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We are now accepting entries for the 2022 English Olympiad! To enter, please click on the links below to access the Call for Entries and Entry Form.
The theme for 2022 is “A Brave New World”. The anthology is a mixed-genre selection compiled by our 2022 Examiner, Anne Peltason.
The entry fee for 2022 is R100 per candidate.
The closing date for entries is 30 September 2021 (we regret that late entries cannot be accepted).
The Olympiad is open to all learners (English HL and FAL) who will be in Grades 9 - 12 in 2022.
To enter, please complete the entry form and email or fax it to the Olympiad Officer (email: firstname.lastname@example.org, fax: 0862626048) along with proof of payment. Remember to include the postage fee of R120 in your final total.
We look forward to receiving your entries!
2021 Home Language (HL) TOP 20 in RANK ORDER
|Rank||Title||First name||Last name||School|
||Faye||Crawford||Epworth High School|
||Sazi||Bongwe||St John's College|
|4||Ms||Rozelle||Hartzenberg||Gymnasium High School, Paarl|
|5||Ms||Raeesah||Jadwat||St John's College|
||Grace||Ross||St Anne's Diocesan College|
|7||Ms||Sarah||Nanabhay||St John's College|
|8||Ms||Erin||Commaille||Rhenish Girls' High|
|9||Ms||Stephanie||Bergesen||St Mary's School, Waverley|
||Naidoo||St John's College
|11||Ms||Harshitha||Vempati||Crawford College Sandton|
|12||Ms||Rachel||Taljard||Ashton Ballito College|
|13||Mr||Nabeel||Seedat||St Andrew's School, Bloemfontein|
|14||Ms||Isabella||Andrighetto||St Stithians Girls College, Randburg|
|15||Ms||Vanya||Blignaut||Hartbeespoort High School|
|16||Ms||Gabriella||Hoskins||Parktown High School for Girls|
|17||Ms||Angela||Wang||St Andrew's School for Girls|
|18||Ms||Asithandile||Msomi||Kloof High School|
|19||Ms||Amy||Irlam||Pinelands High School|
Clarendon High School for Girls
|1||Mr||Pinashe||Manyengawana||Blue Hills College|
|2||Ms||Inam||Nojilana||Walmer High School|
||Herman||Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof|
|4||Ms||Logan-Leigh||van Staden||Otto du Plessis High School|
|5||Ms||Elizabeth||van Eeden||Curro Nelspruit|
|7||Mr||Ian||Olivier||Pearson High School|
|8||Ms||Nshalati||Maluleke||Khanyisa Education Centre|
|9||Mr||Jacques||Klopper||Bergvlam High School|
|11||Ms||Kutenda||Jange||Khanyisa Education Centre|
|13||Ms||Musa||Ncwadi||Ntsika Secondary School|
|14||Ms||Kirsty-Leigh||Philander||Otto du Plessis High School|
|15||Ms||Nyeleti||Mbombi||Khanyisa Education Centre
|16||Ms||Sandiswa||Booi||Ntsika Secondary School|
|17||Mr||Sive||Teyise||Ntsika Secondary School
|18||Ms||Nwabisa||Sami||Ntsika Secondary School
|19||Ms||Zenobia||Kemoeti||Oudtshoorn High School|
|20*||Ms||Khanyisa||Baloyi||Khanyisa Education Centre|
|20*||Ms||Carine||Meyer||Swartland High School|
*Tied in 20th place
RESULTS for the 2021 English Olympiad now available!
The results for the 2021 English Olympiad are now available for teachers to view on this website. To view your school's results please log in with your Username and Password (contact the Olympiad Officer if you do not have these). Please note that ONLY teachers have these credentials and may log in the view results.
Congratulations to all candidates!
How to view your Olympiad results
Once you have logged in, click on "Entries" in the grey task bar. Your candidates list should appear with symbols in the Results column next to the names of candidates who wrote the exam.
What the symbols mean:D - Diamond (90% +)
G - Gold (80-89%)
S - Silver (70-79%)
B - Bronze (60-69%)
M - Merit (50-59%)
P - Participation (0-49%)
U - Unclassified (did not complete paper / insufficient answers)
2021 Study Guide Memo
Suggested answers to the questions in the Study Guide are available for download. Please click on the link below for the memo:
Please note: some of the questions in the Study Guide are open ended and do not have definitive answers. The suggested responses included in the memo should therefore not be viewed as 'model answers'.
NB: 2021 Examination date change
The 2021 English Olympiad examination date has changed. The new date is Tuesday 16 March 2021.
2021 Call for Entries
Entries are now closed for the 46th National English Olympiad that is due to be held on Tuesday, 16 March 2021.
The Olympiad takes the form of an “open book” examination. The theme for 2021 is “People and Personas” and the prescribed anthology is entitled This is My Story. Candidates will enjoy a short selection of interesting writings that includes poetry, prose and a dramatic monologue.
The English Olympiad is open to all learners (HL and FAL English) who will be in Grades 9 - 12 in 2021, that is, those learners who are currently in Grades 8 - 11.
Entry fee: R90 per candidate
Closing date: 21 October 2020 - CLOSED FOR 2021
Please click on the links below to download the 2021 Call for Entries and Entry Form:
Call for Entries - for information about the Olympiad, how to enter and prizes up for grabs.
Entry Form - please complete this form, and email or fax it to the Olympiad Officer before the closing date.
Saul Musker, 2nd place in the 2012 English Olympiad, reflects on writing the exam:
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
- 2022 ENGLISH OLYMPIAD open for entries. Download the Call for Entries and Entry Form by clicking here and here.
- The theme for the 2022 English Olympiad is "A Brave New World".
- Results for the 2021 English Olympiad are available! Please log in with your English Olympiad username and password to view your school's results. Click on Entries in the grey task bar. You will see the symbol/result next to each candidate's name if they wrote.
- 2021 CERTIFICATES will be posted to all schools by end of August 2021.
- HELP for English Teachers! See Teaching English Today by clicking here for more information.
- Find past exam papers, English exercises, study inspiration or guidance for First Additional Language students by going to the "Exam Materials" tab at the top of this website for past exam papers and FAL Study Guides. You may wish to visit A DICTIONARY OF SOUTH AFRICAN ENGLISH at: http://dsae.co.za/
- OLYMPIAD OFFICE:
- 046 603 1145 (09h00-16h30)
- Email: email@example.com
PARTNERS AND SPONSORS
The English Olympiad is a joint project between the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education (SACEE).
South African Council for English Education
South African Council for English Education (SACEE) National Website: http://www.sacee.org.za/
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Rhodes University has
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for over 15 years.