18 March 2015

Letter from the Head

Dear Parents

The past fortnight has been busy and successful. The highlight must be the excellent results achieved by our Rowing Team at SA Champs held at Roodeplaat Dam in Gauteng. Nicholas Oberholzer rowed to victory and achieved Gold in the U19 Single Scull and he and Nick Farrell also received Gold in the Double Scull. The First Quad Scull of Joshua Smit, Brandon Christie, Timon de Freitas, Nicholas Oberholzer and Nicholas Farrell resulted in them being awarded silver medals. The photographs in Bolander say it all! The girls and a number of our younger rowers also performed well and you are encouraged to review their results. The overall result saw Somerset College claiming the co-educational schools trophy. We can all enjoy the triumph of the Rowing Club and congratulate them on their hard work.

On that same weekend the First Cricket Team won the Ashes against Parel Vallei by an innings and 182 runs. Captain Phillip Carstens led his team to victory, scoring a century. The entire team played well to ensure the convincing victory and their individual achievements are notable. It has been a tremendous Cricket Season for the First XI and they have set the bar high. The Tennis and Water Polo Teams have also enjoyed success and their results are also on the website.

In addition to these sporting successes there have been some notable cultural achievements.  The Jazz Band played at the V&A Band Slam Competition and our students also performed well at the Poetry for Life Competition with Muriel Louw being selected to go through to the regional finals next term.  Gina Tanzer and Caroline-Jade Smith have been selected to represent the Western Province team in the SA Championships of Performing Arts.

On the academic front we congratulate Josh Putterill and Nicholas Williams (reserve) for being selected as part of the the South African Maths Team who will participate in Chinese Mathematics Challenge  in July.

All these successes, and the many I have not mentioned, would not be possible without the support of parents who contribute financially and emotionally and practically to their children’s development and involvement. Not only are the students fortunate to be involved and to be contributing; they are also learning to exist in a world that is more intense and demanding than ever before. The futurist and strategy company TomorrowToday argues that “intensity” is the new reality. Interestingly,  sport and other cultural outlets are essential aspects of dealing with a more intense lifestyle since they provide a means to release frustration and build energy to  be able to successfully work and exist in intensity. The team from the company argue that:

Just like a soldier prepares for battle so you too have to be fit and calm for the intensity.We as human beings are going to have to find our own ways to adapt and thrive in intensity. We are going to have to support and guide our children, direct reports and teams to survive and thrive in intensity.

Those who learn at school to manage intensity will flourish beyond school; their involvement in many positive activities will help to build the resilience needed to cope.

Enjoy the closing, intense throes of Term One and thank you all for your contribution into your children’s lives – they are blessed to be among families who care.

Yours sincerely
Meg Fargher