YJB Success in National Spelling Competition

spelling bee contestants

The spelling bee contestants

Since September 2010 Year 7 students have been taking part in a national spelling competition in French and Spanish run by ‘Routes into Languages’ and Cilt Cymru.

The aim is to improve student’s vocabulary knowledge and strengthen their confidence and pronunciation when speaking out loud in front of an audience.  In September all MFL students were taught the French/Spanish alphabet and given a list of 50 words to learn how to spell out loud.  In December the MFL Department held class competitions, where students had to spell out aloud as many words correctly in 1 minute as possible.

The winners were:
Emily Norton
Ellen Hadfield
Joe Cottrill
Robbie Cheetham
Katie Nellist
Toby Roberts
Lucy Pugh
Annie Montgomery
Conner Roberts
Alisha Midgley
Lucas Almeida
Bradley Wynne
Owen Woodfield
Charles Jones
Ben Hopkins
James Youds
Tesni Jones

The highest scoring pupils in each class then went into round 2 and were required to learn a further 50 words (totalling 100) and competed in the MFL whole school competition held in February 2011.

The winners of the whole school competition were:
Lucy Pugh
Robbie Cheetham
Joe Cottrill
Conner Roberts
Lucas Almeida
Alisha Midgley
Ben Hopkins
Charles Jones

Ben Hopkins

Finalist Ben Hopkins

These students, who are to be congratulated on their superb effort and achievement and independent learning, were given a further 50 words to learn in time for the North Wales final on May 5th 2011.

On the evening of the competition all of the students performed extremely well under pressure in front of a audience and are to be commended on their nerves of steel.

The competition was very close but unfortunately Lucy, Robbie, Joe and Conner, who were competing in French, narrowly missed going through to the National final.

Both Ben Hopkins and Charles Jones, who were competing in Spanish, qualified for the Final in Cardiff, coming first and second respectively in North Wales.  We wish them all the best for the final.

The event was a success and Ysgol John Bright, and in particular the MFL Department were very proud to be asked to host the North Wales final.

The school received very positive feedback from the other North Wales schools competing and from ‘Routes into Languages’ and Cilt Cymru.

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