Fun-filled day for families at Notre Dame

Document Type

Media Release

Publication Date

Winter 13-7-2010

Publisher Name

The University of Notre Dame Australia, Fremantle Campus

Publication Place



The laughter of children and parents could be heard on The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Fremantle and Sydney campuses as they shared a fun-filled Children’s Day.

Introduced by the Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond in 2009, Children’s Day has become an annual event which invites staff to bring their children, grandchildren, nieces, nephews and friends to the campuses for the day.

A range of fun activities are organised for the children to participate in, including the opportunity to prepare a special liturgy for Mass which is celebrated by all the staff and visitors.

On the Sydney Campus children were entertained by a clown, had their faces painted, decorated biscuits, took pony rides, fed baby animals and danced along to the singing troupe the Jitterbugs.

Sydney Philosophy and Theology lecturer, Peter Holmes, brought all of his seven children, aged 12 years to 4 months, along for the day.

“My kids had a fantastic time getting involved in all the activities and meeting other children. The day provided a great opportunity for my family to spend time at my workplace and made them feel really welcome to be on Campus,” said Mr Holmes.

Vice Chancellor, Professor Celia Hammond, whose own three boys participated, was delighted with the day.

“I believe that this is now an important event on the Notre Dame calendar. It has grown in popularity and is a real statement of one of the central values of Catholic tradition; family. It was great to see so many Notre Dame staff enjoying themselves with their children.”

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