Scottburgh High Pupils excel at the South African Physics Olympiad

 Pictured:  Ashraf Moosa and Mark Laloo

Ten learners from Scottburgh High School joined over 37 000 learners from the rest of our country as well as other neighbouring countries in writing the South African National Youth Science Olympiad (SANYSO) hosted by the South African Agency for Science and Technology Advancement (SAASTA).

Based on the results in the various recognised national Olympiads and competitions including the SANYSO, learners were then selected on merit to write the South African Physics Olympiad (SAPhO).

Ashraf Moosa and Mark Laloo were amongst approximately 100 learners who wrote the SAPhO Olympiad. These boys competed against some of the best Physics learners and did their school proud. Ashraf received an Honourable Mention for finishing 21st overall and Mark for finishing 31st overall. This is a huge achievement for Scottburgh High School.

“South Africa, like every other country in the world, has amongst its youth a latent talent that needs to identified, nurtured and monitored, to allow them to reach their full potential,” says Case Rijsdijk, SAPhO convenor. “There are talent scouts for potential sportsmen and women, why not for maths and sciences? After all, our future lies in education and a technologically based economy. Identifying future scientists and engineers is essential, and SAPhO is one pathway to success.”

Scottburgh High School is committed to identifying and nurturing its learners in the Maths and Science fields especially since these are gateway subjects for universities.

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