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Competitions, Awards and Challenges

Its not all about winning but If you're not in, you can't win! As a nation, we are extremely lucky with the number of competitions and awards available to students. Have a look through the below details of competitions open to schools. Advise your students to enter competitions as an extra-curricular activity or integrate the competition/awards into your scheme of work.

- Goal

 Submission by: 6th December 2019

GOAL are running an award we have named the ‘GOAL Changemakers Award’. Our goal with this award is to educate primary classes between 3rd – 6th about the UN’s Global Goals. By educating youth about the Global Goals we also hope to empower them to take action to contribute to the fulfilment of some of Ireland’s targets Global Goal targets.

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Registration is now OPEN   Project Submission Deadline: 13th December 2019   

ECO-UNESCO’s Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) is an all-Ireland environmental awards programme that recognises and rewards young people who raise environmental awareness and improve the environment. The programme is open to any group of young people in the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland from 10-18 years of age.

More Information            Register Here      


Deadline: Midnight Tuesday 21st January 2020 

INSPA is a national children’s photography competition which is open to all primary schools located in the Republic of Ireland. The awards aim to encourage primary schools to engage with both digital technology and the creative process to create striking visual images. This year’s theme is titled ‘Second Life’ which asks both teachers and their students to integrate the camera into the school-day, allowing their students explore their classrooms, corridors and schoolyards. All entries will be judged by a national panel and awards are offering a range of fantastic prizes for finalists, winners and their schools.

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- Music for Schools

 Deadline: 24th January 2020  

Waltons New School of Music has just announced the launch of the eighth annual Waltons Music for Schools Competition, which is open to all primary and post-primary schools in Ireland. To enter the competition, schools create an ensemble piece or song, based on the year’s competition theme and performed by an instrumental, vocal or mixed group from the school (maximum 40 performers). The piece or song can be performed by any combination of singers or instrumentalists you choose.

 More Information               Competition YouTube Channel

- Trócaire

Competition 2020 Announcement Coming Soon

Trócaire Game Changers competition is for young people who want to change the world and believe games are a way to do this! Games submitted must explore a Development Education theme, and fall under one of the following game formats: board game/card game/video game. Entries are open to senior primary, post-primary, and youth groups.

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- SID Awards


Safer Internet Day: 11th February 2020            Competition 2020 Announcement Coming Soon      

Safer Internet Day (SID) is an EU wide initiative to promote a safer internet for all users, especially young people. It is promoted in Ireland by the PDST Technology in Education and Webwise. Keep an eye on the Webwise website for information about their 2020 Safer Internet Day competition.

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Closing Date: 30th June 2020                        

FÍS is a successful film project currently thriving in primary schools across Ireland. The initiative encourages children to explore the medium of film in the primary classroom developing essential skills in moving-image literacy, communication, teamwork, visual arts and even numeracy.

To enter, primary schools across the country are asked to create an (up to) five-minute film on a subject of their choice.  Before you begin check out the rules and guidelines and judging criteria for further details.

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