As a network of schools, EREA strives to enable the opportunity for relationships and meaning making to take place.

In bringing people together, we seek to nurture spaces for conversation, inquiry and collaboration so that we can navigate our way into a future that provides a contemporary and authentic education for young people, unearthing liberation and possibility. These initiatives are coordinated through the mission teams of EREA. Liaison with the appropriate person can be arranged by contacting the National Office.



Principals meet regionally and nationally. Associate School Principals are also invited to attend the National Conference.

National Conference:
13-15 June 2018, Adelaide.

Deputy Principals

Deputy Principals meet regionally and nationally. Associate Schools are invited to attend the national conference.

National Conference:
6-8 August 2018, Brisbane.

Identity Leaders

Identity leadership is an essential part of the culture and operation of Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition.

National Conference:
30-31 July 2018, Melbourne.

Business Managers

The annual gathering of Business Managers is held over three days. The program includes formation through considering the contemporary expressions of the charism, professional input, details of EREA requirements and opportunities for sharing best practice.

National Conference:
30 May - 1 June 2018, Brisbane.

Junior School Leaders

The gathering of Junior School Leaders is usually over two days. This program caters for Leaders in Junior, Primary or Middle School structures (up to Year 6) in EREA schools. Similar leaders in EREA Associate schools are also welcome to participate.

National Conference:
21-23 March 2018, Sydney.
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Senior Leaders Induction

The Induction program caters for Senior Leaders recently appointed to Senior Leadership positions throughout EREA – Principals, Deputy Principals, Business Managers and Senior Leaders in EREA offices.

National Conference:
19-20 Feb 2018, Melbourne.

Emerging Leaders

EREA is keen to promote and encourage leadership at all levels in schools, recognising that the future of Catholic schooling relies upon competent leaders who are committed to, and have a deep understanding of, the mission of Catholic education.
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Women in Leadership

A key strategic focus for EREA has been the promotion of career pathways for women who aspire to leadership in Catholic education, particularly in Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition.
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Pastoral Care Leaders

The national conference is an opportunity for leaders with responsibility for student wellbeing to come together to reflect on practice, share ideas and be challenged.

Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Education

The gatherings involve sharing the challenges faced and achievements experienced by individual schools in relation to the six domains of EREA’s Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Education Response.
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School Board Chairs

School Boards work collaboratively with School Principals and with the EREA Executive to ensure faithfulness to the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition and quality stewardship.

Aspiring Principals Forum

A new EREA leadership initiative designed especially for those school leaders who are considering a move to Principalship in coming years.

How we understand formation

Formation supports the emergence and revelation of such intention, “…identifying those personal gifts which enable our fullest participation in mission". This participation also enables a discovery of who we are as human beings and who we are in God.

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Build a Container by Jeff Barnum, Magenta Studios of Northern California.

In order to do creative work, one must establish the conditions for creativity. For some, that's a studio or a guitar and a street. For social co-creation, the forms vary, but the container is essential. The container is a set of relationships and agreements that enable people to do creative work together.