Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA)

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Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) was established in October 2007. It is the governing body of the schools previously administered by the Christian Brothers.  It is the outcome of one of two project groups, the National Planning Committee for Schools Governance (schools) and Shaping our Future Committee Oceania (Brothers’ communities).

As a result of the work of these two groups, the Christian Brothers decided to amalgamate separate Christian Brothers provinces in Australia, New Zealand and Papua New Guinea to form one Oceania Province for the Brothers focused on the social justice mission of the Christian Brothers.

Separately, Edmund Rice Education Australia was established with the intention of independently governing the implementation of the educational mission of the Christian Brothers in Catholic Education while empowering lay people to become increasingly involved in the leadership of the future educational work of the Brothers.

The opportunity for Edmund Rice Education Australia is to reinforce the distinctive values of Edmund Rice Education in Catholic Education through a national and unified network of schools and educational entities throughout Australia. All schools and educational entities in the Edmund Rice tradition across Australia are unified by a Charter which comprises touchstones giving ideals authentically linked with the Charism of Blessed Edmund Rice and which underpin the ministry in the schools and educational endeavors in Church mission. The touchstones of the Charter are: Inclusive Community, Liberating Education, Justice and Solidarity and Gospel Spirituality. Please use this link for explanation of the Charter www.erea.edu.au/about-us/the-charter

Child Safeguarding

We have zero tolerance of child abuse and all allegations and safety concerns are treated very seriously in line with our robust policies and procedures. EREA and its schools have legal and moral obligations to contact authorities when we are worried about a child’s safety, which we follow rigorously.

Please click here for EREA's Statement of Commitment to Child Safety

For further information about EREA please go to the website www.erea.edu.au EREA2



ERSES is comprised of two Special Schools - St Gabriel’s in Castle Hill (K-12) and St Edmund’s in Wahroonga (Secondary). Both schools cater for students with intellectual disabilities, sensory disabilities, and Autism.  Each school offers small classes, excellent facilities and provides individualised education programs.

ERSES works in the spirit of the mission of the Christian Brothers. Our mission is to enhance the lives of children and young people with disabilities by:

  • responding positively to the challenges of disability
  • promoting and supporting inclusion
  • working in partnership with families
  • providing timely creative educational solutions
  • delivering best practice services in a range of settings

ERSES Board members are Mr David Roffe (Chair), Mr Michael Farrell (ERSES Principal),  Mr Malcolm Pooley,  Mr Richard Hutchinson, Ms Catherine Sedgley, Mrs Jody Bovell (Secretary), Ms Jacqueline Cashmore (St Gabriel's Deputy Principal) and Mrs Rebecca Kirwan (St Edmund's Deputy Principal).


The values held by the ERSES community are based on in the Gospel values where Jesus Christ is the cornerstone of a full Christian life. It is through innovative learning and teaching that we aim to nurture these values.They are founded in the EREA Charter for Catholic Schools in the Edmund Rice tradition of Liberating Education, Gospel Spirituality, Inclusive Community and Justice and Solidarity.

FAITH: We strive to liberate our community to be faithful to the Catholic tradition while respecting the fundamental religious diversity of all people.

JOY: We strive to enhance our students' and families wellbeing through fostering a deep sense of belonging, happiness and celebration in their journey to experience life in its fullness.

RELATIONSHIPS: Our community is committed to developing strong relationships with one another. We aim to promote respect for the dignity of each person within a context of participation, integrity and the promotion of wellbeing.

COMMUNITY: We serve our families and the broader community by reaching out to others and nurturing respectful relationships, honouring independence while contributing to the unfolding of our students' inspiring stories. 

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