We are a group of Catholic primary school teachers in Ireland who meet three times a year to discuss Catholic education today and to support one another in the teaching of the Catholic faith in our schools. We also create and send out a free monthly Email Bulletin to over 1900 educators in Ireland with ideas, resources and supports for teaching religion in our schools. The Association of Catholic Teachers is a voice for Catholic education in Ireland today.
We started back in 2008. At that time we met informally (each of us inviting friends we thought might be interested) every few months and discussed religion resources that we we found useful in the classroom as well as sharing about the joys and challenges of teaching religion in our schools. We met regularly after this first meeting and decided to form the Association of Catholic Teachers (ACT) as it is known today.
We organised a retreat for primary school teachers in Glencomeragh, Co. Tipperary, in April 2019.
Our logo has the letters ACT in Celtic writing, symbolising our Irish heritage. The picture shows an adult teacher pointing towards a Christian cross, the yellow colour symbolising the risen Christ. The child is also pointing towards the cross. The teacher is the guide towards Christ and the child is led and comes to know God through the teacher’s example.