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OPEN DAY AT FREO’S GREAT UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 15, 2018

 

Open Day NDA

 

Another reminder that this coming Sunday August 19 is OPEN DAY at one of WA’s most popular universities Notre Dame Australia in Fremantle.

This is an important day for parents and high school students to talk to NDA staff and lecturers and check out the great campus in the heart of the historic West End of Freo.

There will be entertainment and food stalls that help create an invigorating sense of activity while planning the future.

Roel Loopers

TWO GOOD HERITAGE RESTORATIONS IN FREO’S WEST END

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on August 7, 2018

 

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While the concerns about damage to the heritage High Street buildings in Fremantle continue, two heritage restorations just around the corner are happening almost unnoticed.

In Cliff Street Notre Dame University contractors are doing a splendid job on the ‘Wedding Wall’ with most of the arches now re-opened. It will look great when finished and will become a real heritage feature in the West End.

On the corner of Pakenham and Leake streets the PSAS building, with a grant from the Heritage Council, is also being restored.

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO’S HISTORIC WEDDING WALL BEAUTIFICATION

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 25, 2018

 

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It is very good to see that the lovely so-called Wedding Wall in Fremantle’s historic West End is being returned to its old glory by builders Fairweather.

Notre Dame University is paying for the renovations of the Cliff Street wall, which are supervised by the City of Fremantle.

Plans to turn the carpark behind the wall into a public open space, maybe a park or a playground, are still under consideration by the university, I was told this morning, so stay tuned.

The renovations of the heritage-listed wall mean that the bricked up arched doors and windows are re-opened and additional support for the wall is being put at the back. Well done NDA!

Roel Loopers

 

Henty's

DISTINGUISHED SCHOLARS LECTURE AT NOTRE DAME FREMANTLE

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

 

 

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Your invitation to Notre Dame’s Distinguished Scholars Lecture with Professor Tracey Rowland

“What is the sensus fidelium?”

Professor Rowland will explore Cardinal Newman’s idea that the laity have an understanding of the faith which can be a valuable asset for the Church in times of doctrinal confusion and crisis. This idea is often described in theological short-hand as the ‘sensus fidelium’.

Wednesday 8 August | 6pm

Venue: The University of Notre Dame Australia, Tannock Hall of Education (ND4, Corner Cliff and Croke Streets), Fremantle

RSVP: Melissa Southcott at fremantle.philosophytheology@nd.edu.au
or 08 9433 0138 by Friday 3 August 2018.

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STUTTERING FREO WEST END ACTIVATION

Posted in cafe, city of fremantle, heritage, hospitality, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on July 18, 2018

 

 

There is always so much talk about the activation of the Fremantle historic West End, but then projects are stalled or abandoned and that is a real shame.

The former cute Notre Dame University bookshop building on the corner of Henry Street and Marine Terrace is still vacant, and the considerations of making the boring back wall of the Santa Maria library in Henry Street into a heritage wall also have not eventuated, and neither has the planned activation node on Phillimore Street.

I hear from the hospitality industry that the former bookshop rent is far too high at $ 40,000 a year, indexed at 3-4%. An interested party told me they would have to invest around $ 200,000 for a commercial kitchen, etc. and that the figures simply don’t end up for them to open a cafe in the space that has a lovely courtyard in front of it.

The very good refurbishment of the Prindiville Hall in Mouat Street is positive, but it is a space for students rather than for the community

The Fremantle community and West End traders want more than talk and want to see action on activating the area.

Roel Loopers

 

FREO NOTRE DAME GOT STARS IN THEIR EYES

Posted in abc, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, sky, Uncategorized by freoview on May 24, 2018

 

 

The world record attempt to have the most people looking at stars at the same time across Australia was held last night and 69 Fremantle Notre Dame University students and staff and the Fremantle community took part in the event from the lawn next to the Roundhouse.

The world record attempt was initiated by the ABC and by ANU, Canberra. NDA was the only WA university participating in the event.

I had to attend the council meeting, so I am grateful for the photos sent by Leigh Dawson and Dylan Korczynskyj of NDA. Thanks Leigh and Dylan!

Roel Loopers

UPDATE! I heard on ABC TV this eve that it was a Guinness Book WORLD RECORD!

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NOTRE DAME ATTENDS TO WEDDING WALL

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, heritage, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 23, 2018

 

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I am very impressed with Fremantle’s Notre Dame University’s swift action on the so called Wedding Wall in Cliff Street.

I just received news that NDA will start work on the wall. That shows very good corporate responsibility and the desire to protect the heritage, in response to the article I wrote here on Freo’s View about the neglected condition of the wall two weeks ago.

Well done Notre Dame Uni! Thank you!!

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY RATED FIRST

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on May 17, 2018

 

Fremantle and Broome Notre Dame University campuses have excelled for the third year running in a nationwide survey of students commissioned by the Federal Government.

Findings from the combined results for undergraduate 2016 and 2017 Student Experience Survey (SES), announced yesterday, show Notre Dame achieving outstanding results, placing it first in Western Australia in five of six key indicators – ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Skills Development’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Student Support’.

The SES is unique in that it draws feedback from students with the aim of helping students to make informed decisions about future study by enabling them to compare universities across states and disciplines. More than 351,000 students from around Australia responded to the combined 2016 and 2017 SES, including over 4000 students from Notre Dame’s Fremantle, Broome and Sydney Campuses.

Notre Dame also continues to excel nationally, being placed first in Australia for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ with a 91.1% rating, well above the national average of 79.3%. It is ranked second nationally for ‘Learner Engagement’ with a 78.6% rating, compared to 64.1% nationally, and ‘Skills Development’ at 90.7% compared to the national average of 81%.

Results from the undergraduate Graduate Outcomes Survey, released in January this year, show Notre Dame rated first in WA for ‘Overall Graduate Satisfaction’, ‘Teaching Scale’, ‘Skills Scale’, ‘Full-time Employment’, ‘Overall Employment’ and ‘Median Salary’.

STREET PHOTOGRAPHY CAPTURES FREO MOMENT

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, photography, Uncategorized by freoview on May 9, 2018

 

Notre Dame

 

Street photography is all about being aware and observant and capturing the moment, as I did early this morning when I took this photo at Notre Dame University in Cliff Street, Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

NOTRE DAME VICE CHANCELLOR LEAVING

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

 

Prof Celia Hammond

 

The announcement by Fremantle Notre Dame University that Vice Chancellor Professor Celia Hammond will be leaving in 18 months at the end of 2019 comes as a big suprise.

I am a big admirer of the VC who is one of the most delightful and down to earth people one can have the pleasure to meet.

I first saw Celia Hammond at a leaders’ luncheon in the Esplanade Hotel many years ago where she spoke. Her intelligence, charm and self deprecating humour was inspiring and I have been a fan of her ever since.

Not once have I heard anyone say anything bad about the VC.  Lecturers, staff and students at Notre Dame University all have great respect for her and like her, as I do.

Celia Hammond has been at NDA for two decades and wants to move on and spend more time with her family, but she will be greatly missed at NDA and in Fremantle.

Roel Loopers

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