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Email sacee@telkomsa.net

THE  2017 NATIONAL  100-WORD  SHORT  STORY  COMPETITION

In the most popular TED talk of all time, entitled “DO SCHOOLS KILL CREATIVITY”, British educator Sir Ken Robinson argued that “teaching creativity is as important as teaching literacy”. While many teachers bewail the fact that there is very little opportunity for learners to express their creative ideas, the SACEE 100-word Short Story Competition provides a wonderful opportunity for just such expression.It is a heart-warming joy to see how innovative and original so many of our learners can be in writing about their thoughts and their experiences. Their ideas are novel, their means of expression are unique, and their

insights are unusual and often unorthodox. The messages behind their stories are both informative and entertaining. The stories prove that the learners are capable of combining creative thought and expression.

Many learners obviously enjoyed the opportunity to express themselves in writing. (One learner entered no fewer than 11 stories!) We normally award Gold Certificates to about 10% of the entries, but this year we awarded 76 Gold Certificates. (17%). Well done to all the winners.

To ALL the young writers, and to their teachers, we say thank you and well done. We trust that the exercise has been a positive one, and that you have had fun exercising your imaginations within the confines of a very rigid structure. We look forward to your entries next year.

Many teachers ask to see examples of the entries, and so we have included one GOLD-WINNING story from each grade. These are not necessarily the BEST in each grade, but they have been chosen to demonstrate the diversity of the topics, styles, themes and focus. A look at the titles of all the GOLD-WINNING entries will give you some idea of the diversity and range of subjects covered.

PLEASE NOTE:  We are very strict about the 100-word rule. Stories may not be more, or less, than EXACTLY 100 words, including the title. Many otherwise good stories failed this test.


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 Schoo


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


GOLD CERTIFICATE WINNERS  –  SACEE’S 2017 SHORT STORY COMPETITIO

40 Schools participated in the 2017 100-Word Competition.

 There were 442 stories entered in the Competition.

 

Grade 6

Grade 7

Grade 8

Grade 9

Grade 10

Grade 11

Number of Entries

142

159

34

23

30

54

Number of Gold Awards

18

24

7

11

8

1

Primary School – Golds:

GRADE

SCHOOL

NAME & SURNAME

STORY TITLE

6

AUCKLAND PARK PREPARATORY

Christina Vaudran

“GONE”

6

AUCKLAND PARK PREPARATORY

Saskia Oosterlee

“JUST THE THREE OF US”

6

GONUBIE PRIMARY

Kayley McErlean

“TAKE TO THE SKY”

6

HEX VALLEY HIGH

Cara Smith

“GRANDMA’S SHOES”

6

HERZLIA CONSTANTIA PRIMARY

Isabella Sherman

“DIVERSITY”

6

HERZLIA HIGHLANDS PRIMARY

Lexi Moss

“THE ASSIGNMENT”

6

HUDSON PARK PRIMARY

Kira-Jade Smith

“WATER MONSTER”

6

KING EDWARD HIGH

Mikayla Muller

“BEST LEFT SILENT”

6

LADDSWORK PRIMARY

Megan Brown

“UNDERGROUND”

6

MERRIFIELD PREPARATORY

Muhammad Saad Limbada

“FAREWELL”

6

MERRIFIELD PREPARATORY

Akiera Govender

“THE LITTLE LADYBUG”

6

MONTROSE PRIMARY

Tavleen Katari

“LOST IN THE CITY OF ATLANTIS”

6

NARDINI CONVENT

Lindy Els

“THE WAIT”

6

OAKHILL SCHOOL

Miguel Pieterse

“THE JOY I NEVER KNEW”

6

ST ANDREW’S PREPARATORY

Braam Du Toit

“EVIL”

6

ST ANDREW’S PREPARATORY

Ian Meihuizen

“THE END”

6

STIRLING PRIMARY

Tallis Hurly

“THE FALL”

6

UNICORN PREPARATORY

Tessa Maria Sam

“MY SECRET HIDEOUT”

7

AUCKLAND PARK PREPARATORY

Alaesun Hoffman-Lee

“NIGHT”

7

AUCKLAND PARK PREPARATORY

Sarah Meddows-Taylor

“OCEAN BLUE”

7

GONUBIE PRIMARY

Krista Rensburg

“REALISATION”

7

HUDSON PARK PRIMARY

Megan Street

“RELIEF”

7

HUDSON PARK PRIMARY

Megan Bosman

“HORROR HOUSE”

7

HUDSON PARK PRIMARY

Megan Bosman

“OBLIVION”

7

KINGSWOOD COLLEGE

Taryn Brown

“AMBITION”

7

KINGSWOOD COLLEGE

Taryn Brown

“FRUIT SALAD”

7

LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

Phenyo Mondlana

“CON-FUSION”

