News from St. Joseph’s Secondary School, Castlebar – September 2018

Centenary Celebrations

The school celebrates its centenary this year.  To mark the occasion a series of events are planned for the end of October.  On Wednesday, 24th October, the school will host Festival Folk.  This musical extravaganza will feature artists such as Eleanor Shanley, Julie Feeney, the 350 voices of the St. Joseph’s choir, the school trad group and much more.

Events are planned in school for staff and students on Friday and on Saturday, 27th October, the school will be open to visitors from 12 noon to 4.00pm.

On Sunday October 27th   mass will be celebrated in the Church of the Holy Rosary, Castlebar at 3.00pm.  There will be a musical recital by students of the school in Breaffy House Hotel at 6.30pm  and this will be followed by a gala dinner .


Sporting success for Maeve Gallagher

Maeve Gallagher of St Josephs, Castlebar, Co. Mayo, after winning the intermediate girls 3500m during the Irish Life Health All Ireland Schools Cross Country at Waterford IT in Waterford. Photo by Matt Browne/Sportsfile

Congrats to 5th year student Maeve Gallagher who won the Best Irish Rider at Rás na mBan recently.  Maeve placed 6th overall in the race and was the first Irish rider home.

Cycling Ireland selected Maeve to represent Ireland at the European Youth Olympics, which were held in Gyor, Hungary, in June.

This weekend Maeve represents Ireland at the Junior Cycling Championships in Austria.  We wish her every success in the event.


Exam results

The school celebrated the superb achievements of our students in the state examinations recently.

Well done to all our students and their teachers.

Our photo shows Julianna Aitkins who achieved 9 A grades and a distinction in the Junior Cert while Orla Kelleher (right) achieved 10 A grades and a distinction.


GLOBE conference

For 6 weeks in April and May, class Class 2b and their Geography teacher, Mrs McGrath, were involved in the GLOBE project in conjunction with An Taisce and NASA.  Every day the students measured aerosol levels in the atmosphere and collected data on clouds, contrails and sky colour.  This information was fed into the GLOBE database which can be accessed by scientists worldwide.  Students completed a project on the data gathered and three members of the class were invited to present their project to over 500 delegates at the GLOBE International conference in Killarney in July.  This was a wonderful event for the girls – they undertook fieldstudies in the national park and took part in culture night.