Gaisce - The President's Award
Gaisce (The President's Award) is Ireland's National Challenge Award, the country's most prestigious and respected individual award programme, and a challenge from the President of Ireland, to young people between 15 and 25 years of age. The President's Award works on the basis of a personal challenge set by the student themselves and it is they who set the challenge and agree it with their President's Award Leader. The students are not competing with other participants, as each challenge is completely individual.
There are three different types of award attainable– bronze, silver and gold. The minimum age for the bronze award is 15 and it is earned over a minimum period of 6 months. After the bronze award students can aim for silver. The minimum age for the silver award is 16 and is earned over a minimum period of 12 months. The most demanding challenge is the gold award and the minimum age for this award is 17. It is earned over a minimum period of 18 months.
There are 4 different challenge areas. To earn an award, participants need to participate in each of the 4 challenge areas. They might decide to build on an activity they’ve tried in the past. Each participant must participate in at least one new activity to earn an award. A Residential Project is required for the Gold Award. The four challenge areas are:
1. Community Involvement
2. Personal Skill
3. Physical Recreation
4. Adventure Journey
Each participant is guided by their President's Award Leader (PAL). In Wilson’s our leaders are Mr. Thomas Parke who looks after the Adventure Activities, Mr Draper and Ms Carley. They deserve great credit.