Welcome to the De Beers English Olympiad Website 

This website enables schools to view their entries and results,

and provides information about the upcoming Olympiad. 

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Meet the Top 15 Winners of the 2013 De Beers English Olympiad!

Front row: Iqraa Daniels, Oakhill School (3rd place); Daniel Peter, St David's Marist, Inanda (1st place); Lucy Grinker (2nd place) Clarendon High School for Girls

Middle row: Carmen Nangolo, Diocesan School for Girls; Benedict Didcott-Marr, St John’s College; Luke Ducray, St Henry's Marist College; Sam Musker, Redhill High School; Micaela Ponzo, Alexander Road High; Andre Prinsloo, Northcliff High

Back row: Ife Adegoke, Northcliff High; Silvie van Onselen, Diocesan School for Girls; Lili Marie Flax, Theodore Herlz High School; Kiara Myburgh, Northcliff High; Micaela White, Riebeek College

And (not in pic): Emily Pitt, Our Lady of Fatima Convent

 

Logging on to this website

Once you have entered and paid for your school's entries into the 2014 Olympiad, you will be issued with a login username and password which you can use to view your school's entries and details. Please contact the Olympiad Office if you need your username and password. Plese check your candidates details and let us know immediately if there are corrections that need to be made.

 

 

2014 CALL FOR ENTRIES

Please click on the documents below to access the 2014 Call for Entries and 2014 Entry Form:

Call for Entries 2014

Entry Form 2014

 

2013 English Olympiad TOP 20 Announced in RANK Order!

No

Title

First Name

Surname

School Name

1

Mr

Daniel

Peter

St David's Marist, Inanda

2

Ms

Lucy

Grinker

Clarendon High School for Girls

3

Ms

Iqraa

Daniels

Oakhill School

4

Mr

Luke

Ducray

St Henry's Marist College

5

Mr

Benedict

Didcott-Marr

St John's College

6

Ms

Carmen

Nangolo

The Diocesan School for Girls

7

Ms

Ife

Adegoke

Northcliff High

8

Mr

André

Prinsloo

Northcliff High

9

Ms

Micaela

White

Riebeek College Girls High

10

Ms

Micaela

Ponzo

Alexander Road High

11

Mr

Sam

Musker

Redhill High School

12

Ms

Kiara

Myburgh

Northcliff High

13

Ms

Emily

Pitt

Our Lady of Fatima Convent

14

Ms

Lili Marie

Flax

Theodor Herzl High School

15

Ms

Silvie

van Onselen

The Diocesan School for Girls

16

Ms

Nicol

Steyn

Parklands College

17

Ms

Blessings

Chinganga

Victoria Girls' High School

18

Ms

Wiebke

Langner

Theodor Herzl High School

19

Mr

Adam

Randera

Parktown Boys' High School

20

Ms

Lesedi

Thwala

Hoërskool Lichtenburg


 

Click here for the rank order of the top 100 for 2013.

Click here for the official press release for July 2013.

Click here for an explanation of the symbols.

 

Saul Musker, 2nd place in the 2012 English Olympiad, reflects on writing the examination:

Isaac Asimov, the celebrated American science fiction writer, once declared: ‘If the doctor told me I had six minutes to live, I'd type a little faster.’ Reading this quote, my mind wandered to the top-corridor English classroom where I recently wrote my last English Olympiad, with Mrs Leaver’s voice in the distance: ‘Six minutes left, everyone! Hurry along!’ Six minutes left! Lord have mercy! It wasn’t that I was worried about time; I had just finished my last piece, and was about to give it a final read-over. No; I owed my despair instead to the realisation that I would never write another Olympiad. For me, the Olympiad is more than just another exam or competition. It is protected time for creativity; a dedicated three hours devoted to writing. I only wish I could write one every day, to escape the usual chaos of our existence, to let the ink pour out of my grateful mind. F Scott Fitzgerald observed that ‘all good writing is swimming under water and holding your breath.’ So dive, ye stranger! Submerge yourself in the cool green waters of your imagination, of the English language, of this moment in time!

