CEIST Annual Education Conference 2017

The Annual CEIST Education Conference will be held in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, on Thursday, 28th September and Friday, 29th September, 2017. The theme for this year's conference is 'CEIST 2007 - 2017: Looking Back to Look Forward'.

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

Registration Form

Please CLICK HERE to register for our conference.

We recommend booking early to secure accomodation in the Hodson Bay Hotel.

The following is the Agenda for both days;

Day One - Thursday 28th September

11.30am - 12.30pm Registration (Tea & Coffee, Exhibitors)
(Please register for these extra sessions)
1) "One Month On" - New Principals (Interactive session facilitated by Marion Cummins, formerly of Coláiste Nano Nagle).
2) "One Month On" - Deputy Principals (Interactive Session facilitated by Paul Clarke, Mercy Beaumont).
3) "The Role of Chairperson" (Interactive session facilitated by Robert McCarthy).
12.30pm Lunch (Tea & Coffee, Exhibitors)
1.30pm Gathering Prayer & Lighting of CEIST Candle.
Welcome Address: Dr. Marie Griffin, CEO, CEIST.
Educena Update: Liam Bergin, CEO.
2.30pm Keynote: “CEIST 2007-2017: Looking Back to Look Forward”, Professor Daire Keogh, Deputy President of DCU
"CEIST & Schools: Relationships & Responsibilities", Bernard Keeley: Chairperson of CEIST
4.00pm  Tea, Coffee, Exhibitions
4.30pm - 5.30pm Working Sessions
7.00pm Reception for newly appointed Principals & Deputy Principals
7.30pm Reception for all
8.00pm Dinner

Day Two - Friday 29th September

 9.00am - 10.00am Mass with Canon Brendan Kilcoyne and Choir, Presentation Secondary School, Clonmel
10.00am - 11.15am Working Sessions
11.15 - 11.45am Coffee Break - Exhibition Stands
11.45am - 12.15pm TeachMeet – one good idea
12.15pm - 1.15pm Live in Hope
1.15pm Scattering Prayer
1.30pm Lunch

Conference Working Sessions 

1) 'Christian Mindfulness', Martina Lehane Sheehan

Martina Lehane Sheehan is director of retreats and programmes at Ennismore Retreat Centre, Cork. An accredited psychotherapist, she regularly facilitates retreats and workshops on matters of spirituality and personal development.


2) 'Current Research on Catholic Schools', Ciaran McCoy, Seamus Lynch, Wesleigh O'Hagan, Prof. Gareth Byrne and Dr. Bernadette Sweetman

  • ‘Sacred Space and the School Community’, an assessment of how sacred spaces are used within second-level education system in Ireland and the role that sacred space may play in the faith experience of the school community.
  • An analysis of the direct and indirect factors affecting Capital Expenditure allocation for second-level schools in Ireland".

Ciaran McCoy is a teacher in Mercy Navan and has recently completed Masters’ studies.
Seamus Lynch is a lecturer in St Patrick’s Thurles pursuing doctoral studies at NUIG.
Prof. Gareth Byrne, Director of the Mater Dei Centre for Catholic Education, Institute of Education, DCU and Dr. Bernadette Sweetman, Researcher, Institute of Education, DCU. (Friday Only)


3) 'Internet Safety/ Children of the Digital Age', Jason O’Mahony

The most up to date and relevant information on Internet Safety, in a multi – media power point presentation with plenty of interactivity. An introduction to New Apps such as Yellow, SimSimi (now reactivated for Ireland),, Saraha etc. Blue Whale, Salt and Ice etc.

Jason O’Mahony, MSc. Forensic Computing, Cyber Crime Investigation, MSc Student of Cyberpsychology.


4) 'LifeWorks', Áine Ascough and Emma Sisk

LifeWorks deliver multimedia-rich pro-life presentations which are commended for taking a compassionate, balanced and youth-friendly approach. The LifeWorks team have visited almost 100 Irish schools since the programme was founded in 2013. In addition to the presentations they create unique resources and materials to assist teachers in their classrooms.

Áine Ascough,founder and managing director of Lifeworks, BA in Visual Communications (DIT) and MA in Theology & Catechetics (Steubenville).
Emma Sisk, co-ordinator of LifeWorks, BA in Theology, Religious Studies, Media and Communications Studies (Mary Immaculate College).


4) 'Conflict Resolution', Freda Nolan

This workshop will explore the reasons for conflict and how best to avoid it.

Freda Nolan, formerly Director of Corporate, Strategic and Advisory Services Labour Relations Commission (Workplace Relations Commission) & CEIST Director.


5) 'The Role of Chair', Paddy Boyle

This will be an interactive session facilitated by Paddy Boyle, Former Chairperson, Presentation, Athenry.
Paddy will share his experiences to date on being a Chairperson of a CEIST School Board of Management. 

Paddy Boyle, Former Chairperson, Presentation, Athenry.


6) 'One Month On - New Principals', Marion Cummins

This will be an interactive session facilitated by Marion Cummins where CEIST will follow up with new Principals from our recent induction day held in the CEIST office. 

Marion Cummins, Former Principal, Colaiste Nano Nagle, Limerick


7) 'One Month On - New Deputy Principals', Paul Clarke

This will be an interactive session facilitated by Paul Clarke where CEIST will follow up with new Deputy Principals of CEIST schools from our recent induction day held in the CEIST office. 

Paul Clarke, Deputy Principal, Mercy Beaumont, Dublin.


CEIST Golf Classic!!

As we prepare for our annual visit to the Hudson Bay for the CEIST conference at the end of the month and since the location is next door to a fabulous Golf Course, a healthy early morning start might be just the tonic needed again this year.
We have the course booked for the morning of Thursday 28th from 8am to 9.15am. If there are enough interested early morning golfers please let me know as soon as possible and I will book and organise a friendly competition. We would love to have some new golfers this year. Who knows, you could be the winner of the 2nd Annual CEIST golfers society event!
Cost will be €40 to include green fee and entry for competition.
Further details following a show of interest and an idea of numbers.
If interested, please contact me as soon as possible but not later than Monday 12th. September.

Johnny McCormack

Contact Txt or call. 086 1686436