Gaisce Award

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Gaisce- The Presidents Award

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.

Gaisce is:

· A self-directed personal development programme for young people in the Non-Formal Education sector

· Supported and facilitated by a more experienced person a volunteer President’s Award Leader (PAL)

· A mentoring programme for young people in transition

How does it work?
There are three different types of award that you can earn – bronze, silver and gold.

Minimum Age

Minimum Time
Direct Entry

Merit System for
previous Award holders


15 years

26 weeks


16 years

52 weeks

26 weeks for Bronze Award holder


17 years

78 weeks

52 weeks for Bronze Award holder

How to earn an award?
There are 4 different challenge areas. To earn an award, you will need to participate in each of the 4 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 4 challenge areas are:
1. Community Involvement
2. Personal Skill
3. Physical Recreation
4. Adventure Journey

Examples of Activities

Community Involvement

Boys/Girls Brigade Leader First Aid Course

Guide Leader Life Saving Course

Mentoring Programmes Re-Cycling Programmes/Green Schools etc

Reserve Defence Forces Scout Leader

Special Olympics Volunteer TidyTown Committee

Underage Coaching/Assistant Visiting a Nursing Home for the Elderly

Visiting an elderly neighbour (not a relative) Volunteer with children with special needs

Personal Skill

Acting Acting/Musical Arts & Crafts

Bridge Chess Computers

Cooking/Baking Dance Class Debating Team

D.J. ing Fashion Design Film Editing

First Aid Foreign Language Jewellery Making

Knitting Life Saving Literacy

Metalwork Painting Photography

Sewing/Cross Stitch Sign Language Singing Lessons

Web Design Woodturning Woodcarving


Physical Recreation

Aerobics Athletics Badminton

Boxing Camogie Canoeing

Cycling Dancing Diving

Fishing Gaelic Football Gym Work

Gymnastics Hockey Horse Riding

Hurling Walking/Hiking Club Karate

Kickboxing Racquet Ball Rowing

Rugby Running Sailing

Soccer Squash Swimming

Tae Kwon Do Tai Chi Tennis

Adventure Journey

In this section you will plan, prepare and undertake an Adventure Journey in a group for a specified time which could be on foot, by canoe, by bicycle or on horseback.

Residential Project

This project requires a shared activity with a group in a residential setting for 5 days and 4 nights. For example:

· An Irish Language course.

· A Residential Sports Course.

· A Mountain Leadership Course.

· Work in a Care Home.

· Attend Lourdes as a helper.

Gaisce & Loreto C.S.

  • PAL (Presidents Award Leader) : Mr Oliver Walsh
  • Bronze Award 2012/2013: 43 students registered.

  • Silver Award 2012/2013: 12 students registered.

    · Gold Award 2012/2013:

    · Ronan McAteer

    · Michael Heraghty

    · Lee Speer

    · Katie McCollum

    · Shauna Kelly

    · Laura Dunworth

    · Katie Nelis

    · Lucy Backus (now at 3rd Level).

    All the students registered are wished the best of luck in completing their award over the course of this year. In particular, those students working on their Gold Award are wished the best of luck over the next two years. Hopefully, all of you will achieve your award in your own time, no matter how long it takes. It is an award that will stand to you in time to come no matter what you do in life.