Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2017 State Finals of the Premier's Spelling Bee, which took place on Wednesday 8 November at the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo. We welcomed the Premier, Ms Gladys Berejiklian, who presented medallions to all our junior competitors. All junior and senior students also received state of the art headphones, a handsome dictionary and a classic Scrabble set, kindly supplied by our sponsors and partners: Modern Teaching Aids, Macquarie Dictionary and Scrabble. As well as this impressive finals venue, our media partner, the ABC, supplied our high profile announcers, Juanita Phillips and Helen Tzarimas.
From an open field of over 154,000 public primary students, 3,400 students made it to regional finals. This year 89 students contested the State Finals, each and every one of them a credit to their family, their school and their community. We welcomed students from all over the state, with regional NSW strongly represented.
We would like to extend our gratitude to all the families, teacher, schools and others who make this event possible. Our special thanks to Donna Jackson from Quakers Hall PS and Cassandra Hill from Mona Vale PS, who both brought a hosting team to help on the day.
2017 Junior State Finals
2017 Junior State Finals
The Junior finalists
Junior host school Quakers Hill Public School
2017 Senior State Finals
The Senior finalists
Senior host school Mona Vale Public School
The tension was palpable: Senior State Finals last five! Matilda Stewart, Clara Kang, Anneliese Sandy, Harry Cameron and Lucinda Adams
The 2017 Winners
Junior Winner Lena Zhu from Oatley Public School, pictured with her parents
Junior runner-up Akshath Senthil from Homebush West Public School
Senior Winner Lucinda Adams from Woollahra Public School
Senior runner-up Matilda Stewart from Hastings Public School
We would like to thank all the students, teachers, principals, parents, carers and schools who make this the biggest spelling bee in NSW. Without your time, dedication and enthusiasm, we could not possibly manage such a far reaching and successful "BEE".
Photographer- Robert Edwards
Please click on the link to read the Premier's message for 2017 .
|PSB FAQ||2017 Procedures|
|Regional Finals invitation||Printable/projectable Poster||Regional Finals schools' list|
|2017 Regional Final Convenor Information|
Below are the 2017 wordlists. The password to access the wordlists has been distributed to the nominated school convenor. Please contact the Spelling Bee Support Officer,Désirée Lane, if you require access to these lists.
|Junior Word Lists (Year 3&4)||Senior Word Lists (Year 5&6)|
|Junior Word List Annotated||Senior Word List Annotated|
|Junior Word List Simple||Senior Word List Simple|
Macquarie Dictionary is the official word list supplier.
The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for primary school students to engage in spelling. The program includes activities to encourage all students to engage with spelling and to promote improved literacy in combination with the English K-6 Syllabus. Please note that you can download this information as a PDF.