Flowerhill Equestrian Centre
Last Saturday the Salerno Equestrian Team enjoy a fun & exciting day on the country course in Flowerhill Equestrian Centre.
Poetry Aloud 2017 Final
Huge congratulations to Alanna Cameron who has made it through to the FINAL in the Senior Category of Poetry Aloud Competition 2017. A big congratulations also to Maria Pavlushkina and Vicki Strickland who represented us so well yesterday in the Junior Category Semi- finals. Alanna will compete in the Final on December 1st in Dublin. The very best of luck Alanna, we are behind you all the way!
Connacht U16A Cup Semi Final (Griffin Cup)
Thursday 16th November 2017 Connacht U16A Cup Semi Final (Griffin Cup) Salerno 1 - 0 Jes Our U16A squad advance to the final of the Griffin cup after a Sinead Burke goal 3 mins from time decided the outcome of the semi final v Jes in Dangan. It was a tight and tense affair which could have gone either way but Salerno prevailed in the end and now advance to face either Bower or Athlone CC in the final to be played next week. Squad: Sarah McGath, Emma Dillon, Ella Miller, Kate Henry. Sorcha McGinley, Emily Butler, Anna Costello, Leah Ruane, Zara Greenan, Orlaifth O'Loughlin, Ella Kitt, Katie Grealis (capt), Amy Keenan, Sinead Burke, Eabha Mannion, Lily O'Hara.
The Irish European Union Science Olympiad (IrEUSO)
Last Saturday, Eloise Donohoe in TY took part in the competition in DCU as one of the finalists selected to participate from Salerno. Only 22 students were selected in County Galway, with a total of 356 finalists in Ireland. http://castel.ie/olympiads/ireuso/ She received a certificate at the end of the Ceremony. Well done Eloise on a fantastic achievement.
Congrats to Ms Tighe and Ms Young's Business Classes who participated in BIZQUIZ 2017, in NUI Galway on Monday Night. BIZQUIZ was run by the Business Studies Teacher Association of Ireland, Galway Branch and NUIG. Salerno took home a number of prizes on the night: Ms Tighe's class - Down to Business, won the jar of sweets for guessing how many sweets were in it. Guess the Song went to Ms Young's Business Class, The Sal Gals, winning Cocoa Brown Products. Ms Young's Business Class - The Groupies, won a round and received goody-bags from Tiger The big winner on the night was Katie Brown who won a 50 euro One For All Voucher which was sponsored by AIB and presented by AIB Lynch's Castle Manager Carmel O' Donnell.
Maths Problem of the Week Winners
Well done to all our Maths Problem of the Week Winners - Mei Ling Staunton, Ailbhe Murphy & Aoife Conneely
Let's Get Physical Boot Camp Sunday 12th November
Many thanks to everyone who came along to our first "Let's get Physical" event in the Sportsdome last Sunday organised by Salerno Parents' Council. It was great fun and we raised €530 which was brilliant. Thanks to Enda and Pete for the use of the Sportsdome, Galway Water for providing the water, Curleys Quality Foods for the bananas and Faith Fahy Financial Consultant for the Crew t-shirts. Lots of spot prizes were received from Salerno Parents and local businesses and thanks to them, Philippe Renaut, Le Petit Pois, Yeliz Tolga (Zumba with Weights), John O'Dea, Spirit One Spa, Foundation Fitness, Levels Strength and Fitness, Pure Skill, Pat Divilly and Ardilaun Leisure Club. Our trainers were full of energy and made the morning most enjoyable. Thanks to Padraic Mc Donagh (Sharper Fitness), Enda Gaffney (Sportsdome), Finuala Cooke (Fitness), Dave King (Galway Kyokushin Karate) and Dermot Ryan (7am Yoga at the Sportsdome). It was fabulous to see everyone training together and enjoying trying the different workouts. We will definitely do this again!
Are you interested in playing instruments?
