Executive Director’s Welcome
Welcome to Edmund Rice Education Australia. We are a system of 55 Catholic schools. We are delighted to partner with families who choose a Catholic Education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice. Together, we work for human flourishing, and we do so in teaching, guiding, and forming young people.
Our prime focus is to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people under our care. We take our responsibilities for child safeguarding extremely seriously and therefore we commit to ensuring that all our schools have appropriate policies and practices to make them places that are both safe and inclusive. Central to this, is student voice and agency. Our schools’ child safeguarding programs are regularly updated and checked for compliance with regulatory requirements.
Our history and tradition see us operating schools that are now up to 150 years old, as well as embracing the signs of the times, and responding to need in communities where we conduct schools that have only just begun. Educating more than 40,000 students across every state and territory in Australia, we provide an education in faith, where all are invited into the story, life, and mission of Jesus, and to developing an ongoing life-giving relationship with God. We do so as an international community of Edmund Rice schools, to which we are closely linked and aligned.
Our schools span early learning, flexible education settings and primary and secondary schools with more than 4,500 staff who commit to this important work with our children and young people. Our staff work tirelessly to provide an excellent education, where all can find success.
Our Charter articulates the four Touchstones that are central to, and inform, our work. We do this by forming students in their faith through the lens of a Gospel Spirituality, so that they receive a Liberating Education in an Inclusive Community, to become adults who are selflessly committed to Justice and Solidarity.
We acknowledge the important partnership with families who enrol their sons and daughters in our schools so that together we educate and care for young people who will make an active contribution to the world in which they live. An Edmund Rice education expects our graduates to actively seek to make a difference in their local community, in this country, and across the world. We ask them to selflessly share their skills, talents, time, and energy so that the Gospel message of love of God and neighbour is realised. It is our job as Catholic educators to inspire in them a passion for learning and an authentic desire to give freely of their gifts for the benefit of all of humanity.
Thankyou for your interest in, and support of, our important work of educating young people in Australia.
Dr Craig Wattam
Edmund Rice Education Australia