Bolton School Senior Boys

Spelling Bee Leaves Year 5s Buzzing

Bolton School’s first Spelling Bee for local primary school children proved a smash hit with Year 5 pupils, their parents and their teachers! 

The final took place in the new Riley Sixth Form Centre at Bolton School and the pupils performed brilliantly, holding their nerve to spell out words such as “onomatopoeia” and “encyclopaedia” whilst they stood in front of a packed audience of parents and teachers. 

Two pupils represented each of the thirteen participating schools and were in themselves already winners having won through two earlier rounds held at their own school over the course of the academic year.  

Miss Tomlinson, who organised the event, said: “Tonight has been a great success. The pupils have performed outstandingly well. The aim of the Spelling Bee has been for Year 5 pupils to practise their spelling and improve their literacy, whilst exercising their memory skills. They were given a total of 150 words to revise and then tested randomly on these words over the course of a minute.  I was amazed at how well they kept their composure!  I congratulate them and their teachers for preparing them so well!” 

In a close fought contest, Rebecca Pilkington of St Andrew’s CEPS from Over Hulton won the competition, two ten year old pupils from Devonshire Road Primary School came in the runners-up spots.

Miss Tomlinson explains the rules to entrants and their parents

The girls and boys performed with great confidence and capability