The Rye College French Spelling Bee champions travelled all the way to Abingdon in Oxfordshire on Tuesday 25th April to attend the South-East England Regional Finals of this national competition.

Every student in Year 7 learned a list of 50 French words and had to use the French alphabet including accents and punctuation.  The best in each class competed in a school final with a list of 100 possible words, and the three school finalists Ben, Reuben and Isabella were selected to represent Rye College in the regional final, using 150 words.  

Each finalist had one minute to translate and spell aloud in French as many words as they could.  The standard was very high and the pace was impressive.  Ben, Reuben and Isabella were fantastic ambassadors for Rye and put in a huge amount of effort.

Despite an eventful journey including a snowstorm, thunder and a rainbow, all three did brilliantly, were calm, focussed and accurate. 

Rye College was well represented and we were very proud, but in the end they were just beaten to the places to go forward to the National Final in Cambridge this year.  We wish the rest of the South-East team Bonne Chance!