JMB/AMCSS 32nd Annual Conference 1st - 3rd May 2019


JMB/AMCSS 32nd Annual Conference: Care for Our Common Home: A Dialogue for School Leaders

JMB/AMCSS Annual Conference will take place from May 1st to 3rd in the Europe Hotel, Killarney.

The theme of Conference 2019 is ‘Care for our Common Home - A Dialogue for School Leaders’.

We are pleased that Mr. Pat Cox, former President of the European Parliament and current President of the Jean Monnet Foundation for Europe will give our keynote address. The closing keynote at this year’s conference will be given by Ms. Sharon Todd, Professor of Education at Maynooth University.

Please see the conference booklet for full details of our programme and workshops.

Conference always presents us with the opportunity to meet, engage, reflect on our role as educators, and we would encourage you, as Principals and Chairpersons of Boards of Management, to attend.

We would especially encourage newly appointed Principals and Chairpersons to join us in Killarney as a valuable means of meeting people, acquiring information and sharing ideas and views.


Fee for 1 Person:    €320
Fee for 2 People (Principal & Chairperson):   €600

Registration is now closed

If you wish to participate in the golf competition on Wednesday, 1st May 2019 at Killeen Golf Course, Killarney, Co. Kerry, please download and complete the booking form and return it to Johnny McCormack, Ardscoil na Tríonóide, Rathstewart, Athy, Co. Kildare. 



The Wonder of our Universe
Sr. Colette Kane O.P.

Climate change is not fake news: “we cannot save what we do not love”

This workshop will

  • illuminate the story of our Universe,
  • examine the wonder and wasting of our times.
  • touch into the Scriptures to help us care for our common home.

Methodology will include: input, stories, you-tube extracts, the cosmic time-line


Laudato Si’ A Prophetic Message for the 21st Century 
Fr. Sean McDonagh, Columban Father

Fr. Sean McDonagh is a Theologian, missionary and ecologist.

Author of To Care for the Earth, Chapman 1986, The Greening of the Church, Chapman, 1900, Passion for the Earth, Chapman, 1994, Dying for Water, Veritas, 1994, Climate Change: The Challenge to Us All, Columba, 2006, The Death of Life: The Horrow of Extinction, Columba 2004, Laudato Si’ Orbis, New York, 2016, Laudato Si’ An Irish Response, Veritas, 2017.


(Thursday only)

Sustainable Public Procurement: Assisting the move to more sustainable school environments
Ronan Farrell & Fiona Coy

Among the topics this session will cover are:

  • The concepts and principles of sustainable procurement;
  • Whether the terms sustainable procurement and green procurement are mutually interchangeable?
  • How might sustainable principles be adapted for use in the school sector;
  • Introduce some tools that, when deployed, will help schools to make their procurement activity more sustainable.


Leadership and Management as framed in ‘Looking at our School’ – How do you as Principal/Chairperson share that responsibility?
Sheila McManamly & Catherine Moynihan

This workshop will focus on the LAOS domains of Leading Learning and Teaching and Developing Leadership Capacity with concrete examples of how the leader can do this with resources and support materials. There will be opportunities for networking with others and sharing best practice.


Implementing GDPR, clarifying the priorities for your school 
Cyril Drury

The General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25th May 2018. This workshop will help schools to review their priorities in dealing with data protection.

The workshop will address a number of practical questions, for example:

  • One year on from GDPR becoming law, what are the key issues for schools?
  • What are the most common sources of data breaches in schools?
  • How should a school deal with a Data Access Request?


(Friday only)

Same difference: Teaching and Leading in Sierra Leone and Ireland
Dr. Garret Campbell, Billy Redmond & Grainne Horan

Global Schoolroom is a not-for-profit teacher education organisation with almost 15 years experience developing and facilitating cross sectoral and collaborative teacher education programmes in many developing world countries. Their unique approach values the teacher as the driver of quality education by building their capacity and promoting both their empowerment and autonomy.

