On Monday 10th July, Miss Rehman, Miss Loveland and Miss Khan (from Monega Primary) hosted an exciting final of the Newham Spelling Bee 2017, here at Elmhurst Primary School!
The winning school was Vicarage Primary School, who got an amazing top mark of 180/180. In second place was St. James’ Primary School, closely followed by Sir John Heron Primary School in third place. The Year 6 team member from Vicarage had an incredible verbatim knowledge of the word meanings and was amazing at solving the conundrums.
Invited to award the prizes, was Councillor Joy Laguda, Chair of Newham Council. We were again wonderfully assisted by the team from Newham Library Services, who called out the words and acted as judges. We were also very lucky this year to have a published poet, Neal Zetter, with us for the finals. Neal shared some of his humorous and enjoyable poems and he kindly did some book signing for his books, which include, ‘Here Come the Superheroes’, ‘Bees in My Bananas’ and ‘It’s not Fine to Sit on a Porcupine’.
As part of the competition, 31 schools registered to take part in two days of semi-finals in June, with 12 schools making it through to the finals. Unfortunately, although they worked really hard to learn the words, Elmhurst’s team did not make it through to the finals this year. The Elmhurst Primary School participants were Zaynab (3B), Mary (4P), Ayaz (5L) and Dion (5G).
As part of the competition, children from years 3, 4, 5 and 6 learned 100 words, ranging from athazagoraphobia (the fear of forgetting or being forgotten) to successes. The children were tested on words selected randomly on the day and the Year 6 children also had to solve tricky conundrums (anagrams based on the spelling words). Are you able to unscramble functorseel?[Answer: fluorescent].
Rosie Loveland, Year 5
Rubina Rehman, Year 3