More than 4,000 people visited The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Sydney Campus last Saturday (31st August) for the University’s annual Open Day event.
Despite the cold weather, future students and their families enjoyed a range of activities, from campus tours, and workshops in theatre, film, health and mooting skills to information sessions from the University's seven schools, plus great food and music.
Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Academic, Professor Margot Kearns, gave a series of talks on what sets Notre Dame apart, highlighting the University’s commitment to educating the whole person by providing an introduction to the liberal arts, with a focus on developing critical thinking skills for all students.
“It’s essential that students learn ‘soft skills’ such as how to think critically, disagree respectfully and problem-solve because these are the kind of qualities employers value in the workplace. Critical thinking is embedded in all of our degrees at Notre Dame. These skills equip our students with the ability to be objective and analytical in making judgements and teaches them to be agile, open and adaptable in a time of unprecedented change in the workforce,” said Professor Kearns.
Year 11 student, Britney Locke, said the Open Day presentations reinforced her decision to study Primary Education at Notre Dame. “I’ve spent some time doing work experience at primary schools and met so many teachers who only had good things to say about Notre Dame. One thing that got my attention was the amount of practical experience students get, which provides a ‘real world’ understanding of what it’s like to be a teacher.”