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, a secondary co-educational school in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 900 students and 120 staff. Marcellin Technical College is a campus of Cardijn College. It provides students in Years 11 and 12 with SACE, training and apprenticeships. It has an enrolment of over 120 students and 30 staff. 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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