Friday, Feb 27, 2015Friday, Feb 27, 2015

SINGAPORE - The search for Singapore's next top speller kicked off on Friday with the word "soccer" at the Sports Hub Library with pupils from two schools in a spell-off.
SAYING a word properly will help pupils spell better, more than 120 teachers learnt yesterday.
Teachers from Ministry of Education primary schools can pick up spelling strategies for the classroom at a special briefing and workshop.
In 2014, a musical instrument helped Nicole Lim become Singapore’s champion pupil speller.
For the first time, you can relive the heart-stopping moments of The Big Spell on television.
A c-h-a-m-p-i-o-n emerged on Saturday at the grand final of the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship.
COMPETITORS will face their biggest audiences ever at the upcoming grand final of the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship on Saturday.
Readers of The Straits Times can see Singapore's top pupil spellers in action, battling for the top spot in the third RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship on April 26, at ITE College Central.
Jerome Ng was first up to the microphone to spell in the West zone - and also the last one standing.
Nanyang Primary School pupil Evelyne Chua, 10, has been working hard not only on her spelling but also on her "small case of stage fright".
More than 1,400 jittery pupils put pen to paper at the word "celsius".
ONE word Primary 6 pupil Alexis Neo, 11, has no problem spelling is "embarrassed" - because of the catchy phrase "red red slap slap" her teacher taught her.
Spelling fever is set to reach a wider audience this year. As part of the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship (NSC), the public can pick up handy spelling tips through videos on RazorTV.
Catch the kick-off of The Big Spell at Westgate Mall in Jurong on Saturday, from 11.30am to 1pm.
Plucky Ashvin Sivakumar, 12, challenged the judges - twice - to become Singapore's spelling champion yesterday.


Please invite me to The Big Spell Finals!


    Key Dates
    Welcome Note
    Points to note for Preliminary Round
    Advice for the Preliminary Round
    Preparing for the Zonals and Finals
    Useful Teacher Resources
    Big Spell Terms & Conditions: Competition format, rules

About The Big Spell

Welcome to the RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship 2015 - a mindsport that focuses on language.

RHB - The Straits Times National Spelling Championship 2015 (NSC), otherwise known as The Big Spell, aims to develop a greater appreciation of the importance of spelling in literacy development among Primary 4, 5 and 6 pupils in Singapore.

The competition is open to pupils nominated by primary schools within the Singapore school system. The competition is designed to provide pupils with the opportunity to pit their spelling skills against one another by applying strategies to help them spell words both familiar and unfamiliar to them.

In the process, pupils will gain an awareness of phonemes and syllabication while enriching their vocabulary through the study of prefixes, suffixes and root words. In time, we hope that these pupils will gain a better appreciation of the English language and a wide vocabulary with which to express their ideas and thoughts in speech and in writing.

a) The Big Spell is open to students from schools under the jurisdiction of the Ministry of Education, Singapore. 

b) Registration is via teachers only.

c) Each school can submit up to 12 names as the main participants for this competition. An additional two names can be submitted as RESERVES (total 14 names).

Registration details have been sent to schools. Only school registrations submitted by teachers will be accepted. 

For enquiries on registration, write to

Deadline for pupil registration: Monday, March 2, 2015

See you at the preliminary round on Saturday, March 7!

Key Dates

1. Event Launch
Date: Friday, Feb 6, 2015 
Venue: Sportshub Singapore 
Participation at this event is by invitation only.

2. The Big Spell Teachers’ Briefing cum Workshop
Date: Tuesday, Feb 3, 2015
Time: 2.30pm-4.30pm
Venue: Singapore Press Holdings
To register, e-mail with subject line “Big Spell Teachers Briefing”
Only teachers from MOE schools are eligible.

3. Preliminary Round (written)
Date: Saturday, March 7, 2015
Time: 8.30am – 12.30pm (approximate end time)

4. Zonal Round (oral)
Date: Saturday, March 28, 2015
Time: 8.00am – 11.30am (approximate end time)

5. Grand Finals (oral)
Date: Saturday, April 25, 2015
Time: 8.00am - 11.30am (approximate end time)

To receive an invitation to the finals of The Big Spell 2015, e-mail with subject heading “Please invite me to The Big Spell Finals”