In loving memory of Shubham Bhatt

It is with great sadness that I write to share the news that one of our old scholars, Shubham Bhatt (Class of 2019) passed away last week in a tragic car accident.

Shubham was a proud Chisholm student, who was always smiling and laughing around the College. A very kind-hearted, generous and humble person who always took care of his friends, Shubham was an outstanding young man who left an impact on many of us here on the Cardijn Campus. Shubham was also a student at Antonio and Galilee for his primary schooling and his brother (Tript Bhatt – Class of 2016) was also a student on the Cardijn Campus.

Shubham’s family own and operate the Aldinga Bay Café so Shubham was a very familiar, friendly face in the Southern region, not just as a student of Cardijn College but as part of a long-running local business in the area.

Friends and students from Cardijn College gathered at Cardijn College last Monday afternoon, to be together and pray for Shubham and his family. A vigil organised by one of Shubham’s classmates was held just yesterday at Aldinga Beach.

Shubham and his family are much loved by the Aldinga community and this is so evident by the community’s amazing response to support the family.

Cardijn College extends our heartfelt condolences to the Bhatt family.

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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