WITH the Hallowe’en half term starting this week, now is the time for schools to start working on their projects for PExpo ’22 which, after a year online, will return to its usual venue of DCU on Wednesday 6 April 2022.
PExpo was first held in 2015 giving secondary school students the opportunity to show off their knowledge of sport, physical fitness and related topics at an annual exhibition – and to win valuable prizes.
Winning the senior prize in the sports psychology section last year was Evan Hogg of Heywood Community School Co Laois for a project called “SDT in Sport”.
A cash prize of €250 goes to the best overall projects in junior (up to 3rd year) and senior (from 4th year) categories. Prizes are also awarded under seven main headings – ICT and Sports Photography, the Power of Sport, Well-Being, Components of Fitness, Nutrition, Games Development, and Sports Psychology, as well are two special categories – Women in Sport and Sport in Business.
With physical education now a Leaving Cert subject, two extra categories were added in 2020 – Leaving Cert PE and Senior Cycle PE. Projects are judged not only on content but also on presentation and on the ability of the students to explain their subject and defend their conclusions to a panel of judges. Since moving from its original home of Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun to nearby DCU in 2018, the number of projects submitted has steadily increased. For the past three years, around 150 high quality projects from over a thousand students have been submitted and many schools submit multiple entries.
Supporters of PExpo ’22 include Sport Ireland, Dublin City Council, South Dublin Sports Partnership, Trinity College Dublin, Healthy Ireland, University of Limerick, Sport for Business, the Irish Heart Foundation and Independent Newspapers as well as Trinity Comprehensive School, the Physical Education Association of Ireland and the Irish Primary PE Association. For further information, contact Paddy O’Reilly at 086 1743836 or [email protected] Full details on how to enter are now available at www.pexpoireland.com