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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. The stimulus is presented in the form of a song. There is no need to use the lyrics in the speech. It is advised to view suitable music videos which may help the students gain a greater understanding of the mood of the song.

​- Primary Division
Try Everything – Shakira
Happy – Pharrell Williams
Better when I’m Dancing – Meghan Trainor
Tomorrow – Quincy Jones
Own choice selection (to be sent to the NET section for acceptance)

- Secondary Division
Memories – Maroon 5
Firework – Katy Perry
This is me – Keala Settle from the Greatest Showman
You make my life a better place – Mamas Gun
Own choice selection (to be sent to the NET section for acceptance)

  • 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 and viewing relevant materials.

Conditions of Entry

  • The deadline for submission of entry forms is 30 November 2022.
  • Schools should ensure that all participants have complied with current vaccination requirements for attendance of the face-to-face competition sessions scheduled for April-May 2023.
  • The briefing session will provide teachers with competition details and regulations. Schools entering the competition should send at least one teacher to attend the briefing session.
  • There will be a mandatory workshop on teaching public speaking. If you have attended previously, there is no need to attend again unless you wish to. Please refer to the EDB Training Calendar System (TCS) for online application.
  • Schools may request school support from the RNCT, NET Section. The RNCT will offer different types of support, including consultation sessions, in-class support and school-based teacher training workshops whenever appropriate. This support can be offered online considering the COVID-19 pandemic development. 

Students Participants

  • Primary schools can enter one team and secondary schools may enter up to two teams in the finals. 
  • The team can be made up of students from any year level or a combination of year levels.
  • A student can only be entered in one team/entry.

Presentations in Round 2 (Final)

  • All teams must be comprised of 2 - 4 students.
  • The speech must be 3 – 5 minutes.
  • Small props are allowed if they significantly contribute to the speech.
  • Students should present their speech with some slides (e.g. PowerPoint, Google Slides, Prezi) to accompany what they are saying. This should be done in the context of the group speech. The slides should be static rather than animated or should not contain any moving images. Non-copyright music is allowed if it significantly contributes to the speech.
  • Cue cards and devices are allowed with minimal words but students are strongly advised to be familiar with the material.
  • The topics of the speeches must be selected from those given.
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