Premier launches Spelling Bee

An estimated 120,000 primary school students from more than 800 NSW schools will take part in the 2012 Premier's Spelling Bee, launched at Drummoyne Public School in Sydney today.

There are two divisions in which students compete – a junior division for children in Years 3 and 4, and a senior division for Years 5 and 6.

Schools will send two students from each division to 40 regional finals. The state final will be held in Sydney in November.

NSW Premier Barry O'Farrell said the Spelling Bee gave students a great opportunity to improve their literacy skills by spelling in a fun and educational way.

"Good spelling is a skill that serves everyone well in life," Mr O'Farrell said.

"For those who master spelling at an early age, the value of accuracy in communication is obvious.

"The joy of reading and creative writing is heightened, and the rewards of being a good speller last a lifetime."

Find out more information about the Premier's Spelling Bee.

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