Category Archives: Student Success Story

151 students graduate in the first NZ Children’s University graduation

151 young scholars walked across the stage of a full-house Christchurch Town Hall in the first ever Children’s University Canterbury Partnership graduation ceremony on Wednesday evening.

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Speaking at the ceremony, Vice-Chancellor Professor Cheryl de la Rey, encouraged the young graduates to discover their potential, dream big and become excited about learning as a lifelong journey.

“The Children’s University encourages young people to take ownership of their learning journey, develop a positive attitude towards exploring different subjects and consider what tertiary options are available to them. Learning is a lifelong journey and this programme focuses young minds on a positive path to learning something from every activity they do and experience they have.”

Modelled on the Children’s University initiative launched in Adelaide, Australia, in 2006, the programme aims to inspire young minds to try a variety of different activities, develop a positive attitude towards lifelong learning and start to think about their future pathway into tertiary education.

In 2019, the programme’s first year, 192 Canterbury students from seven schools and one rūnanga enrolled in the Children’s University. The Children’s University plans to expand in 2020 to enrol 1000 students from 20-30 schools and rūnanga.

Community groups and businesses interested in providing locations for activities or funding to expand the programme are encouraged to contact Amy Underdown on amy.underdown@canterbury.ac.nz to find out more.

The Children’s University Canterbury Partnership programme is the first of its kind in New Zealand and is delivered by the UC and Lincoln University.

See coverage of the event on Seven Sharp

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2019 Blues Awards celebrate student success at UC

It has been a 106 years since the first UC Blues Awards, and last week the ceremony was back for 2019. The awards are one of the most prestigious events on the university calendar.

This year, Blues was staged in the new UCSA building, Haere-roa. 65 awards were presented. Congratulations to all winners and nominees!

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2019 Blues Awards winners

Major Awards
  • Polly Hoskins – Outstanding Contribution to University Arts
  • Thomas Bedggood – Outstanding Achievement in the Arts
  • Amelia Dewhurst and Rose Bayldon – Outstanding Contribution to Sustainability
  • Eleanor Hurton – Outstanding Contribution to Equity and Diversity
  • Tamahou Thoms – Waewae Kai Pakiaka: Outstanding Contribution to the Māori Community
  • Bariz Shah and Eleanor Hurton – Outstanding Achievement in Community Engagement
  • George Haswell – Official of the Year
  • Piet Van Hasselt – Coach of  the Year
  • UC Men’s Premier Basketball Team – Team of the Year
  • Piet Van Hasselt – Outstanding Contribution to University Sport
  • Braydon Ennor – Sportsperson of the Year
Community Blues
  • Amelia Dewhurst
  • Bariz Shah
  • Eleanor Hurton
  • Freya Farrar
  • George Stilwell
  • Hinerangi Curtis
  • Josephine Varghese
  • Paige Sullivan
  • Rose Bayldon
  • Sam Walker
  • Tamahou Thoms
Arts Blues
  • Baily Lelieveld – Music
  • Chas Wakefield – Music
  • Jack Nolan – Music
  • Kevin Fernando – Music
  • Polly Hoskins – Literature
  • Thomas Bedggood – Music
  • Wenting Yang – Music
Sports Blues
  • Adam Hillis – Hockey
  • Anna Perry – Athletics
  • Braydon Ennor – Rugby
  • Britneylee Nicholson – Football and Futsal
  • Bronwyn Dibb – Trampoline
  • Edmund Fordyce – Croquet
  • Ella Ferguson – Volleyball
  • Grace Brooker – Rugby
  • Hayley Cox – Hockey
  • Henry Wills – Rowing
  • Jade Bowen – Touch Rugby and Rugby Sevens
  • Jessie Hansen – Rugby
  • Josie Dixon – Handball
  • Julia Harrison – Archery
  • Lily Marshall – Netball
  • Lucy Jenkins – Rugby
  • Luke Mercieca – Athletics
  • Madeleine Story – Hockey
  • Margot Willis – Hockey
  • Max Atwell – Athletics
  • Quinton Hurley – Swimming
  • Rebecca Lake –Football and Futsal
  • Una Foyle – Football
  • Will Jordan – Rugby
  • Ultimate Players:
    • Caitlin Wood – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Kimberley Fuller – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Mike Muldrew – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Paige Hansen – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Te Atawhai Maginness – Ultimate Frisbee
    • Yani Nicholson – Ultimate Frisbee
Sport Recognition Awards
  • UC Men’s Falcons Hockey Team – UTSNZ Hockey Champions
  • UC Men’s Falcons Volleyball Team – UTSNZ Hockey Champions
  • UC Men’s Premier Basketball Team – Christchurch Premier Basketball Champions
  • Caleb Downes – Football Referee
  • George Haswell – Rugby and Touch Rugby Referee
  • Harrison Cook – Football Referee
  • Michael Love – Football Referee
  • Craig Anderson – Hockey Coach
  • Lyndon Fraser – Athletics Coach
  • Piet Van Hasselt – Basketball Coach

