U19 A basketball final
Captained by Lisa Blaney our u19 basketball team played in the western region A final on Thursday. Unfortunately we were defeated by a very strong St Endas side. Both teams qualify for All Ireland playoffs which will be held Saturday Jan 19th. Best of luck to all involved.
St. Vincent de Paul - Christmas Food Hamper Collection
As Christmas approaches, we are hoping to fill hampers for the St. Vincent de Paul Society. These will be distributed by the St Vincent de Paul in Galway. Items can be dropped into the boxes in the front hall until Monday, December 15th (collection date). We are looking to gather a variety of supplies, please see list below. Your support and generosity will be greatly appreciated. Leaving certs - Toiletries (Shower gel, soap, toothpaste etc.) 5th year- Breakfast cereals, pasta, rice Transition year - Minerals, tea, coffee, hot chocolate and sugar Junior Certs Tins of fruit and vegetables. Tins or packets of soup, Jam 2nd Years - Cakes, buns, biscuits and crackers 1st Years - Sweets, chocolates, crisps and bars
Carol Singing in aid of the Simon Community
Well done to all TY students who sang like songbirds on shop street in aid of Simon.
Huge congratulations to Loretta Ojo who came first in the country in the Intermediate Category of Poetry Aloud 2018 in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin on Friday 7th December. Congratulations also to Caoimhe Killeen who was placed in the final top ten of the Senior Category. A wonderful achievement for Salerno.
Hairspray - TY Musical
Congratulations to TY who have put on an excellent show yesterday with their final performance tonight. As they say in the show business 'break a leg tonight'.
Pope John II Awards November 2018
Obafemi Awoniran Leaving Certificate student in Jesus and Mary Secondary School, Salerno, who received the Papal Cross Award at a ceremony in St Mary’s College on Thursday 22nd November. Obafemi is the first student in Salerno to receive this honour. The Papal Cross Award is the highest accolade that a student can achieve when completing the Pope John Paul II Awards. Well Done Femi. A group of senior Salerno students who all received their Gold Medals from Bishop Brendan Kelly for completing the Pope John Paul II Award. The ceremony was held in St. Mary’s College on the 22nd of November. Congratulations Girls.
Maths Problem of Week Winners
Here are some of our problem solvers in Salerno from the last few weeks: Mei-Ling Staunton, Siona Hogan & Hannah O'Dwyer
TY Musical Rehearsals
The TY musical rehearsals are in full flow and the excitement is building for the production of 'Hairspray' the musical. Tickets will be on sale in the school at lunchtime from tomorrow (Thursday) onwards.
Science Week 2018
To celebrate science week, the science department invited Sue McGrath from Science2Life to visit the school on Monday 19th November. Sue put on a great show for all 1st, 2nd and 3rd year students, focusing on the discoveries of Irish engineers and scientists. With the help of some student volunteers, Sue made ice cream without a freezer, showed us what happens inside the stomach, made a cloud in a bottle, caused an explosion and much more.
Thursday 15th November 2018 U16A Hockey (Tighe/Griffin cup) Salerno 6 - 1 Taylors Hill Our U16A squad scored 6 goals to make it 5 wins from 5 in the U16A league in a wet Dangan last Thursday, They now face Bower on Wednesday 21st November in their last game in the league. Senior A Hockey (Costello/Thornton) League Salerno 9 - 0 Taylors Hill Our Senior A squad made it three league wins in a row with a comprehensive victory over Taylors Hill in a wet Dangan last Thursday.
Shoebox Appeal 2018
We would like to thank everybody who supported the annual Christmas shoebox appeal. The generosity shown reflects the wonderful spirit of Salerno. Congratulations to all. Bail ó Dhia oraibh go léir.
BIZQUIZ 2018 1st, 2nd and 3rd year business students took part in BIZQUIZ 2018. The quiz was run with NUIG and the Business Studies Teachers Association, Galway (BSTAI). 2nd years - Sophie Keville, Hannah Carr, Caoimhe Hogan Holly Byrne (The Biz Kidz) won the first round in the table quiz. Sarah Casserly and Hannah King won spot prizes.
Hockey Results - October
Monday 22nd October 2018 U16A Hockey (Tighe/Griffin cup) Salerno 7 - 0 Calasanctius Our U16A squad made it five wins from five in the league this year with a comprehensive victory over Calasanctius in Dangan. Senior A2 (Halliday Cup) League Salerno 1 - 3 Calasanctius Our Senior A2 squad played their fourth game of the season in Dangan V Calasanctius, they put in a brave display on the day against a strong side.
