Successful spelling bee hosted

A grade 8 learner won a local secondary school’s spelling competition.

30 June 2019 | Education

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Swakopmund Secondary School hosted a spelling bee recently.

English teacher Sophie Kaune, who initiated the competition, says it is a great way for learners to build their vocabulary, improve their writing and avoid spelling errors.

“Spelling bee competitions allow learners to have an open world of unlimited vocabulary at their disposal without the struggle of repeating simple words or wasting time on words they are unsure of.”

Parents, learners and teachers formed the audience and cheered on the participants as they competed to be the best speller of the school.

After a few elimination rounds, only four learners remained.

The Overall Best Speller Award was taken by Juwel Basson, a grade 8 learner.

“She is so petite that one might overlook her, but she was the last learner standing and spelled all her words correctly,” said teacher Penehafo Nghipandulwa.

The Senior Best Speller Award went to Johanna Johannes, a grade 10 learner, while David Haimbodi, in grade 12, received the award for second senior best speller. Kakunandunda Uariua took the second Junior Best Speller award.

The winners received gold and silver medals, cash vouchers, dictionaries and exam stationery. The medals and a trophy for the overall winner were donated by maths teacher Kleophas Ntoni.

The cash vouchers were sponsored by the judges who included all English teachers, Ms Sophie Kaune, Ms Elizabeth Mathias, Ms Aletta Malakia, Ms Penehafo Nghipandulwa and Ms Patricia Kashongo, as well as Ms Lelly Hamukwaya, the head of department.

School principal Sinvula Sibanga was the main speaker. He told the contestants they were a special kind of group because not everyone is courageous enough to stand in front of an audience and perform or compete. He encouraged them to give it their all and to never be disheartened in the event that they don’t win.

The English department wants to get more learners involved next year, as well as more sponsorship and media coverage. Ms Kaune, the cluster’s English convenor, hopes to initiate a similar event at cluster level so that schools in the Swakopmund circuit can get a chance to compete against each other.

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