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%
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

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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