Outstanding school leavers receive early offers to Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Spring 26-9-2008

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



183 New South Wales and Western Australian school leavers have been granted places at The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney and Fremantle campuses as part of the High Achiever Early Offer Program (EOP).

The program was introduced two years ago to give secondary schools the opportunity to nominate academically strong students who have made an outstanding contribution to school, Church and community life.

This year Notre Dame received over 245 applications from 117 schools around NSW and WA.

Ms Lynny Groshinski, Manager of the Sydney Admissions Office, commented, “We were very impressed with the applicants this year, particularly with the breadth of their achievement – academically, in community and Church, and in extra curricular activities. This program is a great opportunity for outstanding students to be acknowledged.”

The Sydney Campus hosted a special event for these applicants, at which students, their families and school representatives were invited to celebrate the achievement of each individual school leaver.

The students were addressed by first year Law student and 2007 High Achiever, Patricia Muscat, who shared her experience of studying at Notre Dame. “To be offered this place at the University is a real tribute to your effort and hard work.

“The transition from secondary to tertiary education is quite difficult, but this University is more like a community than an institution. I’m so grateful to have been offered a place here and to be part of the Notre Dame community.”

Deputy Vice Chancellor, Professor Hayden Ramsay, also addressed the students on the topic of ‘Why Study?’. He spoke about study as life-changing and about the special effort Notre Dame makes to welcome each individual and their family members.

The Fremantle Campus will be holding their function to acknowledge the WA applicants in October, which will include a presentation from the new Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond.

The offers received by the successful nominees are conditional on completing Year 12 and meeting the academic requirements for each course.

Media contact:

Moira Saunders 02 8204 4407