Welcome to the De Beers English Olympiad Website 

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

RESULTS for the 2020 English Olympiad now available!

The results for the 2020 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

Teachers must log in with their Username and Password.  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 (80% +)
G - Gold (70-79%)
S - Silver (60-69%)
B - Bronze (50-59%)
M - Merit (40-49%)
P - Participation (0-39%)
U - Unclassified (did not complete paper / insufficient answers)
  
2020 English Olympiad Winners!

HL Top 100 in rank order
 
FAL Top 19 in rank order 
  

 2020 Home Language (HL) TOP 20 in RANK ORDER!

Rank Title First name Last name School
1 Ms
La'mia
Dadabhay
Roshnee Islamic School
2 Ms
Holly
Munks
Durban Girls College
3 Ms
Samira
Salduker
Durban Girls College
4 Mr Jack
Brand
Fairmont High School
5 Ms Samantha
Collins
St Mary's School, Waverley
6 Ms
Gemma
Mills
Cornwall Hill College
7 Ms Emma
Craig
St Mary's School, Waverley
8 Ms Colombe
Obono Eyono
Westville Girls' High School
9 Ms Lilitha
Nkuhlu
St Anne's Diocesan College
10 Mr Andi
Qu
St John's College
11 Mr Johann
Kok
Pretoria Boys' High School
12 Mr James
Thompson
St Dunstan's College
13 Ms Gabriella
Hoskins
Parktown High School for Girls
14 Ms Maria Jagoda
Simpson
Cornwall Hill College
15 Ms Jordyn
Soldin
York High School
16 Ms Sesame
Modise
Maru-A-Pula School
17 Mr Francois
Kemp
Camps Bay High School
18 Ms Lucy
Hunt
Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent
19 Ms Natasha
Stern
St Anne's Diocesan College
20 Ms Jessica
Pitout

St Anne's Diocesan College


2020 First Additional Language (FAL) Top 19 in RANK ORDER!
Rank Title First Name Surname School
1 Ms Tinyko
Jeleni
Khanyisa Education Centre
2 Ms Marli
du Preez
DF Malherbe High School
3 Mr Tsianda
Netsianda
Mbilwi Secondary School
4 Ms Kwenama
Mkhize
Zenex - Izimpande Zokukhanya
5 Ms Yanga
Jonas
Maths and Science Leadership Academy
6 Mr Samuel
Mamaphomolo
Machabeng College Lesotho
7 Ms Alethea
Vermeulen
Swartland High School
8 Ms Kayla
Craddock
Otto du Plessis High School
9 Mr Jason
Parker
Otto du Plessis High School
10 Mr Mukundi
Mushaphi
Mbilwi Secondary School
11 Ms Uzwothe
Mthombeni
Mbilwi Secondary School
12 Ms Nhlayiseko
Baloyi
Khanyisa Education Centre
13 Ms Liyema
Zaza
Woolhope Secondary School
14 Ms Nyiko
Shitlhavani
Khanyisa Education Centre
15 Ms Boineelo
Mankwe
Vryburg High School
16 Ms  Bongeka
Mvelase
Zenex - Izimpande Zokukhanya
17 Ms  Mengezi
Luthuli
Mlokothwa High School
18 Ms Anrone
Relihan
Hoërskool Garsfontein
19 Ms Dimakatso Thoka Leap Science and Maths School, Benmore

2020 Call for Entries

Please note that entries have closed for the 2020 English Olympiad.  If you missed the closing date, please try again in August 2020 when we will be open for entries to the 2021 Olympiad.

The theme for 2020 is "Consequences" and the anthology is entitled Aftermath

The English Olympiad is open to all learners (HL and FAL English) who will be in Grades 9 - 12 in 2020, that is, those learners who are currently in Grades 8 - 11.

Entry fee: R125 per entry

Closing date: 11 October 2019 - CLOSED for 2020

Please click on the links below to download the Call for Entries and Entry Form for 2020:

Call for Entries - for information about the Olympiad, how to enter and prizes up for grabs.

Entry Form - please complete this form to enter, and email/fax it to the Olympiad Officer before the closing date.

2020 Study Guide Memo

Please note that the answers offered are suggestions and other responses may be valid.

Answers have only been supplied for the individual work questions. Group questions should vary greatly in responses.

Click on the link below to access the Study Guide Memo:

Study Guide Memo 2020

 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
2015
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.
2014
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

  • 2020 ENGLISH OLYMPIAD - download the Call for Entries and  Entry Form from the links on the left to enter the 2020 Olympiad.
  • The theme for the 2020 English Olympiad is "Consequences", and the anthology is entitled Aftermath.
  •  HL TOP 100 RANK ORDER for 2019 now available for download! Please see the links on the left.
  • Results for the 2019 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.
  •  2019 CERTIFICATES will be posted to all schools by August.
  • 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: olympiad@foundation.org.za

  

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.

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Grahamstown Foundation

For information about other Grahamstown Foundation Arts Education projects, please visit: 
http://schoolsfestival.wordpress.com/ 
and 

http://www.foundation.org.za/#  

 

 South African Council for English Education

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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 since 1985.

http://www.debeersgroup.com/

 

Prize partner and sponsor

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Rhodes University has

sponsored the Top 50 Scholarships

for 15 years.

www.ru.ac.za