2017 Premier's Spelling Bee

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

The Junior finalists

Junior SF 2017

Junior host school Quakers Hill Public School

Quakers Hill

2017 Senior State Finals

The Senior finalists

Senior SF group

Senior host school Mona Vale Public School

mona vale

The tension was palpable: Senior State Finals last five! Matilda Stewart, Clara Kang, Anneliese Sandy, Harry Cameron and Lucinda Adams

seniors last 5

The 2017 Winners

Junior Winner Lena Zhu from Oatley Public School, pictured with her parents

Lena Zhu

Junior runner-up Akshath Senthil from Homebush West Public School


Senior Winner Lucinda Adams from Woollahra Public School

Lucinda Adams Sen Winner

Senior runner-up Matilda Stewart from Hastings Public School

Matilda Stewart sen RU

 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

Web Certificate

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. 


Our History

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.

All Previous Winners of the Premier's Spelling Bee

Read more about the Premier's Spelling Bee below.