After 3 school based rounds of the National Routes into Languages Cymru Spelling Bee competition, our 4 finalists represented Ysgol Eirias in fine fashion at the final held at Bangor University on 28th June where pupils from across Wales came to compete.
Representing the school in the French Spelling Bee competition were Amelie Surridge and Elen Edwards from 7O and the German finalists were Grace Powell and Maximus Pento from 7B.
Their Spelling Bee journey began back in the autumn term when the first round of the competition took place and they, along with all their classmates learnt 25 words & short phrases for the competition. Since then, they have progressed through each round learning an additional 25 words each time.
Over the course of the year, they have worked incredibly hard to learn, and spell an impressive 100 words and phrases for the final. To help them to memorise the vocabulary and practise spelling out the words quickly, our Year 7 pupils worked with their Sixth form buddies, Year 12 linguists who did a great job in supporting and encouraging them.
On the day of the National final, they had to say and spell out as many of these words, randomly selected, within a minute in front of both the judges and the audience gathered in the Main Arts building – not an easy task! Making it to the final is a huge achievement requiring commitment and perseverance, 2 very important qualities in a successful language learner.
They should be extremely proud to have performed so well and to have represented the school in such a positive light.
A huge congratulations to all 4 of our pupils but in particular to Amelie and Grace who did incredibly well and were both awarded 3rd place in the French and German Spelling Bees respectively – très bien fait & sehr gut gemacht!