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The Touchstones

The Touchstones

Edmund Rice Education 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 CommunityLiberating EducationJustice and Solidarity and Gospel Spirituality. These Touchstones are lived daily in every Edmund Rice school.

 To ensure the charism, or living spirit, of Blessed Edmund Rice could be identified in school communities, they developed four Touchstones of an Edmund Rice Education:

Liberating Education    

We open hearts and minds, through quality teaching and learning experiences, so that through critical reflection and engagement each person is hope-filled and free to build a better world for all.

Gospel Spirituality       

We invite people into the story of Jesus and strive to make his message of compassion, justice and peace a living reality within our community.

Inclusive Community 

Our community is accepting and welcoming, fostering right relationships and committed to the common good.

Justice & Solidarity    

We are committed to justice and peace for all, grounded in a spirituality of action and reflection that calls us to stand in solidarity with those who are marginalised and the earth itself.

More information about the Touchstones can be found at


P: (07) 4796 0222

F: (07) 4796 0200

384 Ross River Road,
Cranbrook, Townsville
Queensland, 4814

Acknowledgement of Country Acknowledgement of Country

Acknowledgement of Country Acknowledgement of Country

The Ignatius Park College Community would like to humbly acknowledge the Wulgurukaba peoples on whose land our College is located, as well as the Bindal peoples on whose land many of us live and travel across daily. We respectfully thank the elders of this traditional land both past and present for guiding us through the journey of time to where we are today.