Spelling competition finals coming up
Knysna municipal library services will host its third annual interschool spelling competition finals on Saturday, August 26 at the Khayalethu community hall.
Aimed at improving language skills and encouraging reading, the competition’s participants are learners from Grades 4 to
7 who compete in IsiXhosa, English and Afrikaans.
Knysna library services extended an invitation to all primary schools in the Greater Knysna to participate. This year, the programme has grown as more schools, such as Oakhill, Riverwood and two schools from Plettenberg Bay’s Kwanokuthula Primary and Phakamisani Primary entered for the first time.
Mayoral committee member and portfolio chair for community services Cathy Weideman said, “This is an initiative very close to my heart, as it strengthens reading habits at an early age. Other benefits of this competition include the opportunity of improving confidence, to learn and compete in a supportive environment and gain skills such as presenting and improving memory.”
The semifinals were held on August 8 for IsiXhosa, August 10 for Afrikaans and August 11 for English. A total of 232 learners participated and 84 made it to the finals.
All contestants at the finals will receive certificates of participation, and the winner and runner-up will walk away with a trophy and an undisclosed gift. –