KZN pupil spells it like it is
Grade 6 girl places first in national competition
A KZN pupil brought honour to the province after taking on some of the best “spelling bees” in the country and emerged victorious.
By correctly spelling the word “guillotine”, Neha Harribhajan, a Grade 6 pupil from Parkside Primary in Queensburgh, clinched the honour during the National Spelling Bee Championship in Pretoria last weekend.
For her efforts, Neha, 11, will receive a fully funded scholarship, (excluding accommodation) at any Monash University once she matriculates, a tablet, trophy and other prizes.
Neha’s father Niraj Harribhajan described her win as an “over achievement”. “I’m so proud of her. She really put in the effort,” said Harribhajan, a graphic designer by profession.
Harribhajan admitted it was stressful for Neha to juggle preparations for the competition and exams but it was worth it in the end.
“I helped her prepare for the contest at home while designated subject teachers worked with her in school. She was also tested by an official from the KZN education department.”
Harribhajan said while a list of words was provided, initially during the elimination round pupils were tested on unseen words. There were three candidates in the final. Neha said when she realised she had won, the excitement overwhelmed her and she became emotional.
Two other KZN pupils, Jordan Govender from Fairhaven Primary in Chatsworth and Lumka Cele from Thamela Primary in Umlazi also made it to the finals.