CEIST Fifth Annual Educational Conference 2010

The Fifth Annual CEIST Educational Conference will be held on the 30th September and 1st October 2010 in the Killashee House Hotel, Killashee, Naas, Co. Kildare.

The CEIST Annual Educational Conference provides an opportunity for our School Principals, Deputy Principals and Schools Boards of Management Chairpersons to network and share ideas and best practice.

The following is the Agenda for both days;

Day 1: Thursday, 30th September 2010

11.30 - 1.00 p.m Registration
1.00 p.m. Lunch
2.00 p.m.
  • Welcome in Conference Hall
  • CEIST Chief Executive Officer, Anne Kelleher
  • Opening Prayer and Ard Scoil na Tríonóide Choir, Athy
2.30 - 3.30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Fr. Michael Drumm

'The Value of Denominational Education'

3.30 - 4.30 p.m. Conference Workshops
4.30 p.m. Tea / Coffee
7.00 p.m. Sherry Reception / Social Gathering
7.30 p.m. Conference Dinner


1) "Joining the Dots: One Year On".  Amalee Meehan, Faith Development Co-ordinator, CEIST, Nora Quane, participant Mercy Mounthawk and Moira Hunter, St Mary’s Mallow.

Joining the Dots: Faith, Life, Teachers, Teaching and Theology is a school based programme in theology and spiritual renewal for teachers. There are no fees, no travel and no exams. It involves about 90 minutes one evening a week for six weeks. Teaching can be so life-giving but it can also be draining. Joining the Dots offers soul time - an opportunity to catch your breath, to reflect on your life experience, to ask good questions, and to remember that even if we are tired of looking for God, God never tires looking for us.

Initiated in Mercy Mounthawk by Amalee Meehan and John O’Roarke, the second pilot took place in St Mary’s Secondary School, Mallow. In each case, approximately 15 teachers from a host of different subject areas took part. This semester it will run in 2 different schools around the country. Click here for further details on Joining the Dots, or to read feedback from previous participants.

2) "Special Education Needs Delivery in Challenging Times". Clare Ryan, Principal, St. Leo's College, Carlow.

In the current climate of diminishing resources there remains a moral and professional imperative to support students with SEN. Despite the tardiness of Government to implement EPSEN coupled with the depletion of supports, each school is confronted on a daily basis with students who exhibit a vast spectrum of need. This workshop will explore the CEIST school’s capacity to respond in order to ensure positive outcomes for the students in our care. Maximising resources, the deployment of SNA’s, supporting the gifted child, the sharing of information, transfer from primary to post-primary, working with parents etc will be considered.

3) "Experiences of using technology for teaching and school administration today". Sonas Innovation.

With 2010/2011 being the school year where technology is brought into the classroom, the next question is what will we do with this?

We illustrate two case studies where the experience is illustrated in detail: The first is CEIST school, Scoil Chríost Rí in Portlaoise, where a new school building afforded the opportunity to use new information infrastructure. The Principal of the school, Helen O'Donnell, will join Sonas in the discussion on new information infrastucture for the school.

The second is another CEIST school who has chosen to have an online communications and collaboration system for all staff.

4) "Current Legal Issues". David Ruddy, B.L.

(A) Codes of Behaviour

The National Educational Welfare Guidelines, Section 29 Appeals, Recent Case Law.

(B) Admission and Participation Policies

Section 29 Appeals and recent case law.

(C) Disciplinary Procedures for Teachers and School Principals (Circular 60 / 09)

The objective of the seminar is to give a bird's eye view of recent developments, to facilitate Q & A and discussion.

5) "Risk Management / School Maintenance". (Chairperson BOMs) Allianz plc.

Managing potential risks in a school and implementing preventative maintenance are just some of the responsibilities in the busy role of a School Principal, Deputy Principal and Board of Management. This workshop will provide an overview and helpful tips in how to ensure that your school is operating in a safe environment and will also look at how to implement some preventative maintenance and security measures to avoid unnecessary claim costs and cause serious disruption to school life.

DAY 2: Friday, 1st October, 2010

9.15 - 9.30 a.m. Opening Prayer and Presentation Secondary School Choir, Kildare Town.
9.30 - 11.00 a.m.

Keynote Address: Baroness Nuala O'Loan

'Leadership: begin with the heart'

11.00 a.m. Tea / Coffee
11.30 - 12.15 p.m.

Fr. Lou Delfra, University of Notre Dame

'Education in the Catholic Voluntary School; A Sacramental Vision'

12.15 - 1.00 p.m. Conference Workshops (same as day 1)
1.00 p.m. Conference Hall
  • Update from EDUCENA on Property Matters, Liam Bergin, CEO
  • Open Forum
  • Closing Prayer and St. Mary's College Choir, Naas.
1.30 p.m. Lunch

Keynote Speaker Profiles

Fr. Michael Drumm

Fr. Michael Drumm has been appointed Chairperson of the recently established Catholic Schools Partnership.

This new body will provide support for all the partners in Catholic schools in a changing Ireland.

Previously a Lecturer in Theology and Director of Mater Dei Institute in Dublin, he has published numerous books and articles on the role of religion in Irish society.

He also works part-time in the parish of Esker, Dublin.

Baroness Nuala O'Loan, DBE

Baroness Nuala O'Loan, DBE, is a noted figure both nationally and internationally. Baroness O'Loan's career has spanned the spectrum of Law, the Policing Authority and the European Commission's Consumers Consultative Council.

As Police Ombudsman for Northern Ireland, Baroness O'Loan was courageous in her leadership and was instrumental in the reform of Policing and Law Enforcement.


In 2008, Baroness O'Loan was appointed by the Irish Government as special envoy in Timor-Leste (East Timor).

Baroness O'Loan has a deep sense of spirituality and ethics, which inform her leadership and is the source of inspiration for presentations to audiences all over the world.

Fr. Lou Delfra: Chaplain, ACE - Notre Dame University, Indiana, U.S.A.

Fr. Lou is a Holy Cross priest, ordained in 2004. He directs Biblical Studies for Campus Ministry at the University of Notre Dame and serves as chaplain for the Alliance for Catholic Education (A.C.E.). Previous to Campus Ministry, Fr. Lou served at Holy Redeemer Parish and School in Portland, Oregon, as Associate Director for the ACE Programme, and as a middle school and high school teacher at a catholic school in Philadelphia.

He received his undergraduate and Master's degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and currently publishes in the fields of religion, literature, teacher education and spirituality.


Fr. Lou resides in Dillon Hall on the Notre Dame campus.

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