Pupils get le buzz out of spelling bee

The regional finalists of the routes into Languages Spelling Bee competition from Chantry Middle School, (l-r) Georgia blyth, Cameron Dick, Adam Butler and Ben Orrell.
The regional finalists of the routes into Languages Spelling Bee competition from Chantry Middle School, (l-r) Georgia blyth, Cameron Dick, Adam Butler and Ben Orrell.
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PUPILS are hoping for a little bonne chance in a regional spelling competition.

Four youngsters from Chantry Middle School will be going to Sunderland University on Tuesday to take part in the North East section of the French Spelling Bee for Year 7 pupils.

Adam Blower, Georgia Blyth, Cameron Dick and Ben Orrell came through the initial contest between set groups and then achieved the top four scores in the second stage.

They had to spell as many words as they could in one minute, using the French alphabet and saying when a letter has an accent.

Participants have a bank of 50 words to learn in the first stage and another 50 are added each time.

Among the topics for the regional competition are sport, clothes and school subjects.

Cameron said: “The hardest words to spell for me were Northern Ireland (Irlande du Nord) and spider (araignée), as well as any word with an apostrophe as you had to mention it.”

More than 30 schools will compete for a place in the national final, run by the Routes into Languages programme.

Adam, who has been practising time trials on his iPod, said: “I’ve enjoyed taking part so far and I’m looking forward to competing against other schools.

“The contest has definitely helped me to improve my French.”

Modern Foreign Languages teacher and Student Voice Co-ordinator at Chantry Rachel Said is doing weekly revision sessions with the group, ready for next week’s competition.

“I’m confident in their ability and I think they will all do well in Sunderland,” she said.