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The Language Challenges started in 1991 as an initiative to provide an English Language bench- marking service to schools and over the past 25 years we have expanded into a national initiative serving schools in all 9 provinces of South Africa. In 2016 we had 31 389 participants:
  • 56 schools entered the Grade1-3 Puzzle Parades;
  • 55 schools entered the Grade 4 & 5 Language Challenge;
  • 58 schools entered the Grade 6 & 7 Language Challenge;
  • 23 schools entered the Grade 8 & 9 Language Challenge;
  • 22 schools entered the Grad 10 & 11 Language Challenge.
1 3529 64,31% 61 learners scored 100%
2 3424 71,37% 48 learners scored 100%
3 3478 69,30% 9 learner scored 100%
4 3533 54,06% 2 learners scored 98%
5 3429 63,58% 1 learner scored 100%
6 3322 59,65% 3 learners scored 98%
7 3363 63,72% 4 learners scored 99%
8 2003 64,93% 2 learners scored 99%
9 1931 67,21% 1 learner scored 100%
10 1739 58,84% 2 learners scored 98%
11 1638 62,78% 1 learner scored 97%
TOTAL 31389
Congratulations to Erin Swanepoel, (Grade 5 – Rustenburg Girls’ Junior), and Amy Weinerlein, (Grade 9 – Assumption College), who both scored 100%. Also, congratulations to Caitlin Laing (Clarendon Girls’ – Grade 10), who has been in the top 3 in the country in her grade for the fifth successive year. 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 is attached. Please note that only the TOP THREE SCORES in each GRADE (Grade 4 – 11) are awarded a CASH PRIZE. We ask all schools with prizewinners to send us their Banking Details by return E-mail so that we can transfer the prizewinner’s cash prize into your school account. We then ask you to award the prizewinners their relevant amounts. Thank you for your help. Neil le Roux Co-ordinator: SACEE Language Challenges and Puzzle Parades.


1 100% 61 Learners scored 100% N/A
2 100% 48 Learners scored 100% N/A
3 100% 9 Learners scored 100% N/A
4 98% Keira Booth Unicorn Preparatory School R300.00
4 98% Neo Leseilane Unicorn Preparatory School R300.00
4 97% Chiara Marie Scialla Gene Louw Primary School R250.00
4 97% Katherine Day Oakhurst Girls’ Primary School R250.00
4 96% Sam Gootkin Herzlia Highlands Primary R200.00
4 96% Lauren Henderson Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School R200.00
5 100% Erin Swanepoel Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School R300.00
5 99% Nicole Glendining Deutsche Schule, Durban R250.00
5 98% Victoria Fuller Laddsworth Primary School R200.00
6 98% Wun-Iau Yi Holy Cross Convent, Brooklyn R300.00
6 98% Caitlin Hauxwell Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School R300.00
6 98% Amy Basson Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School R300.00
6 97% Luca Williams Herzlia Constantia R250.00
6 97% Matthew Miah Stirling Primary School R250.00
6 97% Alexander Glendining Deutsche Schule, Durban R250.00
6 96% Lizete Viljoen Bridge House Preparatory School R200.00
7 99% Luke de Villiers Bridge House Preparatory School R300.00
7 99% Sofia D-Andrea Greenfield Girls’ Primary School R300.00
7 99% Amy Styles Merrifield Preparatory School R300.00
7 99% Lilitha Nkuhlu Merrifield Preparatory School R300.00
7 98% Sian Albertyn Clarendon Girls’ Primary School R250.00
7 98% Erin Sloan Greenfield Girls’ Primary School R250.00
7 98% Kirsti-Ann Burmeister Hudson Park Primary School R250.00
7 98% Bantu Mangcu Montrose Primary School R250.00
7 98% Erin Coull Rustenburg Girls’ Junior School R250.00
7 97% Zoe Thomas Montrose Primary School R200.00
7 97% Reeyan Daniels The Pinelands Primary School R200.00
7 97% Melissa Barrett Thomas More College R200.00
7 97% Saien Moodley Thomas More College R200.00
7 97% Emmanuella Chandia Transkei Primary School R200.00
8 99% Megan Kirkman Collegiate Girls’ High School R300.00
8 99% Kayla Marnitz Stirling High School R300.00
8 98% Stella Raine Wynberg Girls’ High School R250.00
8 97% Benjamin Barclay-Loggie Bridge House College R200.00
8 97% Julia Nhawu Clarendon Girls’ High School R200.00
8 97% Tamsyn Evezard Collegiate Girls’ High School R200.00
9 100% Amy Weinerlein Assumption College R300.00
9 99% Sarah Sparg Clarendon Girls’ High School R250.00
9 98% Erin Ramsay Hudson Park High School R200.00
9 98% Liya Vally Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy R200.00
9 98% Ashley Eichstädt Stirling High School R200.00
9 98% Gabriel Terblanche Stirling High School R200.00
10 98% Caitlin Laing Clarendon Girls’ High School R300.00
10 98% Humaira Moosa Star College Girls’ High School R300.00
10 96% Aneesa Rawat Wynberg Girls’ High School R250.00
10 94% Shannon Hubbard Collegiate Girls’ High School R200.00
11 97% Laura-Jean Runchman Stirling High School R300.00
11 95% Sebin Korula Clarendon Girls’ High School R250.00
11 94% Louise Beyers Rhenish Girls’ High School R200.00
11 94% Caitlin Wilsnagh Wynberg Girls’ High School R200.00

