Word is out on spelling's Kiwi gold medallist

Lots of reading and a little practice

SONIA BEAL
Last updated 07:41 19/12/2012
Verity Jones
Derek Flynn
Spelling whiz: Bohally Intermediate year 8 pupil Verity Jones has received a gold medal for achieving 100 per cent in an international spelling competition

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Reading lots of books is likely to have been the source of success for Bohally Intermediate pupil Verity Jones, of Blenheim, the only year 8 pupil in New Zealand to have received 100 per cent in an international spelling competition.

Verity was among 11 New Zealand children who achieved full marks in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS).

ICAS are optional assessments for pupils conducted annually in New Zealand and more than 20 countries in subjects such as maths, writing, English, science, spelling and computer skills.

Verity put her good spelling down to a vast amount of reading. Practice had little to do with it, she said.

"I read a lot of books, especially books with old-fashioned language because I like the language. I just think it's interesting."

Out of 50 words in the test, the only one she stumbled on was "forecast".

Deputy principal and ICAS co-ordinator Petros Kapralos said Verity's classmate and friend Catherine Nelson had just missed out on getting 100 per cent in the same test, having received 48 out of 50.

Principal Andrew Read was delighted with Verity's achievement. It was the first time a pupil at Bohally had achieved such an accolade during the 10 years the school had enlisted for ICAS.

"She's the only year 8 in the country to get a [gold] medal for spelling, so that's pretty special," Mr Read said.

Some of the words Verity may have had in her test include

although

rhythm

stationary/stationery

subtle

maintenance

turbulent

courageous

compromise

chemistry

spectacular

synchronise

fascination

accommodation

achievement

referred

apologise

contention

independent

con´Čüdentiality

bazaar

circumference

 

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- The Marlborough Express

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