Port Macquarie student Matilda Stewart makes finals of NSW Premier's Spelling Bee

Four Mid North Coast students are in the running to be crowned the State’s best speller after making it through the Regional Finals of the NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee.

The students were rewarded with a place in the prestigious Spelling Bee State Final in Sydney in November, where 86 students from across the state will compete for the title.

The finalists include Hastings Public School student Matilda Stewart.

Winning a spot in the State Final is quite an achievement, with around 3,200 students from almost 1000 public schools across NSW competing in the regional finals this month (September 4-15) and more than 153,000 students taking part in this year’s competition.

To make it to the regional finals, the junior finalists had to correctly spell words such as refugee, raucous and congregate. Meanwhile, senior students were challenged with words like cruciferous, boisterous and tzatziki.

NSW is the top-ranked State in mean spelling scores at all year levels in this year’s NAPLAN. The Premier’s Spelling Bee is just one of the many initiatives that are improving the literacy skills of public school students across NSW.

The final half hour of the competition will be broadcast live on ABC local radio from 5.30pm.