Societies Blog | March Update

Although March sees the start of the dreaded dissertation hand in season our societies have still managed to pull a huge amount of events out of the bag, as well as socials, shows and so much more! We are busy in the SU with the build up to society’s dinner and it’s fair to say the release of the awards shortlist has got everyone excited! Feel like you missed out on something? Here’s the monthly run down on what March had in store for societies.

Big Band

Big Band had a very successful Big Band Idol, with plenty of entries across the sports and societies, it showcased some of the amazing talent we have here at YSJ. Our winner was Steph Foxton, a member of Hockey, Badminton and Linguistics Society and next year’s PofE! It was a brilliant evening and gave everyone the opportunity to see what Big Band has been rehearsing over the past year!

Business Society

In March the Business Society hosted a very successful Business School Annual dinner and recruited their new committee for next year. They are looking forward to April as they have been organising a beer festival which will be on the 26th April with cask ales, soft drinks, performers and food stalls.

Drama Society

Drama Society performed their spring show of Aladdin and it was a great success. After Easter they have a writer’s fest which includes six performances on the 6th and 7th May in theatre 3. They also have their sleepout in the Quad raising money for SASH on the 4th May. If you want to sign up and get involved head to the info point, it’s £5 to take part!

Disney Society

Disney society celebrated the release of Beauty and the Beast with a whole society visit to the cinema with a group discussion afterwards; with most agreeing they loved it despite a few downsides! They also hosted their first screening of Moana, giving those who hadn’t had the chance to see it at the cinema a viewing experience!

Geek Society

Geek Soc held their 24 hour charity event over the 11th and 12th of March and managed to raise £250 over the event, which was incredible!

Harry Potter Society

Harry Potter Society have ordered a golden onesie thing for whichever lucky/unlucky person ends up acting as the snitch (probably their chair Sarah)! They’re also planning a trip to the Harry Potter Studios and are hoping to do a Harry Potter cosplay at Manchester comic con in July.

History Society

History Soc held a History themed social in which members dressed up in something historical. They also had a guest lecture from Dr Graeme Callister, a lecturer from the history department at YSJ, about the rise of the English murderer. They are currently planning a trip to Beamish in May.

Music Society

Music Soc are looking for all woodwind, brass and percussionists to perform as part of an end of term concert in the national centre for early music, anyone interested in more info should contact Dan Smith at daniel.smith1@yorksj.ac.uk or David Lancaster at d.lancaster@yorksj.ac.uk .

Musical Production Society

MPS started the month with their 12-hour dance-a-thon and raised £93.07. Thank you to all of the sport and societies that came and danced with them! Some of their members took part in YSJ Dance’s Fundraiser and won, it was a fantastic night! Other sports and societies they have supported are YSJ Basketball in a charity game and YSJ Big Band’s in their Big Band Idol. For the rest of the month they have been rehearsing hard for their show in, May Legally Blonde the Musical. They had an AGM to elect their new committee, which I think stands at a bit of a record of taking about 3-hours. Finally they ended the month/term with a tickled pink social.

Orchestra Society

The orchestra have been working hard over the last month under the joint leadership of Luke and Rebecca as they have been preparing to play at the Global cultural cafe on the 24th of April. The orchestra will be presenting a new repertoire which includes a mix of modern classical (Chariots of fire) and music from the movies/musicals (Mamma Mia medley and beauty and the beast). They will also be holding a tombola to raise money for their chosen charities - Marie Curie and the British Heart foundation. 

Primary Education

This month, Primary Ed Society have held their first aid at work course which has been attended by members of the society and SU staff. They have had many positive comments about how beneficial it has been and many are placing it onto their application forms, to assist in finding employment.

SSAGO

SSAGO have spent the last few meetings planning a big event in the summer for members of York's Scouts and Guides and members of YSJ Sports and Societies. It will be a large scale game of Monopoly taking place in the streets of the city. More details will follow but if your group would be interested in forming a team, please email ssagosociety@yorksj.ac.uk 

Singing Society

Singing Society took part in Big Band Idol and are joining in with the cultural cafe event where they will be raising money for charity with a cake sale and they’ll also be performing a song. They also took part in a charity rally with badminton. They’re performing for the charity MIND in the dance show in May. They will be kicking off May with their singing event with Uni of York’s Singing Society. 

Coming Soon

  • From 24th April – SW5 #YSJHotstepper challenge
  • 25th April – FemSoc, Saints Radio and Cricket host the big quiz bonanza
  • 26th April – YSJ Business Soc Host a Beer Festival
  • 28th April – Society Dinner
  • 4th May – YSJ Drama Soc SASH Sleepout
  • 6th May – Drama Soc’s Writer’s Fest
  • 8th – 12th May – African Caribbean Society Culture Week
  • 12th May – Annual Student Awards
  • 19th & 20th May – MPS does Legally Blonde the Musical
  • 19th May – YSJ Summer Carnival
  • 24th March – Big Band Idol Temple Hall - 7pm
  • 24th – 25th March – Drama Society’s performance of Aladdin - Theatre 1