Formation Opportunities

Formation is not only essential to our identity as Catholic schools with a life giving link to the Edmund Rice charism but is also crucial to our own personal growth and development.

Formation within EREA

The Good Seed Will Grow – a Formation Framework for Edmund Rice Communities in Oceania provides the guide for planning, designing and reviewing the diverse range of formative experiences offered by Edmund Rice Education Australia. In the spirit of this Framework, the aim of these experiences is to provide opportunities for EREA staff in schools and offices ‘to engage with, interpret and integrate our sacred story, in order to continually bring that story to life’

National Formation Programs

The following offerings make up the formative experiences designed for all EREA staff across the nation. They are also suitable for school Board personnel, staff from Edmund Rice Ministries Oceania and members of other Edmund Rice communities. A Call to Mission, A Call to Leadership and A Call to Transformation are offered at least once in each EREA Region every year, while A Vision for Liberation is offered twice at a national level.

A Call to Mission
An induction program for people new to EREA schools and Edmund Rice communities.

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A Call to Leadership
A program for leaders in EREA schools and Edmund Rice communities.

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A Call to Transformation
A program for people with at least five years’ experience in EREA schools or Edmund Rice communities.

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A Vision for Liberation
A program for senior leaders in EREA schools and Edmund Rice communities.

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Immersion and Partnership Programs

EREA organises and supports a number of Immersion and Partnership programs for leaders and staff that promote a faith-based response to global solidarity and a commitment to reconciliation, including programs to Indigenous communities, India, Africa and South America.

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Let's Talk EREA: Aboriginal Immersion
This program will appeal to educational leaders who are interested in supporting the educational achievement of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students and furthering Reconciliation in Australia.

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India Immersion
During this program, participants will undertake an immersion to India and connect with the work and vision of the Church, the Brothers, local schools and community organisations.

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South America Immersion
The South American experience, which will encompass Peru, Argentina and Uruguay, will provide participants with the opportunity to immerse in the work of the Church and the Christian Brothers and show solidarity with our Edmund Rice schools in these countries.

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Africa Immersion
This immersion will explore their own and others’ leadership through visiting and connecting with some amazing faith-based schools and programs on the ground in Kenya and South Africa.

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A pilgrimage is a great opportunity to walk with people and hear some of their stories. Many stories have been handed down about the founder of the Christian Brothers, Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. These stories help to shape our identity as women and men who follow in Edmund’s footsteps. They reveal what we hold to be important and open a window on the Gospel of Jesus that inspired Edmund to open his whole heart to the poor and place his energies with those on the margins of society.

Leadership Programs

EREA is proud to support the development of current and potential school leaders by providing a range of opportunities for personal and professional growth, including national and regional networks of school leaders; annual conferences; support for post graduate study; research projects; immersion and formation experiences; sabbatical / renewal opportunities; and Senior Leaders Induction.

In addition to these, EREA facilitates participation in the following leadership programs:

Emerging Leaders
The program is designed to identify, support and affirm young leaders in Edmund Rice schools and educational entities across Australia. It explores a range of professional and pastoral opportunities to strengthen the leadership capabilities of our future leaders.

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Women in Leadership
A key strategic focus for EREA has been on acknowledging and developing the leadership contribution of women. Since its inception various initiatives have been developed to affirm and challenge women who aspire to leadership.

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Shadowing a Principal
EREA provides senior leaders in our schools with a range of professional opportunities designed to support their professional growth, develop their leadership capacity and encourage further formation in leadership in an Edmund Rice context.

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Aspiring Principals
Aspiring Principals Forum
A new EREA leadership initiative designed especially for those school leaders who are considering a move to Principalship in coming years.
A pathway for transformation
EREA formative opportunities offer a pathway for transformation comprised of three movements: setting out, deepening and leading. We invite all within our EREA communities, inclusive of Board members and other volunteers, to participate in relevant and meaningful experiences that companion and nurture personal growth, as well as support and build the capacity of all to contribute to Catholic education in the Edmund Rice Tradition.

For more information contact or phone 03 9426 3200

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