2017 Premier's Spelling Bee

Congratulations to all students who participated in the 2017 regional finals. Winners of regional finals will progress to the State Final of the Premier's Spelling Bee which will take place on Wednesday 8 November at the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre, Ultimo.

This year, our biggest ever, saw over 3,700 students competing in 88 finals. 950 schools registered to participate in the 2017 Premier's Spelling Bee, with an astounding 154 000 students involved in the competition! 

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".

You can check winning schools and students HERE.

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.

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

2016 Premier's Spelling Bee



(Photographer- Robert Edwards)

In 2016 over 136,000 students from more than 940 schools participated in the Bee, with over 3,500 students progressing to one of 43 regional finals.

The 2016 State Final of the Premier’s Spelling Bee took place at the Eugene Goossens Hall, ABC Centre on Wednesday 9 November. 

The winner of the Junior State Final was Emma Bu from Hurstville South Public School, and the winner of the Senior State Final was Christina Hood from Bungendore Public School.

To find a list of all state finalists please click here.

All Previous Winners of the Premier's Spelling Bee

Read more about the Premier's Spelling Bee below.