Kildare Ministries Newsletter

09 September 2019
Issue Six
Editorial
Brigid Arthur csb - CSSV Life Membership Award
The Commissioning of Sally Buick as Principal of Killester College
An insight into our Ministries - Brigidine College, St. Ives
      An insight into our Ministries - Clonard College
Marian SW Student - Brigidine Day Reflection
TKM Leaders Retreat
Formation Days - Feedback
  2019 Calendar Dates
Keep updated!
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Editorial

For the Traveller- Kildare Ministries Pilgrimage to Ireland 2019

How many of us have left home to visit places of old that are very familiar in both people and memory? How many of us journey to unknown places only to encounter people unfamiliar, sights unseen and experiences to embrace?

 

In 2008 I travelled to Uganda, Africa for three weeks working in a small school and hospital with those disadvantaged by poverty, disease and conflict. This unknown place awakened my heart to many things. The greatest gift was my heart awakening to the stranger, the sick and the marginalised. The unknown was now known to me. Uganda became home for the next 6 years. Isn’t God grand!

 

As our Pilgrims prepare for Pilgrimage to Ireland (18th September to 4th October, 2019) I recall the prophetic words of John O’Donohue in his poem ‘For the Traveler’. He invites us upon new paths to encounter new strangers and new places. John urges us to bring ourselves along to experience a new heart, a new way of seeing and even a new way of being.  Like John, I pray that as Pilgrims of Kildare Ministries we open ourselves to the awakening heart within us as we walk the winding lanes and roads that rise to meet us. 

 

 

Pray for our Pilgrims

Brendan Lynch (Star of the Sea College, Brighton)

Robyn Killoran (Brigidine College, Indooroopilly)

Brigitte Garofalo (Killester College. Springvale)

Tania Anticev (Clonard College, Geelong)

Stephen Nash (Kilbreda College, Mentone)

Stephen East (Marian College, Ararat)

 

May these roads take you into a world that will energise and renew you.

Rosemary Cochrane (Brigidine Sisters NSW)

Claire Hogan (St Joseph’s College, Echuca)

Isabelle Maroun (Killester College, Springvale)

Andrea Grant (Kildare Ministries, Albert Park)

Rachel McAsey (St Joseph’s College, Echuca)

Kate Hall (Brigidine College, Indooroopilly)

 

May what meets you on these roads touch that part of the heart that lies low at home.

Kellie Bingham (St Joseph’s College, Echuca)

Dalal Smiley (Well Springs)

Jeff Burn (Kildare Education Ministries)

Libby Saunders (Brigidine Asylum Seeker’s Project)

Luci Quinn (Clonard College, Geelong)

Donna Neander (Star of the Sea College, Brighton)

 

May your insight bring you to the known and illuminate your way.

Michael Baddeley (Marian College, Sunshine West)

Kerrie Williams ( Marian College, Sunshine West)

Paul Spence (Spiritual Director)

Erica Pegorer (Kildare Ministries, Albert Park)

Patricia Buckley (Brigidine Sisters NSW)

Enrico Caprioli (Kildare College, Adelaide)

 

May your journey become a sacred thing, to bless your going forth and to free your heart of ballast.
 

As Pilgrims may we travel safely, living our time away to its fullest, returning home more awakened and transformed. Amen

 

For the Traveler

Every time you leave home,
Another road takes you
Into a world you were never in.

New strangers on other paths await.
New places that have never seen you
Will startle a little at your entry.
Old places that know you well
Will pretend nothing
Changed since your last visit.

When you travel, you find yourself
Alone in a different way,
More attentive now
To the self you bring along,
Your more subtle eye watching
You abroad; and how what meets you
Touches that part of the heart
That lies low at home:

How you unexpectedly attune
To the timbre in some voice,
Opening in conversation
You want to take in
To where your longing
Has pressed hard enough
Inward, on some unsaid dark,
To create a crystal of insight
You could not have known
You needed
To illuminate
Your way.

When you travel,
A new silence
Goes with you,
And if you listen,
You will hear
What your heart would
Love to say.

