Association of Patrons and
Trustees of Catholic Schools
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In November we remember all our loved ones who have died. Resources for schools are available on the CEP website and this link: https://catholiceducation.ie/wp-content/uploads/2022/10/CSW-2023_In-November-We-Remember-PowerPoint_English.pptx
Who We are
The Association of Patrons and Trustees of Catholic Schools (APTCS) is established for the advancement of education in accordance with the Catholic Ethos, through promoting best operational practice in the exercise of Trusteeship and Patronage of schools.
Under the Education Act (1998) the Patron determines the characteristic spirit of the school. APTCS provides support to Patrons and Trustees in schools concerning governance and compliance, policies, property, Trustees’ obligations, Patrons’ duties, ethos and financial matters. Among the Patrons’ responsibilities is the appointment of the Board of Management.
As Patrons and Trustees we are diverse in terms of individual histories and founding intentions but we are united in the belief that the education of the whole person must include deep questions about the purpose and meaning of life and that the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus guide the answers we offer.
We support freedom of educational choice where the state provides funding for education while parents can choose those faith schools that reflect their wishes and hopes for their children.
– 8th November and 13th December APTCS Trusts Coordination Committee (9.30am – 11.00am on Zoom)
– 15th November APTCS Associates – Congregational Schools (11.30 – 12.30 on Zoom)
– 16th November APTCS Associates – Lay Schools (2.00pm – 3.00pm on Zoom)
– 16th November APTCS Associates- Diocesan Schools (4.00pm – 5.00pm on Zoom)
– 26th January 2023 APTCS Board of Management seminar (Leading the Catholic Schools) (7.00pm – 8.00pm on Zoom)
– 8th February 2023 APTCS seminar for newly appointed Principals and Deputy Principals (9.30am – 10.30am)
POPE FRANCIS MEETS EDMUND RICE EDUCATORS TO DISCUSS HOW SCHOOLS CAN HELP CREATE A MORE JUST, SUSTAINABLE AND PEACEFUL WORLD
The photograph shows, from left: Dr. Wayne Tinsey (Global Ambassador), Jóse María del Corral (Scholas), Dr. Cristiana Ritchie-Bonomo (USA), Gerry Bennett (Ireland), Pope Francis, Albert Gomez (Africa), Brian Garrone (Australia), Alberto Olivero (Argentina).
Gerry Bennett, the Chief Executive of the Edmund Rice Schools Trust in Ireland and Chairperson of the Edmund Rice Beyond Borders international leadership group, met last week with Pope Francis in his private apartment in Rome to discuss how school communities in Ireland and around the world can help to create a world that is more just, sustainable and peaceful.
Pope Francis established Scholas Occurentes, a network of 400 educational communities reaching one million young people. Its mission is to create a culture of encounter, bring young people together and encourage student leadership. As part of its work it strives to achieve the UN Strategic Development Goals through education in art, sports and technology and to develop alliances with partners.
Gerry Bennett shared with Pope Francis the wonderful work that the Edmund Rice Schools Trust, the teachers, students and school leaders are doing in Ireland to make the world a more just, sustainable and peaceful place seeking to ensure a dignified life for every person. The Pope, in turn, invited the Edmund Rice schools to continue to commit to building a world that cares for each other and the planet.