Refreshers Week Times and Details!

Durham Pride – Sunday 27th May

12pm onward

Those from Stockton head to Durham for about 12, where you will meet Mae (our wonderful rainbow rep and incoming charities officer!) and she will show you how it’s done at Durham Pride!
24 Hour Charity Match – Starting Sunday 27th May @ 6pm

This begins at 6pm on Sunday 27th May and ends at 6pm on Monday 28th May!

Whether you’re playing or just supporting, this is the event to be at! 24 hours of non-stop sporting from Stevo and John Snow all to raise money for charity, how can you say no!

Lightwater Valley – Monday 28th May

Meet at central no later than 9am

The return taxi will leave Lightwater at 4pm

Those with tickets, Monday is the time to ride the longest rollercoaster in Europe with your fav Stevo pals!

Central Chill – Monday 28th May (Evening)

6pm til late!

After the 24 hour match, come and chill in central, the bar will be open and there will be some free pizza – aren’t you lucky x

Redcar Races – Tuesday 29th May (Day)

12:30pm departure from Central – 5:30pm return.

If you’ve bought a ticket, get yourselves to Redcar with us. This is one of the best ReFreshers events going and I am so personally excited to watch the races.

Those from Durham grab the X12 for free and get to central for 12:30pm (no later) and join those living in Stockton to get the coaches and enjoy our day at the races!

International Food Festival – Tuesday 29th May (Evening)

Get here from 8:00pm to experience the wonderful culture we have at Stevo!

This is set to be a big one!
Everything from parmos to Turkish “cuisine” will be making an appearance.

There will also be husts for unfilled exec positions which is super exciting, come and see your candidates as well as enjoying the night.

Varsity – Wednesday 30th May (Day)

See the event here!

College Colours @ KU – Wednesday 30th May (Evening)

Doors open at 11pm

Does this need any introduction? If yes is the answer to that question, let me elaborate. This is the final KU and the final college colours with Snow, so it’s gonna be massive!

Sun, Snacks and Supersoakers! – Thursday 31st May (Day)

12pm til 3pm

We will also be giving you some Supersoakers and we are gonna have a legendary waterfight outside of central, feel free to shoot Joe with your Supersoakers all you want and this sounds like it could be one of the most memorable days in ReFreshers! There’s also a BUFFET included. I literally am so excited even writing this and I honestly can’t wait to shoot some water guns after a great night at KU!

Stevo on Tour: Newcastle – Thursday 31st May (Evening)

Get to central from 8pm as coaches leave at 8:30pm

Our final Stevo on Tour from Queens and we are headed to Skint @ Illegitimate to celebrate a sick day of supersoakers! This is set to be mindblowing as it’s our first trip to Newcastle this year.

Durham Orientation day

10am – 1pm in Hilton Cottage

This is gonna be such a great opportunity for those moving to Durham next year (and also those who live there now but don’t know it that well!) to get to know the wonderful city you will soon be calling home.

Craig and Jeff have prepared a great day for us with all the info you need and this will be unmissable if you really want to get the most out of living in the city! 

Go Karting – Friday 1st June

1pm departure from Hilton Cottage

After your Durham orientation, yourselves to Hilton Cottage on Friday of ReFreshers week, and enjoy a free taxi ride – or walk if the weather is nice – to the Go Karting track near Durham.

Handover Dinner – Friday 1st June (Evening)

6:30pm drinks reception

The Handover Dinner is honestly an unmissable event in the Stevo Calendar. Come and watch the outgoing exec handover to the incoming exec, and see lots of speeches from Presidents past, present and future (guess who??). As well as this, so many awards are given out on this night, from Half and Full colours, to Outstanding Services to the JCR and even Honorary Life Membership of the JCR!

Stevo Day – Saturday 2nd June

Ticket collection and final on the door ticket sales from 12-2pm

Free hog roast (and veggie alternative) and doughnuts, as well as music, entertainment and inflatables! We also just announced that Showhawk Duo of Radio 1 fame are headlining Stevo Day as if it couldn’t get any better.

