Let’s get all primary students together to take part in a creative writing, poetry-reading and storytelling competition. Organised by the British Council in partnership with the Posties section of the South China Morning Post, English Master Junior 2018 is open to all primary school students in Hong Kong.
The British Council and Posties share a key mission – to make learning English fun. The competition, which is in its first year, aims to boost students’ confidence in English and inspire greater enthusiasm for language learning. This competition will also help students develop life skills such as collaboration, communication and critical thinking. They will have the opportunity to get involved in fun activities and to explore new ideas and concepts.
Working in groups of four and representing their schools, students will showcase their reading, writing, speaking and presentation skills. They will also have the option to take the competition to another level by adding music, dancing, drama and singing. The two runner-up teams will receive a trophy for their team, and each member of a runner-up team will receive a certificate, book vouchers and a British Council course voucher. The winning team will receive a trophy, and each winner will receive a certificate, HK$1,000 worth of book vouchers and a free British Council English course. They will also be recognised as English Masters!
Why should you participate?
School teams will take part in fun, creative activities, which will develop their skills and engage their imaginations. This competition is a great way to motivate students to read, write and speak, while also developing teamwork and communication.
Who can enter?
All primary students in Hong Kong are eligible to participate. Each team competes in either the Lower Primary or the Upper Primary group.Each school can enrol more than one team for each group, and each team should consist of four students.
|Level of study||Group|
|Primary 1-3||Lower Primary|
|Primary 4-6||Upper Primary|
What is the schedule?
|Stage 1||23 November 2017 – 12 January 2018|
|Stage 2||19, 21 or 22 March 2018 (Exact date for each team will be confirmed by end of February 2018)|
|Final stage||22 April 2018|
Stage 1: Creative Writing
Be creative! Each team has to work together and come up with a creative and interesting story based on the criteria below:
|Lower Primary||Write a unique Christmastime story of between 150 and 200 words, in English, based on the pictures shown on the entry form [download here].|
|Upper Primary||Write a unique Christmastime story using the pictures shown on the entry form [download here], and create your own special ending. Your story should be in English and be between 200 and 300 words.|
Submission deadline: 12 January 2018
Stage 2: Poetry Reading
20 teams from each group will be selected to take part in Stage 2, where each team will be asked to recite an assigned poem and perform their own dramatic interpretation of the poem to accompany the reading.
Event date: Monday 19, Wednesday 21 and Thursday 22 March 2018 (The specific day on which each team will compete will be confirmed by the end of February 2018.)
Venue: British Council, 3 Supreme Court Road, Admiralty, Hong Kong
Final stage: Storytelling and Awards Ceremony
Five teams from each group will enter the final round of the competition. Each team will have prepared a five-minute performance based on an assigned topic. The performance may involve storytelling, drama or singing. The results will be announced on the same day.
Event date: Sunday 22 April 2018
Venue: MegaBox, Enterprise Square Five, 38 Wang Chiu Road, Kowloon Bay, Kowloon, Hong Kong
Please refer to the competition details.
The three best performing teams from each group will receive the following prizes.
A certificate, HK$1,000 worth of book vouchers and a free British Council summer course for each student
A certificate, HK$500 worth of book vouchers and a HK$1,500 British Council summer course voucher for each student
A certificate, HK$200 worth of book vouchers and an HK$800 British Council summer course voucher for each student
How to enter?
Simply download the entry form for the Lower Primary Group or the Upper Primary Group. Remember there should be four students in a team, and each school can nominate more than one team for each group. All applications must be submitted by a teacher.
You can submit your application by email or by post.
Post: South China Morning Post, English Master Junior 2018, 4/F, Morning Post Centre, 22 Dai Fat Street, Tai Po Industrial Estate, New Territories, Hong Kong
For more information, please contact the Posties team at the South China Morning Post (phone: 2680 8822 email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Terms and conditions
In submitting an application, schools are agreeing to the terms and conditions of the competition listed below.
- Entries must be submitted on or before 12 January 2018. Late submissions will not be considered.
- All applications must be submitted by the participants’ school teacher. School teachers must obtain parental consent prior to their students registering to participate in the competition.
- The decision of the panel of judges is final. Participants shall raise no objection to the results.
- The participants authorise the British Council and the SCMP to publish, display and use all entries in any format and on any platform. Participants also authorise the duplication and display of their entries for advertising and promotional purposes. The British Council and the SCMP shall have the right to modify, translate, use, duplicate and disseminate all or part of the contents of the work without seeking prior consent from the participants.
- Participants shall only use music, images or video clips from a third party in their submitted work after written consent has been given by the relevant third party. Such usage shall be acknowledged in their work in accordance with the relevant copyright law.
- All entries must be the original work of the participants. If any team submits an entry whose content amounts to an instance of copyright ordinance infringement or the violation of intellectual property rights, this will result in that team being disqualified with immediate effect.
- The British Council and the SCMP reserve the right to use any photograph/video taken at any English Master Junior 2018 event without the expressed written permission of those included in the photograph/video. The British Council and the SCMP may use the photograph/video in publications or other promotional material including but not limited to brochures, books, newspapers, magazines, websites, etc.
- The personal data provided by the participants will be used for this competition and other relevant events.
- The free summer courses and course vouchers are only applicable to students who have not registered for a 2018 summer English course, and cannot be used to apply for a refund of course fees already paid towards a 2018 summer course. Please refer to the gift redemption letters for the terms and conditions of the free summer courses and summer course vouchers.
- The British Council and the SCMP reserve the right to suspend, modify or terminate this event or any of these terms and conditions without prior notice.
- In case of disputes, the decision of the British Council and the SCMP shall be final and conclusive.