The Cash Prizes will be deposited into the relevant School’s Account within a week of receiving your SCHOOL’S BANK DETAILS by return E-MAIL. Please click here to download form.


The 2016 SACEE 100-WORD SHORT STORY COMPETITION left the examiners astounded at the quality of the entries submitted. The 619 stories, from 49 schools, were imaginative, provocative, intriguing, surprising, mature, entertaining, happy, sad, terrifying, but, always, and above all, imaginative. As a pilot national project, the competition was extremely successful. Short stories, by tradition, should consist of FIVE ELEMENTS. These are: character; setting; conflict; plot; and theme. This seems to us to be a useful, but not inviolable, point of departure for evaluation, and our young writers have certainly shown flair and a grasp of these elements of the genre. Consider the following entries.
Tamiya Safodien explores emotional vulnerability of CHARACTER through the experience of the protagonist of her story.


I’ve eaten Gatsbys from Aseens’s; walked to the corner shop to buy Aunty Fatima’s winning koeksisters. I’ve seen the Kaapse Klopse on the Tweede Nuwe Jaar, climbed Table Mountain and felt the icy waters of Muizenberg. But I’ve never, ever felt, seen or heard as I did that night . . . It’s funny how a ten-minute walk to buy potatoes can suddenly turn into an eternity of fear. How a man I never knew, never loved, could – without my consent – take my dignity. But I guess I live in Cape Town. Tamiya Safodien : Grade 10, Wynberg Girls’ High School
Elijah Pearson uses SETTING as a pivotal feature of his philosophical story about “progress”.


Look out across the shining spikes of capitalism. They point to the stars like men once did to God. The men who are gone now, with the tress. We are their children, you see. We, of metal and glass, are the legacy they left behind. They told us to build and improve, which is just what we did. We stretched our glass canvas over the greens of the old and painted ourselves into the streets that were once valleys, and trade and wealth we made our own. One cancer to development remained: Our fathers, who were made of flesh. Elijah Pearson : Grade 9, Wynberg Boys’ High School
CONFLICT lies at the heart of Jamie McDonald’s poignant contemplation of a love affair gone wrong.


