NUS History Camp 2018 – Camp SPEAR

HISSOC’s annual freshman orientation camp took place from 4 to 6 June. This year’s theme was Asian civilizations, which gave rise to the phrase ‘Silk, Spice and Everything Rice’ and eventually to the name Camp SPEAR. The 13 freshmen were grouped into three OGs, representing three ancient Asian civilizations (the Tang dynasty of China, the Gupta dynasty of India and Srivijaya of Sumatra) that vied for supremacy during the camp. The rivalry was fierce, from intellectual combat in the answering of history questions to competition in sports to the sinking of rival fleets. Yet as they battled one another, the map turned black from the ultimate threat of the Pestilence, and the Tang, Gupta and Srivijaya came to the realisation that their combined strength was needed in the final battle. Treaties signed and alliances made, they triumphed over the Pestilence, united as one camp.

Here are some photos from camp (check out our Facebook page for more!)

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Icebreaker games
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Making the OG flag
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Skipping rope during the 100-second challenge
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Leading your comrades through a maze
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Human foosball
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Night games!
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Walking around FASS as historical figures
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Water games on Day 2
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Water
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Our first OG, Srivijaya
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Second OG, the Tang
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Our third OG, the Gupta
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The end of wet games
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Playing with foam poppers
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Buffet dinner and mingling with the professors
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CAMP SPEAR 2018 ❤
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Srivijaya readies for battle
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Gupta forever
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Tang is ready for war
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The O-Comm (Pestilence) stands ready to oppose them
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The three OGs unite, the alliance forms
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Time for camp closing on Day 3!
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Camp PD gives his closing speech
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And that’s a wrap, everyone!

Thanks to the O-Comm, the OGLs and of course the freshmen for making this camp possible and making it a success!

Camp SPEAR Pre-Camp 2018

On Thursday, 24 May 2018, our OGLs and O-COMM gathered to test out the games and activities in a dry-run for this year’s History Camp.

Here is a sneak peek at what’s in store!

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Our VPD and Programmes IC discussing how to set up game
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Gather for game briefing!
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Sneak peek for one of our games
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Explaining the game
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Hmm what are the blindfolds for?
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Figuratively and literally attempting to not drop the ball
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Debrief and feedback on games

Much hard work has been put into this camp and we can’t wait for 4 June when it starts!

Visit by Yishun and Innova Junior Colleges

On Wednesday, 23 May 2018, HISSOC hosted a visit by the students of Innova Junior College (IJC) and Yishun Junior College (YJC). They were brought on a tour of campus facilities in FASS, including the Deck and the Central Library.

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Our student guides for today (+Jia Yi who is taking the photo)
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Starting the tour
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Showing the students around
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“Hey, this is library”

 

They were also given a sharing session on student life in NUS and a mini-lecture by our very own A/P Lockhart.

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A/P Lockhart’s mini-lecture
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Our student guides also engaged the students, answering any questions they had about university life
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Thanks for coming!

A big thank you to our volunteers who came down to help. We hope the students enjoyed the visit to NUS and wish you all the best for your ‘A’ Levels!

FASS Open House 2018

On 12 May, members of NUS History Society were at the History booth during FASS Open House to help prospective freshmen get a better picture of university life and majoring in History.

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The European Studies booth with its many flags
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The History booth (not to worry, that lonely poster there was replaced with a larger one)
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Making sure sign-up forms are ready for freshmen to register for History Camp

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We in the NUS History and European Studies community hope to see many of you joining us soon!

Mad Hatters Graduation Dinner

On 10 May, in time-honoured fashion, the graduating batch of undergraduates, our Year 4 Honours students, had their graduation dinner, organised by the History Department. Everyone brought their best mad hats for the occasion to celebrate the end of a four-year journey with NUS History. It was also a time for appreciation as the graduating students thanked the professors and staff who have helped them at each step of this academic journey.

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Behind-the-scenes preparations
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Our hosts for tonight
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Cheers!
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Time to sing song with Chew Teo Heng
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Performance by the Mad Hatters Project
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A/P Ian Gordon choosing his best hats of the night
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Our winning hats!
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Group photo time!
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The end of one journey, the start of another

Thanks to Shao Kai for taking photos for this special occasion, to the Mad Hatters Project for the great performance, and a big congratulations to all the Year 4s for finishing their undergraduate studies. See you all around and all the best to you in your future endeavours!