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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


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!


U14 Boys GAA


Tallaght CS U14 Boys GAA Team

It has been a great year for the U14 Boys GAA School Team, they are currently in the semi-final of their championship. The team consists of students from first, second and third year and their manager Mr Boran. The team topped their championship group with wins over neighbours Coláiste deÍde, Firhouse CC and St. Aidan’s CS. A win over Greenhill’s CC in the quarter-final on a score line of 7:10 to 4:6 insured a place in the semi-finals.  

The team has put in some fantastic performances this year, notably the performances of Zach Heffernan, Luke Doyle and Ronan Smyth in showing great leadership. Some excellent exhibitions from Jack McGovern and Calum Fay in the attack while Miguel Ferreira has put in an excellent display in the defence. Best of luck to the team in the semi-final and we hope they can bring home some silverware this year.


Active Schools Flag in TCS

Active School and Wellbeing Week 16-20 January

active schoolsThis year TCS is working toward the Active School's Flag. The ASF is a Department of Education and Skills initiative supported by Healthy Ireland. The award recognises schools that strive to achieve a physically educated and physically active school community. The Active School's Week is an important part of the process and schools wishing to obtain the ASF must organise an Active School Week as part of their annual school calendar.

The Active Schools and Wellbeing week at TCS will run from the 16th until the 20th of January. Student's will be permitted to wear their sports uniform (Navy/ Black tracksuit bottoms, white aertex t-shirt, navy/black tracksuit top) to school on their designated Active School's day. We are asking that all student's ensure they have the correct sports uniform, students must be dressed appropriately in order to participate. At different stages in the day students will be asked to Drop Everything and Get Active for a 40 minute period. Did you know that being active for just 30 minutes a day can make a notable difference in your health and dramatically reduce the risk of contracting diabetes, heart disease, dementia and cancer.

After the indulgences of the Christmas period, it is an ideal time to turn our attention to healthy living and being active is an integral part of that.

Designated Days:

6th Years/LCA6 - Monday 16 Jan
1st/2nd Years  - Tuesday 17 Jan
3rd Years      - Wednesday 18 Jan
TY/LCA5        - Thursday 19 Jan
5th Years      - Friday 20 Jan


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.


Active Schools Wellbeing Week 2017

What a week!

On Tuesday the 17th of January, 1st year students took part in Drop Everything and Move. The students participated in an energetic Zumba class. A big thank you goes out to Ms Martin who had the students performing dance moves that could easily rival anything seen on dancing with the stars!

active-wellbeing2017-1A BIG thank you and well done to all those who participated in today's Drop Everything And Move activity. On Monday the 16th of January the sixth year student's at TCS rose to the fitness challenge presented to them by Bootcamp Ireland. The sixth year students gave the 60-minute, military-style workout all they had. There was a lot of sweat and some laughs along the way. A great kickstart to a more active 2017.

On Tuesday 17th January the second year students completed the Climb the Heights Skipping Challenge. Each class group competed in a head to head battle to see who could achieve the most amount of skips.
Each pair of students alternated their skipping during two ten minute skipping sessions. Each skip equalled 1m.The students completed a record sheet to discover the tallest mountain that they had climbed. The competition definitely brought out in best in all the classes!

JC students activities

paired-readThe students of 1 Beech and 2 Beech who took part in a JCSP  Paired Reading Initiative with the students of TY4. Paired Reading is a short-team reading intervention. The TY students acted as tutors to the younger students. The initiative ran for 4 weeks and was very successful. 3 Shannon will complete the initiative with the students in St Aonghusa's Junior School next term. Well done to all involved.

The students of 1 Beech took part in a Paired Maths initiative with two parents who volunteered. It was run in conjunction with HSCL team. The students found it very helpful and worked very well with the parents.

And the 1 Beech class celebrated the conclusion of a fruitful first term by having a Christmas Celebration, to which they invited parents/guardians and class teachers. The great work done by the students during the term was put on display and certificates were awarded for completion of modules during the term. Pics here