Vol 22 No 10 17 November 2016
Act of Remembrance
The High School commemorated all those who died in conflict during the twentieth century in an Act of Remembrance on Thursday and Friday last week. In particular, the service of at least 476 past pupils who volunteered during the First World War and Second World War (of whom 99 were killed) was marked in a short ceremony held during Assembly. The Principal (together with the Head Boy, Head Girl, Deputy Head Boy, and Deputy Head Girl) represented The High School at the annual Act of Remembrance which was held in the presence of representatives of His Excellency the President of Ireland at St Patrick’s Cathedral on Remembrance Sunday. You can learn more about past pupils of The High School who died during the First World War here.
Royal Russell London MUN Conference
On 22 October, nine pupils from Form 3, 5, and 6 accompanied by Mr Rankin and Ms Beamish travelled to London for the 35th Royal Russell International MUN conference. Planning for the conference began weeks in advance and we were all thoroughly prepared to represent Bulgaria and South Sudan. The conference consisted of Committee meetings, General Assemblies, Crisis Panels, and nightly discos with Pyjama Party, Bollywood, and Space themes. We all had a fantastic time and enjoyed an incredible experience. We made friends with pupils from all over the world including the USA, Japan, and Europe. We should all like to thank Mr Rankin and Ms Beamish for bringing us to London, taking us on a trip to Sainsbury's and for the pizza. If you enjoy debating, current affairs, or politics
get in contact with Ms Beamish about joining MUN. My only regret is not joining sooner!
Sophie Hayes (Form 6)
Inter-Provincial Hockey Selections
We wish the following pupils every success in representing The High School and Leinster at the forthcoming Inter-Provincial Hockey Competition to be held in Queen's University, Belfast: Peter Lynch, Alexander O'Regan, Alex Flynn, Alastair Empey, Calum Adair, Ross Howard, and Harry Lynch.
The winners of the penguin competition during Maths week were:
Junior Cycle: Yehonatan Levy (Form 2)
Senior Cycle: Michael Guastalla (Form 5).
Mr I Wilkinson
Annual Shakespeare Theatre Trip
On the Friday before the half term break pupils from Form 6 enjoyed their annual Shakespeare Theatre trip to see a live performance of 'Hamlet' at The Mill Theatre, Dundrum. It is always interesting to see one of Shakespeare's plays performed live on stage, something that every pupil should experience at The High School. Shane O'Regan, who played Hamlet the Dane was outstanding, as was the set-design. It was a most worthwhile visit.
Phantoms of The Opera
A group of talented High School pupils who attend local performing arts school, 'Leotards and Monologues', performed scenes from The Phantom of the Opera at the Nutgrove Arts Festival during half term. It was a wonderful success.
Irish EU Science Olympiad (IrEUSO) finalists
Congratulations to Andrew Canning (4D), Fields Chung (5T), Jack Healy (4K), and Dylan Walsh (5TV) who have qualified for the finals of the Irish EU Science Olympiad (IrEUSO) competition. They were originally selected to participate in the process following strong performances in Science and Mathematics at Junior Certificate. We wish our pupils every success as they compete for further honours at the IrEUSO finals.
Dr C Whitford
Green-Schools Ambassadors Award
Congratulations to Fields Chung (5T) and Joy Sherwood (6EB) who have been nominated to participate in the Green-Schools Ambassadors Programme. The High School has been awarded Green Flags in recognition of its work to meet criteria in the themes of Litter & Waste followed by Energy, respectively. It is currently aiming to achieve a third Green Schools flag in the theme of Water. We wish our pupils every success in their role as Green-Schools Ambassadors.
Ms R Lyons
French Chocolate Breakfast
Form 2 pupils recently enjoyed a French chocolate breakfast in French class, which included hot chocolate, croissants and pain au chocolat and plenty of chat en Français. What a lovely start to the day!
TCD Entrance Exhibitions
We are delighted to have been advised by the Board of Trinity College, Dublin that a number of immediate past pupils from The High School have been awarded Entrance Exhibitions in recognition of their high levels of performance in the Leaving Certificate examinations. The awards are made to Junior Freshmen who are new entrants to full-time undergraduate degree courses at the university whose performance in the Leaving Certificate examination was greater than the equivalent of 560 points. In 2016, Maya Devine and Katie O'Connor achieved this notable distinction and were awarded Entrance Exhibitions. We offer these and all recent past pupils of The High School our warmest congratulations on their achievements and wish them every success in their academic careers.
UCD Entrance Exhibitions
We are delighted to have been advised by the President of UCD that a number of immediate past pupils from The High School have been awarded Entrance Scholarships in recognition of their high levels of performance in the Leaving Certificate examinations. The awards are made to first year students who have achieved 560 points or more in their Leaving Certificate examination. In 2016, Ilona Adams, Ritchie Burbridge, Clodagh Curran, Clara Devine, Ellen Downey, William Le Bas, Sam Rayner, and Cathal Ryan achieved this notable distinction and were awarded Entrance Scholarships. In addition, Ritchie Burbridge was awarded a Choral Scholarship and William Le Bas a Symphony Orchestra Scholarship in recognition of their musical talent.
Tree Planting for a Greener World
A big thank you to TD and Leader of the Green Party, Mr Eamon Ryan who visited High School recently to plant a tree as part of a Form 3 CSPE Action Project.
Supermoon photo: Conor Fagan (Form 4)
Parents' Association Reminders
Saturday 19 November at 10.30 am in Dundalk Grammar School for our first COMPASS interactive this year featuring Professor Donal O’Shea (High School parent) speaking about “Healthy Eating and Active Living in 2016”.
Wednesday 23 November at 8.00 pm in The Reynolds Hall for an evening with Jim Harding who is the founder of "Bully4U". Tea/coffee and light refreshments following the presentation and Q&A on Cyber Bullying. Click Here for more information.
Friday 25 November for lunch with Annalise Murphy and Shane O'Donoghue at 12.30 pm. Please find below an invitation to all High School parents from The High School Past Pupils' Union to the Olympian Lunch on 25 November in Old Wesley RFC at 12.30 pm.
Dates for your Diary
- 17 Nov 16 - Senior Play, 8.00 pm
- 18 Nov 16 - Senior Play, 8.00 pm
- 19 Nov 16 - Senior Play, 8.00 pm
- 21 Nov 16 - Form 6 parents - CAO information meeting, 7.30 pm
- 22 Nov 16 - Form 2 parent-teacher meeting, 1.25 pm; school closes, 12.35 pm