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MULTICULTURAL STUDENT NEWSLETTER Multicultural Student Services Ballarat/Gippsland/Berwick Edition February 2018

CRICOS Provider No. 00103D

KEY DATES Important Dates

16th February - Chinese New Year 19th-23rd February - Orientation Week 26th February - 29th March - First lecture period for Higher Education 4th March - Clean Up Australian Day 12th March - Labour Day (Long weekend) 20th March - Naw Ruz (Persian New Year) 21st March - World Harmony Day 30th March - 14th April - Lecture Break for Higher Education 31st March - Census Date 1st April - Easter Sunday 16th April - 25th June - Second lecture period for Higher Education

SERVICES Academic Support The PASS (Peer Assisted Study Sessions) Program is designed to help you succeed, the program offers a fun, informal study environment, so you can get the most out of your course. PASS sessions are facilitated by experienced students (PASS leaders) and offer a relaxed peer environment, where students can consolidate their understanding of the course content and develop their study skills. PASS is usually attched to courses that can be challenging for students. Many of these courses are core first year courses students encounter in the first and second semester of their transition to university life. PASS is a valuable opportunity for students to seek advice in a friendly, relaxed environment, the sessions are designed to be informal, flexible and fun. PASS sessions are available at our Berwick, Ballarat and Gippsland campuses and for all online students. For more information about the PASS program at FedUni you can contact the Student Futures team on 1800 33 864 or email: For English Academic Assistance we have the ELSP (English Language Support Program) which are specialist classes for International students. Please contact Melania Pantelich (Ballarat campus) on 5327 8018 or email: or Rachel Daniel (Berwick campus) on 5122 8231 or email:



Ballarat African Association Cultural Festival

Saturday 24th February

The Ballarat African Assoication are hosting an African cultural festival on 24th February in association with the Victoria Police and Department of Premier and Cabinet to promote social cohesion in the Ballarat region and surrounding areas. The event is free and is open to all members of the public. It is a family friendly event so please bring along your children for a variety of activities and food throughout the day. The event starts at 12pm and will conclude at 8pm. It will be hosted at the Albert Coates Bistro, Federation University, Mount Helen campus.

Grampians Day Trip

March 3rd - all day

Join us for a day at the Grampians- one of Victoria’s finest tourist attractions. Discover grand and rugged mountain ranges, spectacular wildflower displays, and a wide range of outdoor recreational opportunities in the Grampians National Park. The day trip will cost $10 per student. There will the opportunity for students to camp over night and experience the real Aussies outback for $30 per person - there are limited places available so please register early!

Ballarat Wildlife Park

March 17th - 10:30am - 1pm

Get familiar with Australian animals as we take you to the Ballarat Wildlife Park for a true Australian experience. The Ballarat Wildlife Park specializes in native Australian animals and a wide variety of exotic reptiles, from free roaming kangaroos, koalas, wombats, Tasmanian devils, eagles, giant tortoises, crocodiles and alligators to a large display of lizards and both venomous and non-venomous snakes. Date: March 17th - 10:30am - 1pm Register here:

Rock the Block Street Party SAVE THE DATE for an action packed Street Party brought to you by Ballarat youths in celebration of Harmony Week 2018. Led by young people, Rock the Block Culture Fest will feature 4hours of performance, food trucks, market stalls and creative workshops for all ages. The Street Party starts at 3pm and is a family friendly event - bring your friends and #RocktheBlock at FedUni’s SMB campus - 106 Lydiard Street, Ballarat. For more information please visit the FedUni Multicultural Student FB page: or visit the B’ You Ballarat FB page for all the details!

March 17th - 10:30am - 1pm



Latrobe Valley Maltese Festa

Saturday 17th February

Kernot Hall, Morwell from 10am - 4pm The Latrobe Valley Maltese Festa celebrates all things Maltese - bringing a taste of the Mediterranean to Morwell! The day will be filled with Maltese entertainment, exhibitions and stalls. Come and experience traditional food and drink, including the Festival’s own speciality produced wine and be entertained with live music both in and outside Kernot Hall. The first Maltese Festa in 2016 attracted 4500 people. 2018 is going to be even bigger so make sure you save the date and get to Kernot Hall on Saturday 17th February.

Boolarra Folk Festival 2018

Saturday 3rd March

Christian St Boolarra from 10am - 8pm FREE EVENT The Boolarra Folk Festival is a FREE annual community event held in the beautiful country township of Boolarra. The next Boolarra Folk Festival will be held on saturday 3rd March, 2018. Please come along and enjoy the relaxed and friendly atmosphere, whilst enjoying some of the fantastic live music. Our Art, Craft and Food Market will once again provide visitors with the opportunity to discover the work of many local artisians.

Rising Waters Interactive Horror Experience $39 a ticket for more information go to: A scary experience suitable for audiences 15 years or older. This a walk-around performance, where small groups move through the story at a time. Be part of the script as you walk around and interact with the actors. This is different - be prepared to be scared! LOCATED AT A SECRET LOCATION IN TRARALGON! You will receive a location map via email along with your tickets.

22-25th March



Orientation Week at Berwick

February 19th - 28th

The O-Week program is hosted by your Student Engagement Team. Stay up to date with all the latest FedUni event action by following us on Facebook:

Monday 19th Feb

Tuesday 20th

Main Event Library Quad 11:30am 1:30pm Music & performers, games & a mechanical bull. Free BBQ lunch (lamb, chicken or falafel).

Faculty BBQs Various 12 - 1:30pm Free BBQ, music & magician.

Yoga - Building 903 G87 12- 1:30pm Further info and free booking.

Barefoot Bowling 4 - 7pm Free incl. sausage sizzle, equipment and lesson Further info & free booking.

Yoga - Building 903 G87 3:30 - 4:30pm Further info & free booking.

Friday 23rd Beach Day at St. Kilda All Berwick welcome to join alongside multicultural students from Ballarat & Gippsland campuses. Further info & free booking.

On Campus Sports On campus sports afternoon and BBQ, Netball, basketball and soccer. Starting on Wednesday 14th, 4:30pm to 6:30pm at the campus outdoor courts. Registration will open on the 19th of February at orientation 6 week yoga class, - Tuesdays 4:30-5:30pm on campus starting on the 20th March. The cost for 6 classes: student $20 - staff $40

Wednesday 28th Market Stall - Library Quad 11:30am - 1:30pm Clubs, societies & community stalls. Free food and entertainment. Clip n' Climb 4 - 5pm Free session at the climbing gym, just minutes from campus. Fun for beginners or experienced climbers. Further info & free booking.

Starting March 14th

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CONTACT Gippsland

Student Connect Building 3N, Room 102 Phone: +61 3 5122 6425 Email:

Mt Helen

Multicultural Student Services 1st floor, Building U, Room 117 Phone: +61 3 5327 9446 Email:


Student Engagement/Multicultural Office Building 901, Ground Level Phone: +61 3 5327 9446 Email:

FedUni Multicultural Newsletter - Feb 2018  
FedUni Multicultural Newsletter - Feb 2018