Living Gospel Values

CBC Fremantle is proudly an Edmund Rice school. The charism of Edmund Rice calls us to build the capacity of young people to both experience and promote the fullness of life for all.

Many young people today struggle to experience life to the full because of circumstances outside of their control – finances, health, media, geography and a societal focus on consumption and materialism. They also may struggle due to internal conflicts they face – self-doubt, confusion about their place and purpose in the world, finding and working with their own moral compass, forgiving and loving themselves, and finding peace.

Etty Hillesum, in her diaries that she passed on should she not survive the Holocaust, wrote that "ultimately, we have just one moral duty: to reclaim large areas of peace in ourselves, more and more peace, and to reflect it toward others. And the more peace there is in us, the more peace there will also be in our troubled world." While Hillesum did not survive, her message endures.

CBC Fremantle seeks to partner with families to build the capacity in our students to experience the fullness of life so that they can experience this sense of peace. And with this understanding, we challenge our young men to be witnesses to the love of Jesus Christ and build a better world for all.

Our students are passionate young men who can look beyond themselves and their own struggles to seek justice for others.  There are student groups in our College who regularly and quietly work towards building a future concerned with human dignity and the preciousness of our environment.

The Term 2 Touchstone is 'Justice and Solidarity'. We ask students to focus on the idea of mission because here at school in our Catholic community, we can all be missionaries.

Being a missionary doesn't have to mean working in faraway places, it means doing the work of Jesus in our actions here every day. When we pick up a piece of litter in our school yard, we model stewardship for our school environment. When we smile at a younger student, we model care and friendship. When we help other students in class for no other reason than so that they can learn what we have discovered, we model teamwork and altruism.

Our mission, as a Catholic school in the Edmund Rice tradition, is bringing to life Gospel Values; attitudes of kindness, compassion, forgiveness, reconciliation, courage and faith. This is what it means to be a Christ-centred community and this is who we are at CBC.

Our Year 10 student group is currently serving the wider community with an attitude of hope and a spirit of generosity. These students have chosen acts of service including planting 600 trees along the Bicton foreshore, sorting for Containers for Change, helping at primary schools and cooking food for people in need.

Our Tuesday morning student prayer group meets to say intentions and pray for those who seek help. Our new CBC Justice and Advocacy Group (JAG) will form to promote causes and act for the betterment of society.

Before Hillesum was murdered in Auschwitz, she wrote: "One ought not to waste a single moment of one's life, because so much, so overwhelmingly much remains to be done for others." Amidst the terror and horror, amidst chaos and despair, her spirit triumphed.

In many ways our students, inspired by the light of Christ, Blessed Edmund Rice and the stories of people such as Etty Hillesum, work for peace and justice, so that we can all live lives to the full.

God bless.

Jenny Knox
 Vice Principal