Issue 4
Monday, 01 June 2020
Charles Darwin University
E-news
IHD resident Nicole Silveira and resident engagement officer Aman Kathed getting ready for the final online contest between Darwin and Sydney
IHD resident Nicole Silveira and resident engagement officer Aman Kathed getting ready for the final online contest between Darwin and Sydney

NT students take on Sydneysiders in online comp

By Monique Paschke

International House Darwin residents at CDU have recently completed a hotly contested virtual competition with their Sydney counterparts.

About 170 students took part in the interstate contest, with competitions ranging from online gaming, to the best TikToks and photography.

A final “International House has got talent” was the tie breaking competition, with International House Sydney claiming victory by one point.

International House Darwin resident engagement officer Aman Kathed said the virtual tournament began as a way to keep students connected during the COVID-19 outbreak.

“Due to the onset of COVID-19, many of the activities and events we would normally hold for students had to be postponed or cancelled,” he said.

“The challenge was to establish an active virtual community that would connect students, be fun, engaging and give them some light-hearted relief from the overload of COVID-19 news and information.”

IHD resident and CDU Master of Accounting student Nicole Silveira said the online competition had lifted the spirits of many students.

“Being in self-isolation has been pretty difficult,” Nicole said. “Many people have lost their jobs, so it’s been a tough time for all of us.

“Having something to look forward to every weekend has been fantastic. The online competition has allowed many of us to connect and get to know each other.”

Nicole said the support of the greater Darwin community, through initiatives such as the Kindness Shake and Foodbank parcels, had also brought welcome relief.

“Going through this in Darwin has been so nice. We’ve had many people checking we are okay and letting us know we are not alone.”