 

     

      News and Updates

  • We wish all 2014 English Olympiad candidates well for the 2014 English Olympiad Exam which will be written in your school on Tuesday 4 March 2014.
  • Due to the recent postal strike Exam Materials were dispatched to schools via collection depots in the bigger centres, and hand delivery or Postnet courier throughout South Africa. These were unusual circumstances and the Olympiad Office is very grateful to the schools and people listed below who assisted with the distribution of this year’s exam materials.
  • PLEASE NOTE INSTRUCTIONS FOR THE RETURN OF EXAM SCRIPTS TO THE ENGLISH OLYMPIAD OFFICE FOR MARKING:
  • Do not return your candidates' scripts to the depot from which you collected your exam materials.
  • Schools should decide for themselves how they wish to return their candidates’ scripts. The following are options and are at each schools’ expense and risk. Please forward the tracking numbers to the English Olympiad office.
  • Registered mail via the SA Post Office - address to: English Olympiad Officer, Grahamstown Foundation, PO Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140.
  • Postnet Counter- to-Counter Service. Please note that this must go to the Grahamstown Postnet addressed as follows:
  • English Olympiad Officer, Grahamstown Foundation, Tel: 046 603 1145. Postnet Grahamstown, Shop 4 123 High Street, Grahamstown, 6139, Tel: 046 636 2445.
  • Postnet Courier, or any other courier service, or hand delivery to our physical address: English Olympiad Officer, Grahamstown Foundation, 1820 Settlers National Monument, Fort Selwyn Drive, Grahamstown. Tel: 046 603 1145 / 12
  • We encourage you to support Postnet because they generously reduced the cost of the courier of 140 exam material packages to schools around the country last week. 
  • All exam scripts must be dispatched to the Olympiad Officer no later 11 March 2014.

  • The dispatch of the 2014 Exam materials would simply not have been possible without the generous assistance of the following schools and people:
  • Alexander Road High School, Bergvliet High School, Capricorn High School, Clarendon Girls High School, DF Malan High School, Durbanville High School, Edgemead High School, Herschel Girls High School, La Rochelle Girls' High School, Maths & Science Leadership Academy, Mr Kay Pillay, Mr Redvers Lawrence, Mr Theuns Opperman, Mrs Beecham, Mrs Corinne Williams, Mrs Pat Fanucchi, Mrs Pat Schearer, Mrs Ricky Woods, Mrs Tracy Meyer, Ms Anne Mclean & Ms Marthie Venter, Ms Barbi Harrison, Ms Charmaine Kendall, Ms Elaine Hyland, Ms Elana Wiesse, Ms Heather Vaughan, Ms Hemmie Govender, Ms Janey Buffkins, Ms Liesl Kloppers, Ms Liza Rakobila, Ms Nicky Du Bois, Ms Nicky Karstens, Ms Vanette Van Huyssteen, Parel Vallei High School, Postnet & Mr Wayne Wiblin and his Postnet team, Pretoria Boys High School, Rylands High School, St Dominic's Boksburg, St Dominic's School Boksburg, St John's College, St Stithian's Girls' College, The Limpopo & Mpumalanga School's Festivals Team. 
  • We could not have done this without your help. We warmly thank you very much for your willing and efficient assistance.
  • OLYMPIAD OFFICE: 046 603 1145  / Email: olympiad@foundation.org.za

  

PARTNERS AND SPONSORS 

 The English Olympiad is a joint project between the Grahamstown Foundation, the South African Council for English Education (SACEE) and De Beers.

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Grahamstown Foundation

For information about other Grahamstown Foundation Arts Education projects, please visit: 
http://schoolsfestival.wordpress.com/ 
and 

http://www.foundation.org.za/#  

 

 South African Council for English Education

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South African Council for English Education (SACEE) National Website: http://www.sacee.org.za/

Main sponsor:

The De Beers Group of Companies 

through the De Beers Fund, 

has supported the English Olympiad for 29 years.

http://www.debeersgroup.com/

 

Prize partner and sponsor

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Rhodes University has

sponsored the Top 50 Scholarhships

for 15 years.

www.ru.ac.za