Associate Schools are schools which, although not governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia, wish to celebrate a connection to the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice.
The Christian Brothers have a proud and enduring history in the development of Catholic Education in Australia. Since the establishment of their first school in Australia, the Christian Brothers have opened nearly 120 educational establishments across all states.
In other cases they have been joint founders with other orders or the diocese. They have also provided Principals for diocesan schools or been actively involved in governance.
Over the years many schools originally founded by the Christian Brothers have amalgamated with other order owned schools, been handed over to the diocese or have closed.
Edmund Rice Education Australia seeks to build a relationship with Catholic Schools which see their mission in association with the Edmund Rice tradition and Christian Brother heritage. Such schools may be interested in keeping their foundation story alive through enriching their understanding of and commitment to the charism of Edmund. Schools wishing to enter such a relationship will be known as Associates of Edmund Rice Education.
Schools with no historical link to the Christian Brothers but which desire a connection to the Edmund Rice charism are also welcomed to seek relationship through Association.
Associates are expected to make a commitment to core components of Identity and ensure a community understanding of the Edmund Rice charism through formation and participation in Edmund Rice ministries. They are invited to participate in formation and other programs offered by EREA and have access to publications and resources. The Identity and Liberating Education Mission Team provides advice, support and resources to enrich the relationship.
EREA also has five partner schools in New Zealand which celebrate with us a strong connection to the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and see their mission in association with a Christian Brothers heritage. read more
Schools wishing to seek further information about Association should contact the National Director - Identity and Liberating Education.
Note: Other Colleges have been accepted as Associates and their names will appear here upon the formalisation of the Relationship Agreement.