Vol 22 No 22 09 March 2017
A Successful Visit to the Slopes
On 21 February at ten past four in the morning thirty four Form 2 pupils and four teachers met at Dublin airport for their flight to Barcelona which was followed by a three hour bus ride to Andorra. We were staying in the Hotel Roc Blanc Andorra and every morning we would get up at 7.00 am and be at the cable car by 8.30 am. The ski resort was beautiful and the views of the Pyrenees were breathtaking. Each day we would have two hour lessons in the morning a break for two hours and then another two hour lesson. We went skiing for four days. There was an advanced group and three beginner groups. As a beginner myself I was surprised at how much I enjoyed skiing and how kind the instructors were. When we weren't skiing we were either at the hotel having free time or participating in some of the
activities the teachers had planned. We went swimming in the hotel's pool, saw "The Great Wall" in the cinema, and also had a disco. All in all the trip was a huge success. I would like to thank all the teachers who came with us especially Ms Fallon who organised the trip. It was so much fun!
Éle Ní Chonbhuí
International Women's Day at The High School Dublin
To mark International Women's Day we created this short video to celebrate the wonderful women who come through our doors every day and who make up such a vital and valued part of our school community.
An Enchanting Afternoon of Music
What a thoroughly enjoyable afternoon was spent at the Wesley College Music Festival last Saturday! The High School Orchestra played a selection of pieces from the Harry Potter film score to the delight of all those present. While we did not take home any prizes this year, our players and audience members had a wonderful time at the event listening to other schools perform and meeting fellow musicians. If your child plays an instrument then Ms Rothwell in the Music Block would love to hear from you. Participating in the school orchestra is a great way to make new friends and of become part of The High School community. There are no auditions and rehearsals take place every Tuesday after school. Why not give it a try? You never know what you might
Junior Rugby Tour
Pupils from Forms 1 and 2 enjoyed a fun-filled weekend playing rugby with schools in Cork and Belfast. The tours also involved a hotel stay-over, swimming and bowling, as well as numerous games of cards! The teams really enjoyed getting to know each other, developing their rugby skills on the field, and are already looking forward to next year's tour.
Gaisce Hill Walk
Form 4 pupils and their teachers came to the aid of two stranded adult hill-walkers who got into difficulty on Lugnaquilla last weekend. The High School pupils were braving near arctic conditions as they participated in their pre-Carrauntoohil training as part of their Gaisce President's Award last Sunday. Fully equipped, as they were, with maps and hiking equipment, our pupils were perfectly able to assist the lost couple down the mountain. Despite the low temperatures, pupils and teachers faced the challenging walk in good spirits and were delighted to complete this stage of their training.
Pi Day Competition
March 14 every year is World Pi Day. To mark this year’s Pi Day we are having a competition to write a 20 word story or poem. The words in the story or poem must follow the first 20 digits of the number π. The number is 3.1415926535897932384 so the story or poem must start with a 3 letter word, then a 1 letter word, then a 4 letter word and so on. Please hand your finished stories or poems to your Maths teacher by 4.00 pm on Monday 20 March.
Annalise Murphy to Lead St Patrick's Day Parade
Annalise Murphy (HSD, 2002-08) has been appointed as the Grand Marshall for this year's St Patrick's Day Parade in Dublin. The 27 year old High School past pupil and Olympic silver medalist has expressed her delight at being named leader of this year's celebrations.
Green-Schools Week Competition
It is Green-Schools competition time again! Why not write a poem or make a poster on the theme of water conservation? There will be prizes for best poem and poster. All pupils are invited to participate. Entries should be dropped into to the Library or left with Ms Lyons in the Loft by Wednesday 15 March. Winners will be announced during Water Week (20–24 March). Good luck, everyone!
Mindfulness in Schools Programme
The Mindfulness in Schools programme will begin again for pupils on Friday 24 March at 4.00pm in the Dining Room. All are welcome.
Dates for your Diary
- 16 Mar - Staff Training Day. School Closed
- 17 Mar 17 - St Patrick's Day - public holiday
- 22 Mar 17 - Form 6 parents' meeting - Leaving Certificate arrangements, 7.30 pm
- 29 Mar 17 - Junior Play - open dress rehearsal, 2.30 pm
- 30 Mar 17 - Junior Play, 7.30 pm