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Vol 22 No 6     11 October 2016

HSD Girls' Rugby Sevens Champions

The High School Girl's Sevens rugby team competed in a tournament on Thursday 9 October.  We played 4 matches of 7 minutes a half.  Our first match began at 10.30 am against Mount Temple Comprehensive School which we won 25-20.  We then played Firhouse Community College which resulted in another win putting us through to the semi-final.  The semi-final was played against St Raphaela's School which resulted in an 40-0 win for The High School.  By earning a place in the final we were automatically put through to the Leinster tournament to be held in Donnybrook.  We elected to play the final anyway against St Louis' High School which finished with a win of 30-20 to us.  The High School became the Girls' Rugby Sevens Dublin Champions and were put through to the next round of the competition!
Katie Moore (Form 4)

Photographs: Cia McElveen-Walsh (Form 6)


Transition Year Cultra Trip

On Tuesday the 27 September Form 4 pupils went to the Ulster Folk and Transport museum in Cultra, County Down.  We met in the train station at 8.45am and took the train to Belfast Central, followed by a connecting train to Cultra.  From here we walked to the Folk museum.  We were put into teams and given a worksheet to be completed.  We began by looking around the buildings in the re-modelled town, such as the tea room, picture house, bank, post office and printers.  Many of us bought sweets in the sweet shop before we left.  After the town, we entered the rural area and looked around old fashioned houses and businesses including a forge and a mill.  


What Always Impresses me About Rugby - Thoughts on the Australian Visit.  

It wasn’t supposed to be this way. Watching painfully from the sideline as two groups of players from worlds apart, came together to do battle on the pitch. Two different styles of play combined for a thrilling affair; back and forth the teams, scrapping for every inch, but all that could separate the teams was the final whistle bringing a conclusion to the contest. But not even the whistle could keep the rivals away for long. 


Playing Hockey - Making Friends

Monday couldn’t come fast enough as we all awaited the arrival of the Calrossy team. That evening was spent getting to know our billets, meeting up in small groups for a night of culture exchanges and many laughs. We got to know the girls really well and this calmed our nerves immensely as they were such a lovely group of players.


Prize Distribution

If you have received a book token for Prize Distribution this week, please return the book you have purchased to the Librarian by Monday 17 October at the very latest.
Ms Thorpe  


Why I Think Home Economics is an Amazing Subject

Home Economics is an amazing subject.  It is all about the household skills everyone
needs to know. You learn about nutrition, how to cook, and how to sew and knit. We won’t be knitting until after Christmas, but we are learning how to bake  - we have baked cookies, scones, a sponge cake, and some thing of our own choice. We have also learned about the nutrition the body needs. If you chose Home Economics - brilliant! If not, change to it now!
Hugh Geraghty (Form 1)


NUI Galway Excellence Scholarship

We are delighted to have been advised by the President of NUI Galway that an immediate past pupil from The High School has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship in recognition of his high level of performance in the Leaving Certificate examinations.  The awards are made to a small number of first year students who have achieved 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate examination.  In 2016, Jason Cosgrove (HSD, 2010-16) achieved this notable distinction and has been awarded an Excellence Scholarship.  We offer him and all recent past pupils our warmest congratulations on their achievements and wish them every success in their academic careers.


Parents' Association News

  • Last chance to make your submissions for the Student Achievement award for last term. Click HERE

  • Click HERE to contact your Form group parent representatives.

    • Form 1 : Malcolm Boyd

    • Form 2 : Steve Wilson

    • Form 3 : Elaine Costello

    • Form 4 : Nigel Donovan

    • Form 5 : Arthur Barlow

    • Form 6 : Loretta Dignam 


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

  • 26 Oct 16 - Parents' Evening and Prize Distribution, 7.30 pm
  • 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