WRPL 2011 Spelling Bee Contest

August 8, 2011 at 10:42 am 31 comments

Spelling Bee PosterOn 29 July, the entire Library Club traveled to Jurong Regional Library to support HCI competitors Chin Kee Yong (3I104) and outgoing Library ExCo Secretary Matthew Lee (4I116) in the final round of the 2011 Western Region Public Libraries’ Spelling Bee Contest (Secondary School Level).

According to the NLB website: “The Spelling Bee aims to build up student vocabulary, encourage correct word usage and pronunciation and enable students to be precise and say what they mean. […] Through this event, not only will students get to showcase their talents, they will also be able to gain self-confidence through this healthy competition.”

Spelling Bee Intro

Spelling Bee Audience - HCI Represent!

Students also competed from Commonwealth Secondary School, NUS High School of Math and Science, Kent Ridge Secondary School, Nanyang Girls’ High School, Hong Kah Secondary School, Bukit Merah Secondary School, and Outram Secondary School. The competitors went through a number of elimination rounds, choosing from categories such as Business, Medicine, and Cookery, having to guess the correct word based on its meaning and placement of select letters (a la Wheel of Fortune), and then also spell the word correctly.

The results of the top three positions were as follows:

  • 1st place: Lim Yi Herh Ansel (NUS High)
  • 2nd place: Matthew Lee (HCI)
  • 3rd place: Chin Kee Yong (HCI)

Big congratulations go to Matthew and Kee Yong for putting up such a strong effort in what amounted to an increasingly exciting and gripping competition. Congratulations also go to Ansel Lim from NUS High for winning the top prize, and to all the other competitors for their active participation.


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31 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Lin Weihan  |  August 8, 2011 at 8:40 pm

    I think that Spelling Bee Contest is a great way to improve our vocabulary, since this contest is about spelling. Also, the Spelling Bee Contest will be a easy way where students can be confident in their speaking skills, since students from all over Singapore, such as Commonwealth Secondary School, NUS High School of Math and Science, Kent Ridge Secondary School, Nanyang Girls’ High School, Hong Kah Secondary School, Bukit Merah Secondary School, and Outram Secondary School, took part. This is not just a school competition, thus it will allow us to be more confident to contest in a library with other students from other schools. Thus, I feel that Spelling Bee Contest is a interesting and fun way to allow students to have more experience with speaking to the public and improving their vocabulary.

    • 2. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  August 8, 2011 at 10:47 pm

      Weihan, you’ve not really said anything here; you’ve mostly just copied and pasted from the entry itself. Do you not have any thoughts on the importance of the spelling bee? Or of how well the HCI students performed?

      • 3. Lin Weihan  |  August 9, 2011 at 5:13 pm

        I feel that our school had done well in the Spelling Bee Contest, since I had seen a Primary School Spelling Bee Contest in my Primary School, and I felt that all the words were quite hard, and it took a person with great vocabulary skills to be able to win the contest. Thus, it will be difficult to win a Spelling Bee Contest, but two students had gotten second place and third place. I feel that that is quite an achievement. Also, as seen in the photo, there is quite a crowd there and it will take confidence to be able to stand in front of the crowd for the contest. Thus, we should be proud of our students for winning the prize!

  • 4. Shie Yu Hao  |  August 15, 2011 at 8:24 am

    I feel that spelling bee contest could improve the usage of vocabulary in many different categories as stated above. Using of correct word choice helps especially in writing essays, be it expository essays or composition. Usage of word is of utmost importance as it will clearly express your essay clearly. Also, I feel that our school is awesome, able to win in such competition is not an easy task after all. To be able to enter this competition, I believed the contestant and teachers have done much preparation. But, do these students read a lot of books in order to expand their vocabulary also before even using them?

    • 5. Jason Erik Lundberg  |  August 15, 2011 at 9:51 am

      Yu Hao, I don’t think the students who were in the competition read books specifically to expand their vocab. They seem to be avid readers anyway, and the vocabulary increase and proficiency is a side effect of all the reading that they do.

      Which is why we’re always encouraging you students to read more, and to inculcate a love of reading. Proficiency with language naturally comes from this activity.