7

MERRIFIELD PREPARATORY

Emily-Faye Xantho

“COTTON BUSH”

7

MERRIFIELD PREPARATORY

Mbutokazi Mavuso

“CHILDREN OF WAR”

7

NARDINI CONVENT

Tiana Mitchell

“WILD IMAGINATION”

7

RIEBEEK COLLEGE GIRLS’ HIGH

Lauren Mac Gorman

“THE FALL”

7

RIEBEEK COLLEGE GIRLS’ HIGH

Megan Potgieter

“NUMB”

7

ST ANDREW’S PREPARATORY

Manyano Malusi

“OUIJA BOARD”

7

ST ANDREW’S PREPARATORY

Aidan Reynolds

“TIME”

7

ST ANDREW’S PREPARATORY

Scott Ritchie

“MOSUL”

7

STIRLING PRIMARY

Gia Urbani

“THE DEPRESSED DOLL”

7

STIRLING PRIMARY

Jayden Harebottle

“HEAVEN”

7

STIRLING PRIMARY

Zahra Marais

“STOLEN”

7

STIRLING PRIMARY

Catherine Eland

“TURNING THE CORNER”

7

STIRLING PRIMARY

Matthew Miah

“NEW WORLD”

7

THE MOUNTAIN CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL

Cayley Smith

“THE PORTAL”

7

THE MOUNTAIN CAMBRIDGE SCHOOL

Cayley Smith

“ENCOUNTER”

High School – Golds

GRADE

SCHOOL

NAME & SURNAME

STORY TITLE

8

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Kerryn Hopkinson

“SCARS”

8

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Ilhaam Ellahi

“IF ONLY”

8

CLARENDON HIGH

Cherise Dicke

“HIS BLACK STARE”

8

CLARENDON HIGH

Morgan Crawford

“SHAMED, MOCKED AND ABUSED”

8

CLARENDON HIGH

Kate Meyer

“A DEEP BREATH”

8

QUEENSTOWN GIRLS’ HIGH

Julia Osario

“HER”

8

RHENISH GIRLS’ HIGH

Stevie Hendriksz

“HE NEVER SAW HER AGAIN”

9

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Taahir Sookaria

“THE SUITCASE”

9

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Ruth Tony-Alabi

“THE FIGHT”

9

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Conrad Pretorius

“IN A MINUTE”

9

BRIDGE HOUSE

Jaime Lundie

“NO ONE SEES MY PAIN”

9

CURRO KRUGERSDORP HIGH

Ayanda Sewela

“GLOSS”

9

FOURWAYS HIGH

Relebogile Malaza

“WISH I COULD TAKE IT BACK”

9

RHENISH GIRLS’ HIGH

Danelle Adendorff

“HIS EYES BLURRED EVEN MORE”

9

RHENISH GIRLS’ HIGH

Lena Kastner

“LEAVING HER”

9

STIRLING HIGH

Paiton Rowan

“EYES SHUT TIGHTLY”

9

STIRLING HIGH

Lameez Hendricks

“A SOLDIER’S TALE”

9

STIRLING HIGH

Kayla Marnitz

“DADDY ISSUES”

10

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Amy Lubbers

“ENOUGH IS ENOUGH”

10

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Megan de Vasconcellos

“RACING”

10

HUDSON PARK HIGH

Simone Anderson

“INSULT”

10

HUDSON PARK HIGH

Simone Anderson

“MR INSOMNIA”

10

HUDSON PARK HIGH

Simone Anderson

“HERE BE SIRENS”

10

KING EDWARD HIGH

Hannah Hansen

“MOM”

10

QUEENSTOWN GIRLS’ HIGH

Emme-Jay Sparks

“THE VOICES IN MY HEAD”

10

RHENISH GIRLS’ HIGH

Alec Coles

“THEY TURNED TO FACE EACH OTHER”

11

ASHTON INTERNATIONAL COLLEGE

Morgan Deenik

“SOME PASS, SOME STOP”

11

CLARENDON HIGH

Michaela Manthe

“I’VE HAD BETTER DAYS”

11

CLARENDON HIGH

Mandy Botha

“ETERNITY?”

11

CLARENDON HIGH

Caitlin Laing

“LITTLE CONSEQUENCE”

11

CURRO NELSPRUIT

Lize Nel

“DO THE MATH”

11

GREENWICH COLLEGE

Anya Benade

“PRISON”

11

HUDSON PARK HIGH

Kirsten Baldwin

“BROKEN PROMISES”

11

HUDSON PARK HIGH

Kirsten Baldwin

“HER SPECIAL DAY”

11

LIGHTHOUSE CHRISTIAN COLLEGE

Chanelle Ruth Maila

“DEAR DIARY”

11

RHENISH GIRLS’ HIGH

Jordan Dowd

“WHY SHE LEFT

Congratulations, and we look forward to your school’s entries next year

The SACEE Adjudicators.


