Fri 26 Jul 2019

Orientation Week a hit with students

WITT’s Orientation Week has been a hit with students once again, with the atmosphere on campus buzzing thanks to a busy schedule of student events and sea of new faces.

The week kicked off with a pōwhiri at Te Piere, where WITT staff and rangatira officially welcomed students joining the WITT whānau in Semester 2. Te Piere was packed to the rafters with people literally spilling onto the courtyard outside, signalling an impressive turnout.

Following a successful week of ‘Get Study Ready’ sessions which focus on study prep and practical tips for tertiary education, O-Week events are designed to have a little fun in the first week of classes. Orientation events give students an opportunity to meet new people, interact with their classmates, and settle in to their new environment.

With a bit sunshine and some music wafting through the courtyard, students got into the spirit of Orientation. Free food kept the students fuelled to roll up their sleeves and try their hand at some of the games on offer. In just 60 minutes, there were over 250 burgers served, 200 apple pies eaten, and countless hot chocolates handed out.

New student Janie Ratima’s good luck saw her head back to class with an armful of prizes, saying she enjoyed her first day studying Food & Beverage at WITT. “I’m really excited to be here,” Janie said. “Today was cool, I can’t wait to come back tomorrow for day two.  And my tutors have been good, they seem really nice so far.”

The WITT Market Day took place on Wednesday, bringing students together once again for free food and activities. Local businesses set up stalls on campus to offer students a range of information about their services including discounts and giveaways.  The sun welcomed students for another fun afternoon, where they were able to find out more about important community organisations such as Citizens Advice Bureau and Taranaki Safe Families.

“It was a really successful event overall and we’ve had some great feedback,” WITT Marketing Coordinator and event organiser Claire Culph said.

“The Edge FM had the music pumping and the freebies and giveaways went down a treat. The free manicures, hair updos and makeup applications offered by WITT Hair & Beauty students were also really popular. Market Day is a great way to make the most of being a student!”

Orientation Week also provided an opportunity to launch WITT’s laptop giveaway, where students go in the draw to win one of eight reconditioned laptops kindly donated by Worley. The response so far has been good, with entries open to all current WITT students until 5 August. Online entries can be submitted here.