Happy Mother’s Day

Welcome to Term 2 and another very exciting and busy term ahead. It was terrific starting the term on Tuesday with nearly 100% attendance from students and staff when we were hit very hard with COVID absentees late last term. With the close contact rules changed and a further reduction in COVID restrictions for schools, we are really looking forward to the opportunity to bring the community back together. Our #ComeTogether focus is important to remind us that we can come together again at school. Families and visitors are welcome to enter the school, and attendance at student sports and other activities is welcomed. We are doing this with all the important lessons from our COVID experience still applicable including staying home if unwell, social distancing where practicable, hand hygiene and the wearing of masks for at least the first four weeks of term.

This Sunday we celebrate Mother’s Day, one of my favourite days. I will be taking my wife to breakfast before we will visit and pay respects to both my mother and mother-in-law who have sadly passed away. Later in the day our children and one grandchild will be hosting an afternoon tea. Mother’s Day is as important to me as Christmas Day, as it celebrates the amazing gift that women bear children, who are beautifully nurtured and loved. Mother’s Day is about love, with a beautiful focus on mothers and all the amazing qualities that I see in mothers. Unconditional love, nurturing, patience, selflessness, courage, and sacrifice. To be able to celebrate this is one of the great gifts of humanity.

On Sunday 24 April, the College leaders, and our College Army Cadet Unit 430ACU were instrumental in conducting the ANZAC vigil service at Morphett Vale. This annual event begins with a vigil ceremony followed by young people, involved in many youth activities such as army cadets, surf lifesaving, CFS, SES, St Johns and Scouts, standing watch at the memorial during the night until they are relieved by the catafalque party at the dawn service at 6 am on the 25th of April – ANZAC Day. This year the service was led by our Mission Captain Callum Barrott-Walsh and Year 11 leader Aden Croser supported by our school captains Imogen Brown and Liam Kay. We congratulate all our school leaders and the members of the 430 ACU school cadet unit and LT (AAC) Jeff Podger the officer commanding our cadet unit. We congratulate Callum on his appointment as the 2023 Youth Vigil coordinator, the first young person to do so in 23 years of this ceremony at the Morphett Vale memorial. On ANZAC Day we remember and honour all men and women who have fallen in conflict defending our nation, those who returned from war, those who suffered injuries and are continuing to suffer, those who are serving our nation today in peacekeeping and operations and all families who have been affected by war. The sacrifices that these Australians have made in serving our country are what we recognise and will never forget.

This Friday the College celebrated the Easter Liturgy. Some may ask why we are celebrating Easter – after all, it was nearly three weeks ago. In our Christian tradition, the Church continues to celebrate Easter right up to Sunday June 5 which marks the Solemnity of Pentecost or the birthday of the Christian church. During this time we gather and celebrate the joy of Jesus’ triumph over death and resurrection into new life. This great mystery marks for Christians a beginning of new life and a chance to connect with God’s great love for us and that this love speaks through the hearts of all people.

I wish all students, staff and families the very best for Term 2 and all the love and joy which comes from our hearts at this time. #ComeTogether

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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