NSW Premier's Spelling Bee

Years 2 to 6

The Premier's Spelling Bee is an engaging way for NSW public primary school students to expand their vocabularies and improve their spelling. Designed for Stage 2 and 3, Stage 1 students are welcome to participate.

The program includes activities that encourage students to become more confident users of language through broadening their vocabulary, and promotes improved literacy skills in conjunction with the NSW English K to 10 syllabus.

2023 Senior Premier's Spelling Bee State Finals champion, Trilok Shenoy, stands in front of a microphone to spell a word.

About the Bee

The Bee is open to students in NSW Public, Community and Central Schools in two categories.

  • Junior Spelling Bee – Years 3 and 4 (Stage 1 are welcome)
  • Senior Spelling Bee – Years 5 and 6

Please note – one Junior and one Senior student represent their school at regional finals. 2024 regional finals will be held using video connections. One senior and one junior speller from each regional will then go on to State finals.


School enrolments for 2024 Premier's Spelling Bee are now open.

Registrations for regional finalists now open.

Teachers will be provided with the wordlists password upon school enrolment.

There are no entry fees for the bee.

Download the participation certificate for the 2024 Premier's Spelling Bee (PDF 242.4 KB)


2024 key dates

Stage Dates Term/Week
Enrolment opens Monday 11 March Term 1 Week 7
Regional finalists registrations open Monday 13 May Term 2 Week 3
Enrolment closes Friday 21 June Term 2 Week 8
Regional names deadline Friday 5 July Term 2 Week 10
Regional Finals (online) Monday 12 to Friday 23 August Term 3 Weeks 4 and 5
State Finals Q Theatre Penrith Friday 1 November Term 4 Week 4

Word lists

The 2024 word lists will be available on enrolment, via the confirmation email you will receive. Please read all copyright conditions carefully, so you may distribute the lists according to licence agreements.

There is a straightforward vocabulary word list and an annotated list supplying pronunciation, word group, meaning and example sentences. The lists may be useful in classroom practice as well as a resource for keen spellers.

Juniors – Years 3 and 4

Seniors – Years 5 and 6

All lists are password-protected.

Copyright notice

The NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee 2024 junior and senior word lists are for your personal use only. No part of this word list covered by copyright may be reproduced, copied, shared or made available on the internet, via email, on an intranet, or by any other means without written permission of the publisher.

Copyright © Macquarie Dictionary Publishers 2024| macquariedictionary.com.au


 This year's artwork is 'The Realistic Bee', by Year 3 student Benjamin Ma, and is his Year 3 entry to 2023 Operation Art.

The 2024 NSW Premier’s Spelling Bee is proudly supported by Major Sponsor Grok Academy, Supporters, Primary English Teaching Association Australia, ABC Radio Sydney and ACCO Brands Australia, and Official word list partner Macquarie Dictionary