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Sarum Societies

Each fall we introduce our new students to the Sarum Societies on the Hilltop. Students and faculty represent one of four societies: Normans, Romans, Saxons or Vikings, whose names draw upon our school history as former inhabitants of Old Sarum, England. The Societies are each rich with diversity, which allows for showcasing various interests and talents resulting in exciting and healthy competition. The legacy component allows relatives to represent the same society, and ensures that their family legacy within that society will live on as the family tradition of attending Salisbury continues. 

Competition for the Sarum Society Cup kicks off with our Fall Society Day held during the opening days of the school year.  Events include tug o'war, wiffle ball, dodgeball, ultimate frisbee, kickball, soccer, and more. Throughout the year the Student Life team hosts Sarum Society events, and the four Societies compete for points.  In the spring, Society Day is the culminating event during which teams compete in a final effort to capture the Sarum Society Cup.

The origin of this special school tradition dates back to when Salisbury was known as St. Austin's School, located on Staten Island, NY in the late 1800s. In those days, a day was set aside annually when the students would all gather to participate in spring field events, testing their athletic prowess against classmates. In 1901, Founding Headmaster Rev. George E. Quaile moved the School to its present site on the Hilltop and renamed it Salisbury School. One of the great traditions that survived the move to the northwest corner of Connecticut was a day of inner-school competition. We are pleased to say that the competitions are as spirited as ever.

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Friday Night Enrichment at Salisbury



On Friday nights, we offer several enrichment opportunities for our students.  These activities take place before study hall and provide an alternative to our usual evening routine.  Although many of these opportunities are optional, students often take part in the numerous offerings on campus.  Here's a look at our Friday night programming on Hilltop.

L.E.A.D.S. Speaker Series

During the months of April and May, our community hosts the Salisbury LEADS speaker series. Through this special program, we bring a diverse group of speakers to campus, whether in person or a virtual visit to our Global Classroom. 

LEADS stands for Leadership, Engagement, Arts, Diversity and Service.  The speakers invited to campus embrace and display these values through their work, passion and message. 

Thus far this spring, Salisbury has welcomed four talented and inspiring individuals to address our community, Henry Lystad, Marquis Daisy, Bjoern Werner and Katie Hood.

To read more about each speaker's presentation, please visit our Campus News page.

Our community was thrilled to hear from four inspiring and passionate leaders and we look forward to future LEADS speakers including:

Peter Gross '01- Salisbury School Board Member, Co-Director of Douglas Elliman Commercial Realestate, NYC

Alex Harney - The Hockey Foundation

Johnny Perez '14 -  Student at Ithaca College, Intern at The Players Tribune, NYC

Mike Slap - Musician

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