Biggest turn out for first round of The Big Spell
A bumper crowd of primary school pupils turned up at Raffles City Convention Centre on Saturday morning, to pit against each other at this year's RHB-The Straits Times National Spelling Championship.
The boys and girls from more than 120 schools packed the centre's Fairmont ballroom, transforming it into a giant test hall as they anxiously scribbled on answer scripts, hoping to make it into the next round of what has become Singapore's biggest spelling contest.
The event, better known as The Big Spell, is organised by RHB Banking Group and The Straits Times, in partnership with the Ministry of Education.
More than 1,400 pupils registered for this year's edition, up from the 1,200 or so who took part in the inaugural event last year.