Two significant milestones celebrated by Notre Dame

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Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 3-3-2010

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University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

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Lots of laughter, colour, excitement and loud drumming once again provided the vibrant welcome to the 2010 academic year for The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle Campus.

Led by the colourful and energetic WASAMBA drumming company, academic staff, 1st year students and members of the community celebrated the commencement of academic life by parading through the streets of Fremantle.

The gathering was officially welcomed by the Pro Vice Chancellor, Mr Peter Glasson, the president of the Student Association, Amy Rosario, and the Fremantle Mayor, Dr Brad Pettitt.

2010 was particularly significant as the University also celebrated the 10th anniversary for the School of Nursing.

“Founded by the former Director of Nursing at Royal Perth Hospital, Emeritus Professor Doreen McCarthy in 2000, the School offered a vision for a new model of nurse education – a model that combined the great traditions of hospital training and university teaching,” explained Mr Glasson.

“While this model was considerably different than the model of nurse education at other universities we were convinced that it was the best model for Notre Dame.

“The School commenced with a leap of faith and just 27 students! Under the leadership of the Deans such as Doreen and now Professor Selma Alliex; with the support of the WA hospital system; and the dedication of outstanding staff, the School has grown to an enrolment of 653 students in 2010.

After an official cutting of the cake ceremony, the colourful, and noisy group, paraded from Mouat Street along the Esplanade, up Essex Street then entertaining the coffee drinkers along the cappuccino strip, and then down High Street to arrive back at Notre Dame.

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