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Rules and Roles

***Due to the uncertainty arising from the COVID-19, the competition is now changed from live performance to video submission. Schools will video-tape their students’ puppet shows and submit their videos to the NET Section.

Schedule for video submission and adjudication:

  • Video submission: any time from 1 March to 31 May 2021. Late submission will NOT be accepted.
  • Schools will be grouped, with each group consisting of about 10 schools. This will be done by a computerised lucky draw in early June.
  • The judging will be conducted from 15 June to 17 June 2021. Participating schools will be informed of their results by email, and a letter will be sent to the Principal of the winning schools on or before 25 June 2021. All competition results will be available on the e-platform on or before 30 June 2021.
  • The prize-giving ceremony will be conducted in early July 2021 (date and venue to be confirmed).

Submission of the video:

Step 1

The video should be in MP4 format.

Step 2

Title the video, e.g. ABC Primary School_The Three Little Pigs.

Step 3

Upload your school’s video to a folder in your school’s Google Drive.

Step 4

Submit the Google Drive link via NET Section’s Google Form:

Step 5

Please make sure that the link you shared is set to “anyone with the link”.


The judging criteria remain the same (please refer to the relevant competition webpage at The judges’ decision is final.

Rules for video editing:

  • There should be no zooming in on the puppets while students’ performance is being video-recorded;
  • Special effects (see No. 3 of the judging criteria) can only be used during the video-recording of students’ performance and not after; and
  • The visual and sound quality should be good enough for adjudication purposes.

Remark: If schools do not follow the above rules, marks will be deducted.


  • Use the puppetry tent with real backdrops and props.
  • The tent may be borrowed from the NET Section or your school may purchase one.
  • Please contact your Advisory Teacher for details related to the borrowing and purchasing of the tent.
  • For samples of the final product of the winners’ videos, please refer to this link:
  • Please take a photo of the five performing students with their puppets on their hands and the two teacher coordinators.
  • The photograph should be shot right after the video shooting and included it with the video in the link.
  • Please refer to the above link for winners’ photos.

(1) Expectations


  • must send the EDB NET and one LET to attend the professional development workshop on puppetry in October 2020 and the cluster meeting in February 2021.


Teachers will need to:

  • participate fully in all puppetry activities at the professional development workshop;
  • use what they have learnt to prepare their students for the competition.


Students will need to:

  • participate fully in any training sessions organised by their teachers in preparation for the competition; and
  • participate in the competition by staging and performing a 5 to7 minute puppet show. Each team will perform only once.

(2) Conditions of Entry

  • The ‘Story to Stage’ entry form must be submitted between 25 August and 11 September 2020. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
  • If the competition is over-subscribed, priority will be given to schools which were accepted in the 2019/2020 school year as the competition was cancelled owing to the COVID-19 outbreak. The rest of the applicants will be selected through a lucky draw.
  • The story title and the team members’ names will be collected in February, after the cluster meeting.
  • Certificates of Achievement will be distributed to the schools at the end of the competition.

(3) Student Participants

  • Each school can enter one team only.
  • A team consists of 5 puppeteers (performers). The team must be made up of students from Primary 4-6 (KS2).  All students involved should play a part in the performance.

(4) Performance

  • Only one teacher may stay backstage during the performance. 
  • Please note the penalties:

     1) 30 marks deduction for an extra teacher or student backstage.

     2) 10 marks will be deducted for every minute or part of a minute over or under in performance time.

(5) Preparation

  • Teams may use commercial and/or hand-made puppets.
  • Teams should practise setting up to avoid time penalties.
  • Scripts should be practised, revised and refined prior to the competition.
  • Time your performance to avoid penalties.
  • Teams must provide their own music/sound effects.
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