PExpo goes online for one year only to celebrate seventh year

by Stephen Findlater

For one year only, the PExpo, now in its seventh year, takes place online on May 5, 2021. 

The exhibition, developed in association with the Physical Education Association of Ireland, was first held in 2015 with the aim of developing and understanding of PE, sport, fitness and nutrition among secondary school students. 

Since moving from its original home of Trinity Comprehensive Ballymun to nearby DCU in 2018,  the number of projects submitted has steadily increased with around 150 projects from  over a thousand students submitted in each of the past three years, with many schools submitting multiple entries.   

Last year, a five-strong team from the Rosses Community School in Co Donegal took the overall senior award. for their study of “The effect of a daily walk on student’s overall wellbeing”. 

Best in the junior category was a team of three from Woodbrook College, Bray, for a project on “Mixed or single sex lessons. Do participation levels change?”  Primary school winners were Holy Trinity NS in Donaghmede. 

This year, instead of presenting their work in person, each entrant is asked to submit a two and a half minute video of their project to the PExpo ‘21 organisers  before April 16 (5pm).  Group and individual entries are welcome.

After a panel of expert judges watch this video on May 5,  entrants will answer questions on their project during a 15-minute video call.  All projects will be given a specific time slot in advance.  Projects are judged not only on content but also on presentation and the ability of the students to explain their subject and defend their conclusions. 

Projects are  invited from junior and senior students at secondary schools under seven main headings – ICT and Sports Photography, The Power of Sport, Well-Being, Mental and Social, Components of Fitness, Nutrition, Games Development,  and Sports Psychology. With physical education  now a Leaving Cert subject,  two extra categories were added last year – Leaving Cert PE and Senior Cycle PE. 

A cash prize of €250 goes to the best overall projects in junior (up to 3rd year) and senior (from 4th year) categories. Winners in all the ten  categories get trophies and medals. 

Format for the Primary Schools PExpo  is different – children and their class teacher will work to create their project during PE lessons, which the teacher will present. Closing date is April 24.      

 Supporters of PExpo ’21 include Dublin City Council, South Dublin Sports Partnership, Trinity College Dublin, Healthy Ireland, University of Limerick, Independent Newspapers and Chillax Teens as well as Trinity Comprehensive School, the Physical Education Association of Ireland and the Irish Primary PE Association.

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