High achievers gather at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Summer 22-1-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

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More than 60 of Notre Dame’s prospective students and their families gathered at a breakfast on Monday this week to be welcomed as high achieving school leavers. The 40 students from throughout New South Wales had been nominated by their schools as high achievers and, following a thorough selection process last year, were made early offers of admission to commence in February 2008.

The High Achiever Early Offer program has been running at Notre Dame Sydney since 2006 and enables all Catholic and other independent schools as well as state schools in NSW to nominate students who are demonstrating excellent performance academically and in extra-curricular pursuits such as sport, leadership, community service and cultural activities.

The students who were offered places as part of this program in 2007-08 came from a variety of schools, including St Pius X, Bede Polding College, Danebank College and Blakehurst High.

Patrick Davey, 18, from Rouse Hill Anglican College are amongst the high achievers who will commence their studies next month. They both said they felt honoured to be included in the program and are looking forward to starting classes in 6 weeks’ time.

Patrick is enrolled in a Bachelor of Arts and plans to major in communications with the hope of becoming a public relations practitioner or broadcast journalist in the future.

He first heard about the high achiever program in his school’s weekly newsletter and was attracted by the small class sizes and the cutting-edge communications lab. After being nominated by his school Patrick was offered a place in August last year, and is looking forward to enrolment and orientation days over the coming weeks.

“I like the fact that you are in small classes and that you get to know your lecturers and fellow students really well. The internships in third year will also be a great opportunity to apply what I have learned and I hope to use this experience to help build my contacts in industry,” he said.

Deputy Vice Chancellor of Sydney, Prof Hayden Ramsay said, ““The University was delighted to welcome these high achieving school students. Making early offers to students nominated by schools allows us to acknowledge the students and respond to school feedback. We are very pleased at the quality of the high achievers this year and look forward to continuing this scheme in partnership with our local schools in the future.”

Semester One commences Monday 25 February.

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