Spring is in the air

Friday of this week is the winter solstice or the shortest day of the year. Typically, it is in the middle of winter. It brings a big smile to my face knowing that next week we are heading towards spring. I am definitely a summer person and I find the cold, wet and dark days depressing. This time also marks the frenetic activity in schools. Senior school students are heading for end of semester exams, Year 11 students are finalising their work experience and Year 10 students are getting ready for Australian Business Week. Teachers are finalising their marks and writing their student reports.

Yesterday was the first 6-hour race of the Australian Pedal Prix. A large contingent of Cardijn students and parents headed for Victoria Park and we were pleased to welcome a large number of Year 7 students and their parents. The future of Pedal Prix is looking very good! We raced two cars in the junior secondary category with Genesis our number 1 car coming 10th in the category. Southern Blue our 2nd car finished a commendable 28th in the category, considering most riders in this car were 1st time competitors. Well done to the riders and families for making it such a successful day.

Our A grade netballers are currently in Alice Springs competing in the annual Marist Netball Championships. After a full day of competition on Sunday, our team has made it into the Championship division following five wins and two losses. Today will be another tough day as the top eight Marist schools battle it out for the finals round tomorrow.

The building works at Cardijn are progressing. Our maintenance compound at the southern end of the school is now complete and the maintenance team will be moving their equipment and stores to their new facility in the next three weeks. The new Food and Technology Centre is also nearing completion with a handover expected at the end of this term. We can’t wait to see our upgraded amphitheatre (pictured) take more shape. The three distinct levels are now clearly highlighted, and more work is expected if the rain holds off. We anticipate it will be ready for Term 4. The College is currently in the final stages of our design for Stage 3. This building will be a two-storey facility located behind the science block and includes the current Art/Technology centre and old maintenance compound. This building will become the largest building on-site and includes more science/STEM labs, technology areas, cafeteria, large indoor space for students with a second floor housing our Year 12 students, visual arts and fabrics facilities and a communal space. We are hoping that construction will commence mid-2020.

As reported in earlier blog posts, our enrolments are at a premium. Demand has now exceeded available places. Enrolments for 2020 are in the process of being finalised and any new applications for 2020 will join an already long waiting list. The College is now accepting applications for Year 7, 2021 and the closing date for these applications is 30 November 2019. Come and join us at the next Tour of Cardijn this Thursday 20 June.

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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