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, 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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