1 June 2016


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1 June 2016

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Dear Parents

The quietness and calmness of exams is beginning to descend on most grades. This term’s reports will focus on the examination result and a summary of the examinations will be given by the tutor. Early in the third term there will be a chance to meet with the individual subject teachers. However, if you are concerned about any issue, please do not wait for parents’ evenings to address the problem; rather contact your child’s tutor to arrange a meeting about your child’s progress. 

There have been further Maths successes. Over 7000 Western Cape high school pupils took part in the 2016 UCT Mathematics Competition on Thursday 7 April. Of these, 250 were invited to write the UCT Mathematics Challenge and 200 accepted the invitation. Of these, 51 qualified to write the UCT Mathematics Olympiad. Our students performed well.

– Josh Putterill came first overall for Grade 11 individuals.
– Royce Jiao came in the top 10 for Grade 11 individuals.
– Annalie Swanepoel came in the top 10 for Grade 9 individuals.
– Hamish Gebers and Lawrence Wilson came third for Grade 11 pairs.

In the even more stringent Olympiad, Annalie Swanepoel came third overall and Royce Jiao, 13th.

Very well done to all these students and their teachers for their hard work and commitment and for using their talents well. We also wish Matthew Durie well as he prepares hard as one of the South African team members attending the International Maths Competition to be held in Thailand in August.

This last weekend a number of our students helped out at the Senecio Fun Run. They gave up precious weekend time to serve the community and I commend them on their contribution. Their help was commented on by many and the excerpt from the thank you letter reads as follows: We had our debriefing session on the Fun Run this morning, and the staff were unanimous in their praises for the Somerset College learners. They were all on time, neat, well behaved and very willing and able! It was such a pleasure to work with them and to know that they are reliable!! Please convey these good wishes to the headmaster and to the learners.

So a big thank you to Mrs Tessendorf for organizing the students and to the following students for their positive contribution: Emily Rippon, Dominique Walls, Richard Ribbans, Dylan Ribbans, Alexander Geras, Micole Thompson, Reenen Muller, Skye Nielsen, Cassie Viljoen, Georgia Rubidge, Cayla Kriel, Erin McNamara, Stephanie Juncker, Nastasia Pestana, Nathania Pestana, Michaella Beart, Jo Whall, Emily Pienaar, Max Keller, Mikayhla Joubert, Joshua Putterill, Tanagh Breytenbach, Katia Pestana, Jenna Knowles, Emma Rubidge, Sezaria Grusch, Anne Rebello and Nicole Pestana.

We are all privileged in one way or another and sharing our privilege in whatever form it takes is a very honourable and positive thing to do. I am so grateful to these students who are prepared, before exams, to give to others and to make us proud of our College because of their generosity of spirit. We need more people like them in the world – they make it a better, kinder more decent place.

Thank you to those parents who attended the recent Breakfast Talk on Drugs – it was gratifying to see such a well-attended event, although the topic is disturbing. It is clear that substance abuse is a concern to many of us and an alarming threat to our children. I learnt a great deal from Dr Lapham’s talk. I think her insight on e-cigarettes was of great concern and it is imperative that we do not allow young people to use these. Our Substance Abuse Policy is clear and e-cigarettes are listed as being unacceptable. Please do not allow your children to use them and they may certainly not bring them onto campus. Your support in this regard will be appreciated as we will have to take serious action in the future if e-cigarettes are brought onto campus. The talk was enlightening and helpful and courageous.

Another point worth reiterating from the talk is that parents need to honour each other if they know that someone’s child is abusing drugs or alcohol. There is a useful adage that says, “Better an angry friend than a dead friend”. We cannot wait until disaster strikes to warn people if their children are in need of support for substance abuse. Drugs are a scourge that can affect any family, at any time. True caring is often demanding but choosing to do the hard right is more useful and more courageous than doing the easy wrong and not confronting the truth.

While the school is undertaking various initiatives from its own funds, there is still a need to improve the Chapel upgrade fund. We have raised R700 000 to-date but are R1.6 million short to complete the project. The Chapel is used extensively by both schools not only for worship but also for a multitude of functions. If you see your way clear to contribute to the upgrade of this special facility at the school, please do so generously and add to the legacy of this school. We would so like to honour every student who has matriculated and will matriculate from here and there is no better place than to do so in the Chapel. But the Chapel is not a luxury, it is a venue used to celebrate music, academics, life and God. And upgrading it will benefit and honour all students; past and present.

