Towards Leadership in CEIST Schools - Update

CEIST invited participation from staff of CEIST schools in a four week programme, funded by CEIST and aimed at developing particular leadership competencies, in order to support those responsible in their roles as educators within the voluntary secondary sector.

In addition to personal and professional development for the future, participants connected with others from within the CEIST school community and a certificate of participation was issued on conclusion.

A total of 12 seminars are being facilitated by CEIST with four training sessions in Rochestown Park Hotel, Cork, Coláiste na Toirbhirte, Ard Aoibhinn, Bandon and in the Castletroy Park Hotel, Limerick.

The training sessions were scheduled over the months of February, March and April.

Due to the overwhelming interest and number of participants in the course in Cork (36 participants in total), we were delighted to offer a second course in Bandon (27 participants). This was then followed by a third course in Limerick with 30 people attending.

The main aim of the Initiative is to invite our teachers into an understanding of what is asked of us who work in a Faith based school, in addition to providing participants with understandings and insights of current issues pertaining to schools, in order that we can more fully support the leadership throughout the school.

All expressed great appreciation of the content and delivery which supported and affirmed the good practice that was evident in their own schools.

It is expected that in this modest way, applicants for leadership posts will be encouraged and feel confident to test their theories in practice and contribute to the innovative culture inherent in CEIST schools.

The Project also hopes to build on the sense of community of CEIST schools by bringing together CEIST schools of varying traditions, student population and social context to share their experience of lived CEIST Charter values.

This spring we have focused on Self Evaluation, Numeracy and Literacy, the new Competency interviewing procedure, means to enhancing morale and asserting positive values.

Below are a group of teachers from Christ King Girls' Secondary School, South Douglas Road Cork, who attended the "Towards Leadership in CEIST Schools" series of lectures four week programme, at Rochestown Park Hotel in February.

Front Row l-r, Mr. Michael Lane CEIST, Ms.Anne Kelleher CEO CEIST, Mr. Ned Prendergast and Ms.Mary O'Leary. Back Row l-r, Ms. Joanne Brosnan, Ms. Marguerite Jennings, Ms. Emma Looney, Mrs. Geraldine O'Donnell, Mrs.Úna Long McDonagh, Mrs. Maureen Shanahan and Ms. Aisling Creedon.

Pictured above Tutors and Participants at Towards Middle Leadership Seminar in Cork held on the 27th Feb, 2012.


For the attention of the C.E.I.S.T team who facilitated the leadership course at Rochestown park hotel, Cork recently.

I absolutely loved the course, and all of the speakers were excellent each in their own way. I was so delighted that the course made us look at ourselves and asked us to think about our role as leaders and teachers in a ceist school.

From four years of age I was immersed into what I can only describe as an idyllic 'Presentation' education setting in Turners Cross, which was to play such an important role in who I was to become.

It was perhaps not until I reached secondary school that I began to realise what a privilege it was to be a ' Presentation ' girl. I was so proud to wear my Christ King uniform.

As a student I always appreciated the lengths that the Presentation sisters, staff and management went to for us.

They were not just our teachers, but they were also our mentors and friends. And they instilled in us a sense of what was 'right', a sense of what was 'good', and a sense of 'who we were'.

Without even realising it, we were absorbing and experiencing the presentation ethos in every single thing we did everyday.

Having experienced the best of Presentation traditions as a student and now as a teacher,it is very important to me that we work in our role as leaders in the classroom and within the whole school community to retain all of this as we move forward, and that we continue to remind ourselves of 'Who we really are'.

I want to thank everybody in ceist for making me think and reminisce about the wonderful aspects of being a teacher in a CEIST/Presentation school.

Thank you most sincerely for the hard work and effort you put in, it was a truly inspiring and welcome experience.

Una LongMcDonagh,
Music Teacher,
Christ King Secondary School,
Turners Cross,


A Chára,

Having read through the Ceist Charter, It is very difficult to choose just one section that stands out more than any other as the entire booklet out lines very clearly the mission and vision of our school.

However, what I find most stricking is the section on "What we treasure". It gives a very clear description of what our days in a Ceist school should be like.

I like very much the use of the word "treasure", because that is in fact what we do. We treasure our children and the spirits and values should and are lived out in our day to day life in school.

I would like to thank you for the opportunity of participating in this course, which I find very enlightening and informative.

Gráinne O'Mahony,

Coláiste Muire Realt na Mara,


Co. Cork.


I just wanted to drop a note to thank you all for the organising the presentations over the past four weeks.

They were so enlightening.

Please pass on my gratitude to all involved. Thanks again.

Marie O Regan, 

Guidance Counsellor,

Mount Saint Michael,