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