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Vol 22 No 3            23 September 2016

It's not every day that you get to spend a few hours with an Olympic sailing champion but last Friday that is just what we did at The High School.  We were impressed beyond words by how our past pupil Annalise Murphy (HSD, 2002-08) gave so freely of her time, speaking at length and frankly to more than 700 pupils, friends, teachers, and parents who sat quietly together listening as Head Girl, Aela O'Flynn (6MG) and sailing enthusiast, Chloe Holmes (3R) skillfully interviewed her about future plans, ambition, and life as a High School pupil.   We were joined too by Annalise's parents, Cathy and Con, brother Finn and sister Claudine - also past pupils - who are all still reeling from the excitement of winning at Rio just four weeks ago.
While the HSD orchestra string section played Rod Stewart's wonderfully apt 'We Are Sailing', and flags waved in the air, there was more than bright morning sunlight streaming across the faces of the pupils gathered there; there was inspiration.  
That was especially true for our current up-and-coming sports stars for whom she is a towering role model so it meant so much when Annalise took the time to meet them individually and let them hold their Olympic medal.  The effect was immediate and tangible. 
It was a pleasure to spend the morning with Annalise and her family, and we hope to do so again very soon. 
If you would like to listen to the interview, you can do so by clicking the button below.  


Click below to listen to the interview in full.

Enjoy a video montage of our morning with Annalise Murphy. 


Junior Certificate Results

On Wednesday the 14 September 2016, Form 4 pupils got their long awaited Junior Certificate results.  For the last time we gathered together in our old Form 3 classes and were presented with our 'brown envelopes' in alphabetical order.  The tension began to build but we were soon put put of our misery as teachers passed out our results.  A quick phone call home later and we were on the school bus for our next adventure.


Leinster Hockey Representation 

Congratulations to Laura Motyer (4M) who was selected to play for the Leinster U16 hockey team.


Interprovincial Success

Congratulations to past pupil David Howard (HSD, 2008-14) who played on the winning Leinster U21 hockey team at the interprovincial competition last week.  He is currently coaching at The High School.  Well done, David.  


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Simon Fun Run News

The Simon Community Fun Run takes place this year on Saturday 1 October at 10.00am in the Pheonix Park.  So dust off your running shoes and join the most successful fundraising team in the school.  For more information about this really worthwhile cause, see Ms Hutchinson Edgar in A22. 


Church of Ireland Board of Education Service

The Church of Ireland General Synod Board of Education warmly invites pupils, past pupils, parents, staff, and governors of The High School to join Dr Leo Varadkar, Minister for Social Protection, at a service of Choral Evensong to mark the opening of the academic year at St Patrick's Cathedral, Dublin on Thursday, 22 September 2015 at 3.00 pm.  The address will be given by Dr Tony Bates who is Chief Executive Officer of Headstrong.  All are most welcome to attend this event. 


Calendar Change

Please note an important amendment to the school calendar.  The Prize Distribution will now take place on 26 October and not on 19 October as previously published.  


Dates for your Diary

  • 23 Sept - Full day Staff training. No school for pupils except 6th Form.
  • 26 Sept - HSD Parents' Association AGM 8.00pm
  • 28 Sep 16 - Form 3 parents' meeting - Junior Certificate arrangements, 7.30 pm
  • 29 Sep 16 - Form 3 parent-teacher meeting, 4.15 pm; school closes, 3.40 pm