In March, 60 excited Year 4 students took part in the annual Prime Minister's Spelling Bee, a national competition for students. We were very proud of each student for having a go and giving it their best. In April, 14 of our students made it into the State Round of the competition - an incredible achievement!
In May, we received the wonderful news that Arielle Wong had progressed to the National Round, an astounding feat as only the top three students in her age category from each State would go on to this level.
Arielle worked hard to study and prepare for the contest and on Thursday, May 27 she completed the Spelling Bee with a score of 27/30 in a speedy 1 minute and 25.5 seconds. The very next week I received a phone call with the amazing news that Arielle was the National Champion in the Year 3 and 4 category. Congratulations Arielle! All of your hard work and preparation has more than paid off, and we are so proud of you.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison said in a media release,
“Well done to all the students across the country who took up the challenge, and congratulations to all the winners. Whether you’re a Prime Minister or a plumber, a teacher or a doctor, a fighter pilot or a scientist, spelling and reading are foundation skills you’re always going to need.”
As part of her prize, Arielle will be jet setting off to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister.
Photo Credit: Wayne Taylor, News Corp Australia