29/07/20 Update:

HSD Parents & Guardians

 As we are all no doubt aware, the government has recently published a wide set of material around the planned return to school in September 2020. 

Minister for Education, Norma Foley has provided various communications for school staff and parents alike, as well as a set of re-opening guidelines.

We've uploaded the details below, so you can review

Enjoy the rest of the summer and we'll continue to provide updates, as we receive them​



Mobile device policy update, February  2020

HSD Pa UPDATE Wednesday 29th July 2020

 Government Return to School Details

15/06/20 Update:

HSD Parents & Guardians

 A quick note to advise that we are continuing to engage with the School Management on the approach for the next school year, to ensure all relevant detail is passed on to parents in a timely manner, to keep the wider school community up to date and to facilitate any actions that may be required.

As you no doubt saw from last week's update, from the Principal, the school is engaged in scenario planning, aligned with requirements and current Department of Education/wider health considerations. Right now the scenario that will face us is unclear, but it may involve some form of blended in person/remote approach. We're all keeping up to date via the media, on wider social implications,  so we can surmise what might face the school and students, come next September.

Our input to the school Board of Management on this topic, at the last meeting, was to ensure we had momentum here, to ensure a state of readiness aligned with September and ongoing clear messaging to parents.

Related to this, we've also engaged on the recent device survey where, interestingly, it was identified that there may be a need to review how the students will access remote activity, in some areas..

Similarly, our ask here, is to ensure the approach drives a clear parent message around what may be needed and what type of access will be required. More details to follow here, directly from the school

Given the uncertainties here, the summer break will no doubt provide a good opportunity at personal level to review items such as home broadband speeds & WiFi capabilities,, along with ongoing home study locations and device readiness.

We'll continue to seek ongoing updates, but as always, feel free to contact us via email or through your PA year rep.


PA Committee

Avril, Birgitta, Elaine, Evelyn, Linda, Susannah, Debo, Gavin, Ray, Steve, Nigel



Form 2 Parent Teacher Meetings Tuesday 5th november, 2019


27/01/20 Update:

Form 1 Parent Teacher meetings took place on Monday 27th January. 

Addittional HSE/Govt back to school guidelines issued Wednesday 26/08/20

Mobile device policy update, November 2019

We're now busy planning for this year's event and will launch ticket sales shortly.

Last year we had some excellent food, top notch entertainment and a great opportunity to get together with the wider HSD parent community, catching up with old friends and making new connections.

With the High School Dublin celebrating it's 150 year anniversary in 2020, we're looking for a big turnout, to continue the celebration.

More to follow ASAP. 


21/05/20 Update:

HSD Parents & Guardians

 We hope you are all keeping well, as we near the end of the school year.

It’s been a challenging final term for all of us, with our wider school, home and work lives turned upside down and multiple cancellations across events and occasions that will no doubt be the topic of conversations for quite some time.

The PA has been busy collecting your feedback across our year reps on the remote learning approach and inputs, which we have collated and presented to the school on an ongoing basis, so the wider perspective can be taken into consideration.
We’ll continue to do this and most recently have suggested that the School develops a plan, embracing all stakeholders, to move us beyond the current emergency scenario of the last weeks, ensuring evolved readiness from the start of term next year.

We’ve focused on the key feedback themes received to date and will look to stay engaged over the summer months, in support of this readiness plan and being able to circle back with you, to keep you on progress and developments.
The recommendations, (see the link below) for review, are a simple mapping of the various considerations across the stakeholder groups of Students, Teachers & Parents, so a complete picture of expectation setting can be formulated and landed. Not an exhaustive list, but inputs designed to promote an inclusive approach.

This may involve some additional reach out for feedback etc., as progress is made, but as always, feel free to contact us via email or through your PA year rep.


PA Committee

Avril, Birgitta, Elaine, Evelyn, Linda, Susannah, Debo, Gavin, Ray, Steve, Nigel



HSD Pa UPDATE Thursday 21st May 2020

 End of term message & next year planning

HSD Pa End of YEAR event, Friday 22nd of MAy

12/05/20 Update:

It's been an interesting past few weeks for us all, with events cancelled, a countrywide lockdown and everyone spending more time at home as work and school life was completely turned upside down.

We hope you are managing to stay well and connected with family & friends

We, as the PA had various events planned, such as our Summer Social and the Speaker Session with Dr David Columb, but unfortunately these, like so many others, have now been postponed.

We also have been busy collecting feedback across our year group reps on the ongoing remote learning activities. We've been in regular communication with the school management team and all feedback has been passed on in support of taking it forward and ensuring the optimal approach could be leveraged.

The message here is clear and one of expectation setting and communication for all involved

As we come to the end of the school year, we have recommended that we now take the lessons learned over the past number of weeks to move us beyond the initial emergency period and to now develop and have ready a full plan for the start of the 2020/2021 school year. We've got the summer months to plan and hope to continue our engagement in support of this approach.

We'll keep you advised as details emerge

As always please reach out to us if we can be of assistance. .

Form 1 Parent Teacher Meetings Monday 27th january, 2020

HSD Pa UPDATE Tuesday 15th June 2020

 School 2020/2021 scenario planning

HSD Pa UPDATE Tuesday 12th May


H.S.D. Parents Association


14/01/20 Update:

Form 5 Parent Teacher meetings took place on Tuesday 14th January. 

15/11/19 Update:

An updated mobile device wording has recently been reviewed by teaching staff, with additional input from the Student Council. This detail has now been added to the draft ICT usage policy and reflects feedback received from the wider parent body, to date.

The main points of the revision seek to clarify and simplify the do’s and don’ts of mobile device use, together with a call out on sanctions that will apply, for any breach. In summary, the approach confirms devices should be powered off between 8.50am and 4.00pm, with the only exception being any specific need to undertake a learning experience under the direct supervision of a teacher. The sanctions that will apply range from confiscation of devices and parent notification by SMS for initial infringement, to parents being required to physically collect devices in person, for multiple breaches.

Review is currently with the school education committee and the planned next steps are to have the revised approach implemented and part of wider school policy ASAP, this academic year.

We’ll keep  you updated on developments and progress, from the school side, but in the interim, we're keen to solicit any comments or feedback on the draft detail, via the PA email address.

Let us know....

24/02/20 Update:

The school has today sent a message to all parents, reviewing plans for an amended mobile device polcy, to take place from today, 24th February, to Friday 20th March, on a pilot basis, following which, feedback and next steps will be reviewed at the Education Committee meeting on the 31st March.

This  approach is in line with the wider Dept. of Education's guidelines on a whole school approach, to encompass input from staff, pupils and parents alike.

Please make sure you familiarise yourself with the detail and provide feedback through the normal channels.

We're happy to pass on any feedback received, reflecting details and the source, via the PA email address.