residents in the Dean’s flat.
Finishing off O’Week, Collegians enjoyed a night of dancing on a Sydney Harbour Cruise on Friday night and enjoyed live music from a band of current and former Collegians on Saturday night.
O’Week at New College demonstrates why living in our community is far more than just a residential community of uni students studying together at UNSW. New College is a vibrant community where friendship and fun play an important role in the formation of young men and women.