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CEIST Annual Education Conference 2014 - A Review

The Ninth Annual Education Conference was held in the Hodson Bay Hotel, Athlone, Co. Westmeath on Thursday, 25th & Friday, 26th September, 2014. The theme for this year's conference was Living the message of Pope Francis in CEIST Schools.

The CEIST Team were greatly encouraged with the number of School Principals, Deputy Principals and Chairpersons of our Boards of Management who attended this year's conference. Ninety Eight of our one hundred and ten schools were represented at the conference which proved to be the highest school representation to date.

There was a great sense of community at the conference and our Principals, Deputy Principals and School Board of Management Chairpersons availed of the opportunity to network and share ideas with each other. We received very positive feedback about our keynote speaker, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland and indeed for all of our four workshops.

CEIST would like to very much thank our workshop presenters for their time and energy given to the conference. CEIST also are very grateful to Dr Clare Maloney for her closing address, Stories for Leaders.

We would also like to extend our sincere gratitude to the two excellent school choirs who particpated at the conference.

The two schools who participated were Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane, Co. Cork, and Presentation Secondary School, Currylea, Tuam, Co. Galway. Both choirs were superb and really energised everybody at the conference and were a credit to the schools.

CEIST are also very grateful to the many exhibitors that displayed their products and indeed this year so great was the demand for exhibitor space that we unfortunately could not accomodate all requests.

Pictured above at the CEIST Education Conference are Back Row (LtoR), The Very Rev Canon Brendan Kilcoyne, PP, Sr. Helena O'Dongohue, RSM, Sr. Peggy Collins, RSM, Mr. Liam Bergin, Educena CEO, Sr. Margarita Ryan, PBVM, Mr. Gene O'Sullivan.

Front Row (LtoR), Sr. Canice Hanrahan, RSM, Dr. Marie Griffin, CEIST CEO, Archbishop Eamon Martin, Archbishop of Armagh and Primate of All Ireland, Mr. Bernard Keeley, CEIST Board of Directors Chairperson and Sr. Ella McGuinness, RSM. 

Pictured above the excellent Presentation College Currylea Choir who gave an outstanding performance at the CEIST conference. 

Pictured above are the double All Island School Choir winners, Presentation Secondary School, Ballyphehane choir with Archbishop Eamon Martin, School Principal, Vincent O'Grady, Deputy Principal, Mrs. Jennifer O'Keeffe and Music teacher, Ms. Anne Dunphy. 

Pictured above are Mr. Bernard Keeley, Chairperson CEIST Board of Directors, Dr. Marie Griffin, CEIST CEO, Archbishop Eamon Martin and Mr. Liam Bergin, Educena CEO. 

Archbishop Eamon Martin Conference Address

Feedback from the Conference

We are in the process of compiling a summary from evaluation sheets returned by attendees. Many thanks to all of you who completed as this feedback will be invaluable in planning future conference programmes.

The general consensus from the evaluation feedback was that the Hodson Bay Hotel was an ideal venue because of its central location and top class services provided by the hotel. Also the workshops were very favourably received but some delegates would have liked more time allocated to them. Delegates in their evaluations expressed how enjoyable and useful the conference was for networking with their peers and sharing ideas and best practice. 

Conference Photo Gallery