Helping school leavers decide on their future directions

Justine Ralph is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts,
majoring in Social Justice, at Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus

10 December 2015

Deciding on a university and course of study can be challenging for many ATAR recipients. The University of Notre Dame Australia is making every effort to help school leavers define their next chapters.

To make these decisions easier for school leavers, Notre Dame will hold an ATAR Advice Day on Monday 4 January 2016 on the Fremantle Campus and the Course Info Day on Tuesday 5 January 2016 on the Sydney Campus.

Here, ATAR recipients will have the opportunity to speak with advisors, share their career aspirations, explore available degree options, and tour Notre Dame’s 5-star rated university in both Fremantle and Sydney.

Notre Dame is a national Catholic university with more than 11,000 students across its Campuses in Fremantle, Broome and Sydney, with nine academic Schools – Arts & Sciences, Business, Education, Health Sciences (Fremantle only), Law, Medicine, Nursing & Midwifery, Philosophy & Theology and Physiotherapy (Fremantle only).

The University is committed to providing an excellent standard of pastoral care for students and training for the professions, grounded in real world experience. Notre Dame is the highest rated university in WA for ‘Overall Quality of Educational Experience’ and ‘Graduates in Full-time Employment’ according to the Federal Government’s Quality Indicators for Learning and Teaching website (

As Notre Dame is a direct entry university, students can still apply to study in 2016. The University’s admissions process considers every applicant on an individual basis. Entry to Notre Dame is based on personal qualities, motivation to study and academic potential; contribution to school, church or community life; academic record; and an interview with a member of the University’s academic staff.

“With a diverse range of course offerings and academic pathways available, Notre Dame empowers students to develop skills and confidence in order to succeed in their chosen fields,” Liz Beal, Deputy Director Admissions & Student Services and Manager of the Prospective Students Office, said.

“All of our applicants are considered on an individual basis. Being a Catholic university, Notre Dame is committed to ensuring students receive a personalised, high quality education and, in turn, provide students with every opportunity to make a positive contribution in their communities.”

Aspiring international human rights and refugee lawyer, Justine Ralph, is passionate about making a difference to the lives of those who are marginalised in the global community. Justine is currently studying a Bachelor of Laws / Bachelor of Arts, majoring in Social Justice, at Notre Dame’s Fremantle Campus.

“My aspiration is to do some kind of good in the world. I want to fight for the vulnerable when they aren’t able to fight for themselves and to make a difference,” Justine said.

Since being part of the Notre Dame community, Justine has been tireless in her outreach endeavours and pursuit of social justice in local and international communities. In 2013, she was part of the University delegation to World Youth Day where she completed mission work in Peru and Brazil.

“Notre Dame has developed the way I think about the world. If you really take what you learn on, you can genuinely become a better version of yourself,” Justine said.

Max Agapitos, a third-year Primary Education student on the University's Sydney Campus, wants to be a motivational teacher and passionately believes in linking health and fitness to educational performance.

“I’ve learnt the importance of a community-minded approach and working with passionate people. I believe you need a community-minded approach when seeking opportunity within sporting and leadership groups.”

To register for these events, please visit: ATAR Advice Day (Fremantle) Course Info Day (Sydney)

Leigh Dawson: Tel (08) 9433 0569; Mob 0405 441 093;