That’s a wrap for 2018!

Last week was the conclusion of the academic year at Cardijn and Marcellin and what a busy last two weeks in the life of the school! At the Marcellin campus, students in Year 10 were busy making something amazing for Christmas through their trade week. At Cardijn students in Year 8 and 9 had their swimming carnival with the mighty MacKillop dominating the swim events and water polo. The transition days for Year 6 and 7 students were held with our new students feeling very much at home and beaming about being part of secondary schooling in 2019. Our Year 8 and 9 students were involved in an alternative week program which involved a day at Flinders University, a retreat day and a house day. A great conclusion to what has been a very successful 2018.

At our End of Year Thanksgiving Mass and Awards ceremony we welcomed special guests including Jamie Blowes from Catholic Education SA, Paul Herrick from Marist Schools Australia, Katrine Hildyard, Member from Reynell, Chief Petty Officer Damian Jones from the ADF, Former Mayor of Onkaparinga Lorraine Rosenberg, Mark Wadewitz from the Margaret Wadewitz Foundation, Principals Liz Keogh and Anthony Garton, Board Chair Helen Bates and Board members, other special guests and of course staff, students and their families.

We recognised Ms Pat Manhood who is an education support officer in the library. Pat began her time at Cardijn as an ESO responsible for the book room and printing room. We congratulate Pat on her 25 years of service at Cardijn College.

Ms Trish McCall retired from her role as teacher and we acknowledge Trish for her service to Catholic Education SA with a certificate from our Director of Catholic Education for 47 years’ service. Trish joined Cardijn in 1990 and is known for her passion as an English teacher, a guru judge of our quiz nights, a great supporter of her students spending countless hours during lunchtimes and after school helping students with their work. Trish has been in leadership positions including Acting Deputy Principal. We thank Trish for her service to Cardijn, we say you have earned your retirement and wish you the very best into future.

Mr Brendan Russell leaves Cardijn following 11 consecutive years but really 13 years’ total service in our maintenance team. He joined the staff officially in grounds and maintenance and prior to that supported the school in various building projects from 2006 as a contractor. He is famous for the work we undertook in the refurbishment of the science labs, the art and design studios, technology centre and many other projects around the school. He has been instrumental in the development of the grounds to the standard we have come to enjoy today. I will always remember how Brendan cared for our beautiful roses – they are simply magnificent and really make a difference to our school climate. He will forever be known as the MASTER builder behind the Great Wall which he built along the entrance to the College. Brendan has left a big legacy in the development of our infrastructure at Cardijn and we are sad that he is leaving our community. Brendan is an Old Scholar (class of ’93 – Romero Captain). We wish him well in his new career.

Dominic Trimboli leaves Marcellin as the Head Trainer for Automotive. We thank him for his service to Marcellin and MTC Training. He was instrumental in setting up the automotive training including the workshop. Dom has a passion for car restoration and this passion has rubbed off on many students. Students have grown and advanced in life because of his care and passion for automotive and life skills.

Mr Damian Hill leaves us officially this year as he is not returning from his leave. Damian is now working in the private sector. He started at Cardijn in 1997 as a PE Teacher and has been a rock to many students. He became House Leader of Chisholm, Assistant Head in the Senior School and Head of the Middle School. Well known for his great care of students and jovial nature with staff, Damian will be missed at Cardijn. We wish him well in his new career.

Ms June Brooks has been a tireless worker in the canteen providing valuable service to both students and staff. June has decided it is time to retire and we wish her well and thank her for her service to Cardijn.

Mr Josh McDermid has been with us a short time but in that time he has made a huge contribution to Cardijn. Josh has a deep passion for English and together with his faculty he has reimagined English and established outstanding courses in the Senior School. He is a much loved Year 12 homeroom teacher in Chisholm House and this year provided excellent support in the Year 12 coordination role. Josh has responded to the call to join the priesthood. He begins his seven year training at the Seminary in Melbourne next year. We wish him God’s blessings on his new journey.

Mr Andy Waller is our Robotics, STEM and Technology teacher. Andy has been instrumental in developing our new courses in Technology and STEM and is best known for his work and leadership in Robotics. Andy has accepted a role at the new Adelaide Botanic High School as a foundation STEM teacher. We wish him well in his new role.

Mr Michael Wilcock, our Deputy Principal since 2012, is leaving to move to Victoria and begin a new role as Deputy Principal at Aquinas College, Ringwood. Before his role as Deputy, Michael was the Head of the Senior School from 2010-2011 and the Director of Teaching and Learning from 2008-2009 at Cardijn. Incidentally, Michael and I have been working together in leadership since 1998 when Michael joined St Aloysius College where I was the Deputy Principal. I always believed that getting Michael to come to Cardijn was one of my greatest achievements. We will miss Michael and I don’t think it has hit us yet what a loss he will be to our community. He has been instrumental in shaping Cardijn College into what it is today. His presence will be missed in the staff room but also in the yard and in the classroom as a senior physics teacher, as the Italy trip coordinator, retreat leader and quiz master – he has been involved in the lot!!! He brought new ideas and challenged our ability to be our best. He brought new wisdom to leadership particularly amongst our new teachers and those teachers aspiring to be leaders. He is the envy of being organised, meticulous in detail and always ahead in planning. He led the transition to a new leadership model, a new approach to learning and a new approach to managing and supporting students. He is a tireless worker, a person with great energy, walking the journey with people. We wish Michael God’s blessings in his new role.

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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