Formation is not only essential to our identity as Catholic schools with a life giving link to the Edmund Rice charism but is also crucial to our own personal growth and development.
We recognise that Staff and Board members are busy people and may not feel equipped to prepare and deliver formation input / activities. To address those needs we have created a series of resources to assist Staff and Boards of Catholic schools in the Edmund Rice tradition to be more effectively engaged in meaningful and ongoing formation, prayer and reflection.
The Staff & Board Formation resource aims to be as user friendly as possible. Each unit contains a light blue footer ‘Handout’ on the theme or topic. In addition there is a dark blue footer ‘Leader’s Notes’ on the theme or topic.
These units are grouped under the four Formation Domains:
Each school community will approach how they engage with formation in their own way. The identity directorate here at EREA welcomes suggestions of other topics that a formation resource could be developed for.
The ‘Leader’s Notes’ are meant to be a guide to assist the person overseeing the conducting of the formation. Some units of work will make reference to either a Power Point or a film. The ‘Leader’s Notes’ are merely a guide. The formation leader may have other input material, other resources and other approaches and styles of formation; that is gift and needs to be celebrated and used. The ‘Handout’ section is normally the section that the Leader may choose to copy off for each Staff or Board member to use for reflection. The Appendices provides extra material associated with some of the themes.
In the Appendices section are also several simple prayers that may be used by Staff and Board members on a regular basis. Some school communities have identified their own prayers to be used on a regular basis; many of these are to be found in the school handbook. The value of having some simple prayers that are used regularly is that they provide a regular focus for reflection and coming into the presence of God.