 

NCEA Japanese Day Dance-Off Largest Ever

Over 400 students and teachers from UC and 16 Waitaha Canterbury high schools attended the 2019 NCEA Japanese workshop.

During this year’s event, students and staff took part in creating a unique video project that can be considered Aotearoa New Zealand’s largest group dance by Japanese learners.

Dancing collaboratively to a Japanese pop song is a great way to connect Waitaha Canterbury’s young and enthusiastic learners of Japanese while creating a sense of belonging to a Japanese learning community.

Check out the amazing job they did here>

UC Sustainability Champion: Meet Mikaila

Mikaila Ceelen-Thomas | Masters in Commerce, Green Marketing Guru and Eco Volunteer

This year, we’re proud to be profiling students and staff who we believe are contributing to the culture of sustainability at UC. We are running this campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so get thinking about who you’ll be nominating this year! Nominations for the Awards are open from the 5 – 31 August.

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our next Sustainability Champion profile from the wonderful Mikaila – our social media superstar, ray of sunshine and Eco Volunteer (all while studying towards her Masters in Commerce). You might even recognise her from the latest issue of Canta – fittingly, it’s the Environment Issue!Mikaila zooming on her bike in the latest issue of Canta (photo credit: Java Katzur)

Tell us about yourself!

I am currently doing an MCOM Majoring in Marketing, my focus mainly on over consumption and why people choose to consume less / follow a sustainable lifestyle. Marketing for me is the gateway to reduce environmental impacts in the workplace and society – raising awareness about green marketing and leading by example. A fun fact about myself I love marmite on ice cream (don’t knock it till you try it).

Tell us how you become involved with sustainability at UC.

 After coming home from my exchange in the Netherlands I realised the huge passion I had for the environment and ensuring we maintain our relationship with mother nature. When coming back to UC I sought out for sustainability focused clubs and the got in touch with the Sustainability Office. I found some pretty awesome clubs in relation to making a difference and getting involved, and joining the Eco Volunteer team was a great move, allowing me to meet and hang out with like minded people at sustainability events on campus. I also gained a better understanding of my personal relationship with sustainability and where I fit in. The UC Sustainability team played a big role in helping me get more involved – now I work with Chloe from the Sustainability Office on social media and communications to promote sustainability events we have around campus. Helping get the message out and showing students how to get more involved with sustainability is key to increase engagement for students both on campus and in their personal lives.

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Mikaila (right) at UC Sustainability’s Rethink Your Wardrobe Clothes Swap event earlier this year, where she coordinated the social media coverage.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What has been a sustainability project that has meant a lot to you?

One area for me would be combining sustainability and engagement through social media. My main focus is communicating with students and staff the work we are doing around campus and our upcoming events. Ensuring that students are aware of the cool events we put on such as our Bike Breakfast or Zero Waste Workshops and then sharing a snippet of the action through blog posts, Instagram takeovers and Facebook. It’s so exciting to see all the people who come along to the events, and you can see this is often the start of something bigger for them. For example, we had 100 students come along to our Plastic Free July workshop! Right now I’m helping Chloe run some really cool giveaways over social media for Plastic Free July and Fairtrade Fortnight, and boy do students love giveaways!! It’s been really cool seeing students tag in their friends and flatmates in the competitions, and watching how excited people are getting about winning eco products like reusable straws and beeswax wraps is so cool!

I’m also a major contributor to the latest edition of Canta, which is the Environmental / Sustainability Issue (find me in Flat Famous – wohoo!!), and I’m doing some Plastic Free July blogging for the Sustainability Office on campus this week, so watch this space!

Mikaila with the pile of eco giveaways for Plastic Free July and Fairtrade Fortnight, where she has been coordinating the content for social media giveaways and competitions

What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC?

