A new addition to the Rijken family

At our Easter mass celebration last Friday we recognised that Easter is a time of joy and new beginnings. In the Bible we learn that following the death of Jesus on the cross, his body was placed in a tomb and that on Easter Sunday, when Mary Magdalene and Mary of Cleopas visited the tomb, they found it empty. Scripture tells us that Jesus appeared to Mary and the disciples on numerous occasions following the events over Easter. God’s power of raising Jesus from death is our Christian belief of triumph over death, that ultimately as Christians we may also have a spiritual life beyond death in heaven surrounded by the love of God.

Just over a week ago the Rijken family welcomed a beautiful new addition, Hailey Rosina, our very first granddaughter. As a grandfather I got to nurse Hailey throughout the week and I got quite emotional and overcome by the enormous gift we have in this beautiful baby girl. When I look at Hailey, she looks so small at 6 lbs 2 ounces, so vulnerable and dependent on her mother, father and family. I see a wonderful aura of love and as I look at her facial expressions and her beautiful eyes, I begin to think about this baby growing up. Having a grandchild is certainly a new phase of life. I begin to wonder when Hailey will graduate from high school in 2036, can you imagine what the world might be like in 17 years. Will there be a rise of the machines, will artificial intelligence (AI) have control of much of our lives? What will have happened with climate change? What will education be like? I am in no hurry to get to 2036 as I would like to enjoy every moment and every day with gratitude, but it has given me a new perspective and outlook on how I would like to shape the future and ensure that future generations get to enjoy the richness of what we have come to enjoy.

On Saturday, our winter sports began in earnest and we have many teams playing in different competitions. We compete in the Adelaide Schools Sports Association and the Catholic Secondary Schools Girls Sports Association competitions. This means traveling to play schools and colleges across Adelaide but also to host these teams at home. I am looking forward to seeing so many students involved in sports.

Many people have asked me what the progress is on our building works. Our Stage 1 Maintenance facility is on track to be completed mid-term. You will have seen this new compound developing on the southern side of our property. Works on Stage 2 are behind, however the new Home Economics facility is close to lock-up stage and will be completed sometime in June. We are looking forward to new kitchens, one being a commercial kitchen, a temporary canteen, sports change rooms and a dining room area. You will have seen enormous earthworks in our amphitheatre. This area is being shaped to three levels to become an outdoor recreation area and meeting place in the heart of the school. It is temporarily named as “Student Central”. This part of our construction is not due to finish until September. The College is currently in the process of developing concept drawings for our Stage 3 building program which will consist of a new Senior School Learning Centre, STEM laboratories, Technology spaces, Art & Design studios, Wellbeing Centre and Cafeteria. Stage 3 is scheduled for 2020 and will be a welcome addition to modern facilities replacing our current areas.

Enrolments at Cardijn for 2020 are at a premium. There has been so much interest by our community to send their children to Cardijn. As you may know, our school has a 7-class intake across all year levels, however for 2019 we have had to put on an additional class at Year 7 because of the demand. It means that for 2020, we will have an 8-class intake at Year 7 again. At this stage we are taking enrolments at Year 7 and 8, however there is a wait list for new applications.

Head Start is a great program at our Marcellin Campus offering students in Year 10 to get a head start in their SACE. Head Start offers students a combination of transitioning to a program which tailors academic learning in subjects with a Vocational orientation, to participating in training which may include engineering, construction, automotive, electrical, hair & beauty, early learning, animal studies and health and personal care courses depending on the student’s pathway. Enrolments are currently open for our July start date.

In our lead up to the Federal Election 2019, the following update is provided. Catholic schools are a vital part of Australia’s landscape; from humble beginnings almost 200 years ago, Catholic Education is now the nation’s largest provider of education outside the government system. The key national issues for Catholic Education at the upcoming federal election are:

Increased capital funding
More resources for early childhood education
Religious freedom in schools
To find out more go to: http://www.cesa.catholic.edu.au/news/federal-election-2019

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.

2 comments on “A new addition to the Rijken family

  1. Sensational as always
    Congratulations on new addition
    God Bless you all John

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  2. Eileen and Peter Sando

    Congratulations Paul being a grandparent is a wonderful stage of our lives. We currently have 7 grandchildren aged 15 to 13 months with number 8 due in November. 5 girls 2 boys and boy coming in November. Enjoy and congrats to you and Deb .

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