June Smith Hockey Cup
Friday 26th October 2018 June Smith U15 All Ireland Schoolgirls Hockey Championship 2018 Our U15A squad from last year travelled down to Kilkenny to compete in the Inaugural June Smith U15 All Ireland. This tournament is extra special as it is named in honour of our Salerno colleague June Smith, who travelled down with us for the touament. June taught as a PE teacher and hockey coach in Salerno from 1976 up until her retirement in 2011. She established hockey in the school and it's current success is in no small part down to June's work. June has been involved in hockey for over 60 years at schools level as a coach and administrator, at interprovinical level as a coach and an administrator right up to International level with Ireland as an international umpire, a former President of Hockey Ireland and has been conferred with Honorary Life Membership of Hockey Ireland. June is still very much involved in her current role as Chairperson of the Connacht School branch. The Tournament was a one day event that comprised of 6 teams. We played in a group with the Ulster champions Rainey Endowed and the co-hosts Kilkenny College. The 2nd group comprised of South East champions and co-hosts Loreto Kilkenny, Munster champions Mount Mercy Cork and Leinster champions Loreto Foxrock. In our first group game we played Kilkenny College and took an early lead with a goal through Ailbhe Folan, Kilkenny College equalised before half time and despite us dominating the game, the game ended 1-1 In our second group game we played Rainey Endowed, we took an early lead through a Sorcha McGinley goal but Rainey scored two goals to lead 2-1 at half time. We equalised through an Ailbhe Folan goal in the second half and Rainey scored the winner in time added on for a short corner to win the game 3-2 and qualify for the final. Our 2nd place finish in the group meant we qualified for the 3rd/4th place play off. In the 3rd/4th Place Play off we played Loreto Foxrock the Leinster champions who had finished 2nd in their group. Foxrock led 1-0 at half time but goals from Anna Costello and Ailbhe Folan in the second half secured the victory for Salerno and in the process the Bronze medal position. Rainey who had beaten us at the death in the group game won the final to become All Ireland champions. Squad: Kate Henry (Capt), Ella Harte (GK), Grace Kavanagh (GK), Emma Dillon, Sinead Burke, Emily Butler, Eabha Mannion, Ailish McDonnell, Anna Costello, Ciara Dunne, Leah Ruane, Anna Browne, Amy Keenan, Aisling Saalman, Aisling Walsh, Sorcha McGinley, Ailbhe Folan, Lauen Sharkey, Siofra McCormack.
Student Council 2018
The student body has spoken and we have our 2018/19 Salerno Student Council. This year, 2nd years ran the election as part of a CSPE project on Democracy. Thank you to all the CSPE teachers for all their hard work. 6th Year - Hannah Arosomade (Head Girl), Orla O’Connor and Ashley Reade 5th Year - Ebun Lofinmakin and Ella Moloney TY - Susan Morton and Eimear Quinn 3rd Year - Sarah Bradley and Clíodhna McDonald 2nd Year - Isabelle Howard and Caoimhe Hogan 1st Year - Bronagh O’Flaherty and Sofia Farran Well done to all the candidates who put themselves forward for the Council.
TY French Cafe
The TY French Cafe was held before the midterm. The cafe was a great success with crepes flying out the door. Also the photobooth and games were great fun. Congratulations to all the French TY students for their hard work. C'était fantastique!
Reminder for Drug & Alcohol Issues Talks
Parents Association hosting talk on Drug and Alcohol issues for young people. Monday 5th November 7.30 in Salerno.
Poetry Aloud - Regional Competition
Congratulations to Caoimhe Killeen (Leaving Cert), Lauren McKenna, Lien Meehan, Susan Morton and Loretta Ojo (Transition Year) who represented Salerno at the Regional Competition of Poetry Aloud 2018 on Friday 19th September. The girls gave a wonderful performance and greatly impressed judges. Caoimhe Killeen and Loretta Ojo were winners on the day and were selected to go forward to represent Galway in the semi-finals. This takes place in the National Library of Ireland, Dublin in November. Best of luck girls, you will do us proud.
