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Teslers’ Time Out Welcome to VUW for another year! This is the first newsletter for 2012, and already there is so much to see and do! I want to really encourage you to get out there, go along to some events and see how much fun Wellington can be.

Victoria events

BEd(TESOL) info

Sat 10 -/Sun 11 Mar. Wellington Choir at Te Papa

Get Involved at Victoria Check out this great website, helping Vic students to get connected and involved. It features information on becoming a class rep, international buddy and mentor, as well as leadership and volunteer opportunities! www.victoria.ac.nz/home/study/ getinvolved/

Fri 9 Mar - School of Linguistics and Applied Language Studies : What are they really up to? To launch the LALS seminar series for 2012, staff from across the school will take turns to tell you about their research. Could it be that they really do know what they’re talking about in lectures? Hear what academics do on their research days and during their non-teaching trimester - all neatly packaged in just one PowerPoint slide.

Wellington events

Welcome Dora! Joining the BEd(TESOL) team as administrator this year is Dora Incze. We look forward to working with her!

Orientation 2012 Wrap up Do you remember your first few weeks in Wellington? Cold, tired and a little bit lost? MARA 5 finished up their orientation last week, including Shakespeare in the gardens, a Kapati Coast tour and a few laps of Kelburn campus. A huge thanks to the seniors who helped show them around the city. Selamat Datang M5!

The Wellington Community Choir will be performing a selection of inter-cultural songs from the various spaces within Te Papa. Members of the public are invited to follow the choir around the different levels or experience the music informally as they move about the building. In the Marae, from 2 pm – 4, they will lead a choral singing workshop for all-comers. Sat 10 - Sun 11 Mar, 11am - 4pm, Te Papa Museum. Free!

Social Committee We will be meeting early next week with your Social Committee representatives. The Social-Cultural programme is there for you, so I want your input! If you have any questions, recommendations or ideas, please let your representatives know so we can plan an exciting programme that caters for all your interests.

Fri 9 Mar, 4-5pm MY 101. Free.

Sat 10/ Sun 11 Mar. Live sculpting at the Weta Cave If you’ve been thinking of visiting the world famous Weta Cave, now’s the time! Weta Workshop sculptor Craig Campbell will be coming to the Weta Cave to work on an original creation live. Craig is one of the sculptors who worked on the Rugby Sculpture that now stands in central Wellington. Come see a master at work! Sat 10 - Sun 11 Mar, 10am - 4pm, The Weta Cave, Corner of Camperdown Rd and Weka St, Miramar. Bus route 2, get off at Camperdown Rd. Free!

Volunteer Wellington Want to spend your free time in a meaningful way and connect with the Wellington community at the same time? Then voluntary work could be for you! One way to start your volunteer adventure is by contacting Volunteer Wellington, a charitable trust which links non-profit and community organisations with volunteers in the Wellington region. Through Volunteer Wellington, you can also gain points towards the Volunteer Connect Award and Certificate of Recognition. You can either ask Fern for a Volunteer Wellington registration form, contact the organisation directly, or see their Facebook page. vw@volunteerwellington.org.nz

Sun 11 Mar. Herb Q&A Thinking of growing you own herbs? The Botanic Gardens Herb expert is on hand to answer your questions (up the zigzag from the Lady Norwood Rose Garden). 10am -12pm. Free!

Contact the Social-Cultural Coordinator: fern.wallingford@vuw.ac.nz Phone: 463 5233 ext. 8703 Mobile: 027 563 5627

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Teslers' Time Out 8 March