It is with great pleasure that I announce the appointment of Mr Mark Brockhus as the new Principal of Salesian College ‘Rupertswood’, commencing in January 2011.
Mr Mark Brockhus has extensive experience in Catholic Education which he will bring to the College as the first Lay Principal. He is currently a Deputy Principal at St Francis Xavier College, Beaconsfield and has overall responsibility for the Senior Campus (Yrs 10–12) of 1000 students, a position he has held for six years.
He has held teaching and other leadership positions at Our Lady of Mercy College Heidelberg, Mount Lilydale College Lilydale, Mater Christi College Belgrave and Monivae College Hamilton. He was also seconded to be the State Youth Coordinator for St Vincent de Paul for two years (1998-1999).
He has a broad academic background which has prepared him well for this role; Bachelor of Agricultural Science (Honours) from La Trobe University, Diploma of Secondary Education from Gippsland Institute, Graduate Diploma in Student Welfare from Melbourne University and a Masters Degree in Educational Leadership from the Australian Catholic University.
It is with a great deal of confidence that I have appointed Mr Brockhus and believe that he will prove to be a fine successor to Fr Greg Chambers and will continue to develop the wonderful educational opportunities that the students experience. He is a man of deep faith and commitment to the Church and Catholic Education and will embrace and take leadership of the Salesian Charism which is so much part of the educational experience of all at ‘Rupertswood’.
At this time I would like to acknowledge the leadership of Fr Greg Chambers SDB as Principal from 2004–2010. His commitment to the students and the College Community over the past seven years is deeply appreciated, and we wish him well in his new roles of leadership within the Salesian Province.
The commitment of the Salesian Province to ‘Rupertswood’ is as strong as ever and we will provide every support to Mark and the whole College Community as we move into this new appointment.
Yours in Don Bosco,
Fr. Francis J Moloney SDB