Soon the building of a modest school entrance with a better guard house begins and I thank the parents who contributed to that fund so generously.

Your kindness is greatly appreciated. We are so blessed to be building the future for the present and the future children of Somerset College.

Enjoy the quietness of exams and the hope they suggest.

Yours sincerely
Meg Fargher

Photographed: Royce Jiao (top 10 for Grade 11 individuals), Hamish Gebers (3rd for Grade 11 pairs) with Lawrence Wilson, Annalie Swanepoel (top 10 for Grade 9 individuals) and Josh Putterill (1st for Grade 11 individuals).Somerset College was placed 8th overall!

DILIGENT STUDENT AWARDED TRIP TO GERMANYKatya Irwin (Grade 11) was placed 8th in the 2015 German Olympiad and has been selected for the award programme of the German Pedagogical Exchange Programme (PAD) with seven other South African students to participate in a scholarship trip to Germany.Congratulations Katya on this outstanding achievement. “We wish Katya a successful and enjoyable time in Germany with lots of great new cultural experiences and time of making new friends,” Frau Adamczyk.


The Visual Arts Department is offering parents the opportunity next term to learn how to create their own masterpiece.Two levels of workshops in oil paint will be offered by a professional artist: beginners and intermediate / advanced.- a step-by-step guided process will be offered by a professional artist in the comfort of a   studio environment on the College premises.- art materials will be provided including a stretched canvas (unframed).Beginners course: Battis (5 sessions) or Preller (5 sessions) or Clarke (5 sessions)Advanced course: Pierneef (8 sessions) or Preller (8 sessions) or Tretchikoff (10 sessions) or Gauguin (10 sessions)Suggested times:Saturdays – 09h00 to 12h00
Weekdays – 18h00 to 21h00This is a wonderful opportunity to expand your artistic ability and walk away with your own masterpiece. For more information please email Carina Vosloo at c.vosloo@somcol.co.za. These workshops will run dependent on parent interest.

To view the latest SPORTS RESULTS please follow this link to our website.


Ashley van der Merwe (Grade 11) has made history by being the first student from Somerset College to make the Western Cape U19 Federation Netball team at Club level to represent the Cape at the U19 National Tournament.Earlier this term, Ashley participated at theInter-Provincial Netball tournament in Langebaan, where she was selected for to the Western Cape U19 Team.”We wish Ashley the best of luck with her preparations for Nationals which will take place from 28 June to 4 July in Bellville,” Mr Brink.


Somerset College is proud to announce the launch of their new Cricket Academy. The Cricket Academy will be situated in the state-of-the-art indoor centre and run by the newly appointed Rudolph Buys.
RUDOLPH BUYS (photographed left)I am a dedicated cricket coach who has experience at Primary School, High School and Club level. I am adept at counselling younger players on sportsmanship, developing a winning attitude and developing players to get in shape before a season. I specialise in one-on-one and group training sessions.For the past two years I was the Head Coach at Paul Roos Gymnasium. I have been involved in Boland Provincial coaching since 2010 and have been the Boland U18 Coke Coach during 2014 and 2015. In 2015 and 2016 I was the assistant coach at the U19 Cubs Week for the Cobra U19 Cubs side.
The Somerset College Cricket Academy will provide private coaching for individual cricketers, teams and coaches of various ages and experience levels.Rudolph Buys’ vision is to develop a high performance cricket academy situated at a state-of-the-art facility on the sports grounds of Somerset College.The academy aims to improve cricket at Somerset College and in the Helderberg region.The main focus will be to develop cricket and give players intense and focused coaching in one-on-one, as well as group sessions, and to provide young aspiring cricketers with the necessary skills to constantly improve their game and be more confident in their own ability.

The Academy will offer:

•  Private coaching

•  One-on-one coaching sessions

•  Group sessions

•  Clinics for players and holiday programmes

•  Hiring of facility to cricket clubs / touring sides.

The official opening will take place on Monday 18 July 2016.

For any enquiries please contact Rudolph on 072 342 3616 or email r.buys@somcol.co.za

STAFF NEWSMr Diederick Basson, the Director of Music, has been awarded his doctorate in Music from the North-West University!The topic of his thesis: “Die invloed van sinodebesluite op die Psalm as kerklied in die Gereformeerde kerke van Suid-Afrika.”

