Polish schoolgirl Martyna Lipska entered an English spelling competition and came 49th out of 1.2 million youngsters across the world.
The nine-year-old pupil of Isaac Newton Primary School was amazed to find out her place in the World Spelling Day competition. Here, talented Martyna shares her story.
JUST after Christmas, my teacher, Mrs Woolerton asked me if I would like to take part in the World Spelling Day Challenge.
What an honour...of course I agreed immediately; English isn’t my first language, I’m Polish but I’ve always done pretty well in my spelling tests at school. I thought it would be fantastic to have a go and challenge my spelling skills against children from all over the world.
The competition was actually a really big event, more than one million children took part over the two days using computers and the internet.
I was given a set of log-in details and the website address so I could start practising straight away. The website let me get used to the tests. In fact I practised everyday after school.
It wasn’t easy at the beginning but I got better with every test I took. I was confident and well prepared for the challenge.
However, I was still nervous when I finally got going. Despite being scared I did well in every challenge.
A week later Mrs Woolerton told me I had scored the highest mark from our school. I was really happy I had done so well.
Better news came later. In assembly, Mr Tapley announced that I had actually finished 49th out of 1.2 million children. 49th in the world!
I am very proud I did so well but next year I want to finish in the top 10.