Perspicuous, empyrean, discombobulate… they’re words that many adults would be hard-pressed to spell, but first-year Reigate Grammar School pupils took them in their stride during the school’s spelling bee.
The bee was just one of a series of literary activities taking place at the school around World Book Day. The real-life spelling bee, for 1st form students, was held to celebrate the school’s current show, The 25th Annual Putnum County Spelling Bee, a comedy about a fictional spelling bee.
The first round of the school finals saw over 100 students supporting their classmates as they competed for the title and the prize for their tutor group. Pitting their spelling wits against each other, students were challenged with a range of words from the school’s Word of the Week programme along with spelling bee classics such as ‘necessary’, ‘accommodate’ and ‘recommend’.
Philomena Bradford, the eventual winner, was modest about her achievement: “This is totally unexpected!” she said. “I work hard on my spellings, but never expected this!”
Robert Shaughnessy, the school’s Head of English, said: “Spelling remains one of the key skills in English and it is fantastic to see such amazing support from our students for their friends. Having a love of language and words is one of the cornerstones of our philosophy at RGS – to see it played out on stage really showcases out students’ enthusiasm for learning.”