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Johnson & Johnson Business in the Community 2014

The school's Business in the Community partner Johnson & Johnson facilitated a day of mock interviews for a group of students on Thursday 08 May 2014.  The students tell of their experience in the pieces that follow.


1 Elm - podcasting drama

Use of digital media and the development of oracy skills is an integral part of the national literacy programme. The link below describes how the 1 Elm (2013-14) undertook these activities in their English class, using Willy Russell's 'Our Day Out' as a basis for their studies.

1 Elm English podcasting



TCS engages in Inspiring Science

Inspiring Science Education

Tallaght Community School is delighted to announce that they are now involved in new EU-wide science education programme. “Inspiring Science Education” is a new initiative that will enhance the learning experience for all students undertaking science. Inspiring Science Education is all about providing the tools to make science education more challenging, more playful and above all more imaginative and inspiring for today’s students, the citizens of tomorrow’s world. TCS will take part in European project where science students and teachers, will be accessing interactive simulations, educational games and eScience applications and integrating them with extra-curricular activities, such as field trips to science centres and discovery parks, and virtual visits to research centres. Teachers will also have the possibility to access remote and online labs, and relevant scenarios for their use in the school classroom. Students will be encouraged to use eTools and digital resources to learn Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths in a practical, competitive and exciting way. Inspiring Science Education link

Girls Basketball 2014

Update: First and Second Year Girls Basketball

Tallaght CS Vs Adamstown Community College

TCS 2nd Year Girls Basketball TeamThe second year team put on a fantastic shooting display on Wednesday March 3rd against Adamstown CC. Leah Greene, Danielle Gorman, Lauryn Keane and Avile Gigaite took all opportunities under the basket. The team showed hard work and persevered until the final minute. TCS were defeated 30 – 22.  Well done on a great display of basketball.

Tallaght CS Vs Mercy Golden Bridge

TCS 1st Year Girls Basketball TeamThe first year basketball team had great enthusiasm in their opening games this year. TCS had a two point victory over Coláiste de hÍde. It was an exciting finish with our team winning 16 -14. Great performances were shown by Lauren Sherwin and Nadia Uchime. The next challenge faced was against Mercy Goldenbridge. Lauren Cummins was excellent under the basket. The score line finished 20 - 8 with Mercy Goldenbridge clinching the victory.


C & C Swimming Gala 2014

TCS swimTallaght Community School swimming squad had an enjoyable day at this year's gala. All competitors swam really well, and there were a number of winners.

TCS swim gala


  • James Quinn 1st in the third year boys front crawl
  • Sean Nolan 1st in the third year boys back crawl
  • Jason Burke 2nd in the first year boys front crawl
  • Darren Scanlon 2nd in the first year boys back crawl
  • Sean Purcell 3rd in the senior boys front crawl
  • 1st year boys relay team 3rd.

Well done to all.


School Bank 2014

Saved by the Bank

On Thursday the 6th of March six Tallaght Community school transition year students competed in the AIB Build a bank Challenge regional finals 2014.

TCS Build a Bank 2014Each year students are invited to set up a bank, create a name and theme for their bank; then set about the business of banking.  The theme of this year’s bank was “Saved by the Bank” from the popular 90 TV show “Saved by the Bell”.  As part of the competition students had to prepare a business plan, open and run the school bank on a weekly basis and come up with a variety of incentives and promotions to get students interested in banking.  Alongside this the students developed a web page, a Facebook page and a twitter account all with the intention of reaching customers on a cyber-level.  The school bank has been supported all the way by the local AIB bank in Tallaght and student officer Aoife Ryan.

The students had a very successful bank, opening 65 new accounts reactivating a number of old accounts and encouraging students to start the habit of saving. 

This year’s team
Anthony Hopper –Bank Manager
Roisin Foran – Assistant Manager
Sean Keogh – Sales and Marketing
Niamh Mahon – Auditor
Paul Grey – Teller
Lauren Enright – Teller

TCS Build a Bank 2014On Thursday the 6th of March the students travelled to Leopardstown where they competed in the regional final.  For the first round the students had to prepare an exhibition to highlighting their bank and achievements, Judges circulated throughout the 30 exhibitions and talked with the members of each team.  10 semi-finalists were announced following this round.  The 10 finalists then made a 2 minute spoken presentation followed by a judges question and were given 60 seconds to respond.   Following our qualification into this round, “Saved by the Banks” manager Anthony Hopper gave an excellent presentation.  Success was in sight….. all the hard work paid off when our schools name was announced as the winners….

The students will now go forward to compete in the National finals on Thursday the 3rd of April in the RDS.
Well done to all and best of luck in the final.


Finding solutions

TCS LinguisticsTallaght Community School Students Compete for Title of ‘Ireland’s Top Young Problem Solver’
Talented decoders test their minds in All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad 2014

Six clever problem solvers from Tallaght Community School tested their minds against the world’s toughest problems in language and logic this week (12 Feb), during the qualifying round of the CNGL All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad 2014. The contest challenges secondary school students to solve complex puzzles in unfamiliar languages. It aims to inspire students to pursue careers combining computing, linguistics and languages.

The students from Tallaght Community School were among a record 2,700 students from 130 schools who competed in qualifying rounds of the competition at their schools this week. The top 100 decoders will go on to participate in the national finals at Trinity College Dublin in March. The winners there will win the opportunity to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad in Beijing, China in July 2014.

The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) challenges students to engage in ‘code-breaking’ to unlock information in unfamiliar languages – be it decoding Swedish Metro maps, deciphering ancient Oriental scripts, or interpreting Aboriginal poetry. No prior knowledge of a second language is required; even the hardest problems require only reasoning skills, logic and patience.

A recent study revealed that 94 per cent of employers consider the capacity to think critically, communicate clearly and solve complex problems to be vital in the 21st century global workforce. AILO aims to inspire the next generation of multilingual technology graduates, who possess a powerful combination of computing, language and skills.

AILO is run by the CNGL Centre for Global Intelligent Content, which is hosted by Trinity College Dublin and Dublin City University, and funded by the Science Foundation Ireland. CNGL is a 58 million euro academia-industry research centre that adapts and personalises digital content to the needs of global users. Students who reach the national final of this year’s contest will be tutored by experts from CNGL.

For AILO competition updates, and to try out the puzzles for yourself, visit

News just in!

Congratulations to Michal Grudzien, Sean Nolan, Darren Scanlon and Ciara Walsh who qualified for the final round of the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad, to be held at Trinity College Dublin on 25 March.