The Year 7 Spelling Bee is an annual event to engage students with the importance of spelling from the beginning of their secondary school life. Gemma Treeby, Head of English tells us about this year’s Bee.
There was an electric atmosphere in the Studio Theatre yesterday as Year 7 English students came together to support the four students from each class chosen to represent them in our annual Spelling Bee. There were lots of cheers, ‘ah’s and laughs over some of the weird and wonderful words in the English language and many impressed gasps and claps for the incredible talents of the students who were able to spell them.
Each week in English class, we have a SPAG (Spelling, Punctuation and Grammar) lesson, where the students engage in various group and independent activities to take the anxiety out of making mistakes and allow teach them it is good to take risks and experiment with word and grammar choices as well as developing their accuracy. To celebrate this and highlight those who have excelled, the SPAG culminates in a Spelling Bee at the end of the year where the brightest and the best take on an extra challenge.
Our competitors this year were as follows:
Ms Rhodes’ class: Jocelyn Chok, Lulu Collins, Freya Khogali and Helena Wang
Ms Wright’s class: Michelle Yu, Anthony Li, Joshua Wang and Mika Matthe
Ms Crowsley’s class: Pelin Tuglan, Edward Lee, Nathalia Jolly and Dhairya Patel
Ms Pantasoulas’ class: Ethan Wing Hei Ho, Yin Tsz Zhou (Bella), Taeyoon (Matthew) Bae, Sohyun (Flora) Kim
Students competed in a series of rounds which involved individual and team spellings. The final round was Ms Rhodes’group vs Ms Wright’s with Ms Wright’s group emerging victorious.
There was a nail biting end to the individual spelling round, which came down to a head to head between Michelle Yu and Sohyun (Flora) Kim, with Michelle emerging victorious.
What is most amazing about a competition like this is the fact that most of our students are non-native speakers – many of the participants have only been in Mainstream English for a short amount of time, so it is a testament to their hard work and effort that they have managed to develop such an impressive grasp of the English vocabulary.
Well done to everyone involved and to all the ‘cheerleaders’ too for helping to encourage their classmates!
Gemma Treeby, Head of English