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CISC 28th Annual Conference – Bookings Now Closed

The next annual conference will be help on Thursday 18 and Friday 19 January at Hilton Liverpool, 3 Thomas Steers Way, Liverpool L1 8LW. The final programme can be found below, including details of our keynote speakers Professor Gerald Pillay, Vice-Chancellor and Rector of Liverpool Hope University, and Dr. John Patterson, the Principal of St. Vincent’s School for the Visually Impaired. There will also be a showing of the new Ten Ten Theatre film for use in Catholic schools as part of their RSE programmes. The conference liturgy will be led by CJM Music. For those who wish to arrive on Wednesday 17 January there will be a tour of Liverpool in the afternoon followed by tea at Liverpool Hope University.

Online bookings have now closed for this event. For further information, or to enquire about places available, please email Paula Hawkins at

The programme schedule is detailed in full below or a downloadable version of the outline programme is available here. Please note that the outline programme may be subject to further updates.

Outline Conference Programme 

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Wednesday 17 January 2018

14.00 Tour of Liverpool by bus Meet reception
16.00 Afternoon tea at Liverpool Hope University
Evening meal by arrangement in local restaurants


Thursday 18 January

Time Room
10.00 Arrivals and refreshments
10.30 Meeting for New Members and Mentors
11.00 Conference begins: General Secretary’s Welcome and Notices
Morning Prayer – Led by CJM Music
11.20 Chair’s Welcome – Antonia Beary, Headmistress of Mayfield School, East Sussex
11.30 Professor Gerald Pillay – Leaders of Hope
12.30 Buffet Lunch – Opportunity to visit exhibition stalls and network Restaurant
13.30 Meet at reception and walk to Odeon for screening of Ten Ten Theatre Company’s film
15.00 Tea back at the hotel – Opportunity to visit exhibition stalls and network
15.30 AGM (members only)
16.15-16.55 Workshop Session 1
17.05 – 17.45 Workshop Session 2
16.00-18.30 Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament – Please sign up at the CISC desk
19.15 New Heads and Guests Pre-Dinner Reception – (Please wear badges)
19.30 Pre-Dinner Drinks Reception
20.00 Conference Dinner


Friday 19 January

From 7.00 Breakfast – It is recommended to check out before 9.00 – the hotel will look after luggage
8.45 Morning Prayer – Led by CJM
9.00 Dr John Patterson: The Common Good
9.30 Student voices: our hopes for the future
9.45 Presentation to The Lord Mayor of Liverpool, Councillor Malcolm Kennedy 
10.00 Sir Ken Robinson (a filmed talk for CISC)
10.30 Coffee/tea – Opportunity to visit exhibition stands and network
11.00 Proceed to Our Lady and St. Nicholas: 5, Old Church Yard, L2 8GW, a 10-minute walk from the hotel along Strand Street, past the Liver Building for our Conference Mass at 11.15 am
Principal Celebrant: Archbishop Malcolm McMahon
Host Schools: St. Mary’s College, Crosby and St. Vincent’s School for the Visually Impaired
12.30 Buffet Lunch and Depart


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