Speaking From the Heart 2019

English is the most commonly spoken language in the world, used by different industries such as media and the internet. Storytelling is the important cultural activity conveying stories in words, often with improvisation, theatrics or embellishments. On October 12, 2019, Stamford School will hold its seventh annual English Storytelling Contest, entitled Speaking from the Heart, to celebrate and encourage the use of the English language to entertain through storytelling. After eight successful events, Speaking from the Heart has become an important Bandung tradition which attracts contestants from all over the city.

Storytelling sparks emotions and helps us make sense of people and the world around us. It forms an important part in developing the child’s overall personality, encouraging creativity, imagination and confidence. The ability to stand onstage and entertain, move and affect an audience is a valuable skill for children to develop. Stamford School organised Speaking from the Heart on an annual basis to promote the development of these important skills.

Contest categories:

· Preschool

· Lower Primary

· Upper Primary

· Secondary and Junior College

What do contestants have to do?

Preschool and Lower Primary

Contestants deliver a story aloud from memory. They can choose one of the stories provided on the competition website or they can select their own story from a book or the internet.

Preschool contestants must recite their story within approximately two to three minutes (and no more than three minutes and thirty seconds). Stories which are approximately 200 words long are appropriate for this category.

Lower Primary contestants should tell their stories in approximately three to five minutes (and no more than five minutes and thirty seconds). Stories of approximately 200-350 words are appropriate.

Upper Primary

Contestants deliver a story of their own creation aloud. Upper primary may enter the competition alone or in a pair. They may have with them on the stage notes or a script, although stories delivered from memory are likely to be more effective. Stories must be the original creation of the contestant and must be written following one of the five tasks on the competition website. Stories should be recited in approximately three to five minutes (and no more than five minutes and thirty seconds). Stories of approximately 200-350 words are appropriate.

Secondary and Junior College

Contestants work alone or in a team of between two and four. They select one of the tasks provided on the morning of the competition and write a short story or part of a story in two hours. Some or all of the team members then deliver the story, in the form of a recital. They may have with them on the stage notes or a script, although stories delivered from memory are likely to be more effective. Microphones will not be provided; contestants must project their voices so that they are clearly audible to the audience.

Stories should be recited in approximately three to five minutes (and no more than five minutes and thirty seconds). Stories of approximately 300-350 words are appropriate.

How are contestants assessed?

A panel of independent, impartial judges assesses the performance of each participant. The judges are suitably qualified professionals in the fields of English Language and Literature.


Contestants are assessed on the following:

  1. Pronunciation and Prosody – clear and correct pronunciation of sounds, words and sentences; as well as the effectiveness of word and sentence stress and the pitch, volume and rhythm of speech.
  2. Non-Verbal Communication – stage presence, movement, posture, gesture and facial expression

Competitors in Upper Primary, Secondary and Junior College will also be assessed on the composition of their stories.



Entering the competition

Entries can be made using the online form. Alternatively, the printed form can be submitted to the Admin Office at Stamford School. Members for group categories must pay individually . Prices and deadlines are as follows:

Online entry form and Printed entry form

- Before 12:00 pm on 30 September: Rp 80 000

- After 12:00 pm on 7 October: Rp 100 000

Entries are only considered complete when online or printed form and the entry fee have been received.

If an online entry form has been received before 12:00 pm on 30 September but the payment is made after 12:00 pm on 2 October, the entry fee will be set at Rp. 100 000.

If a printed entry form has been received before 12:00 pm on 7 October but the payment has not been made, the entry will not be accepted. Payment should not be made before the entry form has been submitted.

You may pay either directly to Stamford School Finance Office or online through:

BCA

PT Darmaguna Abadi Makmur Sentosa

777 - 1200 - 188

Please email your proof of payment to the Finance Office via finance@stamford.sch.id or send to Stamford's WA +62-812-2145-2989

The technical meeting on Friday 11 October 2019, 3.10pm, at Stamford School, is open to all contestants, school representatives, and parents. The meeting will be conducted in English.

Prizes

    • Each category will have three winners: Third Place, Second Place and First Place.
    • Winners will receive corresponding trophies and certificates.
    • All participants will receive certificate of participation.
    • Vouchers or additional cash prize from sponsors will be given to the winners to be announced after registration period closed.