The Southern Cross : February 2010
The Southern Cross February 2010 Page 17 www.adelaide.catholic.org.au schools When Matt Cejko graduated from Cardijn College last year he decided to leave a lasting momento for his school. At the college's end of year Mass and awards ceremony, Matt presented Principal Paul Rijken with a wonderful oil painting of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn. To complete the masterpiece, Matt adopted impressionist painting techniques similar to those of great painters such as Van Gogh and Monet and at times even used his fingers to create a strong likeness to the real Joseph Cardijn. The portrait is now on display in the school's administration building. As Matt explained, completing the portrait was a way to say thanks to the school. "It was my last year at school and being the 25th anniversary of Cardijn College I wanted to leave something behind. We haven't really got any portraits of Joseph Cardijn so I thought it would be good to paint him and I really wanted to give something back to the school," Matt said. His art teachers, Dzint Jurevicius and Stephen Egan praised Matt, describing him as "self motivated, extremely talented, focussed and passionate about his art". In fact, the student even taught them different skills and techniques during lessons! "He has a real need to draw, to express himself artistically," Mr Egan said. Matt's artistic ability was further recognised as he received the John Lonergan Memorial Art Prize, a school award presented to the student showing the most talent and potential in the field of arts. In addition, he received the Year 12 Academic Award for both Art Practical and Chemistry. Art will continue to play a big part in Matt's life. He is in the process of illustrating a children's book for one of the teachers at Cardijn College and in January started teaching cartooning classes at The Sea House art workshop. In 2010 he intends studying architecture at UniSA which is a mix of creative design and analytical work. Eventually Matt plans on completing his Masters to then go on and become an architect. An $1100 Junior Landcare School Garden Grant awarded to Kildare College will permit students to indulge their passion for planting. Kildare College will use the grant to expand its fledgling community garden and purchase much needed equipment. The garden was established by students studying sustainability and has become an educational tool for the multicultural student community. With an Indigenous garden already on the grounds of the College, the long term aim is to develop an Indigenous food garden. The grants are part of the Coles Junior Landcare program, one of Australia's largest ever action- oriented environmental education programs. Coles will be providing hundreds of school garden grants to schools and youth groups across the country, subsidised through its 'Go Green' fund. Coles donates ten cents from the sale of every 'Go Green' bag sold in stores to the fund. English teacher and community garden coordinator, Mark Ratican, said that the grant would be a major boost for the school's environmental program. "It will allow us to put lessons learnt in the classroom into practice out in the field. Our students are enjoying planning the project and are looking forward to getting their hands dirty," he said. The grants focus on projects that involve the school community and create interest and involvement among the broader local community. Landcare Australia Chief Executive, Brian Scarsbrick, said the Coles Junior Landcare School Garden Grants would help to develop an environmental ethic amongst thousands of young Australians. • More information, application forms and guidelines at www. juniorlandcare.com.au. Your Child...the heart of the Matter Passion for learning and celebration of personal excellence. Catholic Co-educational R-12 College in the beautiful Adelaide Hills. Springs Road, Mount Barker, SA 5251 www.stfrancis.adl.catholic.edu.au Principal s Tours 2010 • Tuesday, 23 February 2010 9.30am-11.00am • Tuesday, 30 March 2010 9.30am-11.00am Principal's Tours are a great way of seeing our students engaging in learning and to meet our staff. To register Please contact: Vanessa Grave Marketing and Communications Manager T: 08 8393 1000 E: firstname.lastname@example.org Cardijn on canvas SPLITTING IMAGE: Matt Cejko presents his portrait of Cardinal Joseph Cardijn to Principal Paul Rijken during the end of year Mass at Cardijn College. Photo: Melanie Hall Passion for planting NEW GROWTH: Kildare College English teacher Mark Ratican with year 9 students Katie, Katelyn and Emma who are holding their Landcare seedlings.