If you haven’t already read from the Straits Times yesterday, it’s great being a student these days! If you take part in the National Spelling Championship 2013, organized by RHB bank and The Straits Times, you stand a chance to win $5,000 and a trophy for your school! The first runner-up gets $3,000 and the second runner-up gets $1,000! The spelling championship is only in its second year, so this explains how I totally missed out when I was in primary school. 😄
Thanks to Omy.sg, some bloggers (including myself) got to attend the media launch on Friday afternoon.
And there were some oh-so-cute mascots to greet us:
*The luckiest lion in the whole of SG that day*
*Want to score an A+ for your exams? Hug this mascot!*
Oh heck! Hug all three of them! 😀
Friends from the media were also treated to a ‘live’ spelling competition between students from Yu Neng Primary and Tampines North Primary. And my goodness, the student supporters went wild with the clappers they were given as they cheered for their schoolmates.
The students had to spell the words ‘arithmetic’, ‘monstrous’, ‘diction’, ‘meditate’, ‘zoology’, and ‘hygiene’. Each letter was represented by a football which had to be shot into the net – not an easy task as there were some monkey defenders and a goalkeeper to get past!
These days, a spelling app cannot simply be a spelling app. It has to be an interactive game which not only has a countdown timer (that gets your heart racing) but also music, colors, and a lot of fun. I think all kids will love this app!
In the end, the team from Yu Neng Primary won and went home with a huge hamper of goodies plus a digital camera each. Tampines North Primary also took home an equally large hamper.
After the excitement of the contest, we were also treated to a screening of the movie ‘The Lorax’ – it was fantastic! Who knew that people could be taught to save the trees without getting bored? Ahhh… now, if only all trees looked all fluffy and cotton candy-ish. 😀
ACS Junior was a big winner last year, winning both the champion and first runner-up titles – can they retain the titles this year? Jordan Foo, then aged 12, won by correctly spelling the word ‘jodhpurs’ (horse-riding pants that fit tightly from knee to ankle). <- Who knew there was such a word?!
I look forward to this year’s championship and more mind-boggling words that primary school students can spell. Are YOU better at spelling than a primary six student? 😉
The iSpell app will be available for download by Jan 31, so watch out for it.
Head over to http://www.straitstimes.com/bigspell for more details about the National Spelling Championship 2013.