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School Competitions 2023/2024



Below are details of competitions open to schools in the 2023/2024 school year. If you want to add a free competition listing, use the button on bottom of the page.

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Career Skills Competition
Career Skills Competition
Closing date: 22/03
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 explain how those skills can help them in their future career. The competition is developed by CareersPortal and sponsored by AIB.  Tell us about the career skills you discovered during your Work Experience and you can win fabulous prizes and €1,000 for your school!
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Book Programme
Book Programme
Closing date: 01/03
School Level: Both
Children’s Books Ireland hosts the KPMG Children’s Books Awards each year. These awards are the leading annual children's book awards in Ireland. Established in 1990, these awards identify, honour and promote excellence in books for young people by Irish authors and illustrators. As part of the Awards we run the Junior Juries Programme. This is a unique activity for schools, libraries and book clubs, designed to encourage children and young people to read widely and to engage with reading in an innovative and exciting way. Young readers ‘shadow’ the adult judges of the book awards panel in reading, discussing and assessing the shortlisted books each year. Read about the Junior Juries Prog. Find out more about theChildren's Book awards
First Cut Youth Film Festival
First Cut Youth Film Festival
Closing date: 19/01
School Level: Both
First Cut! accepts films from individual filmmakers aged 12-24 and from secondary schools, colleges and youth groups.As an acknowledgement of the sheer amount and quality of filmmaking that takes place in schools throughout Ireland, First Cut! also has a special category in its open call programme for films made in schools. For many young people, school is where they get the initial chance to make a film and the opportunity in many cases to hone this craft. Find out More
e: firstcutfilmfestival.com
Texaco Childrens Art
Texaco Childrens Art
Closing date: 28/02
School Level: Both
​As we mark the 70th anniversary of the Texaco Children's Art Competition, we are delighted to invite young artists across the island of Ireland to participate in a national celebration of Children's Art with us.  If you are submitting artwork to the Competition that has been undertaken in your school or at an external art class, you must complete a School/Art ​School Application Form. Visit Website
e: texacochildrensart@valero.com
SciFest 2024
Scifest 2024
Closing date: 10/03
School Level: Secondary
SciFest’s main object is: To promote Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) education through the provision of a forum for students at local/regional/national level to present and display their scientific investigations.The SciFest programme consists of a series of one-day STEM fairs for second-level students.Visit SciFest website
e: info@scifest.ie
Win a Social Media Workshop
Win A Social Media Workshop
Closing date: 29/02
School Level: Primary
'Hacked' is a comedy show about social media for primary schools. From Cyberbullying to Social Media, Reuben tackles difficult subjects in his hilarious interactive comedy shows that will create great experiences for your primary school pupils (3rd-6th class).  Reuben is delighted to offer the Schooldays audience the chance to Win a 1 hour Workshop for a school group of up to 300 3rd to 6th Class primary students in their school. ENTER NOW
Essay Competition
Essay Competition
Closing date: 23/02
School Level: Secondary
The University of Limerick Regional Writing Centre announces its thirteenth annual National Secondary School Essay-writing Competition for Transition and 5th-year students. The competition requires students to take a decisive stance on a provided them in the form of an essay of 800-1,000 words.The winner will receive a high-end Android tablet, while the two runners-up will receive a €100 One4All voucher each.  Visit the website link below to find out more about the theme.
Visit website
e: writingcentre@ul.ie
Press Pass T Y
Press Pass T Y
Closing date: 02/03
School Level: Post Primary
Press Pass is a free student journalism programme for Transition Year student. A nationwide competition searches for the student journalists of the year and categories include: School Newspaper, Opinion journalism, Sports journalism, and Features journalism. An awards ceremony takes place in the Aviva Stadium each year www.presspass.ie
e: lbuckley@newsbrands.ie
Music for Schools Competition
Music For Schools Competition
Closing date: 23/02
School Level: Both
The Competition’s objective is to promote the enormous benefits of creative music making for young people. Its open nature offers schools the opportunity to think and work creatively in any genre (or genres) of music and with any combination of students, developing an original musical project that has learning potential at every stage of the process. Each year’s Competition culminates in a gala Finalists Concert in the National Concert Hall, in which twelve Finalist school music groups (six primary and six post-primary) perform before their peers and two distinguished adjudicators. Find out More
START Competition
Start Competition
Closing date: 19/04
School Level: Primary
Teachers and students are asked to identify a suitable research question they can answer scientifically using the information provided. The purpose of this competition is to help students become aware of the randomised clinical trial process, rather than answering a groundbreaking question. Pick a simple, easy to answer question, but use the proper steps of a clinical trial to answer it. You can report the findings in any way you like, podcast, video, collage or poster, report, it’s up to you to be as creative as you like! 
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