Associate Schools: Our Partners in Edmund Rice education
Three Queensland schools have celebrated their Associate Relationship with EREA this year. Clairvaux MacKilllop College Upper Mt Gravatt, St Mary’s College Maryborough and Aquinas College Ashmore were presented with their Certificates of Association.
Ray Paxton presented the certificate to the Aquinas College community following their Aquinas Day Mass on August 10.
Br Paul Oakley attended assemblies at Clairvaux MacKillop College Friday 11th October to present their certificate. He also spent some valuable time with new principal, Brian Eastaughffe.
The following week, Br Paul travelled further north to St Mary’s College Maryborough to present their Certificate of Association to the staff. This was followed by meeting some of the staff and the principal, Stephan le Roux. The stained glass in the photo is from the original living quarters of the Brothers.
This year has also meant visits to a variety of Associate schools by members of the Identity & Liberating Education Team including Clontarf and Aranmore Colleges in Perth and St Brendan-Shaw, MacKillop, and St James Colleges in Tasmania. The new requirements for all staff to annually participant in spirituality formation was the topic of much conversation.
Formation with Associate schools bookended Term 3 for the Identity & Liberating Education team. St Patrick’s College Launceston invited the Team to facilitate a whole staff spirituality day focused on each person’s individual journey and their contribution to the school community. St Mary’s Cathedral College Sydney ended the term with a day focused on the Justice and Solidarity and Inclusive Community Touchstones in relationship to immersion experiences.
The year began with sixteen young people from Associate and Partner schools from across Australia and New Zealand attending the EREA Student Leaders’ Gathering. And as usual, a number of Associate schools have also participated in formation programs, networking opportunities and national conferences throughout 2018.
We look forward to continuing to support these Associate relationships into the future.
We acknowledge the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples of Australia as the traditional owners and custodians of the land of our schools. We are inspired and nurtured by their wisdom, spirituality and experience. We commit ourselves to actively
work alongside them for reconciliation and justice. We pay our respects to the Elders; past, present and future. As we take our next step we remember the first footsteps taken on this sacred land.