El Shaddai Christian School is an independent, co-educational, Christian school situated amongst the rolling hills of the beautiful green suburb of Durbanville, in Cape Town, South Africa.


The school is committed to the Biblical discipling of students accompanied by academic excellence.


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El Shaddai Christian School

Karen Anderson, Travis Defty

under the spotlight

El Shaddai’s Scintillating Scientist


The El Shaddai Christian School students took part in the 51st National Science Olympiad in March this year. The Olympiad is for grade 10, 11 and 12 students who all write the same paper.  About 30 000 learners from South Africa and the SADC countries took part in this Olympiad. At the end of April the Olympiad results placed Travis Defty, a Grade 11 student at El Shaddai Christian School, in the top 100 nationwide.


Travis was subsequently invited to participate in the Youth Science Focus Week which took place during the July school holidays in Gauteng. Travis said that the aim of the Focus Week had been ‘to increase awareness of possibilities in the field of Science’. Activities during the Focus Week included stimulating lectures and excursions to the following institutions: Pretoria’s Botanical and Zoological Gardens, Denel Dynamics, the Johannesburg Observatory, the Cullinan Diamond mine and the Nuclear Energy Corporation.  


The Focus Week culminated with a

high profile Awards Ceremony at

Emperor’s Palace, where Travis

was duly honoured for his 16th

overall place in South Africa and

2nd place in Grade 11. All his

expenses were paid for by the

South African Agency for Science

and the National Research



Due to Travis’ superlative

achievement in the National Science

Olympiad, he has also been invited to write the South African Institute of Physics Olympiad on the 3rd of August 2015, a prestigious competition for crème de la crème students. The School is extremely proud of this scintillating scientist!