English Olympiad

The motto of De Beers’ English Olympiad is “Enrichment through English” and that’s exactly what it does.  Almost 10 000 high school students across the country enter this competition which is organised annually by the Grahamstown Foundation and the South African Council for English Education (SACEE).
An anthology is compiled around a particular theme, and varies from year to year from poetry to drama to short stories and prose.  The aim is to enrich learners through the study of the literature and the theme, and to encourage critical thinking and creative writing.  It is one of those competitions which lives up to the same credo as the Olympic Games:  “The important thing in life is not the triumph but the struggle, the essential thing is not to have conquered but to have fought well.” [Pierre de Coubertin].  In other words, although it is a competition and there are magnificent prizes to be won, everyone who enters the Olympiad benefits enormously in a variety of ways, only one of which is the effect it has on their performance in the English class.
How we do it at Ferdinand Postma High School
We meet informally usually once a week in the evenings (and if there are candidates who can’t make the evening session, also one afternoon a week.  The meeting takes the form of round-table discussion, but if textual difficulties are handled by the teacher in charge.
The exam is always written on the first Tuesday in March. It is an open-book exam, with a creative touch, and usually enjoyed by all.
Prizes to be won
•    Top 3 candidates – Cash prizes:  R32 000, RR29 500, R27 000 respectively;
•    Top 15 – invited to Grahamstown Schools Festival as VIPs – no charge;
•    Top 20 – substantial cash prizes / book vouchers;
•    Top 50 – free tuition for their first year at Rhodes University, any course of study, on condition that they meet entry requirements for that course.

Some recent themes – title of anthology
•    The Law on the stage    –     Court in the Act (drama)
•    The conundrums of ambition     –     Dreams, Pipe dreams, Ambitions and Disillusionments
•    Character: Analysis and Motivation     –     Under their skin and in their shoes
•    Whose Truth is it Anyway?    –     In Camera (prose)
•    Language, Literature and Laughter     –     Life’s a Laugh? (drama)
•    Stories and Language of Mzansi     –    Revelations and Transformations (short stories)
2016 Theme
Journey into Darkness:  Exploring the darker side of human nature.
Anthology: The Darkness in Man’s Heart (stories)
Ferdinand Postma High School’s best performances have been: 
Kamogelo Motshidi, Top 50 in 2005;
Ntsiki Hebe, Top 100 in 2011, followed by Gold in 2012
Teacher involved:   H de Villiers


Afrikaans Expo

Uitslae van die Afrikaanse Internasionale Skole-Ekspo
Baie geluk aan mev Ester Geldenhuis en mev. Jolanda Rosin met die goeie uitslae van julle leerders.
Ferdies het baie goed gevaar met 13 inskrywings wat 70 % + behaal het, 11 inskrywings wat 80 % + behaal het en 3 leerders wat 90 % + behaal het.
Frikke Scheepers het vir sy inskrywing getiteld - 'Wawieltrots vir my Afrikanerwees', 90 % behaal.
Kamogelo Motlashuping het vir haar inskrywing getiteld - 'Die betekenis van Afrikaanse films', 90 % behaal.
Tamsin Murgatroyd het vir haar inskrywing getiteld - 'Afrikaans. Ja of Nee' 'n besonderse 94 % behaal.
Soos ons altyd sê - Ferdies is 'n skool met vele talente!

Voor: Suné van Niekerk, Dietrich Agenbag, Rikus Henning, Günter Foit, Frikkie Scheepers, Velise de Bruyn, Tinette Loedolff, Sonelle Becker, Malaika Mathole, Janaé Hoogenboezem, Kamogelo Motlashuping.
Agter: Shinique Herbst, Michellé du Preez, Heindrich Harmse, Tiaan van den Heever, Wilma Kooyman, Bernard van Tonder, Jané Hendriks, Kanin Kooij, Tamsin Kayla Murgatroyd, Christelle Jansen.


Three of our learners participated in the PUK’s annual Mintec Minuiz competitionin 2015:
Victor Asiwe,Carlinke Joubert and Jacques Labuschagne. They did exceptionally well in this competition, eventually ending secondly and won R 1 500 for the school.

Victor Asiwe, Karlinke Joubert en Jacques Labuschagne ht Ferdies tydens die jaarlikse MINQUIZ KOMPETISIE wat by die Ingeneurs Departement van die PUK aangebied is verteensoordig. Ferdies het ‘n 2de plek behaal en R850 vir die skool daardeur verdien.

Mathematics and Maths Literacy

Ferdies maak naam by die SA Wiskunde Olimpiade

‘n Graad 12 leerder van Hoërskool Ferdinand Postma, Bertus van Zyl, het 2de in Noordwes geëindig met die jaarlikse SA Wiskunde Olimpiade.  Daar was 85 000 deelnemers van 1044 skole.  Dit is voorwaar ‘n uitstaande prestasie en die skool is baie trots op hom.

Die olimpiade word deur die ‘South African Maths Foundations’ aangebied en deur Liberty en SAICA geborg. Dit is ‘n olimpiade van hoogstaande gehalte en bevat vrae wat deelnemers se redenasievermoë en denkprosesse toets.


Personelle involved: Mrs Lynette Momberg


World Knowledge Olympiad

Five learners passed this Olympiad in 2015.  Francois Crewe (gr. 10) was our best achiever and ended third in the Northwest Province.

Personelle involved: Mrs van Vuuren