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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 www.waterexplorer.ie
e: waterexplorer@globalactionplan.ie
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 www.sightsavers.ie/juniorpainter
e: tmurray@sightsavers.ie
70 Upper George’s Street Dún Laoghaire, 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 www.europarl.ie
e: youth-epdublin@ep.europa.eu
Phone: 01-605 7900
European Parliament Information Office in Ireland, 12-14 Lower Mount Street, Dublin
Drugs.ie “Let’s Talk about Drugs” National Youth Media Awards Competition 2017
Drugs.ie “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 www.drugs.ie
e: awards@drugs.ie
Phone: (01) 960 3010
City Hall, Dublin
Young Environmentalist Awards 2017
Young Environmentalist Awards 2017
The Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) 2017 registration is now officially open, and inviting young people across Ireland to enter Ireland’s biggest ECO-Awards scheme for young people! Tthe YEA is open to young people aged 10-18 across the island of Ireland who are passionate and want to take action to protect the environment. Teachers and youth leaders can register groups of 2-25 young people.  Finalists showcase their project at the national YEA Showcase and Awards Ceremony in May 2017
End: 25/11/2016 www.ecounesco.ie
Follow The Camino
Follow The Camino
Win a FREE trip for your class on the Camino. To enter: 1. Take a class photo with your Follow The Camino calendar 2.Email EduCamino@FollowTheCamino.com with the class photo to be uploaded to our Facebook 3.Class photo with most likes, comments and shares WINS!
followthecamino.com/educamino
e: educamino@followthecamino.com
Phone: 1 687 2144
106 Grafton Street Dublin
ICI Schools’ Chemistry Newsletter Competition
ICI Schools’ Chemistry Newsletter Competition
The annual ICI Schools' Chemistry Newsletter competition is now open to all second level students. This year’s theme is ‘The Chemistry of Climate Change’. Only individual entrants are allowed. The newsletter should consist of four A4-sized pages. Sources of information must be cited.The name and contact details of both the student and the teacher including the school name should be clearly stated. The entrants are strongly encouraged to use good quality graphics/photographs to illustrate their newsletter. An electronic Microsoft Word file should be submitted as an attachment to the email address below. Winning students will be contcted and awarded their prizes early in 2017.
Closing date: 23/12/2016 www.ista.ie
e: info@instituteofchemistry.org
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 www.theredcard.ie
e: info@theredcard.ie
'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 www.goplaceswithbe.ie
Youth for Decent Work Video Competition
Youth for Decent Work Video Competition
We are pleased to anounce that this year will be our biggest competition yet. With fantastic prizes to be won, such as filmmaking workshops, not to mention the biggest prize of them all.... an all expenses paid trip to New York City. This year's theme is "Worker's Rising to to the Challenges: 1916-2016." Students are asked to consider, as the basis for their video entry, the challenges workers have faced throughout history, starting in the period around the 1916 rising, the origins of which were rooted in the lockout of 1913, right through to the present day where we continue to struggle for decent work.
End: 17/11/2016 www.youth-connect.ie
e: info@youth-connect.ie
Phone: 00 353 1 8897766
Generation Euro Students’ Award
Generation Euro Students’ Award
The Generation Euro Students’ Award is a competition about monetary policy that is held in the euro area for international and European schools, and national schools abroad by the European Central Bank (ECB), and for national schools by the national central banks. It is open to all secondary school students aged between 16 and 19. All students are entitled to take part, irrespective of the subjects they are studying, and a team should only consist of students from the same school. . In order to enter the competition, you first need to form a team and register for the competition on the website. After registering, you can take the online quiz. The winning teams will receive some attractive prizes at the final event.
Closing date: 02/12/2016 www.generationeuro.eu
e: generationeuro@ecb.europa.eu
Mental Health Ireland's Art and Photography Competition
Mental Health Ireland's Art and Photography Competition
Our annual Photography and Art Competitions are both open for entries! The theme for this year is once again ‘Mind Your Mental Health’. All art entries must be sent in landscape in A4 size. We would like all art teachers to get involved in this exciting project and to encourage their students to explore what positive mental health means to them through art or photography. The national winner in each competition will receive a €250 One4all Gift Card and each provincial winner will receive a €50 One4all Gift Card. National and provincial winners in the art and photography category will all feature in our 2017 Calendar alongside four additional outstanding entries. We will once again host the week-long National Exhibition of 26 Highly Commended entries which will be publically exhibited alongside the national and provincial winners.
Closing date: 02/12/2016 www.mentalhealthireland.ie
e: photo@mentalhealthireland.ie
Phone: (01) 284 1166 
Make A Wish Schools Entrepreneurship Award
Make A Wish Schools Entrepreneurship Award
The Kids for Wish Kids Schools Entrepreneurship Awards,  sponsored by Intertrust, is designed to encourage students to develop their entrepreneurial skills, build their confidence and create a greater level of social enterprise. Students can take part by developing a mini-company, running an event or taking part in a challenge; and their project can involve an individual or group effort. Entries will be sent to our panel of judges and the winners will be invited to an exclusive awards ceremony in Dublin in February 2017. Part of the prize will be the prestigious Kids for Wish Kids Award for the school and professional references for the students to go on their future CV’s! Entrants will be judged on creativity/entrepreneurship, marketing/communications, commerciality, and funds raised.
Closing date: 19/12/2016 www.makeawish.ie
e:  mary@makeawish.ie
Phone: 01 205 2012
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 www.btyoungscientist.com
e: youngscientist@bt.com
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) www.rds.ie/primarysciencefair
e: primarysciencefair@rds.ie
Phone: 01 240 7990
RDS, Ballsbridge, Dublin