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Conditions and Regulations


  • Schools must choose one of the following topics. The topic may be the same or different for Rounds 1 and 2.  This year the topics are designed to promote positive values in response to the EDB’s Sayings of Wisdom 2.0 campaign but are framed in such a way that students can approach them in a variety of creative ways.

Science and Technology:

  • Innovation - leading the way
  • We dream, We hope, We achieve


  • “Learn from yesterday, live for today, hope for tomorrow” : Albert Einstein
  • “Let your hopes, not your hurts shape your future” : Robert H Schuller

Arts, Culture and Humanities:

  • Charity begins at home - helping others and helping yourself
  • “Creative thinking inspires ideas, ideas inspire change” : Barbara Januszkiewicz

Current Affairs:

  • “There is some good in the world and it is worth fighting for” : Tolkien
  • “The best way not to feel hopeless is to get up and do something”: Barack Obama
  • Teams must show evidence of research for their speeches.
  • Resources used for their research must be cited in the presentation (e.g. PPT slides) used.
  • Teachers are expected to encourage their students to research the topic as thoroughly as  possible by reading relevant materials.

Conditions of Entry

  • The deadline for submission of entries is 30 November 2021.
  • The briefing session will provide teachers with competition details and regulations and may introduce a few public speaking activities. Schools entering the competition are strongly encouraged to send one or two teachers new to the competition to attend the briefing session.
  • There will be a workshop on teaching public speaking. Please refer to the EDB Training Calendar System (TCS) for online application.
  • Schools will be expected to take part in school support. RNCs will visit the schools to offer different types of support, including consultation sessions, in-class support and school-based teacher training workshops whenever appropriate.  

Students Participants

  • Each school can enter one team with 2 – 4 participants for Round 2 (finals).
  • The team can be made up of students from any year level or a combination of year levels.

Presentations in Round 2 (Final)

  • Teams must arrive at least 10 minutes before the competition starts. Start and end times will be confirmed later.
  • Limited notes of no more than 50 words are allowed. A palm card or mobile device is allowed.
  • Send a PPT copy of the selected slides (around 5-7) to the competition organizer as a back up one week prior to the competition. On the competition day, ensure that you have your own slides on a USB and arrive early to have your slides transferred to the computer.
  • The speech must be 3 – 5 minutes.
  • The first bell will be rung at 3 minutes. A second bell will be rung twice at 5 minutes. The student speaking when the second bell is rung may finish their sentence. The team should then sit down. In this case, no marks will be deducted. If the delivery is less than 3 minutes or more than 5 minutes, marks will be deducted.
  • IT must be used to contribute to the speech. Video or animation is allowed to enhance the impact of the speech, but should be used judiciously in order not to distract the audience from the speech. IT sound effects are allowed, e.g. a bomb going off, a glass breaking.
  • Non-copyright music is allowed if it significantly contributes to the speech.
  • Small props are allowed if they significantly contribute to the speech.
  • The audience (teachers and students) will remain silent during the speeches. At the discretion of the organisers, marks may be deducted if any team members in the audience cause a disturbance. Mobile phones must be switched off or set to silent mode. 
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