Welcome to the National Science Olympiad


The DST (Department of Science & Technology and DoE (Department of Education, in partnership with SAASTE (South African Association of Science & Technology Educators) recognise the OLYMPIADS as a part of their Youth into Science strategy, and encourage all learners to participate in Olympiads. A data base of all schools that participate in the Science Olympiads is currently being compiled, so that the DoE, DST could embark on programmes to encourage learners (especially African and female learners to participate and excel in Science. SAASTE is the only recognised Professional body for science educators in the country. It is recognised at both Provincial and National levels by the Education departments and the Ministers.

This OLYMPIAD is the only officially recognised SCIENCE OLYMPIAD for Grades 4 to 11, and is recognised at Provincial, National, DoE and DST levels, as approved by cabinet in their Collaboration agreement and Plan for the Cabinet’s Youth into Science Strategy.

Participants in competitions of this nature are credited/recognised by tertiary institutions and bursars, with winners qualifying for additional points and fee discounts. Olympiad participants are generally viewed favourably by companies because of the recognition of their talents.

Participation in International Physics and Chemistry Olympiads

Submitted by robin on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 2:51pm

South Africa participates in 4 International Olympiads:

1. International Physics Olympiad (IPHO)

2. International Chemistry Olympiad (ICHO)

3. International Biology Olympiad (IBO)

4. International Junior Science Olympiad (IJSO)

A presentation on Physics and Chemistry was made at the STEMI conference (hosted by the Department of Science and Technology) held from 14 to 16 March 2017.

The full conference paper is attached for you to read the details (in 3 parts)

Practice Round 2017 Update

Submitted by robin on Wed, 03/15/2017 - 10:12am

Note that the date suggested for the Practice (First) round is not fixed.

Schools can write at anytime up to the end of March 2017.

However, schools that send in their final round will be sent practice round papers also in April on request.

To get the Practice round papers these schools must complete the information sheet attached.

2017 Practice Round Papers

Submitted by robin on Sun, 03/05/2017 - 5:59pm


Please note that the practice round papers will be sent to schools on request only.

Please send your school's contact details by completing the information sheet in the attachment.

2017 Invitation and Entry Forms

Submitted by robin on Mon, 11/21/2016 - 8:04pm

South African team for 13th IJSO in Bali December 2016

Submitted by robin on Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:41am

Congratulations to the following learners for their selection to the South African Junior Science Team. The following Under 16 members (born in 2001 and thereafter) will comprise TEAM South AFRICA. The Team will participate in the IJSO (International Junior Science Olympiad) in Bali (Indonesia) from 2 Dec to 11 Dec 2016. The team will leave  on 30 November and return on 12 December 2016.

NSO 2016 Results

Submitted by robin on Fri, 11/11/2016 - 10:27am

Please note that 2016 results in Physical Sciences (Gr 10 & 11), Life Sciences (Gr 10 & 11) and Natural Sciences (Gr 4 to 9) were posted by registered mail on Friday 4 November 2016.

The results are now available from your post offices - I have done a few checks and they are available. Many schools have received their first notifications from their post offices and have not yet colleceted. Please follow up immediately.

Send an SMS to 0832677055 with your school name to request a tracking number.

Then Google "SAPO tracking" if ypu have the tracking number.

IPHO Team in Zurich

Submitted by robin on Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:55pm

The South African IPHO team arrived in Zurich today for the 47th International Physics Olympiad.

We wish the team everything of the best in the competition.





 Darshen Bhawan

2016 August Olympiad Exams Papers

Submitted by robin on Sun, 07/10/2016 - 7:46pm

Hi Teachers and Principals

Please note that the papers have been posted to the schools via registered post. Please check your post and go to the post office to collect by the end of the week.

Robin Naidoo



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