TCS - What's happening

Scholarship Winner

Congratulations to Abbie Walsh, 5th year, who will be heading stateside this summer. Abbie applied for a scholarship that would enable her to attend the Ben Franklin Institute exchange programme hosted in Purdue University, Indiana.
With nominations from her teachers Ms Moran and Ms Crowe, Abbie submitted her application back in January.  The TCS communinty were delighted to hear this week that Abbie's application was successful and wish her the best of luck.

The Benjamin Franklin Transatlantic Fellows Summer Institute is an intensive short-term exchange program. Its purpose is to foster relationships among young Europeans and Americans to build stronger linkages and enhanced awareness of shared values. The four week program will enable teenagers, ages 16-18, to explore U.S. foreign policy priorities and common goals, such as support for democracy and civil society, economic prosperity, and broader youth engagement. The program will consist of a series of lectures, seminar discussions and presentations, and a broad assortment of practical, faculty- and mentor-led workshops. The coursework and classroom activities will be complemented by community service activities, site visits, social and cultural activities, and homestays with American families to deepen participants’ experience of US society during their exchange.
 
During the academic residency, participants also will have the opportunity to discuss other topics, including democratic principles, conflict resolution, problem solving, communication skills, critical thinking, tolerance and respect for diversity, leadership, team building, and engaging the media. Upon their return home, participants will implement service projects in their communities and present an alumni project plan to assist a youth-serving or youth-centered organization in their home country. These organizations could include the U.S. Mission Youth Councils, American Corners/American Spaces, and exchange alumni associations.


 

Interfaith Week 2019

TCS interfaith week 2019
As part of Interfaith Week we had the wonderful experience of learning about Buddhism and its rituals. In a workshop undertaken by Transition Year and Second Year students, we learned about the food, customs and dress of Buddhism. Students were invited to participate by having their faces decorated and in trying on traditional clothes and jewellery. A conch and a gong were used to good effect in trying to create as much noise as possible, in contrast to the very relaxing meditation methods demonstrated at the beginning of the workshop. Students found the workshop to be a very mind broadening experience as they opened their minds to the differing belief systems of others.


 

Inspiring Women 2019

TCS inspiring women

In recognition of International Womens’ Day 2019 Transition Year students were invited to attend the Inspiring Women event at Google Headquarters. The event was organised by Google and South Dublin County Council Partnership and was addressed by Minister Katherine Zappone. The event was a celebration of the amazing women and girls who are part of our community who every day make a difference to our world.

As part of the Active Schools Initiative, we are also promoting 'Women in Sport' this year. We have decided to link in with the 20x20 Campaign in order to promote this. 20x20 is an all-inclusive movement to shift Ireland's culture perception of women's sport by 2020 with:
- A 20% increase in media coverage of women in sport.
- A 20% increase in female participation at all levels of sport.
- A 20% increase in attendance at women's games and events.

We invited all girls involved in Sports Clubs both inside and outside of school, to attend a photoshoot to celebrate this. The photos will be put on display around the school with the hope that we motivate our girls to continue training, and to encourage new faces to join them too.  Pics


 

Concern Debates Jan 2019

TCS Concern Debate Team
Our TCS Concern Debate Team continue their winning streak with a fourth unanimous win over Old Bawn Community College on Thursday 17th of January last. TCS were delighted to host our near neighbours and a great atmosphere prevailed even as the motion “The UN is no longer relevant” was carried. We wish TCS all the best in their next round. We have no doubt that the sky is the limit for this great team of orators. Team TCS are Captain Trudy Nolan, Emma Duffy, Liam Duffin and Graham Doran.




Concern Debates Campaign Ends

TCS Concern Debate Team 2019
It was the end of a successful campaign for our Transition Year Concern Debates Team when they lost out to Coláiste Cill Mhantáin in a hotly contested debate hosted by TCS on March 5th. We are very proud of their great run in the competition as they reached the final sixteen among experienced opposition. We look forward to watching these active citizens and amazing orators bring the skills they have gained from this competition to assist them as they progress in the Leaving Cert cycle and beyond.




Active and Wellbeing Week 2019

        

We held our annual Active and Wellbeing Week from the 21st to the 25th of January last. This year's theme was Addressing the Gender Gap in Teenage Fitness. Inspired by our own research in school, encouraged by the initiative 20x20 If She Can’t See It She Can’t Be It and supported by South Dublin County Council Sports Development, we embarked on a week of activity with all of our students participating.

Sixth Year students took time out of their busy study schedule to get involved in a HIIT class in our very own Sports Complex. Exercise aids study as regular exercise changes the brain to improve memory and thinking skills. Exercise benefits the brain as much as the body and that’s always a good deal for students.

Fifth Years, Transition Year and Leaving Certificate Applied students walked from Bray to Greystones as their activity. Weather conditions were cool and a little damp but there is no such thing as bad weather, only the wrong clothes and all students persevered to the end of their challenge.

Junior students enjoyed a hike up Ticknock as their challenge and enjoyed the fresh clear air high above the city. This is one of Dublin’s most popular climbs for good reason. The views over Dublin and the Irish Sea are stunning.

We encourage our students to continue being active as the weather improves and the days are longer. The benefits of young people being active are many. Young people who exercise are more likely to keep exercising as an adult. Exercise helps young people to achieve and maintain a healthy body weight. Regular physical activity helps build and maintain strong, healthy muscles, bones and joints. Pics


 

5th Year Business Trip To Johnson & Johnson

 TCS at JandJ

5th Year business students, accompanied by Mr Cleary, Mr Ryan and Mrs Cunningham took a trip to Johnson & Johnson headquarters on Thursday, November 15th as part of the Junior Achievement programme they had been participating in since early October. 

Junior Achievement is designed to assist students in developing positive skills that are essential in an ever changing world. This programme gives students a greater insight into the world of business. Over the course of the six weeks, each participant developed better communication skills and learned excellent interview skills.

Students were greeted by Johnson & Johnson and Junior Achievement employees very respectfully. Upon arrival they were treated with some snacks and given a run-down of the day ahead. Following the introduction, students received a talk from an engineering lecturer from ITT. After this the access officer of ITT spoke briefly about the opportunities in the college.

Arguably the most exciting part of the day followed, students were individually interviewed by staff. During these interviews students were able to express themselves speaking of their talents. Next up was a tour of the Johnson & Johnson headquarters in which students were even treated to some donuts.

After the tour students and staff were treated to Domino’s Pizza for lunch.  To complete the fun filled day, each student received a certificate to commend their excellent participation and engagement in the Junior Achievement Programme.
A great day was had by all! Pics