Speedy Spellers at National Final

On Wednesday, 13th July 2011, we crowned our National Champions of the Routes into Languages Cymru

Spelling Bee Competition 2011

• French

Lewis Waters, Bassaleg School

• German

Grace Eickmann, Ysgol David Hughes

• Spanish

Dan Mallett, The Cathedral School

• Welsh 2nd Language

Taylor Hichly, Barry Comprehensive


There was a buzz of excitement at the National Final as the competitors started to arrive. There were many parents, grandparents, teachers and classmates who had made the effort to come along to support, some of whom even brought large banners.

The competition was opened by Routes Cymru and CILT Cymru Director, Ceri James and Andy Klom, Head of the European Commission Office in Wales. He expressed his delight of having the opportunity to be a part of this exciting competition, especially when considering the European Union’s promotion of multilingualism.

Starting with the Spanish competition, there were two pupils taking part and they well and truly set the standard. Next up was the Welsh 2nd Language competition in which all four competitors whizzed through their words.

French was the largest competition of the event, with eight pupils competing for four prizes. They all spelled exceptionally well and at the end of the competition we were faced with a tie-break. It was an exciting sudden-death spell-off which lasted for 15 minutes. Both had obviously been revising hard and knew the word list inside-out. Both pupils were brilliant spellers but there could only be one winner.

It was then extremely nerve-wracking for the four pupils in the German competition, but the audience seemed more nervous than them as they spelled their words in turn and closed the day’s competition with an equally high standard.

The prizes were presented by our VIP guests Andy Klom (European Commission), John Evans (European Commission) and Maria José Eguskiza (Conserjeria de Educación). All of the medals and the champion cups were sponsored by the European Commission.

We would like to thank all who were involved in this competition and would also like to wish a huge CONGRATULATIONS to you all for your success.

Spelling Bee Winners 2011


1st Lewis Waters, Bassaleg School
2nd Megan Jeffery, Bassaelg School
3rd Tomos Turtle, Ysgol Botwnnog
4th Lois Aled, Ysgol Bro Morgannwg


1st Grace Eickmann, Ysgol David Hughes
2nd Joel Patton, Ysgol Bryn Elian
3rd Rhys Davies, Ysgol David Hughes
4th Mathew O’Hanlon-Elms, Ysgol David Hughes


1st Dan Mallett, The Cathedral School
2nd John Zhu, The Cathedral School

Welsh 2nd Language

1st Taylor Hichly, Barry Comprehensive
2nd Williams Howells, Barry Comprehensive
3rd Kyle Bates, Barry Comprehensive
4th Lewis Downey, Barry Comprehensive