  • 6. anthony low 2a2  |  August 15, 2011 at 4:11 pm

    i feel that this event is very meaningful as it will spark the interest in students for English. i am sure this event will make students want to read more and improve our English in one way or another. it will make student realise who much English words we do not know and inspire and motivate us to read more and fish out those interesting words.
    i feel that HCI did great in this competition as we were traditionally known as a chinese school and for us to get commendable results in a english competition is really something that we all can be proud of

  • 7. Loh Jia Sheng 2A2 24  |  August 16, 2011 at 4:18 pm

    I think that the students from our school that won this competition should be praised, as you can see that the competition is not an easy one, since very prestigious schools like Nanyang Girls High and NUS math and science high participated.
    Also, this competition is an extremely meaningful one because not only does it tests the standard of english in these few schools, it also allows the participants to learn new words from each other and ultimately gain new interest in learning more about the English Language

  • 8. Tan Jun Jie  |  August 16, 2011 at 7:18 pm

    Firstly, I would like to congratulate all the winners. I think this competition would really encourage those who likes English, or are avid readers ready to showcase their talents. This kind of competition will not only promote higher standards of English used, but will also help students be more confident in themselves when facing the public. I also feel that more of such competitions should be organize firstly to promote reading and also to increase speaking in the public as some of the people might have stage fright, which means the fear of standing on stage. I am proud that HCI won the 2nd and 3rd place, even though the first was lost, but I am sure that countless effort had been put in by all the participants and they should share their experiences with their friends and juniors who are keen to participate in such competitions.

  • 9. Soo Jian Xian 2A2  |  August 17, 2011 at 7:13 am

    The competition is a good way to improve our English vocabulary, at the same increase our interest in English language. This is a great platform for students in Singapore to take part and gain wonderful experience. I feel that competition as such can be held more more frequently. This competition can help students to develop not only their English vocabulary but also improve the student’s ability to speak to the public. This is a form of good practice for the students as it can help them in many different ways as stated above.

    I feel that it is commendable for Hwa Chong students to be able to achieve the second and third place in this competition. Thus, I hope that we will be able to achieve better results in the next competition.

  • 10. Dong Dexin 2A2 (11)  |  August 17, 2011 at 6:29 pm

    Firsly, I would like to congratulate the two students for coming in third and second position in the spelling bee contest. I hope that they will continue to work hard and strive for the first position next year.

    This competition can help us improve our english vocabulary and also encourages us to read more books to know more words. This competition also help us boost our confidence as it requires us to speak in public. It also helps us to make better articulations and get our pronunciation right. The competition also shows us the standard of Hwa Chong’s english in Singapore as we have to compete against prestigious schools such as HUS high. The competition is certainly beneficial to us and in future, there should be more of this competition.

  • 11. Chua Wei Jian 2O407  |  August 17, 2011 at 6:31 pm

    I feel that the Spelling Bee Contest can bring many benefits to the students. It can help to improve our English vocabulary. Spelling Bee is challenging as most of the time, we are tested on words we never heard or seen before. Hence, it can improve our English vocabulary as through this, we are able to learn more new words. The Spelling Bee Contest can also build up our confidence as we had to speak up in front of so many people and from this event, we can also gain some experience as most of us did not take part in such events before.
    I was glad to see that Hwa Chong students managed to achieve 2nd and 3rd place. They definitely put in a lot of effort as winning this competition is not easy as they had to compete with 7 other schools.

  • 12. Lim Bing Wen 2O418  |  August 17, 2011 at 8:49 pm

    I would like to congratulate the 2 winners and everyone who participated in this Spelling Bee Contest. Everyone who participated in this contest would have improved their vocubulary. It also boosts the participants’ confidence as they would have to speak out load in front of everyone. It is definitely a creative contest that improves our standard of English in a fun way. I am glad that 2 Hwa Chong students managed to clinch both the 2nd and 3rd place. It is not easy as they where competing with other people from 8 different schools. Furthermore, the categories varies from round to round. Thus, I hope that there would be more similar Contests held for us to participate in.

  • 13. Hong JIn Xiang (13) 2A2  |  August 17, 2011 at 11:35 pm

    Let me start off by congratulating the two HCI students on winning 2nd and 3rd place in this competition. It is not easy to acheive these results with such tough competition.
    Trophies and certificates won are just symbols of acheivement. I feel that the most important take away from this competition should be the skills attained. If the students can “be precise and say what they mean” and “gain self-confidence” from this learning experience, participating in the competition would be worthwhile.
    I am glad that HCI has obtained commendable results in this competition. I hope we can strive harder and obtain the champion trophy. Great effort!

