Mateo Does His School Proud

(Source: Cape Argus | Fatimah Achmat | September 19, 2016) — For the first time, Mitchells Plain’s Imperial Primary School entered a team in the National Spelling Bee competition.

It would prove to be the right decision, as Mateo Joubert, a Grade 5 pupil from the school, went on to win the provincial level of the competition.

Ten-year-old Mateo was among three Western Cape pupils to advance to the national finals, which will take place in Pretoria on October 1.

Pupils had a list of over 1 200 words to study and Mateo won the provincial competition spelling a word that was not on the list — “acumen”, which means the ability to make good judgements and take quick decisions.

The 2016 Provincial Spelling Bee was held at the Nedbank Building V&AWaterfront, in Cape Town on Saturday. “I practiced day and night for this competition,”Mateo said. “My mommy, school teachers and principal helped me a lot. I feel good and excited about the prizes I won.

“I couldn’t sleep on Saturday night because of the excitement that I had won.
I would encourage others to participate because it’s good to read.”

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Fatimah Achmat
Staff Reporter
Cape Argus

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