A conference on Catholic Primary Education in contemporary Ireland will take place in Limerick from May 22-23rd 2009. Bookings still open.
Catholic Primary Education in Contemporary Ireland:
Facing New Horizons
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick
May 22nd – 23rd, 2009
The purpose of this conference is to examine the currently changing cultural situation in which the Catholic primary schools are now operating and explore ways of responding to this. It will provide an opportunity to explore the experiences of teachers, parents, management and all other stakeholders in Catholic primary education.
Hosted by Department of Theology & Religious Studies, Mary Immaculate College, University of Limerick
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10.00am Welcome: Professor Peadar Cremin, President, Mary Immaculate College
The Catholic Church and Primary Education: An Historical Perspective
Dr. Tony Lyons, Lecturer in Education, Mary Immaculate College
11.00am – Coffee
The Catholic Church’s Current Thinking on Educational Provision
Dr. Donal Murray, Bishop of Limerick and member of the Episcopal Commission for Primary and Post-Primary Education
The Experience of Providing Catholic Primary Education in Contemporary Ireland
a) Teacher’s Perspective: Terry Allen, Principal of St Mochta’s National School, Porterstown, Dublin
b) A Parent’s Perspective: Ciana Campbell, Parent and Chairperson of the Board of Management of Holy Family Senior School, Ennis
3.15pm – Break
c) The Patron’s Perspective: Bishop Leo O’Reilly, Chairman of the Episcopal Commission for Primary and Post-Primary Education
d) The Management’s Perspective: Maria Spring, Member of the Standing Committee of The Catholic Primary School Management Association
5.00pm Eucharist in College Chapel
Comparative International Experiences
Australia: Professor Kelvin Canavan, FMS, Executive Officer for Sydney Archdiocesan Catholic Schools and a member of the Australian Catholic University – NSW
11.00am – Break
Scotland: Dr. Roisin Coll, Lecturer in the Department of Religious Education within the Faculty of Education and Post Graduate Convener for the Religious Education Department at the University of Glasgow.
Ireland: Sr. Eileen Randles, IBVM, Chairperson Board of Management, Loreto College, Crumlin Road, Dublin and former General Secretary of The Catholic Primary School Management Association
Mr Joe O’Connell, Executive Secretary of St. Senan’s Education Office, serving the dioceses of Limerick, Kerry and Killaloe, and a former teacher
What is it to be a Learning Society?
Dr. David Tuohy SJ, An independent consultant in education, and has worked as a secondary school teacher and as a third-level educator at St Joseph’s, Philadelphia, UCD and NUI, Galway.
4.45pm Closing Liturgy
Conference Fee: 150 (includes tea/coffee/lunch)
Conference Dinner: 30 (optional).
Places are limited, booking fee of 50 per person (cheque payable to Mary Immaculate College) and registration form must be submitted by May 13th, 2009 to:
Mary T. Martin,
Mary Immaculate College, S.C. Road, Limerick
Tel: +353 61 774727;
Check Department website for details of available accommodation
Dr Eugene Duffy,
Tel: +353 61 204968;
Mary Immaculate College is situated in the southern suburbs of Limerick city on the South Circular Road, within fifteen minutes walk of the city centre.