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2019 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 will start learning the 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist of 100 words from March onwards. In June they take part in the 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test, a written test that 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 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final 2 November 2019.

The 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Champion will receive the title of 2019 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 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee resources include:

  • About the 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee document
  • The 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist *
  • The 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test Sheet
  • The 2019 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.

Free online marking in 2019

Education Perfect iconThis year Education Perfect is proudly hosting the online version of the New Zealand Spelling Bee. This means the marking can be automatically done for you! Any teachers wishing to take advantage of this may do so free of charge. Simply fill out this form to receive your complimentary teacher login and register your students or, if you are an existing Education Perfect user, the Spelling Bee resources will already be loaded up in your content library!

 

Semi-final Key Details

Details for the 2019 Spelling Bee Semi Finals are yet to be confirmed.

Timeframes for the 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee

 

Register for 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Click here
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March onwards

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

March – 10 June

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

10  June –  15 June

Test Week

17 June

Test sheets marked and papers couriered to Spelling Bee Organiser

24 June

Top 200 Semi-finalists announce

24 June onwards

Semi-finalists register online to access the 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Semi-final Wordlist

Semi-finals  

5 August 

Lower South Island Semi-final, Dunedin

6 August 

Upper South Island Semi-final, Christchurch

7 August 

Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington

10 August 

The Far North Island Semi-final, Auckland

12 August 

Central North Island Semi-final, Whangarei

13 August 

Upper North Island Semi-final, Hamilton

20 August

New Zealand Spelling Bee Teacher Awards close

1 October

Top 200 Semi-finalists announce

2 November

2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final, Wellington

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