THINKING on your feet with a spotlight in your eyes and hundreds of faces watching is no easy achievement.
But schoolkids from around the district sailed through some wordy pressure at this week’s Western District School’s Spelling Competition.
The battles of nouns and verbs came down to dead heats at a packed out hall at Warrnambool Primary School on Thursday night.
Principal Peter Auchettl said his students had spent months memorising challenges like knowing the difference between “stationary and stationery”.
“We had a huge number of schools from across the community. The atmosphere was fantastic,” he said.
“There were 20 schools and there would have been between 80 and a hundred students (competing).”
Pupils from year four to six went through written tests and took a place on stage for the oral test.
“It is daunting. There would have been 670 chairs out and there were easily 50 standing.”
St Mary’s Primary School from Hamilton came away with the trophy for the second year in a row, followed by St Joseph’s Primary School in Warrnambool and Timboon P-12 School.