The inaugural CEIST Student Leadership conference was launched in St. Leo's College on Friday 30th January by Bishop of Kildare & Leighlin, Denis Nulty. CEIST is patron of 110 schools across the country, 8 of them in the Kildare and Leighlin Diocese. CEIST recognises that the students in its schools today will be the leaders of tomorrow and is committed to playing a part in preparing them for that role.
The conference will be held in St. Patrick’s College, Drumcondra on Tuesday 24th March. Each of the CEIST 110 schools will be asked to nominate three student leaders to attend the event. They will have a chance to meet with one another, to explore the possibilities of leadership as well as the values associated with being a good leader. Students who have displayed leadership in their own schools will also have an opportunity to share their experiences.
As a patron of Catholic schools, CEIST chose to launch the initiative during Catholic Schools Week and they thanked Bishop Nulty for presiding over the launch and Clare Ryan, Principal of St. Leo’s, for hosting the event.
Students from five CEIST schools attended the launch. The schools represented at the launch are:
- St. Leo’s College, Carlow
- Presentation College, Carlow,
- Scoil Chríost Rí, Portlaoise
- Ardscoil Na Tríonóide, Athy
- Coláiste Iosagáin, Portarlington