Vol 22 No 11 24 November 2016
Rock of Ages - Senior Play
Congratulations to the cast and crew of this year's Senior Play, 'Rock of Ages', whose performances over the three-day-run were exceptional. The show featured a long list of hit songs from the 1980s by famous bands like 'Journey' and 'Foreigner', performed live on stage by talented High School pupils. Recent past pupils, Paige Leavy and Ellen Downey (both HSD, 2010-16) assisted director, Mr Milofsky, with flawless singing arrangements and choreography. A highlight of the evening was when the entire audience began waving glow-sticks and singing along to the classic rock-anthem, 'Every Rose Has Its Thorn'. Once again, the talent of our pupils has surpassed all imagining and we would like to thank everyone involved who put so much tireless effort into this colourful
HSD SCT in Leinster Schools League Final
On Wednesday 16 November, The High School's Senior Cup Team played Skerries Community College in the League Semi Final. This was a repeat of last year's fixture but with a much better result. The High School won 37-15 after a comprehensive display, with three tries from Mathew Barlow, two from David Donnelly, one each for Stephen Landy and Rhys Butler, and a conversion from Milo O'Sullivan. David Donnelly was named man of the match. The final will be held in Donnybrook at 2.00 pm on Wednesday 30 November. Supporters are welcome!
The High School Christmas Fair
We are very excited to be hosting The High School's first
Christmas Fair on Saturday 10 December in aid of Multiple Sclerosis Ireland from 10.00 am-12.30 pm. Come for the crafts and homemade bakes, and stay for the festive ballet and live music.
With face-painting, a Christmas raffle, and a special guest from the North Pole there will be fun for all of the family.
24 Hours Speaking Irish
Last week pupils from The High School took part in 'Gaeilge 24', an exciting nationwide initiative by Conradh na Gaeilge to promote the Irish language in schools. It involved pupils speaking 'as Gaeilge' for 24 hours. Pupils and teachers had great fun expressing themselves in the national language throughout the day. Well done to everyone involved!
GAA Pupil Success
Congratulations to John Burns whose GAA Hurling team just won the Senior Hurling County Championship Final.
Congratulations to these High School brothers whose team won the Minor Football County Championship earlier in the week.
Drop Everything And Read
The entire school will be participating in a Drop Everything And Read class for the first period next Monday morning, so make sure that you have something especially good to read in your school bag!
Rathfarnham Parish Christmas Craft Fair
There will be a Christmas Craft Fair on Saturday 26 November from 2.00 to 5.00pm in the Parish Centre beside the Church on Main Street, Rathfarnham. The entry fee is €2.00 which includes refreshments. Pop by and stock up on your Christmas gifts!
A Poet Remembered
We were saddened to hear of the recent death of Canadian poet, novelist, and singer-songwriter, Leonard Cohen. In tribute, pupils studied some of his lyrics in English class and performed one of his best-loved songs, 'Hallelujah', during the recent Senior Play.
HSD Hockey Interprovincial Success
The High School is very proud of our seven Leinster hockey players who were selected to represent the province at the interprovincial tournament in Belfast last weekend. HSD brothers Peter and Harry Lynch scored five goals between them against Munster teams which was an incredible achievement. Play on the final day was postponed due to heavy frost and will be rescheduled for a later date.
Parents' Association Pupil Achievement Awards
Congratulations to the winners of the Summer Term 2016 Student Achievement Award:
Ruby Keating and Megan O'Brien - Ruby and Megan played on the Leinster team which won the Rugby Sevens' U18 Interprovincial tournament series staged in Tullamore. Following this win, both girls were selected for the Ireland Women Sevens Development squad. Megan was presented with her first Ireland international cap following the European championships in Belgium in 2015, while Ruby has since gone on to win her first Ireland international cap at the European Championships in France this September 2016. Well done Ruby and Megan!
Katie O’Connor - Congratulations to Katie who was selected for the Irish team of four for the European Girls' Mathematical Olympiad (EGMO). Katie went through a long selection process and many weeks of training to make it onto this team for the second year in a row which is a significant achievement. This year's event is took place in Busteni in Romania and the Ireland team were more successful than in any previous year. Well done, Katie!
Conor Empey and Harry Lynch - Congratulations to Conor and Harry who were both selected to play for Ireland at the European Hockey Championships during the summer. Well done, Conor and Harry - a superb achievement!
Congratulations to all our winners and thank you for your nominations.
Click HERE to make your nominations for Autumn Term 2016.
Dates for your Diary
- 28 Nov 16 - Form 3 parents' meeting - Junior Certificate arrangements
- 5 Dec 16 - Carol Service - Zion Church, 7.30 pm
- 8 Dec 16 - Form 4 rock-pop show, 2.35-3.55 pm (Form 4 pupils only)
- 8 Dec 16 - Form 1 parents' meeting (September 2017 intake), 7.30 pm
- 15 Dec 16 - Differential Aptitude Tests (Form 4) - attendance compulsory
- 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