AFTER a chilly week, students were treated to a fun afternoon in the sun at the Lord Mayor’s Student’s Welcome last Saturday. Vivian Tan and Yu Cheng Chong fill you in on what you missed.
Participants of the Lord Mayor’s Student Welcome enjoyed a warm afternoon in the sun last Saturday April 6. Held at Queensbridge Square this year, the event is an annual celebration and recognition of the contribution international students make to Melbourne’s social and cultural identity.
But even though the event was aimed at students, the roving performers, face-painters, on-stage shows and games stalls also attracted many passersby, from wide-eyed children with their families to young couples and tourists, all keen to join in the fun.
The welcome kick-started with an ‘Alice in Wonderland’ inspired fashion show, followed by a speech by the Lord Mayor Robert Doyle.
The Bounczn Dance Company, Kstar Evolutionz and Katumba Latin American Dance kept the crowd entertained and moving to the beat.
Members of the audience were invited to join in the dance parade as the performers sashayed their way around the square.
Many students also overcame their fear and got up close with Australian wildlife as handlers made their rounds at the event as part of the roaming reptile showcase.
Students were encouraged to pet the reptiles and have their photos taken with a snake draped around their shoulders.
The petting farm was also a highlight.
The event was also a good opportunity for students to gain information on resources and services available to them, including the International Student Care Service, The Australian Federation of International Students, and even a free bicycle tour students could sign up for to gain confidence on the road.