Wishing you a Happy New Year

With just under 6 hours until we welcome the New Year 2018, I would like to take the opportunity to wish our Cardijn and Marcellin community a Happy New Year with many blessings for peace, love and joy. That 2018 may bring much happiness to you and your families and the opportunity for us all to work together to make this new year the best.

As we say goodbye to 2017 we reflect on what the year has meant to us. There were many high points but sadly many low points as well. The tragic deaths of loved ones in our community are a sound reminder of how important and valued community and friendship are in times of grief and sorrow.

Importantly I am deeply grateful for our wonderful community, our student results and achievements are the very best ever and are testimony of our calibre of student and quality of teaching. Across both schools we enjoyed outstanding success with the highest ATAR and Merit achievements in the SACE and the highest number of students transitioning to apprenticeships and work.

Next year we begin with Stage 1 of our capital development, the relocation of our maintenance services from our northern boundary on Goldsmith Drive to the southern boundary adjacent to the soccer pitch. Stage 2 of our development will also commence mid-year with the re-development of our amphitheatre into an amazing outdoor student plaza, establishment of a new commercial kitchen, staff office area and second drama studio. The canteen will also be re-located to allow for the preparation of stage 3 in 2019. At Marcellin, we will begin a project in 2018 which will see the top floor on the eastern wing converted with new facilities to cater for new courses including early childhood learning, personal care and health, hair and beauty and a new STEM facility adjacent to our electro-technology wing.

We are also looking forward to the Strategic Planning process for 2019-2025 which will be launched with the community in February. For the last three months the College Board and Strategic Planning Reference Group have met many times and work has been most productive in preparation for the community engagement phase in 2018.

For now, I wish everyone a safe holiday and look forward to seeing you back in the New Year.

Happy New Year!

Dr Paul Rijken


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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