Scott Morrison – Prime Minister Scott Morrison urges kids to join Kids News Spelling Bee
Spelling isn’t always easy, even for the nation’s leader. But it can be lots of fun.
Prime Minister Scott Morrison, who admits to occasionally being tripped up by tricky words like hippopotamus, said boosting children’s love of words was a key to improving literacy.
And that’s where the 2021 Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee comes in.
Thousands of children in Years 3 to 8 are expected to sit the free online Spelling Bee, run by News Corp Australia’s classroom educational site, Kids News.
“Learning to read and write is one of the most important parts of anyone’s education but they can be tough skills to master, including sometimes for adults,” Mr Morrison said.
“Even at my age, sometimes I have to look up the spelling of a word.
“Whether you love reading and like learning to write, or they’re skills you sometimes struggle with, the 2021 Spelling Bee is a chance for all the kids of Australia to put themselves up to the test and have a bit of fun along the way.”
There are some amazing prizes up for grabs, including iPads and a visit to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister and tour Parliament House for three national winners.
News Corp Australia community ambassador and Herald and Weekly Times chairman Penny
Fowler said the Spelling Bee was an important part of the company’s commitment to helping improve literacy among Australian children.
“Literacy is the key to opening many doors and being able to communicate clearly is a
cornerstone for a successful school life as well as for a future career,” Ms Fowler said.
“The Spelling Bee is a fun way to put a renewed focus on literacy which is what
kidsnews.com.au is about.”
Registrations are now open for the Prime Minister’s Spelling Bee, with the school round of the competition held from March 15-26, the state finals on April 29 and the national final on May 27.
Prizes include a trip to Canberra to meet the Prime Minister and iPads for three national winners, plus a $1000 voucher for the winners’ schools to spend on books, technology or other equipment.
Schools can register at kidsnews.com.au/spelling-bee