St Mary’s student Sam Rogers is chuffed his team have made it into the semi-final of the spelling bee.
St Mary’s student Sam Rogers is chuffed his team have made it into the semi-final of the spelling bee. Robyne Cuerel

Casting a spell over right words

THE preliminary rounds of a local school spelling bee are over, with the students able to handle the pressure ready to progress through to the next stage.

Next weekend, however, the competition will step up a notch, with the semi-finals for Years 6 and 7 on at Station Square.

Daisy Crabtree, who helped organise the event, said the students produced a high-class display of spelling over a wide range of some of the most difficult words in the English language.

"The kids reacted to the pressure really well," Ms Crabtree said.

The spelling bee has tested the linguistic dexterity of students from Years 3 to 10, and after the semi-finals next weekend, the final will take place on Saturday, September 15, again at Station Square in Maryborough.

The schools to advance are St Mary's, Torbanlea State School, Albert State School and Aldridge State High School.

Ms Crabtree said one word did prove too tough for the students on Saturday: "pseudonym".

That's the sort of thing that could cause hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia.

 

SPELL CHECKER

  • "Pseudonym - (noun): a fictitious name, especially one used by an author."
  • "Hippopotomonstrosesquippedaliophobia - (noun): a fear of long words"
  • "Xanthocyanopsy - (noun): a form of colour-blindness"


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