Saturday 30 January 2016

Another Successful Fundraiser

The High School Grand Christmas Draw, in aid of the senior rugby tour to South Africa, June 2016, raised just over €6,500. Mr Forrest drew the winning tickets in the reception in The High School late last week, aided by HSD's own Ireland rugby internationals, Mr Sullivan and Ms Deacon.

1st Prize - Trip to South Africa (Kay Malin)
2nd Prize - Weekend Break( Ethan Porter)
3rd Prize - Two tickets To Ireland v Wales in the 6 Nations (Andrew Cloughley )
4th Prize -  1 Year Gym membership (Jacqui McCormack)
5th Prize - €60 Restaurant voucher. (Annette Molony)
Many thanks to all who brought tickets.

Ireland Women's Sevens Squad Selection

Congratulations to High School teacher Ms Deacon who has been selected for the Ireland Women's Sevens Squad For Sydney.

Members of the Ireland Women's Sevens squad will take part in a two-week training camp in Sydney, Australia, ahead of competing in round 2 of the HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series in Sao Paulo, Brazil. What a great role model for all our pupils!#thehighschooldublin

Dublin Badminton Champions

Say hello to the new Dublin Junior Boys' Badminton Champions! The school is enjoying terrific badminton success again this year. The Senior Boys' Badminton team, were recently named Dublin Champions, and went on to take silver in the Leinster Badminton Final. This success was repeated last week when the Junior Boys' Badminton team were also crowned Dublin Badminton champions. The Junior Team beat De La Salle 6-0 in the Junior Final to become Dublin champions and and now look forward to competing for the Leinster title on 1 March in the Baldoyle Badminton Centre. This is the first time that the High School has won both the Dublin Junior and Senior Boys' Championships in the same year. We congratulate them on this fine achievement and wish them every success in future games.

Mr C Flynn

Leinster Athletics Qualification

Congratulations to The High School Athletics Team who participated in the East Leinster Cross Country Championships in Rathdrum, Co Wicklow this week. Three individuals qualified for the Leinster Championships: Roseanne McCullough , Aela O'Flynn  and Clara Wilson .  Well done to everyone involved.
Ms N Fallon

High School JCT in Semi-Final of the Cup

Excitement was building all week at The High School prior to the match in Clontarf, which saw the school's Junior Cup Team face their opponents from Gorey Community School in the Bank of Ireland Schools Fr Godfrey Cup  semi-final.  Despite a valiant effort, the game did not go in The High School's favour and the final score saw their opponents go forward to the next round.
Thanks to the coaches, teachers and pupils who turned out on a blustery day to support the team, and to the players themselves, who gave their all in this and every game played in the tournament.

High School Senior Boys' Hockey Team in The Cup Semi-Final

The High School Senior Boys' Hockey team played really well in the Cup Semi-Final yesterday afternoon with a super reverse stick goal by Peter Lynch.

Final score 5:1 to Andrew's. Well done lads for getting so far in the competition.

Dublin Maths Champions!

A team from The High School has won the Dublin Branch Team Maths quiz! This is a maths table quiz organised by the IMTA (Irish Maths Teachers' Association), based on the Leaving Cert course. They have now qualified for the National Finals in March. A second team from the school were placed joint 5th, out of 48 teams from around Dublin. Well done to all.

Friday 29 January 2016

Senior Girls' Hockey Match Report

The Senior 1 Girls’ Hockey team played against Rathdown Senior 1’s earlier this week in the second round of the Leinster Schools Cup Competition. We trained and progressed very far this season, to prepare for a tough opposition in such an important competition.
Sadly, despite all of our hard work and efforts, we lost 2-1 to this very challenging side.
Our goal came from E. Ridgeway who made a break in the second half, bringing us closer to Rathdown’s two- goal score. C. Harris earned herself ‘man of the match’ after being on her toes from the start and making many, very tricky saves.
We still have the Plate to fight for, as we hope to progress even further in the competition.

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Thursday 28 January 2016

Green Schools Poster Competition

Entries are to be designed around the theme of "Be Water Smart", supported by An Taisce and Irish Water. The A3 poster can be a combination of words and illustrations or just illustrations. There will be regional and national prizes, where a personal tablet computer and a €500 school Green-Schools fund can be won. On the reverse side, please write your name, form, age, and school. Submit entries to Mr Barry or a member of the Green Schools Committee by Monday 8 February.     
Fields Chung

Theatre Trip - The High School

A group of Form 4 pupils recently went to the theatre to see an excellent adaptation of Tennessee Williams’ play ‘Cat on a Hot Tin Roof.’ The play was in the Mill Theatre in Dundrum. Mr Milofsky decided to take us as part of the Transition Year Drama option. The play is set on a plantation in the Mississippi Delta in America. The story focuses on the relationship between husband and wife, Brick and Maggie. There are several recurring themes such as addiction and greed. We thoroughly enjoyed the play and the acting, particularly the amazing Maggie. We would like to thank Mr Milofsky for organising the trip. It was a great night.

