School Competitions

Annual Art Competition

This year’s Credit Union Art Competition has been announced and the theme is **Drum roll please**… SET YOUR IMAGINATION FREE!

2017 Art Competition

2017 Art Competition

How To Enter

Entry is VERY easy. Just pop into any of our branches in Castlebar, Balla, Achill, Ballyhaunis or Carnacon and ask for an entry form – it’s as easy as that! We have ample entry forms in house and are more than excited for you to come in a pick them up.

Closing Date

The competition had 3 stages… the local level, the Chapter level and the League level, all of which have a variety of fantastic prizes. The closing date for entry to the local level (which in turn passes winner to the next level and so forth) for First Choice Credit Union is October 27th 2017.

Free Your Imagination

The ‘SET YOUR IMAGINATION FREE’ theme is designed to give everyone, young and old, full scope to express their thoughts, imaginings, and anything that inspires them. Participants are encouraged to interpret the theme in any way they wish and to let their imagination alone set the rules for what they create.

The annual competition is part of the Irish League of Credit Unions’ (ILCU) commitment to supporting the artistic development of both young and old in communities throughout Ireland. Producing and creating art can have many benefits for adults, such as reducing stress and aiding the development of creative problem-solving skills. For children, painting and creating art can nurture fine-motor skills and neural development, while allowing them to express their emotions.

Categories

There are two categories – General and Special – with five age groups in each:

7 years and under, 8-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-17 years, 18 years and over (and a further Group section in the SPECIAL category).

The Special Category encouraged participants with a physical or intellectual disability to submit entries in free expression without the restriction of the competition’s official theme, if they so wish.

*For entry rules and closing dates check out the website for the Credit Union Art Competition here.

*Please note ALL Entries must be submitted to the local credit union 

 


Credit Union Art Competition 2015

The theme for the 2015 Credit Union Art Competition is ‘Happiness is…’

The Credit Union Art Competition is one of the most successful annual promotions undertaken by the Credit Union Movement and the 2015 competition aims to continue this winning formula.

The competition is about encouraging and rewarding self expression, creativity and imagination among young artists throughout Ireland.

Competition entrants are free to express their creativity using a wide variety of media.
The competition required entrants to draw or paint posters on the theme using pencil, charcoal, pen or ink, felt-tip markets, crayon, pastel, water colours, gouache, acrylics, oils, poster colour or collage.

There are two categories – General and Special – with five age groups in each:

7 years and under, 8-10 years, 11-13 years, 14-17 years, 18 years and over (and a further Group section in the SPECIAL category).

The Special Category encouraged participants with a physical or intellectual disability to submit entries in free expression without the restriction of the competition’s official theme, if they so wish.

*For entry rules and closing dates check out the website for the Credit Union Art Competition here.

*Please note ALL Entries must be submitted to the local credit union only

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National Schools Quiz

Schools Quiz 2015 National Final

We had a wonderful time at the All Ireland Credit Union Schools Quiz! With Brian Ormond as our MC, so many teams from across the island of Ireland came to the RDS Main Hall to take part and have fun on the day! Well done once again to everyone who took part!

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St Patrick’s National School Team – (L-R) John Mc Gonagle, Anthony Rowland, Teacher Mr Pat Waldron, Darragh Reilly, Tomas Mee.

St Patricks National School took part in the under 11 section of the quiz and came 7th place out of a total of 48 teams taking part.

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Breaffy National School Team  – (L-R)  Cathal Hanrahan, Daragh Jordan, Teacher Mrs Sheila O Shea, Ava Jackson, Tj Ruane.

Breaffy National School took part in the under 13 section and came 6th place out of a total of 48 teams taking part in their age group.

It was a great achievement for both teams getting through to the national finals and both teams done very well on the day.

We congratulate all the students from the two teams and their Teachers.

The quiz is one of the most exciting events in the primary school calendar, consisting of two knock out stages at local and regional level and culminating in a National Final in Dublin’s RDS where 100 qualifying teams will compete under the watchful eye of Quiz Master RTE’s Marty Whelan.

The Quiz will be run throughout communities all over Ireland by volunteers from over 300  credit unions and seeks to encourage teamwork among young children under the age of 13. The questions are compiled by primary school teachers and will cover topics such as geography, history, music, literature and sport.

About the All-Ireland Schools Quiz   

The Quiz is divided into two sections: Competition A for children up to 11 years  and Competition B for children between 11 and 13 years. Local quiz winners go  through to the Regional Final and the regional winners and runners-up will  compete for the National titles. Local winners will receive prizes from their local  Credit Union. Regional winners and runners-up will also receive prizes and their  schools will receive cheques. The National winner and runner-up receive a silver  salver, significant personal prizes – and their schools are each awarded a  substantial cheque. Every finalist receives a special certificate marking  their achievement.

Secondary Schools QuizBank  

The Annual Secondary School Quiz took place Friday 14th November 2014 at  7:30pm in Davitt College.

Teams consist of 4 students. The quiz runs over 10 rounds with prizes for 1st, 2nd,  3rd and also a prize for the best 1st year team. The winning school also gets the  Credit Union Secondary School Quiz plaque for the year.

33 teams took part: First Prize & Trophy went to St. Gerald`s College [86 points],  Second Prize went to Castlebar No Name Club [78 points] and third prize went to  Davitt College [77 points] Best First Year Prize went to St. Gerald`s College.  It was a very successful event and everyone seemed to enjoy the night. Stephen Burns was the Quiz Master.

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St Geralds College were the winners of the First Choice Credit Union Secondary  School Quiz 2014 held in Davitt College, Castlebar included in photo, front  from left: Regina Duffy, teacher; Shane McCormick, Seán Tunney,  Stephen Burns, Quiz-master presenting the Credit Union Secondary  School Quiz plaque to Seán Tobin, Conor Ludden. Back row from left:  John Walsh,  Credit Union; Marie Reilly, Credit Union; Stephen Blendell,  Credit Union; Ann Carney, Credit Union; Ger Minogue, Credit Union;  Bernie Collins, Credit Union; Michael Howley, Credit Union; and Michael Murray,  First Choice Credit Union. Photo © Michael Donnelly

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Davitt College were 3rd in the First Choice Credit Union Secondary School Quiz 2014 held in Davitt College, front from left: Sinead Price, Méabh Murray,  and Cora Hoban with Ger Minogue, First Choice Credit Union. At back Stephen Blendell, Credit Union; Bernie Collins, Credit Union; Ann Carney, Credit Union; Michael Murray, Credit Union and Michael Howley, First Choice Credit Union. Photo © Michael Donnelly

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St Geralds College were the winners of the 1st year category of First Choice Credit Union Secondary School Quiz 2014 held in Davitt College, Castlebar included in photo, front from left: Conall Lynch, Jeremy Bolger, Regina Duffy, teacher; Conor Sweeney, and Philip Connolly with Marie Reilly, Credit Union; At Back: Stephen Burns, Quiz-master; Stephen Blendell, Credit Union; Bernie Collins, Credit Union; Ann Carney, Credit Union; Michael Murray, Credit Union; Michael Howley, Credit Union; Ger Minogue, Credit Union; Padraic Moran, Davitt College and John Walsh, Credit Union. Photo © Michael Donnelly