  • 14. Mark Soh 2A2 26  |  August 18, 2011 at 2:32 pm

    This spelling bee is useful in many ways. This would be because the spelling bee uses both a wide range of vocabulary and requires the students to use proper pronunciation, which is part of public speaking. This hence helps the students in writing, by having an expanded vocabulary, and also helps the students in the aspect of boosting their confidence in public speaking as they have been given a chance to test how good they are in pronunciation.

    No matter the result of this competition, be it whether NUS did better or Hwa Chong did better, I felt that this competition allowed many students to see both the importance of vocabulary and also the importance in public speaking. This spelling bee would prove to be useful to many students as many Singaporean students do not intend to expand their vocabulary or learn how to speak with proper pronunciation.

  • 15. Lee Weng Khin  |  August 18, 2011 at 11:26 pm

    I feel that spelling bee helps us improve our language arts in many ways. Spelling bee increases our vocabulary as we will be tested on many difficult words that we mostly have not met before. This improves our vocabulary skills. Spelling bee also builds up our confidence as we have to stand in front of many people and speak up. Spelling bee also trains us to guess the word just from hearing the pronunciation of the word. As most of the words are words that we have never seen before, we have to guess out the word just from hearing the pronunciation.

    In my primary school, there will be a spelling bee organised annually for students. Though I did not sign up, I got to see the words tested and most of the words were words that I had never seen before. The contest was very hard but still, two students from Hwa Chong managed to get a silver and bronze. I would like to congratulate them for achieving such a feat and I hope that there would be more of such competitions in the future.

  • 16. Huang Tianle 2O4 10  |  August 19, 2011 at 12:48 am

    I would like to congratulate Chin Kee Yong (3I104) and Matthew Lee (4I116) for doing exceedingly well in the Spelling Bee competition. I personally feel that the Spelling Bee competition is a very good way of improving our English. It would widen our horizons and exposes us to different vocabulary.
    I feel that Hwa Chong Institution itself can actually organise a Spelling Bee competition too! This way, more of us would actually be involved in this. I suggest organising an inter-class Spelling Bee competition that could he held in conjunction of the Library week. Every class could send representatives to participate in this competition and it would have raised more awareness about the Spelling Bee competition.

  • 17. Yeo Eng Chow  |  August 19, 2011 at 1:04 am

    A spelling bee contest was one of the first linguistic contests I have seen in my life apart from Scrabble competitions.
    Spelling Bee Contests not only helps one to expand his knowledge of vocabulary but also boosts the confidence level of a contestant. It is not easy to recall the spelling of a word especially in front of a crowd of audience, thus to be able to participate in a Spelling Bee Contest, one must have enough confidence to be open to speaking up in public. Especially when every single letter counts, the pressure on the contestant is much higher. Also, what I heard about Spelling Bees is that some of the words may not be pronounced the same way they are spelled. This makes is even more difficult for a contestant to figure out what a word is and how to spell it.
    Also, this Spelling Bee Contest allows interaction from people of other schools, letting he students be more exposed to other people’s culture and be more exposed to the society.

  • 18. Tan Chuan Xin  |  August 19, 2011 at 1:15 am

    The spelling bee competition is very interesting. It helps us to learn more words by studying the dictionary, and we can expand our vocabulary, using that to win a competition. Now, I have heard from my friends that the spelling bee competition contains words that most of them have never ever heard before. From my library friend, I have heard that the category of something to do with food, has extensive French vocabulary in it. French is considered the fine language, and it is natural that it be used in the fine dining language. The words were complicated to pronounce, and sounded nothing like how they were spelt. I feel that though some people might view the spelling bee as a competition for noobs, I beg to differ. There is a lot that one can learn from doing this kind of competitions. Different words with different meanings are encountered throughout the journey of learning. These words can be used to help us in our composition writing, or just used to bombard our friends and feeling a sense of accomplishment when they do not have the slightest idea what you are talking about. The spelling bee competition is one I hope to be opened up to everyone to participate in so that we all can have fun spelling together.

