31 August 2016

 


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31 August 2016

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LETTER FROM THE HEAD

Dear Parents

Thank you to all the parents who attended Founders’ Day. Celebrating the birthday of our school is a joyful event and everyone’s presence at this celebration goes a long way to entrenching all that is good about the intentions of those brave parents who decided to create a beautiful school in the Helderberg basin. I hope they look on their initial work with deep pride and a sense of achievement. Present parents and staff are custodians of that hard work and it is important that we build on the original vision and develop the College into one of the great South African schools relevant for the times.

Coming soon after the closing sounds of Founders’ Day were fading was the final report on the whole school evaluation from IQAA. The very positive comments in the report metaphorically augmented the founding vision. Thank you to those parents who engaged in the process and returned evaluation forms. Mrs Janine Tessendorf oversaw the process and she was assisted in particular by Mr Coenraad Walters and also Mr Gareth Tucker, Mr Graham Sayer, Mrs Mandy Gibson, Mrs Elmari Botha and Mrs Antoinette Beck. The tasks required by IQAA were completed after hours and during school holidays, so we are grateful to the staff for putting the College first. To quote directly from the final report: Somerset College provides a most conducive atmosphere for teaching and learning …[The College] is a very happy, vibrant and productive school, and it is indeed inspiring to consider that in its relatively short existence of under 20 years, it upholds a reputation of excellence in education in our country.Thank you to those of you who continue to help the school flourish and thrive and I hope that you will return to a Founders’ Day in years to come and be proud of your contribution to the next phase of the life of Somerset College.

On a thornier topic, I am compelled to write about the problem of adolescent drinking and parties that seem so easily to get out of hand. Neither the teachers nor I wish to police weekend behaviour; nor do I have the right to tell parents how to parent. However, it cannot be denied that it will be a sad day when careless attitudes towards alcohol and drugs lead to a tragedy at a party.

In an excellent recent letter to the St John’s parents, the Headmaster, Mr Paul Edey, wrote about this same issue that seems to be plaguing our young people. Underage drinking has been a concern for decades, but the type of alcohol abuse seems to be more problematic. Paul Edey suggests that some boys see drinking excessively as a rite of passage into adulthood.

No school Head wishes to dictate how a parent should conduct parenting but surely there is a common aim with parents in raising responsible citizens who are capable of entering society complete and confident in themselves. Our task is to work together and to raise young men and women who are strong characters able to make wise choices. With the obvious dearth of capable, strong leadership in our country the task is even more important.

Furthermore, the problem is not just a “boy issue”. Young girls are finding themselves in compromising situations because they have had too much to drink. The aftermath on a Monday morning very much becomes a school issue as shame turns to blame.

Drugs and alcohol are banned at school and during school outings such as sports tours and outdoor events. We cannot find it acceptable if children bring illegal substances to school or on camps and there have to be severe consequences for those who do. Older children who encourage younger, under-age children to drink are at risk of being criminally liable for doing so. There is no point in pontificating about the issue – it is simple. Drinking under the age of 18 is illegal. Serving alcohol to children under the age of 18 is illegal. One can make it a moral or ethical issue, but the bottom line is that it is a legal issue. Parents who allow alcohol at parties where there are children under the age of 18 are infringing the law.

Next term, Old Oak parents, whose daughter died of a drug overdose, have asked to speak to parents and I encourage you to attend that talk as there is a lot for us to learn about the dank and dark world of drugs. Helping other parents to avoid the pain they have suffered has become their raison d’etre.

Thank you for caring enough to read this newsletter and I hope we can work together to ensure that young people flourish.

Yours sincerely
Meg Fargher

HAPPY BIRTHDAY SOMERSET COLLEGE!

To view more photographs from Founders’ Day and the
Werf Challenge please visit our website.

ENGLISH CREATIVE WRITING

PLEASE ENJOY SOME SELECTED PIECES OF CREATIVE WRITING FROM
MS CHLOË JOUSTRA’S GRADE 8 & 9 CLASSES
Silence is Golden by Dhania Schultz (Grade 8)
Lost Hope by Jonathan van Druten (Grade 8)
Lonely by Richard Burger (Grade 8)
Ultimate by Helen Bloom (Grade 9)
A Blue Moment by Sophie de Villiers (Grade 9)
A detective saw his opportunity… by Kayla Prothero (Grade 9)
Magic is all around if you’re paying attention by Imke Tiaden (Grade 9)

MATRIC DRAMA 
The Matric Drama students performed their Preliminary Practical examinations on Wednesday 24 August. Their performances were energetic, intriguing and inspiring and were an excellent indication that the final examinations are going to be even better!

