Tweed Heads Public School Year 6 school vice captain Zachary Morgan.
Tweed Heads Public School Year 6 school vice captain Zachary Morgan. Alina Rylko

Spelling out success

UPDATE: 12 November 2015:

Zachary Morgan of Tweed Heads Public School reached round seven of the NSW Spelling Bee state championships held at Ultimo, Sydney yesterday.

Zachary made it to the top nine students in the state by spelling ‘animated’, ‘regional’, ‘ostentation’, ‘capillary’, ‘corpulence’ and ‘taciturn’, correctly.

But, he missed out on round eight with the word ‘hyssop’. Hyssop is an aromatic herb with blue flowers.

Lenny Flanagan missed out in the first round with ‘brigalow’, but beat more than 50 Tweed students in the regional spelling bee competition held in July, at Fingal Head Public School, to progress to the state finals.

INITIAL REPORT: 10 November 2015:

ANTIDISESTABLISHMENTARIANISM.

That is Zachary Morgan’s favourite word.

The 11-year-old Tweed Heads Public School student will compete against the state’s top wordsmiths tomorrow in Ultimo, Sydney, at the Premier’s State Spelling Bee final.

First launched in 2004, the Spelling Bee is part of the NSW Government’s goal to improve the literacy skills of NSW public school students.

With 86 competitors at this year’s state finals, it is now the biggest spelling competition in Australia.

“It’s the longest word I know, so I like to ask my friends if they can spell it, and I like their reaction when I show them how,” Zachary said.

Asked what the word meant and the cheeky vice-captain replied - “I’m a speller, not the dictionary!”

Zachary secured his spot in the final after beating 50 other students at the Regional Spelling Bee held at Fingal Head Public School in July, with the word ‘accommodation’.

“My dad is a time share business man, so I hear the word a lot,” Zachary said.

The Year 6 student said he learnt how to spell by reading teen action and adventure novels often.

Year 6 Stokers Siding Public School student Lenny Flanagan.
Year 6 Stokers Siding Public School student Lenny Flanagan. Alina Rylko

He joins regional finalist Lenny Flanagan from Stokers Siding Public School.

This is the second time Lenny as been successful in reaching the state finals.

“We are very proud of Lenny and his achievements,” relieving school principal Cherie King said.

And for those wondering, the word antidisestablishmentarianism is defined in the Oxford dictionary as opposition to the disestablishment of the Church of England.



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