Calasanctius College, Oranmore

“Our college exists to co-operate with parents in promoting the full and balanced development of children in a safe, and caring environment, recognising that each student, who enrols is unique and has different gifts as well as different needs”. Our follow-on school aims are:

  • Faith awareness & formation.
  • Academic grounding.
  • Curricular & extra-curricular success.
  • Self-image, self-discipline, self-respect.
  • Special concern for needs of all students.
  • Life skills.
  • Lifelong learning.
  • Environmental awareness

The Spirit of Calasanctius Awards

The “Spirit of Calasanctius Award" was introduced for the first time in 2008.Students in each class group nominated a class member who they felt contributed the most to school life during the year. The students were presented with their Awards at Year Group Assemblies. Recognition was also given to those students who had not received any report cards during the year and also to students who had 100% attendance record.

Culture of Prayer & Sacramental Life in the School

It is school practice that prayer is part and parcel of RE classes. We are very fortunate to have a school oratory that is used for class spiritual services, meditation and group discussion on topics associated with the RE programme. The school year opens with mass for the staff in the oratory. Each class group has a prayer service for the start of the new school year. First Years and their parents attend a special mass in early October to mark the beginning of their participation in our school community. The sacrament of reconciliation is offered twice yearly – during Advent and Lent. Presentation Day is marked by mass for the staff and students in the local church. The intercom is used as a means of the school praying together on special occasions e.g. on the death of a member of family of staff / students. The oratory is open for prayer during State-exam times, as well as during the school year.

Student Retreats / Staff Reflection Time

At the beginning of each school year, the staff come together in the oratory for the celebration of mass. Many staff use the oratory as a quiet space for personal reflection when the room is available.
The Transition Year class attend a one day retreat given by the Diocesan retreat team in Galway.
Retreats for Fifth Year/Leaving Certs are being reviewed.

Chaplaincy Services

Sadly, as we are a voluntary school, there is no formal provision for such services. Nevertheless we enjoy the goodwill of local priests in the parish of Oranmore and Maree for confession, celebration of the mass, and the use of Oranmore church.

Ongoing Professional Development

Our RE team is well-supported by the Diocesan Advisor (Galway) as well as recently established links with CEIST through your Faith Formation Team. Members of the R.E. department attend any in-services that are on offer. 

Student Council 2009 -10







Members of the 2009-10 Student Council pictured above :Grace Keaveney, Dylan Shaughnessy, Kelly Malone, Eric Neary, Caitriona Finn, James Walsh, Michael Cleary, Laura O’ Connor, Michael Wilkins, Aisling Killilea and Darragh Kirwan.

The Student Council is, we believe, an important part of the Calasanctius School Community. Its eleven members play an extremely positive role in representing student concerns and are an integral link with school management.

The council met regularly at tutor time and occasionally during Friday lunch-break. One of the Council’s first activities was a fundraiser for victims of the dreadful floods in Galway. The Council’s second fundraiser conducted in March, raised funds for a pilgrimage to Lourdes by local people, “Irish Children Pilgrimage Trust”.
During the year, the Council conducted a questionnaire inviting every student in the school to give a written response on the contentious issue of the school jacket. Towards the end of the year the Board of Management twice consulted the Council’s members when two school policies were being reviewed. 

Living Scenes

The Living Scenes programme has just concluded for this school year. It culminated with a performance in the school on Thursday 13th May 2010 entitled ‘OTT’ (Oranmore Talent Tonight). It was a most enjoyable evening. Sincere thanks to all the Older Adults for their dedication and participation in this programme. 







Dancing at Lughnasa

The 5th year students performed Dancing at Lughnasa by Brian Friel in Keane’s Bar on Monday 8th and Tuesday 9th March. Was a highlight of the last academic year. This play is on the Senior Cycle for June ’11.

Students always get a better understanding of this difficult play by seeing it rather than reading it.
Auditions were set for mid October and we were pleasantly surprised at the level of interest in the play. We had over 40 of our 5th year students auditioning and such was the standard that we had to arrange call-backs. After much deliberation the final cast was announced.