A journey can become a sacred thing:
Make sure, before you go,
To take the time
To bless your going forth,
To free your heart of ballast
So that the compass of your soul
Might direct you toward
The territories of spirit
Where you will discover
More of your hidden life,
And the urgencies
That deserve to claim you.

May you travel in an awakened way,
Gathered wisely into your inner ground;
That you may not waste the invitations
Which wait along the way to transform you.

May you travel safely, arrive refreshed,
And live your time away to its fullest;
Return home more enriched, and free
To balance the gift of days which call you.

~ John O’Donohue ~

 

 

Paul Spence

Paul is a former teacher and Principal and currently works as an independent Spiritual Director and Formator. This is Paul’s second Pilgrimage with Kildare Ministries accompanying Pilgrims as Spiritual Director.

Brigid Arthur csb - CSSV Life Membership Award

On Friday 30th August, Sr Brigid was honoured with Life Membership in recognition of her outstanding contribution to the work of Catholic Social Services in Victoria. As we know Brigid has worked tirelessly to build a more just and compassionate society, whether through her promotion of social justice education programmes and more recently with her devotion to those seeking asylum, Brigid has been the voice and face of the Church’s mission.

During the speeches, Brigid was acknowledged for her fearless approach in righting the wrongs; the depth and breadth of her intelligence so that she comfortably can speak on any topic to any person and her endless source of hope even when things look despairing. 

Sr Brigid means so much to so many people that those gathered, almost 500 strong, gave her a long and sustained applause as they stood to their feet in recognition of her focused and deliberate work for the most vulnerable in society. Brigid continues to be an inspiration to us all and it was an absolute pleasure to have been part of a ceremony that honoured her.  Congratulations Brigid.  

 

The Commissioning of Sally Buick as Principal of Killester College

On Thursday 23rd August, the community of Killester College and special guests gathered to commission Ms Sally Buick as the new Principal of Killester College. Ms Buick’s family was also present as were her parents.  In her speech, Ms Buick thanked her parents for the many opportunities they provided her and for supporting her throughout her career and also spoke to the students about her first impressions of the school.  She reflected how pleased their teachers were to come to school each day, the strength of the community and the joy she has sensed in their friendships. It was a beautifully inspiring address to the whole community.

Students helped prepare a very gracious and fitting ceremony that will be etched in the minds of all those present. The drama students kept the community riveted as they helped Ms Buick understand the unique nature of the community that is Killester College. 

We wish you many years of happiness at Killester College and hope the many years ahead will be both personally and professionally rewarding. Congratulations Ms Buick.

 



An insight into our Ministries - Brigidine College, St. Ives

Brigidine College St. Ives nominated Kate Ryder as their staff member who represents and embodies the values and vision of Kildare Ministries.

 

Kate is currently Acting Deputy Principal Faith and Wellbeing and has been at Brigidine for most of the seventeen years she has been teaching. She is from a family who has had strong connections to the College from her mother, Barbara, who was one of the original 9 enrolments in 1954. Barbara began in Year 8 and graduated in 1957, having held the position of College Captain for the final 3 years.

Kate began at Brigidine in 1993 and was College Vice-Captain in her final year in 1998. She then studied education at the Australian Catholic University, following a strong family tradition of teaching. Beginning her career at Marist College Eastwood, her first permanent appointment was at Brigidine as a PDHPE and RE teacher. She values the many opportunities she has had including her roles as Year Coordinator and Acting Deputy. Brigidine has instilled in Kate a strong sense of community, the values of courage and hospitality and she finds no greater inspiration than the College motto of Strength and Gentleness. It is the mantra by which she teaches and lives her life.

Kate has also had the opportunity to travel on the Pilgrimage to Ireland in 2007 and two pilgrimages to Kolkata, India, where she led students in working with Mother Teresa’s sisters in a hospice, leper colony and orphanage.

Kate models for our students what it is to be an authentic Catholic woman who has both the courage and grace to make a difference.

