Welcome to the new High School Dublin Parents' Association portal for 2016. We hope you like it! We have plans to extend this facility to enable more effective dialogue so we welcome your views on what you'd like to see and hear about from the Association. Make sure to let us know.

So who are we and what do we do?
Starting into our 73rd year, the HSD Parents' Association is one of the oldest parents' associations in the country. The primary goal of the Association is to represent the interests of you as parents/guardians of children at the school and to promote good relationships between parents/guardians and the school. 

Your 2015/16 team is :
        Dr Duncan Cole, President, Chairman and Finance Committee 
        Dr Jane Suiter, Vice President, Education Committee 
        Fiona Sweeney, Treasurer, 3rd Year Parent Rep. 
        Nigel Donovan, Secretary, 1st Year Parent Rep. 
        Arthur Barlow, 4th Year Parent Rep. & Sports Committee 
        Finola Connolly, Events Coordinator 
        Elaine Costello, 2nd Year Parent Rep & Events Coordinator. 
        Loretta Dignam, Compass Rep and Communications 
        Anthony Harris, 5th Year Parent Rep. 
        Peter Lynch, Grounds & Property Committee 
        Martin Ridgeway, 6th Year Parent Rep. & Student Liaison 

The Association is represented at every level across the management of the school.
This year, the President and Vice President of the Association are the Parent Representatives on the Board of Governors and the Management Committee of the school. 
With members of the committee also on each of the Board sub-committees – Education, Sport, Finance, and Grounds/Property – the parents association is consulted on the development of all major new policies at the school.

Parents from all year groups are currently represented on the Parents' Association Committee.

Election to the Committee takes place at the AGM and representatives serve for a period of 2 years. We look forward to hearing from you.

The Objectives of the Parents' Association which can be found in the “Rules of the Association” can be summarised as: 
  •  Support the welfare and educational interests of the pupils in The High School.
  •  Foster the sharing of educational knowledge and social activities amongst the members of the Association.
  •  Keep the membership regularly informed about developments relating to the school.
  •  Promote the involvement of parents/guardians in the High School.
  •  Act as the conduit for effective communication between the school and the parent body with regard to matters affecting the school and the education and welfare of all its pupils.
To support collaboration and delivery across these objectives, we have organised ourselves into a matrix structure. Click on the diagram below to zoom into this structure.

Some practical examples of the ways in which the association currently participates in school life are :
  • Arranging social evenings for parents to enable parents to meet up and get to know each other
  • Assisting with the organisation of parent-teacher meetings for each of the year groups.
  • Supporting the Guidance Department's mock interview evening for senior pupils.
  • Sponsoring and arranging “parent’s talks” at the school covering topics of interest to parents.
  • Providing prizes and sponsorships for students who achieve excellence in their field of endeavour at the school.
  • Engaging with the student council in the organisation of a number of fun events for: 
    • Junior Certificate students on the day they receive their results 
    • The 6th form students after the graduation ceremony
  • The annual parent-teacher cricket match and BBQ. 

For more information about the Parents' Association at The High School or if you'd like to get more actively involved, please click here to contact us.

Best Regards,
The HSD Parents' Association

Useful Links for Parents
- Student Enrichment Services