Gaisce - The President's Award

Last September, 58 fifth year students registered for the President's Award. On 2nd May, 41 of those received their Bronze medals for successfully completing this award. Ms Majella Killeen, Development Officer for the North-West region presented these Medals. Gaisce challenges students in four different categories: - Community, Personal Skill, Physical and Adventure.

This award takes time, dedication and commitment. There is great credit due to those 41 students who worked really hard over the year to complete it. A special thanks to our wonderful hosts for the night who were Adam Miller, Christine Kelly, Hanna Whelan, Celine Gregory and Jane Cloonan. Thanks also to our special guests: Anne Bannon, Louie Casserly, James who represented the Special Needs Team, Mr Harrison, Ms Merrick and the PALs’. The night was brought to a fitting close by our fantastic group of set dancers. Well done to all involved.

Sport in Calasanctius College









Calasanctius College won a second consecutive Junior Cup during last year. . All involved in this great victory should feel very proud. Our Junior team are now league, cup and city cup champions of Connacht. The city cup was won with the sweetest of victories over the Jesuits with the last kick of the game.

Our ambition for this year is to win our third in a row Junior cup and our First Senior cup. Coaching teams are now in place at all grades. Plans are being put together for a possible senior tour to Wales at mid - term. In an uncertain world Rugby in Calasanctius College continues to flourish and meet every challenge. It is driven forward by fantastic young players who give their all with pride and skill at all levels. Our players deserve the best and it is provided by a great team of coaches, parents, and sponsors who have the growth and development of the game at heart. This is why we dare to dream our dreams and ask "why not".

All Ireland Schools Cups

Feats of Gold!

Calasanctius College win 3 All-Ireland Schools Cups - U16A and U19A Girls & U19ABoys!












Pictured above the winning Captains: Ailish O’Reilly, Colm O’Hagan & Carol McCarthy.

Calasanctius’ extraordinary run of success in the Under 16 Cup continued when they beat Mercy Mounthawk of Tralee 57 – 41 in this year’s decider in Tallaght, on January 26th. In front of the green and red wall of sound that is the now-famous school travelling support, Calasanctius took the title with a fantastic display of team basketball, against a taller Kerry side that was hungry for a title and eager to topple their Galway opponents. Dynamic and unstoppable Captain Ailish O’Reilly lifted the Cup and took the MVP award.

Team: Caitríona Finn (12), A. O’Reilly (Captain, MVP, 20), Aileen Crowley (7), Aoife Fogarty (8), Sonya O’Neill, Ciara Hanniffy, Orla Geoghegan, Treasa Delaney, Sarah Reynolds (10), Melissa Flanagan, Edel Gormally, Sinéad Jacobsen, Natasha Crawford.

Our U-19 girls were going for 3 in a row. This final was won in the first quarter in which Calasanctius exploded out of the blocks, building up a lead of 25 points which sustained them to the end against a serious St Joseph’s Abbeyfeale outfit. The final score was 68 – 57. For Calasanctius Girls Coach Joe Shields, it was his 25th national title game - Ní bheidh a leithéad ann arís!

Team: Ailish O’Reilly (20), Caitríona Foley (19), Ciara Newell (13), Carol McCarthy (12), Kate Lyons (2), Sarah Reynolds (2), Aoife Fogarty, Aileen Crowley, Caitríona Finn, Lua Rahmani, Emily Gill, Orla Trayers.
Contesting their fourth final in seven years, including one one-point and one two-point loss, Calasanctius finally took the Under 19A All-Ireland, with a 77 – 69 win over Benildus of Dublin. Kenneth Hansberry picked up MVP award Under 19A Schools Cup Final. 

Gaelic Football

Congratulations to the First Year Gaelic football team this year who did extremely well in their League and Championship games. Well done! Special thanks to Des Sheeran, their coach and parents, staff and management who were a tremendous support throughout the year.


It was obvious at lunch-time training every Tuesday, that first years had a massive interest in soccer. Special gratitude is owed to Noel Greaney who was extremely generous with his time! 

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