In 2004, the Province Leaders of the four Australian Provinces of the Christian Brothers proclaimed The Charter as an authentic expression of Edmund Rice Education as applied to Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition in Australia.
The Charter together with Foundations, Formation, and Renewal describe our distinct, though not unique, identity as Edmund Rice Education Australia. The Charter provides a practical expression of this identity and so is of crucial use in decision making, planning and review.
Now, a revised Charter is being proclaimed. In the light of several years of reflection and wide consultation, the Charter uses four touchstones* to describe the culture of an authentic Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition.
These touchstones give us ideals authentically linked with the charism which underpins the ministry in our schools and educational endeavours. They will help us set our direction and define our goals as, following Blessed Edmund’s example, we continue to reflect and to seek to make the Gospel a living reality in our communities.
As Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition, we aspire to be faithful to these four touchstones.
|LIBERATING EDUCATION||We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.|
|GOSPEL SPIRITUALITY||We invite all people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.|
||Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.|
|JUSTICE & SOLIDARITY||We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the Earth itself.|