Epworth was top of the pile when the De Beers English Olympiad announced its top 20 winners for 2017 at an intimate function held at the Settlers Monument in Grahamstown during the National Schools’ Festival. Not only was Epworth Grade 11 pupil Shraya Moodley placed first, but Catherine Bloy and Jessica Freedman achieved 15th and 17th position, respectively. In addition, Josie Makkink came 26th.
This is an amazing and unprecedented achievement and reflects the high standard of work produced by Epworth’s English department. Furthermore, it shows the sterling preparation offered by Head of English Mrs Pamela Neethling, notwithstanding the creative capabilities of the Epworth girls who chose to take on the challenge of the Olympiad.
“I am so proud of our girls. It’s thrilling for Shraya but also a huge achievement for Catherine, Jessica and Josie, said Mrs Neethling.
Rhodes University Deputy Vice Chancellor, Dr Chrissie Boughey, announced that Rhodes will be giving the top 15 pupils scholarships that will cover their first year of tuition, provided they meet the university’s entry requirements.
Started in 1976, the competition draws over 8 000 entries each year from around South Africa and its neighbouring countries. It is open to all learners in Grade 10, 11 and 12 and is organised jointly by the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education.