A group of educational leaders including a bishop, a number of lay people, some Salesian priests and religious Sisters visited Salesian College Rupertswood in Sunbury on Wednesday 20th May. This group was led by Fr Dheparat Pitisant SDB. Fr Dheparat has been a longtime friend of the Salesians in Australia and has visited the country for a number of times. He is a former provincial of Thailand, and currently serving as the Rector of the college and community in Hua Hin.
The visitors were welcomed by the Rector of the Salesian College Rupertswood and the three deputy principals upon their arrival. They were taken for a tour to the college mansion, the chapel, some classes and the Salesian cemetery in the college ground.
A special morning tea was hosted for the visitors during recess. They were joined by many staff of the college. During morning tea, Fr Dheparat said how excited they were to be able to visit the Mother House of the province and the first Salesian school in Australia.
Following the morning tea, the group were divided into groups of 3 and visited various classes for practical observation. The groups came back together at 12:00 PM to have an open educational forum with three deputy principals of the college in the newly established canteen.
The Thai visitors were happy, grateful and appreciative of their visit to Salesian College Rupertswood. They had lunch with the locals in Sunbury and visited St Anne’s parish primary school in the afternoon.
In the evening, they visited Don Bosco Formation House in Clifton Hill for a Eucharist and dinner with the community.