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Junk Kouture September 2023



Interested in the next competition kicking off in September 2023? 

Junk Kouture is open to all post-primary students aged 13 – 18 across the Republic of Ireland and Northern Ireland*.

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Look around you and get creative! Everywhere you see waste, there is opportunity! Recycled materials tell stories, and also make for fabulous fashion and bring creativity to life! A design can be crafted into any style of wear- from glamour to theatrical.  The only really important rule is that your deign is made from 100% recycled materials! Be brave, take chances, experiment, and push the boundaries! We vision a cleaner and more sustainable environment. Show us your dreams of the future, show us these through design!  


The Junk Kouture Grand Final 2021 Powered by RTE on RTÉPlayer
The Junk Kouture Winners’ Party 2021 on Junk Kouture YouTube

Junk Kouture Grand Final:

Wexford exchange student’s ‘Iconoclastic Fantastic’ lands 2021



Enniscorthy student Alicia Rostermundt (17) wowed the judges and was crowned the winner of the 2021 Junk Kouture Grand Final this evening.

Alicia, a German exchange student at Coláiste Bríde, Enniscorthy, Co. Wexford, impressed the judges with a gender-neutral creation inspired by Jean-Paul Gaultier and Janelle Monáe made from seatbelts and a second-hand trouser suit.

Her design ‘Iconoclastic Fantastic’ reigned supreme over 39 other designs to be crowned the winner of the 2021 Junk Kouture Grand Final Powered by RTÉ.

Inspired by iconic designer Jean-Paul Gaultier and singer Janelle Monáe, both known for their influential androgynous styles and non-conformist approach to fashion, Alicia’s monochrome outfit was made from a charity shop find, seatbelts and an old tent wowed the judges as she became the 11th winner of the design competition. 

For the full article please visit: https://www.independent.ie/





Junk Kouture | Dublin City Final | Powered by RTÉ 

The world’s largest youth sustainable fashion competition is back and live in Dublin this year! The Junk Kouture Dublin City Final 2022 sees 60 finalists from post-primary schools across Ireland battle it out for their place in the Junk Kouture World Final 2022 as they model haute-couture designs made entirely from recycled materials for our Junk Kouture judges.

In a new twist, the top 10 designs from the Dublin City Final, Powered by RTE will be selected by the Junk Kouture judging panel for the World Final where they will compete with 50 other designs from Abu Dhabi, London, Paris, Milan and New York City. 

**PLEASE NOTE: Our London, Milan, Paris, New York & Abu Dhabi City Finals have been rescheduled. New dates to be announced soon.



Co. Wexford Education Centre "Young Journalist Of The Year Competition" In association with Wexford People

Co. Wexford Education Centre "Young Journalist Of The Year Competition"

In association with Wexford People


The project was launched by Lead Organiser Scott Gaynor. Scott is a journalist and post primary teacher in The Presentation Secondary School, Wexford Town.
The Competition is open to students in Fifth and Sixth Class in Primary schools and to students from First Year to Leaving Certificate level in Post Primary schools.

 Young journalist first photo


Young Journalist 2

Judging Panel

Judging panel 2

 Entry Deadline Friday March 25th 2022.

Entries should be emailed to Scott Gaynor at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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Primary, Post-Primary

PDST - National Write a Poem Competition 2021-2022



Looking for programmes to engage students in the coming school year?  
Particularly interested in sustainable development? 

We would like to recommend two of ECO-UNESCO’s programmes designed to support young people and educators in 2021/2022 and would be delighted if you could distribute this information to those you think would benefit.  

These programmes engage learners in their local natural and human environments, link to the school curriculum, foster teamwork, and develop the knowledge, confidence, empathy, and active citizenship skills of young people.  They are particularly relevant for:

  • Junior Cycle:  Well-being, CSPE, Geography, Science  

  • Transition Year: TY projects and Career Guidance  

  • Senior Cycle: Geography, Home Economics, Politics in Society; LCVA; some LCVP and QQI courses  



Free to enter and adapted for online learning  

With environmental issues at the forefront of today’s agenda, this is the perfect time to get young people involved in saving the environment. The Young Environmentalist Awards (YEA) is the biggest Eco-Action programme in Ireland which recognises and rewards young people who take practical steps to improve their local environment.  

