Go make a difference – You can make a difference

Today marks the conclusion of a very successful Catholic Education week. The week commenced with our annual Athon day when the Cardijn and Marcellin communities got together to focus on our mission and make a difference. The annual Athon day began in 1987, when it was simply a walkathon to raise money for the most needy of people in our community. Today it has grown into a tradition with each House supporting a charity of their choice. The charities include Centacare, St Vincent de Paul, Canteen, Coolock House, Catherine House, Hutt Street Centre, Fred’s Van, Labs n’ Life and St Vincent de Paul Winter appeal.

Together the communities raised in excess of $13,000 to make a difference to people in our community. Athon day is led by our Year 12 students who have demonstrated again that they are leaders in our world which God desires. They led the day with dance and song, ensuring that everyone was included and made to feel they had contributed.

Catholic Education is making a difference in our Southern Vales region. We are building a thriving community of people, capable learners and leaders who are making a difference to this world. On this last day of Catholic Education week, all staff in our regional Catholic schools came to Cardijn to celebrate mass at St Luke’s. As a community, we are continually striving for the light which gives us vision and to make our schools beacons for the south.

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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