LETTER FROM THE HEAD
Sadly Pops 2016 is over. What a spectacular event! Congratulations to the excellent performers for setting an exceptionally high standard and thank you to all of them for entertaining the audience superbly. Mr Simon Chapman is to be congratulated on choreographing and putting together a remarkable show. His encouragement of students and his ability to inspire them to perform confidently and musically demonstrate a very special talent. Dr Basson and all the music teachers who have inspired, taught and encouraged these students to be brilliant must also be commended.
Many parents helped to ensure that the show looked and sounded professional. From the layout to the décor to the food, their attention to detail was obvious. These parents work quietly behind the scenes, at weekends and late into the night and then want little acknowledgment. Thank you for your incredible contribution to the College and to the lives of all the children who benefit from the joy of Pops. This concert is indeed a wonderful flagship event at the College.
The weekend showcased so much of that which is positive and good at Somerset College. In spite of the hard work required from many students, parents and staff involved in Pops, many of the same people were involved with the very successful Westerford Sports Day hosted at the College. Students who were performing on the stage the night before, or who were helping with waitering or welcoming or assisting with sound and lighting, could be seen scoring for College in one of the many matches played on Saturday morning. Then they were back on point in the evening and sharing their talents yet again. Remarkably, in spite of these demands, College teams fared very well and it was easy to be proud of all of them.
Most remarkable though is that students are eager to support and encourage their peers. One of the reasons that there is so much obvious musical talent on display (more than I have ever seen in any school) is that the students delight in each other’s success. Adults could learn a great deal from this behaviour. Rather than undermining their peers, they build them up and celebrate their ability. When we joy in the success of others our own joy multiplies.Another new feature of Pops 2016 was the introduction of an Old Oaks performance. Lize Mynhardt, Chris Coetzee and Craig Swanepoel were wonderful and showcased how talent grows and develops. Their performance was spectacular as was their encouragement of current students and their support of the College.We have a few more important events before the Matrics write their prelim exams. Special events are the memory-making moments of school life and it is important for students to engage with as many facets of their school as possible so that they can acquire many memories, most of which – one hopes – will be positive and happy.
On Wednesday 10 August at 6pm, Martin Dreyer will be the speaker at the first of our Forums. He is an exceptional extreme sportsman; so please book your ticket in keeping with the sports theme inspired by the Olympics. Martin Dreyer will be addressing the students the next morning during the extension programme. Please encourage your friends to support these Forums. It is hoped they will grow into worthwhile evenings of learning for the broader community.
Please support the College by ensuring your child is at school on both the 13th and the 20th of August for PV Derby Day and Founders’ Day respectively. These are considered school days and form part of our statutory number of school days.
Thank you to those of you who make the College the great place it is and who strive to support it and so support all children to be the best that they can be. They feed off your positivity and develop the best in themselves.