In 1981, MSC authorities agreed with the move for a return to one campus and Fr Prentice began to provide the facilities that would be needed at Riversdale.
He sought approval to enlarge the school chapel on the ground floor of Kerrins Wing; however, there was an alternative suggestion to build a new, free standing chapel and, on 31st May 1985, Bishop Murray consecrated the new Centenary Chapel (now known as Prentice Chapel), in the presence of a large group of past and present staff and student families.
Changes were made to McGrath Hall to improve facilities for physical education; the home science room was renovated, the boarding houses were refurbished, work was done on the gatehouse, and roads and fences and parking facilities were all improved. Chevalier needed a vigorous building plan to allow for the return of all students to Riversdale, but also because of the growth in student numbers.
In 1984, 947 students filled the Riversdale campus. The number of non-Catholic students exceeded 40%. With an enlarged student population it was possible to offer more courses. A departmental inspection in 1984 warmly praised the school’s academic program.
- 1980 McGrath Hall opened in September.
- 1980 Hy Vong community for Vietnamese refugee boys established.
- 1981 Peter Hartcher was national winner of the Plain English Speaking competition and won a trip to England, where he won the international final.
- 1983 New manual arts and art blocks opened; two extra classrooms added to McMahon Centre; library extended.
- 1984 Elm Court junior school transferred to Riversdale – Chevalier one campus.
- 1985 The new Centenary Chapel consecrated (now known as the Prentice Chapel).
- 1985 Boarding reorganised into four houses, Kerrins, Shields, Bosco and Carroll.
- 1987 Father Bolt established a new Chevalier College Board.
- 1987 The first school counsellor appointed.
- 1987 The Peer Support Program began.
- 1988 The Music Centre was built.
- 1989 Father Terry Herbert appointed as the first official College Chaplain.