Some of our Favourite Quotes
“The arts must be at the heart of every child's learning experience if… they are to have a chance to dream and to create, to have beliefs, to carry a sense of cultural identity”. -James D Wolfensohn, former chairman of The Kennedy Centre
"If they are worried about their test scores and want a way to get them higher, they need to give kids more arts, not less. There's lots of evidence that kids immersed in the arts do better on their academic tests." - Tom Horne, Arizona State Superintendent of Public Instruction
"One can compare art education to the solid foundation for a house - once it's built properly, it will hold any shape or form you will place on it". - Igor Babailov
New Director for Arts Education
The Grahamstown Foundation is delighted to introduce Ingrid Wylde as the recently appointed Director of Arts Education, taking over from Neville Engelbrecht who left at the end of October.
Well known as the artistic director of Blue Sky Productions, a writer, director and a finalist of the PANSA/NLDTF new writing 2013, Ingrid originally emerged as a passionate theatre arts graduate from Birmingham University in the mid 70s. She settled in South Africa with her equally passionate educationalist husband to build a successful career in teaching English and drama, initiating festivals and community arts projects, adjudicating in Eisteddfods and fostering a creative culture of teaching and learning in schools and communities across South Africa. She also furthered her theatre studies at Wits University obtaining a masters degree in 2004.
Ingrid is an accomplished theatre director and project manager. She took up the Arts Education Directorship early in November and is deeply into the planning stages of arts education programmes and activities for 2013 while completing current commitments in Mpumalanga.
The Foundation welcomes her to the role along with the opportunity to work with her in the development of South Africa’s creative industries at the entry level.
Ingrid says, “Developing new creative artists and audiences for South Africa, is something I am passionate about and I am really enjoying getting my teeth into this new job and looking forward to working with a great team”.
Ingrid Wylde can be contacted as follows:
Cell: 082 903 3966
Office: 046 603 1125 / 07
Arts Education enquiries can be directed to: firstname.lastname@example.org
Neville Engelbrecht can be contacted on his Yahoo address.
The Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council of English Education (SACEE) have announced the rank order of the Top 100 De Beers English Olympiad winners at an official prize giving ceremony held in Grahamstown on Thursday 12 July.
Please click on the documents below to see the rank order of the top 100 Candidates of the De Beers English Olympiad and the official media release.
To view the rank order of the top 20, and other information about the English Olympiad, you can also go to the official website: www.SAenglisholympiad.org.za.
A BIG CONGRATULATIONS TO THE WINNERS, AND TO ALL WHO TOOK PART IN THE EXAM! WELL DONE TO EVERYONE!!
La Rosa, South Africa’s premier Spanish Dance Company will present Bernarda at the 2012 National Arts Festival. The Production is a fusion of Flamenco dance, Asian aesthetic and heightened theatricality.
For more information on the Company as well as their performances at the National Arts Festival, please see the flyer and press release below.
Thank you to all who participated in this year’s De Beers English Olympiad exam! We hope you enjoyed it!
Please note that results for the 2012 exam will be released in July 2012. This is after the official Prizegiving where the rank order of the top 100 will be announced. All certificates will be posted to schools during the month of July.
If you have any questions or queries, please contact the De Beers English Olympiad Officer on Tel: (046) 603 1145 or Fax: (046) 622 7462.
Eureka Productions presents
LIFE IN POETRY: POETRY IN LIFE!
An interactive performance workshop making poetry come to life!
Let pupils be taken into the world of poetry analysis and understanding in this fun and dynamic manner. Incorporating poems on the matric poetry list and AP English requirements such as…
When I consider how my life is spent (Milton)
Ozymandias of Egypt (Shelley)
When I do count the clock that tells the time (Shakespeare)
To his Coy Mistress (Marvel)
Anthem for a Doomed Youth (Owen)
may I feel said he (ee Cummings)
Do not go gentle into that good night (Thomas)
Constantly Risking Absurdity and Death (Ferlinghetti)
This performance workshop will equip senior students with the skills to analyse and understand poetry.
MAKING POETRY FUN, ACCESSIBLE and REAL!!!
Bookings available from 14 May 2012.
First 20 bookings will enjoy a 10% off! Price: R2500 per performance (maximum 100 pupils)
50 minutes running time
“Poetry is the spontaneous overflow of powerful feelings: it takes its origin from emotion recollected in tranquility”.
Also from Eureka Productions: Interested in a Poetry Festival incorporating the whole school? Ask about our POETRY FESTIVAL!!!EMAIL email@example.com FAX: 0866272657 CELL: 082 882 9869
The De Beers English Olympiad, which saw over 7000 entries this year, has made a call for the 2012 Olympiad Exam, which will be written on Tuesday 6 March. The theme for 2012 is “When Urban Meets Rural” (the anthology around this theme which learners use to prepare for the exam will be sent out once they have registered).
Below is all the information interested learners (Grade 10-12) and teachers will need in order to register. You may contact the Olympiad Officer, Jade Fernley, on 046 603 1145 or email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
There are a limited number of partial bursaries for students who cannot afford the entry fee of R95. This is a wonderful opportunity for your students to engage with the English language via the theme “When Urban Meets Rural“.
The Olympiad offers fantastic prizes for the top candidates which range from overseas trips to free-tuition scholarships for their first year of study at Rhodes University.
Please encourage your students to write a short letter of application saying why they would like to write the exam. Each applicant must pay a contribution of R10 by direct deposit, cheque or postal order – no cash will be accepted. The principal of the school also needs to write a supporting letter to endorse the student’s application.
Because there are a limited number of bursaries available, they will be awarded on merit and on a first come, first served basis. The closing date for applications for bursaries is 21 October 2011. All unsuccessful applicants will be refunded. Please send applications to the Olympiad Officer at P.O Box 304, Grahamstown, 6140 or phone 046 603 1145/ 107 for more information.