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Maximising Unique Approaches to Teaching and Learning at Somerset College

The long term impact on education of the pandemic experience is, as yet, difficult to quantify or predict. But what we can say, with near certainty, is that variance amongst students in their levels of readiness for the next Grade threshold has increased significantly and is likely to persist for so ...

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TWO PRINCIPLES OF GIVING

1. To ask or not to ask?  How often should we ask others to give?  As a well-resourced school, we are regularly asked by a wide range of organisations and NGOs to make financial or other contributions to the important work that they do in our community.  ‘We need to limit t ...

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HOW TO HAVE IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS

Growing up, parenting and teaching have never been easy enterprises, especially in the era of smartphones and the tech giants. However, I think it is fair to say that in the last 18 months things have become appreciably more challenging.  By way of illustration, consider the following list o ...

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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON YOUR PSYCHE

Have you considered the impact that COVID19 is having on your psyche? From a psychological perspective, the psyche represents the totality of the human mind, both conscious and unconscious elements. Research has shown that the pandemic has had and continues to have a powerful impact on our psyches, ...

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SOMERSET COLLEGE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

At Somerset College we aspire to create a sense of belonging, where “new Oaks” can establish their roots and one day return as “Old Oaks”, who have been shaped, nurtured and encouraged to flourish – to become “global Oaks” of significance and resilience, in an ever-chang ...

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THE PAIN AND GROWTH OF CUTTING THE APRON STRINGS

What is it about cutting the apron strings that's so hard? My 15-year-old daughter left five days ago for a 27-day journey with her school. She walked out of the school with fourteen other girls and two young adults carrying a backpack and a tent - her home for 27 unchartered days. It's a kille ...

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Letter from Somerset College Transformation Committee

The Transformation Committee is striving to create positive change within the College in terms of transformation and diversity. Over several meetings and much discussion the Transformation Committee decided that both the Manor House and Wynne bell towers should be removed. However, we still wish to ...

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Somerset College Cambridge Programme

The Somerset College Cambridge Programme celebrates its fifth year of A Level students this year in 2020. The programme started out in 2015 with 7 students in AS level and has grown to over 50 students now in 2020. During this short time our Cambridge students have achieved some excellent res ...

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MITIGATING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON YOUR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH

Research regarding the impact of COVID-19 on children has been pouring in. Most of it confirms what we suspected - a global pandemic does indeed have an impact on the average child, and it seems even more so on the average parent. One of these studies, done in the states, included responses from 405 ...

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Garen Bevan, Old Oak (Class of 2016) delivers Valedictory Speech.

Matric 2020                Welcome parents, staff, and most importantly, matrics. I’d say that the saying – “time flies whilst you’re having fun” applies here, but let’s just be honest… this year has been any ...

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