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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
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: 31/03/2017
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
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
'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

Folens Publishers
We are awarding €5,000 to Primary and Post-Primary teachers in Ireland who are committing their time to teaching as part of a volunteer or charitable programme over the summer. Visit our website for more information and to fill out an application.
Phone: 01 4137200
Hibernian Industrial Estate, Greenhills Road, Tallaght Dublin
Trócaire Better World Award
Trócaire Better World Award
The Better World Award acknowledges the work that children do as they investigate, discuss and reflect on global justice issues in the classroom. The award is an interesting and fun way for children to explore what is happening in the world around them. Design a poster or create a display for the school hall to inform other classes in the school • Compose and perform a song or act out a story for the school and record it • Write letters, poems or stories around the issues or country being explored • Organise an event in the local church or wider community to raise awareness
End: 05/05/2017 Closing date: 05/05/2017
Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
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