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School Competitions

Below are details of competitions open to schools in the
2014/2015 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.

Aviva School Fitness Challenge 2014
Aviva School Fitness Challenge 2014
Aviva Health Insurance launches the Schools’ Fitness Challenge 2015 – a national challenge for 1st, 2nd, 3rd and 4th year pupils assesisng the fitness levels of Irish school children and advocating the improvemnet of their overall health. This will run from January to April and there are three phases to complete. There is an initial fitness test, 6 weeks training to improve aerobic fitness and a repeat fitness test. To ensure the programme runs effectively, all scores must be submitted on this website. For the various deadlines visit website link below.
Closing date: 17/01/2014 School Level: Secondary
Science Workshop Competition
Junior Einsteins Science Club
Junior Einsteins Science Club incorporates the basics of science into a fun session of activities and practical experiments designed to stimulate and inspire a love of science and learning for primary school students. They provide Afterschool Science Clubs and Workshops in schools which aim to correspond to and compliment the national curriculum for science. To celebrate joining us on, Junior Einsteins Science Club are offering a 1.5 hour Science Workshop in a school. To be in with a chance to win this fantastic workshop for your school enter this fantastic competition using the link below
Closing date: 01/03/2015 Enter Junior Einsteins Science Club Competition
Phone: 085 864 1959

ActionAid Ireland
Students aged 14 to 17 have been invited to take part in the ActionAid Speech Writing Competition, which is running from now until 16th January. The top six students will be invited to Dublin in March to deliver their speech in front of a panel of judges. The winning two students will travel with their teachers to Nepal to see ActionAid’s Irish Aid funded women’s rights programme first hand.
Closing date: 16/01/2015
Phone: 01 878 7911
172 Granby Place Dublin
2015 International Schools Essay Competition and Debate
The Living Rainforest
International Schools Essay Competition & Debate: The competition and debate are aimed at primary students (ages 7-11) and secondary students (ages 11-17) and their teachers in both formal and home schools. Students are invited to write an essay outlining their vision for the future of sustainability education, in English
Closing date: 23/01/2015 School Level: Primary and Secondar
Phone: +44 1635 202444
Hampstead Norreys, Berkshire Carlow
The Pumped Schools' Video Awards
The Pumped Schools' Video Awards, now in its third year is held in partnership with the Irish Heart Foundation and the Federation of Irish Sport and seeks to encourage young people to unleash their creative juices and produce 90-second movies on a heart health theme. The competition invites participants to explore the science behind physical activity, diet and smoking, the impact of these on healt. Register by 1/12/14 - closing date 16/1/2015
Closing date: 16/01/2015 School Level: Secondary
Phone: 0868777664
The Atrium, Blackthorn Road Dublin
Mathletes Challenge
Matheltes Challenge
The MATHletes Challenge is a free online and in-person maths tournament for Irish and Northern Irish students and schools. A not-for-profit venture founded by entrepreneur Sean O'Sullivan and Ciaran Cannon TD, MATHletes develops students' confidence and competence in maths using Khan Academy. The 4-month Challenge provides participants with a fun, competitive, engaging and rewarding educational experience. MATHletes is open to primary and secondary students from 4th class to 5th year (ROI) & Primary 6 to Year 13 (NI). Top scorers advance to in-person playoffs in May where over €20,000 in prizes and the title of MATHletes Challenge All-Ireland Champion are on offer. Thousands of students and over 250 schools competed in 2014. Registration is FREE and opens December 1st. The Challenges launch on January 5th. For more information or to signup visit our website.
Junior Conservation Hero
Ireland's only Reptile Zoo
Gowran Reptile Conservation Zoo, Ireland’s only zoo that showcases over 50 unique species of reptiles and amphibians, has launched a nationwide search for a Junior Conservation Hero. Young people across Ireland are being urged to submit pictures and drawings of the everyday animals and nature they encounter.  A regional winner will be chosen from each county where they will have the opportunity to become a Zoo Keeper for a day.  From this, ‘Ireland’s Conservation Hero’ will be crowned. The lucky winner will receive a Year’s Family Pass to Gowran Reptile Conservation Zoo and a ‘Zoo to You’ experience for their school or club.
Closing date: 31/01/2015
Phone: 056 7726757
Demesne Road, Gowran, Kilkenny
Sightsavers Junior Painter of the Year Award
Open to primary school students of all ages, thousands of entries are expected to enter the competition this year featuring the new theme “I Want You to See …”, which invites primary school students to be inspired to show others how the world looks through their eyes.  Student artists have a chance to win appropriately arty prizes not just for themselves but for their classmates too, and substantial cash prizes for their schools. By the end of November, entry packs will have been sent to primary schools nationwide which include interactive activities and lesson plans for teachers that highlight how entering the competition ties in with the primary school curriculum.
Closing date: 16/01/2015 School Level: Primary
70 Uper George's Street, Dun Laoghaire, Dublin National Youth Media Awards Competition National Youth Media Awards Competition
The annual drugs awareness competition is now open. To enter, students are asked to create either: a short video, an audio clip, a news article; or a poster on one of the following themes: (a) The effects of alcohol on the family; (b) The effects of drugs on mental health. The age categories for entering are: 12-14; 15-17; 18-21; 22-25. Winners from the four age categories will receive an iPad mini and the overall winner will receive a prize of €2,000. Winners will also have their work published on Details on how to enter can be found on our website.
Closing date: 16/02/2015
Cara National Inclusion Awards
Cara National Inclusion Awards
The hunt is on for champions of inclusion! The inclusion awards are intended for individuals and organisations big and small who promote the inclusion of people with disabilities in sport and physical activity. (Organisations whose main mandate is to cater for people with disabilities are not eligible to apply for these awards). So if you know of any organisations, clubs, schools etc. please encourage them to apply for these awards. There are 8 award categories including National Governing Bodies of Sport; Sports Clubs, Primary School PE; Secondary Schools; Outdoor Adventure Providers; Leisure/Fitness Centres; Camps and a Research category.
Phone: 066 714 5646
Tralee, Kerry

