Mitchell House reigns supreme at Sports Day

The 2020 school year has not seen us get off to a good start with the devastating bushfires across our nation and now the worrying situation regarding the Coronavirus.

We are well over half way into Term 1 and so much has transpired already to celebrate our success as a school. Students are thriving, learning is unfolding and students are responding to their challenges with leadership, showing grit, poise and love for their school.

We can be very proud of our Sports Day, Open Night, camps, co-curricular activities and indeed anything associated with student care and their transition to feeling that they belong to this great community. Our annual Sports Day at SA Athletics Stadium is a great example of this. Over 1000 students travelled on the Cardijn Express train to Mile End station and another 150 students travelled by charter bus as we could not all fit on the train. It was an amazing day! Our students participated with great enthusiasm and courage for their houses. They tried their best right up to the last race of the day. It was a sea of colour in the grandstand with students cheering and encouraging competitors. The Year 12s were instrumental in their leadership entering events and setting an example. Attendance across the school was very high – in fact, one of the very best with one house achieving 100% attendance.

Congratulations to MITCHELL House for winning the championship trophy and breaking the 12-year winning streak by Chisholm House. Congratulations to FAULKNER House for winning the Spirit Trophy and a huge congratulations to all students and Mr Dylan Hicks, Head of PE and staff for making the day so successful.

We are unfortunately travelling an uncertain road ahead with the CORONAVIRUS. As circumstances across the world are changing, we need to be well-informed and prepared should a potential Coronavirus hit our community. All schools and other organisations are preparing for this. I want to assure the Cardijn community that with Catholic Education SA we are well ahead in our preparations using advice from both our State and Federal government. I will be able to brief you in much more detail on Monday via email, SEQTA, and social media regarding our expectations and advice to our community.

In the meantime, you have already seen that we have cancelled our scheduled Japan trip in April, that the Japanese student exchange was also cancelled and yesterday the Marist Schools National Basketball tournament scheduled for Adelaide in two weeks’ time has been cancelled.

We are monitoring travel interstate and overseas and ensuring that staff and families who look to travel in the near future are aware of the importance of travel warnings and airline advice. The utmost importance is the safety and wellbeing of our staff, families and community which means that travel involving attendance at large meetings may have to wait for the time being.

Cardijn has a process in place should we need to close our school. This includes an extensive communication plan, the use of SEQTA to maintain learning if the school is closed and to ensure that our school campuses are virus-free.

We will provide detailed information on Monday so that families who propose travel during the school holidays are fully informed about our processes. In the meantime, we remind everyone to be super vigilant regarding hygiene especially hand hygiene – the main cause for transmission. If you are feeling unwell, stay at home and seek medical advice.

Thank you for your support as we navigate this very difficult time to ensure the safety of our whole community.

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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