11th EDITION OF THE NATIONAL SPELLING BEE COMPETITION FOR SECONDARY SCHOOLS RUN BY THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING UNION  

Wednesday 30th May 2012 – Municipal Council of Curepipe

The English-Speaking Union is pleased to announce the names of the four winners (Form I, II, III & IV) of the 2012 National Spelling Bee Competition:

  Name of Winner School
Form 1 Abdullah Ali Jaabir Ibné Zaaki AUMEERUDDY Doha Secondary SchoolBoys
Form II Kcenia NARAINA POULLE Le Bocage InternationalSchool
Form III Nabil KHODABACCUS Royal College Curepipe
Form IV Preetima MOTEEA Forest Side SSS (Girls)

The Spelling Bee, which runs in May and June of each year, is a competition where participants are asked to spell English words.   The concept originated in the  United States and today Spelling Bee competitions for English are held in many countries amongst which the United States, the United Kingdom, Australia, New Zealand, Canada, Indonesia and India.

Through this competition the ESU aims at helping students improve their spelling, increase their vocabularies, learn concepts and develop correct English usage that will help them all their lives.  Spellers experience the satisfaction of learning the English language, not only for the sake of correct spelling but also for the sake of cultural and intellectual literacy.

The Spelling Bee, intended for students of Form I, II, III and IV, is considered as one of the important activities of many Secondary schools.  Owing to the growing number of participants, seven heats were organized within the various educational zones.

This year, 525 students from 126 schools in Mauritius took part in the competition.  However, overall, it is estimated that over 6,000 students take part in this competition every year as schools are encouraged to run their own in-house competition before the final selection of candidates who take part in the ESU competition.

The Spelling Bee Competition started on Thursday 3rd May 2012 and culminated to the Finals held on Wednesday 30th May 2012 @ 10:00 a.m. at the Municipality Council of Curepipe.   Twelve (12) participants from each Form (F1, FII, FIII & FIV) competed during the finals.

The 2012 National Spelling Bee Competition is sponsored by the Embassy of the United States of America, the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, Reinsurance Solutions, Currimjee Foundation and the Municipal Council of Curepipe.

The winners were offered dictionaries by Ms Vanessa Harper, Public Affairs Officer of the United States of America, a cash voucher from Mrs Jane André representing the Mauritius Commercial Bank Ltd, and medal and a certificate from the President of the English-Speaking Union.

All finalists received a consolation prize offered by the US Embassy, a T-Shirt from the Mauritius Commercial Bank and a certificate of participation from the English-Speaking Union.

The English-Speaking Union also runs a separate competition for schools in Rodrigues.  This year, 69 participants from all 6 schools in Rodrigues will take part in the competition which will be held at Mont Lubin College on Thursday 21st June 2012.

The competition in Rodrigues is sponsored by the Commission for Education and the Rodrigues Regional Assembly.

For more information, please contact,

Anne-Marie Ahkine

Executive Assistant

TheEnglish-SpeakingUnion

Tel: 208 8591

Email: esumau@intnet.mu

30th May 2012