Earle Page life

Jason Crook

Earle Page College has a plethora of academic, cultural, sporting and social activities. The wide array of opportunities for personal and professional growth and development has provided me with the confidence and ability to advance into my chosen career path before I have even completed my degree.  - Jason Crook

There is always something going on here… we really do have something for everyone, and anyone can get involved    –Hannah Fitzpatrick

Students in formal attire with drinksAt Earle Page College we offer an abundance of social events that bring the college together and allow time to wind down from your busy study schedule. Events such as formal dinners, pub nights, themed events, floor camps, day trips, floor sports, and ad-hoc socialisation among friends all allow Earle Page College to have such a strong social culture, which is vital for a college of around 250 people. We provide the best college experience through a culmination of contributing factors, however the social events of Earle Page College ensures an outlet from studying whilst having unimaginable amounts of fun with your friends in order to achieve the perfect balance of college life.

Formal Dinners

Throughout the year we hold a number of annual formal dinners which allow the college to celebrate the individual successes of our residents for their academic, sporting and/or cultural achievements. Formal dinners also allow us to engage with certain members of the community through events such as our annual Politics Dinner and Sporties Dinner. Annual dinners include:

  • Introductory Dinner
  • Arts Dinner
  • Parents Weekend Dinner
  • Sporties Dinner
  • Politics Dinner
  • Valedicts Dinner

JCR events

Group of Earle Page students at the Barnyard BallThe Earle Page College Junior Common Room is a student led committee that is determined by an annual college election. The JCR hold a number of events every year through both main trimesters. The Junior Common Room is a function room at college where all of the JCR events are held. With our very own bar in our JCR, we ensure that our residents have a fun-filled night every time we hold an event, all with the convenience of being at college. Typical JCR events include:

  • Fairytale
  • Toga Party
  • Blacklight
  • Back2School
  • Octoberfest
  • Graffiti Night
  • Bushdance

Between your own floor culture and the social culture within the college itself, you're never at a loss for something to do – Katey Ellis

Pub nights

In addition to the JCR events that are run throughout the year, we hold weekly pub nights once a week. Every pub night has a different theme. Every year, one of the pubs in the town of Armidale provides the college with sponsorship and in response we go to the pub as a college and have a good time. This allows us, as residents of the college, to have one night out a week and have time to relax, whilst positively contributing towards the community through supporting local businesses.

Floor camp

Floor camp provides an opportunity for floors to bond away from the stress from study and social media, bringing the floor together in a unique and unforgettable experience! A floor goes on camp, but a family comes back.   – Shannon Matchett

Every year, each floor at college goes on ‘floor camp’. Floor camp goes for a weekend closer to the start of the year in Trimester 1 and this allows the floor to have a chance outside of college to bond and make friendships. We have a very strong floor culture here at Earle Page College, so the time spent way at floor camp is of immeasurable value and brings a whole lot of fun to the floor for the rest of the year.

Ad-hoc socialising

Despite all of the more formal and organised means of socialising that occur at college, there are always people out and about to spend time with and have a lot of fun. No matter what time of the day it is, there is always someone around who is willing to go chuck a football around on the front lawn, or hang out in our exceptional common rooms.

Group of students sitting around a tea caddy in the hallway of Earle Page CollegeTea at EPC

Catching up with friends over a cuppa is a valuable past time at EPC . A simple concept ….come along and share a hot cup of the good stuff (we actually use fancy teas and even use teapots collected by residents, not just your average Lipton’s bags!), share some stories, and have a proper laugh. Tea at EPC is absolutely unique to us. You won’t find this tea-drinking pastime elsewhere.

Life in the colleges

EPC netball team We love our sport at Earle Page College. Friendly front lawn sport competitions are ingrained in our College culture. Our spacious grounds are regularly the venue for spontaneous games amongst friendsYou can participate in all inter-collegiate sports including athletics, touch football, tennis, AFL , soccer, volleyball and rugby.
Many of our College teams affiliate with local sporting competitions including water polo, netball, soccer, rugby, volleyball and basketball.

Floor sports

Floor sports is a project run by our Coast Run committee. Coast Run is an event which involves participants to run from Armidale to Coffs Harbour over one weekend in order to raise money for the Children’s Medical Research Institute. Floor sports is run on an afternoon some weeks and involves different floors of our college versing each other in a friendly competition on our front lawn in the afternoon sun. We often play sports such as volleyball, dodgeball, soccer, netball, ultimate frisbee and touch football on our front lawn, regardless of the weather!

Floor sports is a great time because not only do you get a chance to get out and be active but it is a social time to hang out with people from other floors and make new friends - Georgia Patterson

Coast Run

group of charity fun runnersSporting activities are also provided by the Earle Page College Coast Run Committee in support of the Children’s Medical Research Institute. The committee’s activities include:

  • Coast Run Goes Bush An autumn event that involves a morning of running a designated course around the college campus to raise much-needed funds.
  • Front Lawn Sports An inter-floor sports competition completed through the college year conducted on the front lawn before dinner. In 2016 Top A were victorious in taking out the Coast Run Cup.
  • The annual Coast Run from Armidale via Dorrigo to Coffs Harbour As the final Coast Run event of the year, this
event allows residents to take part in a rely style
run from the courtyard of Earle Page College
across a 220km course to the Coffs Harbour Jetty. This is an excellent opportunity for students to combine sporting and community pursuits, and to be involved in a noble college tradition.