 

A teaching experience in China – A Stephenson College Bursary Funded Venture

On Sunday the 18th of March myself and 13 3rd year Primary Education students were fortunate to travel to Shenzhen in China to observe Maths teaching and to teach English in Chinese schools for two weeks. Throughout this post I will discuss what I discovered about Chinese teaching and how it differs from teaching in the UK, along with other experiences.

What did I discover about Chinese teaching?

I arrived in China and was unsure what to expect, before-hand I had been told that class sizes were around 50 children per class and I was unsure as to how it was even possible to teach 50 children at once. I thought that the schools would have a lack of facilities and that the children would learn only from text book rote learning, having very little opportunities to engage in active learning.

To my surprise it was actually pretty simple to teach 50 children at once. The children were all motivated to learn and were well-disciplined which meant that behaviour management was not an issue – the children quietly finished their work without causing any issues or arguments. All children also completed the same work meaning that differentiation was unnecessary making planning and preparing for lessons much easier.

Throughout the school day children engaged in: Chinese, English and Maths every morning and lessons such as Music, P.E, Geography, History and Art in the afternoon. The students completed homework every night for around 3hours teaching themselves the work that they would cover in class the next day meaning that before they arrived to each lesson they already had some understanding. The Chinese schools also had state of the art facilities with large sports fields/athletics tracks, dance halls, art studios, a children’s and a teachers library and each child had their own Ipad. However, I couldn’t say the same about the toilets… a hole in the ground.

How does Chinese teaching differ to teaching in the UK?

In the UK a typical school day begins around 9am and ends at 3:30pm, in China a school day begins at 7am and ends at around 6pm; however, from 12-2pm all children and teachers go home for an afternoon nap. In the UK children in primary schools are taught all subjects by one teacher resulting in a lot of cross-curricular links enabling children to learn about Math, English and Science altogether using recourses like The Very Hungry Caterpillar. In China teachers only teach one year group and one subject for example, a grade one English teacher will only teach grade one English. Teachers in China only teach around 2 lessons per day providing them with more time to study their subject and to plan their lessons, although such cross curricular links are not possible. Whereas in the UK teachers teach all day teaching 5-6 lessons and are required to prepare for lessons and developing their understanding in their own time.

What was China like?

Before, I went to China I had a perception that it wouldn’t be as developed as the UK in relation to technology, facilities and resources… I was wrong. China is much more advanced than the UK, they use an App called WeChat for everything! WeChat is used to pay for items in shops and restaurants, to order food and to look at the menus in restaurants, to order taxis, to pay for public transport and to communicate with others. Therefore, using cash in China is more less no more.

As an English person I often take being English for granted when I’m aboard because “everyone can speak English.” But not in China. In China finding a person who could speak English was extremely rare. This resulted in us struggling to order a taxi or to say where we wanted to go and to order food in restaurants, but thanks to our amazing teachers in school we managed to travel easily around China. I can’t say the same for the food though, we often pointed to dishes on the menu but weren’t sure what we had actually ordered or what we were eating. The best was when I asked in the school canteen what was for lunch, they told me it was chicken … it was all of the chicken including its feet.

China was like being famous for two weeks. Almost everywhere we went we got our photograph taken, we even got given two babies to get our photograph taken with and got bought drinks and ice-cream.

Finally, I’d like to thank everyone who helped to organise the trip and who made it possible.

 

Article written by: Amber Smyth

Support the Chloe and Liam Together Forever Trust: Wear Pink and Blue on May 22nd

 

The 22nd of May 2018 will mark the one year anniversary of the Manchester Arena attack. On this night, 22 innocent lives were taken and many other people were injured. From that moment on, lives were changed forever and it is a night many of us will never forget.

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Two of the lives lost that night were Chloe Rutherford (17) and Liam Curry (19), both from South Shields in North East England. They had attended the Ariana Grande concert together. The pair were inseparable and their future together was planned; they were to move in together, have a family, and be together forever. Chloe was a talented songwriter and performer, whilst Liam loved all sports, particularly cricket. At the time of the attack, he had just passed his cricketing coaching qualifications.

