At Nizamiye Schools Mayfair, students are encouraged to participate in the various National Olympiad programmes. We participate in the National Science Olympiad organized by SAASTA (South African Agency for Science and Technology) and the Conquesta Olympiad. The National Science Olympiad aims to advance public awareness, appreciation and engagement in the fields of science, engineering and technology. This is in-line with our schools pursuit of academic excellence and is further stimulated by the Nizamiye Schools Mayfair Annual Science Exposition that takes place at our premises. The Conquesta Olympiad on the other hand deals with all school subjects. Students are given the opportunity to select a preferred subject be it mathematics or life skills. Students are also able to participate in all the subjects offered by the Conquesta Olympiad programme. All students enrolled in the Olympiad programme receive a certificate of participation irrespective of their results.
The objective of our school’s involvement within the Olympiad programmes is to inculcate a sense of achievement, confidence and self-esteem among our students. The Olympiad programmes on offer aides teachers as well as parents to better understand the strengths, interests and capacity of each individual student thereby enabling an improved supportive capacity towards young curious minds to reach their full potential.
Besides school lessons, the School pays great attention to NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL Olympiad studies and Project competitions.
There are a number of Olympiad study branches at the school. Students and teachers work hard to attain the best results both at national and international levels.
Being a member of the Olympiad group at school gives great prestige to the learners.
In the beginning of Grade 8 a selection test is given to the learners who are interested in various Olympiads. The group holds 10-15 learners.
The school has very successful Olympiad results achieved in the fields of Maths, Computer and Science. These results come as a result of hard work and long periods of study.
A time-table detailing the Olympiad study times will be issued to learners.
Below is a list of Olympiad study branches and short explanations for each of them:
MATH OLYMPIAD (HARMONY, AMESA, PROTERIA MATHS, PAMO, IMO ETC.)
The learners who are in the Math Olympiad team compete in various competitions and Olympiads like AMESA Maths, Inter-provincial Maths Competition, Harmony Maths, Pretoria Maths etc.
Participation in AMESA Maths is compulsory for every learner (Gr. 8 -11). Only selected learners represent South Africa at the International level like Pan African Maths Olympiad (PAMO) and International Maths Olympiad (IMO).
NATURAL SCIENCE, P. SCIENCE and BIOLOGY OLYMPIAD (SAASTE&SAASTA)
Grades 8 to grade 12 students are offered Natural Science (Gr. 8 & 9) and Physical Science or Biology (Gr. 10-12) Olympiad tuition (SAASTA & SAASTE).
Participation in the National Science Olympiad (SAASTE) is compulsory for every learner (Gr. 8 – 11). The International Junior Science Olympiad team (IJSO), International Senior Science Olympiad team (ISO), International Biology Olympiad team (IBO), International Chemistry Olympiad team (ICHO), International Physics Olympiad team (IPHO), are selected after the SAASTE Olympiad.
Every year selected senior students (Grade 10-12) participate in the prestigious National Science (BIOLOGY or PHYSICAL SCIENCE) Olympiad (SAASTA) organised by the Department of Science and Technology. Top learners of SAASTA Olympiad receive MEDALS, LAPTOP and AIR TICKET to attend the London International Youth Science Forum in England or the Science Focus Week in Australia.
In SAASTE Grade 10 & 11 learners can write both Physical Science and Life Sciences (Biology) but in SAASTA Grade 10-12 must choose either Physical Science or Biology.
Nizamiye School Mayfair pays great attention to NATIONAL and INTERNATIONAL Project competitions.
It is compulsory to prepare a project and participate at school level. All project ideas are welcomed but need to be confirmed by the subject educator or project coordinator.
Learner’s projects are then assessed on Nizamiye school’s Project Day. This assessment forms the project mark for the term for the various science subjects.
After the school level competition, selected projects will be used to represent the school in provincial and national level in FFS and ESKOM Science EXPO.
After school and national level competitions, selected projects will represent South Africa at international project competitions such as ISWEEP, INEPO, INESPO, EBIKA, World Genius, Hippo Language Olympiad, Fountain Magazine Competition etc.
Other International Olympiads include participation in the HIPPO language beyond borders Olympiad, the World Genius Olympiad and the National World Knowledge Olympiad.