Border

 

Address PO Box 749 Gonubie 5256
Contact Person Ms Cheryl le Roux
Tel Number 043 740 1300
Mobile No 083 568 3600
Email sacee@telkomsa.net

The Border branch of SACEE is one of the ‘busiest’ branches in the country. The main project is the National
‘Language Challenge, open to Grade 4 to Grade 11 learners and the Puzzle Parades’ w
hich are open to Grades 1, 2 and 3 learners.   The 2019 challenges took place on the 6th September. 

 

In addition to the National projects the branch continued to organize many of its other competitions and events
these included –

Poetry Festival
General Knowledge Quiz
Fun with Words
Public Speaking
Short Story Competition
For more information contact sacee@telkomsa.net.

2019 Results will be updated shortly.


2018 SACEE PUZZLE PARADES AND LANGUAGE CHALLENGES

In 1991 the Border branch of SACEE initiated the National Language Challenge. The competition was introduced in order to provide an English language benchmarking service to schools and over the past 24 years it has expanded into a national initiative serving schools in all 9 provinces of South Africa.

The Border branch of SACEE is entirely responsible for the setting of the papers, all the administrative work involved in the running of the competition and the marking and distribution of the results of each year’s competitions.

The 2018 Competition

In 2018 we had 29 478 participants:   

                                    49 schools entered the Grade 1 – 3 Puzzle Parades.

                                    56 schools entered the Grade 4 – 7 Language Challenges.

                                    26 schools entered the Grade 8 – 11 Language Challenges.      

We extended the closing date by a week, but unfortunately there were still 9 schools outstanding when we set about collating the results. We had to do this to meet the deadlines for prize givings.

GRADE

NUMBER OF LEARNERS

NATIONAL AVERAGE

HIGHEST SCORE

1

2870

67,80%

    54 learners scored 100%

2

2948

69,92%

    36 learners scored 100%

3

2945

77,48%

    39 learners scored 100%

4

3372

54,09%

      1 learner scored 98%

5

3050

63,08%

      1 learner scored 98%

6

3269

59,83%

      1 learner scored 97%

7

3284

66,07%

      1 learner scored 100%

8

2138

62,42%

      1 learner scored 94%

9

2042

66,14%

      3 learners scored 96%

10

1804

64,52%

      1 learner scored 97%

11

1756

67,52%

      1 learner scored 99%

TOTAL

29 478

   

Hearty congratulations to Aidan Jones from SACS Junior School who scored 100% for the Grade 7 Language Challenge this year. This is never an easy feat.  Congratulations also to Jonathan Penumala and Neo Leiselane (Grade 6); Kira-Jade Smith, (Grade 7); Luke de Villiers, (Grade 9); Adon Parker, (Grade 10), and Gabriel Terblanche, (Grade 11); who were all prizewinners in the 2017 Language Challenge Papers. Your consistency is amazing and noteworthy.

We would like to thank all principals, teachers and learners from the schools which participated this year.  We trust that you will find the results informative and useful in benchmarking your school’s English Language proficiency against National norms and averages, and, for those schools which have participated in the past, plotting and measuring your progress against previous years.

The full list of Prizewinners follows.  Please note that only the top three learners in Grades 4 – 7 are awarded a cash prize. 

Cheryl le Roux    Co-Ordinator:  SACEE Language Challenges and Puzzle Parades.   


PRIZE WINNERS FOR THE 2018 LANGUAGE CHALLENGES AND PUZZLE PARADES


 

GRADE

MARK

NAME

SCHOOL

PRIZE

1

100%

54  Learners  scored 100%

N/A

2

100%

36  Learners scored 100%

N/A

3

100%

39  Learners scored 100%

N/A

 

4

98%

Bogdan Mandic

Grey College Primary School

R300.00

4

96%

Olivia Barrow

De La Selle Holy Cross College

R250.00

4

95%

May Cross

De La Selle Holy Cross College

R200.00

 

5

98%

Bronwyn Wilson

Hudson Park Primary School

R300.00

5

96%

Roman Steyn

Deutsche Schule, Durban

R250.00

5

96%

Rebecca Haswell

Herbert Hurd Primary School

R250.00

5

96%

Kiera Chapman

Hudson Park Primary School

R250.00

5

96%

Angus Brown

Kingswood College

R250.00

5

96%

Roelie Rossouw

St Andrew’s School, Bloemfontein

R250.00

 