How UC is continuously striving to become more sustainable, little things such as the Cup Library in both the Eng Core and the Undercroft are big for me. Since being a fresher at UC I have seen some pretty cool developments and become much more aware of how sustainable our campus is. Who knew we have plenty of fruit trees on campus? Also how the UCSA’s Tea Party and other events have switched from plastic disposable cups to reusable ones – and not to forget our beautiful community garden – it makes me proud to be a student at UC.

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Mikaila (bottom left) and her flatmates featuring in the Environmental Issue of Canta (photo credit:  Java Katzur)

Where to next for you?

This is my final year studying (woohoo), after finishing my thesis I shall step out into the real world and find myself a job. Ideally I will be working with a clean, green company that’s positively impacting the way we consume products. However, I would love to help guide businesses with sustainable practices, helping them grow and gain a better appreciation for our environment and why we need to take great care of it.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our Sustainability Champions Campaign, where we profile UC students and staff doing great things for sustainability. This is part of our wider communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.

 

UC Sustainability Champion: Meet Elizabeth

Elizabeth Peters | Masters in Marketing, Plastic Free Blogger and Eco VolunteerThis year, we’re proud to be profiling students and staff who we believe are contributing to the culture of sustainability at UC. We are running this campaign in the lead up to the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards, so get thinking about who you’ll be nominating this year! Nominations for the Awards are open from the 5 – 31 August.

In the meantime, read on and enjoy our latest Sustainability Champion profile from plastic free blogger Elizabeth – we caught up with her just in time for Plastic Free July!

29871827_10155490801062336_7562871590863254003_oElizabeth making a ‘plastic free promise’ during Plastic Free July 2018

Tell us about yourself!

My name is Elizabeth, I grew up in Christchurch. I did my undergraduate at University of Canterbury in Marketing and Management and I am currently doing my Master’s in Marketing on the topic of non-profit advertising. I spent my later years of my childhood growing up in the country and love being in nature. I now flat in town and love biking through the greener areas of Christchurch that remind me of home.

Tell us how you became involved with sustainability at UC.

I started coming along to a few events throughout my undergraduate studies, but it wasn’t until this last year that I got involved with the UC Sustainability Office and started helping more.  I love the work that the sustainability team is doing and wanted to be a part of it which I do through Eco Volunteering.

What has been a sustainability project that has meant a lot to you?

For an assignment at university we were set with a challenge to change a behavior of ours that would not only better ourselves but also the society in which we live. I chose to give up plastic. I began with the broad goal to give up all plastics… However, it was not until I started recording my plastic consumption that it started to dawn on me how pervasive plastic was in my life! Since I began this journey in 2017, I have learnt and continue to learn about the problem, and various ways in which I can be a part of the solution. I have learnt through personal experience and from the experience and research of others. Over the summer I started a blog called Glasshouse Refillery to share my journey. I also share some of my regular rhythms to living a more sustainable lifestyle on my Instagram and Facebook page – if you’re interested you can find me here: @glasshouserefillery.

I’m also volunteering my time (and my sewing machine!) at the Sustainability Office’s Plastic Free July workshop on Tuesday. Drop in and learn to make (and take home) a produce bag and a beeswax wrap and take a stand against plastic pollution with us! See the Facebook event here for all the details.

What is something that has made you feel really proud and a part of UC? 

I often bike to university and leading up to UC Sustainability’s Bike Breakfast event the bike shed was so full I had to go to one on the other side of campus! While the bike shed isn’t always full (particularly in winter!), it is great to see so many students and staff choosing to cycle to university. I am also proud to be a part of UC Sustainability’s journey in their BYO cups and containers initiative (and the cup library) at the various cafes and food establishments on campus.

Where to next for you?

Though I will soon finish my studies and no longer be a student, I will continue to do my bit for this wonderful planet that we are blessed to live on. I still have a long road ahead on my sustainability journey, but I will endeavor to be an eco-advocate where my life leads me. Endeavoring to encourage others and myself to continue to make small changes that have a big impact.

This message was bought to you by the UC Sustainability Office. Stay connected and follow us on Facebook, Instagram or sign up to our newsletter to stay in the loop about campus sustainability. This blog is part of our Sustainability Champions Campaign, where we profile UC students and staff doing great things for sustainability. This is part of our wider communications plan for the 2019 UC Sustainability Awards. For more information, and for the Awards nomination form, see our website.