Stop Bullying and Harassment

Sadly, we learnt of the death of a young girl from the south of Adelaide, Libby Bell of what is alleged and reported as systematic bullying and cyber bullying. This is tragic and our heartfelt condolences are extended to the family. Much debate is happening in the media regarding the law, for instance in Victoria, the law was changed in 2011 after a 19-year old Brodie Panlock tragically took her life as a result of serious bullying in her workplace. The law became known as Brodie’s law and covers bullying behaviour as criminal and subject to significant penalties such as jail. Our law makers are debating these issues now and are investigating how this might be considered into the future.

At Cardijn and Marcellin, we are constantly alert to any form of bullying and harassment and continue to educate our students to feel confident enough to report this type of behaviour. Our highest priority is the safety and well-being of all our students. As a community, we have adopted a “Shared Concern” approach which empowers community members to share any concerns about bullying or harassment. Our House structure provides an excellent mechanism which is supportive of students and families. Action is immediate and incidents are managed with the utmost priority. Our Well-Being Centre, staffed by two full time social workers and two teacher/counselors are available to support families and students at any time.

Please find attached a link to the College policies and I draw your attention to the Student Harassment policy, the ICT policy and the Social Media policy which clearly outlines the College position on bullying.

Another valuable resource is our “Stop Bullying” Brochure which can be found at:

Join Us by Saying NO to Bullying!!!

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, an R-12 co-educational Catholic school in the Marist tradition, deeply inspired by the method of College patron Joseph Cardijn with a foundation built on the three pillars of his teachings; to See, Judge and Act. Educating and inspiring students in the beautiful Southern Vales region of Adelaide since 1984, Cardijn has grown to encompass three schools, each with distinct offerings. Cardijn College Galilee at Aldinga offers Reception to Year 7, expanding to include Year 8 in 2022 and Year 9 in 2023. Cardijn College at Noarlunga Downs offers Years 7-12 and is renowned for academic excellence and a vibrant extra-curricular program. Cardijn College Marcellin at Christie Downs provides a wide variety of vocational education and training opportunities for students in Years 10 – 12 and beyond, with relationships that extend well into their careers. With a current enrolment of 1750 students and 240 staff, Cardijn College is an institution which strives to be a beacon of faith in the community, with students who have enormous influence and impact on both a local and global level. Paul has been the principal at Cardijn College since 2005. He has a Ph.D. from Curtin University in Science and Mathematics Education. He is a Fellow of the Australian College of Educational Leaders.

2 comments on “Stop Bullying and Harassment

  1. Lesley Aplin

    I have 2 Grandsons at Cardijn, and it is re-assuring to know that this matter is so carefully monitored and awareness of bullying is discussed with both children and staff.


  2. Pingback: End bullying: Cardijn College principal – Cardijn Resources

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