6

97%

Jonathan Penumala

Montrose Primary School

R300.00

6

95%

Shelby van Tonder

Lilyfontein School

R250.00

6

95%

Keira Booth

Unicorn Preparatory School

R250.00

6

95%

Neo Leseilane

Unicorn Preparatory School

R250.00

 

7

100%

Aidan Jones

SACS Junior

R300.00

7

98%

Hannah von Weidts

Gene Louw Primary School

R250.00

7

98%

Lilitha Nongogo

Hudson Park Primary School

R250.00

7

98%

Kira-Jade Smith

Hudson Park Primary School

R250.00

7

98%

Connie Chorley

Oakhill School

R250.00

7

98%

Matthew Duk

SACS Junior

R250.00

 

8

94%

Jemma Randall

Clarendon Girls’ High School

R300.00

8

93%

Erin Commaille

Rhenish Girls’ High School

R250.00

8

92%

Kiara Vallabh

Clarendon Girls’ High School

R200.00

8

92%

Erin Padoa

Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent

R200.00

 

9

96%

Luke de Villiers

Bridge House

R300.00

9

96%

Sian Albertyn

Clarendon Girls’ High School

R300.00

9

96%

Alex Grant

Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent

R300.00

 

10

97%

Adon Parker

Lilyfontein School

R300.00

10

96%

Julia Nhawu

Clarendon Girls’ High School

R250.00

10

96%

Emma Brand

Rhenish Girls’ High School

R250.00

10

96%

Kayla Marnitz

Stirling High School

R250.00

 

11

99%

Kayley Appleton

Wynberg Girls’ High School

R300.00

11

97%

Gabriel Terblanche

Stirling High School

R250.00

11

96%

Jodie Langdon

Assumption Convent

R200.00

11

96%

Leila dos Santos

Collegiate Girls’ High School

R200.00

11

96%

Abigail Ranwell

Collegiate Girls’ High School

R200.00

11

96%

Caitlin Watkins

Collegiate Girls’ High School

R200.00

11

96%

Spencer Lee

St Andrew’s School, Bloemfontein

R200.00


 

SACEE’S 2019 NATIONAL SHORT STORY COMPETITION

For the fourth year running, the SACEE SHORT STORY NATIONAL COMPETITION, organised by the  SACEE Border Branch Committee, had the pleasure of inviting contributions from schools throughout South Africa.

The competition was open to:

                                      PRIMARY SCHOOLS:      Grade 6 and Grade 7 pupils. 

                                      HIGH SCHOOLS:               Grade 8, Grade 9, Grade 10 and Grade 11 pupils.

 The DEFINITION of a SHORT STORY is an event, (or a series of events), involving a single or small number of characters which develops towards a climax.

Stories could be about ANY TOPIC of choice. 

The LENGTH of the short story must be EXACTLY 100 WORDS – including the title.


ADJUDICATORS’ COMMENTS

STATISTICS –  a record total of 648 entries in the 2019 100-Word Short Story Competition. There were 543 entries from Primary Schools and 105 High School entrants.  A total of 106 (16%) stories received Gold Awards and 163 (25%) received Silver Awards.

TOPICS – As usual, writers were invited to choose their own topics. The variety of topics included personal experiences, physical and mental illness, death, natural disasters, peer pressure, fear, friendship, crimes against humanity, and fables. Writers showed great maturity, imagination and originality in their stories.

DEFINITION –  A short story is defined as a “tale”, an “account” or an “experience” that should contain a narrative element. Notably, a few entries were not, strictly speaking, “stories” but expository paragraphs. This is an area that teachers may be able to address in class prior to submissions.

PLOT  –  Majority of the writers did exceptionally well with writing unique, striking conclusions – many containing unexpected twists. There were many repetitive themes, such as waking up from dreams, retelling of classic stories (‘Three Little Pigs’), and stories beginning with ‘Once upon a time’ and concluding with ‘The end’. However, overall, the writers excelled at absorbing the reader with their creativity.

PRESENTATION – This year, the writers adhered to 2018s comment to avoid using illustrations. They were well presented. For next year’s competition, it would be advisable to submit typed entries rather than handwritten ones as the copy was rather faint and therefore not easy to read, judge and award.

LANGUAGE – The short story provides a stage for writers to exhibit skilled use and understanding of language and vocabulary. The best stories demonstrated excellent use of punctuation, spelling, direct speech, mature diction, and grammar. Conversely, a number of entries showed that writers struggled with tense errors, correct use of apostrophes (particularly possession) and overuse of the ellipses – especially when concluding stories. Teachers in class may be able to address the effective use of ellipses and the power of a succinct resolution.

