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School Competitions

Below are details of competitions open to schools in the
2015/2016 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 runing a competition for primary or secondary school kids, you can add details of the competition for free using this button.

Choose Farm Safety
HSA - Choose Farm Safety
Are you a post-primary school student in Ireland? Can you create a game or an animation, develop an app or a Social Media campaign with a focus on Farm Safety? Enter our exciting competition which is part of the Health and Safety Authority’s wider awareness raising campaign involving young people as a positive influence to effect change in safety behaviour among their families and the wider farming community. The overall winner will receive a prize of: a professional Go-PRO HD camera, as well as their award and certificate of achievement.
End: 11/12/2015 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 1890 289 389
The Metropolitan Building, James Joyce Street Dublin
Primary and secondary school students from all over Ireland have been challenged by NUI Galway to compete in a new science communication competition. Students are invited to make entertaining and educational short videos on a range of science topics for ReelLIFE SCIENCE. With over €3000 in prizes, the makers of the best video at primary and secondary school level will each receive €1000, to be spent on promoting science in the winning school. Second and third-placed entries at each level will receive €300 and €200, respectively.
End: 09/11/2015
One Good Idea Project
One Good Idea
The One Good Idea project allows groups of students to work in teams to research, design and implement a campaign to promote energy efficiency and improve climate change awareness to one of three target audiences: their peers, adults and the wider community or primary school children. Students can use events, drama, art, music, film, photography or writing to bring their idea to life . Proposal submissions by 13/11/2015
End: 13/11/2015 Closing date: 31/05/2016 School Level: Primary & Secondary
Phone: 01 522 4830
c/o Real Nation, Fumbally Court, Fumbally Lane Dublin
SciFest 2016
SciFest 2016
Students across the country are encouraged to enter SciFest 2016 and put their knowledge of science to the test. Now in its ninth year as a national project, SciFest is an all-inclusive, all-island science competition where second-level students showcase science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) projects at a series of one day science fairs held regionally in the 14  Institutes of Technology, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry. The winners from each regional science fair go on to compete at a national final in November..
Closing date: 11/03/2016
Phone: 01 2605000
Writing Competition
Scene by Scene
Scene by Scene are now accepting entries for our debut Voices Writing Competition 2016! The competition is open to all secondary school students in Ireland. Entrants are free to write in any genre and on any topic they choose. Ten winners will be published in VOICES 2016 Anthology. Top Junior and Senior categories will also each win a €50 National Book Token. Have fun and get writing!
Closing date: 30/11/2015 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 085 442 8433
11 Millfield, Enniskerry Wicklow
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 8-14 in Ireland, the UK, Germany, France, Poland, Italy, Spain, South Africa, Turkey, Bermuda and Switzerland. Check out our Facebook and Twitter.
End: 09/11/2016
Phone: 01 8832185
Global Action Plan, AXIS Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year Awards
Open to primary school students of all ages, thousands of children are expected to enter the competition this year featuring the new theme“Imagine 2030”. A lot can change in 15 years so Sighstavers are inviting primary school students to be inspired and create an artwork that shows how they want the world they live in to look in the year 2030. Student artists have a chance to win appropriately arty prizes not just for themselves but for their classmates too, and substantial cash prizes of €200, €300 and €1,000 for their schools with thanks to the Irish Times. 
Closing date: 27/11/2015
'Let's Talk about Drugs' National Youth Media Awards
The 'Let's Talk about Drugs' National Youth Media Awards is an annual competition which encourages discussion of drug-related issues by inviting young people to produce a piece of original content relating to drug and/or alcohol use. Themes for 2016 - Theme 1: What are the hidden harms of alcohol use? Theme 2: What are the effects of drug use? Be in with a chance to win the overall prize of €2000 and have your work published on the website or broadcast! All age category winners also receive an iPad Mini and a certificate.
Closing date: 22/01/2016 School Level: Secodnary
Phone: 01 9603010
ActionAid Speech Writing Competition
Open to students aged 14-17, ActionAid is now accepting entries for the Second National ActionAid Speech Writing Competition. We work with over 19 million people in 45 countries in Africa, Asia and the Americas, assisting vulnerable communities to end early marriages, prevent gender based violence, gain land rights for women and helping girls receive an education. Students have to write a ten minute speech approximately between 840 and 1000 words.
End: 11/01/2016
Phone: 01-8787911
Ivy Exchange, 172 Granby Place, Parnell Square, Dublin
Dublin Tea Light Campaign & Colouring Competition
Alpro Ireland Tea Light Campaign 2015
Alupro Ireland, IKEA and WEEE Irelandofficially launched their tea light campaign in Dublin. The campaign aims to encourage school kids and consumers to recycle their tea light holders at the IKEA  store, once they have been used. Why not get involved in making tea-lights matter? Enter the colouring competition, collect tea lights and bring them for recycling to IKEA Dublin - it is as simple as that - you could be in with a chance of winning 500 euros for your school and 50 euros for yourself?
Closing date: 31/01/2016 School Level: Primary
Young Economist of the Year
Young Economist of the Year
Competition aimed at SC Economics students. Participants may enter by submitting a short video, rap, song, poem, PowerPoint/Prezi presentation or draw/ create an animation of any economics related topic of your choice. The organisers are looking for an enquiry-based approach evident in the entries. Closing date is 23 February with the prizes being presented at a ceremony in Maynooth University on 14 March
Closing date: 23/02/2016 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 01 4358587
14 Joyce Way, Park West Business Park, Nangor Road Dublin
1916 Radio Competition for schools
RTE Raidio na Gaeltachta
As part of Our Centenary 1916 programming, we do are announcing a competition for secondary schools throughout Ireland. They are Invited to submit ideas for a 30 minute radio in Irish Programme on the theme of the 1916 Rising. Closing date is 7 December. 5 Programmes will be chosen, and a mentor will work with the School to Produce the Programme. The Best Overall prorgamme will win € 1,000. To apply, click here for application form.
End: 07/12/2015 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 091 506677
Commercial Enterprises Ltd, Registration No: 155076, Donnybrook Dublin
NCH Song for 16
NCH Song for 16
Song for ’16 is an all-island schools song competition presented by the National Concert Hall, Disney Music Group and the Department of Education and Skills.  This competition forms part of the National Concert Hall’s 2016 Centenary Programme. Schools are invited to write and perform a song celebrating the modern, multi-cultural Ireland of 2016. Through Song for ’16 we encourage you to engage with contemporary culture through a historical perspective, and to produce a hit song for modern Ireland that celebrates what the island has become over the last 100 years.
End: 18/03/2016 School Level: Primary & Secondary
Phone: 01 417 0077
The National Concert Hall, Earlsfort Terrace Dublin
Student Theatre Awards
Bord Gáis EnergyBord Gáis Energy
Now in its third year, the Bord Gáis Energy Student Theatre Awards are open to primary school students (from 3rd to 6th class) and all secondary school students. The awards recognise and celebrate the creative talent and skills of students throughout Ireland in the areas of drama and theatre. Students, teachers and schools can enter the awards by completing an entry form and submitting a video clip or a written submission. All entries will be adjudicated by judges from the world of drama and theatre and selected schools will be invited to perform on the Bord Gáis Energy Theatre stage on 5 May 2016 at the awards shows. Get an info pack
Start: 01/10/2015 End: 29/01/2016

