Following the final new staff induction day for the 2015-16 academic year the Edmund Rice Network team received a suggestion that for the 2016-17 academic year an induction day should be tried for the September new intake of staff to our Northwest schools.
Following the final new staff induction day for the 2015-16 academic year the Edmund Rice Network team received a suggestion that for the 2016-17 academic year an induction day should be tried for the September new intake of staff to our Northwest schools. The invitation to the day at Woodeaves received an encouragingly large number of applicants [28 in total] from eight schools, both primary and secondary staff.
The day was arranged primarily to give a warm and hospitable welcome to the staff joining our schools for the first time as well as introducing them to the Edmund Rice ethos which involved the founding story of Blessed Edmund Rice and the evolution of the Eight Essentials of an Edmund Rice Education over the last 20 years.
We took lunch in St. Ambrose College and were pleased to welcome some of their sixth form students who had taken on the role of Edmund Rice International Youth Ambassadors. The afternoon session included two inspiring presentations from present day Christian Brothers telling us something of how they came to the Congregation and their lives as teachers in schools in Ireland.
Finally, the day finished with members of the ERN team explaining how we linked into the schools with a series of opportunities for staff and students to become involved in the wider Edmund Rice Network.
It was a privilege and pleasure to spend the day with the next generation of teachers and support staff in our schools and we wish them well in their new careers.
O God, we thank you for the life of Edmund Rice.
He opened his heart to Christ present in those oppressed by poverty and injustice.
May we follow his example of faith and generosity.
Grant us the courage and compassion of Edmund as we seek to live lives of love and service.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.