Undertaking tertiary study can be a daunting experience for new students. That is why Orientation Day, traditionally held a week before semester starts, is extremely important as an opportunity for staff and faculty to welcome new students. It is a way to prepare them for the rigours of study, and introduces them to the Carey community so that they can confidently start the year.
This February, Orientation Day included a special pōwhiri where manuhiri (in this case, new students supported by their family and friends) were entrusted to the college by family and friends—this involved each one being physically ‘handed over’ to Carey for this next season of their life. Dr Phil Halstead, lecturer in theology and pastoral care, reflected: “This humbling and beautiful ‘exchange’ connected us all most powerfully and helped us to experience the love, trust, and interconnectedness that exists among us in a gloriously palpable way. I was also positively reminded of the responsibility and immense privilege that we have been given in serving God’s wonderful people.”
Dr John Tucker shared three key resources needed for students to thrive and survive in theological study: Scripture (which he encouraged the students to take and eat (Revelation 10:9)); the practice of Christian discipleship and ministry; and “our context, the world in which we live, the world in which the mission of God is being realised, and the world in which the Spirit of God is active.”
Carey is excited to welcome the 2017 students and see how God will shape and mould them for his glory, his church, and his mission in this world.