Premier Spelling Bee North Coast regional final

Emily Kearney, Verity Badham, Oliver Sparke and Olivia Kearney represented Gloucester at the North Coast regional round of the Premier Spelling Bee, which was held at Foster Public School on Monday, September 11. 

The Premier Spelling Bee is an additional event to the school curriculum, and has been held annually since 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling.

About 3,200 students from nearly 1000 NSW public schools have competed in the regional finals this year, with more than 153,000 students taking part in the competition overall.

The competition format includes eight rounds, with each competitor getting a different word to spell in each round. A time limit of 45 seconds per word is imposed, and the words get progressively harder each round. If a word is misspelled, the competitor exits at the end of that round. 

The winner of the junior division was Lucas Guiney from Forster Public School, with Megan Eddelbuttel from Old Bar Public School coming in second.

The senior winner was Matilda Stewart from Hastings Public School, and Lewin Miller from Port Macquarie Public School was runner-up.