“Prestidigitation” – Winning Word at Tenth BSB Spelling Bee Competition

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For the tenth year in a row, the Secondary English department has run their annual Spelling Bee competition. This is an exciting part of the English curriculum for Year 7, which is meant to encourage students to value spelling and think of strategies to spell and remember challenging words from the Key Stage 3 spelling list.

Two finalists from each class went onto a highly competitive final, which put the 12 selected students to the test. The winning word was ‘prestidigitation’.

Previous champions from Year 8 and Year 9 came to offer advice and present the prizes to the overall Spelling Bee Champion, the runner-up and the third-place joint finalists.

Children loved it:

‘I was so excited. I can’t believe how difficult some of those words were!’

‘My friend did really well. It was fun when Ms Kelly offered a word to the audience and realised how hard it is to spell under pressure.’


Ms Duarte, Head of English said, ‘I was on the edge of my seat – what a thrilling final! I am extremely proud of all the participants as well as the supportive audience who were willing them on. The spelling bee is an important way of encouraging students to expand their vocabulary and to grow in confidence when presenting in front of their peers. The finalists displayed great strength of character regardless of where they placed in the competition.’