Thursday 21 January 2016

JCT Rugby Poster Competition

There are some of the posters decorating the walls of The High School today as the school gets ready for the next round of the Fr Godfrey Cup, when HSD takes on Gorey in the semi-final.  

Senior Boys' Badminton Team in the Leinster Final

Congratulations to The High School Senior Boys' Badminton team who made it to the Leinster Badminton Final. Unfortunately luck wasn't on their side this time in a nail-biting game that really showed their metal.

Here they are photographed with their runners-up medals. We are so proud of this great achievement.

Wednesday 20 January 2016

High School Debating Victory

Congratulations to the Senior Debating team who won their debate against Sandford Park School last Thursday. This was part of the league phase of the Concern Debate Competition. The motion was that "HIV and AIDS will be eradicated in our lifetime". We were against the motion and presented arguments about the links between HIV/AIDS and poverty, the stigma surrounding these problems and the medical difficulties of eradicating HIV/AIDS. Our next debate will be on Thursday 21 January at The High School. We are debating against Dominican School on the motion "The EU can well afford to open its borders to refugees".

Monday 18 January 2016

Form 4 Cultural Trip - Belfast

Bright and early on Tuesday 12 January, the Form 4 classes and eight teachers met at Connolly Station. We caught the 9.35 Enterprise train to Belfast Central station excited for the tiring day ahead of us at the Titanic Exhibition in Belfast. After a long train journey filled with card games and monopoly, we reached Belfast Central station at 12am. We then caught another train to the Titanic Quarter, soon arriving at the Titanic experience. We were split into four groups and then we visited different exhibitions within the museum.  The first exhibit illustrated what life was like in Belfast during the early 1900s, when the Titanic was being built at the docklands outside.

Next we visited the slipways to see exactly where the Titanic
set off for its maiden voyage to America. After lunch, we headed to the interactive workshops, where we learned all about deep sea diving and how marine biologists discover shipwrecks buried deep under the sea.  Lastly we were lucky enough to visit the restored SS Nomadic, the Titanic’s sister ship. The large cruise line was too big to fit in the French port of Cherbourg, so the Nomadic set off from the French town, ferrying passengers onto the Titanic. On board, we dressed up in costumes and received a guided tour of the small ship where the passengers once
walked!  Heading home, we caught a short train back to Belfast central, and much quieter journey later, 120 exhausted students  arrived at Connolly station, ready to head home.

Sunday 17 January 2016

HSD Athletics Victory

Congratulations to the Senior Girls' Cross Country team which finished in first place and were awarded gold medals at the Clan na Gael races.  The Senior Boys' Cross Country team finished in third place and were awarded bronze medals.  We wish all our athletes continued success throughout the season.

One Act Drama Festival 2016

Rehearsals are well under way for this year’s entry into the St. Andrew’s College One Act Drama Festival. This is the second year in a row that The High School will be competing in the event, which is sure to be as exciting as before. For our 2016 entry, the HSD One Act Drama Company will be performing A Debt Too Far, our ensemble edited and devised version of Sophocles’ classical drama, Antigone. The competition will be held across 9,10 and 11 February in St. Andrews College, Booterstown (performance dates for each school’s entry to be confirmed). Keep an eye out for information around the school.
Mr. Milofsky

Friday 15 January 2016

The High School JCT XV Victory

Congratulations to The High School JCT XV who defeated De La Salle College 10-8 in the first round of the Fr Godfrey Cup at Donnybrook yesterday. The team will play St Fintan's High School in the second round fixture at Donnybrook on Tuesday 19 January at 4.00pm

Sunday 10 January 2016

Senior Cup Team 2015-2016

Well done to the SCT who, despite injuries and an unlucky final result, played a great match against Skerries on Friday. They showed real team spirit and we couldn't be more proud. Thanks to all the pupils, parents and teachers who came out to support the team on the day, and the players themselves who put so much physical and emotional effort into every game.‪#‎hsdrugby‬

Friday 8 January 2016

A Future Hockey Olympian visits The High School

Past pupil and FHI nominated Rising Star of the year, Shane O'Donoghue, stopped by The High School today to speak to pupils at junior assembly about being a professional hockey player, wearing the Irish jersey 94 times and his thoughts as he prepares for the 2016 Olympics.

