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.
2018 CALL FOR ENTRIES - calling all English Olympiad enthusiasts!
The theme for the 2018 English Olympiad is "War and Peace", and the anthology is entitled We will Remember Them. This year, the anthology consists of a selection of poetry relating to war times, and a language section which focuses on the language of propaganda.
To enter the 2018 English Olympiad, download the 2018 Call for Entries and Entry Form. Click on the following links:
Please check this website for updates on closing dates, as the closing dates on the entry form and Call for Entries may no longer be valid.
We are accepting entries until 30 November 2017 at the late entry fee of R140 per entry.
Contact the Olympiad Officer should you wish to have the Call for Entries and Entry Form emailed to you.
ENCOURAGE YOUR SCHOOL TO ENTER! Download the "Letter to Principals" here and present it to your school. The English Olympiad is open to all learners that will be in Grades 10-12 in 2018.
Logging on to this website
Teachers-in-charge of entering candidates into the English Olympiad will be issued with a Username and Password to access their school’s entry and to check on the accuracy of their candidates' names, grades, etc., and finally to see their results when they are released during late June each year.
2017 English Olympiad Winners!
Back row: Gerhard Woithe, Grey High School; Catherine Bloy, Epworth High School; Dennis Buckland, Rondebosch Boys High School; Anya Fries, Roedean School; Montana Cohen, Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard; Kiara Govender, Northlands Girls' High School; Emily Macgregor, St Andrews School for Girls; Jenna Beavon, Parel Vallei High School.
Front row: Julian Yeates, St Dominics School for Girls (5th place); Sarah Martinson, Roedean School (2nd place); Shraya Moodley, Epworth High School (1st place); Abigail Sieberhagen, Pearson High School (3rd place); Leah Macdonald, Clarendon High School for Girls (4th place).
2017 English Olympiad TOP 20 in RANK ORDER!
|Rank||Title||First name||Last name||School|
||Epworth High School|
||Pearson High School
||Macdonald||Clarendon High School for Girls|
|5||Ms||Julian||Yeates||St Dominics School for Girls
|6||Ms||Sabrina||Loubser||Ashton Ballito College
|7||Mr||Gerhard||Woithe||Grey High School
||Parel Vallei High School
|9||Ms||Emily||Macgregor||St Andrews School for Girls
|10||Ms||Kiara||Govender||Northlands Girls High School
|Kane||The Kings College & Preparatory
||Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard
|14||Mr||Dennis||Buckland||Rondebosch Boys High School|
|15||Ms||Catherine||Bloy||Epworth High School
|17||Ms||Jessica||Freedman||Epworth High School
|18||Ms||Jessica||Gordon||The Kings College & Preparatory
|19||Ms||Amy||Finlayson||Pretoria High School for Girls
Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool
|2||Ms||Nina||Cuyler||Gymnasium High School, Paarl
|3||Ms||Leandri||Van den Hever
||Ferdinand Postma High School|
|4||Mr||Marco||Marais||Otto du Plessis High School|
||Sago||Maths and Science Leadership Academy|
|6||Ms||Lisa||Victor||Oudtshoorn High School|
|7||Ms||Timara||Lourens||Brackenfell High School
|8||Ms||Asma||Nakedar||Mbilwi Secondary School|
|9||Ms||Wamkelwa||Duma||Little Flower Combined School|
||Ferdinand Postma High School|
||Maths and Science Leadership Academy|
|12||Mr||Seakgathi||Manthata||Dendron Secondary School
|13||Ms||Nafisa||Roza||Machabeng College, Lesotho
|14||Mr||Samkelo||Zwakala||Maths and Science Leadership Academy|
|15||Ms||Monique||Diergraadt||Maths and Science Leadership Academy|
Click here for the RANK ORDER of the HL Top 100 for 2017!
Click here for the official press release for July 2017
Please email Olympiad@foundation.org.za if you would like to receive a copy via email.
Click here for an explanation of the symbols.
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
- 2018 ENGLISH OLYMPIAD - still open for entries! The late entry fee will now apply at R140 per entry. Entries will be accepted until 30 November 2017.
- 2018 Call for Entries and Entry Form now available for download! Find the links on the left. The theme for 2018 is "War and Peace".
- TOP 20 HL and TOP 15 FAL for 2017 has been posted! See below for the rank order.
- TOP 100 RANK ORDER for 2017 now available for download! Click on the link below.
- RESULTS for the 2017 English Olympiad have been released! To view your school’s results, please log on to the website with your Username & Password (phone the office if you do not have these), then click on "Entries" in the task bar. You will see a symbol next to each candidate.
- 2017 CERTIFICATES have been posted to all schools via Registered Mail (Post Office).
- 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, the South African Council for English Education (SACEE) and De Beers.
South African Council for English Education
South African Council for English Education (SACEE) National Website: http://www.sacee.org.za/
The De Beers Group of Companies
through the De Beers Fund,
has supported the English Olympiad since 1985.
Prize partner and sponsor
Rhodes University has
sponsored the Top 50 Scholarships
for 15 years.