Oldest Sydney College unveils new principal

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St Mary’s Cathedral College has a change of face at the start of the 2016 school year with the appointment of the school’s first-ever first lay principal.

Michael Kelleher is thrilled and humbled to take up the reigns of Sydney’s oldest Years 3-12 Catholic boys’ school as the first lay principal in the college’s 105-year history.

He takes over from Br Christopher Peel, who retired last year after more than five years of outstanding service, and he follows in the footsteps of 24 Christian Brothers who have been Headmaster of the school since 1910.

Mr Kelleher said that the college has a proud and rich history, initially operated by the Benedictine Monks and the Marist Brothers before 105 years of selfless service by the Christian Brothers.

“It’s an honour and a privilege to be able to lead this college into the next phase of its development,” Mr Kelleher said.

After five years as Assistant Principal at Patrician Brothers College Fairfield and three years at La Salle Catholic College Bankstown, Mr Kelleher has earned a reputation for innovation.

He has more than 18 years of teaching experience across Catholic boys’ colleges and said he wants to continue the excellence in education the school has to offer.

“It’s humbling for me to be returning to a Christian Brothers college,” he said. “I myself attended a Christian Brothers College for two years when I moved to Young at the age of thirteen.

“The Christian Brothers have left a great legacy of education inspired by the spirit of Blessed Edmund Rice. We, lay staff now, are the custodians of ensuring this charism is embedded in the life of the College, and this spirit flourishes in all aspects of the community,” Mr Kelleher added.

He thanked Br Peel for his tremendous contributions to the college during his tenure and commended him for his exceptional leadership that has built a strong foundation for the College and an exciting future.

Mr Kelleher now intends to take the college to new heights, challenging the school’s 752 students to live by the credo: “Boys can do anything – but Cathedral men can do everything!”

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