Orientation Week Kicks Off the 2012 Year at Wesley Institute
The 2012 academic year is well under way as week 1 rapidly comes to an end. Classrooms are full, rehearsals have begun, the Grassy Knoll is buzzing with old friends, and new ones too, and the first Gathering on Wednesday filled the campus with excitement and enthusiasm over the year ahead.
2012 at Wesley Institute officially kicked off last week with orientation, and a variety of activities and events on campus. Our new postgraduate students were welcomed Tuesday night with dinner and music, performed by Bachelor of Music alumni Paul Rothenbuhler and Wil New, followed by a program of speakers from across the Institute.
On Wednesday, 37 exchange students from Christian Colleges and Universities across the United States landed in Sydney and arrived at Wesley Institute approximately an hour later for the beginning of their orientation. The students are part of the ‘Australia Studies Centre’ housed at Wesley Institute, in partnership with the Council for Christian Colleges and Universities (CCCU). They will spend their semester studying alongside Wesley Institute students, participating in service placements and living in homestays with local families in order to help them encounter Australia.
Thursday brought orientation for our new undergraduate students, and their first taste of Wesley Institute’s community. Beginning with a hot breakfast of pancakes, bacon and eggs, students across the Schools of Dance, Drama, Graphic Design, Music and Theology were greeted by returning students and staff, all excited to experience the year ahead together. The full day program was broken up with a picnic lunch and volleyball game on the grassy knoll, and concluded with an excursion into the City for a dinner cruise around Sydney’s beautiful harbour on what turned out to be a perfect summer night. “I loved the atmosphere at Orientation,” said new Graphic Design student Carla Dibbs. “There was a great sense of community and everyone was so friendly which made you feel comfortable and it was easy to meet new people. The information I received equipped me to know my surroundings and find out everything that was available to me as a new student.”
Also this year our returning students were welcomed back on Friday during orientation week for an inaugural continuing student re-orientation. The program focused on building community and discussed topics particularly relevant to returning students. Friends were given a chance to re-connect and ‘pick things up again’ over a sausage-sizzle, prepared and served by members of the staff, and another volleyball game on the Grassy Knoll, a fast growing and loved tradition at Wesley Institute.
Prior to the on-campus orientation week, our online School of Education hosted orientation for approximately 80 new students during the beginning of February. Considering most of their study will be separated from their peers, students enjoyed making friends and networking with others ready to embark on the same course. Graduate Diploma of Education (Secondary) student, Emily Liddell, reflected, “I have just had two most delightful days at Wesley Institute. I started my graduate diploma of education…It is a shift from law and motherhood, but I am itching to get into the classroom to build dreams and create hope in a new generation.”
On behalf of everyone at Wesley Institute, we’d like to welcome all our new students, as well as welcome back those returning. We look forward to the year ahead!
View photos from the day on our Facebook page.