Double spell of success is tres bon for Waid

Waid Academy pupils  Kirstie and Hannah Coburn twins in S2 (Kirstie on the left) who competed in Modern LAngauages Spelling Bee.

Waid Academy pupils Kirstie and Hannah Coburn twins in S2 (Kirstie on the left) who competed in Modern LAngauages Spelling Bee.

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A PAIR of Waid Academy pupils have excelled at spelling under test conditions – even more impressive as they were speaking a foreign language.

Twins Hannah and Kirstie Coburn reached the semi-final stages of the first contest of its kind to be held in Scotland.

The Modern Languages Spelling Bee Competition stretched the knowledge of S1 pupils across the country who are studying French, German and Spanish.

Eight months of hard preparation culminated in the finals at the Scottish Parliament, with Waid Academy the only school from Fife to participate.

Kirstie and Hannah, now of S2, did the school and its French department proud as they competed against 15 pupils from 12 Scottish schools in in the semi -final round for French.

They displayed their ability to spell as many words and phrases as they could in one minute in the target language, with items being randomly selected from a list of 200.

They spoke with confidence and clarity to an audience of teachers and parents, invited guests and supporters.

Points were awarded for pronunciation and correct spelling in French.

Both girls commented later on how much they enjoyed their day and how it had broadened their vocabulary and improved their literacy skills.

The event was organised by the Scottish Centre for Information on Language Teaching and Routes into Languages, a consortium of universities working with schools and colleges to encourage people to study languages.

Other Waid pupils are also preparing to take part in spelling bees before the school term ends for the summer break.