Alyce, Rebecca and Bethany at O Week. Photo: ANDREW PERRYMAN.

This week is O-Week, with more than 1400 new Bendigo La Trobe students set to see in the 2018 academic year.
The festivities began on Tuesday with a civic welcome, market day and lunch on the campus oval, and was followed by three days of tours and information sessions to equip students with the knowledge they’ll need to begin their courses next week.
La Trobe head of campus Rob Stephenson encouraged the wider Bendigo community to join the university in welcoming the students.
“This is the start of a challenging and exciting journey for new students, many of whom have moved to the region to study at La Trobe,” Mr Stephenson said
“We will see many of them contribute in significant ways to the community as they complete their studies, as well as upon graduation.”
Mr Stephenson joined City of Greater Bendigo mayor Margaret O’Rourke and Bendigo Student Association president Tash Romas in officially welcoming students to the university at the civic ceremony.
“O-Week is a very important activity for first-year students,” Mr Stephenson said.