News from Sustainability@EREA

Drawn by our vision for fullness of life, EREA stands ready to respond to Pope Francis’ urgent call to come together to care for our common home by launching the Sustainability at EREA initiative.

In 2017, we launched Sustainability at EREA our network wide response to Laudato si, joining with schools to continue our commitment to justice and solidarity.

Our Commitment to shaping our response to the call to care for our common home from what we learn and co-create together, led us to Canberra for the National Gathering for Sustainability and the National Principal’s Conference. These forums provided the space to harvest stories and sowed the seeds for the soon to be released EREA Principal’s Ecological Sustainability Statement.

The EREA Sustainability Committee wants to continue to draw from this emerging wisdom and to support schools in their response to finding new ways of thinking and living.

In 2018, we intend to offer this support by offering the following:

Vision Statement and support framework for schools – to outline the overall vision and framework for schools that supports them in offering an integrated approach to ecological sustainability. 

Trial of learning community modules - We want to provide opportunities for educators to learn and network together so that we can collectively create the future we seek.  We plan on trialling the modules that include expert input on critical ecological thinking along with the opportunity for sharing practice and co-creating critical policy and practice such as the proposed Vision Statement and support framework. We hope to run our first trial in Term 2 this year. If you are interested in being involved in these modules, please drop a line to

We will also continue to make use of gathering opportunities across the EREA National Network and will be looking to develop a road map for ecological consciousness across EREA.

Pockets of Inspiration across our schools:

St Pius X College, Chatswood –The theme for St Pius X for 2018 and 2019 is Stewards of Creation. Themes for each semester have been developed that will see the development of Creation Projects within each Homeroom and the development of an integrated curriculum.

St Laurence’s College, Brisbane – St Laurence’s will be hosting the Leading Sustainability in Our Community Symposium. The symposium, to be held on Thursday May 1 and Thursday November 1, will focus on developing ecological awareness and on showcasing initiatives. More information to come. In the meantime, contact Etaoin Donovan, Director of Service Learning (07 3010 1190) or

CBC Adelaide - Situated on CBC’s Senior Campus, the new Centre of Innovation and Learning will include an ecological roof deck classroom, specifically designed for student led STEAM study and experiments in ecologically sustainable development Read more

We know there are more stories of inspiration out there. To share your story, drop a line to

Other news:

EREA has signed the Laudato si’ Pledge, a worldwide campaign by the Global Catholic Climate Movement (GCCM) and its member organizations to raise awareness of the Laudato Si’ message and to encourage the Catholic community to take action with the urgency required by the climate crisis.

Identity Teams meetings are being run over the next few weeks across the country. We are keen to ensure that Ecological Educators within our schools are a part of these meetings. If you are interested, see your Identity Leader.

If you would like to be the Ecological Educator for your school and the point of contact for the Sustainability at EREA initiative, drop an email to