Spelling bee winners Kassadi Barake, 11, and Mitchell Parrott, 12. Mitchell Parrott and Kassadi Barake will represent their school at the zone level of the Premier’s Spelling Bee competition.

The Metford Public School year 6 students won the stage three final at the school yesterday on the first day of the state’s Education Week celebrations.

Mitchell, 12, was selected through the normal spelling round. Kassadi, 11, was locked in a spell-off with Thomas Glover for almost half-an-hour before she was named the winner.

The classmates did not expect to win the challenge and said they would be honoured to represent the school in the next part of the competition on September 12.

“I’m very surprised, I’ve always been good at spelling and I’ve always done my homework since

kindergarten, but I didn’t expect I would win,” Kassadi said

“It’s important to learn to spell so you can get a good job when you grow up.”

Mitchell said spelling was one of his talents.

“We were given a list of all the words we could be asked,” he said.

“We do a lot of our spelling work in class so I learn a lot from that.”

Their teacher Lee Schulha said the students’ results were evidence of their hard work in class.

“It is the rigorous spelling routines we do in class each week that has earned them selection,” she said.

“We do spelling every day, we do nine activities a week and a go up and down peg system according to their results in the weekly spelling test.”

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