Vol 22 No 25 30 March 2017
Junior Drama Triumph
On 30 March after six weeks of rehearsals a large number of Form 1 and 2 pupils participated in the Junior Play. It was a splendid performance with plenty of audience participation. The play was exciting and enjoyable for the all those who were watching with many pop-culture references and quality acting from all the pupils. Personally, I enjoyed the rehearsals just as much as the final performance. Each actor was committed and attended as many rehearsals as they could. There was a very friendly, warm atmosphere that was constantly buzzing. As the anticipation for the opening night of the play mounted, the rehearsals began to get more serious. However, the actual night was immense fun and all in all a very good experience. I must admit that I am already looking
forward to next year.
Éle Ní Chonbhuí
On Thursday 30 March, a group of 40 Form 4 pupils left the school at 2.00 pm and travelled down to Kerry with a brief stop in Limerick for some food supplies. We woke early on Friday morning, ate our breakfast in the communal hostel kitchen, and then made our packed lunch. We began our Carrauntoohill hike at 10.30 am and hiked through until 5.00 pm. It was a long and tiring hike, including a significant detour because of weather conditions. Everyone made it to the top of the mountain, 1038m above sea level, kissed the cross and stopped off for a photograph. Once back at the hostel, everyone made their much-needed hot dinner and settled down for a good nights' sleep. We left on Saturday morning following hectic packing and made it back hungry and tired but with a real sense of achievement at
having completed our Gaisce award.
Photos by Conor Fagan
Congratulations to The High School Orchestra who came third in the All-Ireland Post-Primary School Orchestra Feis Ceoil competition. Well done also to the large number of High School pupils - both past and present - who performed at the event. Jacob Kennedy deserves special attention as he came second in the classical guitar competition. You will have a chance to hear our orchestra, choir, and various soloists at the Summer Concert which will take place on 17 May this year. All are welcome to attend this wonderful event.
On 27 March, eight pupils from Form 4 were involved in the Dublin Schools Spring Judo Championships. We have a judo class every Thursday as part of the Transition Year programme. It was a good opportunity to try out what we have learned. Pupils from other schools from around Dublin also participated in the competition. There were many different weight categories in the competition; they started at under 41 kg all the way up to over 93 kg in both junior and senior categories. There was also an open competition in which anyone could compete. We were all very happy because everyone who participated from The High Schoolwon at least one medal. It was a great experience.
There will be a special Colour Day to celebrate diversity at The High School tomorrow (Friday 7 April). All pupils should bring €3 to school which will be donated to the ISPCC.
Congratulations to these High School pupils who represented Ireland U18s against Wales at the weekend.
Last week Form 4 pupils visited Dublin City University (DCU) where we attended a lecture on the various courses available to all who study there. We were then treated to a tour of their facilities which were most impressive. It was a very worthwhile visit.
HSD Wins Science Prize
On Monday members of The High School Science Club won the Dublin City Council Bioblitz in Herbert Park. We are delighted by our pupils' win. Science Club is open to everyone and meets after school on Mondays in the Science lab on the C Floor.
Green Schools Competition Winners
Congratulations to the lucky winners of the Green Schools Water Week Poster Competition who were presented with their delicious prizes in The Library.
The High School Past
Pupils' Annual Dinner
Calling on past pupils, parents, and friends of the school! The High School and Diocesan Past Pupils' Annual Dinner takes place at Old Wesley Rugby Football Club on Friday 5 May at 7.00 pm. We would like to encourage you to come along to what will be a fantastic evening with great food, and a chance to meet old friends and more importantly to meet new ones. The dinner is open to everyone associated with The High School. It is not necessary to be a past pupil: we would like parents and friends of the School to join us on the night too. The dinner is a black tie event and tickets cost €50 per person or €25 to recent school leavers. Please email email@example.com or check the HSD PPU website www.hsdppu.com for further details.
The very best of luck to past pupils Claire Austen (HSD, 2009 -2015) and Luke Kehoe Roche (HSD, 2010-2016) who will be taking a master class with virtuoso violinist Maxim Vengerov
at the National Concert Hall this weekend.
Dates for your Diary
- 7 Apr 17 - Spring term ends, 11.55 am
- 24 Apr 17 - Summer term begins, 8.55 am
- 25 Apr 17 - Form 2 outdoor pursuits day
- 26 Apr 17 - UCD campus visit - Form 5 only
- 26 Apr 17 - Music Scholarship examination, 2.00 pm