Welcome back to Cardijn for Term 2

I extend a warm welcome to all students and families to another exciting term at Cardijn. This term will see the annual Athon Day, Tenison College Sporting Exchange, Year 11 Work Experience, Year 10 Australian Business Week and of course the multitude of sporting and performing arts activities we have come to expect at Cardijn. I trust that all students take the opportunity to join in and do their very best in our College life. From an academic perspective the important midyear exams in the senior school will be a focus and the Year 7 and 9 NAPLAN, which will be done online for the very first time.
We welcome back Ms Aleks Cabot, school counsellor from maternity leave, we also welcome Mr Shannon Cox our new construction trainer at our Marcellin campus. We also welcome Mr Wayne Copley who joins us in the area of project managing facilities. Wayne is well known to the community as a member of the college board and former chair.

This Friday we will gather as a college to celebrate the Easter mass. Some may say that it has been weeks since Easter however in the Christian church, we celebrate Easter for fifty days which then culminates with the celebration of Pentecost. Our theme was to celebrate Jesus’ triumph over death and resurrection into new life. What seemed to be the end on Good Friday, God transformed into a new beginning with the resurrection of Jesus on Easter Sunday. This is the great mystery and joy of our Christian faith. Our challenge will be as cited in the psalm “Awaken all of you living in darkness”, to live life to the full and to make a difference in the world. To see, to judge and to act! We live in a troubled world with many instances of suffering and we especially keep in mind the people of Sri Lanka and those who live in areas in the Middle East and Africa troubled by war.

On Tuesday 24 April, our college captains Indy and Sophie were joined by our mission captain Katelin to attend the ANZAC vigil mass at St Francis Xavier Catholic Cathedral. The annual event is focussed on secondary schools and Sophie read the first reading. As always their presentation and bearing was impeccable and they spoke with great reference and clarity. Following the mass the Vicar-General led a procession to the War Memorial where students and families placed flowers. Prayers were held for those who we remember and honour on ANZAC day, those men and women who have fallen, those who returned from war, those who suffered injuries and are still suffering, those who are serving our nation today and all families who have been affected by war. The sacrifices that these Australians have made in serving our country is what we recognise and will never forget. I would like to acknowledge and thank the student leaders and staff who attended the vigil services at Morphett Vale and Port Noarlunga.

On Monday 29 April, all staff at Cardijn and Marcellin attended our Term 2 professional development day at the South Adelaide Football Club Conference Centre. The focus of the day was to explore our strategic plan “Towards 2025, strategic directions and priorities for Cardijn College”. The day commenced with a keynote from myself titled “Building an Outstanding School for Each and Every Child – Possibilities for the Next Decade!” In this session I outlined the key drivers for our strategic directions which need to be anchored by our local context (local touch) and be far reaching (global reach). In the second session we explored how we might respond to the strategic goals of our plan, what it might look like and how we might achieve these. In the session after lunch staff were able to attend various workshops which were conducted by our staff to share great ideas and practices which already support our strategic directions.

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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