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Year 5s' Spelling Bee Buzz

Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Sixteen Year 5 girls and boys from eight local schools took part in this year’s Spelling Bee held at Bolton School. The contestants were already winners, having won through preliminary rounds held over the course of the academic year in their own primary schools. Supported by their parents and teachers, the pupils amazed the audience with their spelling skills and ability to keep cool under pressure. 

Organiser Miss Tomlinson commented: “Once again I have been really impressed by how these girls and boys keep their nerve in this competition. The pupils were given 150 words to learn, so they have improved their literacy and memory skills whilst revising lots of tricky spellings such as queue, technique, synagogue, reign and potential. Given how well they answered the random questions over the course of a minute at the front of the hall and before a judging panel and audience, I congratulate both them and their teachers in preparing so well!” 

In what was a very closely fought contest, Caroline Whitehead of Bolton St Andrew’s Over Hulton Church of England Primary School won the competition and took away with her a £20 National Book token. All the Year 5 children were given certificates of attendance and a “Make your mark at Bolton School” pencil.

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This year

Bolton School Spelling Bee contestants

Y5 girls and boys performed at the front of the Arts Centre in front of a panel of judges and the audience

Y5 girls and boys performed at the front of the Arts Centre in front of a panel of judges and the audience

This year

This year's winner was Caroline from St Andrew's Over Hulton Church of England Primary School, photographed here with Miss Hincks, Headmistress of Bolton School Girls' Division, who handed out the prizes