For the first time in the history of VCP, mid-autumn festival is celebrated on campus. Throughout
the week, lanterns adorned the cafeteria and corridors of the uni, giving them a colourful, vibrant feel. The festival culminated
on a Mid-Autumn Nite on 5th October. Various activities are held during that day: mooncake eating (from flavours ranging from
pandan to lotus to green tea), lantern playing, story-telling and trivia games. It was the last activity organised by PISA
for the year and its probably one of the most interesting and exciting actvities every held in the campus by any clubs.
A karaoke day was held with IMSS at Top One Karaoke Bar China Town on 9th Sept. 2006. A lot of people turned out that
day and have lots of fun singing their hearts out. A karaoke singing competition was also held, with the winner being presented
with an I-pod shuffle. Karaoke day is an annual PISA event which is likely to see another edition in 2007.
A ping-pong tournament is organised by PISA on 5 Sept 2006. There are four categories: Men Singles,
Men Doubles, Women Singles and Mixed Doubles. Throughout the day, high class ping-pong action was sighted in Cossar Hall.
The men singles was a classic, and Jason proved again he is the man to beat in VCP for ping-pong, sweeping away the Men
Singles, Men Doubles and Mixed Doubles titles.
BADMINTON FRIENDLY MATCHES
PISA held two sessions of Badminton Friendly Matches for its members on the 25th and 28th August. The sessions
held at Melbourne Uni Sports Complex drew an overwhelming response and players even have to line up and wait for their turn
to play. It is indeed a good event to relax, de-stress and make new friends (or enemies).
PISA-IMSS PharMed CUP
To enhance bilateral ties between future docs and pharmacists, PISA had co-organised a soccer tournament
with International Medical Students Society of Melbourne University (IMSS). The 7-a-side event was held on 22 July 2006 (Sat)
at Melb Uni Hockey Ground from 10.00am to 2.00pm. However, due to some unforseen circumstances, not all the matches managed
to be finished, and the remaining matches are held on 28 August. In the end despite a gallant fightback, PISA lost the tie
1.5 - 3.5. Nonetheless, PISA players gave a good account for themselves for their never-say-die attitude. Look out IMSS..
we will be back to wallop you for the challenge trophy next year!
In other Monash campuses, there are lounges that are exclusively designated for International students
to come together, have a chat, discuss problems or just sit back and relax. However, here at Parkville, we cannot have one
due to the limited space. Fear not, because PISA and our advisors, Esin Demir and Jessica Dobbie came up with a novel and
innovative approach to overcome this problem: the Tea Sessions. These sessions are held every Thursday from 4-5pm at Cossar
Hall Tute Room as an alternative for international students to meet up and interact. Free snacks and drinks are provided and
some fun activities and informational sessions are incorporated into the tea session. For example, in the 1st Tea Session,
we invited our campus counselor Mai Tham to carry out ice-breakers activities, as well as talking about shopping: where to
get cheap bargains and the location of warehouses. Other notables activities include free movie screening, fashion show parade
and exams tips.
AUSTRALIA'S BIGGEST MORNING TEA
In a campus-wide activity, PISA took part in the Australia's Biggest Morning Tea to raise funds
for cancer research on 26 May 2006. In reflection of our international background, we decided to produce a Malaysian delicacy:
curry puffs to be sold during that day. The curry puffs are hand-made by all our female PISA members and deep fried
on the spot at the stall. It proved to be so popular that it sold out that day within 2 hours. In total, PISA
managed to raise $100 for the funds, which is rather a commendable amount considering it is the first time we took part
in the event and our efforts in bringing a truly unique dish to the 'shores' of VCP.
Parkville International Students' Association (PISA) held its Extraordinary General Meeting (EGM) on 6
April 2006 (Thursday) from 4.00pm to 5.00pm at LT3. Around 40 PISA members and International students, mostly firt years,
attended the EGM.
The meeting are hosted by the both the President and Vice-President of the club: Jonathan and Claudia.
The agendas of the meeting are:
- Introduction of PISA
- Introduction of the current committee members
of new committee members
- Discuss current International Students' issues
- Future events
The student counselor
at Parkville, Mai Tham was present at the EGM to lend her support and conducted a survey to ascertained the needs of International
In the election of committee members, four first yearers are elected to the executive committee. They will
be integrated into the current setup and hopefully will do their best to support the International community in VCP.
HIP-HOP DANCE CLASSES
"Want to impress your family and friends back home with some funky groovy dance moves? Well, here's your chance to
actually make your move!"
After its hugely successful debut in 2005, PISA brought back its popular HIP-HOP
CLASSES. For only $25, members enjoy 4 classes taught by the dashing Cathy Warner. The Hip-hop classes were held in two
sessions, one for each semester.
O-WEEK MEMBERSHIP DRIVE
On February 19 and 20, PISA kick-off this year's membership drive by setting up a booth at VCP in conjunction with Orientation
Week. By charging a membership fee of only $3 for the whole duration of the course, PISA received a relatively encouraging
response from the first years. Around 50 students, most of them Internationals, signed up for the association.
GREAT OCEAN ROAD TRIP
On February 26, around 30 first year international students embarked on a fun-filled trip to Great Ocean Road. Amongst the
Australian famous landmarks visited were the "Twelve" Apostles, Loch Ard Gorge and London Bridge. The students are
accompanied by Monash International advisor at Parkville campus, Esin Demir as well as three PISA committee members.