2020 Premier's Spelling Bee

 The Bee Welcome to the 2020 Premier's Spelling Bee

With the wonders of technology, this year's Bee will be run via connected classroom and other digital avenues. Stay tuned!

Applications open 28 April via this button Ribbit the frog application button

2020 key dates:

  • Tuesday 28 April - Friday 3 July 2020: Entries and wordlists launch the first day of term two and close on the last day of the term.
  • Monday 3 August: final date for regional entry student names.
  • 31 August -11 September 2020: Regional Finals take place in many N.S.W. schools across the state (TBC) and/or via VC.
  • Friday 6 November 2020: State Final, at The ABC Centre, Sydney.

The 2020 WORD LISTS will be available here, after registering your school when entries open on Tuesday 28 April 2020.

    Follow the links below for FAQs, procedural information and a variety of spelling bee resources.

    Please note there are some changes to the format this year. As the Bee subscription has grown, we will be limiting regional finalists to two per school entry: one junior and one senior.

    The Bee 2020 Resources: 

    A Quick Guide to the Premier's Spelling Bee

    PSB FAQs

    PSB Procedures & Guidelines for school spelling bees

    Regional Final convener information for host schools

    A word from Macquarie Dictionary on grading of words

    Spelling Bee resources: some classroom activities and information from Macquarie Dictionary on the levels.

    The 2019 State Championships took place on Friday 8 November. Here are some highlights from last year's huge competition:

    The 2019 Premier's Spelling Bee Senior State Championship

    The 2019 Premier's Spelling Bee Junior State Championship

    The video of the state finals will be available early in 2020. I will send a link to schools and families as soon as it arrives.

    The BeeTeacher-Identified Learning

    Follow this link for a short film on how to set up a spelling bee

    In late 2018 we produced a short (19 minutes) documentary on setting up school or regional Spelling Bee competitions. We thank Kegworth Public School, the Principal, students and especially Leah Radburn, for their valuable assistance. If you are new to the Bee or keen to host a regional final but don't know what is involved, this film is useful practical information.

    The BeeAbout 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.

    All Previous Winners of the Premier's Spelling Bee

    Premier's Spelling Bee archive and photos below.