Secrets told, promises kept. Years of smiles – all wiped away. One day, one conversation ends in tears of betrayal shed. Promises broken and secrets told. It took so long to gain my full trust, and when you did, it took a day to break it. I loved you with all my heart, now I can’t even look at you. I cried in arms that weren’t yours. Rumours spread and tears shed. Unfit titles and names bestowed upon me, from you. You got what you wanted, and tore me down. What they say is true; betrayal never comes from enemies. Jamie McDonald : Grade 8, Pretoria High School for Girls
A carefully crafted PLOT, with a surprising twist in the tale, belies the fact that Taryn Brown is still only in Grade 6.


“If this cannot be resolved, we will just have to resort to seven.” The eighth colour hung his head in shame. “I’ll never get this right,” he thought miserably. He had been trying to arch properly for weeks, and he still couldn’t do it as well as the other seven colours. “I can’t stay here any longer,” he thought, “I’m an embarrassment.” He packed and reluctantly withdrew, leaving our world entirely. Which is why you’ve probably never heard of the colour Deebo at all, and you certainly don’t know it was meant to be in the rainbow. Taryn Brown : Grade 6, Kingswood Junior School
Forgiveness, or at least the hope thereof, forms the THEME of Carmen de Beer’s story


I stare deeply into my father’s hazel eyes. I see disappointment. I used to feel resentment, only now to realise that he’s a lonely man, looking for a way into his daughter’s heart. I remember when I was younger, we would climb trees in the backyard. My mother would always shout and say we were ruining her garden. One day, all of that was changed by someone who killed an innocent person for money. That’s when he withdrew from us, from the world. I hold out my hand, hoping that it’s not too late to start over again. Carmen de Beer : Grade 7, Stirling Primary School
These five elements – character; setting; conflict; plot and theme together constitute the components of style in short stories. And yet, style as a whole is so much more than the sum of these five parts. Consider the playful STYLE of Sherin Manuel in her “terrifying” story.


Her screams filled the corridors as I entered the hospital. I knew I should not have left Sally with him; I knew that jerk would abuse her as soon as they were alone. I heard her shriek again; louder this time. It came from the door closest to me. I barged into the room, expecting a horrific scene. I saw Sally, tears streaming down her face, her hands covering her mouth to hide her stifled laughter. I turned to see Josh across the room. He was re-enacting a story of some sort. Her screams were shrieks of laughter. Sherin Manuel : Grade 11, Clarendon High School for Girls
These, then, were some of the 79 stories which received Gold Awards. It is clear from these stories that children want, and NEED, vehicles for the expression of their thoughts, feelings, hopes, fears, expectations and aspirations. There are not many opportunities where learners are able to give free rein to their imaginations. That is why creative writing remains an essential part of education. We would heartily encourage all teachers of English to enter as many stories as they possibly can in competitions of this sort. It does not matter if your learners do not achieve Gold Awards. It matters only that they have the opportunity to exercise their imaginations, explore their ideas, and express themselves in writing. The fact that the stories need to be exactly 100 words, (including the title), is a great leveller. As stated earlier, the 2016 Competition was a pilot project to see how teachers and learners would react to the opportunity of submitting 100-word stories. The pilot project was a great success. We are already looking forward to the 2017 Competition, where we hope to attract 1 000 entries. We shall also try and attract sponsorship for the Competition, to help with prizes, certificates, and possibly even the publication of all the Gold Award-winning stories in an annual magazine. If anyone out there knows of a potential sponsor, please let us know. We feel this would be a unique and most worthy project to sponsor. We would like to thank ALL the learners, teachers and schools for the entries to this year’s Competition. The names of the participating schools, and the Gold Award winners in each grade, are on the attached pages.
We would like to leave you with the following story. The examiners considered Saajidah Obaray’s story one of the best entries in the 2016 competition. Well done Saajidah!


I heard her screams as I stood at the kitchen sink. Minutes later she walked into the kitchen and asked me to wash her shirt. There was blood on her face, again. I wish I could do more for her, but I’m merely a domestic worker. As she grows older, she begins to look more like her mother, whom she has never met. Her father sees this resemblance. Perhaps that’s why he tries to change her face by painting it with bruises. I should leave before she starts seeing it too – before she realises that I’m her biological mother. Saajidah Obaray : Grade 11, Clarendon High School for Girls Neil le Roux : Chief Examiner.


