St Andrew’s Grammar students rank second in Australia in Word Mania competition


Hao Doan (centre holding trophy) with fellow Year 9 students who placed 2nd in Australia in the Wordmania Competition. Picture: Andrew Ritchie
Hao Doan (centre holding trophy) with fellow Year 9 students who placed 2nd in Australia in the Wordmania Competition. Picture: Andrew Ritchie

ST Andrew’s Grammar School Year 9 students achieved a second place ranking out of more than 2000 schools in a national Word Mania competition last month.

LiteracyPlanet Word Mania is a free competition for schools involving an online game that challenged students to build as many words as they could in three minutes.

Year 7 and 8 students also finished in the top 20 teams in the competition.

Principal Simon Midson said he was proud of the results.

“This is a reward for the efforts that they put in on a daily basis… it is an external reward that does not come along too often, they are very deserving recipients,” he said.

Head of English Pauline Crisp said the three-week competition was a “great, bonding experience” for the year groups.

“The kids got quite clever at using those letters to make really big scores and within the classes, they were challenging each other,” she said.

“They use the top ten students for the day because it works on a day-by-day basis and their biggest scores.

“It became a very uniting experience because they worked together…they helped the students who were struggling a bit so the cleverer ones helped the weaker ones.”

Ms Crisp said the school was likely to participate again next year.

“There were over 2000 schools in Australia and over 260,000 students competing… I think our Year 7’s and 8’s will really like a chance to win,” she said.

“Wordmania has got a place in terms of word building and spelling but it also has a place in terms of their IT skills and the whole group dynamic, they worked together to achieve something.

“They have won dozen of games and $500 for the whole group.”

Year 9 student Hao Doan said he enjoyed the competition despite never previously played the game.