Inaugural Open Day Festival at Notre Dame draws big crowd

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Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 5-8-2011

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The University of Notre Dame, Fremantle Campus

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A parade featuring Fremantle’s fabulous fashion, interactive course workshops and delicious fish and chips from local store Sweet Lips were highlights of the first ever Open Day Festival at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus.

After the success of the University’s Mary MacKillop Festival in October 2010, this year’s Open Day aimed to recreate the smiles, laughter and community spirit that enlivened the West End streets during the celebration of St Mary’s canonisation.

More than 2000 prospective students and their families gathered at Notre Dame on Sunday, July 31, for a day of presentations, fun activities, course information sessions and live entertainment.

The Drill Hall, Prindiville Hall and the Tannock Hall of Education were abuzz with people requesting helpful advice about the courses on offer at Notre Dame and life on Campus from staff and students.

Schools also offered interactive workshops in their respective disciplines.

Anybody wanting to know the skill of speed bandaging; how mirror boxes helped in the recovery of amputee patients; or the history of corporate fraud had their questions answered during a series of practical activities held throughout the day.

Dubbed the Freo Fashion Parade, several Notre Dame students modelled vintage and designer made outfits from clothing stores in the Fremantle CBD with guest commentary from the Notre Dame Student Association and the Roadrunners from Perth radio station 92.9.

Stunning formal and casual wear from Broken Doll, She Seldom Blushes, Haute on High, Krazy Teez, Soul Sisters and Lick Clothing were all showcased during the parade.

Guests also browsed several stalls set up around the Campus; enjoyed a 30 minute walking tour of the University, and listened to the live band while sipping on a Devonshire Tea.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, commented on the success of the inaugural Open Day Festival at the Fremantle Campus.

“Despite the inclement weather, I was pleased with the great turnout of people wanting to find out more about the fantastic courses and programs on offer at Notre Dame,” Professor Hammond said.

“I would like to acknowledge the efforts of staff and students in making the Festival a huge success and creating a friendly, welcoming atmosphere for all our guests.”

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