23 June 2016


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23 June 2016

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Dear Parents

Thank you for a mostly positive and happy term. Your children have, in the main worked hard and coped well with the examinations. Many of them engaged positively with the academic rigour and they impressed with the manner in which they conducted themselves. Please be reminded that phones and smartwatches may never be present in an examination – this is both an IEB and Cambridge rule.

This term the reports will reflect the examination marks and have a comment from the Tutor. Parents’ evenings will take place early next term but please feel free to make an appointment with your child’s teachers if you are concerned in any way. Sometimes Parents’ evenings are too brief to discuss any major concerns. Mrs Tessendorf, the Deputy Head responsible for Academics, will alert the parents of students about whom she has major concerns regarding their academic progress.

Through the term, the newsletters have served to highlight many successes of people in our community. I am delighted with the success of the Design students, Carmen Matthysen, Isabel Corner, Liam Paris, Nicola Carter, Tasha Stavrou and Kayla Evans, who fared superbly in the Hermanus Art Festival by taking 6 of the top 10 places. The competition was won by a university student, so our students’ success is all the more commendable.

We wish the students and teachers going on the History tour to Russia a happy, enlightening and culturally stimulating trip. I hope that all students who are travelling abroad for pleasure or for school events return more mindful of global issues, more aware that the world has much to offer and that all of us can contribute to making it a more just and equitable place by thinking generously, differently and creatively.

The College bids farewell to Jacques Groenewald who has worked in the Finance Department for the past 7 years. He is congratulated on his appointment to the position of bursar at Wynberg Boys High. Jacques has worked hard and is thanked for his contribution to the College.

Besides the gift of sending your children here, the College has been blessed with some generous donations to the Acorn Bursary Trust from parents. Other parents have donated creatively to the Art Department to encourage students to extend themselves, while others have donated enormous amounts of time sharing their expertise and knowledge with the school. Others have donated debentures and deposits and some donate kindness and exhortation which is often the greatest gift of all. Schools become great because of the community in them and if this generosity on which the school was founded continues to abound in a world where we are all being asked to tighten our belts, then the College can only flourish and create a brighter future for many people. So thank you for your generosity.

While we grow, we will continue to ask for you to contribute – please never feel under pressure to do so as everyone is very cognisant of the sacrifices you are making to send your children to the College.

I hope that many of you are appreciated by your children in the holiday and that you enjoy their ongoing growth and their developing thinking skills. Travel safely and enjoy this special time with your children.

Yours sincerely
Meg Fargher


Congratulations to Joshua Durie (Grade 11) who has been awarded his prestigious Gold President’s Award! Josh received his Gold Award from HRH, Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward and the Deputy Minister in the Presidency, Mr Buti Manamela.This is an outstanding achievement!OTHER AWARD RECIPIENTS:

Bronze Level: Georgia Faure, Rebecca Japhet, Jo Whall,
Stephanie Halton, Thameenah Khalfey, Craig Bergh, Alex Williams.

Silver Level: Erin Williams, Ciara Dunne, Miranda Danckwerts, Lucy McDonald.

Gold Level: Frances Carstens

JAZZ CONCERT RAISES R8000!Mr Simon Chapman and Sally Knittel (leader of the Jazz Band) accompanied staff from Helderberg Village to present a gift purchased with the proceeds from their concert, to the residents of the Zandvliet Old Age Home in Macassar.


OUR CRICKETERS SCORE AT BOLAND CRICKET AWARDS EVENING Vezi Mntungwa and Ben Henderson both won awards at the annual Boland Cricket Awards Evening for the 2015/6 season.Ben was awarded the “Best Performer” for the Boland Under 17’s at the National Under 17 Cricket Week played last December.Vezi was awarded the “Best Boland Performer” at the National Cubs Under 19 Week held in January.

To view the latestSPORTS RESULTSplease follow this link toour website.


If you’ve been listening to the winds of change, you may have heard the call of a global movement. South Africa’s most influential CEO’s will spend the night on the Nelson Mandela Bridge (in Johannesburg) on Thursday 28 July to raise funds and empathy for education – a vital step on the path to eradicating homelessness.The Senior School has decided to stand in solidarity with the national drive in highlighting the plight of the homeless in our society. We, as a school, have identified the Somerset West Night Shelter as our beneficiary. We are collecting clothing and blankets for the Somerset West Night Shelter. All donations are welcome (even if your child does not participate in the sleepout!)Time: 18h00 on 28 July (or after the Pops Concert) to 06h00 on 29 JulyDonations: Blankets or clothing for the Night ShelterMore details to follow next term.



NB. Students may purchase seat or stand tickets from Mrs Melanie Barnard.
All other tickets need to be purchased online via the Quicket site.


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 12h00Weekdays – 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.

ROAD UPGRADES PLANNED DURING THE HOLIDAYSPlease be aware that there are two construction projects planned for the holiday which will impact the area around the tennis and squash courts. A section of the road is being widened which means that route will be closed. There will be no road access to the Astroturf and Dream Tree School.

The latest edition of the Somerset College Smalls can be viewed
by clicking on the image below.To view the Term 2 edition as a pdf document, click on
Somerset College Smalls.To advertise in this publication please email Jean at smalls@somcol.co.za
Here 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”.

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


IMPORTANT NOTICEPlease 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 CARDMySchool have an exciting new partner:cid:image003.png@01D1C32E.4127BBD0If you don’t have a card please complete the online application form and please check that Somerset College is your nominated beneficiary.


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