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This year we celebrated World Book Day on Thursday 2nd March.

Here at TCS we celebrated reading for pleasure.  Our desire is to develop a love of reading.  Studies show that students who enjoy and feel confident reading are better learners – and not just in English.  Reading gives them a firm grasp on all subjects.

Our activities included:

  • Class visits to the school library
  • All staff “I’m Reading…” displays
  • World Book Day Vouchers for all students
  • Videos of Authors’ interviews shown throughout lunchtime
  • Suggested Reading lists and posters displayed
  • Reading Surveys

And finally, we had Drop Everything And Read (DEAR).  For a full class period we had the whole school, staff and pupils, reading – almost 900 people – and enjoying their books at the same time.  The atmosphere, attention and silence was a pleasure to behold!!!  Pics



Make a Book 2017


On Wednesday the 8th of March 2017, the 1 Beech class got to go to the annual ‘Make A Book’ competition.  This year the competition was held in City West hotel in Dublin.

The students along with Ms Farrelly and SNA Mick O’Toole left the school after roll call and got a bus to the venue. Once the students arrive at the hotel they set up their project for display.

The students have spent the past seven weeks working on their project.  This year’s theme was mindfulness.  Each student designed a tree and a personal silhouette. Each silhouette contained positive mental messages. The group made a short presentation and had an opportunity to answer question about their work asked by the audience.  In return the students got to see the work other schools did and to ask question also.

Several other schools from around the country also exhibited their work at this competition.    

“We got the chance to go visit the exhibits and students came to see our work.  One of the highlights was Gary from Cork a rapper who performed for the group.  He got the students involved and turned them into rappers, it was very funny.  The next highlight was the lunch of sandwiches and cocktail sausages tea and juice. We spend a very enjoyable three hours at this event, then got the bus back to school. We would like to thank all the teachers and Mick for a great experience”.  Pics

- The Students of 1 Beech. 


Boys Basketball Update

TCS Boys BB 2017

Second Year Boys Basketball (Wednesday 09-03-2017)

The second year boys played host to St. Joseph’s Fairview for the Quarter Final of the Plate. The lads started off extremely slow and took a while to settle. Joey’s put up a few long-range shots, which was a huge confidence knock for the lads. After a very poor quarter from TCS, Joey’s lead 3-7.

 The second quarter saw 5 sets of fresh legs and the hope of a more confident performance. Some Trojan defending from Hamzat and John Duffy lead to several turnovers from Joey’s. Zach Heffernan was quick to scoop up any loose ball and ran the court well alongside Hamzat. The lads put up several good shots but were extremely unlucky not to convert.

Active Schools Update

active-schoolsA big congratulations to all of the students who came together every Wednesday after school over the last six weeks and got 'Fit for Fun'. You can catch up with all of the activities on our school twitter page TCS Twitter.

The next step on the road to completing this year's Active School Programme will involve students participating in a six week running challenge. The 'Couch to 5k' running challenge will begin next Wednesday the 15th of March and will conclude with the '5k Darkness into Light' run, in Tymon Park, on Saturday the 6th of May. This challenge is open to both students and teachers.

TY Development Education

Dev-EdTransition Year groups took part in a Development Education Workshop in conjunction with GOAL.  Throughout the workshop, students were educated on topical issues, broadening their understanding on conflict and its influence on the development of areas such as Syria. Students found the workshop interactive, engaging and helped them to develop a better understanding of what is happening in our current society on a global scale. According to one student, ‘‘it gave us an insight into what it is like to live in and to experience these type of conditions on a daily basis’’.  Pics


PA Coffee Morning

cupTallaght Community School Parents’Association will be hosting a Coffee Morning in aid ofthe Irish Cancer Society on Wednesday 15th March in the school Hall from 9:30 am – 11am   

Your support would be greatly appreciated!


Word Millionnaire 2017

2017-wordmillionnarire'JCSP –Who Wants to be a Word Millionnaire?'

The students of 1 Beech and 2 Beech are making an excellent effort at trying to reach the target of reading one million words. Each class is aiming to reach the target before the Easter holidays.

This is a short-term reading intervention which challenges a class group of JCSP students to engage in recreational reading, at home with the support of their parents, and to collectively read a total of one million words.
The words of each book is counted weekly and the total is recorded.

Popular books amongst the students in 1 Beech are books by Roald Dahl, including 'Danny the Champion of the World,' 'The Witches' and 'James and the Giant Peach'. Books about various sports cars called'Subaru', 'Ferrari' and Audi TT were also very popular.1 Beech have currently read 365,000 words-nearly at the half a million mark.

Books by Roald Dahl were equally popular among students in 2 Beech but the various books from the 'Diary of a Wimpy Kid collection were also popular. Books from the Barrington Stokes Publishing Company like Assassin by Tony Bradman and Briggsy by Isla Fisher were also popular as the stories are especially aimed at teenagers.
2 Beech have read almost 500,000 words
Well done to all!!!

C O'Dwyer, JCSP Co-ordinator