The St Mary’s College English Department hosted a Spelling Competition on the 19th of November, 2015.
According to the coordinator, Ms. Spencer- the competition, which took place in the Centenary Hall, was open to Lower School students and was aimed at enriching the vocabulary bank of the students and in creating awareness of the possibilities of using varied words in oral and written expression. The members of the Department also hoped that the Spelling Bee competition would be an avenue to actively engage students in a fun and educational way.
The competition was designed in a pyramid structure enabling students in Forms 1to 3 to participate in the event. The students were given a spelling list to facilitate effective learning and participation, and the first round was conducted in class. The Semi Final round was conducted on 28th & 29th of October, 2015 for Forms 2 & 3 and on the 2nd of November for Forms 1.
The winners competed in the Final Rounds in a competition held during school hours. Moderators –Ms. James and Ms. Spencer facilitated the smooth organization and execution of the event. Students participated with great enthusiasm as they dueled through the toughest words. In what was a tense final, Jovelle Belford out spelt second place winner Ruthven Kurbanali. The pair, along with the 6 other finalists battled through 8 rounds of words such as S-u-s-u-r-r-u-s and A-n-t-i-p-o-d-e, before Belford emerged winner. Third place was taken by Justin Ashton. This competition was a wonderful learning source not only for the participants but also for their peers.
School Principal, Mr. Nigel Joseph, with the assistance of Ms. Lewis, was on hand to present the winners with their prizes. The first place winner received a Challenge Trophy, a personal trophy, TT$300.00dollars, a certificate of participation, a puzzle book. The second place winner received TT$200.00, a certificate of participation, a flash drive, a puzzle book and a 500-word Selling Bee game. Third prize consisted of TT$100.00 dollars, a $100.00 book voucher and a puzzle book.