Kamdebo Primary School is very proud of grade 6 pupil Ethan Job, who was awarded top place in the recent Sanlam WOW Afrikaans Spelling Bee cluster competition held in Graaff-Reinet. Four learners from Kamdebo participated in the competition: Abigail Kalaka in grade 4, Morisha Fick from grade 5, Ethan, and Chandre Mytieniers from grade 7. The girls all performed well, but (unusually) it was the only boy representing the school who came out tops!
The Graaff-Reinet district competition started in 2015 with six primary schools and three high schools. In 2016 it grew to nine primary and four high schools, including one school from Somerset East. In 2017 a whopping nineteen primary schools and five high schools registered. Somerset East schools had their own competition to save them travelling time, but all the other schools participated in Graaff-Reinet. These schools were grouped into two sections of six.
The top ten learners of each of the two Graaff-Reinet groups, together with the top ten from Somerset East, will take part in the District competition on Tuesday 22nd August. From here, the top seven of each grade will qualify for the Provincial competition to be held at NMU Missionvale campus in Port Elizabeth on 2nd September where they will be competing against Port Elizabeth District, Humansdorp and Uitenhage. The top three winners of each grade at this competition qualify to take part in the National Gala on Saturday 21 October in Stellenbosch.
Each grade has a number of words to be studied by the learners, ranging from 300 words for grades 1 and 2 up to 700 for grades 6 and 7. At the circuit and district competitions learners must know about 50 % of these words, and they will also be tested on other “unseen” words.
Ethan, under his coach HOD Chris de Jager, will no doubt be studying hard and aiming to represent his school, and Aberdeen, through many more rounds of the competition.