Café Marcellin Opens

This Monday was the first official day of Café Marcellin. It is about time that students, staff and visitors had access to a top-quality café, rather than relying on a food truck arriving at the break times. The café will operate from 8am to 2pm initially and provide nutritious cold and hot food. Cold drinks and of course barista-made coffee is available. I know that I am looking forward to getting my coffee and lunch from Café Marcellin.

Tomorrow is the Cardijn College Open Night when the Noarlunga Downs campus is open to families and the public. You are warmly invited to come and visit us and experience the unique nature of what makes Cardijn so unique. You will be welcomed by our senior staff and student leaders who will conduct tours of the campus. You are then invited to watch various student presentations involving Music, Drama and Science (STEM). You will have an opportunity to visit the many curriculum displays and speak to staff about learning at Cardijn. The House system is unique, and House Leaders will be on hand to answer any questions regarding our Pastoral Care and Student Management. Our members of the School Board will be present to share our plans for the development of the $18.5M Senior School and Innovation Centre which is due to begin construction later this year. If you want to know what we offer at our second Campus, staff from Marcellin will be available to discuss pathways at Year 10 to 12 which lead to apprenticeships. You will find extensive information about our Trade and Vocational Educational Pathways. If that is not enough, there is free food available if you get hungry! Join us for what will be a great discovery and celebration of Cardijn.

Our parent meetings last week were well attended by families. The ‘meet the homeroom teacher’ meetings for students at our Marcellin campus were greatly appreciated by both families and staff. The uniqueness of Marcellin is that it is not like an ordinary high school. The student experience is tailored to the early completion of the SACE (Head Start) enabling students to concentrate on completing their trade or VET qualification and obtaining a school-based apprenticeship in Year 12. There are no bells at Marcellin as the day simulates a day at work where students are expected to learn what is required in such an environment. There is a big focus on adult learning and training.

Our families with Year 12 students gathered to hear about how we can best support our 2020 Year 12 students. Thank you to Pat Harmer, Deputy Principal and Michael Herbert, Year 12 Coordinator for sharing their many years of wisdom. Thank you also to Claire Gantley (Class of 2019) and her mother Angela who provided some outstanding advice on how families can best support their child through the most testing year of school – Year 12.

Last week our new Year 7-9 student leaders gathered at the South Adelaide Conference Centre for their leadership induction and team-building day. The activities were conducted by our Year 10 leaders who did so with tremendous confidence and care. Congratulations to Mr Dray, Director of Students, staff and Year 10 leaders.

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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