This year in Scoil Mhuire, Coolcotts, we were delighted to get the chance to enter the Eason Spelling Bee, something we haven't done in quite sometime. We hear lots about the Eason Spelling Bee on national radio stations and so Ms. Barron thought it would be a good idea to get Scoil Mhuire involved!
When we entered we got a gigantic dictionary and a set of rules to guide us through the selection process. This was a very daunting idea because we were only allowed to choose one pupil from over 120 5th & 6th class pupils. Together, Ms. Barron & Ms. Jordan came up with some ideas to make the spelling bee more fun. We decided to have a 'Coolcotts Spelling Bee' & we introduced lots of prizes.
Ms. Barron went around to all the 5th & 6th class to complete an in-class spelling bee. We chose three people from each class, giving us 18 people in the final for the 'Coolcotts Spelling Bee'.
The final 18 students were:
Danial, Malavika & Hari from Mr. Gregan's 6th class.
James, Miley & Alex from Mr. Flynn's 6th class.
Rhiann, Lee & Seán from Ms. Kehoe's 6th class.
Jade, Jenna & Jamie from Ms. Byrne's 5th class.
Jane, Jack & Eoghan from Mr. Butler's 5th class.
Kayla, Harry & Andrew from Ms. Barron's 5th class.
We were absolutely delighted to have such fantastic finalists. There really was some very strong competition & we can see that the Scoil Mhuire students really know their stuff when it comes to spelling! All finalists received their prizes after the final on Thursday 7th March when we whittled our 18 down to one strong candidate; Harry Kehoe from Ms. Barron's 5th class.
Harry was closely followed by Alex in Mr. Flynn's 6th class in second place and Andrew Kelly in Ms. Barron's 5th class in third place.
On Wednesday 20th March Harry travelled to Marshalstown Community Center to represent Scoil Mhuire in the County Wexford heat of the Eason Spelling Bee. On the day Harry, his mam Emma & Ms. Barron were kindly welcomed into the hall by some very kind pupils and their teachers from Marshalstown N.S. We also got some tea and cakes, which went down a treat!
After a short wait Harry and 42 other pupils from across County Wexford went up on the stage, wearing their new yellow t-shirts with pride.
Harry did an amazing job, representing over 600 pupils from Scoil Mhuire. He got to the 5th round, finishing 12th out of 43 students that reached the final. It's safe to say some of those spellings were even making the teachers in the room sweat! Ms. Barron learned what a 'favicon' is and also how to spell 'pneumoconiosis'. Harry received some lovely prizes from Easons, including a certificate, a t-shirt and vouchers.
We would like to thank all of the finalists in the 'Coolcotts Spelling Bee' and indeed all of the students that entered the in-class spelling bee when Ms. Barron visited their room, it's not an easy competition to take part in but you were all brilliant!
We would also like to thank Harry Kehoe for representing his school so well and for all the study he did in preparation for the Eason Spelling Bee. A special thank you also to his parents for preparing him for the competition and attending the final in Marshalstown. We've heard lots of stories about countdown timers and also surprise spelling tests at home and in the car in preparation!
It's safe to say that we had a great time in Scoil Mhuire while taking part in the Eason Spelling Bee and we hope that it will become an annual event that we will look forward to each year!
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