The National Language Challenge
Mr Neil le Roux
Former Chaiperson of BORDER branch.
SACEE – Border Branch
National Language Challenge and Puzzle Parade
In 1991 Mr Neil le Roux the Chairperson of 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 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%|
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
|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|
|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|
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