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Linguistics Olympiad 2015

TCS students amongst the smartest problem solvers in Ireland

For the second year in a row, students from Tallaght Community School participated in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad. In the first week of February, 33 TCS students worked their way through Round 1 paper of the competition. They were among 1267 students from secondary schools all over Ireland (North and South) who competed for the title of smartest language decoder in Ireland. The Linguistics Olympiad is a problem-solving competition which challenges students to test their minds against complex problems in logic, language and linguistics. Well done to all our students who took the challenge during the two hour exam!

The top 100 students are invited to attend the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad final, to be held at Dublin City University in Glasnevin on March 24th. A record number of seven students from Tallaght Community School have qualified to participate in this year’s AILO final. Congratulations to Michal Grudzien (who achieved joint 5th place), Kasper Kluza, Adam Nolan, James O’Brien, Darren Scanlon, Ciara Walsh and Aishling Whelan. They will join the other All Ireland finalists in DCU. We wish them the best of luck!

The Linguistics Club meets once every week (currently Thursday lunchtime in Room 110). Come along if you enjoy solving puzzles, have an interest in language and want to take part in next year‘s Linguistics Olympiad!


Positive Behaviour ++++

The BOM Commendation for Positive Behaviour

The Board of Management recently instituted an award scheme to recognise positive behaviour in the student population.  There are four categories of excellence in which students may be nominated:

  • Excellent levels of co-operation and maturity in class.
  • Excellent attendance record
  • Excellent dedication and commitment to the student life in the school (extra- curricular activities, student council and peer mentoring)
  • Excellent achievement outside school life.

Further to this, the Student of the Month is invited to meet the Board of Management at its regular meeting. Congrats to all the recipients. More pics



CFES - Launch of Mentor Programme

CFESOn Tuesday afternoon (3rd Feb, 2015), TCS will launch the CFES Mentor programme in the school hall. The event is part of the College for Every Student (CFES) initiative, which is targeted at our 2nd year students. CFES is spearheaded in Ireland by Trinity College, Dublin, and is part of TA21.

Students and their parents will have an opportunity to meet with the team of mentors and to learn more about the programme.

Debating Science 2015

Debating-Sci-2015On 16 January 2015, TCS was represented by three students in the Debating Science Issues Competition in Dublin City University. This is a dynamic debating competition which engages in debate in the cultural, societal and ethical implications of advances in biomedical science.

Our team captain Aoife Russell led Amanda McDonald and Adam Carr and they did a great job on the school’s first outing at a national debating competition. The three students were supported by a larger team of ten who helped research and write the speeches. In the lead up to the big day, the group met for countless meetings and rehearsals and even worked over the Christmas break.

Debating-Sci-2015The motion proposed was ‘Self testing is the future of health management’ and our students opposed the motion. Before the debate, Dr. Aoibhéann Bird visited the school and gave the team a workshop on the topic. Although the team was nervous and inexperienced, they worked hard and did a fantastic job in the first leg of the competition against their opponents, St Vincent’s of Dundalk. TCS was highly commended for their strong arguments and professional presentation and while they didn’t win, the overall experience was a huge success.


HTAI Quiz 2015

History Quiz 2015On Monday January 19th, Tallaght Community School hosted the the 28th Annual Senior Cycle History Quiz. Nineteen schools from the Dublin branch of the History Teacher’s Association took part in the quiz. Teams from Dublin city and county and as far as Mullingar, Wexford and Dundalk travelled to TCS to participate.

The winning team was St Joseph’s College Rochfortbridge, 2nd place went to Gorey Community School and Terenure College came 3rd.

History Quiz 2015Tallaght Community School was represented by Katie Dunne, Carla Crabtree, Aaron Byrne Leonard and Epey Muntanga.
Congratulations  to all the teams that competed.

The Junior Cycle Quiz will take place on Monday April 27th, 2015.

History Quiz 2015

- C O’Dwyer
History Teacher’s Association (Dublin Branch)


Start walking!

Walking club for parents starts on 23 January.

Full details of this and other activities for parents. Go to HSCL Update 2014-15