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. 


Results for the 2018 English Olympiad, "War and Peace", are available! Log in with your English Olympiad username and password to view your candidates' results.

Well done to all schools and candidates that took part!

The HL Top 100 and FAL Top 20 will be posted on the website on 10 July 2018.

ANSWERS to the questions in the Study Guide

Theme: War and Peace (2018)

Anthology: We Will Remember Them

Please click on the links below to access the answers for each part:






Please note that the answers provided are suggestions only. 
Please contact the Olympiad Officer should you wish to have the answers emailed to you.

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.

Please contact the Olympiad Officer for your Username and Password.

2017 English Olympiad Winners!

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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
1 Ms Shraya
Epworth High School
2 Ms Sarah
Roedean School
3 Ms Abigail
Pearson High School
4 Ms Leah
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
8 Ms Jenna Beavon
Parel Vallei High School
9 Ms Emily Macgregor St Andrews School for Girls
10 Ms Kiara Govender Northlands Girls High School
11 Ms


Kane The Kings College & Preparatory
12 Ms Montana Cohen
Reddam House Atlantic Seaboard
13 Ms Anya
Fries Roedean School
14 Mr Dennis Buckland Rondebosch Boys High School
15 Ms Catherine Bloy Epworth High School
16 Ms


Fairall Springfield Convent
17 Ms Jessica Freedman Epworth High School
18 Ms Jessica Gordon The Kings College & Preparatory
19 Ms Amy Finlayson Pretoria High School for Girls
20 Ms Anja Cloete

Afrikaanse Hoër Meisieskool

2017 First Additional Language (FAL) Top 15 in RANK ORDER!
Rank Title First Name Surname School
1 Ms Karla van Dyk
Hoërskool Garsfontein
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
5 Ms Clementine
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
10 Mr Ryno Bornman
Ferdinand Postma High School
11 Ms Noxolo Phillips
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!

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

  • Results for the 2018 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. 
  • 2018 ENGLISH OLYMPIAD - closed for entries for 2018. Please enter in August/September for the 2019 English Olympiad. Check our website for updates.
  • TOP 20 HL and TOP 15 FAL for 2018 will be posted after the Prize Giving on Tuesday 10 July 2018.
  • TOP 100 RANK ORDER for 2018 will be available for download after the Prize Giving on Tuesday 10 July 2018.
  •  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/
  • 046 603 1145 (09h00-16h30)
  • Email: olympiad@foundation.org.za



 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

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 South African Council for English Education


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.



Prize partner and sponsor


Rhodes University has

sponsored the Top 50 Scholarships

for 15 years.