HSBC and CBB support worthy cause through performing arts

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HSBC will partner the Council for Business with Britain (CBB) to hold the third annual CBB drama competition for schoolchildren with the aim of raising funds for its English Language Teacher Training program (ELT), which is conducted in many rural schools. The competition is open to students from international and local schools who wish to showcase their talent in the performing arts and gain a chance to reach out to those less fortunate in society. The preliminary rounds of the competition will take place on 25 and 26 October at the British School Auditorium, while the finals are scheduled to get underway on 1 November and will be open to the public. Applicants can register for the competition by submitting an entry form along with the registration fee on or before 31 September. HSBC Sri Lanka and Maldives CEO Patrick Gallagher said: “HSBC has long supported the Council for Business with Britain with the English Language Teacher Training program and the CBB Cricket Sixes, all of which have greater benefits for the community. We are therefore happy to come on board to support the annual drama competition that will recognise talented students who have a flair for the performing arts and provide them an opportunity to contribute to a worthy cause. “CBB’s English Language Teacher Training program (ELT) has supported the English learning of school teachers and students of many rural schools and we hope to further develop the project with the funds received from the competition. This in turn will benefit more teachers and students in the country. We look forward to a successful event and hope students will find this to be an innovative, creative and stimulating theatrical experience.” Each school will be required to perform a play or an extract from a published play in English of the standard of an ‘A’ Level Literature text. Participants will be given up to 25 minutes for each performance with an additional 10 minutes allocated for setting up props and clearing. The overall winner for best play will walk away with Rs. 100,000 cash prize, first runner-up with Rs. 50,000, second runner-up with Rs. 25,000, third runner-up with Rs. 10,000 and best outstation school will be awarded a cash prize of Rs. 10,000. Schools that have already come on board are Devi Balika Vidyalaya, Gateway College Negombo, Sanghamiththa Galle, Stafford International School, Overseas School of Colombo, Trinity College Kandy, the British School of Colombo and St. Peter’s College. Sponsors of the event include Nestle’ Lanka Plc, Norfolk Foods Ltd., BRC Lanka, AWS Group, Hettigoda Industries Ltd. and Hilton Colombo Residence. Since 2005 the Council for Business with Britain (CBB) has been working through the British Council to deliver its successful and well-regarded CBB-ELT project. This is being conducted with the approval of the Ministry of Education and has been built up over a number of years. The program is now into its seventh year.