October 10, 2007: As part of National Literacy Week, Benalla College recently staged a school spelling championship.
Separate competitions were held for students from years 7 and 8.
Enormous enthusiasm had been generated in English classes during a series of spelling heats held prior to the championship.
The top speller from each class became a finalist and received a certificate recognising their achievements.
The championship was a highlight of Benalla College’s Junior School spelling program this year.
Two grand champions were declared after closely contested competitions.
Congratulations to Year 8 champion Jack Blackwell and Year 7 champion Braydon Roscoe.
Also as part of literacy week, the college sent a group of Year 8 students to Benalla West to read to years 3 and 4 students.
The older students had been practicing reading their chosen picture books aloud for more than a week.
Following the reading, the college students assisted their younger counterparts in the creation of bookmarks.
The morning was a success, with all of the students taking part engaged in the experience.
National Literacy week aims to assist Australian children to develop effective literacy skills.
Also in the news:
●The Benalla presentation of the Foodbowl Project draft report saw a surprising lack of attendance.
●The Friends of Benalla Trust annual auction held at the Benalla Art Gallery was a thrilling success.
●A quantity of cash was allegedly taken from the ladies changing rooms at the Benalla Aquatic Centre while the victims were swimming.
●A woman was hurt in a tractor accident, which occurred on Thursday, October 4, 2007, at a property in Tatong Rd.
●Benalla’s three largest human services agencies (Benalla and District Memorial Hospital, Benalla Rural City Council and Central Access Ltd) joined forces to improve health outcomes for local people.
●It was the 50th anniversary of the Benalla Auto Club.
●Viz Vitae won the Benalla Gold Cup.