“You don’t find leaders – you form them.”

At the entrance to our Administration building is a wonderful picture of Joseph Cardijn with the text “You don’t find leaders – you form them.” Joseph Cardijn was a champion for young people and their gift to make an impact on the world. He had a deep belief that the young people of the world would shape the future and how relevant that is to all who work in education.

Today we celebrated our beginning of the year and commissioning mass. At our celebration we recognised all students who have been entrusted with school leadership for 2019. At Cardijn, including our senior leaders, the number of student leaders amounted to 94 from Years 7 to 12 across our seven houses.

Students were asked to commit and declare to the community to follow the example of Jesus Christ’s love and service for all, to respond to the needs of the school community, to be reflective and be guided by our Gospel values and our Marist Characteristics. To have the courage to See, Judge and Act and follow the Marist life of simplicity, presence to others, embracing our family values, committed to the love of work/studies and to look to Mary, the mother of Jesus as a wonderful role model of gentleness, care, love and nurturing.

In Catholic education our vision is for our students to be thriving people, capable learners and leaders for the world God desires. As a school community there is a deep commitment that all students are able to thrive, to develop their love for learning and become capable and well prepared for their futures. That all students are called to be leaders and develop a capacity to make a difference and shape their future – shape the world!

Our Year 12 students were formally inducted at the senior school liturgy and declared their commitment to be at their best and be role models as the senior student leaders at our school. They received their Year 12 senior badge as a symbol of their leadership.

Next week we will hold our annual Open Night at both our Cardijn and Marcellin campuses. Open Night provides the community with an opportunity to see the College in action, meet the staff and students, tour our facilities and join us in the richness of what we offer at Cardijn. Cardijn College is finalising enrolments for 2020 at all year levels. Now is the time to also begin thinking about the enrolment for children for 2021, our primary students currently in Year 5. I look forward to showing you our amazing people, programs and facilities at Cardijn and Marcellin next Wednesday 27 February from 5:30  – 8:00 pm.

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.

1 comment on ““You don’t find leaders – you form them.”

  1. Fina Saukuru

    It was wonderful to witness their commissioning today. Thank you very much to all Teachers and Students for entrusting our boys in their new leadership role and forming them to the person they are today.

    May God bless all our young leaders and their new roles.


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