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RETHINKING AUSTRALIA DAY

Posted in australia day, education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 22, 2017

UNDA presentation

 

The Fremantle Heritage Festival starts this week with the unveiling of the Townhall conservation works at 11.30 am on Friday, so come along.

Notre Dame University students are jumping the gun though with two interesting presentations at the Maritime Museum on Thursday between 1.30 and 3 pm.

They will present a professional report titled Recasting Australia Day and and exhibition proposal Country and Conflict at Swan River 1829-1850.

EXCELLENT NOTRE DAME NURSING STUDENTS

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 21, 2017

Fremantle Notre Dame University did get a lot of stick, including from me, about their proposal for a five-storey new School of Nursing building in High Street, but they deserve to be congratulated on the high standard of education they give their nursing students.

While I was in Rockingham Hospital for an operation last week I was also cared for by UNDA students and they all were very good.

Especially one of them, Amy, was so incredibly competent, very confident and professional that she came across as a well-experieneced nurse.

She had great communication skills with the patients and the nursing staff and the most delightful personality.

We are lucky in Freo because Amy from Rockingham told me that once she graduates in July she has found employment at Fremantle Hospital. She will be a great asset to the nursing staff there!

Roel Loopers

 

NOTRE DAME UNI WEST END ACTIVATION PLANS

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 9, 2017

UNDA

 

It has been a long time coming but Fremantle Notre Dame University is finally implementing its West End Activation Plan that is part of the Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Fremantle.

UNDA spends $ 75,000 yearly on community activation, but will now get really serious with moving university departments and offices from high profile to low profile locations.

Already three university offices have been moved from High Street to make way for three commercial tenancies to help activate the historic West End.

As part of enhancing Notre Dame activities in the public realm the Mouat Piazza will be created on the corner of Croke and Mouat streets, as well as the Gateway Park on the corner of Mouat and Phillimore streets.

Also part of the plans are activation nodes on the corner of Mouat and High streets and the Vice Chancellery entry to Mouat Street.

We will see new paving, seating, lighting and shade structures appearing in the West End soon and possibly a new public artwork.

Great stuff!

Roel Loopers

 

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EXCELLENT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on April 12, 2017

Findings from the combined 2015 and 2016 Student Experience Survey (SES) show Notre Dame University achieving outstanding results placing it first in Western Australia and New South Wales in five of seven key indicators – ‘Overall Quality of Education Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Skills Development’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Student Support’.

Notre Dame University also continues to excel nationally, being placed in the top two universities in Australia for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ with an 89.8% rating, well above the national average of 79.9%.

It is ranked second nationally for ‘Learner Engagement’ with a 79.1% rating, compared to 64.1% nationally, and ‘Skills Development’ at 90.8% compared to the national average of 81.1%.

This is great news for Fremantle’s Notre Dame University and well deserved!

 

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UNI STUDENTS BACK IN FREO!

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university by freoview on March 1, 2017

uni-is-back

 

What a delight it is to see thousands of Notre Dame University students back in Fremantle’s West End.

The streets and cafes are full with gorgeous and colourful young people. I love it!

I considered doing a photo story on it but I’d probably get accused of being a dirty old pervert photographing young students, so this UNDA promo will have to do.

Roel Loopers

 

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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY WOW! DAY

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, students, universities by freoview on February 23, 2017

 

They call it O-Day at Notre Dame University in Fremantle, but today’s Orientation Day for new students was more of a WOW!!!! Day.

It was the biggest number of new students ever at O-Day at UNDA and more than 2,000 paraded through the inner city by the sounds of a drum band.

Live music, food vans and even a licensed bar for the 18+ students were in the historic West End, so no doubt it will have been a fun-filled day and rite of passage for many.

I love having Notre Dame in the West End. I love the energy of the young students and the activation they bring to the inner city. The uni is highly respected and students and staff love it and it is is pretty special that Fremantle can call itself a university city.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said in jest that one day the City will sort the parking issues, but why not start by giving incentives to those students who car pool, as most of them drive all alone into Freo, hence the search for parking near the uni is annoying. Four students in one car instead of just the driver would take some 75% of student cars out of the West End.

Roel Loopers

 

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NOTRE DAME UNI SIGNIFICANT FOR FREMANTLE

Posted in economy, education, fremantle, hospitality, notre dame university by freoview on October 19, 2016

I am a big fan of Fremantle’s Notre Dame University but believe the significance of the university to the Fremantle economy has almost slipped unnoticed under the radar of many in our community with some complaining the uni, like every other educational institution in Australia, does not pay council rates.

What UNDA has done is building a very strong brand with high academic acclaim and student satisfaction in the historic West End of Fremantle that attracts more than 6,000 students a year to the campus who are being looked after by around 1,700 staff and lecturers. That is over 7,700 people buying coffee and meals in Freo! It is estimated that the students alone contribute $ 1 million a year to the cafe industry.

