Introducing the un-bee-lievables

Swakopmund Secondary school boasts with new spelling competition.

12 July 2019 | Education

SSS Times editorial

Since the National spelling bee competition was cancelled, SSS decided to bring back this platform, which builds confidence in students and most importantly, it builds their vocabulary. This avoids simple spelling errors and they will be able to ace their continuous assessments.

The competition was held on the 6th of June 2019 at SSS, where up to 50 participants took part. The SSS principal Mr Sibanga, gave a speech of encouragement to all the participants, highlighting how courageous they were to stand in front of the audience to compete. Mrs Kaune, Ms Matias, Ms Malakia, Ms Ngipandulwa, and Ms Kashongo were the judges, as they are English teachers at the school.

The night was said to be phenomenal, and after a few elimination rounds, four participants remained in the competition. Juwel Basson a grade 8 learner was the overall best speller of the junior phase. She received a trophy, a gold medal, a voucher and a stationary bag. Following her was Kakunandunda Uaria, the second runner-up of the junior phase. For the senior phase we had Johanna Johannes a grade 10 learner and David Haimbodi as the second runner-up. The prices were all sponsored by the teachers of SSS which included; Mr Ntoni sponsored the trophy and the medalswere sponsored by Mrs Tjomuinjo and the judges.

‘’The competition was a huge encouragement to me, and was the first of its nature at our school, but definitely not the last’ said Basson with great enthusiasm. The organiser Mrs Kaune, believes that spelling bee represents an important aspect for SSS with reference to teaching and writing. “Our scholars understand that powerful writing begins with a strong and precise idea expressed with clarity, purpose and structure,” said Linette Paulus a participant in the competition. She further added that even the strongest ideas will be lost to a reader, if the spelling and grammar are not correct.

This goes to show that SSS don’t just borrow words; on occasion English has pursued other languages down alleyways to beat them unconscious and rifle their pockets with new vocabulary. This initiative will improve English literature in students and hopefully it will trigger the comeback of the annual Spelling Bee Competition in Namibia.

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