Spelling Bee

“Anyone who has never made a mistake has never tried anything new.” —Albert Einstein 

Excitement reached a fever pitch last Friday as St Faith’s hosted its Inaugural, House Spelling Bee Championship. The children have been preparing for this event since the start of term and in class preliminary rounds whittled each house down to two spellers per year group per house. There were three separate competitions Year 1 & 2, Year 3 & 4 and Year 5 & 6.  

The Year 1 & 2 competition was extremely fierce and ended in a sudden-death tiebreak. Congratulations to Sycamore for coming away with the spoils in our first event of the afternoon. Next up, were the Years 3 and 4.  It was fantastic to see the teams collaborating with such success. Again, the competition went to a tiebreak and after 7 tricky words, it was decided that the teams from Ash and Beech would share the accolade of winners. 

Finally, we had the premier event of the afternoon, the Year 5 & 6 competition. This did not disappoint. The feeling in the room was electric with cheers following all correct answers. Once again, the collaboration between the teams was a delight to see and, as with the first two events, we finished with a four House tie after the first round… and off to a sudden death spell out we went. Like an old western film, the Houses went head to head competing to spell words such as tortoise, spatula, ricochet, orchestra, gelatinous and azalea. With Beech, Oak and Sycamore locked in combat it came down to the seventh tiebreaker word: fluorescent… for Oak to eventually be crowned champions.

As with everything it is not only the winning Houses that need congratulating but every single participant. In these events mistakes are part of the game and these should be embraced, we are never going to get every single answer correct. If you try your best and have a go, that is all that anyone can ever ask you. It was extremely satisfying to see everyone pushing themselves and enjoying the event. Thank you to Mrs Poulter and Mrs Allen for organising such a successful event!