2021’s best Australian young spellers met with Prime Minister Scott Morrison at the Parliament House.
The following champions were given their awards for winning the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee in June 2021.
· Arielle Wong from Donvale Christian College, VIC (Year 3/4 category)
· Theekshitha Karthik from Haileybury College, VIC (Year 5/6 category)
· Evan Luc-Tran from The McDonald College, NSW (Year 7/8 category)
The Prime Minister said in a statement:
“I want to thank all students who had a go this year and challenged their spelling skills, and special congratulations to Arielle, Theekshitha and Evan on their achievements.”
“No matter what you want to be when you grow up, spelling and reading are foundation skills that will stay with you for life, and are important to your wellbeing, future learning and success.”
The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee is a national spelling competition for school children from Years 3 to 8.
It aims to promote and encourage students’ oral and written literacy and spelling skills.
All participants had 15 minutes to spell 30 words, with the winners determined by the accuracy and speed of submitting their answers online.
Minister for Education and Youth Alan Tudge said almost 21,000 students from 490 schools across the country participated in this year’s Spelling Bee.
“Congratulations to every student who took part this year, and I encourage families, teachers and young people to talk to their local school about taking part again in 2022.”
The 2022 Prime Minister’s National Spelling Bee will be hosted by News Corp’s Kids News on the kidsnews.com.au website.
The free competition will be held digitally, with no physical competition elements.
It will run in Term 3, 2022, and registrations are planned to open on Monday, 25 July 2022.