Laois children and schools invited to Doodle for Google

2nd class student Charis Tomb, Abbeyleix South NS, got into the voting stages of the Doodle 4 Google Competition.

2014 by Abbeyleix South School student Charis Tomb

Google is once again calling on young people in schools across Laois to get doodling for the ninth annual Doodle 4 Google competition which is now live.

This year students are being encouraged to celebrate innovation and creativity using the theme ‘If I could create anything it would be…’ to inspire their doodle.

In April 2017 the overall winning Doodle will be seen by millions of internet users when it appears on the homepage.

The prizes for this year’s winning doodle will be a €5,000 scholarship towards the student’s third-level studies. In addition, the winning student’s school will receive a €10,000 technology grant. Also, each of the five category winners and their teachers will receive Chromebooks. 

A second class pupil of Abbeyleix South National School reached the voting stage of the Doodle 4 Google Competition in 2014.

Charis Tomb achieved a place in the Group 2 Category for her artwork entitled “My Mermaid Sister”.

Open to both primary and secondary schools throughout the Republic of Ireland, the Doodle 4 Google completion is made up of five different categories:

•           Category 1 – Junior Infants, Senior Infants

•           Category 2 - 1st Class, 2nd Class, 3rd Class

•           Category 3 – 4th Class, 5th Class, 6th Class

•           Category 4 – 1st Year, 2nd Year, 3rd Year

•           Category 5 – Transition Year, 5th Year, 6th Year and Youthreach

A judging panel will help narrow down the thousands of entrants to 75 regional winners, 15 from each category. The 75 finalists will then have their doodles showcased on the Doodle 4 Google website where the general public will be able to vote for Doodle in each category when voting opens on 7th February 2017. The Grand Final will then take place on April 3rd where the overall winner will be announced.

The deadline for entries is the 26th of November, 2016 and entries can be submitted online.

For more information on the competition please visit

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