LENGTH -The SACEE 100-word Short Story Competition has been running for over 20 years (4 Nationally), and one of its most important features is that all entries must be EXACTLY 100 words (including the title). Unfortunately, far too many writers were either unaware of this requirement or ignored it. We had stories just under 100 words, and whole schools which entered stories of over 150 words, thus disqualifying them. We would request teachers to ensure that the writers are aware of this requirement and edit accordingly. 

OVERALL – Despite the minor problems this report has highlighted, it must be stressed that the SACEE 100-WORD SHORT STORY COMPETITION provides an invaluable platform for young creative writers. The quality of the entries is truly remarkable and the learners show great innovation and maturity in their stories. It is easy to tell that each learner put tremendous thought and effort into their pieces and should be commended for honing their storytelling skills.

A special word of thanks is extended to all teachers and schools who encourage their learners to submit entries to any Creative Writing competitions or festivals. You’re encouraging a generation of thinkers and creatives to find their voice, express themselves and develop self-worth.


GONE

I watched her deflate like a balloon. Sadness washed over her, and her mesmerizing smile slowly dissipated from across her face. What was once a blooming flower turned into nothing but ashes in front of me. She turned her head and gave me a pleading look of despair, longing for something, anything, nothing.

“Well, I should be going now”, Susan whispered, taking one last languishing look over her shoulder at Roxy.

“I’m terribly sorry, but at her age it is the best way to go.” The vet sighed, as he walked back into the room.

And so, she’s gone.

CHRISTINA VAUDRAN – Grade 6:                                                                Auckland Park Preparatory School


NEW WORLD

They told my wife and me about the wonders of the new land; how it stretched for miles and how everything grew in its rich soil.

We had no idea of what would happen on our journey. We sold our house and tavern, packed our bags, then boarded the ship. Hope that this land existed was all we had.

Through the mist we saw our old home disappear in the distance. When we couldn’t see the docks anymore we knew we had reached the point of no return.

Only stories of the promised land lay ahead of us.

MATTHEW MIAH – Grade 7:                                                                                           Stirling Primary School


SCARS

“That’s all for today Mariam, take a break,” my father instructed. He had been tutoring me my whole life; furious that women’s rights had been shackled, he decided to take matters into his own hands . . . despite the evident risks.

I was reading when I heard fierce shouts from downstairs, my blood ran cold as I realised my schoolwork still lay on the table.

A gunshot suddenly rang throughout the air. They were merciless and heard none of my father’s pleading cries. They didn’t even bother giving me the luxury of death, but left me to suffer.

KERRYN HOPKINSON – Form 1 (Grade 8):                                                          Ashton International College


LEAVING HER

His bags were checked in. He was leaving her behind. He got his last glimpses of her as he boarded his flight.

He would miss everything about her. The blazing hot fire she spat when she was mad, and her calm whispers which sang him to sleep every night in his beach cottage. She was unique, one of a kind.

The last thing he saw was her big table. Often decked with a white table cloth, attracting people from all over the world to come and visit her.

And then he never saw her again. His mother city.

LENA KASTNER – Grade 9:                                                                                         Rhenish Girls’ High School


MR INSOMNIA

He visits at odd hours of the morning, arriving with matted hair drenched in cold sweat, owning dark red lips and matching eyes; giving off the stench of prescription pills. He fumbles into my moon-spilt room, his tea-bag eyes affecting his vision. He barely speaks, but his voice is soft and hoarse. He moves in a single continuous motion, almost as though he’s completely at peace, but his rapidly dilating pupils suggest otherwise. He perches on the end of my bed, clutching his knees.

“Hello Mr Insomnia,” I whisper. “I see you’ve come to speak with me again.

SIMONE ANDERSON – Grade 10:                                                                                    Hudson Park High


LITTLE CONSEQUENCE

Motionless as the waters that drowned her she lies, a pathetic sprawl on a sheet of toilet paper.

Cause of death: bathwater. Burial: probably the dustbin.

She makes me wonder, though. If she could never think nor feel, what escaped from her pitiful body when her tiny heart ceased to beat? Did that essence of life go somewhere, or did it only merge with the air I’m breathing?

But I nonchalantly crumple the coffin, and place it gently next to the open window.

“It’s just a moth,” I think to myself.

Just a moth. Just a life. Lifeless.

CAITLIN LAING – Grade 11:                                                                                   Clarendon High School for Girls


For more information please email sacee@telkomsa.net