Here he is on the right being presented with a special plaque by High School teacher, Boys' Hockey coach and Ireland international hockey player, Mr Paul Fitzpatrick.

Thursday 7 January 2016

A Special Talk for Parents

“Help Your Child Achieve Academic Success!” - You are invited to attend this one hour talk by Student Enrichment Services Ltd.on 14 January at 8pm in the Reynolds Hall. This talk is tailored specifically for parents on how parents can assist their children and will contain simple and practical ideas to how parents can achieve that.

Ever wondered who the HSD Parents’ Association are and what they get up to ?

Click here to view the NEW Parents’ Association portal for 2016 : We hope you like it!
The plan is to extend this facility to enable even more effective dialogue with parents so your views are welcome on what you'd like to see and hear about from your Association. A new “Questions and Suggestions” page has been introduced which will be used to share questions (and answers) as well as suggestions/ideas raised by you as parents which we believe will be
of interest to other parents of pupils at the school. We have also published the new rules for the Parents Association which were approved at the AGM last October.

Goodbye to Mrs King

The retirement of Mrs King as librarian at The High School, after 32 years of dedicated service, was celebrated at a special assembly on Monday the 21st December 2015 in the school gym. During the extraordinary whole-school assembly, which was attended by many former staff and pupils, tributes were paid to Mrs King to thank her for her loyal service to The High School community over the past three decades, in charge of the oasis that is The High School library. Contributions were led by Mr D Miller, who, along with current and former pupils, acknowledged her immense contribution to the life of the school, and for the kind, caring and creative manner in which she has fulfilled her role as librarian.
Throughout Mrs King’s tenure at The High School, she tirelessly developed the library into the haven that exists there presently. From a modest assortment of books when Mrs King took over in 1983, she has overseen the collection grow to in excess of 11’000. As well as investing significant amounts of time into continuously expanding and updating the literary collection, Mrs King was responsible for the development of the library into the social and artistic hub of the school that it is today. After establishing the ‘Friends of the Library’, now the Library
Committee, dozens of diverse literary and artistic events were celebrated annually, including European Day of Languages, National Poetry Day, National Book Week, National Science Week, Shakespeare’s Birthday, Pi Day, Europe Day, and the Library Christmas Art Competition was held each advent. Distinguished authors and poets regularly address classes in the library, and throughout the years these have included none other than Seamus Heaney, Siobhán Parkinson, Aubrey Flegg, Éanna Ní Lamhna, Judy-May Murphy, Denise Deegan and Peter Prendergast. In addition to the regular curating of the library,
Mrs King invested a huge amount of time to the establishment and running of numerous charity initiatives within the school. These included the annual winter swim at the 40 Foot (which is now the Helen Kane Memorial TY Charity Challenge), Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Lollipop Day for Oesophageal Cancer, Daffodil Day for the Irish Cancer Society, Holly Day for the ISPCC, and ‘Feed the Pig’ for Barnardos. The ‘Feed the Pig’ initiative became something of a noted High School tradition, as whatever money was collected for Barnardos, Mrs King would generously double! When reflecting on
memories and people, it’s often said that it’s not what someone did that you will ultimately remember, but how they made you feel. So as time marches on, many of the library’s displays, events, and celebrations may become but paragraphs in the Erasmian and Diocesan Times. Though what will continued to be cherished and remembered is how Mrs King made each staff member and pupils feel every time they crossed the threshold of that library door on the B Floor corridor. Once you entered, you knew you had stumbled upon an oasis - High School’s very own ‘City on a Hill’. Each person, regardless of circumstances, was made to feel valued, respected and truly part of a community - values the school
espouses to foster. Why the library is held in such esteem by the entire High School community, both past and present is plain to see. It’s not simply due to its collection of 11,000 books, nor due to its location in such an institution. It’s completely and utterly due to one thing and one thing only. In fact, one person and one person only. For the past 32 years, Mrs King has contributed immeasurably to The High School and has been a constant motivator and supporter for so many. She has always been there
to lend a hand, or simply hear you out, whether pupil or staff, past or present. There has hardly been a minute that passed in the library without hearing a joke, a laugh or a word of affirmation from her. Absolutely no one could be more kind, caring, considerate and understanding than she, and the library would certainly not have been the same without Mrs King. We wish Mrs King, and her husband Robert, our congratulations and all the very best for her retirement.

Gavin Rothwell (HSD, 2007-2013)

TY Cultural Trip

 Diary Date Amendment: September's cancelled TY Cultural trip has been rescheduled for Tuesday,12 January 2016