  • 19. Kwek Zheng Hua  |  August 19, 2011 at 3:26 am

    The prize awardees and pretty much everyone who participated should be praised for having a wide spread of vocabulary at hand. This naturally comes by reading many books, in which many of us won’t even bother to touch a book and read it in our extra time.
    Spelling bees give out words to spell out impromptu, and so these are much more challenging that a normal spelling test because you need to know a wide range of words. Spelling tests only require you to study from a certain list, which gives almost no challenge to HCI students (unless he/she is dyslexic).

  • 20. Aloysius Chan (@lostdagame)  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:46 am

    I feel that this piece of news is a good one, as Hwa Chong had an intensive match with the other prestigious schools in SIngapore and though this intensive match, we had clinched the second and third place. Congratulations to those people who had won!

    Also, I feel that this Spelling Bee competition is a very good one, as partially, it aims to build up students vocabulary levels and also allows students to learn more about English Language. Also, this spelling bee competition also allows students to learn how to participate orally and be more brave and forthcoming in giving answers.

    In all, I congratulate these 2 students who won the competition and wish that Hwa Chong will strive to win more prizes!

    Aloysius Chan 2A2

  • 21. Koh Jing Yuan(2A217)  |  August 19, 2011 at 10:35 pm

    I would first like to congratulate the two students who did their best and made the school proud. I feel that this spelling bee is beneficial to us. By attending spelling bees, it improves our vocabulary and it also serves an opportunity to make friends with fellow spelling bee participants. Though spelling bees, participants are encouraged to be more active in speaking up, it also trains the participants to be able to think under stress as most of the words used in the spelling bee are not really well known, thus the increased difficulty and the need to think on the spot and under stress. The spelling bee is also another way to interest and expand student’s vocabulary as many students dislike reading, having limited vocabulary, and the spelling bee could be a way to expand the students’ vocabulary other than reading..

  • 22. Leow Yong Heng (2p412)  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    I would like to congratulate the two students from our school for their hard work and effort put into preparing for this contest, their efforts were not in vain after all. Spelling Bees can help to improve us in terms of our vocabulary. People do not go to Spelling Bees just to test their vocabulary but also learn new words from the contest. Spelling Bees also can help to train the thinking process of the contestants as they are expected to think of the correct spelling of the words in a limited amount of time which gives them stress. However, I feel that Spelling Bees can be fun as even though we lose or win the contest in the end, we all stand to benefit from the contest.

  • 23. Justin Foo  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:40 pm

    After reading this post, I thought that it would be a good idea for a similar little competition to be held in our school for next year’s Library Week. Yes, it helps to improve students’ vocabulary. What I notice, at least about myself, is that I have a limited variety of vocabulary and thus I face problems in comprehension passages and writing compositions. In Hwa Chong Institution, students are often too busy to be able to make time to widen their variety of vocabulary. Thus if such a competition is held in HCI, I am sure it will help to improve students’ vocabulary and it will aid them in the long term. Congratulations to the winners of the competition!

  • 24. Tan Yu Xiang(26) 2O4  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:50 pm

    Firstly, I would like to congratulate Matthew and Kee Yong for winning both 2nd and 3rd for the spelling bee contest. I feel that the spelling bee contest is a great way to test and expand your vocabulary. Just by listening, one could learn many new words that they do not know. Also, the spelling bee contest tests one’s ability to overcome pressure and the ability to think on the spot. This is because, the spelling bee contest requires the participant to compete on the stage. With the huge number of audience, there will definitely be pressure. Also, if you encounter a word that you do not know, you will be even more pressurized and requires you to think on the spot. I feel that the spelling bee contest is a great way to test our vocabulary and abilities. Thank You.

  • 25. Chng Ren Kai 2O4(05)  |  August 19, 2011 at 11:56 pm

    I believe that the idea of Library Week is really good and fits well into the Hwa Chong curriculum. Often, the way to improve our vocabulary is through doing more exercises and assignments, and reading more. Doing much of this can be boring. This is where Library Week comes in. With activities like Spelling Bee, it helps us to improve our vocabulary, while we enjoy ourselves at the same time. Activities like these never fail to interest students, which I feel is a good way to spark students’ interest in the English Language. I hope that Hwa Chong will continue with this Library Week idea for next year and the years to come.

