Welcome to the 2021 Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee

Congratulations to the students who have qualified for the State/Territory Finals on April 29. Teachers can now view progressing students on their Dashboard

Key information to register your class

+ Registration is FREE for all students in Years 3-8 at Australian schools, including home schools.
+ Online competition only. Entrants answer 30 random spelling words per round.
+ Three reading levels for Yr 3-4, Yr 5-6 and Yr 7-8.
+ Teachers required to sign-up students. Students must not have turned 15 before February 1, 2021 to enter.
+ Go to REGISTER MY CLASS on the top navigation bar to create a Teacher Account and register your students.
+ Teachers must use an education email address such as edu.au / edumail / ntschools.net etc to create an Account.
+ Each student must provide a signed Consent Form from parents/guardian to be eligible.
+ Entrants have from March 15 to March 26 to sit the School Round. Entrants do NOT have to sit the Bee all at once in the school round.
+ Teachers must verify that each student competed within the competition rules for results to be validated.
+ See more information under HOW IT WORKS.

  • IMPROVE YOUR STUDENTS’ VOCABULARY

    Students taking part in the Spelling Bee will be given 30 random words from their reading level word list. They have 25 seconds to spell each word.
    Students may not be familiar with all the words they are asked to spell. However, exposing students to new words and their definitions will help expand their vocabularies and encourage them to continue reading.

  • LEARNING TO SPELL IN A FUN ENVIRONMENT

    Learning through play is always a winning formula. The Spelling Bee allows students to complete 30 spelling words in a fun format where they have to aim for accuracy, to beat the clock and finish ahead of their fellow students right across Australia.

  • WHAT STUDENTS NEED TO TAKE PART

    + Headphones are recommended to hear the audio.
    + Computer, laptop or tablet.
    + Using a preferred browser (see How it Works section for list of browsers).
    + Access code (to be provided by the teacher once competition opens).
    + Students must be able to compete as an individual entrant without the assistance of another person.
    + Must be able to listen to the delivery of words via audio on their own.
    + Must be able to read, type and submit responses on their own into the Competition website.


SPELLING BEE LEVELS

  • For students in Grades 3 and 4

    If your student is an exceptional speller, you could consider enrolling them in the Orange level.
    Student may go up a reading level, but not down a level.

  • For students in Grades 5 and 6

    If your student is an exceptional speller, you could consider enrolling them in the Red level.
    Student may go up a reading level, but not down a level.

  • For students in Years 7 and 8

    The Red reading level is aimed at improving the vocabulary of high schools students.
    Students in this reading level cannot go down to lower levels.


COMPETITION DATES

School Round
March 15 – March 26, 2021

Opens: March 15 at 9am AEDT
Closes: March 26 at 6pm AEDT
All entries must be completed by 6pm AEDT on March 26, 2021, when the School Round closes.
State finalists will be announced on March 31 in an email to the teacher who registered them, and on kidsnews.com.au

STATE/TERRITORY FINALS
April 29, 2021

Opens: April 29 at 9am AEST
Closes: April 29 at 6pm AEST
All entries must be completed by 6pm AEST on April 29, 2021, when the State/Territory Finals close.
National finalists will be announced on April 30 in an email to the teacher who registered them, and on kidsnews.com.au

NATIONAL FINAL
May 27, 2021

Opens: May 27 at 9am AEST
Closes: May 27 at 2pm AEST
All entries must be completed by 2pm AEST on May 27, 2021, when the National Final closes.
If a tiebreak is required it will commence at 3pm AEST on May 27, 2021, and close at 4pm AEST on May 27, 2021.
National winners will be announced on June 4 in an email to the teacher who registered them, and on kidsnews.com.au


RULES AND PRIZES

SPELLING RULES

The Collins English Dictionary (13th Edition) is the final authority and sole source for the spelling of words.

We have adopted some specific Spelling Rules for certain types of words. It is important your students are aware of these:

ise instead of ize (as in ORGANISE).
our instead of or (as in COLOUR)
Hyphen in words including double letters (eg, o-o for CO-OPERATE)
single m and no e (as in PROGRAM instead of programme / GRAM instead of gramme).

WHEN TYPING ANSWERS IN THE BEE:
Upper case and lower case letters are both accepted.
Entrants must not use emojis, special characters or punctuation, such as full stops or commas, in their answers as this will register as an error.

PRIZES

Every student who competes will receive a Participation Certificate.

National winners (3 in total, one in each category) will win:
A return flight to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister for each category winner (and their parent/guardian)
One night’s accommodation in Canberra for each category winner (and their parent/guardian)
1 x iPad
1 x $250 HarperCollins book pack
1 x national winner certificate

School prizes (3 in total, one in each category):
The school of each national winner will 1 x $1000 voucher to spend on books, technology or other equipment and supplies

National runners-up (6 in total, two in each category) will win:
1 X $50 HarperCollins book pack
1 x National runners-up certificate

National finalists will receive:
1 x National finalist certificate

State finalists:
1 x State finalist certificate

School entrants:
1 x School champion certificate for each school winner
1 x Class champion certificate for each class winner
1 x participation certificate for all entrants