An electrifying Spelling Bee regional semi-final and final took place on Wednesday 7th July when 50 year 7 pupils gathered at Comberton Village College to fight it out for the Spanish, German and French titles. In both rounds the tension was punctuated with nail-biting tie-breakers
The Spelling Bee was devised by Jane Driver of Comberton and has caught the imagination of nearly 3,000 pupils I this its first year. It involves the year 7 pupils in learning and practising the alphabet in the foreign language, paying attention to describing letters with accents and Spelling Bee terminology (‘pass’, ‘space’ etc), with 50 words in each round. All relevant to the curriculum.
Winners in each round received certificates with the four finalists in each language also winning a trophy. A cup was awarded to each winning school.
The finalists were as follows:
1st Alexandra Van der Oerver Comberton Village College
2nd Chloe Hinton Gateway Academy
3rd Lucy Booth Comberton Village College
4th George Gates Coopers Coborn
1st Lauren Dickson Thomas Lord Audley
2nd Mollie Foley Thomas Lord Audley
3rd Andrew Ledingham Chafford Hundred
4th Liza Tu Chafford Hundred
1st Matthew Bracey Swavesey Village College
2nd Ellie-Mae Young Brittons School
3rd Matthew Livesey Hitchin Boys
4th Suzana Anjum Coopers Coborn
CONGRATULATIONS TO ALL THE WORTHY WINNERS!!!
The competition has been enjoyed by one and all and pupils have learnt a lot of useful vocabulary in a fun and motivating way – some have even expressed an interest in helping next year’s competitors learn their words…
It is hoped to run it next year as a national competition - watch this space...
For more details of the competition see the wiki: http://rilspellingbee.wikispaces.com