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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.

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
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
'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
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
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
A Poem for Ireland
A Poem for Ireland
The Department of Education and Skills, the public library service and Libraries Development, Local Government Management Agency are holding 'A Poem for Ireland' Poetry Competition for post-primary schools, as part of the commemoration events for Ireland 2016. Students in each post-primary school year are invited to submit a poem, in english or irish, on Ireland past and / or present. Prizes range from €50 to €1,000
Closing date: 29/02/2016 School Level: Secondary
2016 Irish Aid Our World Awards
2016 Irish Aid Our World Awards
The ‘One World, One Future’ theme of the 2016 Awards asks that pupils imagine how their world might look in 2030 and to learn about the newly agreed United Nations Global Goals for Sustainable Development which seek to address the root causes of poverty worldwide. The Awards invite pupils across Ireland to create projects, in any medium, through which they learn about the lives of children in developing countries and the work of Irish Aid, the Government’s programme for overseas development.
Closing date: 11/03/2016 School Level: Primary
First Cut! Youth Film Project & Festival
First Cut! Youth Film Project & Festival
Young movie-makers are being encouraged to submit their own short films to the innovative First Cut! Youth Film Festival. Young people aged 12 to 24 have until February 12 to get their entries into the 2016 national festival due to take place in Youghal Co Cork, April 21-23, and get the chance of seeing their film on the big screen. Entries to the festival, which is now in its 7th year, should be no more than 15 minutes long and will be viewed and selected by a panel of film and media professionals. To enter, just send your film with a completed entry form before the competition deadline. Further details can be found at the festival website.
End: 12/02/2016
Phone: 0353868139019
First Cut! Film Festival for Young Filmmakers, Youghal Cork

Conradh na GaeilgeConradh na Gaeilge
Mar chuid de Chomóradh 1916, ba bhrea le Conradh na Gaeilge Comórtas Ealaíne agus Filíochta a heagrú do pháistí sa bhunscoileanna i gCo an Chláir. Is é atá i gceist ná Comórtas Ealaíne do rang 1,2 agus 3 agus Comórtas Filíochta do rang 4,5, 6. Is é an téama ná “Éirí Amach 1916”. Ba cheart do gach iontrálaí do shonraí a scríobh (i mbloclitreacha) ar chúl na hiontrála. Ainm, aois, rang, scoil
Bóthar Droim Cliabh, Inis, Clare