Any students interested in playing instruments with other students Tuesdays 1.30-2pm lunchtime room 9 please come along. New members welcome. We will be practicing tunes for the school Christmas Carol service. Ms. Tierney
Reminder: 'Lets get Physical' Sunday 12th November
Tickets can still be purchased through the Eventbrite website - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/lets-get-physical-fun-bootcamp-tickets-39095428479?aff=es2 Ticket prices: Students €5, Adults €10, We hope to see you there!
Tickets for "Let's Get Physical" Bootcamp next Sunday 12th Nov
Tickets are now available to buy during lunchtime (1.10pm-2.00pm) in the main hall in Salerno School or through the Eventbrite website - https://www.eventbrite.ie/e/lets-get-physical-fun-bootcamp-tickets-39095428479?aff=es2 Ticket prices: Students €5, Adults €10,
Student Council 2018
The student body has spoken and we have our Student Council for 2017/18 1st year - Aoife O’Dea and Ailbhe Faherty 2nd year - Síofra Mc Cormack and Katie Brown 3rd year - Ellie Duffy and Divine Agbor Transition Year - Ailbhe Murphy and Molly Hynes 5th year Clodagh Gaffney and Ruth McNulty 6th year Ailbhe Feeney and Lise Wall Sinead Walsh is automatically chairperson due to her role as Head Girl. Also a missive well done to the 3rd years who organised this years elections as part of their CSPE Action Project. Your hard work really paid off! Congratulations to all! Looking forward to working with you. Ms Cummins and Ms Young
Christmas Shoebox Appeal
Salerno are delighted to be part of the Christmas Shoebox appeal once again. These shoeboxes will bring lots of joy to children in Africa and Eastern Europe this Christmas. To find out more information on the christmas shoebox appeal, you can log onto the link below https://www.teamhope.ie/christmas-shoebox-appeal/
Wednesday 25th October -U16A Connacht Hockey League (Tighe/Griffin cups)
Wednesday 25th October -U16A Connacht Hockey League (Tighe/Griffin cups) Salerno 4 - 1 Jes U16A squad made it 8 wins from 8 in the league this year with a win over the Jes in Dangan. Goals from Orlaith McLoughlin (x3) and Amy Keenan ensured the win and in the process captured the Tighe Cup which is presented to the team who win the league. The squad now progress to the Cup semi finals where the top 4 in the league play off for the Griffin Cup. Squad: Sarah McGath, Katie Grealis (capt), Sophie McNicholl (v capt), Emma Dillon, Kate Henry, Sorcha McGinley, Anna Costello, Leah Ruane, Zara Greenan, Orlaith McLoughlin, Lily O'Hara, Eabha Mannion, Amy Keenan, Ella Kitt, Sinead Burke, Emily Butler, Ciara Dunne, Aisling Walsh, Ella Miller. Missing from photo Ava Cawley
Save the date: Sunday Morning 12th November
"Let's Get Physical" Fun Bootcamp in the Sportsdome organised by Salerno Parents' Council. Details on Facebook and Eventbrite.ie It's going to be brilliant - don't miss it!
Salerno Rugby Team
Thursday 19th October Historic day in Salerno as our new rugby team have their first training session. Many thanks to Will Thornton from Connacht Rugby for coming in and helping us to get started and to Mr Gill who got the ball rolling in setting the team up and who will be coaching the team.
Another great win for the Howley A team against Taylors Hill (5 - 0) today means that this team has won all their league matches so far. Hannah Sommerville scored a "HAT TRICK" with 2 other goals coming from Shauna Ryan and Aoife Lambe. The Howley B team were unlucky to be beaten by Jes 2-1 the only goal for Salerno scored by Katie Mulligan. Meadhbh McManus who went into goal for the first time was outstanding. Well done to everyone.