UN Climate Global Youth Video Competition
Anna Golden, a past pupil of Salerno, who is just home from her year in France and will now be studying Financial Maths and Economics in NUIG this year. While she was away in France she made an animation to explain 'Zero Waste', which is a combination of lifestyle habits that can drastically reduce our plastic and other waste. Her animation has just been shortlisted for a UN Climate Change Global Youth Video competition. Anna's video was one of 20 videos from all over the world (and the only video from Ireland) shortlisted out of 300 entries. The UN competition aims to highlight, through videos, climate action being taken by youth. The second stage of the competition is the public voting. The video with the most views by the 28th of October will win - one view = one vote. Please view her video by using the link: https://youtu.be/p_Zmrh0iBxo
Connacht Schools Championship - Swimming
The Salerno swim Team were in action on Sunday October 21st in Tuam and came away with 36 medals between them. Those who participated on the day were: Disa Coffey, Sophie Lally, Olivia Currie, Niamh Kennedy, Gillian Murphy, Eimear O’Leary, Reka Febian, Erin Imbush, Ailbhe Owens, Kate Waters, Alison Gibbs, Ailbhe Kennedy, Aoife Bates, Ailbhe Mulhall, Emma Murphy, Lauren Sharkey, Grace Joyce, Aoife Davitt and Oonagh Owens. The results are as follows: Individual Events: • Gillian Murphy – 2nd (U14) 100m Breaststroke, 3rd 200mIM, • Alison Gibbs – 1st (15-16) 100m Breast Stroke, 1st 200IM, • Aoife Bates – 3rd (15-16) 100m Breast Stroke, 1st 100Fly, • Grace Joyce; 1st (17 and over) 100m Breast Stroke • Ailbhe Mulhall – 3rd (open event) 400m Freestyle, 3rd 200IM, 2nd 100m Fly • Katie Waters – 1st (U14) 200m IM • Niamh Kennedy – 2nd (U14) 200m IM Relays Under 14 200Free • “A” Team 2nd (Katie Waters, Niamh Kennedy, Gillian Murphy & Disa Coffeey) • “B” Team 3rd (Sophie Lally, Olivia Currie, Erin Imbush & Eimear O’Leary) Under 14s 200IM • “A” Team 2nd (Katie Waters, Niamh Kennedy, Gillian Murphy & Disa Coffeey) • “B” Team 3rd (Sophie Lally, Olivia Currie, Erin Imbush & Eimear O’Leary) 15-16 Girls Relay 200 Free • “A” Team 1st (Lauren Sharkey, Ailbhe Mulhall, Aoife Bates & Alison Gibbs) • “B” Team 4th (Oonagh Owens, Ailbhe Kennedy, Aoife Davitt & Emma Murphy) 15-16 Girls Relay 200IM • “A” Team 1st (Lauren Sharkey, Ailbhe Mulhall, Aoife Bates & Alison Gibbs)
Business Award in NUIG
Last Wednesday, students who achieved an A in the Higher Level Business Studies Paper received awards from NUI Galway and The Business Studies Teacher Association (BSTAI). Salerno had a big representation on the night with 13 students receiving their awards. Their teachers (Mr Fogarty, Ms Tighe, Ms Lyons and Ms Young) and the Business Department here in Salerno are extremely proud of all their students achievements.
Junior Cycle Reform for 1st, 2nd & 3rd Year students
An email has been sent out to all parents this morning by email regarding the Junior Cycle reform. Please ensure that you carefully read this letter. Thank you. https://c4a8beab431d53bf4a4b-355874e6fb3839f611697a8f3f48c1ad.ssl.cf3.rackcdn.com/pdf/1469_20181017083813.pdf
Hockey Results - Update
U16A Hockey Results Our U16A squad have got their season up and running with three wins in their opening three games in the league (Tighe Cup). On Tuesday 2nd October they defeated Ursuline Sligo in Sligo 7-1. On Tuesday 9th October they defeated Sligo Grammar School in Sligo 5 - 0 and last Monday 15th October they defeated the Jes 2-0 in Dangan. Senior A hockey results Senior A squad have played two league matches (Costello League) over the last two weeks. On Thursday 11th October they defeated Taylor's 4-0 in their home pitch and on Monday 15th October they defeated the Jes 2-1 in Dangan. On Friday 5th & Saturday 6th October we competed in the Leahy Cup a tournament hosted and run by Crescent Comprehensive in Limerick playing 4 matches over the two days, beating Kilkenny College and Mount Anville and losing to Crescent and Loreto Foxrock. Our Senior A2 squad are competing in a new league this year, the Halliday Cup and have played three matches to date. They beat the Jes 6-1 on Tuesday 25th September in Dangan, lost 8-0 to Ursuline Sligo in Sligo on Tuesday 2nd October and drew with Sligo Grammar School 0-0 on Tuesday 9th October.
A New Year Blessing - by John O'Donohoe
On the day when The weight deadens On your shoulders And you stumble, May the clay dance To balance you. And when your eyes Freeze behind The grey window And the ghost of loss Gets into you, May a flock of colours, Indigo, red, green And azure blue, Come to awaken in you A meadow of delight. When the canvas frays In the currach of thought And a stain of ocean Blackens beneath you, May there come across the waters A path of yellow moonlight To bring you safely home. May the nourishment of the earth be yours, May the clarity of light be yours, May the fluency of the ocean be yours, May the protection of the ancestors be yours. And so may a slow Wind work these words Of love around you, An invisible cloak To mind your life.