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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


 

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.




TCS students at Campaign Academy

TCS at Campaign Academy

On the 9th November 2018, a group of seven TY students took part in a workshop called ‘Campaign Academy’ run by the charity Concern. These students will take part in a series of seven workshops over the course of the year to teach them how to become campaigners in their own community. The topic of the campaign will be about Climate Change and looking at the impact it is having and what we can do to help.

Six different schools took part in the first workshop and took part in ice-breaker activities to find out about each other and to find out what they knew about Climate Change.
They discussed how climate change is affecting the world we live in today, learning about examples like the forest fires in California, extreme weather in Ireland and how the Arctic had the hottest temperatures ever recorded in history this year. They discussed how, if the earths average temperature increased by two degrees, the consequences earth would face, how there would be a major loss of habitat for plants and animals, and how it would also affect human development.

The students also learned about the 17 development goals set up by the UN that will hopefully be reached by the end of 2030, the aim is to make the planet better for everyone.

Finally, the students focused on what they could do individually, in their community, and globally. They hope to do a project in our school to create some positive changes regarding climate change.  We look forward to a year working with Campaign Academy and becoming campaigners!!


 

Science Week 2018

Science Week Ireland, coordinated by Science Foundation Ireland, took place this week 11-18 November 2018. As part of Science Week TCS students took part in a range of exciting Science and Astronomy events.

TCS Stem Club took a trip to DCU where they had the opportunity to listen to astronauts speak about their space experiences. Students also viewed the Dublin lights from space and searched for TCS!

2nd year students stretched their science brains with a table quiz on Friday. For Space Week, Transition Year and physics classes attended an Astrophysics Talk by Trinity College PHD students about careers in science. 1st Year students conducted their own experiments in exploring the stuff of stars. 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


 

5th Year Debate Success at IT Carlow



TCS 5th Year TCS Debate Team of Megan Kelly and Lee Cairnduff beat all comers at the IT Carlow Open Day Debate. The debate competition is organised annually by IT Carlow Department of the Built Environment in conjunction with The Society of Chartered Surveyors Ireland.

TCS had to debate through three rounds in total and tackled three different motions for which they had to prepare and deliver their speeches in addition to refuting points made by their opposition. The three motions were:
1) This house believes that the construction industry should lead the way in tackling homelessness.
2) This house believes that the construction industry should lead the way in tackling climate change.
3) This house believes that recent reports on school structural issues are a thing of the past.

This is a wonderful achievement for Megan, Lee and TCS and was ably supported and assisted by Ms Blake.


 

Concern Debates 2018 R2

The TCS Concern Debates Team again tasted victory on Tuesday night, 13th of November. In this round, The High School, Rathgar was the host venue and the motion to be debated ‘That Nike should be applauded for standing with Colin Kaepernick’. The TCS team of TY students, Captain Trudy Nolan, Emma Duffy, Liam Duffin and Graham Doran opposed the motion in a robust debate and were successful in having the motion defeated. Congratulations to all involved and best of luck as you progress on through the competition.