  • 26. seeyongchun  |  August 20, 2011 at 12:00 am

    I feel that the Spelling Bee, although it helps improve Singaporan’s vocabulary, does not help much in improving people’s understanding of cloze passages. For example, when looking at some of the PSLE top scorer’s composition papers, I feel that they’re just copying from the dictionaries on the more hard-to-understand words, as well as copying famous examples from model composition books, which does not show the student’s true understanding of these words. To test the standards of our English, Spelling Bee can be done by memorising the dictionary and their uses, but that does not help promote their thinking skills. Thus, I feel that the true way to test your understanding of the English Language is through the knowledge of the many different concepts present in books, and the knowledge of books comes right after that, as once the fundamentals are being hammered down, than we can build up the pyramid through vocabulary, and proper descriptive words, as what makes a good story is not the words, but the content hidden within it that is worth reading.

  • 27. tan shao wei  |  August 20, 2011 at 12:18 am

    i feel that it would be great if the school was able to organize another spelling bee in school for us students to participate in due to that fact that it will help those who participate in the competition improve on their word library and vocabulary and that it will also let students improve on their thinking skills as they will only have so much time just to answer one question so i feel that it would be a great idea for the school to organize a spelling bee in school for us.

  • 28. Ryan Tan  |  August 20, 2011 at 1:56 am

    Firstly, I would like to applaud the two winners for winning this award. I am very supportive towards these spelling bees competition. They bring many different benefits.Students are able to improve their spelling,increase their vocabularies, and develop correct English. As a result, their reading and writing would improve, helping them in their tests and daily lives. Also in spelling bees, the observations of each portion of the words, also allows them to train their minds, allowing them to be able have a broader thinking. Other than gaining knowledge, spelling bees also create friendly rivalry and both can learn quite a lot from each other. I hope that possibly in the future, Hwa Chong would have their own spelling bee. If it happens, I encourage all of us to go for it.

  • 29. Fun Xue Yao 2P405  |  August 20, 2011 at 3:33 am

    I feel that spelling bee competitions are very interesting and those who participate in the spelling bee competition can usually be able to score well in the written essays. I have heard that if the contestants took the competition seriously, there is only one place to prepare for the competition, the dictionary! By reading the dictionary, one can learn more words and also on how to use them. Reading the dictionary will help to increase the vocabulary of that particular person. At the same time, that particular person will be able to do well for written essays as he/she will be able to put what he has learnt into use while writing. This is killing two birds with one stone. I used to watch spelling bees on the television channels when there are competitions. I loved watching them as sometimes they would give very difficult words and the way those words are pronounced is different from the spelling of the words, often leading me to try and pronounce the words the correct way and confirming that the television screen is still alright. Also, congratulations to the two HCI winners of the spelling bee.

  • 30. Alex Peng 2P418  |  August 20, 2011 at 11:33 am

    I feel that the spelling bee competitions are definitely a very good way to expose our students to different competition from around the country. Spelling bees not only expand their vocabularies, but also train them to become confident speakers. I feel that in order to excel in Spelling bees, it is not only about hitting the books. Hard work and patience will definitely help, but i feel that it is the exposure to different uses of the English language, when we are young. The environment that we live in will play a part in how well we articulate, and the choices of words we use. For example, in Singapore, we often talk about the latest video games, etc. Thus, our usage of language is Limited. However, in the US, the teens of our age talk about the latest political news, and many many other kinds of stuff like feelings about books, and they have a very strong viewpoint. Also, the people in New York and the people in Tennessee will definitely have different ways to express their thoughts and feelings using the English Language. This shows that the environment that we live in will ultimately play a part in our exposure to vocabularies, and how fluent we speak in public.

  • 31. Yeo Zhen Ning  |  August 20, 2011 at 8:41 pm

    I feel that the spelling bee contest will definitely help to expand students’ vocabulary and it will also definitely encourage students to read more books to expand their vocabulary. Not only will they improve their vocabulary, they will also be able to learn ways to improve their writing such as proper sentence structure subconsciously. Hence reading a book will help us write better essays or even help us when it comes to expressing ourselves through speeches. I also feel that haw chong students being able to win such a competition is a great achievement, it shows that hwa chong students read a wide range a books which enable us to win the competition.


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