Vol 31 - September 2018

Welcome to the Ricean, the online magazine of Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA). This edition celebrates the 21st Anniversary of the release of Harry Potter and the Philosopher's Stone, a monumental book that has engaged a whole generation of readers. We hope you enjoy the variety of articles that link our journey of education with the magic of learning, spirit and life.


Harry Potter and the philosopher’s touchstone

The Educational Journey / Michael McGirr
I’ve often wondered what school was like for J. K. Rowling. The series tends to focus as much on teaching as learning. Education happens in the context of a relationship. At Hogwarts, the students are treated with warmth, affection and respect. They are also significantly challenged.

Don’t be afraid to fail – it’s what leads to success

The Leadership Journey / J. K. Rowling
It is impossible to live without failing at something, unless you live so cautiously that you might as well not have lived at all – in which case, you fail by default.

Rituals are timeless and indispensable

The Indigenous Journey / Vicki Clark OAM
Ancient Indigenous rituals were practised long before the Church’s rituals were developed; yet the similarities are clear.

The pen is mightier than the sword

The Spiritual Journey / Br Damien Price
Education - from the Latin, Educare - means to liberate. Teachers know that good literature is integral to the process.

Our Education

St Joseph’s College, Geelong, VIC

Project Based Learning – where students investigate and respond to a complex question - is passing the test.

Waverley College, Waverley, NSW

A Learning Enrichment course that encourages thinking beyond the core range of educational experiences.

Ipswich Flexible Learning Centre, QLD

Literacy matters. It is the key to many doors. Finding the best way to teach it is the real challenge.

Deputy Principals Conference 2018

Join with staff from EREA as the have a conversation with our various partners as they share their Words of Wisdom.