To honour Chloe and Liam’s lives and their passions, their families set up the ‘Together Forever Trust’ (https://www.facebook.com/ChloeAndLiamTogetherForever/). This trust aims to provide financial support to aspiring performers and young athletes in the North East in order to help them achieve their dreams. The trust has already enlisted backing from celebrities such as Newcastle and Sunderland managers Rafa Benitez and Chris Coleman, Stormzy, and many more. So far, over £20,000 has been raised!

To remember Chloe and Liam and all those who lost their lives that night, I ask you to join myself and the trust in wearing an item of Pink and/or Blue on May 22nd (https://www.facebook.com/events/2082004825414129/). This simple gesture will mean so much to the family and they have asked for people to post a photo of themselves in their blue or pink item and use #chloeandliam on Facebook, Twitter or Instagram.

For more information, or to donate to the trust, click on the following link https://www.justgiving.com/crowdfunding/chloeandliamtogetherforever.

Together we can show that there is no room for hate and that love will always win.

“The bees still buzz”

By Holly Simpson

 

 

Stockton to Shenzhen: Teaching on the Other Side of the World – a Stephenson College Bursary Funded Venture

For those of you who do Primary Ed, I’m sure that mastery and mathematics have become two words that go together like bread and butter or salt and vinegar. Don’t be fooled by this though, the Mastery approach to Maths is still quite a mystery to most people (both inside and outside of the educational bubble), so here is a quick rundown of how mastery is perceived in the UK:

  • The mastery approach originates in Asia and has been implemented into British classrooms by the Department for Education in an effort to raise the UK standing in International attainment leader boards.
  • It is an understanding that all children are capable of being successful mathematicians, if given enough time.
  • The implementation of a maths curriculum that emphasises a few, big ideas and utilises the links between different concepts.
  • The need to teach maths in greater depth, rather than accelerating through content.
  • The importance of developing a child’s ability to understand ‘why’ they are doing something and not just ‘how’.

These principals are shared and understood by most educators however my time working in different primary schools revealed that, actually, these rarely translated into teaching. In fact, what was more common is to see was a teacher put a word problem on the whiteboard at the end of a lesson as if this was enough to fulfil the mastery criteria. So why are you telling me this I hear you ask. Well, just before the Easter break, I was lucky enough, along with 13 other 3rd year Primary Ed students, to travel to Shenzhen and spend two weeks, teaching English and observing Mathematics in Chinese primary schools. Throughout the rest of this post, I will discuss what I actually discovered about teaching in China, along with other unexpected discoveries I made…mostly about food.

So, what was teaching actually like in China?

It’s fair to say that I arrived in China with a stereotyped view that Chinese children were going to be subjected to military-style discipline and would almost be robotic in their learning. For the most part this is entirely false. All the children that I had the opportunity to observe and teach were enthusiastic and loved being at school and made my time their unforgettable. Even though the language barrier was quite daunting, the children all made an effort to speak English where they could, even if my Chinese didn’t quite live up to their expectations (nĭ hăo and xièxie is about as impressive as it got…that means hello and thank you).

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I did say that it was only false for the most part and there were notable occasions, usually involving the whole school, where the children would partake in a military-style parade. In particular, this happened every Monday morning where the school would have a flag raising ceremony and then salute the Chinese flag. Although it was impressive to watch nearly 2000 children line-up and stand in a perfectly organised manner, there was also something quite eerie about it from my perspective which perhaps shows how British primary schools are quite detached from that type of regimented parading.

In terms of actual teaching. I definitely walked away feeling as though British classrooms have access to far better resources and are definitely set-out in a way that is more conducive to group work and shared learning. In Chinese classrooms, there would be around 40-50 children sat in rows. Their main resource would be a blackboard and this would have a screen in the middle showing a lesson PowerPoint. Apart from that, they only had a small range of hands-on resources for the children to use. To start with, it felt as though this would limit how the teacher could teach a certain idea, but actually, it does link to the mastery principal of offering children a smaller range of key ideas. The Chinese teachers were all fascinated by the British style of teaching and were enthused to see how we taught using group work and shared learning experiences, although this approach would be difficult to fully implement in China without rearranging the rows into groups.

