Hundreds of new and returning students lined the streets of Fremantle for the 2020 Notre Dame Orientation Day festival on Wednesday 12 February.
The University’s new Vice Chancellor Professor Francis Campbell delivered his inaugural address to students after a Welcome to Country performed by Representative of Aboriginal elders Matthew McGuire.
“Some people may say school years are the best of your life,” Professor Campbell said, “but I believe your time at university are the best years of your life. So enjoy yourselves.”
Fremantle Mayor Dr Brad Pettitt addressed the students by celebrating the location of the Notre Dame Campus.
“It’s a special campus you are part of,” Dr Pettitt said, “down here in the amazing West End, one of the biggest state heritage listed areas in Western Australia, among these incredible buildings, this is a pretty special place to study.”
Student Association President Olivia Trahair then kicked off the traditional O-Week Parade as Professor Campbell, alongside Fremantle Mayor Brad Pettitt, led the procession around the streets of Fremantle.
Students listened to live music, drank smoothies, ate ice creams and pizza, and enjoyed exploring their university town campus in Freo’s West End.
As well as the fun and excitement of meeting new friends students could take advantage of a wide range of informational workshops and talks to help prepare them for university life. Along Mouat Street, students picked up freebies and handy tips for making the most of their time at Notre Dame from Student Association and Club stalls, while in St Teresa’s Library the local business expo highlighted the best of Fremantle commerce.
Celebrations continue for the rest of the week, a fitting beginning for this year’s new cohort, and a warm welcome back for returning students.
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