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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.

One Good Idea competition
One Good Idea competition
The aim of the One Good Idea is to increase students’ understanding of energy efficiency and climate change by encouraging them to take individual and collective responsibility for tackling these important issues. Contestants must come up with creative ideas for an energy awareness campaign to change behaviour and improve energy efficiency in their homes, schools and communities.  Students can use events, drama, art, music, film, photography or writing to bring their idea to life and ensure the message reaches their audience in the most effective way. This is your opportunity to inspire people to make small lifestyle changes that will use energy more efficiently and help tackle climate change, so why not get involved?
Closing date: 11/11/2016
Phone: 01 5224830
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
Phone: 01 8832185
Global Action Plan, AXIS Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards
Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards
Sharpen Your Pencils, Clean Your Brushes, Get Set For The Return Of Sightsavers Junior Painter Awards. Open to primary school students of all ages across Ireland, this year’s theme of “Framing the Future” is expected to inspire thousands of imaginative entries. Sightsavers wants to frame the future as an inclusive world where children living with disabilities get to go to school and invites Irish children to let their imaginations run wild and create their very own masterpiece which envisions what they see when they think of the future. 15 regional winners will have their work displayed at a special Awards Day in spring 2017 where three overall national winners will be announced.
Closing date: 25/11/2016
70 Upper George’s Street Dún Laoghaire, Dublin
Poetry Aloud 2016
National Library of Ireland and Poetry IrelandNational Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland
To celebrate the joy of speaking and listening to poetry, the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland are delighted to announce the POETRY ALOUD Poetry Speaking Competition 2016 for post-primary school students. Poetry Aloud is the annual poetry speaking competition open to all students attending second level schools on the island of Ireland run by the National Library of Ireland and Poetry Ireland.
Closing date: 23/09/2016
Phone: 016030259
Kildare Street Dublin
Euroscola Poster Competition  -  European capital cities in 1916
Euroscola Poster Competition  -  European capital cities in 1916
Attention all Senior Cycle students (4th & 5th year). Would you like to visit Strasbourg? Would you like to bring a group of students to visit the European Parliament? Would you like your school to represent Ireland at our youth parliament, Euroscola? The European Parliament is awarding almost €8,000 to help you do just that. If you enter our competition and win, then 24 students and two teachers from your school will travel to Strasbourg to take part in Euroscola, a one-day youth parliament for 16-18 year olds. This year’s Euroscola competition is based on the 1916 Easter Rising in a European context. We are asking students to design a poster depicting events taking place in the capital cities of Europe while the Easter Rising was unfolding in Dublin in 1916. The poster may be drawn/painted or computer generated and may be in English or Irish.
Closing date: 18/11/2016
Phone: 01-605 7900
European Parliament Information Office in Ireland, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2017 “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
Phone: (01) 960 3010
City Hall, Dublin
European Day of Languages 2016 “Climate Change in…” Mark the European Day of Languages by reporting on climate change through a modern foreign language or Irish, and win an environmental field trip up to a value of €2,300.
Start: 10/03/2016 Closing date: 28/10/2016
Phone: 018871263
King's Inns House, Parnell Street Dublin
BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017
BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition 2017
The BT Young Scientist & Technology Exhibition takes place from 11th to 14th January 2017, at the RDS in Dublin. Entries must be submitted by Wednesday 28th of September 2016. For event updates or for more information on how to enter competition, visit the site below.
Start: 11/01/2017 End: 14/01/2017
Phone: (ROI): 1800 924 362 (NI): 0800 917 1297
RDS Dublin
Primary Science Fair
Primary Science Fair
RDS Primary Science Fair - Calling for Entries! Entries will open for the 2017 RDS Primary Science Fair from September 7th! The Fair provides a public forum for primary schools across Ireland to showcase their class STEM projects, receive feedback from experts in the field and learn from viewing other projects at a major exhibition, the BT Young Scientist and Technology Exhibition. All schools are invited to submit an expression of interest for a stand via the online form before the closing date NEW 2017: You can choose between the RDS or Limerick! (dates for the Limerick Fair will differ)
Start: 12/01/2017 End: 14/01/2017 School Level: Open to 4th, 5th and 6th class (ROI) and Key Stage 2 (NI)
Phone: 01 240 7990
RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin