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, 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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