Salerno Swim Team
The Salerno swim team took part in the Connacht Senior Schools meet in Clairemorris on the 15th October. The girls took part in Individual and relay competitions. Well done to all the swimmers on their fantastic results. The results are as follows: • Alison Gibbs; 2nd place U14 Breast Stroke • Grace Joyce; 2nd place 15-16 Breast Stroke • Aoife Bates; 3rd place 15-16 Breast Stroke • Alison Gibbs; 1st place U 14 200IM • Grace Joyce’ 2nd place 15-16 200IM • Aoife Bates; 1st place 15-16 100 Butterfly Under 14 200IM • 3rd Place; Aoife Davitt, Emma Murphy, Alison Gibbs and Ailise Healy Over 14’s 200IM • 1st Place; Ailbhe Mulhall, Grace Joyce, Aoife Bates and Keela Mulhall Under 14’s 200 Freestyle • 3rd Place; Aoife Davitt, Emma Murphy, Alison Gibbs and Ailise Healy Over 14’s 200 Freestyle • 3rd Place; Rebeka McManis, Oonagh Owens, Ailbhe Kennedy and Lauren Sharkey.
1st Year Soccer Team
Wednesday 18th October 2017 1st year futsal Galway region competition. Our 1st year soccer team competed in regional final today in NUIG playing 4 matches. We won one match beating Ballygar 4-0, we lost our other three 1-0 to Claregalway, 2-1 to Pres Athenry and 3-0 to Mercy Woodford. Squad: Joan Collins, Abbey Rae Keane, Niamh Snowdon, Kate Snowdon, Ailish McDonnell, Joanne O'Flaherty, Neila Cahill, Mei Ling Staunton, Tatum Grey, Elaine King, Dakpee Glavee and Alyssa O'Connor.
Senior Business students were invited to attend an evening in the Portershed by AIB. The Portershed provides a space for budding entrepreneurs and businesses to start off. Local Businesses such as Dough Bros started off here. It was a fantastic experience for Leaving Certs to interact with entrepreneurs and see some of the skills and characteristics which they learn in class in real life. Massive thank you to Carmel O' Donnell, Lynch's Castle for inviting us and all the Portershed for hosting!
J&M Celebrations in Knock - 6th October 2017
Friday 6th October was a momentous day for Salerno as staff and students traveled in great numbers to the Knock Basilica to celebrate 200 years since the foundation of the Jesus & Mary Congregation. The JM Congregation have been a huge part of shaping Salerno, its values and atmosphere, and we were proud to honour and celebrate all the Sisters have brought to our lives. Our founder Claudine Thevenet taught us, "How Good God is" and we certainly felt her presence and goodness on that special day.
5th & 6th Year Talk - Finbar Walsh
Finbar Walsh, father of the very brave Donal Walsh, spent an afternoon with 5th & 6th Year students in early October. Finbar carries on Donal's message of hope and living life and inspired all present. Donal lost his battle with Cancer in 2013 and bravely spoke out to young people on how valuable and precious life is.
Junior Certificate Business Awards 2017
Students from across Connacht who receive an ‘A’ in Junior Certificate Honours Business Studies, were invited to receive Certificates of Achievement from the College of Business, Public Policy and Law, NUI Galway. Congratulations to Rachel Whent, Eimear Walsh, Ailbhe Murphy and Amy Darcy who received Business Awards in NUIG yesterday for their outstanding Junior Certificate results.
Thursday 5th October U16 Connacht A league ( Griffin/Tighe cup) Salerno 6 - 1 Calasanctius Salerno 5 - 0 Ursuline The U16A squad kept up their impressive start to the season with two comprehensive wins to make it 5 wins from 5. Costello/Thornton League Salerno 7 - 1 Ursuline The senior A squad had a comprehensive win over Ursuline College from Sligo in Dangan in their second Connacht senior league match of the season. Tuesday 10th October U16 Connacht A League (Griffin/Tighe cup) Salerno 1 - 0 Athlone Community College And Ella Kitt goal with 5 minutes to go in the second half earned the U16A squad a deserved win against Athlone CC in Sligo. Salerno 4 - 0 Grammar School Sligo In the squads second game of the day, goals from Sophie McNicholl x2, Zara Greenan and Lily O'Hara made it 7 wins from 7 games and keeps the squad on course to win the Connacht league title Senior B Connacht (Ward Cup) Salerno C 1 - 0 Mercy College Sligo A Molly O'Connor goal early in the second half gave our senior C squad a first victory of the season to cap off a great afternoon in Sligo.
