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 2016 Competition

In the 2016 competitions over 31,000 learners from a total of 102 schools participated.

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.

Border branch would like to thank all principals, teachers and learners from the 102 participating schools. It is hoped that the results are 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.

A breakdown of the results of the 2016 Language Challenge and Puzzle Parade:

GRADE NUMBER OF LEARNERS NATIONAL AVERAGE HIGHEST SCORE
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

2016 SACEE LANGUAGE CHALLENGE PRIZEWINNERS – First Place receives a R300 cash prize, Second Place receives R250 and Third Place receives R200. In the case of a tie, each winner receives the appropriate amount. The full list of prizewinners is listed below. 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. To download the bank details form please click here.

GRADE MARK NAME SCHOOL PRIZE
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

For more information please email sacee@telkomsa.net