A parent’s guide to successful school-university transition

Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus is hosting the Parent Information Evening on Wednesday 8 March.

1 March 2017

The transition from secondary school to university is not only a challenge but an exciting time for students as they seek the right pathway to a successful and rewarding career.

Parents have concerns too, often focused on the nature of the admissions process and how the learning environment supports the individual needs of students to ensure they maximise their potential.

Paving the way for a successful transition, The University of Notre Dame Australia’s Parent Information Evening – on Wednesday 8 March 2017 – will provide first-hand insights and tips, and the opportunity to ask questions about the University and the courses on offer.

Catered to parents with children in Years 10, 11 or 12, the presentation will explore Notre Dame’s unique admissions process, alternative pathways, fees and scholarships, university life in Fremantle’s West End and recommended ATAR subjects.

“A positive and safe learning environment encourages dedication and, ultimately, success,” says Associate Professor Dawn Darlaston-Jones, of Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus, which is first in WA for overall quality of educational experience.

A community psychologist who lectures in behavioural science, Associate Professor Darlaston-Jones, says many parents, understandably, focus on the result of a degree, rather than the learning journey.

“As a parent of three adult children (two of whom are Notre Dame graduates) and an educator, I fully understand that the ‘person-environment fit’ – the match between the person and the context – is as critical as the courses on offer,” adds Associate Professor Darlaston-Jones.

“Employment needs to be the end goal for a number of reasons. But, learning for personal growth and development, building relationships with new and different people and discovering fresh information that broadens horizons are all goals in themselves and should not be underestimated.”

Professor Matthew Ogilvie, from Notre Dame’s School of Philosophy & Theology, prioritised student support, a values-based learning experience, and a proven tradition of higher education when helping his son, John, find the right university.

“Notre Dame’s proven track record in graduating well-rounded and technically-competent individuals with the capacity to think big and apply their knowledge in the real world put this university ahead of others,” Professor Ogilvie says.

According to the Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching (qilt.edu.au), Notre Dame is #1 in Australia for ‘Skills Development’ and #1 in WA for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’, ‘Teaching Quality’ and ‘Graduate Full-time Employment Rate’.

For more information about the Parent Information Evening and to register online, please visit www.nd.edu.au/events/2017/parent-info-evening.


Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093; leigh.dawson@nd.edu.au