We’re calling on young people aged 10-18 years old and their mentors to get together and come up with innovative solutions to an environmental issue of their choice.  Their project can then be entered into the YEA 2022 where young people will be rewarded for their hard work.  This is a fun, interactive, year-long programme that can easily be carried out across youth groups, schools, classrooms, or groups of friends. 

Registration opens 6th September www.yea.ie 

See the final showcase of last year’s Young Environmentalist awards HERE, featuring special guests Mary Robinson and Michael D. Higgins! 


We also offer a range of interactive, fact-based environmental workshops for post-primary students of all age-groups (12-18) which are available for delivery using flexible delivery options (either in-person, live online or pre-recorded options) which will suit their timetable. These workshops are perfect for any school interested in helping their students learn about environmental issues in a fun, energising way which empowers them with the knowledge to take positive climate action.  

Workshops are available throughout the year. We are also happy to work with teachers and youth workers to tailor these workshops to their specific desired learning outcomes. These highly sought-after workshops book up quickly, so we advise teachers and youth workers to book their place as soon as possible to avoid disappointment.  

Read more information HERE 



We have adapted our programmes so that young people, teachers and youth workers have the flexibility to engage online or in person, ensuring learning outcomes can be met as COVID guidelines continue to change. 

Contact us today and support the development of young people as they take action to protect and conserve their environment.

Visit www.ecounesco.ie for details on each of these programmes or email us at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or call us on 01 662 5491 to talk to a member of staff. 

I hope you will join us and let’s empower more young people to protect our world!  




 BLAST 2022 Poster

Wednesday 25th May 2022, the  Minister of Education launched the opening of the 2022 Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme.

Please use the following link to view the Press Release.

See links below to Blast 2022 videos which were also issued on social media and the Department of Education’s website yesterday.


https://youtu.be/aopuimx2fe4 (Irish)

For more information please click here

Le haghaidh tuilleadh eolais cliceáil anseo le do thoil

The BLAST programme is now open for applications with a closing date of 30th September 2022.

To download the application form please click here

Chun an fhoirm iarratais a íoslódáil cliceáil anseo le do thoil


Please see information below regarding the upcoming Portal Documentation Award 2022.

Please see the link below to the Arts in Education website:


Please note if you have any queries, contact Éilís at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Opportunity: Portal Documentation Award 2022

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Deadline: 26 February 2022

The Arts in Education Portal editorial team are pleased to invite applications for a documentation award. Through the award, successful applicants will receive services to the value of €5,000 that will support them in the documentation of a current or upcoming project and a €500 stipend.

The purpose of the award is to support the development of documented outcomes from Arts in Education initiatives in Ireland, which can be shared with the arts in education community and give insights into different processes of engagement. This is part of the Arts in Education Portal Editorial Committee’s commitment to supporting and recognising the value of documentation and reflection as a key component within arts in education initiatives.

Two awards will be offered through this opportunity.

Outcomes of the documentation process will include: a project video, a project feature to be showcased on the Portal’s Projects/Partnerships, and the option of a critical essay, with a view to also presenting the work as part of the Arts in Education Portal National Day in 2022.

The process will involve meetings with the Portal Team and a schedule of up to 3 visits over the course of the project to capture video and photographic documentation and support reflective processes among participants. These visits and meetings can be conducted virtually if required. The portal team will work closely with the recipients to ensure all restrictions and protocols in terms of COVID 19 are adhered to during the process to ensure safety for all involved.

The portal team will edit and produce a project video, and will liaise closely with the project partners to develop the content for the project feature. The critical essay would be sited in the Portal’s Reading Room, and is optional. The author and focus of the essay can be decided by the project organisers in collaboration with the Portal Team.


To be considered for this opportunity, projects must:

Have started in autumn 2021 and continuing into 2022, or taking place in 2022 (flexibility will be given for project start dates due to current school closures).

Have a minimum duration of 8 weeks.

Involve a professional artist working collaboratively within an educational setting (early years, primary or post-primary).

Be underpinned by a strong ethos of collaboration and a commitment to excellence. Focus on the creative process, with children having an active and collaborative role

Additional criteria

Successful applicants will be asked to ensure that relevant permissions/consent have been sought for documentation of participants.

Please ensure your application has been approved by all project partners prior to submission.

How to make a submission:

Background on who you are; your professional practice and your ethos or approach towards Arts in Education.

An overview of the project – who is involved, how did the collaboration come about, what processes or approaches will take place, what is the aim or focus of the process?

A statement of interest, explaining why documentation support would be of value to this project.

