Words take spellers to top

2018-03-07 06:01
In the regional spelling bee held on 24 February, Keotshepile Pilane of the Masiza Primary School won the title with the winning word, “laundromat”. Photo: Supplied

In the regional spelling bee held on 24 February, Keotshepile Pilane of the Masiza Primary School won the title with the winning word, “laundromat”. Photo: Supplied

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The second regional spelling bee held in Kimberley proved to be a huge success, with a lot of fun, through the inclusion of vernacular languages Afrikaans, Tswana, Xhosa and English.

The competition, lauded for bringing together some of the brightest learners of nine local schools, took place at the Masiza Primary School on Saturday, 24 February.

The top 27 shortlisted spellers from the Kimberley, Riverton, Ritchie and Barkly West area participated in this event, funded as part of Droogfontein Solar Power’s literacy programme.

The first prize went to Keotshepile Pilane of the Masiza Primary School, who aced spelling the winning word, “laundromat”.

The second place was awarded to Pulane Maume of the Kim Kgolo Primary School.

In a spelling bee, contestants are asked to spell a broad selection of words with varying degrees of difficulty. These competitions offer a range of benefits, from higher confidence to better vocabulary.

Participants are provi­ded with Nal’ibali (Xhosa for “here’s the story”) reading materials to help them prepare for the event.

Hlengiwe Radebe, economic development director of Droogfontein Solar, said spelling bees test reading.

“Learners should prepare for these types of events by increasing their reading and understanding of how words are constructed, and how letter sounds work together,” Radebe said.

The solar power company supports this type of competition for its potential to provide a valuable educational experience for participa­ting learners, and the opportunity it creates for them to engage in healthy competition.

“Other benefits of this fun activity include team building, improved grammar, building a competitive spirit, increased knowledge of the origin of words and developing cognitive skills, as well as the ability to handle pressure,” said Tina Meier of Droogfontein in a statement.

“These events help to boost children’s confidence level as they gain self-assurance through learning to speak in public.”

The event is reported to have been supported and attended by parents, principals, teachers, friends and family, as well as representatives of the Department of Education’s Intermediate Phase.

Each participant was awarded a medal and a cash prize, with the first-prize winner taking home a trophy, medal and a cash prize.

The programme forms part of Droogfontein Solar Power’s ongoing literacy programme, which supports the Department of Education’s literacy objectives.

The prior selection process ensures that the standard of the spelling bee is kept in line with national and international standards.

Participating schools were: the Beacon Primary School, Barkly West Primary, Kim Kgolo Primary, Kgabang Primary, Boitshoko Primary, Masiza Primary, Waterworks Primary and the Lucretia Primary School.

“It is important that our learners have the opportunity to learn and compete in a supportive environment and gain skills, such as improved memory and the art of presenting in public,” Radebe said.

  • De Aar Solar Power has also announced its funding of a spelling bee scheduled for Saturday (10/03) at the offices of the Department of Education in De Aar.

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