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White Coat Ceremony

The traditional white coat ceremony was held at the University of Otago on Saturday 22nd February. The ceremony welcomed 131 new students into the Pharmacy School. This year the students received inspirational wishes in the pocket of their new white coats, written from Otago Pharmacy graduates.

Please enjoy some of the photographs taken at the ceremony by Alan Dove!

The ceremony also featured in the Otago Daily Times:
https://www.odt.co.nz/news/dunedin/messages-inspire-new-generation

 

NZAPS-O Camp 2021

2021 camp stared off with a bang this year! After coming out from a year of COVID we were excited to put this event on for the new pharmacy students! Camp took on the 19th-21st of February with 78 students attending from all years.

The new students were greeted on the lawn of the Otago Museum on Friday afternoon by our executive team and helpers. Upon boarding the bus, the students were divided into five coloured teams and had their first chance to meet their new teammates whom they would soon get to know a lot better through games, team activities, and challenges. Once the students arrived at the campgrounds, they dug into their first meal which was prepped and ready by some of our wonderful helpers. After lunch, the eager P2’s dove into their teams and participated in several ice breaker games and team-building exercises.

First game: Ballon game

Our 5 teams immediately jumped into activities after lunch and took part in their first game for points! Throughout camp we had activities that earned each team colour points and the winning team would receive a bar tab later in the year at another Pharmacy event. These events ranged from sports to acting to intellect and had everyone participating.

Our amazing revue rep Owen Parkinson came up with 5 skit topics that were picked out of a hat and random allocated props by a member of each team, which was later to be practiced and showcased. The first team challenge popped off with the balloon game, followed by an egg toss competition, and finally a quiz night after tea! We were excited to see the students were quickly forming new friendships.

The next morning greeted us with another beautiful day which was the perfect weather for SPORTS DAY! The afternoon consisted of the 5 teams facing each other off in a few sports games to win the most points. There was Volleyball, Touch Rugby, and Non-stop Cricket of which the students seemed to really enjoy! We also tested each teams’ strength; Tug of War was the obvious game of choice which resulted in a great ending to sports day. After lunch, the campers were re-energized and enthusiastic to carry on with the competition, next on the agenda was skit practicing.

Everyone gathered in the hall and the night had just begun, each team performed their acts ranging from raps battles, to singing, and impeccable acting which showed us that the P2s had some real talent. The hall was filled with laughter and applauds, and everyone had done an outstanding job the judges had a hard time making a unanimous decision. The night was a hit, which we all celebrated with a pizza night!

We then wrapped up the night with a DJ to come in give us some good tunes!

Also a big thank you to Nico Ritmeester and all of the exec for organising such a well put together camp!

A Flat Crawl in Imagination Land!

Saturday 14th March marked the day the door to Imagination land opened, and different characters and creatures from all movies and TV shows you had once seen had come to life. The objective of the day was to take upon activities and challenges across three flats on the mysterious land of North Dunedin.

Our members first assembled at our first flat on Leith Street, where different year levels prepared themselves for the first challenge; The Scrumpy Race! The event was sponsored none other than Scrumpy themselves, providing our members with plenty of refreshments in hand.

It was the perfect day for our members to enjoy a beverage in the hot sun, with plenty of dancing, mingling, a sizzling BBQ, and hot chips to keep our comrades going with full energy throughout the day!

Best dressed of the day was awarded to Shea McDonald whose outfit was inspired by the Joker.

A huge thanks to Scrumpy for yet again helping our association with ticking off another great flat crawl!

Pharmacy Camp 2020!

Our annual pharmacy camp was held from Tuesday 11th February to Thursday 13th February at the Waiora Scout Camp. We welcomed 60 new second years and had 35 third- and fourth-year pharmacy students as camp helpers.

The new students were greeted on the lawn of the Otago Museum on Tuesday afternoon by our executive team and helpers. Upon boarding the bus, the students were divided into six coloured teams and had their first chance to meet their new teammates whom they would soon get to know a lot better through games, team activities, and challenges. Once the students arrived at the campgrounds, they dug into their first meal which was prepped and ready by some of our wonderful helpers. After lunch, the eager P2’s dove into their teams and participated in several ice breaker games and team-building exercises.

