Staff Achievements & Staff moving on!

As 2017 draws to a close we acknowledge the staff of Cardijn and Marcellin for their outstanding service to students and the community. A number of staff are acknowledged for significant service and extend our best wishes to staff who are leaving our community.

One member of staff completes 25 years of service at the end of this year and we acknowledge and recognise this fine achievement. Michael Herbert, Coordinator of Counseling and Well-Being but probably better known as the Year 12 coordinator and affectionately called “Herbie” by past students and staff is commended for his long service to the Cardijn community. Our longest ever serving Year 12 coordinator, no-one would ever dare challenge him for this role, lives and breathes Year 12 and we thank him for his wonderful service and commitment.

I recently announced that Ms Natalie Paelchen was appointed to the role of Dean of Teaching and Learning at Seymour College. We congratulate Natalie on her appointment. Sadly, it means that her work at Cardijn is ending. Her contribution to senior leadership at the College and her passion for curriculum and learning were greatly appreciated. Her presence will be missed in the staff room but also in the yard and classroom. She has been generous in her commitment to camps – especially the hiking expeditions, and senior student leadership development. She is a tireless worker and a person with great energy. We congratulate her, and we say thank you for being part of our journey.

Regretfully several staff will be leaving us at the end of this year. Ms Sarah Wilton, Ms Tegan Gully, Ms Victoria Traeger, Mr Hue Plumtree, Ms Shanna Maennel, Paul and Mel Templer and Ms Anna Taheney. Thank you for your contribution to the life of Cardijn, each day that you have been with us has been a blessing. Your commitment, professionalism and love for the school was always at the forefront of your work, and best wishes in your new endeavours.

Three staff will be retiring from Cardijn/Marcellin following long-service in Catholic Education.

Mr Kevin McHugh who began his career in teaching 1975 in Victoria. He began his teaching in Catholic Education SA at Salesians College, Brooklyn Park in 1982. Kevin has a long and stellar career in teaching and leadership which culminated with the Deputy Principalship at Mt Carmel College in 1997. Kevin had a short stint at the Catholic Education Office before joining us at Cardijn/Marcellin for the last two years. We are very grateful for Kevin’s service of 36 years to Catholic Education SA.

Ms Christine Munro began her work at Cardijn in 1986 in the library and has been our library technician since her appointment. She has seen many changes from the beginning of the internet, the use of video tapes in classrooms, cassette recorders, manual printing machines to the modern-day technology and the amazing library we have today. We thank her for her dedicated and wonderful commitment to students and staff for 32 years.

Ms Robyn Clayton joined the Cardijn staff in 1995 and has made her wonderful mark with students who attend our Learning Centre. Her patience, loving support and commitment to her students will be well remembered. We thank Robyn for her commitment and dedication to Cardijn College for 23 years.

We wish Ms Leona Tane many blessing as she is on long-service leave in term 1, 2018. Our best wishes and blessings to Mr Pete Chambers who will follow his wife and family to Vanuatu for the next two years. Pete will be working at the International School and his boss will be his wife Sarah!

Congratulations to the following staff on their new leadership appointments:

Mr Ryan Brown – Director of Teaching and Learning – Cardijn College

Mr Gianni Petrucci – Director of Students – Marcellin Technical

Ms Tash Trenorden – Curriculum Leader – Marcellin Technical

Ms Amelia Cooper – REC – Marcellin Technical

Mr Todd Micke – Admin Coordinator – Marcellin Technical

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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