Governance and Policies

Governance

EREA Governance Statement

St Patrick鈥檚 College is governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) and offers a Catholic education in the tradition of Blessed Edmund Rice.

EREA schools strive to offer a liberating education, based on a gospel spirituality, within an inclusive community committed to justice and solidarity.

Established by the Christian Brothers in 2007, EREA has the responsibility for governing the schools owned by the Brothers at that time. With the addition of schools established since 2007 there are now 55 EREA schools enrolling over 40,000 students, through all states and territories of Australia.

As part of their mission within the Church and inspired by the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice, schools offer an education guided by the Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice Tradition.

EREA has its own canonical and civil identity but remains closely connected to the Christian Brothers and their ongoing ministry. Schools operate in dioceses with the mandate of the Bishop of the diocese and work closely with local Diocesan education authorities.

The opportunity for Edmund Rice Education Australia is to reinforce the distinctive values of Edmund Rice Education through a national and unified network of Australian schools and educational entities.

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Statement of Democratic Principles

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We believe in an accountable, democratically elected government.
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We respect and observe the rule of law, and believe that no person is above the law.
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We believe in equal rights for all before the law, regardless of race, ethnicity, religion, sexuality, gender or other attributes.
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We believe not only in the freedom of religion, but also the need to practice tolerance and understanding of others鈥 beliefs.
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We believe in the value of freedom of speech and freedom of association, but also acknowledge that we have the responsibility not to abuse this freedom.
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We believe in the values of openness and tolerance, and value and respect all members of the school community regardless of background

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