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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
Phone: 01 8832185
Global Action Plan, AXIS Ballymun, Main Street, Ballymun, Dublin 9
'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
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
SciFest 2017
SciFest 2017
Second-level students from across Ireland are invited to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills at this year's SciFest 2017! Showcase your STEM projects at a series of one-day science fairs held locally in schools and regionally in the 14 Institutes of Technology, DCU and St. Mary’s College, Derry. The winners from each regional science fair will go on to compete at a national final in November 2017. Students wishing to enter can log on to the SciFest website and enter online or download a paper entry form. Completed entries must be submitted by Friday 10th March.Find out more here.
Closing date: 10/03/2017 Admission: No Entry Fee!
Phone: 086 379 6143
Locally and Regionally Dublin
The Ui Cadhain Prize - For Young Reporters
The Ui Cadhain Prize
The Ui Cadhain Prize has been set up to reward the very best local news reporting by young journalists in Dublin. The best article, selected by our judges, will be awarded a prize of €250 and the opportunity of a day's work experience with local independent city newspaper the Dublin Inquirer. There are also additional cash prizes of €150 and €100 for two runners-up who have shown merit in writing or concept. The competition is open to young people aged 10-14 and living or going to school in central Dublin are invited to submit news stories on an issue affecting a community or communities in Dublin's inner city.
Closing date: 31/03/2017

Toyota IrelandToyota Ireland
At Toyota we want to encourage children to draw or paint their dream car and enter into our 11th Toyota Dream Car Art Contest. There are lots of prizes, including a chance to win a trip to Japan. To enter, students can use any medium on A3 or A4 paper and send it in to:Dream Car Art Contest, Toyota Ireland, Killeen Road, Dublin 12. No digital artwork.
Phone: (01) 419 0200
Killeen Road, Dublin 12
National Parents Council Fred O'Connell Award 2017
NPC Fred O'Connell Award 2017
Now is the time for your Parents Association to send in your entry for the NPC Fred O'Connell Award 2017. The NPC Fred O'Connell Award recognises innovative partnership work between parents and schools which supports children to have the opportunity to reach their full potential. The winning Parents Association will receive a plaque, engraved with the name of their Parents’ Association and the year it was won. They will also receive a free year’s membership to NPC.
Closing date: 02/05/2017
, National Parents Council Primary, 12, Marlborough Court, Marlborough Street, Dublin

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
'The Story of your Stuff' Competition
Environmental Protection AgencyEnvironmental Protection Agency
The Story of Your Stuff is an exciting new secondary school competition asking you to unleash your creativity by telling the story of your stuff in 90 seconds or less! All your stuff has a story - whether it’s the water bottle you drink from, the pencil you write with, or the phone in your hand. Students should pick an object (any object!), research its origins and visually tell us its story. How you tell us the Story of Your Stuff is up to you - whether it’s through video, a storyboard, a comic book illustration or anything else you can think of… . Be in with a chance to win €500 for you and €500 for your school and a film making workshop
Closing date: 30/03/2017 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 01 678 9801
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
Phone: + 353 (1) 2176130
The Plaza, Beacon South Quarter, Sandyford, Dublin
First Cut! Film Festival for Young Filmmakers
First Cut! Film Festival for Young Filmmakers
If you're filmmaker aged between 12 and 24, and you've got a short film, we want to see it! First Cut! Youth Film Festival, April 27-29, showcases new films by young filmmakers over three days packed with screenings, workshops, and talks by film industry professionals. Every type of film is screened: fiction, documentary, animation, music video and more.
Start: 27/04/2017 End: 29/04/2017
Phone: 0868139019
Mail Arts Centre, Youghal, Cork