 

Jane Curran
Principal

We also asked Jane's colleagues  to answer a few questions about their leader. Here is what they had to say:

 

What words would you use to describe Jane?

Jane has been described as empathetic, courageous, visionary, pragmatic and a true educator.

 

Why is Jane so inspiring?

The one thing that all staff, students and parents agree on is Jane’s capacity to inspire. She uses stories, many from her own experiences, to connect with the community and these reflect a strong sense of social justice. One story which she shared which gives some insight into why she is who she is, was a story about her father. She would often get a lift home from him as his surgery was quite near the ferry and, one day, she saw a man staggering out of a local pub. Jane, who was about 12 at the time, made the comment about how drunk the man was. Her father very gently stated, “From where you sit, all you know is that he is having difficulty walking. You can say no more, no less”.

 

What does Jane do that demonstrates to the community that she is a ‘Brigidine’?

Jane is authentic. What she says, what she asks of others, is modelled by herself in all she does. The staff, students and parents believe she is ‘strength and gentleness’. Her decision-making is fair, she treats all with respect and often reminds staff that what underpins all is love. She often refers to John 13: Love one anotherAs I have loved you, so you must love one another. And then the English teacher in her adds Atticus Finch into the equation, reminding all that you never “know a man until you walk a mile in his shoes”. Her mantra when dealing with a difficult parent is to remind herself that it could be her sitting on the other side of the table so how would she want the Principal to treat her daughter. In 10 years, she has managed to ‘rehabilitate’ many and expel none.

 

How does Jane give expression to this year’s KM value of Hospitality?

Jane’s door is always open and staff wander in constantly. She believes that many small issues remain small or disappear if dealt with quickly and don’t fester. Staff always feel comfortable in wandering in for a chat. In the same way, parents are responded to promptly and reasonably, and are always welcome in the College. Brigidine, with Jane’s blessing, always opens its doors to others when circumstances require. A New Zealand Diocesan Girls School from Auckland are visiting soon as their planned trip to Hong Kong had to be cancelled due to high risk factors. The College welcomes girls of all faiths and cultures and is very proud of its record of educating students who have high needs. The integration of all is a manifestation of hospitality.

 

What’s a funny thing that Jane has done?

One of the funniest things which happened at the College occurred only a few weeks after her start in 2010. During the night, someone had cut the main water pipe to the College and it was only truly understood after all the 850 students had arrived to start school for the day. Jane convened a Critical Incident Meeting, decided they could not send girls home and that it was safer to keep the girls at school and somehow manage hydration and toilet facilities. She called the staff together, banned coffee and tea, set up water containers in the quadrangle, and then was notified that the toilets were a problem as students had used them but they had no water to flush. By this time, most teachers were in class so Jane and two others set about filling buckets from the water tanks (which didn’t function without mains pressure!) and then filling cisterns so toilets could be flushed. The staff were duly impressed with the ‘hands-on’ approach of the new Principal.

 

What does Jane do to relax?

Jane loves swimming, going to the theatre, watching sport, reading and writing. And when life is particularly stressful, she ‘veges out’ on Clint Eastwood and Bruce Willis movies!

 
 
 

An insight into our Ministries - Clonard College

 

This year we are asking our ministries to nominate a staff member or student who represents and embodies the values and vision of Kildare Ministries. Two ministries will feature in each newsletter. Clonard College chose students Yu-Shin Tan and Saskia Frake. They also chose their departing Stewardship Council Chair Greer Lamaro-Haintz.

 

Living out the Kildare Ministries Values

 

These young women- Yu-Shin Tan and Saskia Frake- are now in Year 11 at Clonard. They are both excellent students, they have a strong circle of friends and they get along well with their families and with their teachers. That’s normal, isn’t it? But what makes these students worth taking extra notice of is the way they go about their lives. They have chosen to try to act to make a difference in everything they do.

 

They are both active student leaders and operate out of a commitment to service- the things they do and organise are always for the benefit of others. They also both share an interest in making sure the voices of young people are heard clearly in the forums that are available. This is what leadership is about, particularly in our Brigidine tradition.

