Last term, on 16th July, the Newham Spelling Bee Team held the Newham Spelling Bee competition finals 2018, at Elmhurst Primary School. We had an amazing turnout of 30 schools attending two days of semi-final heats in June, of which 12 schools made it through to the finals.
The schools taking part in the finals were: Colegrave Primary School, Dersingham Primary School, Elmhurst Primary School, Essex Primary School, Hallsville Primary School, New City Primary School, North Beckton Primary School, Selwyn Primary School, Sir John Heron Primary School, St. Anthony’s Primary School, St. Francis Catholic Primary and Vicarage Primary School.
The teams from each school included children from Years 3, 4, 5 and 6, who had to learn how to spell 100 really challenging words this year. Some of the tricky words were, flibbertigibbet (meaning a frivolous, flighty, or excessively talkative person) and arachibutyrophobia (meaning the fear of peanut butter sticking to the roof of the mouth). Not forgetting to mention ortographobia, which is the fear of making spelling mistakes. At the finals the Year 5 and 6 children were also tested on word meanings, and the Year 6 children had to solve conundrums.
We had a superb team of children competing for our school. We had Mahdi Farhan from Year 3, Smoona Dar from Year 4, Tahsin Suad from Year 5 and Dion Kadriaj from Year 6. However, after a tense competition, the winning school was Vicarage Primary School. In second place was St. Francis’ Catholic Primary School and in third place was Essex Primary School.
To present the prizes this year, we were very fortunate to have the recently elected Mayor of Newham, Rokhsana Fiaz, and the Cabinet Member for Education, Children and Young People, Cllr Julianne Marriott.
The competition also had the added excitement of a visit from published poet and author, Paul Delaney, who entertained the children (and adults) with his hilarious poems.
Once again, Newham Library Services provided valuable support for the competition, helping put together the conundrums, providing word callers and judges for the semi-finals and finals.