The Premier's Spelling Bee

 The Bee Welcome to the 2020 Premier's Spelling Bee page

The Premier's Spelling Bee will not take place in 2020 in response to the COVID-19 pandemic and to help ensure the safety and well-being of students, staff, families and audiences. For more information about COVID-19 and New South Wales public schools go to

About the Bee

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 improve their vocabulary and spelling and to promote literacy skills in combination with the English K-6 Syllabus.  At the bottom of this page you will find a quick guide to the Premier's Spelling Bee. Under the "more" button you will find the 2018 Premier's Spelling Bee photos and information. As well, various guides and resources are available below and throughout the other links on the website.

Macquarie Dictionary sample 2019 regional finals competition lists.

To keep up the skills and enthusiasm required for the Premier’s Spelling Bee in 2021, Macquarie Dictionary, our official word list supplier, has made available to schools a selection of competition words from last year’s state-wide regional finals. Even though we won’t be having a Bee this year, students can keep practising and improving their spelling prowess!

Junior 2019 regional finals sample list - password protected

Senior 2019 regional finals sample list - password protected

The lists are password protected and 2019 coordinators will receive an email invitation to use them. If your school was not enrolled last year, please email and we will send you the password. Please note copyright conditions below.

 The NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee 2019 junior and senior sample wordlist is for your personal use only. No part of this wordlist covered by copyright may be reproduced, copied, shared or made available on the internet, via email, on an intranet, or by any other means without written permission of the publisher. Copyright © Macquarie Dictionary Publishers 2020 |                           

There are a variety of spelling bee resources published on this website's resources page, so that you can be prepared for the PSB in 2021.

Check our new Arts Unit @ Home pages for of Arts resources.

The BeeMeanwhile, here are the completed videos of the 2019 State Finals, Premier's Spelling Bee. There are some great moments and tense finishes!


Follow this link for a 19 minute TAU produced "How to run a school and/or regional Premier's Spelling Bee"

This short film has useful information for school coordinators to run in-school spelling bees, as well as indicating procedures and format for Regional and State finals. It can be counted towards teacher-identified learning.

The Premier's Spelling Bee hall of fame.

2018 and 2019 state finals photo highlights