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NOTRE DAME CAR PARK WEST END EYESORE

Posted in city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on February 6, 2019

 

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Fremantle West End residents are wondering what Notre Dame University‘s plans are for the car park on the corner of Cliff and High streets now that the new School of Nursing won’t be built there.

The site is an eyesore in our beautiful heritage precinct, and while Notre Dame did renovate the so-called Wedding Wall it has been procrastinating on the development of the corner block.

The university’s Vice Chancellor told me a year ago that she would like to see a park created on the site, but nothing is happening. I hear the City of Fremantle is now contemplating planting some olive trees along the car park edge on High Street to obscure the ugly car park.

I emailed NDA’s Chief of Staff yesterday morning about this but have not received a reply from him.

Roel Loopers

 

CHRISTMAS EVE CAROLS AND MASS AT NOTRE DAME

Posted in christmas, city of fremantle, notre dame university, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on December 24, 2018

 

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CHRISTMAS EVE MASS AND CAROLS at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University at 6pm today.

Everyone is welcome in the Malloy Courtyard at 32 Mouat Street.

Roel Loopers

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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NOTRE DAME PRIME LOCATION FOR NEW CAFE

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 28, 2018

 

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The former bookshop of Fremantle’s Notre Dame university on the corner of Marine Terrace and Henry Street still has not been leased and the university has put a new Expressions of Interest out.

It is a lovely location that provides a shaded alfresco opportunity, so if your big dream has always been to open your own cute cafe this might be the location for you.

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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MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 14, 2018

 

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Fremantle Notre Dame University‘s new Master of Architecture program provides a unique Design Studio education, in the heart of Fremantle, in ethically, socially and environmentally responsible architecture.

You will be a part of a small cohort of creative, critical–thinking students, with tailored practice placements and socio-spatial design studios.

Join NDA staff on Campus, for the Master of Architecture Information Evening on Wednesday 28 November from 6pm, in the highly commended, recently refurbished Student Hall to learn more.

 

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FIVE STARS FOR NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 1, 2018

 

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Notre Dame University is positioned amongst the top-rated Australian universities receiving five-star ratings in seven categories in The Good Universities Guide 2019.

The University continues to achieve these exceptional results through the support and contributions of its students.

This marks the 12th year in a row that Notre Dame has received five-star ratings from their alumni for Overall Experience, Teaching Quality and Skills Development! (5-star ratings are awarded when results for a range of indicators, including nationwide student and graduate surveys, are in the top 20%).

Roel Loopers

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IS DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS? NOTRE DAME FORUM

 

The Is Democracy in Crisis? forum organised by the Fremantle Network and politics students of Notre Dame University was interesting and attracted 60 spectators.

The event was held on Tuesday evening in the Santa Maria lecture theatre of Notre Dame, with panelists Liberal MP Ben Morton, Labor MP Josh Wilson and political journalist Jane Marwick, and facilitator Dr Martin Drum who is a political lecturer at NDA and Chief of Staff to the Vice Chancellor.

The panel agreed that democracy is not in crisis but in a bit of a mess, with Ben Morton saying that democracy should be celebrating different views, and that is has become harder to be an active citizen in our democracy as we need to work harder to keep informed, despite social media.

Jane Marwick said the media largely responded to the left/right focus in politics and that the media is far too cosy with politicians and staff. There is too much focus on personalities, not on conviction and policy. “We should all be skeptical about the media!”

Josh Wilson said that democracy was not in crisis in this part of Australia. “This room is full of people who are active at grassroots democracy.”

But he said tribalism, self-interest and self-engrandising was a problem in Canberra and that the media was focussed on conflict rather than policy.

Jane Marwick said the 24-hour media cycle left little time to fact check and get all sides of the story, but Martin Drum said it was more an opinion cycle than a news cycle.

Longer and fixed-term parliaments should be considered as the three-year term can cause instability, and is in reality only two years and four months.

Jane Marwick said that former Deputy PM John Anderson has said that trust has broken down in all our institutions. She said that meat on the bone does not get reported, only juicy stories.

Josh Wilson said it was not good democracy when the parties ran a war against their own Prime Minister and that Labor had put measures in place to stop that.

Certain journalists are having too much power and are trying to influence the behaviour of politicians. We need more women in parliament and all parties should have a quota for that, that means we need to make parliament a more attractive place to work at and accommodate women and their families better. It should not be either having children or having a career.

OPINION:

I feel disconnected with our political leaders in Canberra. I feel patronised, belittled and talked down to, and told what is good for me by them, instead of being part of the conversation.

Question Time is a disrespectful and childish session of bullying. It is about political point scoring instead of good governance, hence the public’s skepticism and lack of respect for parliament.

I wish federal, and also state parliament, would be as respectful and professional as Fremantle Council, where no personal attacks are made and no political point scoring takes place. We have a mature debate about the topics at hand in Fremantle Council. They don’t always get it it right, but at least they behave like professionals who thoroughly debate all topics, and whose main priority is  not self interest, but looking after the community and good governance.

Roel Loopers

 

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NOTRE DAME DEBATE ABOUT POLITICAL CRISIS

 

There is an interesting political forum on tomorrow night, October 30 at the Santa Maria Theatre of Notre Dame University.

IS DEMOCRACY IN CRISIS? will discuss why voters are cynical about and showing a low level of trust in our political leaders and the system.

Panel members include Labor MP Josh Wilson, Liberal Party MP Ben Morton and political journalist Jane Marwick.

It is on tomorrow from 7-8.30pm at the Santa Maria Theatre, 13 Mouat Street in Freo’s West End.

The free event is organised by the Fremantle Network and NDA politics students.

Roel Loopers

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MASTER OF ARCHITECTURE AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, design, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on October 13, 2018

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University will have a dedicated Design Studio located on the University’s Campus in which students will participate in project-based learning that have social and environmental impact within the City.

Master of Architecture, will begin in Semester One next year with a two-year program open to graduates holding a bachelor degree in architecture, interior architecture or an equivalent qualification.

The program is designed specifically to allow students to work part time in the field while undertaking supervised placements with Notre Dame’s professional partners.

The Master of Architecture will benefit from the distinctive elements of the Notre Dame experience: small class sizes; research-led teaching, high employability through engagement with industry, professional skills development; and ethical, values-driven curriculum.

Many of the key challenges of contemporary society – such as sustainability, housing affordability, ageing-in-place and community building – will underpin the studios within the program.

A second, three-year program, the Master of Architecture (Extended), will be open to high-achieving graduates who hold a bachelor degree in another discipline area such as arts, planning, fine art, design, environmental science, archaeology or history.

Entry to both programs will be based on a portfolio interview.

 

Roel Loopers

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