The Premier's Spelling Bee 2021

Premier's Spelling Bee 2021

Entries for the Premier's Spelling Bee are now open to all NSW public primary schools. Follow this link for portal access.

How to enter

A quick guide to entering available is here:

  • From the portal, elect 'Apply for program' on the right-hand side and follow the prompts. Your application will be sent to your principal for approval.
  • Once approved you and your principal will receive the word lists' password.
  • Once you have applied, you can add regional finalist student names up until 26 July.
  • Go to your application, and select 'Create' under 'Participants' on the right-hand side.

Note: The wordlist password will be available upon principal approval.

2021 wordlists - follow the hyperlinks below

The Junior annotated wordlist is available here

The Junior simple wordlist is available here

The Senior annotated wordlist is available here 

The Senior simple wordlist is available here

The NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee 2021 Junior 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 2021 |

The Premier's Spelling Bee poster is available on this link. It can be printed or projected.

Premier's Spelling Bee information

The Premier’s Spelling Bee was introduced in 2004 as a fun and educational way for NSW public 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.

The Premier's Spelling Bee will be going ahead in 2021 in an altered format to previous year's competitions. 

  • Junior Spelling Bee – Year 3 and Year 4 NSW public school students

  • Senior Spelling Bee – Year 5 and Year 6 NSW public school students 

In 2021, schools can enter one student in each of the junior and senior competitions.

  • The regional finals will be held online using video technology.

  • The state finals will be held at the ABC studios on Friday 29 October 2021.

Key dates for 2021

  • School entries open Monday 19 April – Term 2 Week 1

  • School entries close Friday 25 June – Term 2 Week 10

  • Regional finalist name submissions close Monday 26 July – Term 3 Week 3 

  • Regional finals online 23 August to 3 September – Term 3 Week 7 and Week 8

  • State finals live or online Friday 29 October – Term 4 Week 4

More information

The spelling bee resources page has many tools to help coordinators and students. Follow the link here.

If you require further information, please email the Spelling Bee team.