Congratulations Class of 2019 – Amazing Results

Each year just before Christmas teachers, students and families wait with bated breath for the release of the Year 12 results. For many this is a final confirmation and acknowledgement of their completion of 13 years of schooling. For some students it is the Australian Tertiary Admissions Rank (ATAR) that matters as it potentially determines what university course may be offered. There is an interesting phase of deep analyses of the Year 12 results such as the number of subject merits, number of students with an ATAR above 90, percentage of Year 12 students who achieved an A- grade or higher or the percentage of students who completed the SACE. You may well ask why we have such a preoccupation with this data, what is important in the scheme of the things and what isn’t.

Fundamentally it stems from a deep commitment and aspiration to achieving the highest academic standards possible. It is not unreasonable nor impossible for students at Cardijn to achieve results which are at the highest level in the state and nation. It starts with a deep belief that it is possible and that combined with the right formula of education and care, these results are achievable and in fact expected at Cardijn.

This doesn’t mean that a student who achieves a B or even a C is not achieving, in fact they are very much part of the success of the school and hence we congratulate the Class of 2019 at both the Cardijn and Marcellin campuses.

So our results in 2019 include every student achieving the SACE, the baseline credential that launches oneself for the future, a successful completion of senior secondary education. It is for many the baseline to further education and career options.

Some significant results at Cardijn in 2019 include:

Dux of the College is Sarah Eisemann with an ATAR of 98.65, an A+ Merit for the Research Project and straight As in all her subjects. Our dual Proxime Accessit (runner-up) recipients Freya Lowe and Ayman Shaawi both achieved ATARs of 96.8.

Sophie Meynell has been recognised with a Governor of South Australia Commendation, one of only 26 students in the State to receive this honour. This is the highest SACE achievement and for Cardijn College, this marks our 4th Commendation in a row – much better than a hat trick!

  • 100% SACE completion at both campuses
  • 40 students achieved an A+ grade, the highest grade possible and 9 achieved a Merit in their subject
  • 22 students with an ATAR 90 and above
  • 72.2% of all results were A or B grades
  • 32 students (55%) at Marcellin were able to secure an apprenticeship
  • 6 students (10%) received an offer of employment in their trade
  • And a number of other students transitioned to further education and casual employment

Download our Year 12 results infographic for more details


We are very proud of all our students and looking through the list, many have already secured their pathways for next year whether through university entry, apprenticeship or employment.

Recently we received news that Dannion Hards (Class of 2015) and his team from the University of Adelaide won the global Ericsson Innovation Award in Stockholm, Sweden. Dannion and his team (Adelaide Bio AUV) developed a bioinspired autonomous underwater vehicle (Bio-AUV). Inspired by cuttlefish technology, Dannion’s team designed a unique propulsion system enabling otherwise untraversable underwater exploration. This vehicle will assist scientists to gather crucial data from complex reef systems which will help reduce the effects of climate change in underwater ecosystems globally. This is a wonderful example of our graduates working with local touch to global reach.

Congratulations to the graduates of Cardijn.

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 “Congratulations Class of 2019 – Amazing Results

  1. Viano Jaksa

    Congratulations to all the students and their teachers on an outstanding achievement. May they remember their time at Cardijn with fondness and go forward with courage and confidence to build outstanding futures.


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