AMCSS/JMB 35th Annual Conference 27th April - 29th April 2022


Sunday 20 March 2022

AMCSS/JMB 35th Annual Conference 27th April - 29th April 2022

‘Recovery and Renewal in our Faith Schools’

Event date: 27/04/2022 - 29/04/2022 Export event

AMCSS/JMB 35th Annual Conference 2022

AMCSS/JMB Annual Conference took place from April 27th to April 29th in the Europe Hotel, Killarney.

The theme of Conference 2022 was ‘Recovery and Renewal in our Faith Schools’.

This conference was a very special one where we were given an opportunity to reconnect and renew friendships as school leaders. Opening Keynote Speech was delivered by Rev Dr Gareth Byrne, Vicar General in the Archdiocese of Dublin and Moderator of the Dublin Diocesan Curia (Presentation).

‘The future of Catholic Education in Ireland - understanding the attitudes of parents, and how our schools can best respond’ - Closing Keynote Address by Mr Rory O'Rourke.




Recovery and Renewal: A Wellness Workshop:
Dr Aiveen Mullally,
Marino Institute of Education

This workshop will be entirely experiential and practical. It offers time-out to renew and restore a sense of balance and wellness within.



Leading Inclusive Education Across the Continuum of Support: SENCOs and School Leaders in Partnership:
Dr Johanna Fitzgerald,
Mary Immaculate College, Limerick

This presentation will explore the role of Special Educational Needs Coordinator (SENCO) in the context of recent policy changes to the allocation and provision of additional supports in schools, and considers how the SENCO can contribute to school-wide improvement.



Whole School Guidance Planning; Renewing the Plan Post-Pandemic:
Dr Carol Guildea,
National Centre of Guidance in Education

This workshop will provide an overview and practical steps for how schools can progress and renew their Whole School Guidance (WSG) plans post-pandemic.



Relationships and Sexuality Education: LGBTQ+ matters in a Church that is learning to love:
Mr Vivek da Silva,
Dublin City University

There have been significant changes in Irish society in its understanding and expression of human sexuality. Many catholic schools are welcoming and inclusive of all students irrespective of their sexual orientation or gender identity. However, some continue to struggle with reconciling their pastoral care for the students with the doctrinal teachings of the Catholic Church.

Presentation (Members only)


Supporting Teachers’ Reflective Practice in Our Work as School Leaders:
Ms Carmel Kearns,
Teaching Council
Ms Stephanie Leonard,
Teaching Council and Education Support Centres Ireland

Are you interested in harnessing the power of reflective and collaborative professional learning in your school? Join Carmel Kearns and Stephanie Leonard to explore this topic in the context of Cosán, the national framework for teachers’ learning.



The Challenges with Diversifying the Teaching Profession:
Dr Garret Campbell,
Global Schoolroom

Despite commitments made in both the Migrant Integration Strategy (2017-2020) and The Programme for Government - Our Shared Future (2020), the teaching profession remains stubbornly homogenous. Internationally educated teachers, including Irish nationals who qualified overseas, identify barriers to entry into the Irish teaching workforce. These range from registration to recruitment and on to progression within the system.



The increased Role of the Chairperson/Secretary of the Board of Management under the new Appeal System for the appointment of permanent Principal and Deputy Principals (Circular 0062/2021):
Mr Michael Denny,
Education Consultant
Mr Gerry McCaul,

This workshop will set out the crucial role of the Chairperson/Secretary of the Board of Management in the appointment process for a permanent Principal or Deputy Principal. It will focus in particular on the role of the Chairperson/Secretary after the Selection Committee has issued its recommendation to the Board of Management.

Presentation (Members only)




School Buildings Unit
Mr Noel Merrick

  • Thursday, 28th April - by appointment only, please contact Noel directly at to arrange an appointment.
  • Friday, 29th April - walk-in clinic.

Dr Robert Ryan

  • Friday, 29th April only, from 11.00am – 12.15pm

Schools Procurement Unit (SPU)
Mr Ronan Farrell

  • Ronan Farrell, Director, Schools Procurement Unit will be available to meet members on a one-to-one basis.

Mr Cyril Drury

  • Cyril Drury, Data Protection Advisor will be available to meet members on a one-to-one basis.

Financial Support Services Unit (FSSU)

  • The FSSU Team will be available to meet members on a one-to-one basis.

Cost of conference

€350 for one participant and €660 for two.

All attendees must register on-line prior to attending training/events.
Payment for JMB events/training will only be accepted by credit/debit card, as with all other on-line bookings/purchases.

Cancellation Policy: Please note that refunds will only be given if cancellation is made three days before event by email to

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