Perth students win international spelling competition

The winning Word Mania students from St Andrew's Grammar.
The winning Word Mania students from St Andrew's Grammar.

DIANELLA school students have won a trans-Tasman spelling competition.

The 19 St Andrew’s Grammar year 9 students won Literacy Planet’s Word Mania competition, where students from schools across Australia and New Zealand work online to create as many words as they can from randomly generated letters.

Principal Craig Monaghan said the win was amazing given the small number of students at the school.

“Other schools in the competition have hundreds of students who could take part, but we had only 19 very dedicated and committed kids who were determined to win,” he said.

“Despite the enormous odds stacked against us, our children didn’t give up, and went above and beyond in their own time on a Friday evening to keep playing in order to take victory.”

A Queensland school continued playing after school ended on the final day of the competition so the students stayed in touch via social media and kept playing too.

Mr Monaghan said the win was even more impressive because of the school’s multicultural makeup, with many students having a non-English speaking background.

More news

Students publish climate change book

Police investigate train laptop theft

Swell’s up for Scarborough youth festival