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Fatima the 'spelling machine' is crowned queen bee

18 July 2018

The Mayor of Rochdale with the 11 finalists.

Lowerplace Primary School crowned their 1st ever spelling bee champion as their new competition created a buzz.

Fatima, aged 8, won the inaugural competition after a nail-biting final in front of the whole school. 11 finalists made it through to the grand final following some hotly contested rounds throughout the summer term where pupils took part in several try-outs.

During the final, they were challenged to spell words correctly in front of the whole school in a straight knockout battle.

In the end, it was a tense head-to-head between Fatima and Shafaq, aged 9, with Fatima clinching the title, despite the nerves, with her accurate spelling of 'poisonous'.

Mayor of Rochdale, Councillor Mohammed Zaman, had the honour of crowning Fatima champion.

The Mayor with teacher Clare McGreevy, Fatima's mother, Fatima and Garry Johnson, headteacher at Lowerplace.

'I am really looking forward to seeing this rolled out across schools in the borough for an inter-school spelling showdown'

Councillor Kieran Heakin, Cabinet Member for Children's Services, said: "What a fantastic event for our young people to be involved in; it helps develop not only their spelling but also their confidence. I am really looking forward to seeing this rolled out across schools in the borough for an inter-school spelling showdown".

Fatima, who brought a tear to her mum's eye with her victory, told her school she was pleased to win although she was "a little tired" after all that hard spelling.

The Mayor with teachers from Lowerplace.

'All the children have done so well in this competition and we had a great final'

Clare McGreevy, teacher at Lowerplace, who organised the spelling bee, said: "All the children have done so well in this competition and we had a great final. During the round my colleague, Mr Hall, described Fatima as a 'spelling machine' as she was doing so well. I am really proud of what they have all achieved".

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