Time to hit the books for spelling contest

Twlve avid readers from Casuarina Primary want to make their school proud.

Armed with storybooks, word lists and dictionaries, they are gearing up for the preliminary round of the fourth RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship, which takes place next Saturday.

These pupils will join some 1,400 participants vying for the title of Singapore's top speller.

The champion speller will win $5,000 in cash and the challenge trophy for his school. The second-placed speller will win $3,000 and the third, $1,000. Registration closes on Monday.

Primary 4 pupil Charlene Tan, nine, who reads between five and 10 books weekly, was confident.

She said: "For me, spelling is a breeze because I read a lot, I devour books every day."

In the March 7 round, pupils will write out 50 words that are read out to them. The top pupils in each zone will go on to the next round, which is an oral challenge.

Registration details have been sent to schools. Send enquiries to bigspell2015@punch.com.sg

Follow the action at www.straitstimes.com/bigspell

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