Orientation Week

Orientation Week is an introduction to campus life, giving first-year students an opportunity to meet their peers, settle into Kingston and learn about the resources available at Queen’s University to support their learning and provide them with extra-curricular opportunities. 

Kinesiology Orientation

Kinesiology students participate in a unique Orientation Week that takes place both on campus and off-campus at Camp Oconto. Incoming Kinesiology students are placed in Orientation Groups of approximately 10 first-year students and 3 or 4 upper-year student leaders known as Coaches!

A message from your Head Coach:

Class of 2023!

Congratulations and welcome to the Kinesiology family! I wanted to extend a warm welcome as you begin this next chapter of life. Acceptance to Queen’s University is an amazing accomplishment, of which you should be incredibly proud. Acceptance to Queen’s Kinesiology is an exciting step into what many people, including myself, will tell you are some of the best years of your life. In our tight-knit faculty you will form lasting relationships, be supported by fellow students and staff, and grow academically and personally into the best versions of yourselves. Most importantly, these next few years will be exciting and full of life, and open doors for the wonderful futures that lie ahead of each of you.

During our jam-packed, four-day Faculty Orientation, we travel to Camp Oconto to do exciting activities such as our Flags tournament (a Kinesiology tradition), Academic Roundtable, and lots of dancing and cheering. On-campus, we have a barbeque (or two), a Marathon of Sport with Motionball Special Olympics, and more dancing and cheering, among many other fantastic events. More detailed descriptions and instructions on registration can be found in the Orientation Handbook linked below, but please feel free to email me at phekin_headcoach@ams.queensu.ca if you have any questions, concerns, or would like clarification.

I am so excited to meet all of you and hope you’re eager to make yourselves at home here at Queen’s and within this faculty!

    Julia Ashton,  Head Coach 2019

Fast Facts to take note of:
  • Faculty Orientation Week runs the following days: SEPT 2, 3, 4 & 7 (MON-WED & SAT). Each day consists of low-energy and high- energy activities and events of which participation is encouraged, but completely optional.
  • If you are in Kinesiology, register for Kinesiology Orientation, not Arts & Science Orientation, we have separate weeks as individual faculties!
  • You will be divided into Orientation Groups for the week, in which you will participate with your fellow group-members and be guided through the week by incredible Orientation Leaders known as Coaches.
  • Each group is also assigned a fourth-year student, known as Vets, who help run events and support us all throughout the week, and the rest of the school year!
  • Orientation Week is organized by the Physical Health Education (PHE) & Kinesiology Orientation Committee, or PKOC to save time. PKOC consists of six driven and dedicated upper-year Kinesiology students who have been working for the past year to plan this week and ensure it is the best it can be!
  • During the summer you will receive registration information and guidance via your Queen’s email, so be sure to log in and check! If you have trouble logging into your Queen’s email, contact Head Coach Julia Ashton at phekin_headcoach@ams.queensu.ca
Step-by-step Guide to Registration:
  • We are thrilled that you've chosen our School and we can't wait to meet you this fall!  Here's what you need to know about 2019 Kinesiology Orientation and how to register.
  1. Read the Orientation Handbook to see a detailed schedule of events, meet your student leaders and Orientation staff, and learn everything else that you need to know about this year's Kin Orientation.
  2. Submit Online Registration and Payment Form
  3. Print, sign and mail all four documents before WED, JULY 31, 2019. Please mail all 4 forms to: 2019 KIN Orientation, c/o Michelle McCalpin, School of Kinesiology and Health Studies, 28 Division Street, Queen’s University, Kingston, ON  K7L 3N6
    1. Camp Oconto Waiver 2019
    2. Emergency Contact and Health Card Information 2019
    3. SKHS Waiver Form-Orientation Week 2019
    4. Orientation OCASP Participant Consent Form 2019
Kinesiology Orientation Fee Subsidy
  • We strive to provide an accessible and inclusive Orientation, and our goal is that each student feels comfortable for the duration of the week. We recognize the fee to participate in Orientation as a barrier, and thus offer partial financial assistance for this cost. Those seeking financial assistance are encouraged to contact us to apply for a partial subsidy to attend some or all of Kinesiology Orientation events.
  • Please email Michelle McCalpin, SKHS staff representative for Orientation, or call 613-533-6000 ext. 78570. All discussions regarding financial matters are held in strict confidence.
Arts and Science (ASUS) Orientation – includes Health Studies:

Arts and Science students who sign-up for the Arts and Science Undergraduate Society (ASUS) Orientation Program will be placed in a Gael Group. Each orientation group is composed of approximately 15 first-year students who are interested in similar disciplines and has three or more upper-year student leaders. For more information go to the Orientation tab on the Incoming First-Year Students Arts & Science website.