Notre Dame Education students recognised as outstanding new teachers

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Fall 1-4-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Sydney Campus

Publication Place



Seven outstanding Education graduates from The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus have been awarded a place in the Targeted Graduate Teacher Employment Program, offered by the Catholic Education Office (CEO), Sydney.

The program, established by Br Kelvin Canavan FMS, former Executive Director of the CEO and Professor at Notre Dame, recruits pre-service teachers in their final year of undergraduate study after they undertake a comprehensive application and selection process.

Selected graduates are assisted in gaining employment within the Catholic system of primary and secondary schools and are offered significant mentoring and support in their early years of teaching.

Recently the students from Notre Dame joined 40 other targeted graduates at a special evening, held in their honour, to celebrate selection into the Targeted Graduate Teacher Employment Program.

2009 graduate, Michael Orr, who is teaching Yr 5 students at Sacred Heart Primary School in Mosman, gave the vote of thanks on behalf of the students. He thanked the CEO for its support of new teachers and made special mention of the pre-service preparation he received at the University.

Dean of Education, Associate Professor Mark Tannock, said it was very satisfying to see Notre Dame graduates recognised as outstanding new teachers.

“The Catholic Education Office has been a wonderful supporter of the School of Education in Sydney and I am thrilled to see our recent graduates being recognised for their excellence. Notre Dame is establishing itself as an institution that produces outstanding teachers for all schools in NSW and the selection of these seven students is testament to this.”

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