The CIMA Spellmaster, an all island schools spelling competition, is ready to set off, this year with much more pomp and pageant, as the inaugural programme takes shape on 22 September 2009 in Kegalle at the St. Joseph's Balika Vidyalaya.
This spelling competition was introduced last year to promote and develop the English language skills of students island-wide in a fun and competitive manner and proved highly successful with 13 of the final 20 spellers coming from the outstations. With the year 2009 being declared the year of English and IT, the Spellmaster programme will undoubtedly help support the mission of the government to make English as a life skill in all corners of Sri Lanka.
2,000 students from 400 schools have entered the competition and the organizers confirmed that they have made it very inclusive by arranging to conduct the competition in all 25 districts. The reason for the increase in the entries is attributed to the popularity of the programme amongst the students, parents and teachers who followed the inaugural programme and the general public who had the opportunity to share the excitement of this educative and entertaining programme which was telecast islandwide.
The competition takes a totally different spin this year giving more opportunities for the spellers to get into the final rounds. In the first round the spellers will be reduced to 500 and thereafter round two will bring down the competition to 100 spellers. The next stage of the completion will witness the 100 competitors been grouped into 20 spellers each and thereafter competing for 4 places in each group.
The 4 winners from each of these groups will comprise of the main 20 entering the grand final.
Attractive prizes are on offer for winners even at the initial stages of the competition and the final round winners stand to win attractive prizes not only for themselves but also for their schools.