The National Final of the Routes into Languages Cymru Spelling Bee Competition 2014 was held at the National Library of Wales, Aberystwyth on 19th June. It was a fantastic event at which the top 25 multilingual spellers from all over Wales came together to compete in French, German, Spanish and Welsh 2nd Language competitions with every competitor hoping to be named the Routes into Languages Cymru National Spelling Bee Competition 2014.

The Judges were delighted with the high standard of the competition at the two regional finals in April, and the competitors had obviously also been inspired to practise regularly as the standard seemed even higher at the national final.

Each Year 7 pupil took to the stage in the presence of their fellow competitors, supporters, teachers and our VIP guests: Mr John Evans from the European Commission; Mayor Councillor Brenda Harries, Mayoress of Aberystwyth; and Natalio Ormeño Villajos of the Spanish Consejería de Educación. Though some of the competitors were nervous, they all spelled confidently and clearly and at very high speed. After tie-break situations in both the French and Welsh 2nd Language competitions, the Judges were happy to crown the following winners:

SPANISH

1st – Eleanor Elassal – Howell’s School
2nd – Razanne Ahmed – Howell’s School
3rd – Ritika Khot – Howell’s School                                            

WELSH 2ND LANGUAGE

1st –  Jasneet Dhaliwal – Howell’s School
2nd – Sophie Hayes – Ysgol Bro Dinefwr
3rd
–  Morwenna Brown – Howell’s School
4th – Amelia Harris – Howell’s School

GERMAN

1st – Aishu Reddy – Howell’s School
2nd – Hana Karim – Howell’s School
3rd – Holly Bostock – Howell’s School
4th – Olivia Bear – Ysgol Bro Edern

FRENCH

1st – Tanya Enoch – Howell’s School
2nd – Twm Aled – Ysgol Bro Morgannwg
3rd – Tomos Jones – Ysgol Maes Garmon
4th – Michael Pritchard – Ysgol Maes Garmon

Congratulations to you all.

We would like to thank all of the competitors who have taken part throughout the year and also their teachers for supporting this year’s competition.

This year’s Spelling Bee Competition will be launched on the European Day of Languages, 26th September. Keep a look out for more information on our website and also for the brand new online registration system.

Spelling Bee National Final Winners 2014