Spellers show off their vocabularies

Tamra CarrGeraldton Guardian

More than 100 students from 12 schools attended the Midwest Spelling Bee recently at Allendale Primary School.

Deputy principal Jennifer Gadsby said the event was organised to help correct poor performance in vocabulary and writing.

“Our lowest recorded data in NAPLAN was vocabulary and writing and that’s a Statewide issue,” she said.

“One of our top priorities is improving these results.”

Students in year groups between 3 and 10 were tasked with spelling words, from “arm” to “hootenanny.”

Ms Gadsby said she hoped for a bigger turnout next year and congratulated staff for the event’s success.

“The collaboration between the schools has been outstanding and there’s been so many new friendships developed between the students,” she said.

Individual winners

Year 3 Regielyn Alap-ap, Bluff Point Primary School. Year 4 Enrico Luces, Geraldton PS. Year 5 Hannah Muchamore, Mt Tarcoola PS. Year 6 Nikita Ah Kim, Geraldton PS. Year 7 Olivia Myers, Nagle Catholic College. Year 8 Chloe Western, Nagle CC. Year 9 Judd Walker, John Willcock College. Year 10 Max Denton, Dongara District High School.

Team winners

Year 3 Allendale PS, Hayley and Olivia Stovin. Year 4 Geraldton PS, Enrico Luces and Claye Gilchrist, Year 5 Kalbarri DHS, Ben Pavy and Tom Berry. Year 6 Mt Tarcoola PS, Reno Norman and Nate Fox-Muhl, Year 7 Nagle CC, Claire Luces and Erin Harries. Year 8 Nagle CC, Chloe Western and Willow Jeffery. Year 9 Nagle CC, Ceyaan Raunyar and James Pollitt. Year 10, Dongara DHS, Jackson Button and Max Denton.

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