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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. Gaisce - the President’s Award works on the basis of a personal challenge set by you.

The students in Transition Year in St. Mary’s, aim to achieve the Bronze medal award. The students decide on the activities they will complete in each of the three categories and the will complete the fourth challenge together. This is a highly rewarding challenge for the students and gives them a sense of achievement once completed.

How it works? 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.

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
Residential Project is required for the Gold Award

Gaisce 2013