De Beers National English Olympiad – Call for 2012 Entries

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 for more information.

Call for entries 2012

Entry Form 2012

Bursary 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.

About Schools Festival

The Grahamstown Foundation’s Arts Education Department runs several provincial festivals throughout South Africa. Festivals include the Sasol Schools Festival Series (Mpumalanga, Free State/Northern Cape, and Gauteng) for Grade Elevens and the Standard Bank National Schools Festival for Matrics. Our project serves to ignite a passion for South African arts and develop artists and arts consumers with a culture of ‘paying for the arts’. Self-expression and bridge-building between individuals and communities are focal points while platforms for performance encourage audiences to engage with the best South Africa has to offer encouraging emerging artists to discover and develop their own artistic skills. Some 6,000 participants benefit from these programmes nationally over the period of a year. The need is evident from the enormous demand by schools. Participants from across a wide economic divide get to literally ‘rub shoulders’ because the projects attract large numbers of participants from the most rural schools to the most wealthy. Opportunities to engage with diverse arts experiences is rare, as are opportunities for artistic performance and assessment. The festivals expose the youth to professional work and hands-on workshop experiences with artists. They also engage with intellectuals in lectures and demonstrations. Professionals are drawn from national experts committed to establishing a creative nurturing ground and a sustainable arts industry. Our Educational objectives are to supplement the often under-funded and under-resourced arts and culture components of school curricula recognised as essential to holistic education, by submerging learners in an intensive arts experience that is absent in schools. Further objectives are to expose learners to a range of genres, arts opportunities and career options while encouraging them to further explore opportunities in the arts.
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27 Responses to De Beers National English Olympiad – Call for 2012 Entries

  1. Rito vukela says:

    Im in for it

  2. Sammy says:

    I was unfortunate to be informed about the olympiad during January 2012,my ultimate concern is about the bursary.please clearify by email whether the bursary request entry which was expected in October2011 is for the De Beers Bursary or for the students with the inability to supply the entry fee

  3. Hlengiwe Buthelezi says:

    I have recently been employed by Umfolozi College and would love my students to enter this competition. We are in for it.

    • Dear Hlengiwe

      Thank you for your interest.

      Please could you forward me your college’s details and we will send you information for the 2013 English Olympiad when the Call for Entries goes out in August 2012.

      Warm regards,
      De Beers English Olympiad Officer
      Tel: (046) 603 1145
      Fax: (046) 622 7462

  4. Sammy says:

    Please inform me when results will be issued

    • Dear Sammy

      2012 English Olympiad results will be released in July after the official Prizegiving where the rank order of the Top 100 is announced. Certificates will be posted to schools shortly after this.

      Please do not hesitate to contact me if you have any further questions.

      Warm regards,
      De Beers English Olympiad Officer
      Tel: (046) 603 1145
      Fax: (046) 622 7462

  5. Thembelihle says:

    I love this school and i want bursaries can i get one im going to do grd 10 next year

    • Jade Fernley says:

      Dear Thembelihle. Thank you for your interest in the English Olympiad. Unfortunately, bursary applications have now closed for the 2013 English Olympiad but please ask your teacher to contact the Olympiad Office so we can send you information on the following year’s Olympiad.

      Warm regards,
      English Olympiad Officer
      Arts Education – Grahamstown Foundation
      Tel: (046) 603 1145
      Fax: (046) 622 7462

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