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Junior Girls GAA

Junior Girls Leinster Semi-Final
TCS v Donahies -08 February 2017

There is great excitement this week among staff and students as the Girls Junior Gaelic team in TCS progress into a Leinster Final.  This is the first time in the history of the school for Junior Girls team to reach this stage of the competition.

The girls were outstanding at training and in their matches all year. This week in the Leinster semi-final they faced their toughest opponents so far, Donahies Community Schools. We headed over to Tymon Park and fought hard to secure a well-deserved position in the Leinster final.  

The team put on a powerful performance.  The more experienced team members showed great leadership and encouragement. Sisters, Caitlin and Nicola Douche and Lauren Young, drove the team throughout the match. First year Rachel Callery and third year Lenuta Covaciu dominated the defence, keeping Donahies scoring opportunities at bay. Second year Katie Brook and Caoimhe O’Connor showed great perseverance and determination in the forward line, scoring five points between them. Futhermore, Holly Lynch, Orlaigh Keatinge, Shauna O'Neill, Abigaile Dobbins and Niamh McDonnell 's performances were pivotal in ensuring the win for TCS. The match ended with an impressive score in favour of our girls: TCS 5-13  Donahies 2-6.

The fixtures for the final are still to be confirmed. We would like to congratulate the girls on their success so far, and moreover we wish them the best of luck in the Leinster final.



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.


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


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!