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First challenge: Balloon Game!

The 6 teams were to participate in a varying number of challenges and activities ranging between sports to acting, and intellect. Our revue representative, Eve Bartholomew came up with 6 skit topics that were picked out of a hat by a member of each team which was later to be practiced and showcased. The first team challenge popped off with the balloon game, followed by an egg toss competition, and finally a quiz night after tea! We were excited to see the students were quickly forming new friendships.

The next morning greeted us with another stunner of a day which was the perfect weather for SPORTS DAY! The afternoon consisted of the 6 teams facing each other off in a few sports games to win the most points. There was Volleyball, Touch Rugby, and Cricket, tiebreakers were settled with relay sprints. We also tested each teams’ strength; Tug of War was the obvious game of choice. After lunch, the campers were re-energized and enthusiastic to carry on with the competition, next on the agenda was skit practicing.

Everyone gathered in the hall and the night had just begun, each team performed their acts ranging from raps battles, to singing, and impeccable acting which showed us that the P2s had some real talent. The hall was filled with laughter and applauds, and everyone had done an outstanding job the judges had a hard time making a unanimous decision. The night was a hit, which we all celebrated with a pizza night!

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Challenge Winners: Purple Team!

 

We finished the night off with a disco party including a DJ and late-night snacks, all the teams came together, danced and sang the night away.

Huge credit to Isabella Mcloughlin and the executive team for organizing such a successful camp!

 

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Our 2020 Executive Team!

The NZAPS-O annual general meeting was held on the 21st September 2019, where we announced our new executive team for 2020.

Riley McEvoy and Carlie Arnold were the recipients of the NZAPS-O Appreciation Award for their continual support and involvement in helping out with NZAPSO and the executive members throughout the years.

Congratulations are in order to our new executive team!

NZAPS-O 2020 Executive :

President – Isabella McLoughlin
Secretary – Miqi Ou Yang
Treasurer – Jessie Lam
Contact Person – Jared Davidson
Student Exchange Officer/Welfare – Lisa Hammersley
Education – Sophie Tran
Sports – McKinley Vollebregt
Social – Nico Ritmeester
Marketing – Josiah Mcdougall
Revue – Eve Bartholomew

The Annual Pharmacy Flat Crawl – Safari 2019

On Saturday the 6th of April, the Annual Pharmacy Flat Crawl was held in North Dunedin. Our theme this year was Safari. From safari rangers to pink panthers there was something for everyone. We started the day on Leith St, with a great view of all the incoming pharmacy students. Throughout the afternoon, we moved through 3 flats generously provided by our members.

The day consisted of friendly games, a costume competition and a BBQ provided by NZAPS-O for the hungry hoards. Best dressed for the day was awarded to Aleesha Bhana who crafted a home made elephant costume.

The event was sponsored by Scrumpy. They ensured that our members had a beverage in hand the entire event. A huge thanks goes to Scrumpy for helping up with our annual Flat Crawl!

It was a great day, enjoyed by many, with friendships and memories being made between all year groups.

Relay for Life 2019

On the 30th of April, 37 Pharmacy students participated in Relay For Life 2019 held at the University of Otago clock tower.

We walked and ran over a span of 12 hours to celebrate with cancer survivors, remember loved ones we have lost to cancer and come together to fight back! We raised a total of $4927.97, managing to come second overall out of all the teams in Dunedin. This is the most we have ever fundraised as a Pharmacy School. Our own Pharmacy Student, Jordan Macdonald (P4), shaved his head for a cure and to commemorate his own personal story. Jordan fundraised the most money overall in Dunedin, raising $2609.43! One of the other highlights of the night was the candle-light ceremony in which we celebrated survivors and remembered loved ones. The whole event had vibrant energy, fun activities to participate in, a complimentary cooked breakfast and a strong sense of community support.

A speech was given by a cancer survivor, who shared his story and highlighted the importance of getting symptoms checked out if you or anyone close to you are concerned, before complications arise and to better outcomes. Overall it was an amazing event to remember; a massive thank-you goes out to everyone who got involved and did something for a great cause.

– Tasia Sissing – NZAPS-O Sports Representative 2019