NCV has a vibrant and eclectic social life, reflecting the interesting and diverse student body that calls NCV home. Social events at NCV reflect the diversity of our residents. Each year a mix of cultural, music and social activities take place. Rather than the all-consuming social life that occurs in some residential colleges, the social program at NCV reflects the need for a fun social agenda while also providing residents enough space and time for study and life outside of college.
Each Tuesday night residents on each floor meet for supper. Supper is the best place to catch up with other residents and find out what is going on at NCV. About once a month the entire resident community gathers for a college supper in the Main Common Room and ground floor courtyards. NCV also runs BBQ’s throughout the year for all residents. These barbecues occur every 4-6 weeks and are sometimes followed by a games or karaoke night.
Other events to have featured on the NCV social calendar include the annual Harbour Cruise, a trip to Canberra for the Floriade Festival, a weekend wine trip to the Hunter Valley and day trips to the Blue Mountains and the South Coast. Cultural events have included Africa Night, Sub-Continental Night, Thanksgiving, and Jamaica Night. Sometimes social events are put on in service to society. For example, in 2011 NCV residents ran a Fundraising Concert for victims of the Japanese earthquake and tsunami disaster.
Music, art, dance and drama bring NCV residents together. In 2011 residents formed a Music Association within the college to co-ordinate the NCV Choir and the NCV Chamber Orchestra. Both groups have performed at NCV Music Nights, alongside individual residents who have performed on their chosen instrument or as vocalists. The ‘NCV Factor’ is a new addition to the annual program where residents can show off a huge range of talents, from dance to stand-up comedy to juggling.
Sport is increasingly becoming part of life at NCV, both socially and in competition. NCV competes in the Master’s Challenge against its sibling community, New College.
The college runs a number of formal dinners and other formal occasions throughout the year. These provide an opportunity for residents to hear distinguished speakers and be recognised for their own involvement and contributions to the life of New College Village.