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English Success (Spelling Bee and Literature Challenge 2012)

Derbyshire Literature Challenge 2012  &  "Times Spelling Bee" Success



The Times Spelling Bee Competition


Congratulations to the Y7 spelling bee team (Rebecca M , Katie M, Wendy E and Alice L) who secured a place in the semi- finals held in Manchester on May 24th 2012. In spite of fierce competition from ten other teams including Upton Hall School and Bruntcliffe High School, we took a very respectable fourth place, just missing out on a place in the final in London.

The first round was a ‘knock out’ round where the participants were eliminated once they spelt a word incorrectly. Katie M (7C) did extremely well and was one of the last students standing. After this round we were in second place with 20 points.

In the second round we chose to spell as many ‘difficult’ words as we could in two minutes. We managed to get 13 spellings right, each worth 3 points each. Our two rival teams chose the ‘medium’ spellings worth 2 points each and because they got more right overall, we just lost out on the overall points total.

Nevertheless, it was a good experience and the Y7 participants are keen to share their tactical knowledge with next year’s team! They received free notebooks, pens, toffee popcorn and drinks, so we didn’t leave empty handed. Overall it was a really enjoyable experience.


Derbyshire Literature Challenge 2012

 Derbyshire Lit Quiz - St Thomas More Booktons 2012

Pupils from across the county tested their knowledge of books during the Derbyshire Literature Challenge held at County Hall, Matlock on Wednesday 16th May 2012.

Derbyshire County Council organised the event in which 25 teams of up to four students pitted their wits in the competition’s final. There were ten rounds altogether with 100 questions on books ranging from classical literature to modern children’s tales.

The winning team was Highfields School from Matlock (83 points) with St Thomas More Catholic School in second place (80 points) and Lady Manners School and Buxton Community School in joint third place (72 points).

This is the third time students from St Thomas More have competed in the challenge. Mrs Clifford, the school’s Head of English said,

This year’s team had a lot of pressure on them because of our previous wins in 2010 and 2011. In spite of their nerves the new team maintained second position from the third round. I am extremely proud of what the students have achieved; our score this year was even higher than last year. The standard is getting higher.’

Well done to the team! - Rebecca M (7F), Ewan K (8F) Ellena T (8F) George T (9F)



St Thomas More Catholic School, Palace Fields, Buxton, SK17 6AF

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