Setting up the Bee. Here’s what you need to know:

From teacher registration to student eligibilty and how to play the game — all the answers are below.

Eligibility

Who can enter?

Entry is open to all students studying in Years 3-8 (as of March 15, 2021) in registered Australian schools in Victoria, Tasmania, the Australian Capital Territory, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, the Northern Territory, and Western Australia who are Australian residents. Entrants must:
(a) attend a school that is officially enrolled to participate in the Competition or be home-schooled, provided the home school is registered in Australia and registered to participate in the Competition. Proof of home school registration will be required and must be sent prior to participation in the Competition to contactus@spelling-bee.com.au
b) be able to compete as an individual entrant without the assistance of another person;
c) listen to the delivery of the Spelling Bee words via audio on their own; and
d) type and submit responses on their own into the Competition website.

• The Bee is an online-only competition.
• Entrants can enter and complete a Competition Round only once. Maximum of one prize will be awarded per winner.
• Registration is free to all Bee entrants.
• All entrants must have a signed parental consent form completed and provided to the teacher responsible for running participation in the Bee at the school. Entrants will only be able to participate in the Bee if the teacher or registered home-school parent confirms to the Promoter that they have received a signed consent form form the parent/legal guardian of the entrant.
• The entrant must not have reached the age of 15 on or before February 1, 2021.
• If the entrant is the child of an employee of any News Corp company or any of its suppliers or agencies associated with this Competition, they are not eligible to win the Competition but can take part in the school level competition within the Competition (but their results will not be considered in determining persons eligible to participate in any of the finals).

School Round
March 15 – 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 29 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 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

How to register your students

What teachers need to do

Registration for an eligible student to participate must be completed online by having their teacher log onto kidsnews.com.au/spelling-bee to register the entrant’s details within the Competition dashboard.
Teachers must use an education email address such as ed.au or ntschools.net or edumail.vic.gov.au to create their own Competition account which will allow them to register children in their class to participate in the Competition. If for some reason this is not possible, contact us at contactus@spelling-bee.com.au

CREATING AN ACCOUNT
On the homepage, click on the” Register My Class” button in the navigation bar. This will direct you to the Teacher Registration page to input all required information, including your education email address.
Once the registration information is input, teachers will receive a Welcome email and be directed to their Teacher Account Dashboard.

REGISTERING YOUR CLASS
You can access your Teacher Account by using the Teacher Sign-In on the navigation bar.
Once you have your dashboard open, teachers can select the relevant class grade (either 3/4 or 5/6 or 7/8 from the dropdown).
Note, teachers will be able to change the grade for individual students once they are input if you wish them to compete in a higher level.

Default categories are:
Grades 3-4: default level of Green – this relates to the difficulty of words given to those students.
Grades 5-6: default level of Orange – this relates to the difficulty of words given to those students.
Years 7-8: default level of Red – this relates to the difficulty of words given to those students.

ADDING STUDENTS
Maxiumum number of students per class is 50.
Add the name of your class.
Click on ADD STUDENTS.
Teacher to enter First Name and Initial only. If two students have the same first name and initial, teachers will be asked to add a number to the end to distinguish between students; ie: Jack A1 and Jack A2.
Note: The teacher will see numbers 1-14 on the screen and there will be a scroll bar to move down to the additional numbers.
Following the completion of the student list the teacher will be directed back to the class view page.

CONSENT FORM
On the dashboard, teachers will be required to tick a box to confirm each student has handed in a signed, completed parental consent form permitting the student to take part in all levels of the Prime MInister’s Spelling Bee.
Without this completed consent, students will not be given access to activate and compete in the Bee.
Once the Consent Form box is ticked, students will be given a random Access Code to play the Bee.

ACCESS CODE

Each entrant will be given an individualised Access Code to sign-in to the Bee. Teachers will be provided with the code for each entrant in their dashboard.
There is a tool to download codes for an entire class in the left-hand panel of the dashboard. These can be printed.
New individualised codes will be provided for each student who progresses to finals.

INTEGRITY CHECK
After a participating student completes a round of the Competition, and before the close of that Competition Round, the student’s registering teacher must use their dashboard to complete the Integrity Check to verify that their participating student completed that round of the Competition under and in accordance with the competition rules.
• Individual entrants are not permitted to use additional aids or resources including physical or online dictionaries, Google or other search engine tools, spelling or grammar plug-ins, word lists, mobile phones, tablets, or any other device or object that could be construed as having potential to give spelling advice.
• Entrants must not have any inked or printed writing on the palms of their hands or visible part of their body that could be construed as having the potential to provide spelling advice when they participate.
• Entrants must not have help from other students or teachers during any part of the Competition.

ROUNDS
To begin, the only competition round open will be the School Round.
Teachers have from March 15 to March 26 for entrants to sit the Bee. Entrants do NOT have to all sit the Bee at once in the school round.

As the competition progresses the dashboard will add a tab to show the next stage of the competition for the State/Territory Finals and following that, the National Finals.
The teacher will be able to see which students have progressed in the competition to the subsequent stages by clicking the tabs.


