Another successful term at Cardijn

We are heading into the last week of Term 1 before our two-week break. Daylight saving is finished and we are now well and truly heading toward the winter months. This weekend has been a time to sign the end of term 1 reports which provide progress in academic achievement and academic endeavour (effort). Teachers have also provided a written comment for each subject. When signing reports, people often say that this must be a huge chore, however I have found it a huge privilege to sign the reports of the senior school this year. To be able to read and celebrate solid results and get to know students is all part of what I enjoy doing. Some students may be disappointed with some results but it is a great opportunity to rebound in Term 2 and focus on the final Semester 1 summative grade.

On Saturday, our Open Girls’ basketball team played in the grand final of the SA Catholic Secondary School Girls Association against Cabra Dominican College. The girls started well and the first quarter looked ominous before Cabra rebounded and levelled by half-time. The third quarter was a tight tussle with Cabra having the momentum. The last quarter was a nail biter but our girls prevailed with a final burst to run out winners by 12 pts. Together with the open boys’ team, they set off on the bus for Bendigo where this week they will play in the annual Marist Basketball Championships. We wish them all the best for the tournament.

Last week we hosted two tours of Cardijn with record attendance from families interested in enrolling their children at Cardijn. One tour alone exceeded 130 and another tour during the school day counting just over 30 attendees. There is a high level of interest from new families who are considering Cardijn. A recent poll on why families are choosing Cardijn showed that the welcome/ feeling and hospitality shown by staff and students was important. The House pastoral care system is unique, as are the sporting academies (AFL, Netball, Soccer and Basketball). The specialist Music program and opportunities to perform both locally and internationally were seen as a big plus. The broad pathways offered by Cardijn is now a huge attraction where students can follow mainstream pathways through to university or other higher education institutions, pathways to apprenticeships in trade and vocational careers using our Marcellin Campus and a hybrid of completing the SACE in mainstream at Cardijn and completing a Certificate II in a trade or vocational course from Marcellin. Cardijn caters for a diverse range of student abilities, interests and pathways. Our 2020 enrolment is now being finalised with just a few places remaining at all year levels. Cardijn is now gearing up for our 2021 enrolment and scholarship offerings.

Marcellin Campus has a unique Head Start program in Year 10. A 2019 mid-year intake will see students complete a significant part of their SACE with most of the SACE completed in Year 11 before our students then enter their school-based apprenticeship at Year 12. Once they have commenced their apprenticeship they will return to Marcellin for 1 day a week to complete their SACE studies and working their apprenticeship for the remaining days of the week. Cardijn College had a record number of students transition to apprenticeships in 2018 accounting for 80% of the Year 12 students when the national average is as low as 5%. There are a few places remaining for the 2019 mid-year intake.

At the end of this week we wish Ms Sophia Dimitropoulos all the very best as she prepares for the birth of her first child. We welcome Mr Shannon Cox who joins us at Marcellin as a Trainer in Construction. Shannon was a member of our staff in 2014 when he worked on the FAME project. Welcome back Shannon.

Congratulations to our Year 7 and 8 students who have completed their first term in high school. They have transitioned extremely well and entered into the life of the College with great energy and enthusiasm.

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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