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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

THOUGHTFUL ABRAHAM DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in city of fremantle, notre dame university, religion, Uncategorized by freoview on September 6, 2018

 

 

The third ABRAHAM DAY was held at Fremantle’s Notre Dame University on Wednesday afternoon and attracted 200 people.

Archbishop of Perth Timothy Costello, the Chief Rabbi of WA Daniel Lieberman and Langford Islamic College teacher Sheikh Muhammad Agherdien talked about the topic of the day; How do people of faith engage in a secular society?

NDA’s Vice Chancellor Celia Hammond said that Abraham provides a meeting point for the three religions, but she was concerned about the dwindling number of people who embraced religion, with 30 per cent of Australians stating they are non believers. She said the data did not show us why this is the case and how it impacts on society.

Archbishop Costello said that for people with faith their heart must be in the right place to engage with a secular society, and that it is the duty, privilege and right of Catholics to propose their belief to society.

Rabbi Lieberman said that people of belief are different, as Abraham was in his life, but that his preaching has been that through believers all the children will be blessed. “Humility is understanding your place in society”

Sheikh Agherdien said that silence is sometimes the best answer, as we all know from personal relationships. Abraham was involved and engaged and asked questions. The great teachers of the past engaged across cultures and religions and that needs to happen today in our secular society.

A question about euthanasia initially received only a one word response-NO-from the archbishop, but he later said it was not permissible to take someone else’s life.

Rabbi Lieberman said we are allowed to be angry and question why God allows things to happen, while Archbishop Costello said that he does not question God, but sometimes he does question people, the church and religious institutions.

Sheikh Agherdien said that the ultimate reality is perfection, but we are human beings and if we don’t have the issues of war, infidelity, crime, etc. what is there to aspire for.

Archbishop Costello said that one had to honour, respect and tolerate different faith and that it opens you up to the richness of the other religion and culture and see the beauty in other traditions.

There is always plenty to contemplate and think about after Abraham Day, even for a non believer like I. I wonder though if there is a correlation between fewer people embracing religion and fewer people joining political parties, and if the issues are not very similar. Is it not so that many people are nor walking away from God or politics, but are more and more rejecting political and religious leaders and religious institutions and political parties, because they believe that they are too remote from the realities of our daily life and often seem to act hypocritically?

Roel Loopers

 

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OPEN DAY AT NOTRE DAME UNIVERSITY

Posted in children, city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on August 8, 2018

 

 

This is an early notice for parents who have children in the last Leavers year at high schools that Fremantle’s best in the west Notre Dame University will have an Open Day on Sunday August 19.

The NDA Open Days are always very nice days with lots of information stalls inside campus buildings and also along Mouat Street, and there is live entertainment and food stalls, so make sure to make a note of it in your diary, parents and students!

Roel Loopers

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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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FUTURE OF PHILOSOPHY AT NOTRE DAME UNI

Posted in city of fremantle, education, notre dame university, schools, Uncategorized by freoview on June 25, 2018

 

Federation of Australasian Philosophy in Schools Associations(FAPSA) 2018 Conference

The Future of Philosophy in Schools

9 – 11 July 2018

This forthcoming FAPSA conference will be specially valuable to teachers seeking to improve their students’ critical and creative thinking and ethical understanding, providing useful tips to help teachers develop their students’ skills associated with the Australian General Capabilities.

Venues:

“In Action” Day Monday 9th July 2018 at Hale School, 160 Hale Rd, Wembley Downs Western Australia 6019

Tuesday 10th and Wednesday 11th July 2018 Conference held in ND4 The Tannock Hall of Education at The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle, Western Australia.

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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’.

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

FREMANTLE URBAN DESIGN DAY

Posted in architecture, city of fremantle, development, sustainability, Uncategorized by freoview on March 21, 2018

 

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Is urban design for sustainability a pipedream or is it something that can be realised, and if so how?

Professor Peter Newman and Annie Matan of the Curtin University of Sustainable Policy-CUSP and Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt will address all this at the Urban Design Day next Monday March 26 at the Fremantle Library.

It starts at 9am and finishes at 3.30pm.

Roel Loopers

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