TCS - What's happening

Information Evening 06 February 2017

 

Subject Choices

wonderA information evening for parents/guardians and TY students takes place on Monday 06 Feb at 7.00 pm.  The meeting will cover the subjects choices for Leaving Cert and the process of students selecting their optional subjects for the Leaving Cert in 2019. All concerned are urged to attend.


 

Mock exams for JC & LC

pencilTimetable for Mocks

The mock exams for Junior and Leaving Cert students are underway.  Copy of the timetable is available for download here.


 

Shakespearean Theatre

TCS students at Smock Ally

Second and Third year students were lucky enough to see a performance of their Shakespearean play, The Merchant of Venice on Thursday, 19th January. The play was performed by actors from The Gaiety School of Acting at Smock Alley Theatre, Dublin.

Students were treated to a performance of the play with a contemporary twist as all of the actors were dressed in modern costume, with contemporary props and set design. Students of 3 Oak, Rowan, Elm, Beech and 2 Oak and Cedar all agreed that the experience of a live performance greatly enhanced their understanding of the play. After all, Shakespeare originally wrote each of his plays to entertain audiences in a live setting. We felt privileged to be part of such an audience.

In fact, Tallaght Community School had exclusive use of the theatre. The lead actor playing Shylock spoke from the stage at the end of the play. He praised our students for their respectful participation and engagement throughout the day. We were very pleased to hear that we were 'the best audience so far'!

The play was followed by a workshop which the cast of the play were responsible for leading. It was fun to discuss the key themes of the play with the actors and to hear their thoughts. For example, we shared our ideas about what motivates Shylock's thirst for revenge and why Antonio treats the Jew with such contempt.

We were asked to tweet our competition entry and even won a prize for the best emojis to describe a chosen character. The workbooks provided were helpful in learning about characters, themes and important quotes.

The day was hugely enjoyable and a great success. We are looking forward to visiting the theatre again next year!


 

2 Beech CSPE Trip

Rights and Responsibilities2-beech-cspe

2 Beech visited the DSPCA in Rathfarnham as part of their CSPE Action Project on 26 January. The class are currently working on the concept of Rights and Responsibilities, with a focus on animal rights. On the day they were afforded the opportunity to become active citizens and contribute positively towards feeding, caring and providing companionship for the animals. The students benefited greatly from learning the importance of animal care and cruelty prevention. Pics


 

Talking to the man in Space

5th years ARISS 

TCS has learned that an application made by us through the European Space Agency (ESA) has been successful. The Amateur Radio on International Space Station (ARISS) is a group of radio stations and international agencies that help students worldwide speak to astronauts on the International Space Station (ISS). Next October, when the ISS is passing over Ireland, students in Tallaght Community School will have an opportunity to ask an astronaut aboard the ISS questions about space and space travel.   This is an honour for our school and plans for the big day are already underway! Stay tuned for updates. Pics


 

Boys Basketball Roundup

St Colmcille's CS -v- TCS
First Year Boys Basketball (Thursday 26.01.2017)

 TCS Basketball First Year Boys

The first year boys played their opening game of the season away to a very strong St. Colmcille’s CS, Knocklyon. With many first time players on the TCS side we struggled against a far superior Knocklyon side. The Knocklyon lads capitalised on our inexperience and put away several early baskets off the fast break.

Some solid defence from Emmanuel Awe and Mohammad Moawi allowed TCS to stop the constant barrage of attacks. Great movement from Sean Cahill, Dylan Gahan O’Rourke and Dex Goffri helped create some opportunities on the other end of the court. Tenacious rebounding from Kelly Okoeguale led to our first and only basket of the game.

The lads fought well on defence but were beaten by a quicker, more experienced team who will go far in the competition. I hope the lads took a lot from their first game and use this to build in the future. They showed great potential for their first time out and can expect to improve immensely in the future.

Final Score 28 – 2
MVP – Dex Geoffri

First Year Team
Michael Oshidero, Dex Goffri, Victor Njoku, Dylan Gahan O’Rourke, Sean Cahill, Dean Gooding, Marcus Cummings Hayes Scott Keegan, Mohammad Moawi, Ryan Lee, Kelly Okoguale, Emmanuel Awe, Olajywon Habeeb.  

TCS Basketball 2nd Year Boys

St Colmcille's CS -v- TCS
Second Year Boys Basketball (Thursday 26.01.2017)

The second years boys racked up their second comprehensive win on the road. The lads played an extremely fast paced game from the offset. Knocklyon could not keep up with our slick passing and tactical movement. Evan Fleming opened up the scoring, quickly followed by Frances Price with a lovely put back.

Jason Stafenuca took charge as point guard and moved the ball well. Some strong drives to the board from Jason added to our tally. Our phenomenal offense was matched equally by our defense, with Andrew Gooding and Luke Doyle solid as ever playing point and guard respectively.

The second quarter saw five new players come in. The lads did not let the intensity levels drop. Dogged defense from Hamzat Salam really frustrated Knocklyon and caused several turnovers. Ryan Lawlor caught every rebound in centre, which created several chances for John Duffy and Jordan Maguire playing in guard.

We closed the game out with scores from John Duffy, Evan Fleming and Filip Zygarlowski. Jason Stefanuca stepped up to sink an open three before the end to put the game to bed. Another outstanding performance from the second year boys.

Final Score 8 – 34
MVP – Luke Doyle

Second Year Team
John Duffy, Hamzat Salam, Luke Doyle, Francis Price, Eoin Harris, Nathan Gill, Evan Fleming, Jordan Maguire, Cian Lawlor, Jack O’Meara, Sean Keogh, Jason Stefanuca, Filip Zygarlowski, Ryan Lawlor, Andrew Gooding, Kian Siu, Jordan Okoroh.