What did I discover about teaching for mastery?

Well, after having numerous meetings with different Chinese teachers, it became quite clear that they were not aware of the mastery approach towards Mathematics. This is not to say that they did not teach for mastery, they just did not label it in the same way that we would in the UK. I think this is perhaps the most significant understanding that I took away from my experience in China. In the UK, we seem to have an educational system that moves from one big educational idea to the next and I suppose that really reflects our own political system. Either way, because we have these big ideas, like the mastery approach, and then move on, it prevents an educational culture from ever becoming really established. This is what stood out in Chinese education, that all of the children, parents and teachers strongly believed in their culture towards education. The teachers demonstrated a range of the mastery principals in their teaching but not because they were labelled with ‘mastery’, just because they believed that this was the right way to teach. This is something that ultimately will never be replicated in the UK, because our educational system prioritises short term attainment over long term educational success, and that’s clear to see on every school website that publishes their school Ofsted rating.

What else did I get out of the trip?
I don’t want to ramble on but I honestly could, it really was a two weeks packed with incredible experiences. To finish, this is what school dinners looked like. I’d love to tell you what each part of it actually was but nothing was labelled so yeah, it could have been anything. After a few days, we found the things that we thought were nice and stuck to those but one thing I could never get used to was how every piece of meat you had would be 90% either bone or gristle.

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The final thing to mention is a huge thank you to our Uni lecturers who organised the trip made it all possible. I know that everyone who went is grateful beyond words for all of your hard work!

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Article written by: Dan Jones

 

 

 

Who Kept Their Cool to lift Caswell Cup in Costa Del Stockton?

 

Sunday 6th May marked another incredible day of pool in the Stephenson calendar with the second installment of The Caswell Cup. So named after a recent Stephenson alumnus and pool captain, the event takes place once a year and aims to find the best of the best in Stephenson’s pool community over a grueling afternoon.

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The Caswell Cup basks in the incredible Bank Holiday sunshine

With the weather peaking at roughly 23 degrees Celsius, conditions inside our very own crucible (Room 21) were stifling and players were forced to gather around the large fans in the room between shots for a little bit of relief from the heat. 11 names went into the hat at the start of the tournament and were drawn into two leagues, with the top two players from each league meeting in the semi-finals.

In usual Stephenson fashion, no winner emerged from the off and pre-tournament favourites all suffered defeats in their respective leagues. We even lost two past captains, including the man after whom the trophy is named, in the group stages as the games, and clock, ticked slowly on. After what seemed like days due to the heat, we eventually found our semi finalists in the form of A team player Craig Young and captain Joe Hardaker, and B team player Josh Crawshaw and captain Deniz Taylor – the only man to escape the group stages unbeaten!

As Taylor finished top of group 1, he was pitted against group 2’s runner up, and fellow Stephenson pool team captain, Hardaker for the semi final, leaving Young and Crawshaw to battle it out in the other semi final. Both semi finals saw the A team players assert their dominance with Young racing into a 5-2 lead during the race to 6, and Hardaker never being behind throughout the encounter.

Indeed, both games finished with a fair score line of six frames to four and saw Hardaker make his way into the Caswell Cup final for a second successive year, continuing his fine individual form having already lifted the Stephenson College JCR Pool Competition trophy in December. Meanwhile, this was Young’s first semi final victory in a Stephenson pool competition, at the third time of asking.

So far in the day, Young had been the only player to have stopped Hardaker, trouncing him 4-1 during the group stages to take the group, and it looked set to be heading to a similar storyline when Young took a 2-0 lead early on with some incredible and ruthless play. Hardaker offered brief resistance taking the third frame but when Young extended his lead to 3-1 it looked set to be another year of disappointment for Hardaker.

Digging deep, Hardaker managed to snatch the next two frames to level at 3-3 and took a third successive frame to move in front for the first time in the match. The next three were split, due to a bit of good fortune for Young, 2:1 in his favour, despite Hardaker looking set to take another and open a two-frame advantage. This left the game poised in the balance at 5 apiece and when Hardaker took the next frame, the pattern of the game so far meant it was pretty much even money to go to a decider. But, as we know, nothing is a certainty in sport and with Young going in off, Hardaker was afforded two shots with 5 balls on the table. A calm, and uneventful, clearance of his 5 reds left Hardaker with 2 shots on the black, however he was only to need one as he stroked the black into the top pocket from the bottom third of the table.

