It has been a month since you have moved into your new home in the CityU Student Residence! How do you all feel so far? Looking back on the past month, a series of hall welcoming events had been organized in order to build a sense of belonging among hall freshmen towards the residence community. One of these exciting events was the 2016 Joint-hall Orientation Camp, “Love War”–which was jointly held by Alumni Civility Hall (Hall 3), Lee Shau Kee Hall (Hall 6), Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall (Hall 9), and Hall 11.
“Love War” was the second largest orientation camp held in CityU this year with around 370 students joining in total. It was a three-day, two-night O’camp taken place in the respective halls and the Po Leung Kuk Pak Tam Chung Holiday Camp from 9 to 11 September 2016.
Organized jointly by four halls, the O’camp focused on three purposes: (1) to help freshmen in acclimating hall life, (2) to build up their sense of belonging to the overall residence community, and (3) to enhance the bonding between residents and their halls. Below are some sharing from the organizers and participants of the “Love War”:
“To organize an O’camp for hundreds of people was not an easy task, but we jobamas believe this orientation camp will surely help freshmen adapting to hall life as soon as possible. Our efforts will pay off. For instance, the first night of the camp was taken place in the halls. Through interacting with group mates in detective games and mass games, our participants had fun together and they were able to make new friends and establish a social network, which we think are factors affecting their sense of belonging to the halls.”
- KWOK Ka Ying, Joma of Sir Gordon and Lady Ivy Wu Hall, Year 3 Public Policy & Politics, Hong Kong
“We decided to organize the O’camp jointly with three other halls instead of organizing an individual one particularly for our hall residents because we see the importance of maintaining harmony across different halls. Throughout the O’camp, we held different mass games, aiming to increase the interaction of residents from different halls. For me, the most unforgettable one would be the campfire session. I saw how participants from different halls merged into a circle to sing and dance together. I guess this would be a memorable scene for all of the organizing committees as well, as we have all spent a few months organizing this enormous orientation camp.”
- Ivan TAM, Organizing Committee Member, Lee Shau Kee Hall, Year 2 Public Policy & Politics, Hong Kong
“This Joint-hall O’camp marked the beginning of my wonderful hall life. The events were all well-designed and the camp consolidated my bonding with my group mates and hall. The competitions of beat demonstration and house dancing were simply vigorous. We all practiced very hard for the competitions and fought for the champion. I was able to experience the spirit of unity, especially from the tug-of-war, which has enhanced my sense of belonging to my hall.”
- Calvin TAM, Participant, Hall 11, Year 2 Social Work, Hong Kong
Writer: Dilys HO (Lee Shau Kee Hall)
Photos: 2016 Joint-hall Orientation Camp Committee, City Broadcast Channel
文: 何柏妮 (李兆基堂)