All schools and educational entities in Australia in the Edmund Rice tradition are bound by a Charter of cultural characteristics which comprise holistic education, spirituality, faith in action, community, pastoral care, service of others, being just, caring for those at the margins, compassion, stewardship and reflective practice.
Living these characteristics give Edmund Rice Education a special position in educating for liberation and possibility. Each school and educational entity within Edmund Rice Education Australia is called to be authentic to The Charter.
Ignatius Park College is part of the network of Edmund Rice schools. Edmund Rice Education challenges all ‘to act justly, love tenderly and to walk humbly with their God' according to Edmund's story and dream.
The goals of Edmund Rice Education are to break the cycle of poverty and to enable people to be transformational in their society. The worth and liberation of the individual enhanced by personal formation in the light of Gospel and Christian values are essential in Edmund Rice Education.
These are exemplified in the presence, availability and love of a mentor.
Intrinsic to action, emanating from Edmund's life-story, are the following core values:
Respect for the Dignity of the Person
Self-esteem is developed and the individual is empowered to make appropriate choices with regard to life and calling based on a personal spirituality.
The Nurturing of Right Relationships
The learning community is based on Gospel values expressed through a sense of belonging, forgiveness and tolerance. Through a responsibility to the wider community, members are called to a critical stance on issues of social justice.
A Clear Commitment to the Poor and Marginalised
Sharing according to need. Enrolment and employment policies based on the principle of justice, sharing of corporate resources on a needs basis and practical care of the earth's resources are expressions of this commitment.
Aspiration towards Excellence in Teaching and Learning
These are characterised by a continuing evaluation of curriculum and methodology, by a preparedness to be adaptive and responsive to student needs, by an openness to change and by collaborative leadership.
Promoting a Curriculum Honouring the Common Good within the Christian Community
Learning activities respond to the diverse needs of students by creating an accepting community in which they can celebrate their present achievements. These activities provide lifelong skills for future development.
Nurturing a Partnership with Families
Partnerships enable all members of the learning community to accept their rights and responsibilities and develop commitment which is lifelong and mutually beneficial.
Learning communities need to be open to continual review of their performance.