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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2014 English Olympiad Winners! 

 Back row: Ndana Tendayi (Olympiad Chaperone); Gianluca Truda (7th Michaelhouse); Izana Zaaiman (13th Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, Pretoria);

4th row: Jane Grindley (Olympiad Officer); Louisa Clayton (Chairman: English Olympiad Executive Committee); Ricky Woods (SACEE: Head of Marking Centre); Liz Herselman (SACEE); Ingrid Wylde (Director: Arts Education); Mohammad Shabangu (Olympiad Chaperone)

3rd row: Pierre Durandt (5th Victoria Park High School); Heinrich Cox (15th Woodridge College); Karina de Kock (10th Pretoria High School for Girls); Tasneem Kathrada (14th St John's College); Thalia Rogers (12th St Mary's School, Waverley); Taryn Benade (8th Victoria Park High School); Mia McCarthy (6th Maris Stella)

1st row:  Dr Malcolm Venter (SACEE: National Chairman); Dr Sizwe Mabizela (Acting Vice Chancellor Rhodes University); Nicholas Cullinan (2nd Bishops Diocesan College); Tsepo Monaledi (De Beers Zimele); Samuel Musker (1st Redhill high School); Caleb Dlamini (Tshikululu Social Investments); Anne Peltason (Chairman: SACEE Eastern Cape)

Not in the picture: Rahul Naidoo (3rd Bishops Diocesan College); Mikhail Kolabhai (4th St John’s College); Lauren Southwick (9th Maris Stella); Julia Jellema-Butler (11th Reddam House, Constantia)


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. Please check your candidates details and let us know immediately if there are corrections that need to be made.



Please click on the documents below to access the 2015 Call for Entries, the 2015 Entry Form and the Letter to Principals:

Call for Entries 2015

Entry Form 2015

Letter to Principals


2014 English Olympiad TOP 20 Announced in RANK ORDER!

Rank Title First name Last name School
1 Mr Samuel Musker Redhill School
2 Mr Nicholas Cullinan Bishops Diocesan College
3 Mr Rahul Naidoo Bishops Diocesan College
4 Mr Mikhail Kolabhai St John's College
5 Mr Pierre Durandt Victoria Park High School
6 Ms Mia McCarthy Maris Stella
7 Mr Gianluca Truda Michaelhouse
8 Ms Taryn Benade Victoria Park High School
9 Ms Lauren Southwick Maris Stella
10 Ms Karina de Kock Pretoria High School for Girls
11 Ms Julia Jellema-Butler Reddam House, Constantia
12 Ms Thalia Rogers St Mary's School, Waverley
13 Ms Izana Zaaiman Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, Pretoria
14 Ms Tasneem Kathrada St John's College
15 Mr Heinrich Cox Woodridge College
16 Ms Sana Salduker Durban Girls' College
17 Ms Uvile Binase Kingsridge High School for Girls
18 Ms Nicola McEwan Riebeek College 
19 Ms Suzanne Loots Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool, Pretoria
20 Mr Samuel Sapire St David's Marist, Inanda

Click here for the RANK ORDER of the top 100 for 2014.

Click here for the official press release for July 2014.

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

  • Congratulations to all candidates who wrote the English Olympiad exam on Tuesday 3 March 2015! 
  • Exam scripts must be sent to The English Olympiad Officer, Grahamstown Foundation, by post (check first that the Post Office services are operational in which case Registered Post is recommended) at: PO Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140; or, care of Postnet Counter to Counter at 123 High Street, Grahamstown, 6139; or, by courier to 1820 Settlers National Monument, Fort Selwyn Drive, Grahamstown, no later than Friday 6th March to arrive no later than Wednesday 11 March to prepare for marking. 
  • The 2015 English Olympiad exam was written in schools on Tuesday 3 March. Click HERE to read the important PRE-EXAM NOTICE to schools that entered candidates in the 2015 examination. 
  • Exam papers and answer booklets were posted to schools between 09-19 February 2015. Track the progress of the postage of your school's exam materials by clicking on THIS LINK. Tracking information including how your materials were posted, the date of dispatch,  and the tracking number can be found next to your school centre number.
  • ENTRIES CLOSED for the 2015 English Olympiad exam in January 2015. Any NAME CHANGES or SUBSTITUTIONS of candidates can be indicated CLEARLY on the Candidates' List that is being sent to schools with the exam materials and returned to the Olympiad Office with your School Report.
  • The 2015 English Olympiad theme is:  "Stories and Language of Mzansi" and the title of the anthology including 11 South African short stories is "Revelations and Transformations". Copies of the Call for Entries were included in the packs of 2014 certificates sent to schools and distributed by mail and email to many other schools. Please contact the Olympiad Officer if you would like your school to receive this information for 2016. 
  • Looking for past exam papers, study inspiration or guidance for First Additional Language students? Go to the "Exam Materials" tab on this website for past exam papers and FAL Study Guides. For this year's theme you may also want to visit A DICTIONARY OF SOUTH AFRICAN ENGLISH ON HISTORICAL PRINCIPLES at: http://dsae.co.za/
  • While entries have closed, the 2015 Call for Entries is still available on this website. Please scroll down and click on the links to the left of this news column to download the 2015 Call for Entries, Entry Form and Letter to Principals. They can also be accessed under the tab "How to Enter". The 2016 Call for Entries will be available on this website during July 2015.
  • The De Beers English Olympiad was a DEVELOPMENT AWARD FINALIST in the 17th Annual Business Day Business Arts South Africa (BASA) Awards partnered by Hollard. The achievement was celebrated at the BASA Awards on 26 August 2014.
  • OLYMPIAD OFFICE: 046 603 1145  / Email: olympiad@foundation.org.za



 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: 



 South African Council for English Education


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.



Prize partner and sponsor


Rhodes University has

sponsored the Top 50 Scholarhships

for 15 years.