Statement of Ethos & Values
Edmund Rice education is part of the wholeness of Catholic education as education about something and which emerges from something. It is not a general principle or a method. At the heart of Edmund Rice education is content. Fundamental to the Church’s teaching on education, to Blessed Edmund’s mission and therefore upon the role of the Catholic school, must be the theology of revelation. Edmund Rice Education is concerned with the formation of the whole person but ontological to this is the understanding of the prophetic role that Edmund played is calling the children under his tutelage to a higher station in life. Our mission statement avowedly proclaims:
At Saint Ambrose College we strive to make real in our lives and in the world the values of the Gospel of Jesus Christ. We aim to do this together in a spirit of hope and happiness following the example of Blessed Edmund Rice and under the guidance of the Holy Spirit and the patronage of Our Lady, Help of all Christians.
Edmund Rice Education itself is concerned with growth of the whole human person, including their moral, religious, social and academic dimensions. St Ambrose College was formed in order to transform others under the patronage of Blessed Edmund Rice and it has a particular right and duty to educate in the Catholic faith and educate about the Catholic faith and the charism of Blessed Edmund. Edmund Rice Education is the process of transmitting the revelation of Christ. The teacher therefore has an important role in transmitting the faith in a school and the school itself is a place where faith is not simply taught but caught: not soley lived but shared, and it has a charism which is expressive of Gospel values and of the Catholic faith, example and life of Blessed Edmund. His educational legacy is bequeathed to the leaders at St Ambrose College and is manifest in the wonder and witness of the Eight Essentials of Edmund Rice education. Any evaluation of St Ambrose College cannot be authentic without the overt reference to and experience of these Eight Essentials by all and for all within the school community. The Eight Essentials should be witnessed in all facets of school life but they should be abundantly authenticated in the quality of relationships developed by all and for all in the roles all within the school play as “heirs of God; co-heirs with Christ”(Romans 8:17).