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2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Years 9-10

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REGISTER FOR 2019 NZSB IS NOW CLOSED

Registrations for the 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee are now closed.  Teachers and educators can register for the 2020 New Zealand Spelling Bee here.  There is no charge to register and the resources will be available online from March onwards.

The 2019 Spelling Bee

This year thousands of Years 9-10 students around the country took on the challenge of learning the New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist.  In the second week of June they did the Classroom Spelling Bee Test that involved spelling 50 words from the Wordlist and 50 words they had not seen.

The test papers were marked and sent to the Spelling Bee Organiser who ranks the papers by results to determine the country’s top 200 spellers.

These spellers will now compete at one of six regional spelling bees around the country to determine the 18 finalists. These finalists will win travel to Wellington and overnight accommodation so they can compete in the 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final on 1-2 November. The Champion Speller wins the 2019 Champion Speller Trophy and $5000 for the advancement of their academic studies. 

Semi-final Key Details

Click on your region to find out more details.

Far North Island - Key Details - August 12 2019 ↓

Date: Monday 12 August
Time: 4pm-5.30pm (provisional finish time) Please arrive by 3.45pm
Venue: Whangarei Girls High School Library
Address: 1 Lupton Ave, Regent, Whangarei

Download Far North Island Information Circular PDF 593Kb

Auckland - Key Details - August 10 2019 ↓

Date: Saturday 10 August
Time:  12- 2.30 (provisional finish time) Please arrive by 11.45am
Location: Centennial Theatre
Address:  Auckland Grammar School, 55 Mountain Road, Epsom, Auckland (Parking at Gate 1, 2 or 4)

Download Auckland Information Circular - PDF 593Kb

Central North Island - Key Details - August 13 2019 ↓

Date: Tuesday 13 August
Time: 4pm-6pm (provisional finish time) Please arrive by 3.45pm
Location: Zeal Theatre
Address: 9 Ward Lane, Hamilton

Download Central North Island Information Circular - PDF 629Kb

Lower North Island - Key Details - August 8 2019 ↓

Date: Thursday 8 August
Time: 4pm-6pm (provisional finish time). Please arrive by 3.45pm
Location:  Toitu Poneke (formerly the Poneke Rugby Clubrooms) beside Kilbirnie Swimming Pool),
Address:  3 Kilbirnie Crescent, Kilbirnie, Wellington

Download Lower North Island Information Circular - PDF 593Kb

Upper South Island - Key Details - August 6 2019 ↓

Date: Tuesday 6 August
Time: 4pm-5.30pm (provisional finish time) Please arrive by 3.45pm
Venue: Philip Carter Family Auditorium, Christchurch Art Gallery
Address: Cnr Worcester Street and Montreal Street, Christchurch

Download Upper South Island Information Circular - PDF 593Kb

Lower South Island - Key Details - August 5 2019 ↓

Date: Monday 5 August
Time: 4pm-5.30pm (provisional finish time) Please arrive by 3.45pm
Venue: Barclay Theatre, Otago Museum
Address: 419 Great King Street, North Dunedin

Download Lower South Island Information Circular - PDF 593Kb

Timeframes for the 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee

 

Register for 2019 New Zealand Spelling Bee Click here
Apply for New Zealand Spelling Bee Teacher Award click here

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

8 August 

Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington

10 August 

Auckland Semi-final

12 August 

The Far North Island Semi-final, Auckland

13 August 

Central 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

REGISTER FOR 2019 NZSB IS NOW CLOSED

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