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News from ceist 29 February 2012
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 Holy Week Retreat

We return to the Tearmann Spirituality centre in Glendalough, once again, for our annual CEIST retreat which will take place at the beginning of Holy Week 2012.

The retreat will run from Palm Sunday evening, 1st April, until Lunchtime Tuesday 3rd April.

For the past two years members of our CEIST school communities have joined us in the Valley of the Saints, under the guidance of Fr Michael Rodgers and Sr Breda Ahearne CP for these days of pilgrimage.

Our experiences have been very different – both in the content of the retreat and the vagaries of the weather!

However, on both occasions the opportunity to take time out at this most sacred time of the year has been deeply appreciated by those who have taken part.

Some of the feedback we have received included the following:

“A most wonderful experience. It gave me many great opportunities to delve into my inner self and realise what’s really important in my life”.

“I so enjoyed the peace and calm”.

“Such an enriching experience I will never forget it”.

“I experienced a beautiful God once again breathing his love, life and energy into me”.

“Time to reflect and go on the journey inward and outward”.

“I found that even though time was short I got the chance to refuel my batteries and enter into the true spirit of this great season”.

If you would like to join us for this very special introduction to Holy Week, or for more information, please contact

Sheila Lee: Email: slee@ceist.ie or Tel: 016510350

The cost of the retreat, which includes accommodation and all meals is €150.00

Opening Access to Teacher Education and Practice for Students with Disabilities

AHEAD in collaboration with the Higher Education Authority, the Irish Universities Association, the Department of Education and Skills and St. Patrick’s College Drumcondra will host a conference on 15th March 2012 on Access to Teacher Training for Students with Disabilities.

Click here for more information on the event from the ahead website.

CEIST invites you to a day of story, song and reflection

A new purpose and a new hope, a day with Liam Lawton. CEIST invites you to a day with Liam Lawton, which is being held on Wednesday 25th April in the Carlton Shearwater Hotel, Ballinasloe from 9.30am to 3pm.

Booking please by Thursday 12th April to Sheila Lee: 016510350 or email: slee@ceist.ie

Please note there is no fee for attending this day of spiritual renewal.

Board of Management Training Phase 2

The Joint Managerial Body (JMB) are holding Board of Management Training Phase 2 for recently appointed members of boards of management, new Principals and any other board members who wish to attend.

The in-service programme will deal with the financial responsibilities of the Board of Management, the financial responsibilities of the Principal and other aspects of the school’s financial management. 

Click here for more information regarding venue details, etc. 

Connecting the Head, Heart and Hands

Debt and Development Coalition Ireland, Trócaire, Amnesty and Mayfield Arts Cork, are hosting a major post primary teachers conference on Saturday March 3rd in Athlone on the exciting and topical theme of 'Connecting the Head, Heart and Hands'.

The conference will support educators in developing approaches of 'linking knowing and doing in education' and in discussing the challenges of integrating action into global justice education.

Click here for more information.

Global Schoolroom

Global Schoolroom featured on the RTE Nationwide programme on Wednesday February 22, at 7pm on RTE1.

Click here to view programme on RTE Player.

Presentation Ballyphehane Students win Choral Verse Speaking at Feis Maitiu

Congratulations to Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Co. Cork, first year students, under the direction of the Speech & Drama teacher, Mrs Catherine Mahon Buckley, who won the under 15 Choral Verse Speaking at Feis Maitiu.

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