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Spelling Bee semi-final creates buzz across the borough

08 April 2019

Spelling Bee finalists and organisers.

Primary schools across the borough have taken part in Rochdale's first ever Spelling Bee challenge.

Lowerplace Primary School in Rochdale organised a borough-wide event to help improve pupils' spelling and confidence in a fun way, while also bringing children from different schools together.

Following a series of inter school-heats, 32 primary schools chose their spelling bee representatives for the semi-finals. These were held in front of a packed audience at Kingsway Park High School.

Spealling Bee group 1 semi-finalists.

During the event, budding spelling champions were put through their paces with words like 'perseverance', 'unscrupulous', 'rejuvenation' and 'manoeuvre'.

Now 15 pupils are set to compete in a grand final at Rochdale Town Hall on Monday, 20 May 2019.

Spelling Bee group 2 semi-finalists.

'It's been a great success so far and we're looking forward to the final'

Clare McGreevy, Rochdale Spelling Bee organiser and teacher at Lowerplace Primary School, said: "I'm delighted to have had so many school take part in this first ever borough-wide Bee. Its' been a great success so far and we're looking forward to the final. We hope to see the children really get something out of this event and help improve their spelling as well as bring all schools in the borough together."

School book provider, Madeline Lindley, provided all semi-finalists with bee-themed books from top children's authors as prizes.

Spelling Bee group 3 semi-finalists.

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