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PERSONAL DEVELOPMENT FOR YOUNG PEOPLE

Posted in city of fremantle, learning, lifestyle, Uncategorized, youth by freoview on August 5, 2020

 

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NOTRE DAME STUDENTS BACK IN FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 27, 2020

 

Good news for Freo traders, especially West End cafes, that on campus lectures re-started today at Notre Dame University. It will be nice to see thousands of young people roaming the streets of our city again and frequenting cafes.

On-line lectures remain an option for students who prefer not to come back to campus yet.

NDA stopped campus lectures because of the Covid-19 pandemic.

Welcome back students and staff. We love having you in Freo!

 

Roel Loopers

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GETTING THE COLD SHOULDER FROM NOTRE DAME’S NEW VC

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 20, 2020

 

Four weeks ago on June 23 I sent some questions to the new Vice Chancellor of Notre Dame University, Francis Campbell via NDA’s communications coordinator, and I am still waiting for a reply.

The questions I asked:

* How has Covid-19 impacted on NDA?
* When will students be allowed to come back to campus?
* How have students coped with online education? Positives and negatives.
* Has there been severe financial impact for NDA? Have there been any staff cuts?
* What is the percentage of overseas students at NDA?
* Will Covid-19 see a slow down in NDA expansion and investment?
* How far away is the Fremantle NDA Masterplan and what will it mean for Fremantle?

And most importantly: What is Francis Campbell’s vision for NDA Fremantle? What are his plans, changes he would like to make, etc.

I find it quite astonishing that my questions have been ignored and that I have not even received the courtesy of a reply from the new VC, when I have shown to be a strong supporter of Fremantle’s university and have often defended it against community criticism.

For nearly a decade I had a great relationship with previous Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond, have extensively reported about Notre Dame on Freo’s View and promoted events they have held, but the new VC appears not to be interested in engaging with this social media platform. That is very disappointing.

Roel Loopers

NEW ANGLICAN SCHOOL FOR FREMANTLE?

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, learning, religion, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on July 28, 2019

 

A proposal to establish a new low-fee co-educational Anglican school in the Fremantle CBD is currently under consideration by the Anglican Schools Commission (ASC).

The ASC is keen to bring our brand of school to the community of Fremantle. Our schools provide outstanding teaching and learning in a safe, caring Christian environment.”

 The proposed new school would open in the next five years, initially catering for students in Pre-Kindergarten to Year 6, and expanding to Year 12 thereafter.

 It will be a multi-storey campus in the heart of Fremantle, providing a unique and creative learning environment which expands beyond the school grounds.

Tuition fees are estimated to be in the range of $6,000 – $9,000 in the primary school and $10,000 to $12,000 in the secondary school.

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Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY’S FRUSTRATING PROCRASTINATION

 

The news about substantial development at Curtin University should send a message to Fremantle’s Notre Dame University.

The Exchange Precint at Curtin will create a mini city with more student accommodation, shops, offices and even a hotel.

There has been a lot of talk at NDA about student accommodation and that the university is part of the Fremantle community but they are not walking the walk.

Notre Dame bought the large Customs House ‘precinct’ between Henry and Pakenham streets but we have not heard a single word about what they intend to do with it.

There have been constant promises of street activation of NDA owned buildings, but that too is just an irrelevant signature on a useless Memorandum of Understanding with the City of Fremantle.

The CODA Architects designed activation hubs are nowhere to be seen and there are no seats for all the students who just sit on the grass at Phillimore Street in between lectures.

The suggested creation of a relaxation park, where the carpark is on the corner of Cliff and High streets, has also not been realised, so all we are getting from NDA is procrastination and empty promises.

I have been a big supporter of our Freo uni but the status quo really is not good enough, and the new Vice Chancellor is still six months away, and he will first have to find his feet in the new position, so how much longer does the Fremantle community have to wait until NDA  shows they truly care about being part of our community?

Fremantle is struggling and needs all the support it can get. Student accommodation and street activation are part of that and need to be implemented by NDA with priority.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME SCHOLARSHIP FOR ABORIGINAL MEDICINE STUDENTS

 

A $160,000 scholarship fund designed to support Aboriginal students at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University’s School of Medicine will make an important contribution of improving healthcare in the country’s Aboriginal communities.

Announced by St John of God Health Care, the fund will support four Aboriginal students throughout their studies at the University’s School of Medicine.

Professor Selma Alliex, Pro Vice Chancellor and Head of Campus said that “Yet again St John of God Health Care has assisted the University in fulfilling its mission of caring for disadvantaged students”

Nationwide to date only 427 Aboriginal students have graduated with a medical degree with a further 325 currently studying medicine.

