“Independent schools provide space and opportunity for choice, creativity, adaptability and pride of ownership among governors, teachers, parents and students. Independent schools contribute to educational biodiversity in South Africa and are a national asset.”
Meg Fargher is the fourth Head to lead Somerset College. Prior to her appointment, she was Head of St Mary’s School in Johannesburg. Thereafter, she opened her own education consultancy, successfully qualified as a mediator, wrote, travelled widely and consulted broadly in the education field before being enticed back into a formal leadership role. Meg has an abiding and deep interest in developing the positive potential in young people and in insisting that they avoid mediocrity in all facets of their lives.
Meg believes that schools should be edgy, enabling environments which allow students to flourish so that they can learn to know themselves. In order to flourish, students should be shown profound regard and be exposed to diverse opportunities. It is a given that excellent teaching, a hall mark of Somerset College, is core to academic success but it is an imperative that children are encouraged to think well and to think independently. Practising good thinking takes place not only in academic lessons but also during an array of extra-curricular activities and, most particularly, on the sports field where quick thinking and holding the thinking of the team in mind are vital. It is indeed true that, “All things are ready if our minds be so.”
Excellent mindful education insists on significant exposure to the Arts, in order to develop creativity- an important attribute of the person well able to cope with the ambiguous and disruptive state of the 21st century. Therefore, the College takes very seriously its duty to expose students to many opportunities to enable them to develop their reason to live meaningfully and courageously and to become well-able to confront the challenges inherent in our 21st century world. The unique, excellent outdoor education programme at Somerset College goes a long way to ensuring that the students begin to develop a powerful path for themselves.
In essence then, once the skill of thinking well is acquired, it will create the space for our students to flourish in all their endeavours and contribute positively to a better environment, a better country and a better, more decent, more humane world.