The competition, which is designed to encourage child literacy and emphasizes the fun in spelling, is open to all P7 primary school children across Northern Ireland and this year it is offering an overall prize fund of books worth £17,000. Schools can register to take part in the 2013 Ulster Eason Spelling Bee at www.easons.com/spellingbee and closing date for entries is Friday 11th January, 2013.
Following the successful format of last year’s competition, schools in each county will compete against each other in “County Bees” to decide the County Winner. These winners will then take part in the Ulster provincial final and the four provincial winners from across Ireland will spell it out at the All-Ireland Final next June.
Liam O’Lionaird, from Gaelscoil Osrai, Co. Kilkenny was announced the winner of the 2012 competition, after successfully spelling words such Bathysphere, Bibliography and Archetypal to name but a few!
Speaking at the launch of the Ulster Eason Spelling Bee 2013, Alan Johnston, Marketing Manager, Eason said: “Today marks the start of a fun and exciting journey for all those schools who sign up to take part in the 2013 Ulster Eason Spelling Bee. Last year we received a fantastic response from schools across Northern Ireland and we hope to attract even more entries this year.
“The nationwide Spelling Bee competition is one of a number of initiatives developed by Eason in support of child literacy. Earlier this year we launched our Get into Reading campaign, which is aimed at improving literacy amongst children. As part of the campaign, every Eason store across the island of Ireland hosts Story Time each Saturday at 11am, where our staff read a specially selected children’s book to children and adults alike, so thousands of people can enjoy the same book at the same time in over 60 different locations.’’
Eason is Northern Ireland’s leading retailer of books, magazines, stationery, gifts, cards and much more. Eason has 12 branches across Northern Ireland including the new flagship store in Donegal Place Belfast as well as the newly refurbished stores in Lisburn and Derry.
Schools which register to take part will be provided with an Ulster Eason Spelling Bee School Pack containing rules, competition formats and words to be used when conducting their own individual spelling contest to select the Spelling Bee to represent their school in the county final and beyond.