Bee in quick to register for national spelling competition

Tuesday, 25 February 2020

Is the Australian student with the most accurate spelling sitting in a classroom in the Hinkler electorate right now?

Federal Member for Hinkler Keith Pitt is urging local students to test their spelling skills by taking part in the inaugural Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee.

The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee is a nationwide competition for students in years 3 to 8 that promotes reading and literacy.

“Literacy and numeracy skills should be the cornerstone of every student’s education,” Mr Pitt said.

“The Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee is a great initiative to help improve spelling, and that helps improve reading which helps improves learning.

“We need to encourage our young Australians to be avid readers so they become curious, creative and informed citizens.

“I visit schools in Hinkler regularly and I see firsthand the benefits to our students of strong literacy skills. I’m sure our local students are amongst the best spellers in the country.”

The school round of the competition will be held from March 16 to 26. The online competition will be conducted in classrooms with three reading levels for years 3-4 (green category), years 5-6 (orange category) and years 7-8 (red category). Entrants are required to answer 30 spelling words per round.

Entrants who have the most accurate spelling in the fastest time will progress to state/territory finals in April and then national finals in May.

Registrations are open now for the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee and will close on March 15. For more information or to register visit

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