On Thursday the 15th of March 2018, our LCA 5 Social Education class went on a class trip with their teachers Mr Cleary and Mr Doherty. They walked from the School down to Tallaght Village and Library. As part of their trip, the students noted the local amenities and were given a tour of Tallaght Library, with a focus on the local history section. The trip was enjoyable and will help the students with future tasks in their Social Education module. Pics
TCS - What's happening
We would like to congratulate our Transition Year debaters who are now through to the quarter finals of the Concern Debates competition. On the 7th of March, our students travelle to Loreto Abbey Dalkey for the knock-out phase of the competition. The TCS team opposed the motion 'To achieve the SDGs, the Robin Hood tax must be adopted globally'. It was an exciting and dynamic debate against a great Loreto team. Despite the best efforts of Loreto, the motion was defeated securing victory for Tallaght Community School. This now leaves TCS in the final eight schools in the country.
To get to this stage, our debaters have done us proud with five unanimous wins. The TCS team have faced strong competition along the way and have debated against St. Columba's College, The High School Rathgar, Presentation Rathfarnham and St. David's CBS in Artane. In addition to debating successes which are the result of excellent research, speech writing, rebuttals and presentation skills, the team have enjoyed learning about development issues, ranging from world hunger to gender equality.
The TCS Concern Debate Team consists of speakers and researchers and we would like to wish them well as they proceed to the final eight. Well done and best of luck to all of our students who take part, both speakers and researchers, including Megan Kelly, Lee Cairnduff, Cindy Edem, Cian Farrell, Abbie Walsh, Claire Edem, Luke Gorman, Shane Lee, Hala Moawi and Precious Adeloye.
First Year Boys' Soccer
The boy's first year soccer team began their league campaign at home to near neighbour, Drimnagh Castle. In a very tight contest, TCS managed to beat Drimnagh Castle 3-2. The next two league games were away from home against the winners of the South Dublin League for the last six years, St. Benildus College and Clonkeen College. In both games, the final score was 2-2, this meant that TCS qualified from their league group in second place but would be away in their semi-final.
In the semi-final TCS were away to a very strong Moyle Park College team. The game finished 0-2 to TCS thanks to an excellent team performance and two well-taken goals from John Paul Olanipekun.
On the 22nd of February, TCS played Colaiste Phadraig CBS in the final of the South Dublin league in DIT, Grangegorman. Colaiste Phadraig CBS started the final very strongly and within six minutes, the lads from TCS were 0-2 down. Cian Barrett won a penalty that was converted by Eyman Bouderbala and Adam Lawlor scored from a corner kick to leave the scores level at half time. TCS took control of the game in the second half and ran out 4-2 winners thanks to two quick fire goals by John Paul Olanipekun. The entire team showed great character and maturity to come back from two goals down; these qualities should serve them well as they progress into the Leinster Champions League Draw.
Team Members: Cian Barrett, Kevin O' Neill, Adam Lawlor, Sleman Razi, Aji Habeeb, Justin Obasuyi, Cian Dowling, Alex Douglas, Eyman Bouderbala, Joseph Keith, Alex Kane, Scott O' Connor, Calum McCabe, John Paul Olanipekun, Shane O' Neill, Keane Douglas, Aaron Hanlon, Aaron Kelly
Management Team: Damien Keane, Mark Whyte, Jimmy Wynne
TCS Transition Year Students attended the regional finals of the AIB Build a Bank Challenge with their American Horror Story Bank on Friday 9th of February.
The AIB Build a Bank programme links directly to the Business Curriculum and is an excellent, practical preparation for learning about running a business.
Participating students are involved in all aspects of banking such as sourcing new customers for their bank, encouraging regular savings, providing ongoing customer service and keeping accurate financial records – in fact everything it takes to run a bank!
Students interested in being part of the School Bank Team are interviewed for one of six positions and receive feedback on their performances. The experience and improves students’ CV writing skills and interview techniques.
From these activities, students learn; Financial Education; Presentation Skills; Business Plan Development; Marketing Techniques; Leadership and Teamwork; Digital Innovation; Customer Relationship Management; Interview Experience.
'TCS Four' go to All-Ireland Linguistics Olympiad Final
Congratulations to James Gooding (6th Year), Luke Hayes (TY), Adam Nolan (TY) and Darren Scanlon (5th Year) who qualified for this year’s All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) final. They were among the top 100 problem solvers in Ireland. This year over 1.300 students took part in Round 1 of the Linguistics Olympiad. AILO is run by the ADAPT Centre, a leading international research centre for Content Technologies based at TCD, DCU, UCD and DIT.
James, Luke, Adam and Darren will represent Tallaght Community School in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad final on Tuesday, 13 March, in DIT. On the day there will be a two-hour individual competition in the morning and a two-hour team competition in the afternoon. The top four students in the individual round at the national final will qualify to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad (OL) in Prague.
There will an information meeting for 3rd year students and parents/guardians to look at Transition Year/LC and LCA for 2018-19. The meeting starts at 7.00 pm sharp in the school hall.
The TCS Concern Debates Team were invited to participate in an Adjudicator Appreciation Evening at Concern headquarters on Thursday, 1st of February.
Students tested the Concern Virtual Reality Experience which gives viewers a deeper look at the realities facing millions of people living in extreme poverty around the world.
The eye-opening three minute video titled 'A Journey to Hope' places the viewer right beside a South Sudanese woman and her baby son as they survive on rations in a rufugee camp in Ethiopia after fleeing an attack on their village.
TCS students have successfully competed in the Concern Debates and have impressed the judges with their debating skills and grasp of the complex issues that they have been challenged to propose or oppose as part of the series of debates.