ADDING MULTIPLE CLASSES

Teachers can add other classes and student names by hitting the ADD CLASS button.

WHAT DOES MY DASHBOARD SHOW?
• Name: This shows the student’s name, initial and number, where applicable.
• Access code: This shows the students’ individualised access codes for this round of the competition.
• Status: This shows the status of the student there are 3 status types:
1. Ready – This means the student has been added and can start the competition when they have been given the access code.
2. Pending – This refers to students who have completed the competition but are yet to have the integrity check confirmed by the teacher.
3. Completed – This refers to students who have completed the competition and have had the integrity check confirmed by the teacher.

• Score: After the Bee is completed by an entrant, this will show the number of correct words spelt by the student – this will show as a dash until the integrity check has been completed for the student and processed by the system
• Time: This will show the time spent by the student to complete the competition – this will show as a dash until the integrity check has been completed for the student and processed by the system
• Level: This refers to the level the student is in detailed in e.g Green, Orange, Red – determined by the grade of the student.

PROGRESSION TO FINALS
The entrants’ results will be ranked, for each of the green, orange and red categories, on:
Accuracy:How many spelling words are correctly submitted out of 30.
Time: the time it takes for the entrant to spell and submit each word will be recorded. The entrant’s cumulative time to complete all 30 words will be recorded down to the millisecond.
Final ranking: The entrants with a particular accuracy score will be ranked according to their time to complete the Competition Round. That means that all entrants who achieved an accuracy of 30 out of 30 will be ranked in descending order of fastest to slowest and then those who achieved an accuracy of 29 out of 30 will be ranked in descending order of fastest to slowest and so on.
State finals: The top 100 ranked entrants from the School Competition Round in each state and territory will be invited to participate in the State and Territory Finals Competition Round.
National finals: The top 3 ranked entrants from the State and Territory Finals Competition Round in each state and territory will be eligible for the National Finals.

Teachers will be notified by email of their students’ successful path into finals and the Teacher Dashboard will update automatically.

See Full Terms and Conditions for Determination of Results and Winners.

How To Play

What students need to do

RECOMMENDED EQUIPMENT
Headphones are recommended to hear the audio.
Computer, laptop or tablet.

RECOMMENDED BROWSERS TO USE
Recommended browsers for the spelling bee competition

STUDENT SIGN-IN
• On the homepage, entrants go to STUDENT SIGN-IN
• Entrants will be given an individualised Access Code by their teacher (found in the dashboard) to input upon sign-in to start the Competition. When an entrant is ready to compete in the Competition Round, each entrant must input their code, verify their details (abbreviated name, school and competition level such as Green). The entrant hits the Start button.
• Each entrant is required to answer 30 randomly served spelling words within a 25-second time allowance per word after the audio to each key word finishes. A countdown timer will appear on the screen for each word.
• Each entrant will need to click the “Listen Now” button and this will start the audio for the word to be spelled (Key Word). The Key Word is given to the student by audio with the word spoken first, the word then used in a spoken sentence and the word repeated. Each entrant will need to type the Key Word into the text box which appears on the screen but will be unable to type anything in to the text box until the audio has completed – once the audio is complete the text box will become active and the 25-second countdown will begin and cannot be stopped.
• Once the audio has completed the “Hint” button will also become active to reveal the word definition, origin of the word, type of speech and whether the word is a homophone. Accessing the hint will not interrupt the 25-second countdown. Each entrant must click the “Next Word” button or hit the “Enter” button on the keyboard once they have typed the word to proceed and must do so within 25 seconds after the audio has completed the first time.
• Entrants may listen to the audio as many times as they like during the 25 seconds by clicking the “Listen Again” button but the 25 second time allowance commences when the audio completes the first time.
• If the 25 seconds runs out before the entrant has finished typing the word they will automatically proceed to the next word and they will not have submitted a spelling for that Key Word.
• If an entrant does not attempt the word and clicks next they will be penalised for the total 25 second time that is, they will be deemed to have taken 25 seconds to spell that word.
• After the 30 words are completed, the student is shown a screen with how many answers they answered correctly. Their time is not shown on this screen but is registered in the dashboard for their teacher

IMPORTANT:
After the Bee is completed and before that round of the competition closes, teachers are required to use their dashboard to VERIFY that each entrant completed the Bee under competition rules.
• Individual entrants are not permitted to use additional aids or resources including physical or online dictionaries, Google or other search engine tools, spelling or grammar plug-ins, word lists, mobile phones, tablets, or any other device or object that could be construed as having potential to give spelling advice.
• Entrants must not have any inked or printed writing on the palms of their hands or visible part of their body that could be construed as having the potential to provide spelling advice when they participate.
• Entrants must not have help from other students or teachers during any part of the Competition.

Official Dictionary and Word Sources

The Collins English Dictionary (13th Edition) is the final authority and sole source for the spelling of words; the primary source used to craft the definitions and language origins for the Bee; and the only authority consulted by officials, as well as the sole source used during the Bee to verify the information in our prepared lists. Collins School Dictionary (6th Edition) –https://schools.collinsdictionary.com/ – has also been used as a source of age-appropriate definitions and examples of many of the words used in the Bee.