Welcome to the National English Olympiad Website 

NB: Teachers are required to log in to view their school's entries and results.

2022 Call for Entries

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.

2022 Call for Entries

2022 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: olympiad@foundation.org.za, 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 English Olympiad Winners!

2021 HL Top 100 in rank order
2021 FAL Top 20 in rank order 

 2021 Home Language (HL) TOP 20 in RANK ORDER

Rank Title First name Last name School
1 Ms
Faye Crawford Epworth High School
2 Mr
Sazi Bongwe St John's College
3 Ms
Vanessa Visser Hoërskool Linden
4 Ms Rozelle Hartzenberg Gymnasium High School, Paarl
5 Ms Raeesah Jadwat St John's College
6 Ms
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
10 Mr Ydhan
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
20 Ms Jenna Viviers

Clarendon High School for Girls

2021 First Additional Language (FAL) Top 20 in RANK ORDER
Rank Title First Name Surname School
1 Mr Pinashe Manyengawana  Blue Hills College
2 Ms Inam Nojilana Walmer High School
3 Ms Anaïs
Herman Hoër Meisieskool Bloemhof
4 Ms Logan-Leigh van Staden  Otto du Plessis High School
5 Ms Elizabeth van Eeden  Curro Nelspruit
6 Ms Chevonne Erasmus Curro Hermanus
7 Mr Ian Olivier  Pearson High School
8 Ms Nshalati Maluleke  Khanyisa Education Centre
9 Mr Jacques Klopper Bergvlam High School
10 Ms Samara Laubscher Hugenote Hoërskool
11 Ms Kutenda Jange Khanyisa Education Centre
12 Mr Luke Swingler Curro Hermanus
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:

2021 Study Guide Memo - This is My Story

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!

Achievements of the English Olympiad as a project
The De Beers English Olympiad won a medal in the Academic Achievements category of the Eastwave Radio Nelson Mandela International  Day Community Leadership Awards in August 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.

            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/
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  • Email: olympiad@foundation.org.za



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

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