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Spelling bee builds house spirit

Metamorphosis, belligerent, eminent, vehemently, inane, psychology, colonel – how many of these words could you spell under pressure?

Our students proved they had what it took when the first, fiercely competitive and extremely close ACG Tauranga House Spelling Bee final took place this week.

Year-level heats were held earlier to find each year’s best speller before the nail-biting final event. English teacher Sue Wood said the highlight was watching the houses cheering their competitors on, “and the horror on the teachers’ faces when we said there was a teacher round!”

Spelling is still an important skill in the age of computers said student Albert Cho in Year 5 as he introduced the event.

“Spelling is important because if you don’t know to spell you would find it hard to write. People today use spell check or Siri or even word recognition to spell words. But computers make mistakes. Spelling bees help encourage people to learn and practice to spell a word without technology.”

As well as honing language skills, the competition sparked house spirit and gave all students a chance to shine, he said.

“House competitions are fun – they teach us our ACG values. House competitions inspire us to try our best and if we lose we can still show good sportsmanship. I think it is important to try academic house competitions rather than always sports. Everyone can have a chance of winning if they are not good at sports.”

Congratulations to all our year level winners:

Year 1 & 2 Jake Cho – Te Awanui

Year 3 & 4 Joseph Galley – Tarawera

Year 5 Steve Rho – Tarawera

Year 6 Jed Gouldson – Mauao

Year 7 Imaanay Anees – Tarawera

Year 8 Brian Park – Te Awanui

Year 9 Shakira Cable – Mauao

Year 10 Luke Crombie – Te Awanui

The ACG Tauranga House Spelling Bee Competition 2017 was won by Mauao House.