When you compare that number to the 3,500 Aboriginal doctors required to reach population parity you begin to understand the challenges associated with Aboriginal heath care,” she added.

The St John of God Health Care scholarships will help build on The School of Medicine’s Fremantle’s achievements in recruiting, supporting and graduating students. Recently the first two Aboriginal students graduated from Fremantle and currently 13 Aboriginal students are among the school’s total cohort of 400.

The scholarships will be provided to students commencing study this year. They will receive $10,000 per year, a total of $40,000 over the four-year degree program.

This level of financial support will make a huge difference to the recipients. Our medicine course is intense and these scholarships will greatly reduce the pressure of having to work long hours to make ends meet,” said Professor Alliex.

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NEW VICE CHANCELLOR FOR NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on March 27, 2019

 

Professor Francis Campbell

 

The University of Notre Dame Australia has announced that Professor Francis Campbell will join the University as Vice Chancellor in January 2020.

Professor Campbell is currently the Vice Chancellor at St Mary’s University, Twickenham in London where he has achieved significant success in the past five years.

He becomes Notre Dame’s fourth Vice Chancellor, succeeding Professor Celia Hammond.

Professor Campbell will bring a wealth of experience to Notre Dame. He will draw on a highly successful term as Vice Chancellor of St Mary’s, a deep understanding of higher education, and a practical knowledge of the value and importance of holistic education.

His extensive tertiary qualifications include an MA in International Relations from the University of Pennsylvania in the USA and an MA in European Integration from the Katholieke Universiteit in Belgium. He has received honorary doctorates from five universities worldwide and an Honorary Fellowship from St Edmund’s College at Cambridge University in the UK.

Apart from academia, Professor Campbell has immense diversity of experience, which includes serving as Ambassador of the United Kingdom to the Holy See, and a term as Private Secretary to former Prime Minister Tony Blair.

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME GRADUATIONS A RITE OF PASSAGE

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized, universities by freoview on December 12, 2018

 

 

The graduation days at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University are very special I believe.

These are the real rite-of-passage days, where students will make the next big step from studying to entering the work force and starting their chosen profession.

There is always a lot of nervous energy and anticipation at the graduation ceremonies, and of course a sense of relief that one has made it.

Congratulations to the hundreds of students who graduate today and tomorrow at NDA. Enjoy it and celebrate!

Roel Loopers

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EAST FREMANTLE COUNCIL MORALLY ILLITERATE

 

Fremantle Councillors last night expressed their dismay about neighbours East Fremantle pulling out of the library services and stopping their $ 200,000 a year contribution to the Fremantle Library at the end of this financial year.

Councillor Andrew Sullivan, who sits on the joint Library Committee, said the members were gobsmacked when it was announced by the Town of East Fremantle, and when the two East Fremantle members of the committee simply no longer turned up to debate it.

“We were hoping East Fremantle Council would recognise it is morally wrong and change their mind”

Sullivan said it was not relevant how many East Fremantle people used Fremantle, Melville or Cockburn libraries. “In Fremantle we just celebrate that people are using the library and are not counting the numbers of which councils they come from” Sullivan said. “I won’t be as polite to them next time I see East Fremantle Councillors”

Councillors Doug Thompson and Bryn Jones pointed out that the Town of East Fremantle is one of the wealthiest councils in the metropolitan area and would be the only one that would not financially contribute to library services.

Councillor Rachel Pemberton said that after the last failed council amalgamation attempts she believed councils would work closer together, but instead the divide is getting wider. “No one from East Fremantle turned up at the last three Library Committees!”

The CEO confirmed that even if they stopped paying their contribution East Fremantle still could send two representatives to the Library Committee who would be allowed to vote. It would take Fremantle Council to change the local law to change that officially.

Mayor Brad Pettitt said he had the impression that the East Fremantle Mayor wanted to bring the issue back to his Council and reconsider their position.

Roel Loopers

 

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NOTRE DAME NEW DEAN OF EDUCATION

 

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Fremantle Notre Dame university has appointed internationally recognised academic Caroline Mansfield, as the new Dean of the School of Education.

Currently the Acting Dean of the School of Education at Murdoch University, Dr Mansfield will take up her position at Notre Dame in February next year.

Dr Mansfield held a number of senior positions at Murdoch including Associate Dean, Research (School of Education) and Convenor of the Learning Excellence Academy (LEAD).

She earned her PhD in 2002 and before embarking on an academic career, worked for 10 years as a teacher in the Catholic School system in WA.

In 2003, she was awarded the Western Australian Institute of Education Research’s Research Prize for her PhD.

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