De Beers English Olympiad

September 26, 2017
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Dear Parents and Learners,

Congratulations to the learners who were selected by the English Department at Charter College, to write the De Beers English Olympiad on the 6th of March 2018.

The De Beers English Olympiad is a national English competition that draws more than 7000 entries each year. The competition is organized jointly by the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education.

The theme for 2018 is “War and Peace” and the anthology is entitled We will remember them.  This year’s content is a collection of poetry from war times.  The English Olympiad is open to learners who will be in Grades 10-12 in 2018.

The primary objectives of the De Beers English Olympiad are:

  • To enrich learners through the study of English; encouraging them to explore it beyond the scope of the school syllabus;
  • To encourage critical thinking and creative writing as learners enjoy the challenges of preparing for and writing the examination;
  • To promote the English language and stimulate the study of English amongst first and second English Language speakers,

The syllabus and examination questions offer stimulation not found within the school syllabus. They call for acute critical ability and sharp writing skills, but they also seek to draw out creative thinking and writing – aptitudes so central to our humanness. Many learners get too little opportunity for such self-expression in the normal school routine, and are searching for a stimulus to this creativity. The syllabus and examination also cause learners to explore the relevance of literature to themselves and the world around them. Those candidates who are prepared to take a risk and answer the more challenging questions in an unusual and creative way, are usually the candidates who excel in the exam. The value of the Olympiad extends far beyond the actual writing of the examination. The De Beers English Olympiad is distinctive in that, unlike other Olympiads it requires learners to study a prescribed text. This sets in motion a valuable learning process. Each year a new anthology and theme is compiled by SACEE, and the examination is based on this theme and anthology.

Rhodes University Scholarships:

Rhodes University has in the past offered our Top 50 candidates free tuition for their first year in any course of study at Rhodes University.  This was only offered to the Top 50 Home Language (HL) candidates.  For 2018, Rhodes University has agreed to offer a portion of the 50 scholarships to a few of our First Additional Language (FAL) candidates.  The top 8 FAL candidates will be offered scholarships in 2018, meaning that the remaining 42 scholarships will be offered to the top 42 HL candidates.  We are thrilled that our top FAL candidates will be offered this amazing prize.

Your early response will greatly assist us in being pro-active in our planning. We only have space 30 learners, so prompt response and payment is vital.

Payment is to be made to Mrs Ledsham of R150 by the 29th September 2017.

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