CEIST Seventh Annual Education Conference 2012

The Seventh Annual CEIST Education Conference will be held in the Sheraton Athlone Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath on Thursday, 27th September, 2011 & Friday, 28th September, 2012. The theme for this year's conference is “Many Desks - One Table".

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.

Booking forms and conference brochure have been distributed to our Schools and Chairs of School Boards of Management. Please book early to secure accomodation in the Sheraton Hotel.

The following is the Agenda for both days;

Day 1: Thursday, 27th September 2012

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 Cnoc Mhuire, Granard, Co Longford, Choir. 
2.30 - 3.30 p.m.

Keynote Address: Professor Bart McGettrick, Dean of Education at Liverpool Hope University.

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

Conference Workshops

1) “"Faith Competency Interviewing". Ned Prendergast, outgoing Director of Faith Development, CEIST.

Since the introduction by JMB of Competency Interviewing for Principal and Deputy Principal posts earlier this year, many Principals and Chairpersons have been anxious to learn more about the initiative and how the new approach can be adapted to interviewing for any teaching post in a school. Ned Prendergast, who is one of the Trainers for the JMB initiative, explores the use of this new approach in the area of faith competency interviewing as it may apply to any teaching post in a faith school.

2) "The implications and challenges of implementing the revised Junior Cycle curriculum". Mr John  Hammond, Deputy CEO, NCCA.

The workshop will provide an overview/update on the junior cycle developments and will discuss the implications of the change for planning junior cycle programmes in schools and for learning and teaching in the classroom.

It will be presented by staff leading the junior cycle developments in the NCCA.

3) "Social Media: The Challenges for Schools". Dr Maureen Griffin, UCC.

Social media, while offering many advantages, also presents a number of challenges for schools. Having visited over 120 schools across Ireland, this presentation will outline Irish student’s use of social media including social networking such as Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, online chat facilities and online gaming. The challenges each of these present for schools will be discussed with particular focus on cyber-bullying and sexting. Resources for schools will be outlined and practical advice and tips for dealing with the misuses of technology will be offered.

4) "Good Accounting and Financial Practices". James Hughes, Chartered Accountant.

This workshop will discuss critical matters such as incorporating control over expenditure, the role of the finance sub-committee within the school, the signing of cheques and particularly electronic payments, and general internal controls applicable to all schools.

DAY 2: Friday, 28th September, 2012

9.15 - 9.30 a.m. Opening Prayer and Holy Rosary College, Mountbellew, Co Galway, Choir.
9.30 - 11.00 a.m.

Keynote Address: Bishop Brendan Kelly, Bishop of Achonry.

11.00 a.m. Tea / Coffee
11.30 - 12.30 p.m.

Conference Workshops

12.30 p.m.

                               Conference Hall

  • Update from EDUCENA on property matters, Liam Bergin, CEO.
  • Open Forum.
  • Closing Prayer and St Joseph's Secondary School, Navan, Choir.
1.30 p.m. Lunch

Keynote Speaker Profiles


Bishop Brendan Kelly

Bishop Brendan Kelly is the Bishop of Achonry.

Bishop Kelly was ordained a priest in June 1971 for the Galway Diocese. He served as Curate in Kinvara, and then taught at Coláiste Einde (1972–1980) and Our Lady’s College, Gort (1980–1986), the latter of which he was subsequently Principal/President until 1995.

Receiving a Sabbatical leave, he served as Chaplain to the L'Arche community at Cuise-la-Motte in France until 1996, whence he returned to Ireland as parish priest of Lisdoonvarna. From 2003 to 2007 he served as parish priest of An Spidéal; he became Vicar General of the Galway diocese in 2005. On 20 November 2007, he was appointed Bishop of Achonry by Pope Benedict XVI.

Bishop Kelly has various Episcopal responsibilities which include: Member of Standing Committee; Advisor on Irish Language to the Council for Liturgy; Member of the Episcopal Commission for Catholic Education and Formation; Chairman of the Council for Education.

Professor Bart McGettrick

Professor Bart McGettrick is Dean of Education at Liverpool Hope University. He is Emeritus Professor of Education and also Dean Emeritus, of the Faculty of Education at the University of Glasgow.

He was originally a teacher of Geography, and became Principal of St Andrew’s College for teacher education in Scotland from 1985 to 1999, and first Dean of the Faculty of Education at Glasgow University in 1999. He has been Professor of Education at Glasgow University since 1993, leaving the University in November 2005. He is now Dean of Education and Professor of Educational Development at Liverpool Hope University.

He has widespread international experience and is a Regent of Bethlehem University, Palestine and is heavily involved in Christian Education in The Holy Land. He undertakes work with the First Nations of Canada, and works on projects in India, Lithuania and other challenging settings overseas.

He is a member of the Scottish Social Services Council, dealing with aspects of Social Work and Social Care.

He is also responsible for setting up the Scottish Forum for Professional Ethics in Scotland, in addition to the Hope Forum for Professional Ethics in Liverpool. He chairs a number of Boards of Governors of schools and other organisations.

He has presented keynote addresses to national and international conferences, and has contributed to congresses, conferences and seminars of international standing in every continent – except Antarctica!

Conference Brochure

Click on below link to download an electronic copy of our conference brochure.