 

They are busy seeing a need and then doing something about it. Here is a snapshot of some of the activities they have led recently:

  • Helped to organise and serve regularly at the breakfast club at a nearby primary school
  • Helped organise the subject expo, science week and book week activities
  • Attended Palm Sunday rallies in 2018 & 2019
  • Helped organise and coordinate the ‘circle of solidarity’ for refugee week.
  • Organised other lunchtime activities for refugee week
  • Regularly attend refugee tutoring/homework club at Northern Bay College
  • Organise and run activities for the refugee holiday program- at Clonard, for several years
  • Organised and staffed the fair trade hot chocolate stall for the Clonard Night Market
  • Helped host the Reconciliation student seminar in May, at Clonard.
  • Helped organise and serve at Justice Meal Day
  • Have attended several Caritas Just Leadership workshops
  • Attended community cook ups
  • Helped organise and run food drives for BASP

Much of this impressive list comes from their roles as leaders of Clonard’s Justice & Democracy Group. As such they have also regularly attended the J & D student seminars. Our J & D leader says of them: “These young women are amazing. They are great workers, so generous and they help the girls see what difference J & D can make. They are such great role models and examples of what our values are all about."

 

Greer Lamaro-Haintz

Clonard is very reluctantly saying goodbye to Greer Lamaro-Haintz as she finishes her term as chair of our Stewardship Council. This is, though, the second time we had to say farewell, given that Greer was a student at Clonard between 1995 and 2000, when she graduated as one of our highest performing Year 12s. In that final year she was also school captain and involved heavily in sport, social justice and leading student activities.

Greer generously took up the offer of joining our Stewardship Council in 2011. We were looking for someone who understood education, our community, our school and, of course, the Brigidine (KM) ethos. In Greer we felt we had it all… and we were right. We did know she was fully indoctrinated into Brigidine ways: she was, as a student, driven by a desire to serve others, she was determined to see the world made a better place and she operated in accordance with the values.

As a member and then chair of the Stewardship Council she has been able to help us remain faithful to those values and to build our capacity to serve our community authentically. She has brought spirit, wisdom, that love of learning and, as a lecturer at Deakin in Health, she has been able to challenge us to ask how we are looking to develop the minds, the bodies as well as the emotional health of our students.

Greer has taken on more than a job or a role here: she has lived the responsibility but worn it lightly. We have been so blessed to have her leadership, her wisdom but we have also enjoyed her company in the school on many, many occasions: Greer has been determined to represent the Council as often as she could and consequently she has taken up many invitations to assemblies, ceremonies, special occasions and even small scale events.    

Living out the Kildare Ministries values… thank-you Greer from your grateful Clonard community.

Marian SW Student - Brigidine Day Reflection

 

On Wednesday 4 September, Marian College Sunshine West celebrated Brigidine Day with mass attended by the entire school community and representatives from the Trustees of Kildare Ministries and Kildare Education Ministries.  During mass, Year 12 student Valerie Luey shared a reflection on Hospitality in response to the readings from Genesis (18:1-4) and the Gospel of Luke (10:38-42).  The reflection was of such high calibre and so thought-provoking it had to be shared more widely.  Congratulations to Marian College and Valerie for engaging with the 2019 value of Hospitality: 'Welcoming All' with such depth and courage.

 

Reflection on the Readings

Most of us know the prayer “Grace before Meals”, however, an alternative to that was used a long time ago reads,

Come Lord Jesus, be our guest and let this food to us be blessed”

How about that!

The prayer actually asks Jesus to come and be our guest.

What would it mean to prepare a place at our table, in our home, in our lives, into which Jesus would come?

What would it mean to receive Him with hospitality?

Receiving God as a guest is the primary point of our readings today.

In the first reading we hear of the effort Abraham goes to to welcome God. He “runs’ to meet the visitors, he “hurries” to the tent to tell his wife Sarah to make bread, “runs” to the herd and his servant “hurries” to prepare the meat. There certainly is much “busyness” in the reading.

We now turn to Luke where hospitality is a very important theme throughout the Gospel.

