Today I went to Sydney and competed in the Premier’s Spelling Bee state competition. I was one of 44 contestants in the senior division of the competition. I was number 15 so I sat in the front row. I was really nervous when we got there, the Eugene Goossens Hall in the ABC centre where the competition was was massive! Everyone who came got a program, and when my dad was reading through it he saw a familiar name…
For those of you who watched the Great Australian Spelling Bee on TV, you would remember Mica, the girl who came second to Grace in the junior spelling bee last year. Well this year Mica is in year 5, and she came to the senior spelling bee. The spelling order was devised randomly, and so by luck of the draw I got to sit next to her! If you were wondering, she is very nice and also funny!
The competition began, and seven people were knocked out in the first round. One of them was the first kid to spell, who got out on the word ‘lustre’. We had four rounds of words from the list that everyone was given, the ones I got were ‘monopoly’, ‘cemetery’, ‘authentic’ and ‘sciatic’. The next round was unseen words that were not from the list, and in this round I got the word ‘pavilion’. Unfortunately I put in two ‘l’s instead of one and was knocked out. At least I know how to spell it now! I came equal 16th.
After that round the competition went quickly, and soon the final four were left, one of which was Mica. The last four contestants got to talk and spell on ABC radio. They spelt for ages, until two were knocked out, another spelt their word wrong, and Mica came first!
The spelling bee was nerve-wracking, freaky, and of course fun, but to top it all off, when we were driving home we were passed by the royal cavalcade on the Harbour Bridge with Prince Charles and Camilla! Their car was surrounded by police on motorbikes and the windows were darkened so we couldn’t see inside, but we saw a royal flag and so we knew it was them!
Photos: It was at the ABC centre, so I got a picture with Dorothy the Dinosaur and the Bananas! The next photos are of me spelling and of Mica and I.