Oakhill Grade 12 student, Maya-Rose Torrao, achieved 9th place nationally in the De Beers English Olympiad.
Maya-Rose was among 7,367 students who participated and went to Grahamstown for the festival which started on 8 July, culminating in the prize giving on 12 July 2012.
As part of her prize, Maya-rose was invited to attend the 2012 National Schools’ Festival in Grahamstown from 8 – 13 July, courtesy of the De Beers English Olympiad. The accommodation, registration fee for the National Schools’ Festival as well as transport was sponsored.
The National Schools Festival is a five day, jam-packed programme of activities that celebrates English, Drama and the Arts. Within a carefully structured, intensive programme, delegates participate in vibrant, hands-on workshops and enjoy a variety of challenging and dynamic shows and lectures. All of these are presented by experts with the special ability to motivate and inspire young people.
The Top 15 participated in the festival as a separate group, and were chaperoned by two Olympiad officials. There were a number of Olympiad functions that the Top 15 were expected to attend during the week. The rank order of the Top 15 was announced at the De Beers English Olympiad Prize Giving ceremony on Thursday 12 July, and all of the Top 15 received prizes. The Top 3 will receive a chaperoned trip to the United Kingdom in December 2012 and those ranked 4 to 15 received cash or book prizes. All candidates ranked 1 to 50 will receive one year’s free tuition from Rhodes University, subject to meeting the University’s entry requirements.
Look out for the official press release. Well done Maya-Rose, Oakhill is proud of you.