Premier’s Spelling Bee final

17 November 2011

Niamh Brazil, junior winner

What's the connection between plankton, kikuyu, croissant and dromedary? They were some of the words that helped clinch victory for the two winners of the 2011 Premier's Spelling Bee finals, held at the ABC's Ultimo Centre in Sydney.

The 78 finalists – drawn from NSW government primary and central schools – were part of a record group of 115,455 students across the state who participated in the competition's elimination rounds.

The top three placed students in the junior and senior divisions were:

Junior division

Niamh Brazil, Annandale North Public School (Sydney region)

Niamh spelled diva, bovine, bothersome, foundry, lozenge, kikuyu, paparazzi, boycott, malice, dexterity and, finally, plankton correctly.

Corey Blyth, Gymea Bay Public School (Sydney region)

Equal third place
Aleisha Kamsoo, Mount Pritchard East Public School, (South Western Sydney region)
Azren Snow, Gloucester Public School (North Coast region)

Senior division

Lian Yang, Ermington Public School (Northern Sydney region)

Lian's words were: skulk, allegro, omnivorous, trifecta, fescue, shakuhachi, acquiesce, liniment, detritus, complacency, campaign, nougat, illicit, croissant, virtual, electrocute, deodorant, sequester, haiku, sanguine, and the winning dromedary.

Savannah Mandakini Dissanayake, Wollongong Public School (Illawarra and South East region)

Third place
Evan Watt-Smith, Connells Point Public School (Sydney region)

Education minister Adrian Piccoli said the event was a fun and educational way for primary school students across NSW to improve their spelling.

"The Spelling Bee was first launched in 2004 and is part of the NSW Government's ongoing strategy to build on the state's excellent literacy results," Mr Piccoli said.

Students studied words from wordlists and were also given unseen words in the final rounds of the competition.

The wordlists for the regional and state finalists were provided by the editors of Macquarie Dictionary and were drawn from categories that included arts, the natural world, health and wellbeing, science and technology, religion and ethics.



Photo: Junior winner Niamh Brazil by Robert Edwards


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