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:

Neville Engelbrecht can be contacted on his Yahoo address.

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Rank Order of Top 100 De Beers English Olympiad Winners

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:

2012 De Beers English Olympiad Top 100 in Rank Order

De Beers English Olympiad Media Release 12 July 2012 – Rank Order


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La Rosa Dance Company at the 2012 National Arts Festival

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.




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De Beers English Olympiad 2012: Results to be released during July 2012

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.

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EUREKA PRODUCTIONS – Making English and Drama accessible through Performance

Eureka Productions presents


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.


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!!!

FAX:   0866272657
CELL: 082 882 9869
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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.

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OuR FinAL ScHo0Ls FeStiVals ArE ARoUnd tHe CorNeR!

The Grahamstown Foundation’s annual SASOL Gauteng Schools Festivals are here again and will see 1 000 delegates from all around the province taking part in an exciting display of some of South Africa’s top productions, lectures and workshops!

Date: 13 – 14 and 15 – 16 Septmeber 2011
Where: University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg
Fee: R340 per delegate (Grade 11’s only)
Contact: / 046 603 1107 / 046 603 1122

Learners will be given the opportunity to sharpen skills, discover new passions, build self-confidence and explore different ways of expressing themselves. They will be able to make the most of the opportunity to interact with experts and be aided in exploring their own creative potential.

THREE challenging lecture-demonstrations will be given during the festval, with each learner having an option as to which lecture they would like to attend. These sessions give learners the chance to ask questions, grapple with and learn from the best in the Arts Industry.


Popular and energetic Ash and Bradley Searle (Follow Spot Productions) present their critically acclaimed comedy, Big Boys Don’t Dance:
A show made up of energetic and jaw- dropping dance moves and hilarious antics! The dancing brothers prove that, actually, big boys do dance, and they demonstrate just how manly dancing can be, especially when there’s a fantastic storyline tying it all together. The show is a satirical look at the pre-wedding experiences of an average South African man with a less than macho past his comic brother won’t let him forget. Big Boys Don’t Dance received a Standard Bank Standing Ovation Award at the 2010 National Arts Festival and played to sold out audiences at the 2011 National Arts Festival.

After performing to sold-out audiences in Cape Town and receiving high acclaim at the 2011 National Arts Festival, Director Fred Abrahamse brings Shakespeare’s R&J to the Gauteng Schools Festivals:
Set in an exclusive boarding school, four pupils discover an illicit copy of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet and start acting it out. Perceptions and understandings are turned upside down as the fun of play acting turns serious and the words and meanings begin to hit home and universal truths emerge. Highly energetic and told entirely through Shakesperean language, physical and packed with the energy of youth, this really is Shakespeare at his most accessible and daring.

Receiving a Golden Ovation Award at the 2010 National Arts Festival, The Butcher Brothers (directed by Sylvaine Strike) brings together  the likes of  Jaques Da Silva and Mongi Mthombeni  in a moving story of Laughter and Slaughter:
In an old butcher shop at the edge of town, two muttering old men (a retired ballroom dancer and his loyal servant) arrive for the day’s work. Inside the shop today however, a slumberous package is waiting to be discovered. “Beautifully crafted by Sylvaine Strike and conceptualised by Daniel Buckland, and artfully executed by a talented cast. This show will have you laughing and gasping at its macabre and wonderful content.” – Cue, 2010

New to the Schools Festivals genre of Theatre, Pieter Bosch Botha brings to the stage a funny and enchanting Cabaret entitled, Rose Red:
With her sparkling charm and biting wit, critically acclaimed actress Dianne Simpson effortlessly transforms herself into one of the most infamous characters in the history of fairy tales, only this time the ‘Evil’ Queen is here to tell a very different version of the classic story we all know so well. Vanity, self-esteem, longing to belong, romance, being misunderstood and the darker side of all human beings are all themes that are explored in this enlightening cabaret. The Queen’s ghostly figure stands alone in the place where she met her Stepdaughter for the last time. Why her? Has she been brought back to face the so-called atrocities she had once inflicted, or has she finally been given the chance to tell her own story?

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