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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.


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.


Storytime in TCS

TCS-NialldeBurcaNíor bhris focal maith fiacal riamh.....A good word never broke a tooth.

This is the favourite expression of the storyteller Niall De Burca who made a welcome return to Tallaght Community School on Monday, January 20th 2014.

He told stories to both the first and second year students and the second year group were delighted that he was back to with his wonderful, imaginative stories. He had a wonderful rapport with all the students and his enthusiasm and energy kept both students and adults entranced.

De Burca who is originally from Galway entertained the first years with a stories about moneylending and the path of true love.

The second years heard about Mary McAteer-a story of murder, mayhem and misfortune.

We look forward to seeing him back in TCS very soon!!!  Pics

Cora O’Dwyer.


BT Young Scientists 2014

BTYS-TCS-2014This year marks the 50th anniversary of the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition.  550 student projects have reached the final stage of the competition and among them is a project entered by three of our 5th year students; Dyllon Menton , Laura Kelly  and Tracey Lyons. The project is entitled ‘Investigating Tea as a Reducing Agent’ and the students are competing in the chemical physical and  mathematical science section. The finals of this year's BT Young Scientists competition take place in the RDS from Wed 8th Jan to Sat 11th Jan. Good luck with the project.



Home Economics ‘MilkNice to meet Moo It Competition’ – Transition Year Project

We are delighted to announce that our ‘Nice to Meet Moo’ agency has been selected from hundreds of entries. The agency is comprised of six Transition Year students, Roisin Foran, Sean Keogh, Matthew Connaughton, Ciara Dalton, Lauren Eite and Andrew Tyndall.

Our task is to promote Calcium and Vitamin D to teenagers. We have developed our website ‘’, Instagram and Facebook page for all students to follow.

We held a whole school tasting event on the 25th of February and gave out leaflets to promote our campaign. We had a lot of students taste various dishes that were made using dairy products. They also filled in questionnaires to help us collect data on teenagers and their intake and knowledge of Calcium and Vitamin D.

We are now sending our presentation and results into the next round of the competition. We will know by the 31st of March whether we have reached the final round of the competition.


Making choices 2014

What are the best options?

It's that time of the year again when TY students start thinking about subject choices for Leaving Cert. Being well-informed and giving sufficient time to considering what is best for you will ensure that you will make good choices for your future.  Students are encouraged to check out the free advice available at the links below.

Irish Independent supplement

Irish Times supplement

NCCA Online Curriculum


Digital Classroom - Festive Stories

Students of Mr Gueret's First Year English class recently explored the power of media in bringing the words of a story to life.
They watched this year's John Lewis Christmas advertisement 'The Bear and the Hare' and were set the challenge of creating their own digital stories based on the spirit of the festive season.
Using the online programme 'Animoto', the young writers put their imaginative skills to the test. They each had to create a storyboard consisting of words, images, video clips and a range of media centred on the theme of Christmas. Students were asked to choose a film design and score that would contribute to the telling of the stories.
The entries were an exercise in imagination and not without their literary mistakes. However, the purpose of this assignment was the brainstorm, plan, structure and develop their stories in a stimulating and audio-visual manner.
Students learned that there are so many methods that they can use to create new worlds, characters and journeys through the vehicle of their imaginations.

The Lost Elf
The Bell
Waiting for Santa