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2021 National Spelling Bee Competition Years 9-10

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Click here to register for the 2021 National Spelling Bee Competition Years 9-10.

2021 National Spelling Bee Competition

Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand runs a national spelling bee for Year 9-10 students who love language and a challenge. They will learn new words that will benefit their academic studies and have some fun testing their orthography skills against their school friends and other like-minded students around the country.

How do I register my school?

education perfect iconTo register, simply click the Education Perfect registration link and the EP Support Team will guide you through the process of uploading your students. Register Here Once you have logged into the EP platform, go to the EP English & Literature content library and click on the 2021 Aotearoa Spelling Bee New Zealand folder. All of the competition resources and teacher instructions will be available here!

Who can take part?

The programme is available to Years 9-10 who are either in secondary schools or home schooled. It is FREE for both schools and students.

What are the prizes?

The top 18 finalists win a travel and accommodation package for themselves and their parents/caregiver to compete in the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Final in Wellington (5th–6th November). The 2021 Spelling Bee Champion will win the Spelling Bee Trophy and $5000.

How do my students participate?

Teachers and educators must register to access the resources free of charge. Get started by enrolling your school now so your students can access the resources.

How does the National Spelling Bee work?

Once you register, your students learn the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Wordlist of 100 words. They then do the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Test, a written test of 50 words from the Wordlist and 50 words the students have not seen. This can be administered through their school or virtually through Education Perfect’s online testing platform.

The results are forwarded to the Spelling Bee Programme Director to determine the 200 semi-finalists from around the country. The semi-finalists are invited to compete at one of six regional spelling bees around the country in August.

The top 18 finalists from the regional spelling bees win airfares for themselves and their parent/caregiver so they can compete in the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Final in Wellington on Saturday 6 November. The Spelling Bee Champion wins the 2021 Spelling Bee Trophy and $5000 for the advancement of their academic studies.

Where are the resources?

Education Perfect hosts the online National Spelling Bee resources. Once you have registered for the competition, you will receive an email from Education Perfect with instructions for accessing the online resources. If you are an existing Education Perfect user, the resources will already be loaded up in your school’s Content Library (from the 1st of March 2021)!

The wordlists are broken up into subject groups to help the students learn the words before they move onto the next subject group.

The National Spelling Bee pronouncer, Owen Scott, has recorded the spelling words so students can now test themselves whilst learning the wordlists in the online resources.

You will also find the document, 2021 About the Bee. It will give you all the information you need to run the event at your end.

Further, the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Test Week in June will be available through Education Perfect so that teachers can choose to either read the words to their students or their students can do it online. Either way students can do the test through Education Perfect so that teachers no longer have the arduous task of marking all the papers. They can also get a detailed report on their students results.

If you are an existing Education Perfect user, the Spelling Bee resources will already be loaded up in your content library!

Who do I ask if I have a question?

Email the Programme Director at info@spellingbee.co.nz

Timeframes for the 2021 New Zealand Spelling Bee Competition

March onwards

Schools with Years 9-10 students register online. 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand resources available online.

March – 7 June

Participating Year 9-10 students study the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Wordlist.

7 June – 11 June

Participating Years 9-10 students complete the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Test. This is 100 words (50 from the 2021 New Zealand Spelling Bee Wordlist and 50 unseen words). It can be administered through the school or Education Perfect’s online platform.

14 June

Students results forwarded to Spelling Bee Programme Director.

23 June

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

23 June

Semi-finalists register online to access the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Semi-final Wordlist.

2021 Spelling Bee Regionals

9 August 

Lower South Island Semi-final, Dunedin

10 August 

Upper South Island Semi-final, Christchurch

11 August 

Lower North Island Semi-final, Wellington

14 August 

Upper North Island Semi-final, Auckland

16 August 

The Far North Semi-final, Whangarei

17 August 

Central North Island Semi-final, Hamilton

6 November

2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Final, Wellington, City Art Gallery, 12-3.30pm

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