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History of the School

Somerset College was established in 1997 as an independent English-speaking, co-educational high school in the winelands of the Western Cape. The Founding Head of the school was Mr David Wynne who was appointed by the Governing Body in 1996 to oversee the establishment of the school on what had been Vredelus farm.


1996
  • The Founding Head, Mr David Wynne was appointed by the Governing Body. The school was built on the Vredelus farm.
1997
  • Established in 1997 as an independent English-speaking, co-educational high school 
  • Launching of sporting programme
  • The first assembly of 11 staff and 70 founding students 
1998
  • Boarding house was established
  • The first Arbor Day took place
  • Boonzaier Centre, a multi-purpose hall, was built
  • First student Exchange Programme
1999
  • First Trek took place
  • The Somerset College Library was established
  • Acorn Bursary Trust (ABT) founded
2000
  • Rowing Club was established
2001
  • First enrolment of pupils into the Preparatory School
  • Beginning of the annual Somerset College Combined Schools Orchestral Festival
2004
  • Mr David Campbell appointed as the new head
  • Mr Cordery was appointed Chaplain of the school
2005
  • Establishment of the Old Oaks Union
  • The College appoints a Counselling Pshychologist
  • Development of the School's computer network was expanded with the appointment of an ICT Manager

 

2006
  • Became a member of the Church Unity Commission
2011
  • Dr Nuttall appointed new head of the High School
2012
  • Enterprise wireless solution was rolled out
2013
  • Ms Meg Fargher appointed as Executive Head
  • New Arts Centre and Astro Hockey Field established
2014
  • Joined the power of Google Apps for Education
2017
  • Mr Graham Sayer appointed as Executive Head
2018
  • 21st Birthday Celebration
2019
  • ESTEAM Centre Opening
  • Siebrits Fields Opening
2020
  • Outdoor Learning Space Opening
2020 - 2021
  • Covid Pandemic/Somerset College moves online temporarily
2022
  • 25th Birthday Celebration
  • Launch of Saturday School
2023
  • Refurbishment of the Senior School Library
2024
  • Mr Jacques Nel appointed as Executive Head
  • Solar PV system installed