The following schools entered the Competition:
SCHOOL GR 6 GR 7 GR 8 GR 9 GR 10 GR 11
1 Auckland Park Preparatory 9 10
2 Benoni High 10 4
3 Brescia House 1
4 British International Preparatory 1
5 Buccleuch Primary 3 5
6 Cambridge High 1
7 Central Primary 11 11
8 Clarendon High 27
9 Dale Junior 6 4
10 De La Salle Holy Cross 6 11
11 Emmanuel Private 2 3
12 Fields Cottage 3
13 Fourways High 2 9 1 3
14 George Randell 1 2
15 Girls’ High Queenstown 7 2
16 Gonubie Primary 6 14
17 Gordon Road Girls 4
18 Grantley College 4
19 Hudson Park Primary 16 13
20 Khanyisa Education Centre 2 1
21 Kidd’s Beach 2
22 Kimberley Junior 2
23 Kingswood 8
24 Lilyfontein 3
25 Merrifield 6 10 13
26 Milton Primary 1 2
27 Montrose Primary 2 6
28 Mountain Cambridge 2 1
29 Oakhill School 6
30 Pinelands North Primary 1
31 Pretoria High School for Girls 2 1 1
32 Riebeek College 8
33 Rustenberg Girls’ Junior 29
34 Selborne Primary 2 24
35 Springs Girls’ High 1 1 2
36 St Andrew’s Preparatory 40 33
37 St Michael’s 4
38 St Patrick’s 2
39 Star College Pretoria 1
40 Stirling Primary 2 23
41 Stirling High 4 4
42 Trinityhouse Preparatory 3 14
43 Unicorn Preparatory 47 38
44 United Herzlia Highlands 15
45 Westville Boys’ High 2
46 Willem Postma 2
47 Worcester Primary 1 1
48 Wynberg Boys’ High 16
49 Wynberg Girls’ High 3 7
NUMBER OF ENTRIES PER GRADE 204 277 14 60 14 50
GOLD AWARDS 25 32 4 7 4 7


