Dear Parents, Staff, Students and Friends of “Rupertswood”,
From time to time I return to a place very dear to me: Salesian College “Rupertswood”, the Mother House of the Salesian presence in Australia. I would like to thank your Principal, Fr Greg Chambers SDB, for giving me the opportunity to write to you through the Salesian College Newsletter.
Last year I spoke to all the staff at “Rupertswood” on Monday, 16 November. On that day I informed them that Fr Pascual Chavez, the Rector Major of the Salesians in the world, has appointed Fr Greg Chambers as the Vice Provincial of the Australia-Pacific Province. Consequently, after discussion with Fr Greg, Fr Peter Monaghan, the Rector, and my own Council, we have decided that Fr Greg will conclude his term as Principal at the end of the 2010 school year. We cannot thank him enough for his outstanding service to “Rupertswood”, during which time it has become one of the premier Catholic Colleges in Victoria.
Fr Chambers will be replaced by a Lay Principal. A process is in place to attract the best possible Principal. A very experienced selection panel has been appointed, chaired by Fr Bernie Graham, SDB, a former Principal of several Salesian Colleges, Provincial Councillor in charge of Youth Ministry, and a full-time member of the Provincial Team. The panel will conduct a thorough selection process, commencing with a national advertisement early in Term 2, 2010, and concluding with the announcement of the new Principal early in Term 3.
“Rupertswood” has served young people since 1927 in a variety of ways. Its history, with all its ups and downs, is something we Salesians are very proud of. I am sure you share our pride. From 1927 till 2010 a Salesian Priest has directed our work in Sunbury. We are thus at an important and exciting time for “Rupertswood” and all who are associated with the College in any way. The Salesian presence will not be weakened. A Salesian Rector will continue to take a senior role in the school, the Chaplain’s role will continue, and another Salesian will join the team in a role yet to be determined. If possible, we also hope to add a younger Salesian to the team in the near future. “Rupertswood” will always be a place where Salesians and their colleagues let young people know that God loves them.
Salesian College “Rupertswood” has a bright future. We will appoint a Principal who will continue to enhance all that 83 years have generated, and take it further. Side-by-side with the Principal and all the team, Salesians will continue their mission, educating young people so that they might become “good Christians and honest citizens” (Don Bosco).
Yours in Saint John Bosco
Fr. Francis J Moloney SDB