You’ve Got What It Takes


We are all inspired and empowered to meaningfully connect with people around us and support anyone struggling with life. This is what we do as a community. It is part of the fabric of what we stand for at this school, to watch out for each other, to be there in moments of need, to guide and help.

R U OK Day reminds us to be that visible presence in our community so here are some tips!

  1. Ask – Are you OK?
  2. Listen – Let’s start from the beginning I am here!
  3. Encourage action – What can I do to help? I will always be there!
  4. Check In – Let’s check in soon!


Conversation starters are important, follow your instinct, if you know something is not right with someone, why not follow the steps above. Let it be a template to begin the conversation and show that you care.

If you are interested in more information why not visit:

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.

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