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2019 IHD Orientation Semester 1

To ease new and returning students back into the Territory and uni, IHD put together a two-week Orientation program. Orientation kicked-off with a Casuarina Square tour followed by a Welcome BBQ, which saw 40 of you mingling and introducing yourselves. As the weeks progressed, events such as cooking and laundry demos, potluck dinner, academic support sessions from the library, and movie nights, all had lasting impressions on you and has helped you to learn more about diversity, personal responsibility and expectations as a resident.

Major attractions during the Orientation were ice skating, where resident Lars won the hurdle skating race, the cooking demo and progressive dinners, where you had the chance to experience the flavours of international cuisines, and IHD’s Big Day Out. 

IHD’s Orientation is all about helping new and returning residents settle into Darwin and encouraging you to have conversations to build their network and make friendships that last forever! Upcoming events like Coffee and Cake aim to build those conversations and act as a catalyst to build a social network for your wellbeing.

Big Day Out
IHD’s Orientation highlight, the Big Day Out, comprises of events aimed towards providing a firsthand Territory experience to newcomers. The Jumping Crocs Cruise is one such attraction, highly showcasing the Territory and its wild beasts. Thirty-four residents attended the cruise and were left awestruck with the natural beauty of Adelaide River. The little croc, Fluffy, was the main attraction; he is the fastest among his peers and highly dangerous with his hunting instincts. The sight of feeding sea eagles was an extra delight. 

After the cruise, a number of you joined the NT Museum and Art Gallery trip where you were amazed by how big “Sweetheart” is and how cyclone Tracy destroyed Darwin. The rich flora and fauna of Darwin was another dinner table discussion among residents in the days that followed.

Welcome Day
A huge thank you to all new and returning residents who came along to spend the day with all the office staff and the RLs! The fun-filled day started with the perfect way to break the ice; Friendship Bingo. Congratulations to Nelson Kurniawan who won the battle and emerged as bingo hero! He was presented with an NT News Limited Edition What a Croc book. As the proceedings followed, morning tea was served. You were introduced to staff, and the Resident Leaders introduced themselves. One of our RLs, Jack, claimed ‘daydreaming’ as his hobby, and the whole MC Room erupted in laughter. Lunch was served and everyone made wraps to their liking. After lunch, former RL and returning resident Muriel Scholz won the IHD Pop Quiz. She was presented with an NT News Second Edition Subtle Art of Not Giving a Croc book. After the quiz, we had a session from Gabrielle Mullen on the benefits and how you can get the best from your study with Equity Services.

As always, we like to have former residents remain a part of the IHD Community. This Orientation’s Alumni Panel was made up of current Guest Services Officer and former Resident Leader, Pavan Sehmi, Harry Edmonds Award winner and former Resident Leader, Reuben Wakefield, and former Resident Leader Muriel Scholz. They answered questions and shared their resident insights with you, which hopefully will help you in finding balance with your academic and social life. 

Following the panel, everyone headed outside to the central lawns to compete in the tug-of-war bouts. A special mention to the RL team who got this session going, but lost heroically. In the end, there was one winning team; Bibi, Marjolein, Adil, Balakrishna and Akhil.

Back into the cool of the MC Room, the Welcome Day Raffle was drawn. First prize was a $150 Sony Wireless headset, and the recipient was Lining. Navy was the runner-up and took home a Casuarina movie ticket.

We hope you all had a great time over the past two weeks and now feel at home at IHD!

- Aman Kathed, Resident Engagement Officer