Photographed from top: Frances Storey and Nicolette Fernandes
Bottom left: Simon Stockley
Bottom right: Danie Janse Van Rensburg

MATHS ACHIEVERS

Boland Mathematics Team: 
Back row: Benedikt Blomendahl (Grade 11), Dario Trinchero (Cambridge student), Joshua Putterill (Grade 11), Jacques Morris (Grade 10)
Seated: Liren Jiao (Cambridge student), Ciara Gibson (Grade 9), Matthew Durie (Grade 10)
Absent: Annalie Swanepoel (Grade 9) and Joseph Edwards (Grade 9)
These students will represent Boland on 10 September for Mathematics.

DEBATING REPORT BACK

Though much of the year’s focus was on creating formal debating structures within the school, 2016 did prove surprisingly successful in terms of results. In non-league debates against Pinelands and Edgemead, the juniors and seniors won three out of the four debates. Competing in the local Boland League, the primarily grade 8 (and thus highly inexperienced) Junior ‘A’ Team of Kayla Prothero, Aidan Renaut, Saurabh Roychoudhury, Spencer Wiggins and Tiana Nauta reached, and narrowly lost, a semi-final against La Rochelle. The Senior ‘A’ Team did not fair quite as well in league fixtures, but both juniors and seniors qualified, on the basis of their league performance, to compete at the Western Cape Provincial Tournament at the University of Cape Town. While the juniors just missed out on breaking to the semi-finals, the Senior ‘A’ Team of Joshua Stockhall, Dario Trinchero, Jamie-Leigh Evens, Nicholas Folscher and David Irwin finished an incredible 2nd; losing in the final to Springfield. Moreover, special mention must be made of Aidan Renaut, who as a grade 8, managed to finish as the Western Cape’s 9th best junior speaker in a competition dominated by grade 9s. Additionally, both Saurabh Roychoudhury and Dario Trinchero were selected for the Western Cape Debating Trials at which the provincial team for the national tournament will be selected. They are wished the best of luck. Thanks must go to Mrs Antoinette Beck for her much-needed support as well as all the other students who, at one time or another, competed on behalf of the school.
Head of Debating: Dr Fabio Zoia

EXCITING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT!

Faye Tunnicliffe (Grade 12), a talented cricketer,
will be attempting to break a world record on
Friday 7 October! She will be taking to the cricket nets at the FP Elite Cricket Academy in Somerset West for 35 hours of batting. Faye is looking for bowlers (of all ages) and she needs sponsorship / donations. Faye will be accompanied by Damian Fuller, the founder of this Cricket Academy, who has his own target of 55 hours! Apart from trying to set a new world record, Damian and Faye are passionate about raising funds to develop and coach young, talented children who would not otherwise have access to this facility and level of coaching.
For more information please contact:
Damian Fuller – Damian.fpeca@gmail.com
Faye Tunnicliffe – fayetunni@gmail.com

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

SAVE THE DATES!

POPS CONCERT DVD
Anyone interested in purchasing a DVD of the 2016 Pops Concert
may order one from Nicky
at a cost of R150. To order please email marketing@somcol.co.za

TUTOR GROUP PICS NOW AVAILABLE FOR ORDERING!

You have the option of either choosing your child’s individual portrait image
OR his/her tutor group. If you order the tutor group pic, the “hero” image
will be of your child. These are available in various sizes and packages.

TO VIEW AND ORDER VISIT: www.rayphography.com
Go to Phoenix (members only)
Select ‘Celebrity Squares’
Enter password: fenix@sc-cs

SOMERSET COLLEGE SUPPORTER GEAR

APRONS                                                            SCARVES & WINTER PADDED JACKETS

UMBRELLAS & GOLF SHIRTS                           GOLF SHIRTS & CAPS

ALL THESE ITEMS CAN BE VIEWED AND PURCHASED
FROM THE COLLEGE SHOP!

EXCITING MUSIC CONCERT NOT TO BE MISSED!

The Stellenbosch City Orchestra presents La Primavera: A Spring Festival with Antonio Vivaldi in St Matthew’s Chapel on 16 September  featuring the Cape Soloists Choir as well as Brendan Kiermann (trumpet), Paul van Zuilenburg (conductor and trumpet) and Paul van Zuilenburg (violin).

The programme will include extracts from The Four Seasons, the Double Trumpet Concerto, the magnificant Gloria as well as other great works from the famous Italian priest.

Join the Orchestra for a fantastic evening of great Baroque works to herald in the Spring season in the Western Cape! Tickets available through Computicket.

IMPORTANT REMINDER
The College undertakes drug testing of students from time to time as per the Substance Abuse Policy. Tests are undertaken in the interests of those in the care of the College as we believe that illicit, mind-altering substances harm young people and curtail their capacity for healthy, effective living.

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