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We have an exciting speaking competition for our students this term. British Council students from all over Sri Lanka are invited to participate in this national competition.

Winners of our national competition will be put forward to represent Sri Lanka in the global competition where they will compete against students from other countries such as India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong! 

We hope your child has enjoyed their classes about how to be a great storyteller (Primary) or presenter (Secondary).  It’s now time for them to video themselves telling their story/giving their presentation and submit their entry into the national competition (See ‘How to submit your video’ section below). 


Why should my child participate?

  • They will learn the skills needed to tell exciting stories or give great presentations 
  • They will be able to demonstrate the digital skills they have already learnt during lockdown e.g. video presenting, digital communication and creative thinking 
  • They can win prizes!  
  • If they are national winners, they will get the chance to meet British Council students from across East and South Asia at the global finals.

The National Competition Final 

Once all entries have been received, they will be watched by a panel of experts and judged against four criteria – Content, Clarity, Charisma and Creativity.   

The top 3 from each age group will be invited to a National Competition Finals (date to be confirmed) where they will tell their story/give their presentation to a panel of judges.

Using the same criteria above – Content, Clarity, Charisma and Creativity – the student with the highest mark will be crowned the winner for their age group.  

Winners will receive a special prize and the runners up will receive a certificate

The Global Competition Final 

The winner from each age group will represent Sri Lanka in the Global Competition Final where they will compete against students from India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong.  

Your child will have the chance to tell their story/give their presentation again - this time to an international panel of judges.   

The grand prize for winning the Global Competition is a 1 year scholarship at the British Council!  

The Global Competition Final will take place on 12 and 13 December.  

So what are you waiting for? Simply following the instructions below to submit your child’s entry and stand the chance to win a year’s scholarship. 

What does my child have to do?

For Primary students

For Primary students, this is a storytelling competition.

  • Students have to tell a story using characters from Sri Lanka (or retell a traditional folk tale) 
  • Record a video of themselves telling the story (maximum 4 minutes) 
  • Students can use puppets, other visuals or drama to demonstrate creativity and imagination 

Have a look at this video to find out more.

For Secondary students

For Secondary students, this is a presentation competition.

  • Students have to give a presentation on a global issue that has impacted on Sri Lanka or Sri Lankan culture  
  • Record a video of themselves giving their presentation (maximum 4 minutes)  
  • Please note: no Powerpoints allowed but props and other visual are acceptable. 

Have a look at this video to find out more.

How to submit your video

Step 1: Complete this form to give consent for your child to take part 

Step 2: Record a video on your phone (MP4, MPEG, AVI, MOV or any other popular video format would do) 

Step 3: Rename your video using the country code (SL) and the student registration number, i.e. SL444777

Step 4: Use Google Drive or DropBox to upload and share the video.  

Google Drive

  • Sign into
  • Select the file you want to share.  
  • Right click and select ‘Get Link’  
  • Copy the link and paste it on the survey form  

IMPORTANT: please select ‘Anyone with the link’ before copying it.  


  1. Sign in to 
  2. Click Upload files or Upload folder. If you choose Files, select file and click Open.
  3. Hover over the name of the file or folder you'd like to share and click Share. 
  4. If a link hasn't been created, click Create a link. If a link was already created, click Copy link. 
  5. The link will be copied to your clipboard. You can then paste it to an email, message, or wherever people can access it. 


  • Visit 
  • Upload your video 
  • Include the following email address in the column that requires the receivers email address 
  • Click on the "transfer" button  
  • Paste the download link that you receive in the space below 

Terms and Conditions  

  • Each student can submit only one entry. 
  • The video will only be considered once parental consent is given (See Step 1) 


How are you helping my child with this?

During the term, all students will have lessons dedicated to this competition where your child’s teacher will provide information on how to be a great storyteller or presenter. 

Students will also get the chance to practise their story/presentation with their teacher.

Furthermore, we will be holding special Kids and Teens clubs in weeks commencing 28 September and 5 October.  These clubs are in addition to your child’s normal class and will provide more hints and tips on how to be a great storyteller/presenter.  Keep a lookout for a separate email (sent on Sundays) to sign up for one of these clubs. 

What happens after my child has submitted their entry?

We will shortlist the entries based on our marking scheme.  Those who are shortlisted will be invited to attend our national finals which will be held week commencing 23 November (exact dates to be confirmed nearer the time). 

The winners of our national finals will be put forward to the global competition where they will compete against students from India, Vietnam, Malaysia, Singapore, South Korea and Hong Kong. 

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