Year 7 Compete in 8th BSB Spelling Bee

For the eighth year in a row, the BSB English Department held the much-anticipated ‘Spelling Bee Competition’. Inspired by the award-winning film ‘Akeelah and the Bee’, Year 7 students have been busy learning spellings and improving spelling techniques this half term to compete against each other in their groups and go on to represent their group in the final.

Fares, Florian, Eli, Laura, Juan, Hestia, Harry, Elia, Isla, Ruslan, Alex and Angela were the twelve students who made it to the final on Wednesday, 13th December, cheered on by the Year 7 cohort.

English teachers Ms Rai, Mr Mistry and Ms Ewbank agreed that this is an excellent activity to raise the profile of good spelling as an integral part of accurate expression and a way of building a sophisticated vocabulary. Students said:

‘I didn’t feel as nervous as I thought I would on stage as I had practised some techniques to help me concentrate’

 ‘I have learnt lots of tricks to remember the difficult parts of words and I think I can spell better than my Mum, now!’ 

Director of Learning for English and Languages, Ms Kelly, said, ‘This year’s Bee did not disappoint and the standard was undoubtedly the highest ever, with the final two: Laura and Florian taking me to the very end of my extra spelling lists.’

The audience were appreciative of their peers’ skills and the watching teachers couldn’t believe the difficulty of the words that were being spelt correctly. Students often develop techniques to remember key spellings that they will remember forever. Eventually, Florian emerged victorious, spelling ‘brunneous’ correctly to win, with Laura runner-up and Hestia a very notable third place. Congratulations to all our finalists!!