Catholic Education South Australia

From the Principal

Cardijn College Catholic School

Welcome and thank you for your interest in Cardijn College. 

Choosing the right school for your child is an important decision that will impact them well into the future and we welcome you to explore what our College has to offer our students and their families.

Cardijn College is a co-educational Catholic college located south of Adelaide in the beautiful Southern Vales region. Our College motto "See, Judge, Act" is pivotal in the life of the College as a method which is focused on seeing the full perspective of community, judging considering our Christian principles and proactively acting to make a difference in the lives of families, friends, local community and the wider world.

Cardijn College has three distinct schools which form part of the Cardijn community. Marcellin at Christie Downs offers specialised vocational and trade training leading to school-based apprenticeships and employment. Marcellin offers an extensive range of training courses for students completing their SACE. Galilee at Aldinga offers a nurturing start to primary education for students from Reception to Year 7, with plans to expand our middle school from 2022.

My involvement with the College spans three decades, beginning as a pioneer teacher of Physical Education and Mathematics when Cardijn College opened in 1984 to my appointment as Principal in 2005. I have a deep commitment to deliver the very best Catholic education provision to young people and families in the Southern Vales.

As a relatively young school, Cardijn College has already developed an excellent reputation for delivering a Catholic and well-rounded education for families in the Southern Vales region. We strive for the pursuit of excellence according to the aspirations, talents and gifts of each student.

We have created an environment where learning is stimulating and fun, where opportunities to explore, try and participate are endless and where ultimately, our students grow in faith, knowledge and in character.

Parents choose Cardijn not only for our extensive academic and vocational programs, but also for our pastoral care and respect for the culture and heritage of each individual. We also offer extensive sport and music programs, along with other activities such as drama and art, leadership programs, Outreach and Ministry, International Pedal Prix and the Duke of Edinburgh Scheme.

The College is committed to providing the best possible environment for students to succeed - not only academically, but as confident, healthy, empowered young people who are well equipped to choose future pathways and begin a rich and rewarding life journey. 

Quite simply, I believe Cardijn College is the best choice of school for your child. I invite you to visit us so that you can experience first-hand, the many outstanding qualities that make Cardijn College such a special place.

To stay up to date with important news and updates from Cardijn College, please visit the Principal's blog.

Dr Paul Rijken