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Posted on 12 November 2019
Which words won the Premier's Spelling Bee?
Ever year in New South Wales, the Premier's Spelling Bee gathers students from all over the state to compete in one of the biggest spelling competitions in the state. Macquarie Dictionary is proud to sponsor this event once again and we so thrilled to be able to see these bright young people compete in both the junior and senior competitions. Run by the NSW Department of Education, who have posted photos of the winners on Facebook, this year, the winner for the senior competition was River from Yamba Public School. His winning word was proscenium, which means 'the front part of the stage, especially the area in front of the curtain'. A difficult word for anybody! And in the junior competition, the winner was Hannah from Hornsby South Public School with the word vigilante, which means 'a private citizen who, usually as one of a group of such citizens, assumes the role of guardian of society in maintaining law and order, punishing wrongdoers, etc.' Congratulations to everyone who took part in the Premier's Spelling Bee this year and especially to the two winners. Each winner and runner-up received a free school-wide 12-month subscription to the Macquarie Dictionary and Thesaurus Online, as well as a pack of books including the Macquarie Dictionary Seventh Edition, a selection of Macquarie Spelling Workbooks and some fiction titles from Pan Macmillan such as Rogue by A.J. Betts, The Quest Diaries of Max Crack by Jules Faber and The New Kid series by James O'Loghlin! Have a look at some of the previous Premier's Spelling Bees here.
Posted on 15 November 2017
Attending the NSW Premier's Spelling Bee 2017
This year over 150,000 students from across New South Wales competed in the Premier’s Spelling Bee 2017, the largest Spelling Bee in the country. As sponsors of the event, Macquarie Dictionary was there to witness the intelligent junior and senior students spell everything from sleuth to thermodynamics to sauerkraut. Read more...
Posted on 12 November 2015
Sri Vaishnavi and Mica are the 2015 NSW Premier's Spelling Bee winners!
The State Finals of the 2015 NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee were held yesterday at the ABC Centre in Ultimo. The Junior winner was Sri Vaishnavi Kolluri, from North Sydney Public School with the word clairvoyant. The Senior winner was Mica Krzyzanowski, from Woollahra Public School who won with the word pastiche. Read more...
Posted on 20 October 2015
NSW Premier's Spelling Bee Challenge
Macquarie Dictionary is a proud sponsor and the official word list supplier of the Premier's Spelling Bee. The 2015 State Finals of the Premier's Spelling Bee will be held on Wednesday 11 November. Last year's winners were Grace Du (Junior division), who was the runner-up in the The Great Australian Spelling Bee for 2015, and Will Stamp (Senior division). Good luck to all the finalists this year!
Posted on 6 November 2014
Grace Du and Will Stamp are the 2014 Premier's Spelling Bee winners!
The State Finals of the 2014 Premier’s Spelling Bee Challenge were held yesterday at the ABC Centre in Ultimo. The Junior winner was Grace Du, 8, from Kieraville Public with the word rhetorical. The Senior winner was Will Stamp, 11, from Mona Vale Public School who won with the word phosphoresce. Read more...