When Jesus comes to Bethany, Martha demonstrates hospitality by welcoming Jesus into her home that she shares with her sister Mary. She too like Abraham busies herself with the tasks of serving their guest.

Meanwhile her sister Mary sits at Jesus’s feet, listening to his words. Rather than assuming the role expected of women in her culture, she takes her place at the feet of Jesus. She assumes the posture of a student learning at the feet of a rabbi, a role traditionally reserved for men.

The pleasant story takes a sharp turn when Martha, distracted by her many tasks snaps  and asks,

 “Lord, do you not care that my sister has left me to do all the work by myself? Tell her then to help me.

Many who read or hear this story may cheer for Mary in her inversion of traditional roles. Many may also empathize with Martha’s resentment of her sister for leaving her to do all the work. Jesus’ response to Martha seems less than empathetic, chiding her for her distraction and worry, and praising Mary:

Martha, Martha, you are worried and distracted by many things; there is need of only one thing. Mary has chosen the better part, which will not be taken away from her

The problem with Martha is not that she is busy serving and providing hospitality. Certainly Jesus commends this kind of service to the neighbour many times, notably in the parable of the Good Samaritan. The problem with Martha is not her serving, but rather that she is worried and distracted.

 

Martha’s distraction and worry leave no room for the most important aspect of hospitality, that being, gracious attention to the guest. In fact, she breaks all the rules of hospitality by trying to embarrass her sister in front of her guest, and by asking her guest to intervene in a family dispute. She even goes so far as to accuse Jesus of not caring about her.  (Lord, do you not care…?).

 

Martha’s worry and distraction prevent her from being truly present with Jesus. She has missed out on the “one thing needed” for true hospitality. There is no greater hospitality than listening to your guest.

There are a number of parallels in our two readings:

  • Abraham and Martha show their love for the Lord by taking an active role by doing.  Mary shows her love by sitting at his feet and listening to him.
  • Abraham and Martha see and respond, Mary hears and responds.

Perhaps the key to understanding this dichotomy  is to emphasize, not the active or passive role of the one who loves, but his or her responsiveness to the needs of the other.  Jesus, on the other hand, needs Mary and Martha to keep him company and to listen. The best love is that which tailors its response to the needs of the other.

 

The better  part that Mary has chosen is sitting at Jesus' feet and listening. There will be time enough for action later. First, the disciple must learn from the Master. Otherwise, the disciple's busyness may create more problems than it solves. This has implications  for us today. We, too, are busy about many things. We, too, are troubled with many worries and distractions.   We, too, need to choose the better part – to sit – to listen – to love – to recreate - and only then to respond actively.

 

There is a time to go and do; there is a time to listen and reflect - knowing which  is  a matter  of spiritual  discernment.  I f we were to ask Jesus which example applies to us, Abraham and Martha or Mary, his answer would probably be Yesto both.

It is true that much of our busyness and distraction stems from the noblest of intentions. We want to be there for our friends, spend time with our families, and do things that we believe will enrich our lives and I suppose for our parents, …..and yes ourselves…… do the best we need to do at school.

We must also acknowledge where would the church, or Marian College be without its “Marthas,” those faithful folk who perform the tasks of hospitality and service so vital to making the church and Marian College a welcoming and well-functioning community?

 

And so in 2019 as we celebrate and live our theme of “Hospitality – Welcoming all” what can we take away from our readings today when we ask:

 

What is  Hospitality?  Its not always domestic  performance  – its  listening  to and

meeting the needs of our guest. In our case the needs of those in our community especially our family and our school friends.

 

And finally I believe the gospel speaks to our own society and nation where all too often policies of work, industrial relations, maximum production and the economy are given a higher value and dignity than human beings and human relationships.  A good  example of that is  to compare our international  free trade  agreements  with  our  refugee  policy.  Its okay to allow money and material goods freedom of movement across our national borders but not freedom of movement to human beings. There is border protection from people but not from money and goods.

Remember the words of a previous Prime Minister “We will decide who comes to this country and the circumstances in which they come.

