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News from ceist 31 August 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.

CEIST Education Conference 2011

The Sixth Annual CEIST Education Conference will be held on Thursday the 29th and Friday 30th of September in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone. In many ways it is the highlight of the CEIST year and crucial to our efforts to underline the mutual understandings and shared ties that bind us together into a community of schools. The growing sense of CEIST as a force to shape the future owes a lot to the sense of comradery, belonging and renewed orientation that School Principals, Deputy Principals and Board of Management Chairpersons invariably experience at the annual conference and this year will be no exception. If as the conference theme suggests – “For Everything there is a Season”  – then Annual Conference time is the season for school leaders to pack up the bags and set the compass for Athlone.

This year we are delighted to have as keynote speaker, Dom Mark Patrick Hederman, OSB, Abbot of Glenstal Abbey, who is a Benedictine monk, teacher, lecturer and writer and one of Ireland’s leading intellectuals. Many people regard him as the most enlightened and imaginative church man in the land and the most insightful commentator on a range of crucial issues at a time of deep crisis in Ireland. Born in Ballingarry, Co. Limerick, he is a former pupil, academic dean and headmaster of the school at Glenstal. Many will have already noted the intriguing title Mark Patrick has given to his talk to our conference: Catholic Education and the Deathly Hallows!

Our other esteemed speaker is Cilian Fennell, who is recognised as one of Ireland’s leading communication advisors, media trainers and keynote speakers, Cilian specialises in media training, working with top television and radio presenters, businesspeople and political leaders. Cilian is a powerful keynote speaker and regularly speaks on Storytelling and Business Narrative, Leadership and The Hero’s Journey at conferences, seminars and in-house corporate events in Ireland and internationally.

A number of very attractive workshops has been organised over the two day conference, which we hope our Principals, Deputy Principals and Chairpersons will find both informative and enjoyable.


Awareness Education Services (Presentation Congregation)

The Awareness Education Services would like to invite you to attend a National Conference on Confronting the Psychological Torture of Bullying in the Workplace, Home and School on Tuesday September 27th from 9.00am – 2.00pm at the Regency Hotel, Whitehall, Dublin 9.

A team of professionals will deliver the lectures and answer questions from the participants. There will be no small group discussions.

Click here for further information.

Young Social Innovators

Young Social Innovators (YSI) is a great way for schools to engage students in social justice and action.

Its Social Innovation Programme gives young people an opportunity to select a social issue, work in teams to explore and understand it and come up with innovative responses.

  • excellent teacher training provided.
  • 370+ second level schools involved
  • regional and national events
  • project feedback given

Schools need to apply to participate by September 7th, 2011.

Click here to access website or you can apply via email.

Phone: 01-6458030.

Feast Days of our Founding Congregations

Two of the five Congregations that founded CEIST celebrate their feast days in September. The Sisters of Mercy, Mercy Day, is celebrated on the 24th September, while the Daughters of Charity Day is celebrated on the 27th September.

The Feast Days of our other three Congregations are as follows:

Presentation Sisters, Presentation Day - 21st November

Missionaries of the Sacred Heart - 15th June

Sisters of the Christian Retreat - 19th November 

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