Vanessa Anne Hurst 12.2.1983 – 6.7.2019

I share with deep sadness the passing of Vanessa Anne Hurst who attended Cardijn College from 1996 to 2001. Vanessa will be well known to the Cardijn community. I first met Vanessa when I started as principal in 2005 and then got to know her better at World Youth Day Sydney in 2008. Vanessa lived a beautiful life, full of love and joy. In spite of her many physical challenges, nothing stopped her from being present to people and contributing to her community. She was a great inspiration, a model of courage and determination and moreover a person who set out to change the world.

I last saw Vanessa in March this year at the O’Sullivan Beach Sports and Community Centre where she was acknowledged for her community service at the Katrine Hildyard community service awards. We will miss Vanessa very much – her infectious smile, her wonderful role modelling and her sincere friendship. Rest in peace Vanessa.

Dr Paul Rijken is principal of Cardijn College, a Catholic secondary co-educational school (R-12) in the southern region of Adelaide with a total of 1750 students and 170 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 170 students and 30 staff. Galilee is the newest campus of Cardijn College offering R-7, with plans to expand the middle school to Year 9 by 2023. 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.

1 comment on “Vanessa Anne Hurst 12.2.1983 – 6.7.2019

  1. Stella Davis

    Thank you so much for this beautiful tribute to my daughter Vanessa. She truly loved her years at Cardijn College and all the friendships she made. All her family love and miss her so much. So special, so unique 🦋🐬🌈😎


Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Google photo

You are commenting using your Google account. Log Out /  Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: