EREA schools strive to offer a liberating education, based on a gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity.
Two hundred and fifteen years since Edmund Rice commenced his first school for boys in Waterford, Ireland, one hundred and forty-nine years since Brother Ambrose Treacy stepped onto the dock at Station Pier in Melbourne and ten years since the commencement of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA), a third edition of the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition has been prepared. This revised Charter deepens our understanding of the Touchstones and confirms our sense of the call of the Holy Spirit into the future.
The Charter together with the three documents on Foundations, Formation, and Renewal describes our distinct, though not unique, identity as Edmund Rice Education Australia. The Charter provides a practical expression of this identity and so is of crucial use in decision-making, planning and review.
Now, a renewed Charter is being proclaimed. In the light of reflection and wide consultation, the Charter continues to use four touchstones to describe the culture of a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition that is striving for authenticity.
These touchstones give us ideals authentically linked with the Charism which underpins the ministry in our schools and educational endeavours. They help us set our direction and define our goals as, following Blessed Edmund’s vision, we continue to reflect and to seek to make the Gospel a living reality in our communities.
We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.
Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationship and committed to the common good.
We invite all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.
We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.