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Below are details of competitions open to schools in the 2018/2019 school year. If you want to add a free competition listing, use the button on bottom of the page.

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Show Racism the Red Card
Show Racism The Red Card
Closing date: 31/03
School Level: All
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. www.theredcard.ie
e: info@theredcard.ie
Schools Poetry Competition
Schools Poetry Competition
Closing date: 12/04
School Level: Primary
‘Dunguaire Castle in County Galway, is famed for its history of Kings, Poets and Noble Lords & Ladies, is holding a Poetry Competition for National Poetry Day 2019. This is open to  National School student from 3rd – 6th Class. To enter: Write a poem of no more than 30 lines using the theme of ‘Truth or Dare’. Design Art work to accompany the poem (poem and art on one sheet. max size A4). Send to Education Executive, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty, Co. Clare on or before 12th April 2019.  bunrattycastle.ie
e: reservations@shannonheritage.com
Education Executive, Bunratty Castle and Folk Park, Bunratty
SciFest 2019
Scifest 2019
Closing date: 08/03
School Level: Secondary
Second-level students from across Ireland are invited to demonstrate their science, technology, engineering and maths (STEM) skills at this year's SciFest 2018! 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. Students wishing to enter can log on to the SciFest website and enter online or download a paper entry form. Admission: No Entry Fee! www.scifest.ie
e: info@scifest.ie
Locally and Regionally
Trócaire Poetry Ireland Comp
Trócaire Poetry Ireland Comp
  12/01 to 15/05
School Level: All
Trócaire’s annual poetry competition, in association with Poetry Ireland, uses the arts to raise awareness about the leading global justice issues of our time. This year the competition explores the theme ‘Land is Life’. The competition is always FREE to enter and is open to young people, children and adults alike, at all stages in their writing careers. There are four separate categories for children and teens.www.trocaire.org
Trócaire, Maynooth, Co. Kildare
Go Places with Bus Eireann
Go Places With Bus Eireann
Closing date: 15/03
School Level: TY Students
Go Places is a competition for Transition Year students, brought to you by Bus Éireann. If you're a TY student, we want you to tell us about your journey to school. What are the highlights of your journey? How do you travel? Who do you see? What do you do? When do you enjoy it most, or how could you make it better? Get creative and make some life-long school memories! You can enter with photographs, video or words. Enter and be in with a chance to win iPads! The overall national winner will also win a day out at Tayto Park for you and your classmates! www.goplaceswithbe.ie
Career Skills
Career Skills
Closing date: 12/04
School Level: Secondary
This exciting competition promotes the importance of Career Skills and encourages the value of career research. It gives students the chance to reflect on the skills they developed during their work experience, and how those skills can help them in their future career. The competition is developed by CareersPortal, and is supported by the Department of Education and Skills, An Chomhairle um Oideachas Gaeltachta & Gaelscolaíochta (COGG), TY, LCVP and LCA Programmes. The competition is sponsored by McDonald'scareersportal.ie
e: info@careersportal.ie
FanTAXtic
Fantaxtic
Closing date: 16/04
School Level: Secondary
FanTAXtic is a competition specifically for TY students where students work together in teams to research a topical tax issue, and present their findings and opinions in a short video!  The 2019 competition has now been launched!!!www.careerintax.ie
e: sobrien@taxinstitute.ie
INTO LGBT+ Teachers' Group
Into Lgbt+ Teachers' Group
Closing date: 24/05
School Level: Primary
The INTO LGBT+ Teachers’ Group are delighted to announce the return of the ‘Different Families, Same Love’ competition. Teachers are asked to celebrate the diversity of people and families in Ireland in order to address homophobic and transphobic bullying in schoolswww.into.ie/lgbt/Competition/
e: lgbt@into.ie
c/o Equality Officer, 35 Parnell Square
Waltons Music Competition
Waltons Music Competition
Closing date: 22/03
School Level: Secondary
Would you like the opportunity to win up to €2,000 worth of musical instruments or equipment for your school? 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 2019 Competition theme of ‘Music = ’. 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. www.newschool.ie/musicforschools
Waltons New School of Music 69 South Great George’s Street, Dublin
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Ipc Colouring Competition
Closing date: 23/05
School Level: Primary
As part of world hand hygiene day which is celebrated on the 5th of May, Infection Prevention Control Ireland is running a coloring competition for pre-schools, primary schools and associated facilities to promote hand hygiene. There is an overall prize of 500 euro for the overall winning school for art supplies and a small prize for each age/ facility category. Download here