Please send your submission to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  by 5pm, Friday 26 February 2022.
 Arts in Education Residency Initiative in Primary and Post-primary Schools
The Department of Education has developed a new innovative Arts-in-Education BLAST Residency Programme in 2021, which will enable up to 400 new Arts-in-Education Residencies in schools each year.
This initiative aims to support the integration of the principles and key skills outlined in the Arts in Education Charter and the Creative Ireland Programme (2017-2022), Pillar 1 -  Creative Youth.
  • The aim of this scheme is to give pupils in schools all over the country the opportunity to work with a professional artist on unique projects to be originated and planned between the artist, the teacher and the school under the coordination of the Education Support Centres Ireland ESCI network of 21 full-time education centres.
  • This initiative supports children and young people for the future, where skills like the ability to connect and collaborate with others, engage in creative and critical thinking and practice inclusivity at every level will be paramount to peace, stability, sustainable economic growth and equality. What is proposed is a unique streamlined process whereby schools apply for an artist on the Online Register of Approved Artists who are already trained for the new BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme managed by the local education centre. The Education Centre will also pay the artist which will further remove the administrative burden on teachers and schools.
  • How will this BLAST Residency initiative work? The Education Centre: While the programme will be nationally coordinated by the Arts in Education administrative base located at the Education Centre Tralee, Schools will apply for a BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency to the full-time education centre in their area, based on the Online Register of Approved Artists.
  • The Register of Approved Artists in each education centre will be arranged by:
  • artist and discipline
  • include relevant required and approved training experience
  • examples of previous work
  • examples of relevant or related experience in an educational and community context.
  • In excess of 300 artists are currently trained and registered on the Online Register of Approved Artists managed by the Education Centre network nationally. All artists will have submitted their Child Safeguarding Best Practice Policy (to include Child Safeguarding Statement) and their Certificate of completion of the Children First Training module to the Education Centre.
  • What is proposed is a unique streamlined process when schools apply for an artist under the new BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme.
  • The Education Centre will: 
  • arrange for payment of the artist, which will further remove the administrative burden on teachers and schools.
  • in collaboration with successful artists and schools, organise Garda vetting.
  • Schools may separately (if they wish) request the artist to apply for Garda vetting specifically to work in their school.

