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School Competitions



Below are details of competitions open to schools in the
2016/2017 school year. We will be updating this page on a
regular basis so keep a close eye so that you don't miss any
important closing dates!

If your organisation or company is running a competition for primary or secondary school kids, you can add details of the competition for free using this button.

Water Explorer - Win Water Workshops & Prizes
Water Explorer
Water Explorer is an exciting new online initiative for schools where students can get involved in water conservation challenges, gain points and win Water Workshops and plenty of prizes such as digital cameras and more. The programme engages schools in 11 countries in understanding how water affects lives, and taking practical action to protect and save water in school communities. The programme is open to young people aged 8-15 in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Bermuda and Switzerland. Check out our Facebook and Twitter.
Closing date: 01/05/2017 www.waterexplorer.ie
e: waterexplorer@globalactionplan.ie
Phone: 01 8832185
Global Action Plan, AXIS Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2017
Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2017
This annual drugs education competition, primarily aimed at secondary schools, colleges and youth clubs nationwide, aims to help young people explore and understand various issues relating to drug and alcohol use in Irish society. To enter, young people are asked to research topics or share their personal experiences and create either: a short video, an audio clip, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) Why do some young people take drugs? (b) What impact does alcohol have on relationships? The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25. By getting involved, young people can explore the issue of drugs and alcohol from a constructionist learning experience. 
Closing date: 01/02/2017 www.drugs.ie
e: awards@drugs.ie
Phone: (01) 960 3010
City Hall, Dublin
Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism the Red Card
Students must watch the Show Racism the Red Card DVD prior to production of work. Contact us for the DVD Education pack. After watching the DVD, participants are asked to produce written, visual or audio-visual entries on the themes of the DVD. Submit entries only after you have been registered to participate. Only submit by email. To facilitate our judging panel, written work should be no longer than 750 words. It can be in the form of a poem, essay, letter or article, while visual entries can be in the form of paintings, sculptures and photographs. Entries can also be in the form of music or film and should not be longer than 5 minutes.
Closing date: 01/03/2017 www.theredcard.ie
e: info@theredcard.ie
'Go Places with Bus Eireann' TY Competition
'Go Places with Bus Eireann' TY Competition
Bus Éireann has launched an exciting new competition for Transition Year students, ‘Go Places with Bus Éireann’. Students will be in with a chance of winning one of five regional prizes of €3,000 for their school, and one national prize of a fun filled day out for their class to a leisure park, Projects are being invited under a range of categories including ‘Safety’, ‘Technology & Communication, ‘Environment & Sustainability’, ‘Community’, and ‘Society, Culture or Sport’.   
Closing date: 05/03/2017 www.goplaceswithbe.ie
All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad
All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad
The All Ireland Linguistics Olympiad (AILO) is the problem solvers’ challenge. The national contest sees secondary school students develop their own strategies for solving complex problems in unfamiliar languages from around the globe. There are Junior (under 16) and Senior (16 and over) categories, so students can participate at any stage in their second-level studies. Both Junior and Senior Category students take the same puzzles and are marked in the same way. The overall top eight students will be invited to represent Ireland at the International Linguistics Olympiad.
Closing date: 20/01/2017 School Level: Secondary adaptcentre.ie/ailo/
e: ailo@adaptcentre.ie
Phone: +353 1 700 6704
ADAPT, DCU, Dublin 9
John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2017 Competition
John Hooper Medal for Statistics 2017 Competition
The goal is to improve students' abilities to describe their environment with the help of statistics and to use statistics as a tool for making sense of daily life. The national competition is open to teams of 2 to 3 students, up to 18 years old (born in 1998 and younger), from any part of the island of Ireland. Teachers register the teams.
Closing date: 27/01/2017 www.cso.ie
e: johnhooper2017@cso.ie
Phone: 021 453 5504
CSO John Hooper Medal coordinator,Databank and Dissemination, Central Statistics Office, Skehard Road Cork
Student Theatre Awards
Student Theatre Awards
The Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards recognise and rewards participation in the dramatic arts in schools across Ireland. In each category the top 3 schools will be shortlisted.  A number of teachers and students from all shortlisted schools will also be invited to attend a prestigious ‘Oscars’ style awards ceremony, on 17 event promises to be an unforgettable day, whichMay 2017 in the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre, hosted by a very special guest MC. This spectacular event aims to recognise and reward schools for their participation, talent and excellence in the dramatic arts.
Closing date: 27/01/2017 School Level: Primary (3rd-6th Class), Secondary (All) www.bordgaisenergystudenttheatreawards.ie
e: sta@bordgais.ie
Phone: 01 522 4840
Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards, Fumbally Lane Dublin
Apps 4 Gaps
Apps 4 Gaps
Apps4Gaps is an international competition aimed at encouraging young people to provide ideas and create applications that will provide innovative and fresh ways of exploiting the Open Data freely available from on the Internet that could benefit society in such areas as transport, housing, planning, education, communications and health. In the process, participants will increase their skills in computer programming, utilise the opportunities presented by Open Data, and be challenged in creating technologies.
Closing date: 27/01/2017 School Level: Primary, Secondary, 3rdLevel apps4gaps.ie/
e: info@apps4gaps.ie
Phone: +353 (0)21 453 5504
Central Statistics Office, Skehard Road, Mahon Cork
The Donal Walsh Foundation
The Donal Walsh Foundation
Donal Walsh's family want to continue spreading his message and that is how the live life film competition concept was born three years ago. The competition is a national one, open to all, the idea is to create a two minute clip of what living life means to people. This year’s theme is “Make Every Second Count”.  The competition culminates with an awards ceremony when the shortlisted movies are screened and the winners announced.
Closing date: 31/01/2017 School Level: Primary, Secondary, Third Level donalwalshlivelife.org
e: MaryLuceyLiveLife@gmail.com
Phone: 087 9338941
 Hare St, Blennerville, Tralee, Kerry

Waltons Music for Schools Competition
Entering a school in the Competition requires an entry form, photo and video of an ensemble piece or song, performed by an instrumental, vocal or mixed group from the school (maximum 40 performers), that in some way addresses the 2017 Competition theme of ‘Music Has No Borders’. All primary and post-primary schools recognised by the Department of Education in the Republic of Ireland are eligible to enter. The Competition will culminate in a gala Finalists Concert at the National Concert Hall. A total of €10,000 worth of vouchers for musical instruments and equipment from Waltons Music will be awarded
Closing date: 10/03/2017 www.newschool.ie/musicforschools
An Post/INTO Handwriting
An Post/INTO Handwriting
Do your students have prizewinning handwriting? You can visit anpostschoolbag.ie for lots of interactive resources and to enter the An Post/INTO Handwriting Competition. This great competition is open to primary, secondary and special schools, with national and regional prizes to be won. Closing date Friday, 10th February, 2017.
Closing date: 10/02/2017 www.anpostschoolbag.ie
e: comp@anpostschoolbag.ie
Phone: 01 5224837
GPO O'Connell Street Dublin 1
What's the Story?
What's the Story?
Imaginosity, Dublin’s Children’s Museum is launching its annual 2017 search for Ireland’s best young story makers. "What’s the Story – A Big Competition for Little Story Makers’ is celebrating 5 years of story making this year and is looking for creative young storywriters, budding poets and young illustrators between the age of 3 and 9 years to create their very own original story using their inspired imaginations. There are also some great prizes up for grabs!
Start: 01/02/2017 End: 31/03/2017 Closing date: 31/03/2017 www.imaginosity.ie
e: competitions@imaginosity.ie
Phone: + 353 (1) 2176130
The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin