The annual ISP Arabic Spelling Bee, launched in 2022 to celebrate the beauty of the Arabic language, encourages our students to practice and present their spelling skills to a panel of Middle Eastern judges. In the inaugural year, all Arabic first language students from Grade 1/Year 2 to Grade 8/Year 9 at the six ISP schools in the Middle East took part in the exciting competition. By the third round, each school had selected a child to represent them in the final competition, a live Spelling Bee in front of competitors, and six judges.
For each of the three rounds, students were challenged to learn an age-appropriate list of words linked to the Arabic curriculum. Parents were encouraged to get involved by helping their child prepare for the in-person and digital rounds of the competition.
Following the highly successful competition in 2022, we will be expanding the competition in 2023 to both our first and second language Arabic students.
“Arabic language learning is an important part of the curriculum in all our schools hence we launched the ISP Arabic Spelling Bee to encourage our students to enhance their language knowledge. The competition was fierce, and I am in awe of the winners who showed a mastery of the language, a commitment to the subject, and a maturity to enter the competition,” said Abigail Fishbourne, School Improvement Partner, ISP-ME.
Mrs Asma Al-Abbasi, Head of Arabic, said, “It was a successful journey for our students and parents at Park House English School. The competition allowed students to celebrate their achievements in their native language.”
Congratulations to the nine ISP students who won. We want to especially recognise and congratulate our students Yassin (Year 5), Sulaiman (Year 4) and Nasser (Year 3) for coming first in their age category during the competition round that took place at our school level.
We are very proud of every student who took part in this competition, and we celebrate your dedication, your commitment and your passion for the Arabic Language.
Park House Principal, Mr John Smith, said, “It was a pleasure to be involved in a competition that supports one of our most important curriculum areas. Once again, the talent and dedication of Park House and other students was a pleasure to see.”