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Edmund Rice Education Australia

St. Patrick's College is conducted in the Edmund Rice tradition and offers a distinctive Catholic education philosophy. In 1802 Edmund Rice founded Mt. Sion School in Waterford, educating the youth of Ireland and starting the Christian Brothers. All schools and educational entities in Australia in the Edmund Rice tradition are bound by a Charter of cultural characteristics which comprise of four key touchstones. Living these characteristics give Edmund Rice Education a special position in educating for liberation and possibility.

Edmund Rice Education Australia was established in October 2007 by the Christian Brothers in Australia and is an integral part of the Edmund Rice Network, the Catholic Church in Australia, and its associated Catholic Education Commissions and Offices.

For additional information about Edmund Rice Education Australia, please refer to their website: www.erea.edu.au

The Charter

In 2004, the province Leaders of the Christian Brothers in Australia proclaimed the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition, a document that captured the character and culture of our schools. The Charter challenges its schools, their leaders, staff, students and families to be faithful to this character and is to be seen as a 'living document', which will continue to evolve through review and reflection as the demands of our changing times are read and interpreted in the light of the unchanging Gospel' (Charter, 2004).

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.

In 2011 a revised Charter was 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.

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.

Inclusive Community: Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.

Justice and 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.