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30 August 2013

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.


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New Catholic Voluntary Secondary School Opens in Doon, Co. Limerick!

CEIST is delighted to announce the opening this school term of a new Catholic Voluntary Secondary School under the Trusteeship of CEIST. 

Scoil na Trionóide Naofa, Doon is the first Voluntary Catholic Secondary School of its kind, opened in more than 20 years, being an amalgamation of St. Fintan's Christian Brothers School (ERST), St Michael's College, Cappamore (Co. Limerick VEC) and St Joseph's Mercy Secondary School (CEIST).

This is a momentous occasion for CEIST and one which will be celebrated by all in the Catholic Voluntary Sector. Scoil na Trionóide Naofa will cater for 850 pupils. This is a particularly significant event for CEIST and for the Principals, staffs, students and the parents of the three existing secondary schools, St. Joseph’s, St. Fintan’s and St. Michael’s College.

CEIST expresses its appreciation to all those who have brought this Project to fruition, including the staff, past and present of St. Joseph’s, St. Fintan’s and St. Michael’s College and the past Principals, John Kinsella, Eddie Bourke and Michael O’Connor.

Our special thanks to the Mercy Congregational Leaders; past and present Boards of Management Chairpersons, Members and CEO of Co. Limerick VEC.

The realisation of this new school could not have occurred without the vision and commitment of CEIST, the Edmund Rice Schools Trust and Co. Limerick VEC. The Trustees commend the local community in playing an active role on the amalgamation Steering Committee and Boards of Management, and also acknowledge the great generosity of the local GAA GFC.

The School Principal appointed for the new school is Ms. Eilis Casey and Deputy Principal is Mr. Roger Corcoran. CEIST offers best wishes to both and to all of the staff in this exciting new era for the school.

For those of you who would like to offer best wishes and congratulations to the school, the school can be contacted via email info@stn.ie or by phone on 061- 380378.





CEIST Annual Education Conference 2013

The Eighth Annual CEIST Education Conference will be held in the Sheraton Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath on Thursday, 26th September and Friday, 27th September, 2013. The theme for this year's conference is “Year of Faith - Our Faith in Action".

The CEIST Annual Education Conference provides an opportunity for our School Principals, Deputy Principals and Schools Boards of Management Chairpersons to network and share ideas and best practice. It is also crucial to our efforts to underline the mutual understandings and shared ties that bind us together and create community amongst CEIST schools.

The first CEIST Education Conference was held at the Hodson Bay Hotel in Athlone in 2006 and we are delighted to note that it has gone from strength to strength each year with last year holding our biggest attendance to date. We like to involve our schools as much as possbile and this year we have three school choirs performing at the conference, which always greatly adds to the occasion.

We are delighted to have as keynote speakers, Mr David Cameron, Education Consultant, Scotland and Millett and Matthews, Solicitors, Baltinglass, Co. Wicklow. 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.



Joining the Dots Day for Facilitators

Given the emphasis on the distinctiveness of the various education sectors, there is an increasing need to provide for and enrich staff faith development in Catholic schools.

Joining the Dots is a school based programme in spiritual reflection and renewal for staff in faith based schools. A CEIST day for prospective facilitators of Joining the Dots in the Sheraton Hotel on May 8th 2013 was attended to capacity and received excellent reviews.

CEIST is offering a re-run for prospective facilitators due to the demand from those who could not make it the last day.



New Faith Leadership and Governance Co-ordinator Appointment

CEIST are delighted to have Mr. Justin Brown joining CEIST as our new Faith Leadership and Governance Co-ordinator.

Justin is a person of faith and brings a wealth of experience at school, parish and the wider community level and will bring his own particular gifts and talents to our work.


CEIST Induction Day for Principals and Deputy Principals

CEIST held an Induction Day for our recently appointed Principals and Deputy Principals on Monday the 12th of August 2013.

The Induction Day took place in the CEIST Office for Principals, Acting Principals, Deputy Principals and Acting Deputy Principals.

Presentations to the attendees were provided by CEIST Staff Members. 

The meeting provided an opportunity for the newly appointed Principals and Deputy Principals to meet staff in the CEIST Education Office and gain a stronger understanding of the Trust and of the services it provides to the schools and to network with their peers in other CEIST Schools.


Leaving Cert 2013

CEIST would like to congratulate and say "well done" to the Leaving Cert students of 2013.

These results are a testament to the commitment and hard work on behalf of the students of our CEIST schools.

Of course, none of this could happen without the motivation and dedication of teachers and their contribution to school life, not just academic, which is appreciated and highly valued.

CEIST congratulates all students who took the exam and wish them every success in their further studies and future life.


Education Matters


Diploma in Catholic Education

The Diploma in Catholic Education is an innovative postgraduate programme, leading to a very significant professional qualification.

Offered by St. Patrick’s College, Maynooth in partnership with the Alliance for Catholic Education, (University of Notre Dame) the programme is designed to enhance participants’ formation as teachers in Catholic Schools.

The programme will encourage and support committed and enthusiastic teachers to be aware of their own faith and how it should impact their role as educators in Catholic schools.

Click here to download booklet. 


Faith-related Issues


Religious Education Resources

The following are a variety of resources from CEIST and http://education.dublindiocese.ie that you may find useful as you plan for the coming school term.

