MA in Christian Leadership

Once again this year Mary Immaculate College in Limerick are offering their MA in Christian Leadership in Education. Officially the latest date for receipt of applications will be the end of April, however late applications will be considered.

The programme commences with the Summer School on June 18th to the 29th, plus one weekend per month, Friday evening and Saturday.  The very generous sponsorship from St Stephen’s Green Trust will continue for the academic years 2012/14 only, therefore this year will be the last opportunity to avail of the €2,000 grant given to each student over the two year period. For more information and how to apply please click here

New Family Run Retreat Centre in Wexford

"The Bridge" is a new family run retreat centre near Gorey Co Wexford that seeks to assist schools in offering their students time away in a reflective and prayerful atmosphere. There are opportunities for student leadership training, combining a retreat with the Gaisce Presidential Award Hike and specifically tailored retreat experiences.  To see their brochure click here

New Website for Catholic Schools Partnership

The Catholic Schools Partnership, which is the umbrella body for Catholic Education in Ireland chaired by Fr Michael Drumm, has launched its new website. The website offers important information and news relevant to anyone concerned with the work of Catholic education especially at primary and post primary level. Visit to site to read about the results of the research undertaken on the question of Church patronage of schools:   

Position Paper from Catholic Schools Partnership

The Catholic Schools Partnership has launched a position paper as part of a process of consultation with all those interested in the provisoin of education in the Republic of Ireland. The partnership which is an umbrella group providing support for all of the partners  in Catholic schools in the Republic of Ireland, "...has reflected on many of the key issues facing all of the stakeholders in Irish schools at this time and presents this position paper to parents and students, to public representatives and civil servants, to parons and trustees, to school staffs and management, to priests and parishes and indeed to all our fellow citizens as we look to a shared future in our democratic society." To view the document click here

Continuing Professional Development

Continuing Professional Developoment is highly valued in Le Chéile Schools and we are happy to let our teachers know about suitable and relevant courses that are brought to our attention.



Tóríacht: Post Graduate Diploma in Educational Leadership

This diploma is offered jointly by the Professional Development Service for Teachers and the Education Department NUI Maynooth. The programme is supported by the Department of Education and Skills.

It aims to enhance participants' current work and to support their preparation for future leadership and management positions. It aims to develop the knowledge, understanding, attitudes and skills for successful modern school leadership. The programme is delivered through a blended model of facilitated sessions and on-line workshops in parallel with individual and group projects and presentations. 

The course is intended for qualified teachers at primary or post primary level with a minimum of four years teaching experience. Selection may apply. Applications must be completed through


A new MA in Theology from the Mater Dei Institute, Dublin:

"In the experience of crisis of Christian faith evident on so many levels, there is a need to look with fresh eyes at what has shaped the expression of Christian faith, tradition and culture. The MA in Theology offered by the Mater Dei INstitute is designed to meet such a need..."  Professor Raphael Gallagher,  For more information see

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