Principal Ciarán Hartigans Address


To mark the start of the 2023 academic year, I wanted to take this opportunity to check in with you and extend a very warm welcome to both our new and returning day school students.


Last Monday and Tuesday, our 5th and 6th year students had their Orientation Days and were welcomed to the school and given the opportunity to renew old acquaintances and get to know some of their new classmates.  I addressed them and spoke about the importance of using their time productively this year, paying particular attention to how they use their timetabled study periods.  


I reminded them that the Leaving Cert. is a marathon, not a sprint, and to work hard from the beginning of the year.  However, I also reminded them that they cannot work all the time and that students who “burn out” do not perform well in exams due to fatigue.  I advised them to keep up with assessments and assignments, and not to let work pile up to the point where it seems overwhelming.  They should strive to find a healthy balance and be sure to keep up with their leisure activities outside school.


JP, the deputy principal at The Academy, spoke to the students about our code of conduct and our approach to discipline here at the school.  He emphasised that we do not have a huge number of rules here, and that any that are in place are designed to create a more focused academic environment.


He advised the students that respect is what underpins our code of behaviour, and he asked that all students behave in a respectful manner towards each other and the staff.


Trisha, our Administration Manager, spoke to the students about her role, and the procedures around absenteeism, study passes, etc.  She encouraged students to come and speak to her if they have any concerns during the year.  Liz, our Guidance Counsellor, also addressed the students and outlined her role, and explained how the students can get in touch with her or make an appointment.


Following a break, where students were provided with pastries, fresh fruit and other refreshments, Peter and Nik from our IT department, spoke to the students about our various online platforms and how to access them.  


Specifically, Peter explained how students can access our online learning platform, D.A.S.H. (Dublin Academy Study Hub) and Nik spoke to them about our Crazam app, which provides an incredible amount of exam preparation material and is a resource which is free to all full-time students of The Dublin Academy.  


Following this, one of our past students spoke to the students and gave them a few pointers about getting organised for the Leaving Cert., and how best to use their time this year.  Finally, the 6th Years were addressed by their year head, Rob, who sent them on their way with a funny and inspiring talk.  



The day concluded at 12.30pm and full time classes began last Wednesday at 9am.  We are excited about the year to come and are looking forward to building on the extraordinary success of our Class of 2023, who achieved some very impressive results in their Leaving Cert. exams last June.


 We will be in touch in due course and in the meantime, I wish you all the best for the coming academic year.  Should you have any queries, please do not hesitate to contact reception.


Warm regards,