Friday 6th October
The Salerno School Community, Parents, Staff, Students, Neighbours, Family and Friends are taking to the road! To celebrate the 200 year anniversary of the Congregation of Jesus and Mary, a crowd of over 3,000 from all over Ireland is expected to attend the celebration in the Basilica at Knock. We join with the Sisters in recognising this important milestone and to give thanks to the Sisters for all they have given to education and community life in Ireland and all over the world.
Status Red Means Stop
As we head into the Winter months please take not that Bus Eireann as a precaution against severe weather and in the interest of child safety have introduced a policy applicable to all school transport services that it provides under the Department of Education and Skills School Transport Schemes - for ALL Met Éireann Status Red weather events. This means that when a Red alert is issued by Met Éireann for the area in which you live – or an area to which your child/ren are travelling to on a school bus – the services will not operate. This policy is available on the School Transport section of the Bus Éireann website at www.buseireann.ie. A Status Red weather warning automatically means all school transport services provided by Bus Éireann under the School Transport Schemes are cancelled – in the affected areas – while the warning is in effect. Weather warnings are carried on all national and local news bulletins.
Senior A Hockey (Costello/Thornton)
Senior A Hockey (Costello/Thornton) Thursday 21st September Salerno 3 - 0 Jes The Senior A squad played their first league match of the season against the Jes in Dangan. After a tight match first half the score at half time was 0 - 0. In the 2nd half Salerno pulled away and won the game with the goals scored by Sally Ann O'Malley x2 and Sarah Dunleavy.
U16 Hockey (Griffin/Tighe Cup)
U16 Hockey (Griffin/Tighe Cup) U16 A squad have got their season off to a flying start with a number of recent good results with 3 wins over the last two weeks in the Connacht A league Tuesday 19th September Taylors 0 - 1 Salerno Salerno 7 - 0 Seamount Tuesday 26th September Salerno 3 - 1 Bower
Teacher Vs Student Obstacle Race
On this very wet day, the battle of all battles took place in the New Sports Centre. Student versus Teacher, in an obstacle race. Both sides gave all they had, however it was the students who were victorious on this day. Final score 8-2 to the students.
1st Year Science Class
First year students with models of plant and animal cells that they made as part of their Science class with Ms. Martin.
A Student’s Prayer at the Beginning of the School Year
Loving God, inspire me with courage and hope as I embark on this New Year. Through your loving kindness bless the unfolding journey of my precious life. Grant me wisdom to successfully negotiate my way forward. Give me the ability to respond positively to the opportunities that come my way. Reassure me when I find life difficult and especially when I feel like giving up. Help me to reach out to others and encourage them along the way. Through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Sunday Times August 27th 2017
Salerno has been ranked the top school in Connacht this year and ranked 3rd out of 400 schools nationally. Salerno is the only school in the top ten that is not a fee paying school or a Gael Choláiste. In the article that accompanied the official rankings, Sr Gerarda highlighted the fact we do not have academic awards in the school, rather we celebrate individuals and what they can accomplish. “..bringing out the side of (our students) that makes them shine and builds confidence, self-esteem and resilience.” Sr Gerarda also noted that we have a very transparent admissions policy. “We don’t choose students. We embrace them all, which is the true meaning of being a Catholic school.” The Salerno Community is proud to acknowledge this affirmation of our hard work and has been overwhelmed by the response from students, parents and staff past and present to this wonderful achievement.