Welcome to Term 4

Welcome to Term 4 and the unseasonal warm temperatures for October.

During the school holidays, my wife Debra and I travelled to New Zealand and visited the South Island. It coincided with a conference which I attended in Queenstown.

The conference provided some outstanding international speakers including Dame Jenny Shipley, former Prime Minister of New Zealand; Steve Munby, former Director of Education in North-East England; Dr Tony Fernando, a consultant psychiatrist and sleep specialist and Andreas Schleicher, Director for Education and Skills to the Secretary-General at the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development (OECD).

There were many lessons from this conference and what I remember most is the importance of health and well-being as we are challenged by the fast pace of life and the importance of understanding sleep and that the international data from the Program for International Student Assessment (PISA) requires us to look more deeply into the results for Australia.

I am in the process of writing a short article on this as it relates to Cardijn and Marcellin, but my response is that we need to embrace the data and look at how this applies to our context. We are in a terrific position that we have a strong culture of continuous improvement, which puts us in a good space to get the best outcomes for our students.

It was 27 years ago when we travelled to the South Island and there has been little change to the simple stunning scenery with snow still visible at the top of the mountains.

I remembered the windy roads, the one-way bridges, amazing lakes, rivers and glaciers, white-coated sheep, whitebait patties, amazing Maori traditions and history, friendly people the kiwis, although very parochial when it comes to rugby and a country which is so accessible and easy to get to.

Term 4 brings many exciting events such as the Year 12 closing assembly and mass, the class reunions of 2007 (21 Oct) and 1997 (4 Nov), the Year 8 camps and much more.

A special mention for the Cardijn Quiz Night on Saturday 28 October 17 at 6:30pm for a 7:00pm start. We are still looking for donations for our silent auctions. Be in it to challenge the Principal’s Table and Team.

Tickets and information at https://cardijncollege_quiznight2017.eventbrite.com/.

I look forward to seeing you in my travels and at events.

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, a Catholic secondary co-educational school (7-12) in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 1120 students and 140 staff. Marcellin is a campus of Cardijn College. It provides students in Years 10 to 12 with SACE, training and apprenticeships. It has an enrolment of over 155 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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