Students get le buzz out of contest in foreign language

Rebecca Watson has qualified for the French Spelling Bee final, which will take place in Cambridge.
Rebecca Watson has qualified for the French Spelling Bee final, which will take place in Cambridge.

A Morpeth school pupil was among the spellers par excellence at the regional stage of a national competition.

After coming through the first round of tests at their own school, three Chantry Middle School and Technology College students took part in the North East section at Emmanuel College, Gateshead.

And after finishing fourth, Rebecca Watson will now travel to Cambridge for the final of the French Spelling Bee – run by the Routes into Languages programme for Year 7 pupils – on June 30.

Each participant had a list of 150 words to learn and on the day, 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.

Rebecca said: “I prepared by focusing on 10 words each day. I was nervous going up to the stage, but calmed down as soon as I got under way.

“I’m really proud of how well I did on the day and I’m excited to go on to represent myself and my school in the national final.”

Alex Buckland and Alex Harrison also took part in the regional event. Alex Buckland said the experience was “quite daunting, but I think the adrenalin helped me through”.

Alex Harrison said: “I enjoyed the challenge of learning so many new words for the competition.”