6 Auckland Park Prep. Emily Orphanides
6 Central Primary Theodora Yobe
6 De La Salle Holy Cross Kate Edmunds
6 Gonubie Primary Krista Rensburg
6 Herzlia Highlands Caitlin Cohn
6 Herzlia Highlands Michaela Perkel
6 Hudson Park Primary Joanne Joseph
6 Hudson Park Primary Travis Olivier
6 Hudson Park Primary Megan Bosman
6 Kingswood Junior Taryn Brown
6 Lilyfontein Kayla Jacobs
6 Merrifield Christien Bamburger
6 Milton Primary Kapisha Ramraj
6 Montrose Primary Keira Damoense
6 Mountain Cambridge Cayley Smith
6 Oakhill Lillian Cowie
6 St Andrew’s Prep. Wesley Donald
6 St Andrew’s Prep. Scott Ritchie
6 St Andrew’s Prep. Zach Micklewright
6 Trinityhouse Adriano Vieira
6 Unicorn Preparatory Christiaan Swart
6 Unicorn Preparatory Winnie Maluleke
6 Unicorn Preparatory Zoë Burman
6 Unicorn Preparatory Emmana Mohlaba
6 Willem Postma Maia Wolvaardt
7 Auckland Park Prep. Sonia Modi
7 Auckland Park Prep. Zahraa Ismail
7 De La Salle Holy Cross Adam Gear
7 De La Salle Holy Cross Robert Allison
7 George Randell Prim. Ovayo Mogwebu
7 Gonubie Prim. Mihlali Mahobo
7 Hudson Park Prim. Jenna Willows
7 Hudson Park Prim. Juan Greeff
7 Kidd’s Beach Prim. Sambesiwe Wecu
7 Kidd’s Beach Prim. Lisakhanya Mpetsheni
7 Merrifield Keelan Hasrtley
7 Merrifield Jemima Kruger
7 Milton Prim. Zeeshan Ebrahim
7 Riebeek College Meagan Roos
7 Rustenburg Girls’ Junior Kate Spencer
7 Rustenburg Girls’ Junior Hannah Cloete
7 Rustenburg Girls’ Junior Katherine Worthington-Smith
7 Selborne Prim. Adam Du Plessis
7 Selborne Prim. Chris Sajan
7 Selborne Prim. Oliver Jonas
7 St Andrew’s Prep. Jack Whittington-Jones
7 St Andrew’s Prep. D.W. Bradfield
7 St Andrew’s Prep. James Stadler
7 St Michael’s Katherine Burt-Robinson
7 Stirling Prim. Morgan Crawford
7 Stirling Prim. Tia Caswell
7 Stirling Prim. Carmen de Beer
7 Stirling Prim. Mari-Juan Machin
7 Trinityhouse Preparatory Morgan Mail
7 Unicorn Preparatory Callan Schultz
7 Unicorn Preparatory Tsakani Mkansi
7 Worcester Primary Milan Meyer
8 Fourways High Kearin Green
8 G.H.S. Queenstown Teagan Muller
8 Pretoria Girls’ High Jamie McDonald
8 Stirling High K.C. Marnitz
9 Benoni High Deeshandani Moodley
9 Benoni High Deeshandani Moodley
9 Fourways High Kerry Backes
9 Merrifield College Jocelyn Ward
9 Merrifield College Migel Da Silva
9 G.H.S. Queenstown Emme-jay Sparks
9 Wynberg Boys’ High Elijah Pearson
10 Khanyisa Ed. Centre Singita Mabasa
10 Pretoria Girls’ High Tshilidzi Mabadzhhabazha
10 Wynberg Girls’ High Tamiya Safodien
10 Wynberg Girls’ High Zayyaan Esau
11 Benoni High Shivendran Moodley
11 Clarendon Girls’ High Sherin Manuel
11 Clarendon Girls’ High Saajidah Obaray
11 Clarendon Girls’ High Frances Knowtze
11 Stirling High Emily Webster
11 Wynberg Girls’ High Samantha Elkington
11 Wynberg Girls’ High Sarah Enous

The National Language Challenge and Puzzle Parade- a National project run by the Border branch.

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’ which are open to Grades 1, 2 and 3 learners. 2015 attracted 33,438 entries from 102 schools. Details of the results and winners of the 2015 competitions are available on the project page of this website.
During 2015 Mr Neil le Roux, the Chairperson of the Border branch, conducted Study Skills workshops and reading Evaluations for learners at a number of local schools. Seminars for Teachers and Parents were presented in East London and Corporate Workshops were conducted for companies in East London. In addition to the National projects the branch continued to organize many of its other competitions and events throughout 2015, these included –
Poetry Festival
A total of 756 learners from Grades 5 to 10 participated in the poetry festival and 84 Gold certificates were given out.
General Knowledge Quiz
11 schools entered the Primary School Quiz, with Gonubie Primary emerging as victors. 16 Teams participated in the High School Quiz, which was won by Cambridge High.
Fun with Words
Sterling Primary won the Gr. 1-5 section; Hudson Park took the honours in Gr .6-7 and Clarendon High won the Gr. 8 & 9 competition.
Public Speaking
Grade 6-7 prepared section was won by Voorpos Primary, unprepared Clarendon Primary claimed victory. Grade 8-9 prepared and unprepared was won by Clarendon High School. The prepared section of the Grade 10- 12 was won by Hudson Park and the unprepared section by Selborne College
Short Story Competition
168 entries were received of which 28 received Gold certificates.
‘Read out Loud’
9 teams from Gr. 4 & 5 took part. The winners were from Clarendon. In the Gr. 8 to 12 category, 6 teams participated and the winners were Clarendon: Merrifield; Cambridge; Clarendon and Merrifield; Hudson Park.