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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’.

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

NOTRE DAME STUDENTS CLEAN UP BATHERS BEACH

Posted in bathers beach, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on March 4, 2018

 

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A chance to join Fremantle Notre Dame University students tomorrow on the long weekend Monday and help clean up Bathers Beach.

They will be there from 11 am to 1pm, so give them a hand if you live in the West End or love Bathers Beach.

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME STUDENTS PARADE THROUGH FREO

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, students, Uncategorized by freoview on February 23, 2018

 

 

Fremantle’s Notre Dame University held its annual O (Orientation) Day yesterday with information stalls and entertainment in Mouat Street and on campus.

After having been welcomed to NDA by Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond and a Noongar welcome to country, and a hello from Mayor Brad Pettitt the students paraded through the Freo town centre accompanied by a drum band. It’s always a lovely spectacle!

Welcome to uni and welcome to Freo. We love having you here!

Roel Loopers

 

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FREO NOTRE DAME STUDENTS ARE BACK!

Posted in city of fremantle, education, learning, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on February 20, 2018

 

 

It is a delight to see all the Notre Dame University students back on the streets and in the cafes of the Fremantle West End.

I had a look at the refurbished Prindiville Hall where students can gather, relax and connect in several different sections of the building. They even put an entry in big enough to allow food trucks in for special events.

This Thursday at 4.15 pm the traditional annual student parade with drum band will snake through the Freo city centre, so give them a smile and a wave!

Roel Loopers

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NOTRE DAME UNI HIGH SATISFACTION

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on January 9, 2018

 

 

Data released yesterday by the Federal Government recognises the University of Notre Dame Australia as a national leader when it comes to preparing graduates for a successful career.

The Federal Government’s 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey resulted in Notre Dame achieving number one position among all universities in Western Australia.

From a national perspective, Notre Dame ranks second among all universities in the country with an employer satisfaction rating of 89.1% – well above the national average.

This result builds on Notre Dame’s achievements in the Federal Government’s Student Experience Survey. Published on the QILT website in April 2017, this placed the University first in Western Australia in five of seven key indicators – ‘Overall Quality of Education Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’, ‘Skills Development’, ‘Learner Engagement’ and ‘Student Support’.

The 2017 Employer Satisfaction Survey reported the views of over 4000 employers throughout Australia who responded directly to a series of questions about graduate technical skills, generic skills and the work readiness of recent university graduates.

Hands-on learning, teaching quality and educational experience contribute to job success

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VERY FREO NOTRE DAME UNI PROMO

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on December 19, 2017

 

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I noticed this new nice promotion for Freo’s Notre Dame University on a billboard at the train station.

Roel Loopers

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HAPPY NOTRE DAME UNI GRADUATES

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on December 14, 2017

 

 

My  friends at the Fremantle Notre Dame University campus are having two very busy days with over 1,200 students graduating yesterday and today in morning and afternoon ceremonies.

I love the graduations and always try to get some happy photos of them.

I shot these ones late yesterday afternoon before I headed off to the historic last Fremantle Council meeting in the old chambers.

Roel Loopers

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SILLY NOTRE DAME UNI PROTEST

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, Uncategorized by freoview on November 23, 2017

 

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I noticed this silly No More Notre Dame sign in the windows of a Fremantle High Street building and wondered why business people would put up such stupid protest against the long-established Notre Dame University.

So you buy a property, basically in the middle of the twenty-year old uni campus, but then you protest against the institution growing, expanding and developing? How childish and immature!

Notre Dame is a highly-acclaimed university that is well-loved by its students and staff, and it is an integral part of the port city, and will continue to be that for decades to come.

The  signs are pretty inconsiderate also to the businesses who lease the two street level shops from the property owner, as 90% of their trade comes from the thousands of students and staff of NDA, not the hundred or so West End residents. I hope that the cafe and pharmacy don’t get boycotted because of the childish behaviour of the building owner.

Last night the never positive president of the Fremantle Society complained at Council about Notre Dame creating a monoculture in the West End. Really?

Monoculture means a single crop, or one type of animal in one area, but Notre Dame staff and students come from all walks of life.

There are 18 year-olds  and mature students, and in the breaks between lectures one can delight in a cacophony of multiculturalism on the streets and in the cafes of Freo’s West End.  I love it!

Fremantle has a problem with whingers who will always find something to be negative about, no matter how many positive things happen in our city.

We should be proud to be a university city, and work collaboratively and positively with NDA, because that will result in better outcomes for everyone.

The Customs House complex NDA recently bought will give them the much-needed room for expansion and student accommodation. That will help revitalise and activate the historic West End.

It would also be helpful if NDA leased the Coop building on the corner of Henry Street and Marine Terrace to a business that operates also in the evening, and not just a day-time activity.

 

Roel Loopers

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