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WINNERS OF THE 2013 DE BEERS ENGLISH OLYMPIAD ANNOUNCED

The Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education (SACEE) has announced the rank order of the top 100 English Olympiad winners at an official prize giving ceremony held in Grahamstown on Thursday 11 July.

The English Olympiad is an annual English competition that drew more than 7500 entries this year from high schools throughout South Africa, Namibia, Botswana and Mozambique. This prestigious competition has run since 1976 and is organised jointly by the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education (SACEE). It has been sponsored by De Beers since 1985.

On 5 March this year, entrants from Grades 10 to 12, wrote the three-hour examination. The theme this year was “Secrets and Lies” and the mixed media anthology, compiled by the South African Council of English Education, was entitled “In Camera”.

Speaking at the prize-giving event, De Beers Consolidated Mines representative Tsepo Monaledi commented that:

 “Although English is equal among the eleven official languages of South Africa, it holds a special place in business, as it is the medium in which the global conversation takes place. De Beers is proud of its association, since 1985, with the English Olympiad, and is firmly of the belief that communication is a key to African development.”

“The theme this year: ‘Secrets and Lies’, prompts us to examine the obvious paradox: fiction is a form of lying, with, at its best, the eventual goal of arriving at some hidden truth. But it is a truth approached obliquely, by making the reader re-examine their lived experience and by drawing on memory and imagination. Fiction is knowledge shared, both through descriptions of the world and by teasing out what is already known to its readers. And it is through the annunciation of these positions that we articulate our present and our future.”

…Dr Diana Ayliff, Academic Coordinator, commented……(overleaf)

 

Dr Diana Ayliff, Academic Coordinator, commented that: “While English has become the de facto lingua franca of South Africa it can be notoriously badly written and spoken.  It is therefore a delight to read such eloquent scripts written by the top English Olympiad candidates.  The overall growth in the levels of participation in the Olympiad, and the 2013 results are evidence of highly articulate South African youth and creative role models for the English language which bodes well for both the development of the language and the future of our country.”

This year also saw an increase in the number of English First Additional Language (FAL) candidates as part of the English Development Initiative (EDI).

Phillip Barton, CEO of De Beers Consolidated Mines, also commented:

“This year 454 EDI candidates entered. This is a significant increase from the 315 entries we saw in 2012, and exceeds what we could have hoped for when we conceptualised the programme nearly a decade ago. What is cause for even greater pride is that nearly 90% of this year’s candidates passed with merit or higher. It is also very pleasing to see two EDI candidates feature in the Top 100, particularly as this was the first time their school had entered the Olympiad.

The EDI is a vital component of the Olympiad, and aims to ensure that schools in communities associated with De Beers enjoy the benefits of the Olympiad, to promote an increased level of confidence in English usage in these communities, to provide an opportunity for learners to compete at a national level, and to allow the opportunity for pride in what are proving to be exceptional results.”

Prizes awarded against the rank order are as follows:

a. The top three candidates are treated to a literary tour of the United Kingdom in December 2013.

b. The top 15 candidates are invited to attend the National Schools Festival in Grahamstown free of charge. The English Olympiad prize-giving ceremony is held during this Festival where the rank order of the top 100 winners is announced.

c. Learners who are ranked between the fourth and 20th positions will receive cash prizes, books or book vouchers.

d. The Top 50 candidates receive free-tuition scholarships for their first year of study at Rhodes University immediately upon successful completion of the matriculation examinations, and subject to meeting the university’s entry requirements.

…e. All candidates who complete…(overleaf)

 

 

e. All candidates who complete the paper will receive certificates indicating a classified evaluation.

2013 De Beers English Olympiad Top 20 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

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

 

Ends

Media Contacts:

Olympiad Officer: 046 603 1145 or 046 603 1107
Louisa Clayton, Chairman of the English Olympiad Executive Committee: 046 603 1112

A complete list of the top 100 in rank order is available on the following website: www.SAenglisholympiad.org.za immediately following the announcement.

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