Marcellin Technical celebrates the graduation of the Class of 2018

Marcellin Technical, a campus of Cardijn College is known for its unique program working with young people to complete their studies in the SACE alongside industry-specific training, leading to an Australian School-based Apprenticeship. Marcellin Technical is committed to supporting students beyond their Year 12 graduation with their ongoing training requirements. This model of nurturing and guiding students in senior secondary education, through training to employment is what makes Marcellin Technical unique in Australia. Offering flexible learning and pathways as students make important decisions about their future is necessary and expected. Our graduates, the class of 2018, are well prepared to leave their formal secondary schooling to enter work and take on further training.

We congratulate the Class of 2018 as skilled, critical and creative thinkers, ready to collaborate, communicate, analyse information, plan, organise and prioritise work. They are ready and able to put their technical knowledge and experience to the test, knowing that they are work-ready and on their journey to be fully-qualified and skilled tradespeople.

The Class of 2018 have been educated and trained in a Catholic school which prides itself on Catholic values inspired by the charism of St Marcellin Champagnat. Our students embrace the five Marist characteristics of Presence, Simplicity, Family Spirit, Love of Work and In the Way of Mary. Our Christian values, connected with our excellence in education and training, produce a graduate who has a well-rounded experience and skill set. The challenge for our students is to put these experiences and skills to the best use in their future and to make a real difference as a global citizen.

I extend my gratitude to all the staff at our Marcellin campus for their outstanding work with our students, their families and the community. Their dedication, their service and commitment to providing outstanding quality in education and training is widely recognised and acknowledged.

Our class of 2018 has excelled in their completion of Year 12. This is verified by the significant number of students who have completed their SACE and training requirements and are recipients of commendations and awards. I extend my congratulations to every student graduating and to their families. Special congratulations to Hannah Watson who was awarded the Apprentice of the Year Award sponsored by REDARC. Hannah is an outstanding student and worthy recipient, who has excelled in the field of Hair and Beauty with her training through Clip Joint Education.

Our industry partners are a big part of our success and we thank them for their commitment, continued support and contributions. We recognise and appreciate the importance of their involvement. We especially thank REDARC, CCI, City of Onkaparinga, Catholic Education, MTA, Marist Schools Australia, MEGT, Master Plumbers SA, Australian Defence Force, Apprentice Employment Network, BOC, Caltex and Mercury Printing.

Finally, to the class of 2018, I leave you with this thought: “The past is your lesson. The present is your gift. The future is your motivation”.

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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