When we talk about economic revitalisation we mention a possible 1,200 Housing Department staff relocating to Kings Square, 160 staff the Mediterranean Shipping Company in Cliff Street has brought in and some 200 people now working at the new Atwell Arcade building. That is all great but it also shows how important Notre Dame is for Freo’s hospitality and retail as it alone brings five times more people into Fremantle than those three examples combined.

Most cafes in Fremantle’s West End would not survive without the university, as they and tourism create the numbers that make these small businesses viable. Together with the weekend attraction of Fremantle to suburban visitors this helps make cafes successful all week.

So when you think that Notre Dame does not contribute enough to Fremantle, think about all the people who have jobs in cafes mainly because they get supported by students and staff of the uni, and also have a look at how well they look after the beautiful heritage buildings they occupy.

The one major disappointment for me is the lack of student accommodation in Fremantle and the exodus of students late afternoons. I hope the City of Fremantle and Notre Dame University will collaborate on improving that. What about COF offering UNDA a block of land at the Knutsford Street workshops site for a 49-year peppercorn rent or so, where UNDA can build a student apartment block close to public transport and only a ten-minute bike ride to uni?

Notre Dame does tours of the campus where one can see the stunning adaptive re-use of the heritage buildings, and while there keep an eye out for some outstanding Aboriginal art work on the walls. The free tours are being held every Friday morning. Contact UNDA for information.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME ABRAHAM DAY OPPORTUNITY LOST

Posted in education, fremantle, notre dame university, religion, western australia by freoview on September 13, 2016

abraham-day

 

I really wanted the Abraham Day at Fremantle Notre Dame University to connect with me. I believed listening to a Rabbi, a Sheikh and an Archbishop would show me that the religious institutions have caught up with reality and the 21st century, but I walked out disappointed and feel that this was an opportunity lost.

UNDA Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond, who had the brilliant idea for Abraham Day, said that the day was to celebrate what we have in common, and all three speakers commented on that.

The Catholic Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costello said there needs to be a paradigm shift and religions not seeing each other as rivals and competitors, and that people from all religions are our brothers and sisters.

While the differences between the religions are real we all believe in the one God, not many Gods!

Rabbi Dovid Freilich said that the uniqueness of Abraham was to do justice and righteousness. We are not to sacrifice our sons and human beings, not even for God. We need to show love and respect for those with other beliefs.

I noted down for both speakers that there was too much preaching going on and disappointingly not much connection to the now.

Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien was the last speaker and while the two speakers prior to him had also spoken longer than the allocated 15 minutes, the Sheikh took it to a whole new level and kept preaching and quoting the Koran on and on, without making much of a connection with the present.

That disappointed me personally as I was hoping to hear something of substance from him, since I am keen to learn what Islam’s relevance in our modern society is. That also applies to Christianity and Judaism.

For the Sheikh to call for the return to ancient wisdom because that is where the answers unblemished by time are, is unrealistic and explains why religions have failed so miserably in the modern world.

Because of the long speeches there was not a lot of time for the Q&A, which was a shame as I wanted to ask all three leaders why most religions have failed to spread God’s message of love, compassion and tolerance.

The Rabbi said we needed to bring heaven down to earth, but instead religion has brought hell to earth with religious wars for 2000 years.

Maybe the failure of the religious institutions has partly to do with the fact that some religious leaders arrogantly behave like God instead of being God’s messenger. That does not include any of the speakers present at the UNDA Abraham Day event who were very human and likeable with a ready smile!

I very much liked the public speaker who pleaded for more humanitarianism and asked the three leaders if they would be willing to unrobe so their differences would not be so visible, as religion has made the world divisive.

I hope UNDA will continue with Abraham Day and other multi-faith days as universities should be leaders in this debate. It just needs a bit more structure and less preaching.

These are my very personal observations and impressions and I am sure that many who attended the event have totally different views, so let’s hear them because we need to debate these things in our community!

Roel Loopers

LANCE HOLT SCHOOL OPEN DAY

Posted in children, community, education, fremantle, learning, schools, western australia by freoview on September 13, 2016

Herald Ad 2016 Open Day

 

My friends at the Fremantle LANCE HOLT School are holding an OPEN DAY this Saturday September 17 from 10-12 am.

The independent community school offers an integrated program  for children from 3-year-old Kindi to Year Six and is highly regarded by Freo parents who love the relaxed atmosphere at the school.

The school is at 10 Henry Street in the historic West End of town and was established in 1970 by Lance Holt.

Roel Loopers

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ARCHBISHOP, RABBI AND SHEIK SPEAK AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in education, fremantle, learning, notre dame university, religion, universities, western australia by freoview on September 7, 2016

I believe next Tuesday’s Abraham: Our Father in Faith event at  Fremantle Notre Dame University will be very interesting to listen to, even for an Atheist like myself, as the three speakers are from different religions.

Speakers will be Archbishop Timothy Costello, Rabbi Dovid Freilich and Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien, so there will be a broad range of views to listen to.

There will be a Q&A session after the speakers, so come and ask the hard questions politely.

The event is on at 2.30 pm on Tuesday September 13 in the Tannock Hall of UNDA, corner Cliff and Croke streets, opposite the Fremantle Herald.

Roel Loopers

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