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Debating Science 2015

Debating-Sci-2015On 16 January 2015, TCS was represented by three students in the Debating Science Issues Competition in Dublin City University. This is a dynamic debating competition which engages in debate in the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science.

Our team captain Aoife Russell led Amanda McDonald and Adam Carr and they did a great job on the school’s first outing at a national debating competition. The three students were supported by a larger team of ten who helped research and write the speeches. In the lead up to the big day, the group met for countless meetings and rehearsals and even worked over the Christmas break.

Debating-Sci-2015The motion proposed was ‘Self testing is the future of health management’ and our students opposed the motion. Before the debate, Dr. Aoibhéann Bird visited the school and gave the team a workshop on the topic. Although the team was nervous and inexperienced, they worked hard and did a fantastic job in the first leg of the competition against their opponents, St Vincent’s of Dundalk. TCS was highly commended for their strong arguments and professional presentation and while they didn’t win, the overall experience was a huge success.


CFES - Launch of Mentor Programme

CFESOn Tuesday afternoon (3rd Feb, 2015), TCS will launch the CFES Mentor programme in the school hall. The event is part of the College for Every Student (CFES) initiative, which is targeted at our 2nd year students. CFES is spearheaded in Ireland by Trinity College, Dublin, and is part of TA21.

Students and their parents will have an opportunity to meet with the team of mentors and to learn more about the programme.

BT Young Scientist 2015 Finals

BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 07-10 Jan 2015


For 51 Years the BT Young Scientist Competition has provided a platform for Ireland’s young scientific minds.  With over 2,000 entries annually, the competition is tough and only the best and most original projects make the final cut.  The 550 projects selected will compete for various prizes in the RDS this week.

Tallaght Community School will be represented by three groups in this years competition.

Aishling Whelan and Lauren Powell have a project entitled 'Are Snoozers Losers?'

Michal Grudzien and Allan Finlay enter a project entitled 'An investigation into the use of carbon scrubbers in the reduction of CO2 emissions from car exhausts' and finally, 

Jakub Kluza and Séan Nolan with a project entitled 'An investigation into whether or not the Irish Constitution should be amended to reduce the voting age to seventeen'

Good luck to all students.


HTAI Quiz 2015

History Quiz 2015On Monday January 19th, Tallaght Community School hosted the the 28th Annual Senior Cycle History Quiz. Nineteen schools from the Dublin branch of the History Teacher’s Association took part in the quiz. Teams from Dublin city and county and as far as Mullingar, Wexford and Dundalk travelled to TCS to participate.

The winning team was St Joseph’s College Rochfortbridge, 2nd place went to Gorey Community School and Terenure College came 3rd.

History Quiz 2015Tallaght Community School was represented by Katie Dunne, Carla Crabtree, Aaron Byrne Leonard and Epey Muntanga.
Congratulations  to all the teams that competed.

The Junior Cycle Quiz will take place on Monday April 27th, 2015.

History Quiz 2015

- C O’Dwyer
History Teacher’s Association (Dublin Branch)


Start walking!

Walking club for parents starts on 23 January.

Full details of this and other activities for parents. Go to HSCL Update 2014-15


The Christmas Spirit


TCS students and teachers Sing for Simon

On Wednesday 10th December, a group of Transition Year Students headed into town to fundraise for the Simon Community. The students came up with the idea of raising some money to help homeless people in Dublin during a class discussion on the current homelessness crisis.

TCS-sing-for-simon-2014-1They arranged permission to fundraise, liaised with Simon Community, informed students and parents of the arrangements, encouraged local businesses to donate items to homeless causes, promoted awareness of this issue in school by asking students to take part in collections/bring unwanted items of clothing into school.

It was very cold and there was significant disruption to bus and Luas services as roads had been closed due to water protests. Despite this, eleven students went into town to sing Christmas Carols outside Clerys on O'Connell Street to raise money for the Simon Community.

€727.18 was raised through street collection from 5 - 8 pm. Well done to all who pariticipated and worked with such enthusiasm. This was a great example of young people taking ownership of actions and displaying mature leadership.  

Students involved were Jessica Hayes, Carla McEneaney, Aoife Russell,Rebecca Geaney, Sarah Kavanagh, Lauren Rooney, Sean Keegan, Eve Phillips, Garrett Yeates, Amanda McDonald, and Filip Feraru. They were accompanied by teachers Melanie Martin, Ian Boran, Ellen-Beth, Kris Gueret, Laura Geoghegan, and Aly Allsopp.