Term 2 – That’s a wrap!

Thriving communities are places with enormous energy and passion who make a difference in the lives of people. Cardijn College and Marcellin Technical are constantly looking at ways of making a difference in the lives of students, families and the wider community. Over the last three weeks we have seen wonderful examples of Cardijn and Marcellin being thriving communities.

In the first race of the International Pedal Prix Cardijn College fielded two teams, a senior team Genesis racing in a brand-new vehicle (Trisled Aquila Trike) and finishing 8th overall from 150 vehicles and 6th in their category, a terrific achievement. Southern Blue our second team provides for new riders to familiarise themselves with Pedal Prix and the team finished well at the end of the day. Congratulations to Scott 12FA who achieved the fastest lap of the day with an average speed of 52.7 km/h. Congratulations to the families of the riders who organised and supported the team wonderfully and of course our staff with Mr Colin Ginn and Mr Du Nguyen coordinating the Pedal Prix team.

MAD Night was an outstanding success with over 140 students participating and performing in music, art and drama at the Hopgood Theatre to a sold-out capacity crowd. Congratulations to the teachers and students on such a special night. A special congratulations to Mr David Gauci for his leadership in making the night so successful.

Ms Sandie McCarthy, our Teaching and Learning Library Manager organised for a truck load of books and reader sets to be donated and packed to be delivered to young people in Botswana and Vanuatu. These books are en route to their destination.

Our Marist Netball team recently returned from the annual Marist Netball Carnival in Warragul, Victoria. They played an average of eight games per day over two days and finished 9th overall, a wonderful achievement for a young team. Congratulations to Taylor, Kayla and Millie for being recognised for their outstanding contribution to the carnival.

Marcellin Tradies Food Business is a regular activity with the aim of raising much needed funds for St Vincent de Paul Christies Beach. The students, supported by their teachers, conduct their food business at lunchtimes and supply hot food to satisfy hungry students and teachers on these cold days.

This week our Year 10 students are involved in Australian Business Week, a challenging program which involves students simulating their own business in the fitness industry. Students will be challenged in the area of finance, marketing and operations. Students need to engage in a business simulation, prepare a company report, present their company activity to judges, prepare a trade display and make a short video to market their product.

Our Year 11 students are on work experience this week which will give them the opportunity to spend time in a work environment and learn more about the world of work as well as possible career pathways.

Next term Mr Rob McCrackan, Ms Leah Hooper and Ms Anna Florian will be on leave and I will be on study leave for the term. Staffing appointments for next term include Mr Michael Wilcock – Acting Principal, Mr Pat Harmer – Acting Deputy Principal, Ms Mel Bratovic – Acting Assistant Principal – Academic, Mr Josh McDermid – Acting Director of Staff and Ms Eleni Takianos – Acting Curriculum Leader (English/Literacy). We also welcome Mr Joel Olsder and Dr Monica Tolcvay who will replace teachers on leave.
I extend my best wishes to all students, staff and families for a great mid-year holiday break and many blessings for Term 3.

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, a secondary co-educational school in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 900 students and 120 staff. Marcellin Technical College is a campus of Cardijn College. It provides students in Years 11 and 12 with SACE, training and apprenticeships. It has an enrolment of over 120 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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