Catholic Education South Australia


Cardijn College is a diocesan Catholic school and has an enrolment policy which gives priority to students who meet the criteria of being Catholic, attending a southern Catholic primary school, or who have siblings at the College. Other students not fitting this criteria are most welcome to attend if places are available.

Cardijn accepts students at all year levels where places are available. From 2019, Year 7 became the first intake into secondary school in Catholic Education SA replacing the Year 8 intake as the major entry year at Cardijn.

For the latest information on the availability of places at Cardijn, please contact the Registrar on (08) 8392 9449 or email

Care of students is a top priority at Cardijn. The College is divided into seven separate houses for pastoral care; each house is managed by a house leader. In the Middle School, class teachers work with the year level coordinators, specialist teachers, counsellors and parents to ensure each student is known and cared for. Students belong to a home group, which meets daily with their home group teacher to address any concerns or issues they may have. All students have access to a wide support network which includes house staff, special education staff, Chaplain, Youth Minister and counsellors, who work together to ensure each student develops confidence, self-esteem and a sense of belonging.

Cardijn fosters curriculum extension at all year levels which is coordinated by a teacher. Extensive assessment of students in Years 8 and 10 will support teachers in the identification and support of students who are gifted and talented. A Board of Studies convenes each term to examine student progress.

No boarding facilities are available for students.

Italian is offered from Year 7 through to Year 12 and Indonesian is currently offered at Years 7, 8, 9 and 10. Language is compulsory at Years 7, 8 and 9 where students must choose between studying either Italian or Indonesian.

Cardijn offers a special interest program in sport commencing at Year 8. This enables students who would like to develop specialist skills in sport to concentrate on this area as a major curriculum focus. In addition Cardijn offers many sports through its co-curricular program. This includes house competitions which are conducted at lunchtimes and inter-school sport which is conducted during school time in a range of sports and after school sport, which is played on week nights or Saturday mornings. Cardijn has been a focus school in the area of Soccer, Netball and Football.

Music is an integral part of the curriculum at Years 7-12 and all students have the opportunity to participate in performance groups including choirs, stage bands and instrumental groups. Individual tuition in a wide range of instruments and voice is also available at the College.

Cardijn is located very close to the Noarlunga Bus and Train interchange and public transport from all suburbs in the Southern Vales link to this interchange. Regular services allow for easy public transport and access to Cardijn College. In addition, Cardijn provides private buses which service the areas of Aldinga/Sellicks Beach, Willunga and McLaren Vale.

A College Prospectus, which includes the application form, can be obtained by contacting the school on (08) 8392 9449 or by emailing

Applications for enrolment should be received by the College no later than 30 November of the year that your child is in Year 5 for entry in Year 7.

To register a prospective student for entry to Cardijn, a completed application form, including the attachments requested and registration fee should be forwarded to The Registrar, Cardijn College, PO Box 438, Noarlunga Centre SA 5168. The non-refundable registration fee is $50.00 (inclusive of GST) and is payable at the time of application by credit card, cash or cheque.