courage and witness
Inspired by the charism of Edmund Rice
House Leader: Mr. Jeffrey Andrews
Rice House is named in honour of Blessed Edmund Ignatius Rice. Born on 1 June 1762, Rice devoted his life to educating the poor and was the Founder of the Congregation of Christian Brothers and Presentation Brothers. As an Edmund Rice Education Australia (EREA) associate school, it is fitting that a house carrying his name is guided by the core principles that motivated him to educate young people living on the streets of Waterford, Ireland.
Rice House members are committed to the spirit of Edmund Rice. They are strong witnesses to our Catholic faith traditions, to the educational journey and to the pursuit of excellence in learning and teaching. Rice House members advocate for equal access to quality education globally. They are faithful to the call of God in their own lives, dedicated to their own educational journey, support their peers and work for the betterment of the community.
Motto: Courage and Witness
Rice House motto is Courage and Witness. The members of Rice House are courageous agents who generously respond to community needs with actions that embrace and challenge injustice.
Rice House colour is green. It signifies Rice’s Irish heritage and reflects Edmund Rice’s renewal of heart when confronted by the inequity of his time. The freshness of green restores our commitment to take swift and unified global action for the poor and our common home Mother Earth.
Symbols: The Tasmanian wedge-tailed eagle and hands of witness.
Serving: Rice House is of service to organizations that provide services and support for those on the margins including people who are homeless or on the verge of homelessness, the Migrant Resource Centre Tasmania, Multicultural Youth (MYT), Tasmania Asylum Seeker Support and The Unknown Project. Rice House in particular supports Harmony Day and Refugee Week in the academic calendar.
God of the poor,
you gave Edmund Rice a heart for others.
Renew in us your spirit of love and grace
so that we can be courageous witnesses
to living the Gospel in our world.
Restore our commitment to actions
that embrace and fight injustice.
Empower us to work for the poor
and renew our common home Mother Earth.
We ask this through your loving Son, Jesus Christ who came to embrace all.Amen