St Mary’s College is a Catholic School in the Edmund Rice tradition, governed by Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA).
Established by the Christian Brothers in 2007, EREA now governs the schools owned by the Brothers at that time. This change was an historic initiative which will continue to provide positive opportunities for St Mary’s College to further advance its commitment to becoming a leading 21st century school.
With the addition of schools established since 2007 there are 54 schools governed by EREA, enrolling over 39,000 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.
Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) was established to succeed, carry on and expand the education ministries conducted by the Congregation of Christian Brothers in Australia. The purpose of EREA is to own, govern, manage and conduct these ministries in fulfilment of the mission of Jesus Christ in the Catholic tradition and in continuation of the charism of Blessed Edmund Rice.
The members of the Council of EREA are the canonical and civil stewards of EREA. The members of the EREA Council are appointed by the Congregation Leader of the Christian Brothers. The EREA Council appoints the EREA Board and delegates to it certain responsibilities related to the management and strategic direction of EREA.
The EREA Council:
The EREA Board governs the operations of the schools. The Board:
Further information about the Members of the EREA Board can be found here.
The EREA Executive Director provides day to day leadership and management of the operation of all EREA schools.
The Executive Director:
The EREA Executive Director is Dr Craig Wattam. Further information about EREA’s Executive Director and Executive Team can be found here.
The Executive Director delegates the day-to-day operation of EREA schools to Principals and certain other responsibilities to School Advisory Councils.
Further information and contact details for the EREA Southern Region Director can be found here.
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