Prep Phase students had to learn a list of challenging words and spell them aloud independently – no writing or notes allowed! The first rounds took place within tutor groups, and students were whittled down to a winner from each tutor group. The final 8 were chosen from this group, having reached words as complicated as ‘instantaneous’ and ‘appendectomy’.
The atmosphere was electric for the grand final, held during Prep Phase assembly. The finalists were all impressive but gradually fell out of the competition on complex words including ‘flabbergasted’ and ‘vociferous’. Finally, only two remained to battle it out: Phoebe from B6 and Chen from N6. The competition seemed as if it was at deadlock, and the audience were on the edge of their seats, until Chen eventually broke through, winning with the word ‘translucent’. He sealed his victory by going on to spell the hardest word in the competition – ‘ichthyosaurus’. Well done to all the students who took part, particularly the finalists: Lalla So7, Evie B8, Ormond C8, Prim K8, Ashira N8 and Maggie S8. Massive congratulations to our runner up, Phoebe B6, and the first ever Harrow Bangkok Prep Spelling Bee champion, Chen N6! Josie Allen Head of English Faculty