This year’s Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) at the University of Canterbury has been another record-breaker.
According to preliminary numbers we’re up 8.5% on 2018, with more than 3800 new students and whānau attending O Day. Which is an increase on 2017 as well.
A total of 3193 people attended our College sessions – well up on 2715 in 2018.
A big thanks to our Events team and all of the staff who volunteered their time to give a warm welcome to the students joining our UC community this year.
With all new and returning students on campus from Monday, we are set for a fantastic 2019.
Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day) falls on Friday 15 February from 9.30am – 2.00pm this year – it’s our biggest event to welcome new students, families and whānau into the UC community.
To ensure the day runs smoothly, our Events and Partnerships team need your help as a staff volunteer.
O Day is a great opportunity to connect with new students and be part of the buzz. From “Supplier of Smiles” to “Information Guru”, there’s an opportunity for everyone to be part of O Day.
If you are interested in taking part, take a moment to review the roles (see below), check with your manager/supervisor to confirm your availability then click the sign-up link.
O Day volunteer roles:
- Supplier of Smiles – you have a great smile and enjoy meeting new people
- Information Guru – providing help and support is your gig
- Foot traffic Controller – you’re there to scan people into sessions
- Data Gatherer – you’ll happily ask people what they think
- Campus Explorer – you know the campus well and can’t wait to show it off.
CLICK HERE to sign up!
If you have any questions, email the Events and Partnerships team.
Welcome Centre volunteers:
The Welcome Centre will be open between 4 February to 1 March on the Matariki ground floor. The Welcome Centre is a drop-in point of contact and referral for students and whānau, and is designed to help transition students into the UC community.
Staff volunteers are welcome to support our student leaders working at the Welcome Centre. Shifts are in two hour blocks from 9am – 4pm, 4 February to 1 March.
If you can help, please email your preferred dates and times to Elisabeth Baker by Friday 1 February.
Thanks in advance for your support of O Day 2019!
Be part of the Orientation buzz and volunteer at O Day | Herea tō waka. The Events and Partnerships team are looking for friendly, inviting, charismatic staff volunteers to welcome new students, families and whānau to the UC community.
Orientation Day | Herea tō waka (O Day)
Friday 16 February, 9.30am – 2.00pm
From Supplier of Smiles to Information Guru, there is a role for everyone. Read the role descriptions below, check in with your manager and fill in this simple form to take part in welcoming the hordes of new students to UC.
O Day volunteer roles:
Supplier of Smiles
You have a great smile and enjoy making people happy.
We want you on the O Day trails to warmly welcome our visitors to UC including:
- greeting and welcoming new students to our UC community
- handing out programmes, wristbands, and food etc. on the trails
- filling and giving away Think first drink bottles
- showing a friendly, approachable face for our new students on their first day.
Providing help and answering questions is your gig.
You’ll assist visitors with any questions from where to get a good coffee to what time the next info session starts and monitor sessions taking place in your area. Your tasks could include:
- warmly welcoming new students to the UC community
- assisting with general inquiries at the Information Hub in the Undercroft
- assisting with the information sessions in C Block, A Block and the Engineering Core by
- scanning tickets
- managing foot traffic into lecture theatres
- helping attendees get to the right information session.
- answering questions – or directing them to where they can get answers.
Volunteer now or if you have any questions email the Events and Partnerships team.
Herea tō waka: The phrase ‘herea tō waka’ means ‘tie up your waka’ and is a reference to what we do when our waka (sailing vessel) comes into landing – we tie it firmly to the shore so that it doesn’t drift away.
For our students and that arrive here at UC and particularly on their first day (O Day), they are metaphorically tying their waka to the shoreline that is UC to ensure their grounding here is firm.
The Orientation Day 2017 introductory sessions kick off with a 15-minute video package of key need-to-know information.
The video compilation covers health and safety, student care, security, support, the UCSA, Student Volunteer Army and lots more. The video is also playing in the Welcome Centre.
Watch it, if you want to see what new students have been informed about.
With the 2017 enrolment process in full swing the transition to welcoming and supporting our new students is under way – which includes Orientation Day (O Day).
It’s worth popping O Day into your calendar on Friday 17 February 2017.
Each O Day since 2012 has given us a positive insight into our University’s progress since 2011, the difference our contributions to recruitment efforts have made, and why we’re here.
On a practical note, have a think about the extra number of students, parents, caregivers and whānau on campus. Planning ahead for parking helps too. We’ll stay in touch with you over the countdown period.
Don’t forget the huge difference a simple Kia ora, or Hi with a smile can make to a homesick student. You don’t need to have all the answers – just taking two minutes out of your day to bring a lost student to the information desk at Matariki could make all the difference in the world – tangata tū , tangata ora – be prepared to make a difference.
UC Communications and Engagement Team