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, 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.

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 🦋🐬🌈😎


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