The Someone Like Me Art Competition has launched for it's seventh year!

Minister of State with responsibility for disability, Anne Rabbitte T.D. has called on Ireland’s primary school pupils to get creative to help develop a more inclusive society.  In doing so, she joined pupils from Catherine McAuley National School, Lower Baggot Street, Dublin to mark the launch of this year’s Someone Like Me primary schools art competition.
The prestigious competition, which is organised by the National Disability Authority, has seen more than 9,000 primary school pupils submit projects over the last six years, all of which were inspired by their learning about inclusivity and diversity through the medium of art.  It is now firmly established in the primary school calendar as an annual celebration of the things that unite children of all abilities, and as a way of developing more positive attitudes towards persons with disabilities.

Minister Rabbitte encouraged primary school principals, teachers and pupils alike to take part in this year’s competition and become part of a movement to create a more inclusive Ireland.
The Minister stated that: “Approximately 6% of children aged between 0 and 14 years have a disability.  This means that, on average, every primary school class in Ireland will have at least one or two students with a disability.  Ensuring their acceptance and inclusion from an early age is important for children with disabilities if they are to reach their full potential.  Initiatives that increase awareness about disability for all children, such as this competition, are important steps in developing a more inclusive society.

“Once again, I would like to congratulate the National Disability Authority and primary school teachers right across Ireland for their work to encourage as many pupils as possible to enter the competition.  Up and down the country, the Someone Like Me cross-curricular lesson plans and learning resources will challenge and inspire our young people to make a positive generational shift in attitudes towards persons with disabilities.”

The Someone Like Me art competition junior and senior lesson plans have been delivered to every primary school in Ireland.  They are also available on the Someone Like Me website to enable children who are home-schooled to also take part.
The competition, which offers a range of prizes up to the value of €1,250, is open to all primary school pupils from junior infants to sixth class and entries are welcome from individual pupils, a class or even a whole school as a combined effort.  Entries can come in all shapes and sizes and can be anything from a poster or collage to a papier-mâché or mixed media sculpture, a poem or song to a multi-media presentation.

There will be a junior and senior category winner in every county, along with an overall national winner.  For your chance to win Creative Care Packages for your school, send your early bird entries by Friday October 28th, 2022! The final deadline for entries is Friday 18th November 2022.

About the Competition

This fantastic competition aims to promote disability awareness among primary school children and give them a greater understanding of what unites children of differing abilities. Someone Like Me enables children to learn about and discuss these topics and creatively express what they’ve learned through art.
Take a look at some of the highlights from last year’s Awards Ceremony below!

What Can We Learn?

  • Promoting inclusiveness and diversity
  • Developing an awareness amongst children of the similarities and differences between people’s abilities
  • Encouraging the consideration of people’s feelings and treating them respectfully

Who Can Enter?

All primary pupils from Junior infants – 6th Class can enter.
We would be delighted to receive entries created by individuals, a class, or even a combined effort from your whole school.
Share your entries online with #SomeoneLikeMe
Check out this year’s resources below!

What Can I Win?

  • By entering, your school is in with a chance of winning fantastic prizes up to the value of €1,250. 
  • Winners also get to attend a national prize giving ceremony which will be held in January 2023!
  • Prizes are awarded to 1 junior and 1 senior category winner in every county, as well as 1 overall national winner.
  • Check out this year’s resources below!

Lesson Plans

Junior Lesson Plan

English

Junior Lesson Plan

Gaeilge

Senior Lesson Plan

English

Senior Lesson Plan

Gaeilge

Junior Lesson Plan Resource Sheet

English

Junior Lesson Plan Resource Sheet

Gaeilge

Senior Lesson Plan Resource Sheet

English

Senior Lesson Plan Resource Sheet

Gaeilge

STEP 1:
Complete your lesson plan

Download you Junior and Senior Lesson Plan by clicking HERE
STEP 2:
Get Creative

Pupils can create a piece of art in any form to showcase what the theme “Someone Like Me” means to them
STEP 3:
Label your work

We want to make sure that you and your pupils are recognised for your hard work, please attach the entry form found below to your entry along with a brief description explaining the ideas and motivation behind your pupils’ piece (junior word count: up to 100 words, senior word count: up to 200 words)
STEP 4:
Submit Your Entry

Simply post your entries to the address below:
Someone Like Me, c/o Real Nation, 24 Arran Quay, Dublin 7, D07 W620
If any art piece is too large or too heavy to send, we will happily accept photos of it instead which can be sent to someonelikeme@realnation.ie
Please note: There is no limit to the number of entries your school can submit!

Deadline for the Receipt of Entries is: Friday, 18th November, 2022

Deadline for the Receipt of Entries is: Friday, 18th November 2022

Download the entry form below
Early entries are in with a chance of winning some fantastic art supplies from ReCreate!
Send your entries by Friday October 28th to be in with a chance to win!