Form 1 Parent Teacher meetings took place on Monday 27th January.
Form 6 Parent Teacher meetings took place on Thursday 10th October.
A great turnout for this year's event. Thanks to Ray and the PA committee for pulling it together and to Dylan and Eddie (Past Pupils & 31st Rathfarnham), for helping out on the day..
Form 2 Parent Teacher meetings took place on Tuesday 5th November.
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The PA AGM took place on Monday 23rd September. The committee is currently finalising minutes and follow on actions, plus onboarding our new committee members.
2019/2020 updates will be published and communicated within the next week
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. .
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.
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.
Avril, Birgitta, Elaine, Evelyn, Linda, Susannah, Debo, Gavin, Ray, Steve, Nigel
Form 5 Parent Teacher meetings took place on Tuesday 14th January.
Rory Mulvey from Student Enrichment Services visited and spoke to parents on Study Skills. Always a great session, full of practical tips. This year Form 2 and Form 5 attended the seminar as part of their curriculum, so we're happy to promote the conversation here..
Form 3 Parent Teacher meetings took place on Thursday 26th September. A smooth event, thanks to Yvonne (Reception). Multiple words of encouragement and positive feedback from 3rd Form parents - old and new.
H.S.D. Parents Association
Thanks to Avril for organising the Form 1 social night.at the Dropping Well on Thursday 7th Nov.. Great attendance and always good to kick off the school journey, meeting new parents and building connections..
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....
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.