 

I personally think we would be a healthier and more virtuous society if we spent more effort  reflecting on the morality and ethics of some of the wealth and goods that we allow so freely across our borders. The gospel seems to talk to those who have placed work and wealth before human relationships – and to those who have placed things before people.

 

Valerie Luey

Year 12 Student

Marian College, Sunshine West

 

 

 

 

TKM Leaders Retreat

A Balance - Wholeness in Connection to the Community - Kildare Ministries

On retreat, Michael Trainor lead us on a journey through the depth and detail of Mark’s gospel over a number of workshops. The words were opened up, sometimes one by one, in a profound way, to the point where I think we found ourselves members of the Marcan community for a while, caught up in the uncertainty and anguish of the time these words came to be. 

 

Michael lead our crew from the front answering our questions with constant reference to the ancient greek text in front of him. It sounds all very highbrow, but Michael’s humour and joy drew warmth, wonder and laughter out of our little community; he drew out the best of us as tiny humans basking in the presence of God with no distraction.

 

While we learned, it occurred to me that Mark’s story is refracted in the light of his household and ours - a household, or culture if you like, suffering persecution and extremely taxing, painful uncertainty, not without disillusionment - and yet, a household that continued to meet despite the difficulties, like ours.

 

In discussion, I heard the same question beginning with ‘How can we…?’ repeated often. To me this was a sign of a community stretching to find the pattern that would lead Kildare forward, the road-map - just like Mark’s community.

 

This lead me into a reflection on the Principles of Living Justice - the poster is hanging in my office and I have been staring at it for some time - putting the words and circular pattern away somewhere in my mind, to be pulled back out and explained at some later date.

 

When we study Jesus at the centre of Mark’s gospel, we see a Jesus who is speaking to a new culture, like ours- and this is perhaps what we need; to listen to these words, catch that refracted light and put them at the red heart centre of our Principles of Living Justice.

 

In the Centre Circle of our Principles, is the gospel. These are the words that reveal over and over and in increasing complexity and relevance for our time, the eternal identity of Jesus. When we hear these words in our context, in our time - it brings and restores the balance between us and our community. He brings himself as a counterweight to all that worries us.

 

In this way, we can radiate this balance in our work as Courageous Leaders. As the hands, eyes and feet of Jesus, as part of his universal humanity; we heal with words and touch.

 

When we approach our Learning for Justice, we could perhaps embrace Jesus’ response to the leper in Mark’s gospel. Jesus does more than touch him or feel pity for him. The Greek words tell us that Jesus was viscerally moved when he met the leper; his physical self responded to the depth of his feeling. And as he reaches out his hand, he enters into that condition of suffering with the man. And this is how we are to teach and learn justice; by dissolving our physical human selves and entering emotionally and spiritually into the condition of the poor, the weak and the sick - anything less is theory and easily forgotten.

 

And in the final circle, as the Voice of Jesus, we are a community of witness. From Mark’s gospel we pull out all the imperative verbs of God - ‘Repent, believe, follow, fish, be, and go! And we put our bodies and minds into action that will collectively boom out that Almighty voice in our communities.

 

We need to be encouraged that God’s voice in Mark’s Gospel is ever in the present. We may as well have been standing by the Jordan while we enjoyed each other’s company in Brisbane and we pretty much heard the words: ‘You are my Son, the beloved, with you I am well pleased.’

 

We moved on from retreat a little groggily, like the characters in the gospel who must have stood there dumbfounded on the side of the river Jordan. All of us were reluctant to leave the wonder of the peace, but armed with a little new understanding we were wholly compelled to go forward in our missions regardless of how little we truly understand and how totally human we are, in faith.

 

Many thanks to Andrea, Michael and the team that put it together - it really was wonderful to spend time with those amazing people, in that place and for our mission.

 

Renee Oberin

Acting College Leader- Catholic Identity

St. Joseph's College, Echuca

 

 

Formation Days - Feedback

New Staff Induction 

On Tuesday 3 September, staff from across Kildare Ministries schools returned for Day 2 of the New Staff Induction Program.  It was a great opportunity to re-connect after first meeting in Term 1 and to discuss the learnings that have taken place across 2019.

