Congratulations to Year 7 student India Bond who has beaten nearly 7,000 other East Midlands students to be crowned the region’s best Spanish speller in a Spelling Bee. She will now go through to the national finals of the competition, which is organised by Routes into Languages and tests Year 7 students on their spelling skills in French, German, Spanish or Welsh.
The first round is a class competition where students are given 50 words to memorise and the stages gradually get harder so that India now has to memorise 200 words for the national finals. During the regional heat which was held at Corby Business Academy, India successfully spelled 17 Spanish words in one minute, although her record is an incredibly speedy 24!
She said: ‘I enjoy languages and I only started studying Spanish in September. I stay on with Miss Prats after school and my mum also practices with me at home. The next round is going to be at Cambridge on 4th July. I am quite nervous as the top four from each region will compete so the standard will be high. My mum was really proud when I won and was presented with my trophy.’
Three other students, Jessica Radford Flint, Kieran Devlin and Dominick Cusk also represented Brooke Weston. Languages teacher Miss Pape said: ‘We introduced the competition in lessons and these students have gone away and learned the words in their own time and are really motivated. There were three stages; the class competition where they had to learn 50 words, the school competition where they had to learn 100 and then 150 words for the regional final where competitors were asked random words and had to spell as many as possible in one minute.
‘A total of 6,964 students entered the competition in the East Midlands and 94 competed in the regional final at Corby Business Academy. Dominick did us really proud in the German round. Kieran stepped in for Spanish at the last minute. Jessica Radford Flint made it to a fourth place tie for Spanish and came fifth overall. India made the top four and went through immediately to the National Finals in Cambridge. She then competed again and won first place so she has been crowned the top Spanish speller in the East Midlands. It was a fantastic result and we are incredibly proud, both of her and of the other three students who represented the school so well.’