Kirkcudbright Rotary Club held its annual Primary School Spelling Bee, hosted by Kirkcudbright Primary School, last Thursday evening May the 3rd. The thirteen entrants were from all five primary schools in the local learning cluster. 

To begin, three rounds tested their ability to spell individual words spoken by quizmaster, Rotarian Ian Rodger. Those youngsters that did best in this phase of the competition were then invited to demonstrate their knowledge of spelling by competing in several verbal rounds. These rounds were on a knock-out basis, finally arriving at one young person as the winner, the best speller on the night. The standard of spelling was high throughout and it took several rounds to arrive at the winner, Sandy Ross from Auchencairn Primary School. As the winner he was presented with the Spelling Bee Shield, a book token, a Kirkcudbright Rotary Club biro and a certificate.

This competition is not only a test of spelling proficiency but also of the ability to control the nerves and to speak out confidently and accurately – a real challenge even for adults! Congratulations to Sandy and also to all the other participants for taking part.

Kirkcudbright Academy last year asked that we organise a Senior Spelling Bee for their students, so following on from the success of last year the second Academy Spelling Bee will now take place in the second week of June.