KES honours Olympiad winners


Following stellar performances at the South African Insitute of Chartered Accountants (Saica), accounting Olympiad, King Edward VII School held a special certificate handover to the pupils who excelled in this year’s competition on 10 November.

The Olympiad is run by the institute and invites exceptional mathematics and accounting youngsters in grades 11 and 12 from various schools selected by provincial departments of education and by Saica.

Senior accounting teacher, Shanta Naidoo, first runner-up Tiago Jardim, winner Bowie Lai, first runner-up Corbyn Buziek and head of accounting, Cathy Avidon.

Head of the accounting department at the school, Cathy Avidon said this year’s Olympiad marks the sixth year in a row that the school has been named the top performing school in the competition. She added, “It’s so rewarding as a teacher to see your students excel.”

School headmaster, David Lovatt said, “What makes this such an exceptional achievement is that 14 pupils from our school performed incredibly well, giving our school the highest ever Olympiad average of 81 per cent.”

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The certificate handover saw the staff and student body of King Edward VII School honour grade 12 youngsters, Bowie Lai, who won the Gauteng Accounting Olympiad Competition, and two first runners-up, Corbyn Buziek and Tiago Jardim. Lai earned an incredible score of 93 per cent while Buziek and Jardim earned 92 per cent. Each child was awarded a cash prize, with Lai receiving R2 000 cash and Buziek and Jardim awarded R1 000 each.

First runner-up Corbyn Buziek, senior accounting teacher Shanta Naidoo, winner Bowie Lai, first runner-up Tiago Jardim, head of accounting Cathy Avidon and Saica representative, Belinda Dorney.

Jardim said, “The Olympiad was a fun and different experience. We had good support from our teachers so it made it much easier.”

The school’s accounting teachers, Cathy Avidon and Shanta Naidoo were also honoured as the best teachers in this year’s competition. Spokesperson for Saica, Belinda Dorney said the achievements of the school are incredible and congratulated the youngsters and the teachers on their hard work.


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By Andrei van Wyk

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