Vol 22 No 13 8 December 2016
The High School Carol Service
On Monday 5 December we gathered at Zion Church to participate in the annual Service of Nine Lessons and Carols. The High School orchestra and choir led the music and we took it in turns to sing and listen to carols and readings, stopping along the way to light candles and marvel at the beautiful surroundings of Zion Church. Each reader, singer, musician, and usher was well-practised and the entire evening ran like clockwork. Afterwards we gathered together at The High School for festive refreshments and to chat with old friends and new, the sound of 'Silent Night' still ringing in our ears.
The High School Christmas Fare
Whether you love homemade crafts or bakes, are looking for some plants, jewellery, or simply enjoy soaking up the festive atmosphere, there is bound to be something for you at The High School Christmas Fair on Saturday 10 December, between 10.00 am and 12.30 pm. In aid of MS Ireland. See you there!
Ireland U15 Soccer Selection
Congratulations to Orla Prendergast who has passed through the first round of trials for the Ireland Under 15 Girls' Soccer team. We wish Orla, who has already played cricket for Ireland, every success in January when the selection process continues.
Christmas Lunch Date
A special Christmas lunch will be held for Form 6 pupils on Wednesday 21 December at 12.35 pm. Tickets cost €10 and include a festive meal, dessert, and donation to charity.
Ms S Hutchinson Edgar
Ireland Rugby Sevens Victory
Congratulations to past pupil Emma Murphy (HSD, 2008-14) and the Ireland Seven-a-Side Women's Rugby Team who won the Challenge Trophy in Dubai after overcoming the USA and Spain - two teams that finished well ahead of them in last season's HSBC World Rugby Women's Sevens Series.
A Gentle Reminder
Pupils should not leave valuables like money or mobile phones in any changing room at any time during the day. Instead, they should use their lockers prior to and after activities to secure their valuables.
The last day of Autumn term will be a non-uniform day. This time we want pupils to dress-up as their favourite book character or if they prefer pupils can wear a Christmas jumper. Remember the date - Thursday 22 December. Pupils who participate are asked to bring a minimum donation of €3 in aid of the Simon Community on that day.
Give a Little This Christmas
The Salvation Army is at work in 128 countries, demonstrating Christian principles through practical support. It offers unconditional friendship and very practical help to people of all ages, backgrounds, and needs. This Christmas we are collecting food and toys for The Salvation Army. If you would like to donate please use the boxes in the Reception area. Let's all bring something and make a real difference this Christmas.
Green Schools Ambassador Programme
On 23 November, Joy Sherwood and Fields Chung attended the first training day of the Green-Schools Ambassador Programme. In the morning session various speakers presented the subjects of Green-Schools and water; communication techniques; water and waste water treatment in Ireland; and marine litter. After a break and a short bus trip, we arrived at the Ringsend Wastewater Treatment Plant. We were given a brief presentation about the functioning, processes, products, and implications of the works followed by a tour around the enormous facilities.
Form 4 Young Enterprise
Form 4 pupils are diligently working on a special business project. They have designed a customizable drawstring bag complete with the school crest. It can be personalised with initials and numbers should customers request it. Bags will be on sale at lunchtimes from 8-20 December at a cost of €3.00 - €3.50. All proceeds are going to charity. Orders will be available to collect before the end of Autumn term.
Dates for your Diary
- 10 Dec 16 - Christmas Fair
- 16 Dec 16 - Examinations commence for Forms 1, 2, and 5
- 21 Dec 16 - Form 4 charity challenge
- 21 Dec 16 - Examinations conclude for Forms 1, 2, and 5
- 22 Dec 16 - Autumn term ends, 11.55 am
- 9 Jan 17 - Spring term begins, 8.55 am
- 16 Jan 17 - Staff meeting, 4.15 pm; no sports or activities after school
- 18 Jan 17 - Form 4 cultural excursion, 9.00 am-1.15 pm