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Rules and Roles

Schedule for video submission and adjudication:

•Video submission: any time from 13 March to 31 May 2023. Late submission will NOT be accepted.

•Schools will be grouped for adjudication. This will be done by a computerised lucky draw.

•The judging will be conducted from June to July 2023. Participating schools will be informed of their results by email, and a letter will be sent to the Principal of the winning schools. All competition results will be available on the e-platform.

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”.


Rules for video editing:

  • There should be no zooming in on the puppets while students’ performance is being video-recorded; the camera should be in a fixed position for the duration of the show.
  • Sound effects can only be used during the video-recording of students’ performance and not added afterwards.
  • The visual and sound quality should be good enough for adjudication purposes.
  • No post production editing or addition of special effect/sound effects is permitted. Entries should be one shot with no cuts or edits. (The video entry is supposed to represent a ‘live’ puppet show.)
  • Backdrops should be ‘real’ . ‘Virtual’ backdrops, e.g. using a projector or green screen, are NOT permitted.

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.
  • As one of the activities in support of the Campaign on “Promoting Positive Values and Attitudes through English Sayings of Wisdom 2022/23”, the puppetry competition this year encourages participating schools to incorporate into their puppetry performance the campaign’s overarching theme of “Leading a Positive Life” with “Cherishing Life”, “Diligence”, “Empathy” and “Respect for Diversity” as sub-themes.
  • 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 submitted 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 2022 and the cluster meeting in January 2023.


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. 

(2) Conditions of Entry

  • The ‘Story to Stage’ entry form must be submitted by 31 Oct 2022. Late applications will NOT be accepted.
  • Certificates of Achievement will be distributed to the schools at the end of the competition.

(3) Student Participants

  • Each school can enter multiple teams, each entry should be unique (different storyline, different characters, etc.).
  • If our judges consider that two entries from the same school are too similar (same characters/same storyline/similar storyline with small adjustments) then both entries will be invalidated.
  • The decision of the adjudicators will be considered final.
  • The team must be made up of 3-5 students. All students involved should play a part in the performance.

(4) Performance

  • Only one teacher may stay backstage during the performance. 
  • Please note the penalty: 10 marks will be deducted for every minute or part of a minute over in performance time.

(5) Preparation

  • Teams may use commercial and/or hand-made puppets.
  • 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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