Where Every Child Matters

This week we celebrate Catholic Education week across our 103 schools in South Australia. Catholic Education South Australia is committed to being the best education system in Australia. To be the best we aspire to excel in all levels of our education. We do this in collaboration with all schools in our system and with a deep commitment to action and continuous improvement.

In our Southern Vales cluster, which includes Emmaus Catholic Primary School – Woodcroft, Antonio Catholic School – Morphett Vale, St John’s Catholic Primary School – Christies Beach, All Saints Catholic Primary School – Seaford and Galilee Catholic School – Aldinga, we have established a formal structure as the Southern Region Alliance of Catholic Schools. As principals we meet twice a term to work on our regional strategic plan, special projects and issues ranging from transition, school governance, resources and finance to learning, teaching and pastoral care. As an alliance of schools we are committed to a Reception to Year 12+ pathway. This means that students in our alliance schools are guaranteed a pathway into Cardijn College.

This week All Saints Catholic Primary School celebrates its Silver Jubilee (25 years). We wish the All Saints community many blessings as they look forward to their next 25 years. Catholic Education Week is a week of celebrations to mark the outstanding contribution our schools make to South Australia. Our schools are unique as they educate young people holistically through the underpinnings of our Catholic faith to be thriving people, capable learners and leaders for the world God desires.

Catholic Education week coincides with National Wellbeing Week. At Cardijn it is a week full of activities and reminders for us to pause and consider our own wellbeing and those of others. It is a time for asking the question ‘R U OK?’ It is a time for us to focus on those parts of life that are important such as our relationships and spending quality time with people to listen and share. To limit our time with technology and social media, to exercise, eat healthy foods and take in some fresh air. Wellbeing is one of those most important facets of life we need to get right – to reduce stress and focus on happiness.

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, a Catholic secondary co-educational school (7-12) in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 1120 students and 140 staff. Marcellin is a campus of Cardijn College. It provides students in Years 10 to 12 with SACE, training and apprenticeships. It has an enrolment of over 155 students and 30 staff. 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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