The Jazzelites performed at the Stellenbosch Eistedfodd last week.Photographed from left: Matthew Whall, Mr Simon Chapman, Aidan Cunningham, Sidney Knittel, Fay Tunnicliffe, Douglas Grieve, Jet Hardie and Michael Burke.


Is your child needing a private tutor? A number of Old Oaks have volunteered their time to tutor students in the comfort of their own homes.

Some of them may be studying in other parts of the country, and would only be available to tutor via Skype.

If this is of interest, please check this out at:


For more information about this competition visit Music Maestro Competition


Somerset College has an active prayer group which meets regularly during term time. Ably run by Jenny Cunningham (who has children in both the Prep and Senior schools), all are welcome to join the group, either by email, or by joining other parents to pray.

Mission Statement

Our goal is to be an effective prayer-based group of parents and staff who commit to pray for any needs that arise at Somerset College – whether we are a part of the Friday meetings and/or as part of a prayer chain network. We desire to reach out to those around us in love, with hope and light, and to be a supportive part of the spiritual growth of our school. In doing so we hope to encourage a community that glorifies God in our school, that supports and cares for our Somerset College Family and that trusts our Father God for answered prayer. We ask God for His blessing over our school and for all who govern it, teach in it and belong to it.


The Somerset College Prayer Group is a group of Christian people who pray for the needs of our school. We meet in St Matthew’s Chapel every second Friday at 1pm, alternating with 7:40am at the Pavilion the following Friday during term time. We are also part of a prayer chain network that supports, prays and encourages those related to our school who need it.

We invite you to join us in praying for our school, either by coming to our weekly prayer times on Fridays and/or by being on our mailing list to receive weekly prayer requests and information on what we have been praying for.

Please send your email address to Jenny Cunningham (083 4607174) at cunning@icon.co.za to be placed on our prayer chain list. We would love to have you as a part of our prayer support team!

“The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything,but in everything by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving,present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding,will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” Phil.4:6-7

We invite parents of children of all ages to join the Prayer group.

Please contact Jenny or Patrick for further details.

Mr Patrick Cordery

Good quality, second-hand uniform items can be purchased from the College Shop between 08h00 and 14h00, Monday to Thursday.Donations of good quality, unwanted school clothing is most welcome.

TUCKSHOP UPDATEFor ease and convenience Somerset College now has four tuckshops on Campus; at the Senior School and at the Prep School which are open all day,and at the Pavilion and at the Tennis Courts which are open on Sports Days or for relevant matches.The tuckshops are currently run on a cash only basis. You, as parents, are however now welcome to pay in an amount for your child to make use of at the tuckshops. This payment can be made via EFT and will be allocated to your child’s tuckshop account.Please note that should they not have any money remaining on their tuckshop account, they will only be able to make a purchase with cash. The tuckshop staff are not allowed to assist students with credit.The banking details for the tuckshop (please note that this account is different to the main school fees account)Bank: Nedbank
Branch code: 106012
Account number: 1060 11 4410
Reference: Student name and surname

The latest edition of the Somerset College Smalls can be viewedby clicking on the image below.To view the May edition as a pdf document, click on Somerset College Smalls.To advertise in this publication please email Jean at smalls@somcol.co.zaHere is the 2016 Rate Card 

SUMMER SPORTS TEAM PHOTOGRAPHSWe tried something different this year and have had some informal photographs taken of our Sports Teams (see examples below).To view and order these photographs please go to http://www.rayphography.com/,click on the “Phoenix (Members Only)” tab and enter the password “fenix@sc”.Tutor Group pics will be available shortly and Winter Team Sportsphotographs will be taken next term.For those of you who prefer the more formal shots, these will be taken next term and made available to parents to purchase.

NB. The watermark of the Phoenix logo won’t be included on photographs ordered.


Please be aware that vehicles are NOT permitted to turn right on to the R44 from Bredell Road.Please take Steynsrust Road to get back on to the R44.

MYSCHOOL CARD FUNDSThank you to all of you who use your MySchool card regularly.In May the College raised R22 912.00 which has goneinto the Chapel fund.If you don’t have a card please complete the an application form. Please check that Somerset College is your nominated beneficiary.



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