Staff were asked to share their learnings from the day:

  • The biggest learning was a sense of deeper appreciation of my work and finding a sense of purpose in the things I do and struggle with.
  • Deeper understanding of mission. I appreciated the warmth from colleagues and presenters.
  • It gave me a better understanding of the overarching direction and vision for my school and the role I play in making that vision come to life.
  • The background of the ministries and how down to earth and practical the sessions were
  • Loved the deep and valuable discussion
  • Great way to learn about the values and mission of the college
  • I really valued the revision of previous material appropriately complemented by the further inclusion of the principles of living justice. The collaborative nature of the PD was wonderful.
  • Collegiality with other schools.  The notion of being an ‘Enabler of Justice’ resonated. It will stay with me.  I really valued having time to think about my work.
  • We all can do something and educate our students on what they can achieve. I gained a better understanding of what the school is trying to achieve.
  • The call to be an ‘Enabler of Justice’ made me feel like I need to do more and not lose my voice to apathy.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

New Leaders Seminar Day 

On Friday 30 August New Leaders from across Kildare Ministries’ schools gathered to reconnect and share their growth in leadership across 2019.  We were so grateful to welcome Donna Rampova and Jenny-May Wilson from Marian College Sunshine West to share the wisdom forged from years of leadership experience.  Once again we were reminded of how blessed we are with the staff working in Kildare Ministries’ schools.

 

Staff who attended the day shared these insights into the New Leaders’ Program:

  • The opportunity to network and connect with colleagues from other KM schools, to hear challenges and strategies, to share stories, to engage with the Living Justice documents.
  • To consider how to ensure that all staff are enablers of justice and how to incorporate 'justice' more fully into the English department
  • The guest presenters were excellent - I really appreciated their presentation.
  • Being able to hear about the positive aspects was great. Having lots of time to discuss with others on our table was very interesting.
  • Acknowledging the importance of staff wellbeing; feeling you are not alone in the leadership journey
  • The conversations with other staff and the strategies and policies they use at their schools
  • Accountability with compassion
  • I loved the presentation by Donna and Jenny May. All aspects were relatable, affirming and enjoyable. They had a great balance of time to listen and time to speak. The session on the Living Justice Charter also made this more real and great to look at practicalities
  • I particularly liked the strategies around having the difficult conversation.
  • Having the opportunity to network with staff from other schools
  • The biggest learning was the sharing of experiences and ideas.
  • The presenters from Marion College had obviously spent a long time preparing to ensure their material was relevant, useful and engaging. I found the session on the Living Justice Charter particularly helpful. I have the poster in my Homeroom but had not really spent any time considering all the aspects of the Charter and relating it to my role as leader and teacher
  • Warm, friendly, practical and reassuring.
  • The best part was meeting colleagues from other Kildare schools,
  • As a leader it was affirming and I would recommend it for any leader in Kildare Ministries.
  • Brings connectedness, helped in areas of challenge of being a leader, presenters were engaging, knowledgeable and personable and vulnerable, much appreciated
  • Taking on leadership for the first time this year leaves me with so many questions and today gave me the opportunity to answer many of those questions with the fantastic leaders I worked with.
  • Really useful in allowing time and space to reflect and grow leadership capacity
  • It was a reboot
  • You are reminded that you are part of a bigger community and you have the support of lots of other like-minded people
  • The presentation was fantastic
  • Learning from each other is the best tool often
  • Really wonderful to connect and feel part of something bigger  

 

 


2019 Calendar Dates

 

KM Principals and Leaders Meeting

22nd November

 

KEM Business Managers

Friday 18th October

 

Justice Coordinators

8th November

 

Faith Leaders

8th November

 

 

 

Student Seminar 

30th October

 

Kildare Ministries Pilgrimage

18th September - 3rd October

 

Student Leadership Retreat

4th-6th December

 

 

 

For a full program of the Formation Events for 2019, please click here.

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