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.
· 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.
Merit System for
26 weeks for Bronze Award holder
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.
Examples of Activities
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
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
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
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.
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.