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3rd Annual Spelling Bee at The Mackay School


Este jueves 18 de agosto se llevó a cabo una nueva versión del intercasas “Spelling Bee” organizado por el Departamento de Inglés de nuestro colegio.  Como siempre en este evento participaron alumnos de 5º y 6º básico. Esta competencia entrena a los estudiantes en la comprensión y pronunciación del idioma, además de permitirles mejorar sus habilidades orales y vocabulario.

Después de un difícil desempate por el segundo y tercer lugar, este año los resultados son los siguientes:

1er lugar: Mackay

2do lugar: Robertson – Somerscales

4º lugar: Sutherland

Felicitaciones a todos los alumnos de 5º y 6º básico que participaron en el evento 2016!

Un dato curioso es que usualmente conocemos el significado de la palabra “bee” para traducirla como abeja en Español, sin embargo, otra acepción de la palabra y que data del siglo XVIII es “reunión o encuentro de personas para un mismo propósito” (Cambridge Dictionary). De ahí que esta famoso concurso tome el nombre de “Spelling bee”, en la cual un grupo de alumnos se junta para llevar a cabo una sana competencia de deletreo en Inglés. Probablemente la palabra en su segundo significado ya no sea común en su uso, pero da origen al nombre de este evento en el mundo.

Christian Vergara P. – Interhouses Coordinator


 

This Thursday, August 18th, the 3rd Annual Interhouse Spelling Bee Competition took place, organized by the English Department at The Mackay School. As always, the participants consisted of the sharpest 5th and 6th graders. This competition drills students on their understanding and pronunciation of English, and also allows them to improve their speaking abilities and vocabulary.

After a grueling tie-breaker for 2nd and 3rd place, this year’s results are the following:

1st Place: Mackay

2nd Place: Robertson and Somerscales

4th Place: Sutherland

Congratulations to all the 5th and 6th grade participants on their stellar performance and hard work in the 2016 Spelling Bee Competition!

A fun fact regarding the Spelling Bee is that the word “Bee” in this context has nothing to do with the honey-producing insect. Rather, we can draw its meaning from late 18th-Century Britain, where the word came to mean “a group of people who come together to take part in a particular activity” (Cambridge Dictionary), hence this famous competition taking the name of “Spelling Bee,” in which a group of students comes together to carry out a healthy competition of spelling in English. This definition of “bee” is no longer commonly used, but gives rise to the name of this event, and others like it (Geography bee and sewing bee, to name a few), that has become well-known around the world.

 

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