Celebrations were muted as eight hours of play had taken its toll on both men, but a firm handshake shrouded in mutual respect was a fitting end to the marathon day. The event really did bring a pleasant end to what has been a wonderful pool season for everyone at Stephenson, and with that we sign off with a very warm goodbye and hope that we see an even more successful campaign next year!

Ranger Things: 26.2 Miles to Self-Actualisation

 

Whilst most people’s bucket lists consist of bungee jumping or doing a skydive, one of my biggest bucket list challenges was to run a marathon as soon as I was legally old enough. Because of this, I stupidly decided to train over A-levels for the Brighton Marathon 2017.

After running countless half marathons and 10 mile races, I didn’t quite realise the gruelling difference between 10 and 20 Miles. Throughout training there was cramp, sickness and even reaching an all time low of 5 toe nails, however through the help of hundreds of jelly babies and Mum’s encouragement on the end of the phone whilst in floods of tears stranded in a field 12 miles away, I had finally finished training and was ready to embark on the most incredible race. If I could sell any bit of my running experiences to persuade you to run a marathon, the carb loading the days leading up to the race is fantastic. Shout out to Dad who (despite not running) also helped with hoofing down flapjacks and pasta in preparation to support. Brighton was scorchingly hot and hard work along the sea front, but despite the odd stitch and aching legs I came in at 3 hours 40 minutes, a ‘good for your age’ time. Although, I felt awful waddling like a constipated old woman, after a few glasses of wine I felt fab and couldn’t wait to run again!

However, I initially decided I wouldn’t commit to the training whilst at uni, when the opportunity popped up to run the London marathon for DUCK I couldn’t resist. My training in Durham was quite an adventure and included lowlights such as getting lost on dual carriage ways and stuck in snow. I had one long training race – the ‘Slaithwaite SLOG’ – and what a slog it was. I finally reached the finish to surprisingly beaming smiles, only to find out I had won! How anyone could run a 20 mile race and not realise they were first is beyond me, but somehow my ditsy head managed it.

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Anyway, moving on to London!  After watching my uncle run in the elite men’s and Dad (not quite so elite) run the London marathon, it has since been my dream to one day brave the streets of London. After years of waiting, 22nd April was set to be the day my dream came true or so I thought anyway. It is safe to say that although I trained better than I had last year, and ‘carbed’ to my hearts content, London ruined me. This year was the hottest London Marathon on record and in the week leading up to the race I had been frantically checking the forecasts wishing for the sun to disappear (honestly I never thought I’d say that), however unfortunately I wasn’t in luck.
The first few miles were hot but manageable, it was when the midday sun and severe cramp kicked in that the marathon became a serious mental game. With runners walking, collapsing and withdrawing from the race all around me I wouldn’t let myself stop. The last few miles were the hardest miles I have ever run however the crowds were immense and helped me plod to the finish! Despite being a fair bit slower than my time last year, I was relieved to have made it without medical assistance! A quote I have followed for all of my marathon training is ‘everything you want to learn about yourself, you can learn in 26.2 Miles’. As cliché as this sounds, it is true and I could not recommend running a marathon anymore. I learned that I become a moody *insert expletive* when my legs don’t work as fast as I want them to and that I am not a quitter. Thousands of runners didn’t make it to the finish of the hottest London marathon and for those who did I am immensely proud of what each and every runner achieved. Really race day is a tiny spectacle of all the months of intense training, desperately fundraising and sacrifice. However, London will be a run I will never forget. As Dad has been my running inspiration and training bud for as long as I can remember, we are embarking on his last marathon together in Edinburgh on the 27th May (hoping for a PB!). I am still raising money on behalf of DUCK and any donation, no matter how big or small, would mean the world to both of us. My justgiving link is: https://www.justgiving.com/fundraising/Ailie-McGilligan1

To anyone who fancies a challenge or loves carbs, running a marathon is so unbelievably rewarding and life changing. I couldn’t recommend it more.
Lots of love Ails x

Refreshers Breakdown – What’s going on?

