Welcome back to a busy and exciting Term 4!

Dear Families, Staff and Friends of Cardijn,

Welcome to Term 4 which brings many exciting events including our farewell of our Year 12 students, their final mass on Friday 26 October and of course the final academic exams which commence early November. Term 4 also begins with our important subject selection process for students in Years 10 and 11, Year 8 camps, summer sport and our first bout of real spring weather.

I am delighted to be back at Cardijn following my Term 3 leave. During my leave I was involved in more strategic planning for Cardijn into the next decade. We will officially launch our strategic directions at the end of November following College Board endorsement of the draft paper. Some very exciting plans are ahead for Cardijn. I was also involved in conducting professional development with Marist Schools Australia, work on research in Catholic Education SA and a wonderful pilgrimage and retreat in Scotland.

School Leaders
Last term, I was delighted to learn that Sophie Meynell (11MA) and Indiana Crowther (11LO) were appointed as College Captains for 2019. I am also delighted to learn that Katelin Lawrie (11KO) and John Saukuru (11CH) were appointed as Mission Captains for next year. Later this week, Captains and Vice-Captains of their respective Houses will be elected and also Sports, Music and Drama Captains for 2019. The names of the successful students will be published next week.

On Saturday, Sharon Shaji (12MI) and Fabio ABD Elmalk (12CH) will be recognised at the Cathedral mass in Adelaide with the MacKillop Award for outstanding Catholic student leaders in Catholic secondary schools in South Australia.
We are very proud of all our students as young people with conviction who are making a difference and impact in our local and global environment.

Pilgrims to Timor-Leste
Last Thursday we welcomed back our staff pilgrims who visited Timor-Leste as part of our cultural immersion and outreach program. This pilgrimage was designed to familiarise staff with Timor-Leste before we send a delegation of students at the end of 2019. Mr Luke Harris as Service Learning Coordinator planned and organised the trip with amazing dedication, passion and commitment. The staff (Michelle Byrt, Emma Knight, Eleni Takianos and Brady Lloyd) visited schools and communities to learn about the Timorese people. Congratulations to all involved especially Mr Luke Harris (Cardijn Class of 1992) for his leadership.

Cardijn Old Scholars
Last Saturday, the class of 1988 gathered for their reunion at The Highway to celebrate and to reminisce about those good old times. It was a terrific gathering with many stories shared about those early years of Cardijn. Stories about mischief, the hard times and lack of resources, the initiative and creativity to do so much with very little, but most stories were about people, the staff and the students. There is no question about the warmth and admiration the old scholars shared about their school and staff.

This Saturday is the reunion of the class of 1998 and in November, the class of 2008. I extend my congratulations to Ms Emma-May Palmer, Alumni Officer (Cardijn Class of 2003) for her outstanding organisation in making these reunions memorable.

This term, Mr Michael Herbert is on long service leave and we welcome Mr Josh McDermid to the role of Year 12 Coordinator and Mr Anthony Simons as Coordinator of Counselling.

Earlier this week I announced that our Deputy Principal Mr Michael Wilcock will be leaving Cardijn at the conclusion of this year. Michael and his family have decided to move to Melbourne where Michael has accepted a Deputy position at Aquinas College, Ringwood. We will have time to properly farewell Michael at the end of the year and recognise him for his outstanding service to the community in his 11 years at Cardijn.

With best wishes for a great Term 4.

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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