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2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Years 9-10

Sponsored by the Wright Family Foundation

The New Zealand Spelling Bee word list focuses on useful, everyday, yet wonderful words that the students will have for the rest of their lives.
Students learn these and other challenging words relevant to their college studies and ultimately compete for a place in the New Zealand Spelling Bee Final following the six regional spelling bees in August.

Students will start learning the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist of 100 words from March onwards. In June they take part in the 2017 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test, a written test that comprises of 50 words from the wordlist and 50 words they have not seen. The marked test papers are sent to the New Zealand Spelling Bee to determine the country’s top 200 semi finalists. The 200 semi finalists compete in one of six regional Spelling Bees around the country in August. The top finalists from each region win airfares and accommodation to compete in the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final 26 - 27 October 2018.

The 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Champion will receive the title of 2018 Champion Speller and $5000 for the advancement of their academic studies.

Years 9-10 students who want to take part in a spelling bee but not the national event can do the Classroom Spelling Bee.

The 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee resources include:

  • About the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee document
  • The 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist *
  • The 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test Sheet
  • The 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Participation Certificate

*The wordlists for New Zealand schools are British-English and come from The Concise Oxford English Dictionary 12th Edition.

Teachers and educators must register to access the resources free of charge.

Free online marking in 2018

Education Perfect iconThis year Education Perfect is proudly hosting the online version of the New Zealand Spelling Bee. This means the marking can be automatically done for you! Any teachers wishing to take advantage of this may do so free of charge. Simply fill out this form to receive your complimentary teacher login and register your students or, if you are an existing Education Perfect user, the Spelling Bee resources will already be loaded up in your content library!

 

Semi-final Key Details

Far North Island - Key Details - August 13 2018 ↓

Date: Monday 13 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 11 2018 ↓

Date: Saturday 11 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 14 2018 ↓

Date: Tuesday 14 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 2018 ↓

Date: Wednesday 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 7 2018 ↓

Date: Tuesday 7 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, Christchurc

Download Upper South Island Information Circular - PDF 593Kb

Lower South Island - Key Details - August 6 2018 ↓

Date: Monday 6 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 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee

March onwards

Schools with Years 9-10 students register online. 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee resources available online

March – 18 June

Participating Year 9-10 students study 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist.

18  June –22 June

Participating Years 9-10 students do 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Test. This is either a written or electronic test of 100 words (50 from the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist and 50 unseen words).

25 June

Written (offline) test sheets marked and papers couriered to Spelling Bee Organiser.

2 July

Schools advised of the country’s top 200 Semi-finalists by email

2 July

Semi-finalists register online to access the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Semi-final Wordlist.

Semi-finals  

6 August 

Lower South Island Semi-final, Dunedin 

7 August 

Upper South Island Semi-final, Christchurch 

8 August 

Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington

11 August 

Upper North Island Semi-final, Auckland

13 August 

The Far North Semi-final, Whangarei

14 August 

Central North Island Semi-final, Hamilton

 

The Semi-finals comprise a written spelling test and an oral spelling bee.

The Semi-finalists win travel and accommodation for themselves and a parent or caregiver so they can compete in the 2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final.

*If a Semi-final has ten or less spellers the Spelling Bee Organiser reserves the right to select the finalists by their test results.

31 August

Finalists travel and accommodation booked.

2 - 3 November

2018 New Zealand Spelling Bee Final, Wellington

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