Cardijn leads with influence and impact

Cardijn has led the way for the last five years in STEM education. The integration of Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics has been the foundation of our INSPIRE program along with our F1 in Schools, DRONE, UAV (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles), Hovercraft, Subs in Schools, Holden Ecovolt and many more STEM related activities and competitions. Most recently our F1 in Schools professional class team won the state championships and are now preparing for the national competition to coincide with the Melbourne Grand Prix in 2019.

The integration of these subjects also includes Design as a crucial step in any problem solving and STEM related activity. Students use a range of tools such as CAD and virtual software to test their designs for purpose, cost and safety. The practical orientation and collaborative nature of these learning activities are a big hit with our students. The challenge of solving problems for real life and environmental issues is a strong motivating factor for learning. This type of learning also contributes to our desire in our curriculum to draw more specifically on LIFE competencies in preparing our students for future learning and work. Working in teams, using a creative mind, collaboration, communication and problem solving are all crucial elements of this new learning experience. Students are challenged to develop higher order thinking skills and step away from routine procedural learning tasks – which in the world of robots and automation is precisely what is taking over!!

Cardijn students not only lead the way with this new learning but are also challenged to be leaders to make a difference in their community and world with “Local Touch and Global Reach”.

Schools see need to adapt to world of automation

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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