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TCS make historic link to International Space Station

  Paolo Nespoli ISS

TCS became the first Irish school to make radio contact with the International Space Station (ISS) on Thursday last, 19 Oct, 2017. The day was the culmination of two years of preparation.  On Thursday morning the excitement in the school was palpable.  Having lost two days to Ophelia, the pressure was on to get everything set up on Wednesday so that the event could go ahead as planned on Thursday, when the contact was scheduled for 13:48.  The window of opportunity only lasts for up to 12 minutes as the orbiting ISS passe over western Europe at the rate of 27,600 kilometres per hour. If the radio link fails within that timeframe – there is no second chance!

Led by Daniel Cussen, ARISS Radio Technical Co-ordinator, the team of volunteers from IRTS set up a temporary amateur radio station on the school grounds which included an antenna, and the two-way radio system to enable communication exchanges between TCS and the ISS.  All through Wednesday, the team worked alongside the staff and students to ensure that everything was connected, and that everyone was ready.

TCS in German Debating

TCS host Mount Anville

 

Following unexpected school closures due to Ophelia, there wasn't much time to prepare for the TYs German debate team who hosted Mount Anville in the school on Wednesday, 18 Oct.  Congratulations to the Mount Anville team on sealing the victory. TCS vow to bounce back. Pics


 

TCS to make contact with ISS

TCS students to talk to International Space Station (ISS)

iss

Students in Tallaght Community School are scheduled to contact the International Space Station on Thursday 19th October at 13:48 Irish Time. The event will be streamed live via:  https://www.youtube.com/user/togdublin/live

Students from TCS will make history, as they have been announced as the first Irish school who will make direct radio contact with the International Space Station (ISS) while in orbit.  This once-in-a-lifetime opportunity is part of the Amateur Radio on the International Space Station programme (ARISS), which will see Irish students speaking with Italian Astronaut Paulo Nespoli while he orbits the Earth on the ISS.

ARISS is a global voluntary group that formalised a programme for utilising radio equipment on-board the ISS as a channel for further educating schools across the world on the work of the international space programme, life on-board the ISS, expeditions which astronauts are undertaking and amateur radio.


 

Parent Teacher Meeting 6th Year

The 6th Year Parent Teacher Meeting takes place on Thursday 19 Oct from 4.00 to 6.30 pm.  Please note that classes will finish at 3.30 pm.  After-school study and Homework Club will go ahead as normal.


 

German students at IFI

German class

TY and 5th Year German Trip

On Thursday the 12th of October, 37 students from both Transition Year and 5th Year German classes went to the city centre via school bus to the IFI (Irish Film Institute) to see a new movie from Germany which is called “Goodbye Berlin”, a movie about two boys who embark on a journey over the summer holidays in a stolen Lada Niva vehicle. The movie began at roughly 10:30. Many schools had gathered to see the movie. Overall, all students thought the movie was great but many had opinions about the ending, some liked it and some didn't.

Next the students split up for a 30 minute lunch break to relax after the movie. Once lunch was over, everyone gathered and all began their way down to the National Gallery to view exhibits made by famous German artists such as Käthe Kollwitz and Gabriele Münter, the students were split into two groups and were both given a guide who took us on a tour of the entire gallery. They showed us the many different famous paintings of German artist from the times of before World War 1 until World War 2. The students enjoyed the overall visit. We finished the tour by taking a few group pictures. Then all students made their own way home. Pics

- Eimantas Adzgauskas, TY


 

DES orders continued closure

Following the order from the Department of Education and Skills, TCS will remain closed on Tuesday 17 Oct. Stay safe everyone.

TCS at Concern Debates 2017

TCS Debate success

This year some of our Transition Year students are taking part in Concern’s debating competition. It is a competition where student get the opportunity to debate against other schools on issues about the developing world and human rights. Our transition years involved were new to debating and so they got started with a training day with Concern. This was a great opportunity for them to learn about what it means to be a debater but also to start thinking about development issues and the developing world. Students took part in some great activities and got to meet some fellow debaters from the Dublin area. So far our debaters have been successful and have secured three unanimous wins. First our team travelled to St. Columba’s college. There they opposed and defeated the motion that ‘to end world hunger the world must embrace GMO’s’. Next the team were on home turf and welcomed The High school Rathgar. They proposed and carried the motion ‘for women to access leadership positions, gender quotas must be implemented’. Their most recent debate was against Coláiste Éanna CBS and the team proposed and carried the motion ‘Young people today are indifferent to the problems of the developing world.’ Our debate team include Megan Kelly, Lee Cairnduff, Abbie Walsh and Cían Farrell. They are also helped by the debate research team; Cindy Edem, Claire Edem, Luke O Gorman, Precious Adeyole, Hala Maowi and Shane Lee. Well done to all involved and best of luck in future debates. Pics