On Tuesday (26 September) Ilam School are holding their school Cultural Day and as part of this will hold a parade which finishes with a walk out the front gates of the school on Ilam Rd, a short walk along Kirkwood Ave and come in through the adjoining driveway between the school and Kirkwood Campus.
For this parade the children are strongly encouraged to dress up in clothing that reflects their heritage. This year they have 62 ethnicities taking part.
This year participants will return through the far University driveway (next to 24 Kirkwood Ave) and walk back through Kirkwood Campus along the main access walkway. This allows Kirkwood Intermediate to fully support us and it enables the school to share with the greater Ilam community and University of Canterbury where we have strong links. This walk is scheduled to commence at 10:00 a.m. and participants expect to be on campus at approximately 10:10 for about 10 minutes.
On Saturday 14 May, The UC Student Volunteer Army will again be returning to the streets of Christchurch – this time to help out residents of Woolston. Each year the City Care ‘Connect the Community’ event is the largest mobilization of the SVA, with hundreds of students helping out residents on a variety of community projects.
Following on from the successful ‘Serve for NZ’ campaign, run in the lead up to Anzac weekend, the upcoming Woolston event looks set to have the biggest turnout of volunteers that the SVA has seen in recent years.
The high numbers are further expected due to the club recently attaining status as the largest student-led club for the first time at the University of Canterbury, with over 2100 members. This suggests that volunteering and a sense of service are ever popular with students attending UC.
Volunteers will be ‘mucking in’ across the suburb to respond to calls for help from local community groups and residents. There will be a variety of projects, including property clean-ups, cleaning up the Heathcote River, tree planting and helping establish further habitats for the endangered black-billed gull. All of this will be culminating in a community lunch at Bamford School for volunteers and residents to enjoy.
Driving this event is the desire of the Volunteer Army to make service part of the student lifestyle, with inter-generational collaboration and heightened community engagement, generated with the people of Christchurch during the initial earthquake response, still remaining strongly within the club five years on.
It has been announced that UC will be hosting the New Zealand Tertiary Community Engagement Summit on November 24th. More than ten national and international experts will deliver key speeches. The summit, which is organised by Dr Billy O’Steen will provide an opportunity for businesses, community organisations, government, and tertiary staff and students to come together and share ideas about how students can engage with their communities. The summit is free to attend and open to the public, however registration is required online. Dr O’Steen said that he hopes “…this second summit will define the New Zealand context for tertiary community engagement and provide a foundation for an association dedicated to this area.”