Langsyde pupil is ‘Spelling Bee’ champion

2015-08-27 06:00
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Langsyde Primary School pupil Aphiwe Mchunu with his Spelling Bee trophy.

PHOTO: nokulunga ngobese Langsyde Primary School pupil Aphiwe Mchunu with his Spelling Bee trophy.

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BEING crowned the regional champion in the recent Spelling Bee, hosted by the Bessie Head library, 11-year-old Aphiwe Mchunu from Langsyde Primary in Elandskop is the pride of his school.

After coming third in the first round that was held in the Georgetown Library, Aphiwe last week beat 18 schools, including former model C schools, in the final round at Eastwood Library.

His teacher Zo Kgonyane said the school is proud of Aphiwe’s achievement as he had to learn new words on stage as the competition was tough.

“We are especially proud of his achievement because despite coming from an underprivileged school that doesn’t have enough resources, he beat pupils who are far more privileged than he is.

“This is also inspiring to pupils that one’s background should not deter one’s success. As long as they put their mind to what they are doing, they are also capable of excelling, just as pupils from better resourced schools have done.

“He is a respectful young boy who excels in everything he does.”

Aphiwe hopes to be an author and is writing a collection of short stories.

Manager librarian at Msunduzi, Mandla Ntombela, said the competition was started last year in a bid to support educational programmes, and to get primary-school pupils ready for high school.

“We have different educational programmes, such as story- telling, Spelling Bee and chess programme.

“We are currently negotiating with other libraries­ to make it a provincial competition,” said Ntombela

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