And that’s a wrap on Term 3

At our school assembly last week, I offered my congratulations and acknowledgement on all the fine Term 3 achievements recognised and celebrated.

  • A special mention for the Pedal Prix team as they concluded their season with a fine race in the annual 24-hr event at Murray Bridge. This is another outstanding example of parent engagement, an activity organised and run by parents and well supported by staff in Colin Ginn, Du Nguyen and Stephen Hards. The team completed the race admirably with Genesis finishing in the top 11 in their senior school category.
  • Our Year 9 students and staff are on camp in the lower Flinders Ranges and we wish them much fun and enjoyment.
  • Good luck to our soccer team as they play in the State Finals today.
  • Congratulations to Chorale for their outstanding performance as a support act at the Catholic Schools Music Festival last week singing Seasons of Love.
  • Congratulations to Freya and Abby in successfully completing the Stemnation Drone Challenge and indeed all students involved in the STEM projects.
  • Well done Elijah, Adam and Blake on their 2nd and 3rd place ribbons at the Royal Adelaide Show with the F1 Racing competition.
  • Jessica, Pietro and Tamika winning one Gold and two Silver medals at the Royal Australian Chemical Institute finals.
  • Our student leaders in each House for their outstanding commitment to celebrating Multicultural Week.
  • Our social justice group for their ongoing commitment to the Soup Kitchen and raising awareness of homelessness through the winter sleepout.

These are just a few mentions of the amazing events and activities that our students lead at Cardijn.

Last week, I was privileged to hear the candidates for College Captain present their speeches. This is what the candidates said:

Leadership is about passion, humour, service, courage, privilege, attitude, being a role model, inspiring hope, growing as a leader, discovering your gift, making a difference, developing life-long connections, rise to be supportive and make others feel great, building people up, loving your school and if all else fails – believing in miracles!

This term my observations are that all these attributes which I heard last week at the 2018 College Captain speeches are visibly present in our students at Cardijn. It is everywhere – in the classroom, in the yard, on the sporting field, on the stage and in the community – and as your principal, I continue to draw great energy and strength from the students in what they do, who they are and what they stand for.

As a community, we congratulate Sisilina Saukuru and Isaac Turner as our 2018 College Captains and Sharon Shaji and Bradley Baldago as our 2018 Mission Captains. As the term ends, I wish everyone a great Term 3 break and extend my best wishes to our Year 12s as they prepare for their last weeks of school and final examinations.

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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