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2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Years 9-10

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The New Zealand Spelling Bee word list focuses on useful, everyday, yet wonderful words that the students will have for the rest of their lives.

Students learn these and other challenging words relevant to their college studies and ultimately compete for a place in the New Zealand Spelling Bee Final following the six regional spelling bees in August.

Students can start learning the 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist of 100 words now.  In June they take part in the 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test, a written test which comprises of 50 words from the wordlist and 50 words they have not seen. The marked test papers are sent to the New Zealand Spelling Bee to determine the country’s top 200 semi finalists. The 200 semi finalists compete in one of six regional Spelling Bees around the country in August. The top finalists from each region win airfares and accommodation to compete in the 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final 27 - 28 October 2017.

The 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Champion will receive the title of 2017 Champion Speller and $5000 for the advancement of their academic studies.

Years 9-10 students who want to take part in a spelling bee but not the national event can do the Classroom Spelling Bee.

The 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee resources include:

  • About the 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee document
  • The 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist *
  • The 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test Sheet
  • The 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Participation Certificate

*The wordlists for New Zealand schools are British-English and come from The Concise Oxford English Dictionary 12th Edition.

Teachers and educators must register to access the resources free of charge.

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Timeframes for the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee

March onwards

Schools with Years 9-10 students register online. 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee resources available online

March – 3 June

Participating Year 9-10 students study 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist.

4 June – 8 June

Participating Years 9-10 students do 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test. This is a written test of 100 words (50 from the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist and 50 unseen words).

11- June

Test sheets marked and papers couriered to Spelling Bee Organiser.

25 June

Schools advised of the country’s top 200 Semi-finalists by email

25 June

Semi-finalists register online to access the 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Semi-final Wordlist.

Semi-finals  

6 August (tbc)

Lower South Island Semi-final, Dunedin 

7 August (tbc)

Upper South Island Semi-final, Christchurch 

8 August (tbc)

Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington

13 August (tbc)

The Far North Semi-final, Whangarei

14 August (tbc)

Central North Island Semi-final, Hamilton

18 August (tbc)

Upper North Island Semi-final, Auckland
 

The Semi-finals comprise a written spelling test and an oral spelling bee.

The Semi-finalists win travel and accommodation for themselves and a parent or caregiver so they can compete in the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.

*If a Semi-final has ten or less spellers the Spelling Bee Organiser reserves the right to select the finalists by their test results.

31 August

Finalists travel and accommodation booked.

26 - 27 October

2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final, Wellington

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