Wed 25 Feb 2015

Orientation Day - one to remember

WITT’s Orientation Day could hardly have gone better.

The traditional welcome (on Monday) to students enrolled in 2015 began with a powhiri, followed by a free morning tea. At lunchtime the campus really came alive with lot of fun events and freebies to celebrate the start of the new academic year.

This year there were a host of stalls manned by various organisations to help students as well. One stall to attract plenty of attention was the  FIFA (the international Football Federation) booth. In reality, their presence was much more than one stall.  They were publicising the upcoming Junior World Cup games to be played in new Plymouth in June.

WITT marketing assistant Nicole Goble was delighted with their presence. “Everyone knew they were here,’’ she says. They brought the mascot, the car, and had plenty of their own giveaways and prizes.

“I’ve worked closely with them and it’s great they were on board to give our students some great exclusive deals for WITT students for the games,’’ she says.

Monday’s Orientation Day was about much more than that however.

 After the powhiri and free morning tea for all, students were directed to their classes. For many it was an important step in their academic careers, and Nicole says every effort was made to make them feel at home.

“The real fun began at lunch time, from 12 noon to 1pm, with a lot of fun activities, free food, carnival-themed activities and plenty of giveaways.

“There was also lots of information on hand with a number of stalls manned by various community organisations to help students as well.

Nicole says the WITT staff also got right into the spirit of the occasion and joined in the fun. “You’d have to say the free pizza was a staff favourite, ‘’ she says with a laugh.

On the day the Fire Service have a graphic demonstration of the dangers of kitchen fires by actually setting a demonstration kitchen on fire – and how to put it out. That certainly got the message through.

“One activity to draw plenty of attention was a promo with a surfboard for people to try and ride,’’ said Nicole. “It was a bit like the old mechanical bull, but it’s a surfboard, so was plenty of fun!”

Other booths set up on the day included those set up by  the Problem Gambling Foundation, Deaf Aotearoa, Women’s refuge, FIFA, Hive Environment Centre, NZ Fire Service, Family planning, Westpac, ANZ and the Police.

Other companies with a presence on the day, either involved in giveaways or vouchers, include.The Edge Radio Station, Flashmob photo booth, Let’s Go, the Garage Cafe, Pizza Hut, and Coca Cola just to mention a few.