Oakhill School has once again staked its claim to excellence in the Halls of the Royal Society of South Africa’s essay competition. Last year Oakhill was awarded first place in South Africa for the annual essay competition, this year Joshua Pama in Grade 11 has been awarded a merit for his essay entitled “Gas is the new gold: as investors lick their lips and locals load their rifles” – concerning the topic of Fracking in the Karoo.
Each year, the Royal Society of South African invites entries from schools all over South Africa on a number of topics. Each school may then submit their best three entries per topic and final selection is then done by a panel of experts. Entries are received from schools all over the country and the writing is of the highest standard. The winning essays are then published in the Transactions of the Royal Society of SA.
The essay competition is one method for Oakhill to ensure that our students are exposed to current and topical issues and to encourage both the critical and independent thought that we believe is so vital for the leaders of tomorrow.