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Pride – Sunday 27th May

This year Stevo will be making a trip to Durham Pride!

Pride celebrates the entire LGBT+ community. It is a chance to promote equal rights, visibility, a sense of community and just generally celebrate sexuality and gender variance within the world we live in. On top of this, Pride is the most wonderful place on earth and you will never find somewhere as accepting, open and diverse.

Durham Pride is such a good atmosphere and will be a such a nice way to celebrate the start of ReFreshers!

Must do’s:

  • Wear rainbow colours

24 Hour Charity Match – Starting Sunday 27th May @ 6pm

This iconic event in our charity calendar returns and is open to everyone! Anyone can play in the 24 hour matches, so it’s not just exclusive to teams. I may even be making a shock appearance in my sporting debut at the end of my final year!

This begins at 6pm on Sunday 27th May and ends at 6pm on Monday 28th May!

This is one of the best events in the calendar as it really captures the spirit and fun of both Stephenson and Snow and is such a nice day – I can attest.

Even if you’re not playing, if you’re around, please come to the Sport Centre and support our amazing players and donate some cash and/or time

Must do’s:

  • Fundraise!
  • Cheer for your pals
  • Have a great day

Lightwater Valley – Monday 28th May (Daytime)

This year we will be heading to the LEGENDARY Lightwater Valley! For those who don’t know, Lightwater Valley is a theme park in North Yorkshire and is a super sick destination for anyone looking for a thrill!

There’s everything from water rides, rollercoasters, food(!) and even mini golf, and with transport provided with your ticket purchased from the JCR you have everything you need to have the best day out!

Must do’s:

  • Ride Europe’s longest roller coaster – the Ultimate – at 1 and a half miles long
  • Be very old school and ride the carousel and teacups
  • Ride around on the lake on the swan boats!

Central Chill – Monday 28th May (Evening)

After a day of sport playing and rollercoaster riding, join us in central for a night of chill and relaxation feat. assorted movies and general banter!

This is only the beginning of ReFreshers so recharge your batteries while enjoying the bar being open and eating pizza to your hearts content (dependant on availability) x

We are also gonna give you a couple free pizzas to chow down on because Joe and Ails are just that nice!

Must do’s:

  • Chillax
  • Play Mario Kart
  • Eat pizza!

Redcar Races – Tuesday 29th May (Day)

Come dressed to 9’s and travel with us to Redcar to experience the exciting atmosphere of the Racecourse and watch the races! This has become a staple of our ReFreshers week and always goes down so well. Apart from Stevo Day, this is my personal favourite day in ReFreshers!

It’s so much fun to get a little bit dressed up and enjoy a day at the Racecourse with your friends! We will be in the grandstand enclosure and there’s nothing better than chowing down on a pork sandwich (or veggie/vegan alternative) and watching some races!

Must do’s:

  • Watch the races…
  • Meet the horses racing
  • Enjoy the sun
  • See the stables

International Food Festival – Tuesday 29th May (Evening)

This is a brand-new event for all of you lucky people, and it’s set to be huge! On this night, we celebrate our amazing international community, with free food, drink and music! It’s basically an international night dialled up to 100! In addition, we will have an open mic night, focusing on music from other cultures, all whilst we celebrate some of the world’s most famous delicacies – including Lancashire Hot Pot!!

I’m also excited to announce that we will have a Ceilidh Band at this night, and I cannot express how much fun a Ceilidh is! So, this should be sick.

Must do’s

  • Dance in the ceilidh
  • Try a veggie parmo
  • Sing some K-Pop

Varsity – Wednesday 30th May (Day)

Our final varsity on QC will be on Wednesday of ReFreshers! It’s gonna be the biggest and best one yet, and rumour has it some Stevo and Snow alumni may even be turning out to support their Colleges as we send off QC varsity in style! After the day’s matches on campus, we will be heading to Acklam Rugby Pitches on coaches for our Rugby and Football matches, where the bar will be open.

