Sunday, 11 January 2009

The rules of the competition!

2009 Eurovision Song Contest- Moscow, Russia, 16 May 2009

“Schoolovision 2009”- May 2009

Following a similar format to the Eurovision Song Contest, Schoolovision will allow one primary school from all eTwinning countries wishing to participate, to record and upload a song of their choice, to be viewed by all other participants in the project.

In addition, all countries will be asked to evaluate and vote for their favourite songs after they have listened to all the others- and of course, voting for yourself will not be allowed!

Under the rules of the project, you and your class will have until Thursday 7th May to decide upon your song, practise it, video it, and get it uploaded onto the project blog website, using either the video upload section within, or by using google video. Once all songs are uploaded, you will need to get your class to watch all the other countries' entries and decide who will receive your votes. This should be done in the week from Friday 8th May until Thursday 14th May. On Friday 15th May, you have two choices. You can either join the team for a group webcam conference, starting at 9.00am UK time, where we will announce our votes to each other and total the votes up, so we can establish the winner. Or, if this is not possible, you will need to email your votes to Michael Purves, the project co-ordinator BEFORE the live webcam voting takes place. This way, we will be able to successfully total all the votes from all the countries and announce who are Schoolovision champions for 2009. The winning school will be sent a specially commissioned trophy! All partners will also be sent special certificates once the voting is complete.


1.Only one school from each country will be allowed to enter.

2.Schoolovision is for primary schools only.

3.Once you have agreed to enter and submitted your request to the project coordinator, Michael Purves you will receive an invitation to become a partner in the project, followed by a separate invitation to contribute to the project's blog. You need to sign up for the blog, whereby you will be able to upload your finished song in due course.

In addition, please send Michael a brief description of your school, along with a photograph, that Michael will add to the blog, so that each country can see who is all taking part.

4.The song should be be one of your choice, hopefully chosen in collaboration with your pupils, and can be sung in any language. It can be a well known song, or an original song that perhaps no-one else will have heard of- it's up to you! When you have decided on your song, please email Michael with the name of the song. PLEASE BE AWARE THAT IF THE SONG HAS BEEN COPYRIGHTED, YOU MUST GET PERMISSION BEFORE USING IT. IF YOU NEED TO GET PERMISSION (FROM THE PRODUCER) THEN YOU MUST EMAIL A COPY OF THIS PERMISSION TO MICHAEL BEFORE USING IT!!

5.Musical accompaniment is permitted- but only in the following way. Members of your class (your pupils) who wish to play a musical instrument can do so, and your song can have adult help who could for example, play a piano or a keyboard to lead the tune of the song. Alternatively, you can use a CD for the tune- but your children MUST do the singing!

6.All entries should be completed by Friday 1st May, if possible. I would suggest that between Monday 4th- Thursday 7th May, you upload the video of your song to the blog, via using either the “upload video” section of the site, or by uploading your video to Google video, especially if the file is more than 100mb in size, then copying and pasting the embed code into your blog post. All files MUST be uploaded by Friday 8th May, as each country will then need to watch all the entries and judge them during the following week- Monday 11th- Thursday 14th May.

7.Once you and your pupils have watched each entry and chosen your favourites, either email your choices to Michael Purves, before Friday 15th May, or you can give your votes, live, via webcam conference on Friday 15th May. YOU MUST NOT VOTE FOR YOUR OWN ENTRY!

GOOD LUCK to all countries, and enjoy making your entry, and listening to all the other entries!

Michael Purves & Katja Auffret

Project founders