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CPSMA Our School Family National Art Competition.

2018 sees Ireland hosting the World Meeting of Families. In order to highlight the importance of our school family, which is one of the themes for Catholic Schools Week 2018 CPSMA would like to invite schools to participate in a national art competition with the theme: ‘Our School Family

The competition will be divided into three categories: Juniors (Infants to 2nd class), Seniors (3rd to 6th Class), Children with special educational needs.

Prizes: Individual Prize for each category: €300 JD Sports Voucher
Prize for class/school of winning child: Digital Camera worth €200

Terms and Conditions:
Ages as at 1st January 2018. Proof of date of birth may be requested by CPSMA. The closing date for entries to the CPSMA Art Competition is, Friday 2nd February 2018. This date is final. If your entry is received after this date it will not be submitted to the judges.
The text of the theme have to be illustrated on your artwork. We are looking for your interpretation of the theme through your art.
Name, address, class and school/other details (where applicable) must be clearly printed on the entry form provided. Any entries bearing incomplete entry forms will not be considered.
All entry forms and posters must be certified by a teacher/facilitator or parent/guardian as being an unaided and original work of the competitor. All entries must be submitted on A3 (420 x 297mm). (Portrait or Landscape is acceptable)
The entry can be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markers, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage. Prints done from a lino block, wood block or any other method may also be submitted. No computer aided design (CAD) may be entered.
It should be noted that once artwork is received by CPSMA they become the property of CPSMA and may be reproduced at CPSMA’s discretion and may only be returned at the discretion of CPSMA.
All entries are accepted as original works, CPSMA is not responsible for any breach of copyright. Entrants may enter the competition only once.
The decision of the adjudicators is final and no correspondence will be entered into.

Ferns Diocesan Pastoral Council Art, Prayer & Short Story Competition

Art: Ta Pope Francis ag Teacht
Prayer: Prayer for my Family
Short Story: Family Makes us Better (max 500 words)

Categories: 1: First & Second Class, 2: Third & Fourth Class, 3: Fifth & Sixth Class

Closing date: 15th February 2018

Texaco Children's Art Competition

Subject: One of the most interesting things about art is its diversity. That's why your entry to our Competition can be about anything that interests you.

Size of artwork: Your entry should not be smaller than A4 (29.7cm x 21.0cm) or larger than A2 (59.4cm x 42.0cm) before it is mounted, which is optional. Please submit your artwork in flat format only, it should not be rolled, folded or framed.

Use of Materials: You may use any type of paper, white, coloured, rough or smooth. The work that you submit may be drawn or painted in pencil, charcoal, pen and ink, crayon, pastel, watercolour, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour and collage. Alternatively, it may be a print created from a lino block, wood block or any other method, and your artwork may be submitted on canvas. Only digitally produced works using any artwork software may be submitted to the Competition by email at  A photograph or scanned image of an original artwork will not be considered under any circumstances. 

Originality: Your work should be original and unaided. Please do not copy another person's work. Any source imagery must be indicated at time of entry. Failure to properly reference any source imagery may result in disqualification.

Number of Entries: You may submit up to two entries per individual. Where you submit more than one entry you should clip the artwork together. Only individual entries will be accepted and they may be submitted directly by you, by your school or by your art group. 

Information Required: If you are submitting artwork to the Competition that has been undertaken in your school or at an external art class, you should include the following information on the back of your entry: Name and age, Category and title of entry, School name, school address, school email address, school telephone number and school teacher or art teacher's name and Signature of school teacher or art teacher

If you are submitting artwork to the Competition that has been undertaken in your home, please include all of the information above on your entry with the exception of your teacher or art teacher's signature.  Instead, your parent or guardian's signature will be required in addition to your home address, your home telephone number and home email address. 

The Closing Date: The closing date for receipt of entries is Wednesday, 28th February 2018.

The All-Island 'Decade of Centenaries' History competition 2018

The decade 2012-2022 is categorised as the ‘Decade of Centenaries' as it marks the centenary of a number of important historical events and developments that occurred in the period 1912-1922, and which formed a vital role in the formation of modern Ireland

As part of the ‘Decade of Centenaries' commemorations, schools and students at all levels of primary and post-primary schools across Ireland are invited, in the 2017-18 school year, to enter the fifth annual schools' history competition. The selected themes have a particular link to events of a century ago across the island of Ireland.


This year, at both primary and post-primary levels, projects are invited under the following general headings:

  • A local/regional studies theme from a century ago – a study of a particular historical event that affected your local or regional area in the 1912-1922 period.
  • Ireland and the First World War – a study of the Irish experience of the war from the perspective of an individual or group. This could involve a focus on a particular battle, an individual participant's story or a consideration of the entire 1914-1918 period.
  • Women's history in Ireland during the revolutionary period – a study of a particular individual/group/organisation/movement striving to improve the quality of women's lives or involved in revolutionary activity in Ireland in the 1912-1922 period
  • Revolution in Ireland – a study of a political/revolutionary event from the 1912-1922 period, a particular aspect of the event, or an individual/group/organisation associated with it.

The deadline for receipt of completed projects is 23 rd March 2018 with the winners being announced, and prizes awarded, before the end of May 2018.

Projects must be submitted online to the following email address: . Each project must include a cover sheet at the front and a bibliography listing the sources consulted.