CreateSound competition We are giving you the chance to win a FREE workshop from
CreateSound teach students how to make their own music using computers and the latest music-making software! All equipment is provided including laptops, keyboards, controllers, etc and classes are delivered on-site in your school. Students get to make music in modern genres whilst also picking up valuable multimedia skills using professional music production software. This is often very relevant to TY programmes and compliments the Leaving Cert Music Technology elective. ENTER HERE!
Closing date: 03/02/2015
Eircom Junior Spider awards
Eircom Junior Spider Awards
This year’s Eircom Junior Spiders will take place in the Facebook HQ in Dublin on Monday April 20th. The awards are open to all youths aged between 4-19 years in the Republic of Ireland. The aim of the awards is to acknowledge the innovation amongst web creators under the age of 19 and to provide an exciting programme that will encourage youths to further develop their technology skills in web design.
End: 11/03/2015
Phone: 01 237 7011
Premier Stationery
Premier Stationery
Ormond copy books are long established and well recognised by teachers, pupils and parents. Our unique plastic covers make copy books more durable, reduce the need of additional costs of covering copy books, and also lighten the weight of school bags for pupils. Win €100 worth of copies for your school and €30 for you!
Phone: 067 40100
Design Your Nano Gear
AMBER CentreAMBER Centre
Design Your Nano Gear- how do you think nanoscience will impact our sports and clothing in the future? Super light strong bicycles, jerseys that monitor a player’s performance, invisibility cloaks, t-shirts that can charge our phones... the possibilities are endless! We want you to draw a picture of a new sports product or item of clothing (sports or regular clothes) inspired by nanoscience.
End: 06/02/2015 School Level: Primary & Secondary
Phone: (01) 896 1000
AMBER Centre, CRANN Institute, Trinity College Dublin
Irish Aid award 2015
Irish Aid Awards 2015
This year marks the 10th year of the Awards which are designed to help children in Ireland to understand global issues and Ireland’s role in working to meet the United Nations’ Millennium Development Goals (MDGs). These goals focus on fighting hunger and poverty and improving the lives of those in the world’s poorest countries. Pupils then create a multi-media project to highlight the challenges facing children in developing countries and the progress which is being achieved. This year’s theme, ‘Caring for our World’, relates to all eight MDGs, with a particular focus on  protecting the environment.
Closing date: 13/03/2015
Phone: 01 5224834
St Colman's Boys National School, Macroom, Cork
Trend Micro
Trend Micro
"What's Your Story" is a film and poster competition that encourages aspiring young Irish film makers and artists to create short films or posters that highlight creative, impactful, safe and responsible ways to use the Internet. More details will be revealed on Safer Internet Day; February 10, 2015 when we will announce the competition theme!
Phone: 0863841883
IDA Business & Technology Park, Model Farm Rd, Cork