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.
There are three different types of award that you can earn – bronze, silver and gold.
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
Students in Mount Saint Michael participate primarily in the Bronze and Silver Awards.
Over the years they have completed a variety of activities from participation in the Big
Sister Little Sister programme to learning how to play a musical instrument. Students
in Transition Year also have the choice to complete their adventure section at Lough Allen
Adventure Centre where they can complete a canoeing or a hillwalking challenge.
In 2007, Áine Duggan, a former pupil of Mount Saint Michael was awarded her Gold
Award, having previously received Bronze and Silver while attending the school. As part
of her Gold Award, Áine spent a week in Estonia helping out in a rural community.
Aine Duggan accepting her gold award from President Mary McAleese