2017 SACEE PUZZLE PARADES & LANGUAGE CHALLENGES EXAMINER’S REPORT

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.

The 2017 Competition

The 2017 Language Challenge and Puzzle Parade attracted 29 269 participants: 

45 schools entered the Grade 1 - 3 Puzzle Parades;
47 schools entered the Grade 4 & 5 Language Challenge;
47 schools entered the Grade 6 & 7 Language Challenge;
23 schools entered the Grade 8 & 9 Language Challenge;            
21 schools entered the Grad 10 & 11 Language Challenge. 

GRADE      

NUMBER OF LEARNERS

NATIONAL AVERAGE

HIGHEST SCORE

1

2946

69,06%

   24 learners scored 100%

2

3034

72,37%

   54 learners scored 100%

3

3029

76,26%

   3 learners scored 100%

4

3060

56,78%

   1 learner scored 93%

5

3121

64,33%

   7 learners scored 96%%

6

3100

54,13%

   1 learner scored 97%

7

2959

59,60%

   1 learner scored 96%

8

2166

59,87%

   1 learner scored 94%

9

2071

62,26%

   1 learner scored 97%

10

2039

62,16%

   2 learners scored 94%

11

1744

65,37%

   1 learner scored 100%

TOTAL

29 269

   

Caitlin Laing with her English Teacher, Carol Felton.
Clarendon High School for Girls.

Congratulations to Caitlin Laing (Clarendon High School for Girls – Grade 11) who scored 100%, and is a prizewinner for the sixth successive year. Congratulations also to Erin Swanepoel (Grade 6) and Caitlin Hauxwell (Grade 7), both from Rustenburg Junior, who are prizewinners for the third       successive years.  The Grade 6s and the Grade 7s write the same examination, and although Erin is only in Grade 6, she scored the highest mark in the country for this paper.

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 are awarded a cash prize.

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

 

PRIZE WINNERS FOR THE 2017 LANGUAGE CHALLENGES AND PUZZLE PARADES

GRADE

MARK

NAME

SCHOOL

PRIZE

1

100%

24  Learners  scored 100%

N/A

2

100%

54  Learners  scored 100%

N/A

3

100%

3  Learners  scored 100%

N/A

4

93%

Mira Gibson

Herzlia Weizmann Primary School

R300.00

4

92%

Jennifer de Kock

Herbert Hurd Primary School

R250.00

4

92%

Tochi Ezenwugo

Unicorn Preparatory School

R250.00

5

96%

Lula Hattingh

Bay Primary School

R300.00

5

96%

Keira Kok

Gene Louw Primary School

R300.00

5

96%

Luke Gottlieb

Herzlia Constantia

R300.00

5

96%

Kanego Mkhabela

Hudson Park Primary School

R300.00

5

96%

Matthew Webster

Laddsworth Primary School

R300.00

5

96%

Jonathan Penumala

Montrose Primary School

R300.00

5

96%

Neo Leiselane

Unicorn Preparatory School

R300.00

6

97%

Erin Swanepoel

Rustenburg Girls Junior School

R300.00

6

93%

Simone Mguli

Hudson Park Primary School

R250.00

6

91%

Leah Benjamin

Herzlia Constantia

R200.00

6

91%

Kira-Jade Smith

Hudson Park Primary School

R200.00

6

91%

Nathan Sparg

Merrifield Preparatory

R200.00

6

91%

Malik Jamie

SACS Junior School

R200.00

7

96%

Samah Taleb

Kimberley Junior School

R300.00

7

95%

Jodi Bouman-Hughes

Rustenburg Girls Junior School

R250.00

7

95%

Caitlin Hauxwell

Rustenburg Girls Junior School

R250.00

8

94%

Luke de Villiers

Bridge House

R300.00

8

93%

Simone Ephraim

Our Lady of Fatima Dominican Convent

R250.00

8

93%

Ashleigh Omingo

Wynberg Girls High

R250.00

9

97%

Oshai Naidoo

Holy Rosary School

R300.00

9

95%

Jade Yardin

Wynberg Girls High School

R250.00

9

94%

Kayla Delport

Clarendon High School for Girls

R200.00

9

94%

Adon Parker

Lilyfontein School

R200.00

10

94%

Ashley Eichstädt

Stirling High School

R300.00

10

94%

Gabriel Terblanche

Stirling High school

R300.00

10

93%

Carl Smith

Star College Pretoria

R250.00

10

93%

Peter Mc Causland

Stirling High School

R250.00

11

100%

Caitlin Laing

Clarendon High School for Girls

R300.00

11

96%

Shannon Hubbard

Collegiate Girls’ High School

R250.00

11

96%

Lara Irons

Holy Rosary School

R250.00

11

96%

Humairaa Moosa

Star College Girls High

R250.00

For more information please email sacee@telkomsa.net


 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.