St. Mary's Secondary School, Ballina
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The President’s Award

The President’s Award

About The Award

Gaisce – the President’s Award is Ireland’s very own National Challenge Award, the country’s most prestigious and respected individual award programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to you… the nation’s future.

What’s it all about?

Gaisce – the President’s Award works on the basis of a personal challenge set by you. You will set the challenge and agree it with a President’s Award leader. You won’t be competing with other participants, as each challenge is completely individual… so the only person you’ll compete with is yourself.

How does it work?

There are three different types of award that you can earn – bronze, silver and gold. The minimum age for the bronze award is 15. It is earned over a minimum period of 6 months. If you want something a little more testing, the minimum age for the silver award is 16. It is earned over a minimum period of 12 months. Or if you’re up to the challenge, the gold award is our most demanding challenge, and the minimum age for this award is 17. It is earned over a minimum period of 18 months.

How to earn an award?

There are four different challenge areas. To earn an award, you will need to participate in each of the four challenge areas. You might decide to build on an activity you’ve tried in the past. Each participant must participate in at least one new activity to earn an award.

Our four challenge areas are:

1. Community Involvement

2. Personal Skill

3. Physical Recreation

4. Adventure Journey

A Residential Project is required for the Gold Award

Who can compete for the President’s Award?The Award programme is open to all young people between the ages of 15 and 25. Anyone can take part as long as you’re self-motivated and up to the challenge.

Events
Aug
27 2019
First Year Mass of Welcomes & Induction Day
Aug
28 2019
5th, 6th and LCA students return to school
Aug
29 2019
2nd and 3rd year students return to school
Aug
30 2019
Transition year students return to school
12-Jun-2019
A selection of photographs from our 2019 Recognition's Day.
29-May-2019
NUIG and Mayo County Council are hosting the free Ideas Academy summer course in Ballina Chamber of Commerce buildings from 4th-7th June for Senior Cycle students in the region.
10-May-2019
NOTICE: re changes to school timetable from September 2019
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St. Mary's Secondary School
Convent Hill
Ballina
Co. Mayo
Ireland
F26 R928

353 96 70333


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