  • The Artists:
  • Artists from any artistic discipline who have been trained in partnership working with schools will be registered with each of the 21 full-time ESCI centres. Artistic disciplines include visual arts, crafts, music, dance, drama, literature and film.
  • Creative disciplines will be expanded as the residency programme develops over the next number of years. The artists on the Register of Approved Artists will have been previously trained and have engaged in school residencies under the Teacher-Artist Partnership CPD and Residency initiative or the Arts in Junior Cycle Programme which are both approved and led by the Department of Education.
  • The School:
  • The schools must be in the catchment of the local full-time education centre.
  • Schools may submit only one application.
  • Schools should make their own selection of artists on the Approved Register, based on CVs/examples of recent work, training and recommendations.
  • Inclusion of artists on the Approved Register is based on training in the education centre (TAP) in addition to suitability/artistic qualification etc. and has taken place in advance to ensure the selected artist satisfies school policies in relation to engagement of external personnel. Once a school is approved for the scheme, the school has a commitment to the artist, who will have earmarked that time for the project and could potentially turn down other work at the times scheduled to work with the school.
  • This initiative encourages:
  • Schools, primary and post-primary, that have not recently had an opportunity to participate in such creative initiatives.
  • Schools supporting inclusion and enhanced arts-in-education engagement with students from disadvantaged backgrounds and students with special educational needs.
  • Schools that have a track record in teacher-artist partnership working in the classroom and school.
  • A whole-school commitment to the project, but it is not a requirement that all classes work with the artist.
  • Projects should have regard to the relevant school curricula where appropriate and have a focus on process.
  • BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency funding: The artist’s fee is €1,000 per residency. This is funded by the Department of Education via each Education Centre. The Education Centre will pay the artist in accordance with agreed guidelines after the artist and teacher/school evaluations have been submitted and received.
  • In certain instances, this may include the payment of two instalments of €500 with agreement. The artist will be funded for 20 contact hours, including 6 hours planning/development/review time.
  • Participating schools must pay for:
  • materials associated with the project
  • documentation of the project through photographs etc.
  • any other costs involved including insurance costs.
  • Funded residencies can be delivered throughout the academic year commencing in September in the year the residency was approved. Schools must acknowledge the Department of Education and the local Education Centre in all publicity relating to the project.
  • Successful applications:
  • Successful schools will be required to sign a short contract with their local Education Centre accepting the terms of the BLAST Arts-in-Education Residency Programme prior to the commencement of the residency. Successful residencies should not be started until official written notification to proceed has been received from the Education Centre and once Garda vetting has been completed and this has been communicated to the school. It is a specific condition of this residency programme that a teacher works closely and collaborates with the artist to plan the learning experience and is present at all times with the artist while working with students in the school and to enhance further teacher-artist partnership.
  • Schools will be responsible for: ensuring the residency complies with Public Health advice relevant at the time of the project.
  • Evaluation: The Education Centre will put in place the necessary evaluation for Arts-in-Education Residencies. This will include:
  • a school visit
  • completion and return of the Teacher/School Feedback Form and the Artist Feedback Form.
  • The second instalment of the artist fee will be paid following the submission of the final reports. Any images submitted by the school either in reports or on completing the project may be used to promote the scheme through print and other media including social media. It is therefore important that the schools have permission for the use of such images, noting in the consent forms that they will be used for this purpose, and only send images to the Education Centre once parental consent has been obtained.
  • Guidelines for Application: A note on COVID-19 related Public Health Guidance: Schools should base proposals on the best public health advice and guidance available at the time of application. Completed applications must include:
  • 1. A completed application form
  • 2. A written proposal for the project indicating:
  • the aims of the project
  • the theme
  • materials
  • processes
  • anticipated outcomes
  • deliverability
  • number of contact hours
  • number of classes and pupils that will participate in the project
  • Please also indicate the planned time-frame schedule and planned method of documentation for the project. The proposal should demonstrate a whole school commitment to the project. (This does not mean that all children must participate in the project rather that the whole school should be supportive and flexible in facilitating the project)
  • Applications will open on 4 June 2021. The closing date is 30 September 2021.
  • This initiative will be supported by the ESCI Education Centre Network, Teacher Artist Partnership CPD programme, Arts in Junior Cycle, NAPD Creative Engagement Programme and the Arts in Education Portal.
  • Link to downloadable application Form below.
  • https://www.gov.ie/en/form/012fe-blast-arts-in-education-application-form/ 

Please see the list of schools and artists taking part in 2021/2022 blast project



Lead Teacher


Scoil Naomh Abbáin,

Claire Kickham

Claire Kickham

Oonagh Latchford

Scoil Chroí Ró Naofa, Ballymurn

Emer O Gorman

Aoife Morrisey

John Busher

Bunscoil Loreto

Aileen Kennedy

Paula Quinn

Colum Kavanagh

Sacred Heart NS

Grid Kennedy Jones

Emily Casey

Joe Brennan

Scoil Phadraig Naofa

Helen Molloy

Chris Townsend

Sarah Bowie

Ballon NS

Mary Carroll

Una Murphy

Colum Kavanagh

St Fintans NS

Geraldine Doyle

Paula Gondard

Caroline Busher

Tara Hill NS

Patricia Sadler

Eadaoin Ni Liondain

Lani O' Hanlon

Bunscoil Ris

Gerry Moran

Ann Brazil

Lani O' Hanlon

Star of the Sea NS

Martina Prendergast

Helen McLoughlin

John Busher

Scoil Moling Glynn

Caitriona Kelly

Caitriona Kelly

Joe Brennan

East Glendalough School

Craig Petrie

Frances Cody

Colum Kavanagh 

Gorey Educate Together Secondary School

Conor Berry

Liz Whelan

Sarah Bowie

Colaiste Eamonn Ris, CBS Wexford

Michael McMahon

Erin Whelan

Sarah Bowie

Colaiste Eoin

Alan Costello

LIz Farrell and Geraldine Dalton.

Joe Brennan

Bunclody Vocational College

James Murphy

Orla Doyle

John Busher

Colaiste Abbain

John Nolan

Rosaline Power

Colum Kavanagh

List of Teacher Artist Partnership (TAP) trained Artist below.
D'fhorbair an Roinn Oideachais Clár Cónaitheachta nua nuálach Ealaíon-san-OideachasBLAST in 2021. Cumasóidh sé suas le 400 Cónaitheacht Ealaíon-san-Oideachas nua i scoileanna gach bliain.

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