Resources include:

·         Religious Education Policy Template.

·         Guide to completing R.E. Subject Plan and a R.E. Subject Plan Template.

·         Liturgical Year Templates, Preparing a Mass and Preparing a Prayer Service guides.

·         Resources for Opening of the Year and Graduation, CEIST Staff Prayer Service to begin a new school year.



St Brigid of Kildare Gathering Festival

The St. Brigid of Kildare Gathering Festival takes place in Kildare Town this September and all are very welcome to attend.

There will be a special welcome "Céad Míle Fáilte" to those named Brigid and those who have variations of the name.

The festival is being organised by Solas Bhríde in collaboration with a number of other Kildare based groups and is part of the overall Government supported Gathering Festival 2013.



News from CEIST Schools


A New Year Begins at Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna

Principal, John O’Loughlin, recently welcomed 45 new first year students to Mary Immaculate Secondary School, Lisdoonvarna, Co. Clare.

The Junior and Senior Students of the Year were announced in the school. Each of the students nominated in this category showed a willingness to be individual, caring, respectful, generous with their time, courteous, able to form healthy relationships with fellow students and their teachers and other staff members.

They are in effect all round students involved to the best of their ability with study and also in extracurricular activities, at all times representing the school with honour and pride.



St Joseph's Rush, Co. Dublin students swap school books for iPads

CEIST schools are continuing to innovate and be at the forefront of hi-tech learning with St Joseph's Secondary School in Rush, Co. Dublin swapping books for iPads in a new 'digital school bag' programme.

St Joseph's will move to the 'Wriggle 1:1' system which allows students to take advantage of 'mobile learning'.

Each first year student (110 in total) starting at St Joseph's Secondary School in Rush this year will receive their new mobile device (iPads in this case) or 'digital schoolbag' which will be used in class and at home in place of traditional textbooks.



Presentation College, Tuam, Leaving Cert Students Achieve Noteworthy Results

Presentation Secondary School, Currylea, Tuam, Co. Galway is immensely proud of all their students who recently completed their exams.

The school made the headlines in the national papers the day after the Leaving Certificate such was the outstanding results received from their students.



News from Scoil Muire agus Pádraig, Swinford, Co. Mayo

The Principal and Staff of Scoil Muire & Padraig, Swinford, Co. Mayo wish to congratulate their Leaving Cert students on their outstanding results.

To quote the Principal Mrs Mary Quinn “The school is proud of all its students and the Leaving Cert results affirm the belief the school has in its management, staff and pupils”.

The school also hope that the CAO offers will take the students on a path in life where they will be rewarded and fulfilled.



St Mary's Mallow Students Participate in Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage

St Mary's Secondary School, Mallow, Co. Cork students recently participated in the Young Mercy Leaders' Pilgrimage that took place in the Mercy International Centre, Baggot Street, Dublin.






Cycle Against Suicide

Cycle Against Suicide is an initiative started by Irish entrepreneur, Jim Breen, as a result of his appearance on RTE’s The Secret Millionaire programme.

The main objective of the Cycle is to raise awareness of the considerable help and supports that are available for anyone battling depression, self harm, at risk of suicide or those bereaved by suicide.

In 2014, the Cycle, will take place from Monday, April 28th to Sunday, May 11th. A number of CEIST Schools are participating in events for this worthy initiative and we hope to profile them on our website over the coming months.

As it did in 2013, the Cycle will create a very tangible and practical opportunity for people who want to support those who have been affected by suicide.

Morning and Evening Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy (App and PDF)

The prayer book, Morning and Evening Mercy Prayer of the Sisters of Mercy, is now available as a
pdf for viewing on desktop and laptop computers, e-readers, electronic tablets and other devices.

The electronic version is particularly convenient for travel and for those requiring large print. To access the file, click here.

Applications have been created of the "Mercy Prayerbook" and "Oracion Misericordia" for the Android (Google Play) and Apple app stores.

The English and Spanish versions are both free downloads in the stores and will work on tablets and iPads
equally well.

National Religious Education Congress 2013

The National Religious Education Congress 2013 is taking place on the 5th October in Mater Dei Institute of Education.

The theme for the congress is "Increase our Faith Fan the Flame".

Click here for more details.

Carmichael Centre Courses and Seminars

17 September: Fundraising for small Community Groups (half day)
24 September: Financial Reporting for the Charities Regulator (half day)

5 September: Risk Management
12 September: Best Practices for Data & Customer Relationship Management
19 September: Social Finance

Click here for further details and online booking.

Alpha National Conference for Ireland

Alpha Ireland launches its first Alpha National Conference for Ireland on 21st September 2013 at the Glenroyal Hotel, Maynooth. Alpha is a great parish tool to respond to the call for New Evangelisation. The day will include talks from visiting expert speakers, live worship and training on all aspects of running Alpha.

Whether you are brand new to Alpha or a seasoned practitioner, the conference has lots to offer you. There will be the opportunity to share and learn from other peoples’ experiences and hear testimonies from people whose lives have been changed through Alpha.

Click here for further information.

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If you have a news snippet big or small please email to jwoods@ceist.ie and it will be profiled on our website and e-newsletter.

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