Stephenson won last year, so make sure you get down and cheer for our teams as we bid to retain our title.

Must do’s:

  • Support our teams
  • Pray for nice weather
  • Fish out the sunnies!

College Colours @ KU – Wednesday 30th May (Evening)

Does this need any introduction? If yes is the answer to that question, let me elaborate. This is the final KU and the final college colours with Snow, so it’s gonna be massive!

Join us one final time to show the other college who is the best and say goodbye to a place that has given us so many good memories one final time.

Must do’s:

  • Dress in red
  • Be as Stevo as possible

Sun, Snacks and Supersoakers! – Thursday 31st May (Day)

To me, this is one of the most exciting days in the whole of ReFreshers! Hopefully the sun will be shining down on us when we provide you with a wonderful buffet featuring some great food – HOUMOUS – and the bar will be open!

We will also be giving you some Supersoakers and we are gonna have a legendary waterfight outside of central, feel free to shoot Joe with your Supersoakers all you want and this sounds like it could be one of the most memorable days in ReFreshers! I literally am so excited even writing this and I honestly can’t wait to shoot some water guns after a great night at KU!

Must do’s:

  • Shoot Joe with a Supersoaker
  • Eat a buffet
  • Pray for some sun
  • Enjoy the day even if it rains
  • Have some HOUMOUS

Stevo on Tour: Newcastle – Thursday 31st May (Evening)

Our final Stevo on Tour from Queens and we are headed to Skint @ Illegitimate to celebrate a sick day of supersoakers! This is set to be mindblowing as it’s our first trip to Newcastle this year.

It’s time to paint Newcastle red for the first time this year! And it’s looking to be one to remember.

Must do’s:

  • Take lots of photos
  • Take a photo with Rhys specifically

Go Karting – Friday 1st June (Day)

Get yourselves to Hilton Cottage on Friday of ReFreshers week, and enjoy a free taxi ride – or walk if the weather is any good – to the Go Karting venue near Durham!

You can just pay for as  many laps as you want, so show everyone your sick driving skills and pls try not to crash!

Must do’s:

  • Take a photo on top of the podium
  • Try and beat Craig’s best ever time…

Handover Dinner – Friday 1st June (Evening)

The Handover Dinner is honestly an unmissable event in the Stevo Calendar. Come and watch the outgoing exec handover to the incoming exec, and see lots of speeches from Presidents past, present and future (guess who??). As well as this, so many awards are given out on this night, from Half and Full colours, to Outstanding Services to the JCR and even Honorary Life Membership of the JCR!

I can’t recommend this event enough especially considering that this is the last Handover Dinner on Queen’s! Come and say goodbye to Stockton with us on this night!

Must do’s:

  • Remember to sign up
  • Meet some old Stevo Presidents

Stevo Day – Saturday 2nd June

The best day of the year is here. While I’ve provided loads of info already, here’s a recap:

Free hog roast (and veggie alternative) and doughnuts, as well as music, entertainment and inflatables! We also just announced that Showhawk Duo of Radio 1 fame are headlining Stevo Day as if it couldn’t get any better.

Keep an eye out on the Facebook event for more announcements still to come!! This is honestly the biggest Stevo Day ever, and we are gonna finish ReFreshers week with the best ending you can imagine!

Must do’s

  • Watch the Showhawk Duo – they’re bloody incredible
  • Try a doughnut
  • Tell Rhys he’s the best Barman between 12 and 3pm
  • Try the bungee run
  • Knock someone off the gladiator fight

How to get tickets!

Tickets go on sale on Wednesday at 9am until Friday at 5pm and can be ordered using a Google Form (the link will be emailed to Durham accounts and posted on JCR Facebook sites). The form has to be filled in individually as there is a data protection agreement at the top of the form. Once filled in, you will receive an email invoice with the cost of your tickets and  you must pay by cash, bank transfer or cheque by Friday at 5pm – or Joe will have to send you chase up emails and this is not fun for anyone. We hope this Google Form method will make everyone’s lives easier during the busy summative and exam season so please take the opportunity to sign up using this as it will give us our final numbers for events.