Jakarta, November 24th 2019
Continued from the Spelling Bee event on the 3rd of November 2019, all the winners from all groups got invitations to join the National Grand Final of Spelling Bee competition which held by English First Centre (EF Centre). Then all English teachers conducted the preparation for all the winners. We tried to simulate like what EF did. Started by collecting the words from Longman Dictionary, then we did simulation to make them get used with the process.
The event was held on November 24th, 2019, at Tennis Indoor Senayan, Jakarta. The program was a national event participated by all EF branch representatives from all over Indonesia. Each group consists of 200 winners from the previous competition. The registration started at 06.30 – 08.30 a.m. The competition itself started at 9.30 a.m. Adelia Syarifah, Hanzel Xavier and Axel Havier were Gita Bangsa School Elementary representatives for Group A (Level 1-2), Teresa Medeline for Group B (level 3-4), Darren Serafino and Keysha Enindita for Group C (Level 5-6). Gita Bangsa School Junior High School representatives for group D were Callista Hidayat and Keisya.
With total 700 participants from all over Indonesia, the event was divided into two rounds. The first round was preliminary round with 60 questions for each group. And the second round was the final round that only consists of 10 participants for each group. At 11.45 a.m., the first round ended and we had break time until 12.45. Then after the break, they continued with game and the announcement for the finalist. Unfortunately, none of our students made to the final round. But with the experience they had from this event, made them more persistent to try again. We hope, we can make it next year!!! (Ms Ika_English Teacher)