Monday 3rd March saw Newquay Tretherras host its first ever Newquay Partnership Primary Schools “Spelling Bee” in the Hexagon Theatre. Five schools entered the event: Newquay Junior Academy, St Columb Minor Academy, Trevisker Primary School, The Bishops’ CE School and St Newlyn East Primary School, working in teams of three in an aim to be awarded with the Spelling Champion trophy.
Schools battled it out for 40 minutes attempting to spell words that included “Lychee”, “Acronym” and “Fertilizer”. Spelling judges from Newquay Tretherras, Zak Mitchell and Tom Allan searched the word list thoroughly for the contestants throughout the competition.
Newquay Tretherras Teacher of English and organiser of the event, Miss Newnham, stated “I’m thrilled with how successful the event was. The level that students were correctly spelling was to be admired”. The competition was close throughout – there were only 4 points to separate the winning team from the team that finished in last place.
The winning team was St. Newlyn East Primary School, who were incredibly delighted with the result. Winning spelling champion Jack Kokios looked at the trophy with admiration, after punching the air – delighted with his success, alongside winning team mates Pheobe Nicholls and Myla Lawrence.
The trophy was officially presented to the whole school the following day during assembly. Mrs Sue Martin Headteacher at Tretherras, former St Newlyn East student Charlotte Clatyon Smith, and Year 7 prefect at Tretherras Zennor Robinson spoke to the whole school and congratulated them on the impressive achievement.
Newquay Tretherras are now planning to make the Spelling Bee competition an annual event, with it set to run again in the Spring term of the next academic year.