e: secretary@ipcireland.ie
IPC Ireland, P.O. Box 916, South City Delivery Office, Cork
One Good Idea
One Good Idea
to 08/03 Closing date: 16/11
School Level: All
This annual SEAI school competition is open to primary and post primary schools. Every year students are asked to come up with One Good Idea that will save energy/help tackle climate change/inspire lifestyle changes in the people around them. Students' campaign should show people in your community how your One Good Idea can make a difference to them, their pocket and our planet. www.seai.ie
e: info@seai.ie
EPA Story of Stuff
Epa Story Of Stuff
Closing date: 08/03
School Level: Secondary
The EPA runs a video competition for second level students called The Story of Your Stuff. To enter, students get creative and visually tell us about an everyday object and its life story - how it's made and what it becomes when it's recycled. www.thestoryofyourstuff.ie
e: storyofyourstuff@gmail.com
Scríobh Scéal - Cúla4 TG4
Scríobh Scéal - Cúla4 Tg4
Closing date: 12/04
School Level: Primary
Enter your classes story to be in with a chance of winning a professional printed copy of the story as well as vouchers for the school. Write your story together as a class, it can be as long as you like. It should have a beginning, a middle and an end. The story should have a good strong theme and a class effort. Illustrations are optional. Be as creative as you can!  Find out more
e: cula4@tg4.ie
Cúla4, TG4, Baile na hAbhann, Co. na Gaillimhe
Transition Year Show 2019
Transition Year Show 2019
Closing date: 28/09
School Level: Secondary
For a chance to win a FREE BUS TRIP TO & BACK for your SCHOOL with Transition Year Show 2019, September 24th & 25th, Punchestown Event Centre, Naas, Co. Kildare. Find out more & Follow us on Facebook @Transitionyearshow2019 transitionyearireland.ie
e: fiona@guerinmedia.ie
Naas,Co. Kildare
Spanish 5th Years
Spanish 5Th Years
Closing date: 29/04
School Level: Secondary
The Post-Primary Languages Initiative in collaboration with the Consejería de Educación de la Embajada de España en Dublin is delighted to announce its annual competition for 5th year students of Spanish. La Junta de Castilla y León and the Spanish Tourist Office in Dublin are sponsoring the competition. .languagesinitiative.ie
e: languagesinitiative@mie.ie
Safe Cross Code 2019
Safe Cross Code 2019
Closing date: 10/05
School Level: Primary
Safe Cross Code Dance Competition 2019 for primary school students To enter the competition schools must record their students doing the Safe Cross Code dance – this can be done on a phone or tablet. The video must then be emailed directly to safecrosscode@rsa.ie along with a short description of the dance routine and some details on how the school actively promotes road safety. The winning school in each category will receive 30 x 7 inch tablets for the school while the teacher of the winning classes will each receive a €200 voucher. www.rsa.ie/
e: safecrosscode@rsa.ie
NPC Fred O'Connell Award 2019
Npc Fred O'connell Award 2019
Closing date: 03/05
School Level: Primary
Now is the time for your Parents Association to send in your entry for the NPC Fred O'Connell Award 2019. 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. www.npc.ie
e: info@npc.ie
National Parents Council Primary, 12 Marlborough Court, Marlborough Street, Dublin
Pramerica Writing Competition
Pramerica Writing Competition
Closing date: 14/05
School Level: All
A Short Story & Poetry Competition for Young Writers run by North West Words. Entries are invited by writers for 3 categories...1. Primary Schools. 2. Secondary Schools Junior Cycle. 3. Secondary Schools Senior Cycle. The winners of each category of each competition will receive a prize sponsored by Pramerica. Presentation of prizes will take place at 6:00 pm on Friday 24th May in Café Davitt High Road, Letterkenny. More Info on northwestwords.com
e: northwestwords@outlook.com
Pramerica Junior Competition, North west Words, 2 Quay Road, Dungloe, Co Donegal
The CX Collection
The Cx Collection
Closing date: 17/05
School Level: All
We are giving students across Ireland the opportunity to win a Chromebook and an Amazon voucher worth €100. All your students need to do is write a 250 word story telling family and friends of their adventure real or fictional, in the form of a postcard and if it inspires the vote of a panel of judges they could be in with a chance to win these great prizes.lismore-immrama.com
e: immrama@thecxcollection.com
Main Street, Lismore
Game Changers
Game Changers
Closing date: 12/04
School Level: All
Game Changers is a competition 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 must be either a board game, a card game or a video game. Games can be created by an individual, group or class. The best game in each category will win a trip to the Cool Planet Experience in Enniskerry, Co. Wicklow for their class/youth group. The three winning games will be submitted into the 7th International Educational Games Competition. www.trocaire.org
e: gamechangers@trocaire.org
Trócaire Game Changers, Trócaire, Maynooth, Co Kildare