...if I was to choose one memory from my time at Earle Page College, it would be running 58km over one weekend as part of the annual Coast Run charity run from Armidale to Coffs Harbour. That year the Coast Run team raised more than $30,000 for the Children's Medical Research Institute. I guess not all college kids are lazy. - Matt Ryan

Sport in the colleges

SFK allows everyone to get involved in the cultural side of university whilst competing in a variety of fun activities... it's such a good way to make friends! - Emma Walter

Group of students dressed up as Mario Brothers characters for Arts DinnerEarle Page College is a strong contributor to the performing arts on campus.  We encourage everyone to have a go and join in with college performance.  You don’t have to be a star, just keen to have fun. We have been successful in winning the Sir Frank Kitto (SFK) intercollegiate cultural competition for 11 of the past 12 years, an achievement of which we are very proud.

With a number of talented students residing at EPC , our annual ‘Arts Dinner’ involves each floor dressing to a theme and decorating their dining tables accordingly. Residents compete individually, as groups and as floors for awards on the night.

Musical

The musical is for everyone… no matter what your skills levels are - Jessica Davis

Earle Page College is the only residential college at UNE to stage a different musical production each year.  The musical is a fantastic opportunity for residents to get involved regardless of their cultural ability. Residents who have talent in areas of singing, dancing, performing, stage managing, stage lighting, costumes and hair and makeup are encouraged to get involved.Cast members performing Sweeney Todd

Recent Productions:  

  • 2016 - The Addams Family
  • 2015 - Grease
  • 2014 - Into the Woods
  • 2013 - Sweeney Todd: The Demon Barber of Fleet Street
  • 2012 - Return to the Forbidden Planet
  • 2011 - Little Shop of Horrors
  • 2010 - Beauty and the Beast
  • 2009 - Rent
  • 2008 - Something Happened on the way to the Forum
  • 2007 - 'Bye 'Bye Birdie

Inter-college Cultural Events

Students at Earle Page College are encouraged to look beyond the college environment and get involved in our high profile community activities.

I love being given the opportunities to give back to the community. There is something so rewarding about being a part of something that is so selfless and positive - Kiara Edwards

Annual Coast Run

Since 1980, Earle Page has conducted an annual charity fun run from Armidale to Coffs Harbour in aid of the Children's Medical Research Institute. To support this fundraiser, our students also host a Parents’ Weekend Auction, community Fashion Parade and numerous college events. Since 1980 we have raised over $500,000 for the Children’s Medical Research Institute.

Annual Politics Dinner

The Earle Page Annual Politics Dinner an annual event of regional significance, open to the community. A well-known politician or political commentator delivers a public lecture at the event. Past speakers include: Tony Abbot, Joe Hockey, John Howard, Julia Gillard, Peter Garrett, Philip Ruddock, Alexander Downer, Bob Brown, Natasha Stott-Despoja, Penny Wong and Barnaby Joyce.

Other community activities

The College is also involved with local community projects such as Australia's Biggest Morning Tea and donations to the Australian Red Cross Blood Service.

Community life in the colleges

Study help

Earle Page offers incredibly useful and easily accessible academic assistance...having access to a library and multiple academic mentors at college makes it easy to get any help with assignments and quizzes and have questions answered - Jake Coote

To help you achieve your academic best, we organise activities to support and enrich all residents' educational experience.

  • Academic Mentor Team affectionally known as ‘Accies’, our Academic Mentor Team are Earle Page residents who have achieved strong results in their studies and are available to assist you with first year subjects. The ‘Accies’ are supported by our Senior Academic Mentor and Head of College.
  • Workshops The team organises activities to support and enrich your educational experiences, such as workshops in study skill techniques, essay writing, scientific/mathematic literacy and examination preparation.
  • Tues-2-Study Every Tuesday night, students are encouraged to come to the dining hall for a quiet evening of group study with Academic Mentors and Senior Common Room members who offer support with your work.
  • Two weeks before exams and during the exam period a noise curfew is enforced at the College to ensure a studious environment is maintained.
  • Academic AwardsCollege dux receiving an award from the Academic Master.
  • Academic achievement is rewarded at two formal dinners during the year:
    • The Introductory Dinner is organised each year to acknowledges Trimester 2 academic achievements;
    • Parents' Weekend Dinner Trimester 1 academic achievements are acknowledged.
  • Awards include High Distinction medals, academic average achievement certificates and the coveted Dux of the College and E=PC2 Awards, the latter being for the highest academic performance by a Floor.

Wellbeing and personal support

Leaving home is often difficult. Earle Page College ensures that our residents are well looked after and our College Staff and Resident Fellows are always on hand for support.

Our Senior Resident Fellow (SRF) and Resident Fellows (RF) work with the College Head to provide our residents with a high level of pastoral care.
An RF is allocated to each floor and focus on developing the floor culture and ensure you become part of the floor ‘family’.

We are unique in that each floor has its own senior leadership team, consisting of a welfare, academic and social rep, all of whom have undertaken extensive leadership and welfare training.

At the beginning of each year, floor leaders organise their own floor camp to help build collegiality on the floor.

At Page we understand the importance of wellbeing. There’s no pressure to take part and it isn’t all about being active, we also provide activities for emotional wellbeing and safety. Our Health and Wellbeing Officer helps to keep things balanced, running activities throughout the year, including regular block walks, self-defence classes, workout sessions, and meditation groups. They’re a lot of fun and a great chance to clear your head and have a break from study with your mates!