Cardijn Forges Ahead!

“We have three options in life. We can be historians, reporters, or futurists. The historian wants to remind us of everything in the past and wants to filter everything in the future through that. The reporter is really attached to the conditions and circumstances of today, and that’s just the way it is. The futurist focuses on what hasn’t yet been done, saying there is more for us to do. We can do more. We can broaden our capacity. There is more of our potential we can take advantage of.”

No Limits: Blow the CAP off your capacity by John Maxwell             


At Cardijn we are about to embark on our new Strategic Directions Project which will culminate in our new Strategic Plan 2019-2025. The year 2019 is a defining year in the history of the school. It will be the first year for Year 7 students to be officially in a secondary school in Catholic Education SA. 2025 will be the year when these Year 7’s graduate from Cardijn. What will an education at Cardijn look like during those 6 years? Are we a historian, a reporter or a futurist. Like most things the answer is not simple and contained in a single approach, in fact it is in all three. The plan which the community will develop is influenced by honouring and respecting our past, by celebrating and reviewing the present in order for us to shape our future.

Being a futurist is difficult, with rapid changes in technology, economics, learning and well-being, who can crystal ball what 2025 will look like. We do know that we cannot remain still, the same of the same is not going to prepare us for the future. Our capacity to adapt and to be agile to the rapid changes ahead are critical. Fundamentally our world needs graduates who are well-rounded to be citizens with a passion for life-long learning, leaders who will make a difference to the world in whatever circumstance.

The Strategic Directions Project will officially be launched at the end of this month and Cardijn will look to engage broadly with the school and wider community in the early months of 2018. Make sure you have your say!!

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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