• Iluka Public School

2016 Clarence Valley Schools' Spelling Bee

2 representatives from Stage 2 and 2 representatives from Stage 3 of each school are to compete on the day.

Date: Thursday 23rd June 2016

Venue: Iluka Community Hall

Time: 9:30am

Please note that the words will be electronically generated and the word banks will be made from the 2015 Premier's Spelling Challenge.

The following procedures are used at regional and state finals of the Premier’s Spelling Bee. It is recommended that they be used in school level competitions, however this is not essential.


  • Late arrivals: if a contestant arrives late but before the end of the first elimination round, they will be slotted into their position on the draw or in last position if necessary and allowed to participate in the spelling bee.

  • All students should begin seated. Students stand up and walk to a common microphone to spell and then return to their seat.

  • There is a demonstration in which the first five students in each session get a practice word to demonstrate the competition format and procedures. Note: this is not an elimination round.

  • This is followed by elimination rounds of increasing difficulty.

  • The Announcer reads out each word, followed by a sentence including the word, and then repeats the word again.

  • Each contestant must repeat the word to the satisfaction of the Announcer before they spell, and say the word again to indicate they have finished spelling.

  • Students have 45 seconds to spell the word. A warning bell is rung at 30 seconds and two bells at 45 seconds to indicate that the contestant’s time has expired. At the second bell, any incomplete spelling is taken as the contestant’s final answer.

  • Contestants may ask the announcer to repeat the word within their 45 second time limit.

  • Students may also self‐correct within their time limit if they have not yet clearly finished by stating the word for the second time. To do this they need to indicate that they are starting again, and follow the same procedure; say the word, then spell it from the start, then say it again.

  • Students will NOT be judged incorrect for failing to indicate that the first letter of a proper noun is capitalised (e.g. Australia).

  • When a student has finished spelling a word, the Announcer states ‘That is correct’ or ‘That is incorrect. The correct spelling is…’

  • Students who misspell a word should remain seated on stage until the end of the round. At this point the Announcer will instigate a round of applause and ask those who have been eliminated to join the audience. This makes it clear how many students are still spelling.

  • For each round of the competition a new round of words is used, even if there were unused words left over from the previous round. This ensures all students are given a word of an equivalent level.


  • To win the competition a contestant must spell more words correctly than all the other contestants.

  • In each round, each contestant is given a different word to all the other contestants.

  • A contestant is only eliminated if at least one other contestant in the same round spells a word correctly. If all contestants in a particular round misspell their given words no one is eliminated and the competition continues.

  • If all but one contestant misspells their given word, then the sole correct speller is deemed the winner. In this instance there will need to be a play off for runner‐up between the remaining contestants, using the words from the existing round.

  • Following approximately six rounds of words from the official word lists, Announcers proceed to rounds of unseen words. These rounds continue until a winner is found.

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