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Vol 22 No 1          9 September 2016

New Teachers: Back row left to right: Mr Pim, Mr Hillis, Ms Whelan, Ms Gallagher, Ms Harkin, Ms Bill, Ms Quilligan and Mr Hosking.

Welcome Back!

We have thoroughly enjoyed welcoming your sons and daughters back to The High School for the beginning of the Autumn term and look forward to sharing the benefits of another happy and productive year with all of you during 2016/17.

I am pleased to report that Leaving Certificate examination results at The High School in 2016 were once again among the best recorded in the history of the school.  In summary, 86% of the papers taken at higher level achieved grade C or above; grade E or less was obtained on 1% of all papers.  I should like to offer my warmest congratulations to all candidates on their individual successes.  We are equally delighted to announce that our Form 1 intake has showed a significant increase in 2016/17 which is a most encouraging development.  We offer all our new pupils a warm welcome to The High School and wish them every success in the future.

It has been a pleasure to welcome Mrs Reilly, Mr McCaughey, and Ms Walker back to The High School in a full-time capacity.  Mr Davis, Mrs Humphreys, and Mr Draper retired with effect from August 2016; Ms Boyce, Mr Flynn, and Mr Clarke resigned from their positions at The High School.  We thank them for their excellent service and wish them all the best for the future.  We welcome the following new staff to The High School – Mr K D Poole, Finance and Estates Bursar; Ms Bill, Geography; Ms Gallagher, Irish; Mr Hosking, PE and Games; Ms Whelan, Guidance Counsellor; and Mr Campbell, Caretaker/Groundsman.

We are fortunate in having the services of an excellent staff who are committed to providing the highest standards of academic and pastoral care for all pupils attending The High School.   You can follow the wide range of curricular and extra-curricular activities co-ordinated by staff at the school in 2016/17 through our weekly e-newsletter, via social media, and on our website at  In conclusion, I should like to take this opportunity on behalf of all members of staff to thank parents for the kind messages of support and encouragement received by my colleagues in 2015/16 which were greatly appreciated by all concerned.

Mr G. A. Forrest - Principal

HSD Past Pupil Wins Medal at The Olympics 

Congratulations to Annalise Murphy (HSD 2002-08) who has won an Olympic silver medal representing Team Ireland in the Laser Radial dinghy class following a highly competitive medal race in Rio de Janeiro.  It is the first time that this particular distinction has been achieved in the history of the school. We look forward to Annalise's visit to The High School on Thursday and Friday next week for two very special Assemblies.  


Annalise Murphy pictured here with her former teachers at a reception last week in Dublin.  


Our Very Own HSD Hockey Olympian

For over a year we have been following the fortunes of the Ireland Hockey team with great interest as it became clear that they had won a place to compete at the Rio Olympics, especially as one of our past pupils, Shane O’Donoghue (HSD, 2008-11) was named on the squad.  A group of keen High School pupils and their families were there to support Shane and the Ireland hockey team at their matches. They and the entire High School community could not be more proud of Shane and the team's achievement. Well done, Shane.    


Olympian Shane O'Donoghue and a group of High School hockey fans at the 2016 Rio Olympics.  


International Hockey 

Conor Empey (6EH) and Harry Lynch (3S) were both selected to play for Ireland over the summer at the European Hockey Championships.  Well done, boys!


All-Ireland GAA Football Final

Well done to Mia Jennings (6MB) who played for Dublin in the All-Ireland Minor A Football Final against Cork during the summer.


Leinster U18 

Congratulations to Ruby Keating Levins (6GF)  who has been selected to represent The High School on the Leinster U18 Girls' Sevens Rugby team.  


U20 Rugby World Cup Final

Well done to past pupil David Aspil (HSD 2008-14) who played for Ireland in the U20 Rugby World Cup final at the beginning of the summer.   


Basketball International

We were delighted to hear that past pupil Stephen James (HSD, 2004-10) played for Ireland in the European Basketball championship in June.   Well done!


International Rugby Cap

Our very own Megan O'Brien (6EH) delighted us when she was presented with her first cap alongside the Ireland Women's Sevens U18 squad in UCD recently.  


Cricket International

Congratulations to Ellen Ridgeway (5W) who was selected for the Ireland U17 cricket team to play against Scotland earlier this summer   


Successful Summer Sports Camp

New Form 1 pupils enjoyed a hockey and rugby camp as part of their induction to The High School at the end of August.  They got a chance to meet their peers in a fun and relaxed environment while familiarising themselves with the school's layout and facilities.  It was a most worthwhile few days.    


Extracurricular Information 2016-2017

The High School offers a wide range of extracurricular activities for pupils, free of charge.  To see an extensive list of what is on offer this year, please click here.  

HSD Online Sports Shop

If you need a gumshield or a new jersey in a hurry, then you might be interested in our new online sports shop.  Click here to see what is on offer.  


Library Committee

Would you like to join the Library Committee? The Committee assists the Librarian to run the Library, to organise events throughout the year and to help promote the Library.  We are having our first meeting on Tuesday 13 September, at 12.50pm in the Library.  All who are interested, feel free to call in that day to see what we do.  It is a great way to make friends and to get to know what happens in The High School!
Ms Wiggle, Librarian


Open Evening at
The High School Dublin

All 2018 applicants are invitedto The High School's annual Open Evening which takes place on Wednesday 21 September at 6.30pm.  We hope to see you there!


Dates for your Diary

  • 14 Sept  -Higher Options 
  • 14 Sept - Junior Certificate results 
  • 21 Sept - Open Evening, 6.30pm
  • 28 Oct - Half term begins, 11.55 am
  • Good luck with your Junior Cert results everyone!