TCS - What's happening

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


Inforrmation Evening for Parents/Guardians

which way3rd Year Parents/Guardians

An information will take place on Monday 06 March at 7.00 pm.  This is an important meeting for parents/guardians of 3rd year students.  Information will be provided on senior cycle paths for current 3rd years - TY and LCA5.  Parents/guardians and 3rd year students are urged to attend.


Notice to Parents/Guardians 27 Feb

School reopens on Tues 28 Feb

The school will remain closed to students on Monday 27 February, to facilitate a Junior Cycle cluster day. Several second-level schools in Tallaght will be involved in the programme of continuous professional development for teachers, dealing with new subject specifications for the revised Junior Cycle.


Junior Girls GAA

Junior Girls Leinster Semi-Final
TCS v Donahies -08 February 2017

There is great excitement this week among staff and students as the Girls Junior Gaelic team in TCS progress into a Leinster Final.  This is the first time in the history of the school for Junior Girls team to reach this stage of the competition.

The girls were outstanding at training and in their matches all year. This week in the Leinster semi-final they faced their toughest opponents so far, Donahies Community Schools. We headed over to Tymon Park and fought hard to secure a well-deserved position in the Leinster final.  

The team put on a powerful performance.  The more experienced team members showed great leadership and encouragement. Sisters, Caitlin and Nicola Douche and Lauren Young, drove the team throughout the match. First year Rachel Callery and third year Lenuta Covaciu dominated the defence, keeping Donahies scoring opportunities at bay. Second year Katie Brook and Caoimhe O’Connor showed great perseverance and determination in the forward line, scoring five points between them. Futhermore, Holly Lynch, Orlaigh Keatinge, Shauna O'Neill, Abigaile Dobbins and Niamh McDonnell 's performances were pivotal in ensuring the win for TCS. The match ended with an impressive score in favour of our girls: TCS 5-13  Donahies 2-6.

The fixtures for the final are still to be confirmed. We would like to congratulate the girls on their success so far, and moreover we wish them the best of luck in the Leinster final.



TCS students at AILO


TCS students test their wits in All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad

38 talented problem solvers from Tallaght Community School tested their minds against the world’s toughest puzzles in logic, language and linguistics during the qualifying round of the ADAPT All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad on 2nd February 2017. Run by the ADAPT Centre and supported by Science Foundation Ireland, the contest challenges secondary school students to apply logic and reasoning skills to solve complex puzzles in unfamiliar languages. It is a key element of the nationwide Problem-Solving Initiative.

Congratulations to James Gooding (5th Year), Liam Hynes (5th Year), Kacper Kluza (3rd Year) and Darren Scanlon (TY) who were among the top 100 problem solvers in Ireland. This year a record number of 1,306 students from secondary schools competed for spots in the All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad Final. James, Liam, Kacper and Darren will represent TCS at the national final, which will be hosted by Dublin Institute of Technology on 24th March 2017. The winners there will have the opportunity to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad at Dublin City University in July 2017. Well done to all TCS students who took up the challenge!  PICS

Basketball Roundup 2nd Year Boys

Tallaght CS – vs – OLM Drimnagh

Second Year Boys Basketball (Wednesday 08.02.2017)

The second year lads played host to OLM Drimnagh. We came out strong in the first quarter with great scores from Andrew Gooding and Jason Stefanuca. Some impressive defence from Evan Fleming, Luke Doyle and Francis Price helped keep OLM scoreless.

OLM came back into the game with some excellent three point shooting from their number 6. He put up two in quick succession which caused us to reassess our defence. Some solid defence from Cian Lawlor kept their number 6 quiet for the remainder of the quarter.

Jason really turned on the heat in the third quarter scoring 12 points from open play. Our defence remained solid as usual and this opened up numerous chances for Jason, Evan and Andrew to capitalise on.

We finished off the fourth quarter convincingly and racked up another win. The hard work put in during training sessions is starting to pay dividends and the lads are really starting to play as a team.

Final Score 31 – 17

MVP – Jason Stefanuca


Jason Stefanuca, Jordan Okoroh, Jordan Maguire, Francis Price, Sam Corbett, Luke Doyle, Evan Fleming, Jack O’ Meara, Cian Lawlor, Ryan Lawlor, John Duffy, Andrew Gooding.


Information Evening 06 February 2017


Subject Choices

wonderA information evening for parents/guardians and TY students takes place on Monday 06 Feb at 7.00 pm.  The meeting will cover the subjects choices for Leaving Cert and the process of students selecting their optional subjects for the Leaving Cert in 2019. All concerned are urged to attend.