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News from ceist 31 March 2011
CEIST is the new trustee body for the voluntary secondary schools of the Daughters of Charity, the Presentation Sisters, the Sisters of the Christian Retreat, the Sisters of Mercy and the Missionaries of the Sacred Heart.

Catholic schools are centres of Christian hope

Catholic secondary schools won't be found wanting in the spirit of service to the common good in these difficult times because that has always been part of their tradition, a conference on education was told this week.

Mr Noel Merrick, president of the Association of Management of Catholic Secondary Schools (AMCSS/JMB) told delegates at the organisation's annual conference in Killarney this week that to ensure a positive engagement and the ideal of pluralism, the State must also play its part and respect the rights of parents to having the choice of sending their children to a Catholic secondary school.

No new permanent Voluntary Secondary School has opened in over 20 years.

If it had not been for the AMCSS highlighting this fact Mr Merrick said, ''the whole Catholic community would be sleepwalking into a situation where the parents in large areas of the country would no longer have the option of a Catholic school''.

He said there is an urgent need for strategic planning by Catholic secondary schools.

He praised the tradition of Catholic secondary schools, saying that they had given education where there was no educational provision and had played a pivotal role in the Irish state, with many teachers who gave a service second to none, often spending their working lives in prefabs.

''Our schools are renewing themselves constantly and, due to a superb cohort of young people and teachers, they are centres of positive energy, of Christian hope and excellence,' he said.

(courtesy of The Irish Catholic



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Notre Dame Information Afternoon hosted in Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin

This information opportunity sought to make CEIST 5th and TY students aware of a Notre Dame Scholarship for Irish students.

Notre Dame’s Ms Jennifer Nemecek flew in from Paris to disseminate the information.

Both teachers and students from several schools attended, they included; Coláiste Bríde, Clondalkin, Our Lady’s College, Drimnagh, St Joseph’s Secondary School Rush, Mercy Secondary School, Inchicore, Ardscoil na Tríonóide, Athy, Presentation Secondary School, Warrenmount, and Mercy College, Coolcock.

Be the Change Symposium

Be the Change Symposium was held in Our lady of the Wayside Parish Centre, Inchicore, Dublin on 26th March.

Lloyd Bracken of CEIST, with fellow facilitators Donal Keogh and Amie Shiels, gave the symposium. A wide range of ages attended.

Date for Diaries

CEIST Education Conference

Date: 29th and 30th September 2011

Venue: Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath.

Keynote Speaker: Abbot Mark Patrick Hederman, Glenstal Abbey.

Trustee Support Day for Chairpersons of CEIST School Boards of Management

Date: 14th May 2011

Venue: Tullamore Court Hotel

Time: 9.30am - 2pm

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