The success of Global Schoolroom programmes lie in successful collaboration and partnership with local educators many of whom come from teacher associations and Irish and international missionaries such as the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Cluny in Sierra Leone.

This workshop will explore how lessons learnt from mutual cooperation between teachers and school leaders from Ireland and Sierra Leone is helping to impact on quality education there. It will present evidence which supports the need for continuous professional development for teachers and school leaders and how this is leading to meaningful learning outcomes for students.

Building on the work of the Cluny Sisters in Sierra Leone, the workshop will show how valuing and supporting professional reflection and leadership across a range of schools is leading to professional growth and improved quality education in line with the Sustainable Development Goal 4.

This initiative presents Irish teachers and school leaders with a unique opportunity to share their experience and expertise with their colleagues in Sierra Leone and to explore the surprising similarities between two educations systems separated by 7000 kilometres.


The Role of the BOM in Child Protection including the BOM’s oversight obligations
Jack Cleary

The workshop will for the most part seek to answer questions from chairpersons and principals/DLPs, working through the DES Inspectorate’s Guide to Child Protection and Safeguarding Inspections publication and the corresponding DES templates.


(Thursday only)

Teaching and Learning framed by LAOS – how can it support classroom effectiveness?
Dr. Joe O’Connell

This workshop examines some of the key issues in relation to LAOS and how it can support classroom effectiveness. The focus is placed on deepening the understanding of what the domains and standards advocate and how these can be interpreted at school level and be integrated into classroom practice.


The role of the Board of Management in Teaching and Learning
Mary Gilbride

In this workshop, Mary will examine the statutory duty and role of Boards of Management in relation to teaching and learning. She will also discuss the implications for Boards of Management of the quality framework for schools and the role of Boards in terms of school self-evaluation. The workshop will examine what inspectors are currently reporting regarding the Board’s role in teaching and learning. Mary hopes that this will be an interactive session with discussion throughout.


‘Relationships and Sexuality Education’ a challenge or opportunity for Catholic schools?
Vivek DaSilva

Vivek works as a catechetical writer and consultant for Veritas.

He spent 17 years working in different parts of Africa in the area of human development, spirituality and leadership. He also worked in India as a teacher for 6 years.

Vivek is currently studying for the Masters in Christian Leadership in Education at Marino Institute of Education. His area of research is Relationships and Sexuality Education and Catholic Schools.


Reflective groups for your teachers – What, Why and How Principals can Help
Dr. Belinda Moller & Joe Lynch

This workshop will be in two parts and will use the ‘fishbowl’ learning method.

In the first part you will witness a number of people engaged in a role play - a facilitated, confidential group comprising teachers who will consider a Case involving a complex, but typical, classroom situation.

The second part will give everyone an opportunity to talk together, to share observations and questions about what they have witnessed and have experienced. The members of the role-playing group will describe how it feels to speak about their teaching experience amongst peers, and the strengths, and the fears, that it brings to the surface. The outer group of observers will contribute observations/comments on the group’s work and ask questions about the practicalities of offering confidential, reflective groups to staff as a teaching and learning resource.




Financial Support Services Unit (FSSU)

The FSSU Team, Director Louise McNamara and her colleague Lorraine Guinan will be available to meet members on a one-to-one basis.


School Buildings Unit 

Noel Merrick is the JMB School Building Projects Advisor and will be available to meet members on a one-to-one basis.


(Friday only)


Dr. Robert Ryan and his team will be available to meet members on Friday, 3rd May on a one-to-one basis.


Plenary Sessions


(Thursday morning)

Including students of other beliefs in Catholic Schools – JMB Publication
Dr. Aiveen Mullally


(Friday morning)

AsIAm Autism Resource platform for schools 
Adam Harris & Billy Redmond


​(Friday morning)

Admissions Act
Christine West, JMB HR/ IR Employment Law advisor