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Vol 22 No 7     18 October 2016

The Simon Community Fun Run -
Why One 6th Form Pupil Keeps on Running

Waking up early to torrential rain on the morning of my fifth Simon Community Fun Run, I have to admit that I was having trouble remembering why I had signed up for it.  However, just as the race began, the sun came out and once more I was captured by that "something special" about this event that makes me keep returning every year.  Being one of the mass of runners, all moving together; the peaceful morning filled only with the sound of pounding feet; the enthusiastic words of encouragement from the volunteers along the way; the much-needed water break and rousing music at the halfway mark; and most of all that final stretch to the finish line, followed by the realisation that I have been a small part of something that makes a huge difference to the people I see on the streets of my city.
Rachel Ferguson (Form 6)



On Friday 30 September and Saturday 1 October, twenty-one students alongside Ms Beamish made their way to Terenure College, prepared for a long weekend of debating. In Model United Nations (MUN), a student represents a country and debates various topics. The delegates from The High School represented Australia, Japan and the Russian Federation. We spent Friday and Saturday afternoon debating in our committees, discussing resolutions varying from childhood obesity to international terrorism. Congratulations to Chloe Holmes who won a prestigious Distinguished Delegate award. It was a really fun weekend. We would like to thank Ms Beamish and Terenure College for helping to make the conference so enjoyable.
Miriam Kelly (Form 5)


Maths Week Competition 

This week is Maths Week and, along with all the special activities that the maths classes will be involved in this week, here is a competition that any pupil may enter.  All you have to do is come up with a suitable, maths related, question - either funny or serious- that has the answer "7 penguins". Give your entry to your maths teacher by the end of school on Friday 21 October. There will be a prize for the best question as judged by the Maths Department. 


South African Visitors

The High School SCT hosted and played a touring South African team from 7-9 October.  After showing them around on Friday, we played them on Saturday morning.  They were a very physical team but we ended up winning 24-7.  We had a little get-together the night before sending them back off on Sunday morning. It was the first time a few of them had left South Africa.  On their tour here they visited the Guinness Storehouse, Croke Park and the Aviva Stadium.  Their other stops were Limerick and Mullingar, where they won both their matches
Ronan O'Byrne (Head Boy)


UCD Ad Astra Award

We are delighted to have been advised that an immediate past pupil from The High School has been awarded an Ad Astra Scholarship for Music in UCD in recognition of his exceptional talent as a violinist.  The UCD Ad Astra Performing Arts Scholarships are awarded, on an application and merit basis, to students who demonstrate talent and dedication to their art alongside commitment to their chosen academic degree.  In 2016, Luke Kehoe Roche (HSD, 2010-16) achieved this notable distinction and has been awarded the Ad Astra Scholarship. We offer him and all recent past pupils our warmest congratulations on their achievements and wish them every success in their academic careers.

Click on this image to watch our award-winning past pupil perform live at The High School Summer Concert last May.  


HSD - Blessington Bus Route

The new transport link from the HSD car park to Blessington via Terenure, Templeogue, and Tallaght every day after school is now up and running. Click here for full list of bus stops along the HSD- Blessington bus route.  


Forms 1 and 2 Short Story Competition 

Spooky short stories should be sent to B21 by 24 October at the latest.  

Proud to be a High School Boy - Class of 1969

"Gosh! It all seems so different since our class did our Leaving Cert in Harcourt Street in 1969!! We were detained until the very end of June, because some papers had been stolen, and we had to re-sit a couple of subjects. Absolute horror!  We could not get out of the place quick enough!  It looks to be an amazing school now..... and has a silver medal winning sailing competitor in Annalise! Well done to the whole school.  'Proud to have been a pupil there. In three years time, hopefully a group of us will celebrate 50 years since we were 'The class of '69'!"
Brian Hughes (HSD, 1960-69) 


Form 5 Play Rehearsal Dates

Mr Milofsky has kindly created a comprehensive list of all upcoming rehearsal dates for this year's Form 5 play.  It is essential that all those involved attend the rehearsals.   Click on the button below to ensure that you don't miss a date!


Keeping Rosh Hashannah

Rosh Hashannah is the Jewish New Year festival, held on the first (and sometimes the second) day of Tishri. It is marked by the blowing of the shofar (a sacred horn) and begins the ten days of penitence and coming together in Yom Kippur. The Jewish people dip slices of apple in honey to represent and wish each other a sweet new year! 
Hannah Kennedy and Evie Sisson (Form 2)


Parents’ Evening and Prize Distribution

The annual Parents’ Evening and Prize Distribution will be held in the Gymnasium at The High School on Wednesday 26 October beginning at 8.00 pm sharp; please ensure that you are seated by 7.50 pm.  The speaker will be Mr Garrett Fennell, Chairperson of Temple Carrig School – all are most welcome to attend.  Please note that the Prize Distribution will now take place on 26 October and not on 19 October as previously published.  


Dates for your Diary

  • 28 Oct 16 - Half term begins, 11.55 am
  • 7 Nov 16 - Half term ends, 8.55 am
  • 7 Nov 16 - Form 4 work experience (1 week)

  • 8 Nov 16 - Form 5 parent-teacher meeting, 4.15 pm; school closes, 3.40 pm
  • 10 Nov 16 - Staff meeting, 4.15 pm; no sports or activities after school