Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Patron
Chloe Wright ONZM
Chloe Wright, co-founder of the Wright Family Foundation with husband Wayne, is the Patron of Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand.
Chloe and Wayne have spent more than 20 years making a difference in the lives of children building New Zealand’s largest early learning provider, BestStart.
Through the Wright Family Foundation, Chloe supports the educational development of all New Zealanders, unleashing children’s potential. The Foundation is passionate about raising awareness of the importance of pre-natal health, breastfeeding and the first thousand days of a child’s life.
As Patron of Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand, Chloe's goal is to grow this event to be one of the most highly regarded scholastic events in New Zealand.
“My vision is to create articulate readers and writers who may go on to higher education with confidence. The event has the goal of expanding children’s vocabulary and encouraging a love of language – which is something we are passionate about fostering,” she says.
Chloe co-founded BestStart Educare with husband Wayne Wright. She has also established the Birthing Centre, and is the founder and architect of Mothers Matter. Mothers Matter seeks to achieve for women what is rightfully theirs: excellent perinatal care, increased postnatal care and the ongoing support mothers need to thrive after giving birth.
Chloe is also Patron of SuperGrans Aotearoa, WriteMark Plain English Awards Trust, Kids’ Lit Quiz, and Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand.
Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Trustees
Janet Lucas, QSM, Founder of the Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand
Bob Symon, Applications Support Manager, ANZ
Rachel D'Cruz, Arts & Culture Liaison, Wright Family Foundation
Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Organisers
Janet Lucas, Programme Director
Janet oversees the development of all the resources including the wordlists, supporting documentation, organises the regional spelling bees and the Final in Wellington. She also oversees the Teachers Award.
Owen is a trained lawyer and actor but now a non-fiction writer, editor and broadcaster. He prepares the words and is the Pronouncer at both the regional Spelling Bees and the Final.
This means the 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand Wordlist is now in an electronic format so that students can access them directly. The wordlists are broken up into subject groups to help students learn the words before they move onto the next subject group.
Education Perfect has recorded National Spelling Bee Competition Pronouncer, Owen Scott, pronouncing the words, so students can test themselves whilst learning the wordlists.
It is FREE to use the Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand resources on the Education Perfect platform. We recommend teachers use this option.
The 2021 Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand test week is held in June, and is available through Education Perfect. Teachers can read the words and students enter their answers online. This means teachers no longer have the arduous task of marking all the papers. They can also receive detailed reports on their students' results.
Teachers can register for this free programme on Education Perfect.
If you are an existing Education Perfect user, the Spelling Bee Aotearoa New Zealand resources will already be loaded up in your content library!