I'm an Engineer
I’m an Engineer is a free online X-Factor style competition for engineers, where students are the judges! For two weeks, students all over Ireland will be able to ask questions to, and take part in live text-based chats with real engineers. Students then vote for their favourite engineer to win €500 to spend on further STEM engagement. Students see that engineers are normal people while being introduced the wide range of careers within engineering; it’s not about spanners & hard hats. Teachers apply now to get your students talking to engineers.
Start: 10/11/2015 End: 21/11/2015
Phone: +441225 326892

I'm a Scientist
I’m a Scientist is a free online X-Factor style competition for scientists, where students are the judges! For two weeks, students all over Ireland will be able to ask questions to, and take part in live text-based chats with real scientists. Students then vote for their favourite scientist to win €500 to spend on further public engagement. Students see that scientists are normal people, learn how science lessons relate to real life, and become more enthused about science. Teachers apply now to get your students talking to real scientists!
Start: 10/11/2015 End: 21/11/2015
Phone: +441225 326892
Win Spot Prizes for your School!
Thanks to
As we are coming into the Christmas season, we here at are giving you the chance to win fabulous spot prizes each week for your school fundraiser! This week, we are giving away 2 x €50 Smyth's Toy Store vouchers to two lucky winners. Visit our Facebook page for more information on how to enter!
Start: 11/11/2015 End: 01/12/2015 Enter Here!