ASPIRATION IN ACTION
The launch of the Saturday School is one of the core initiatives of the College’s 25-year celebrations, and the official opening took place in January 2022. In light of the environment and facilities that the staff and students enjoy at the College, it is important to recognise the travesty faced by most of South Africa’s schools, many just on the doorstep of Somerset College. The Saturday School is inspired by the core values Somerset College endorses, namely, Dignity, Aspiration, Creativity, and Contribution.
Somerset College has partnered with Nomzamo High School and currently 25 Grade 12 students will attend classes on our campus each Saturday. At present, and as part of phase 1, the Saturday School is providing lessons in Maths (Core and Literacy), and it is intended that Science and English are added. These will form part of the four-year phased approach to enhancing and growing the Saturday School programme.
Currently, three members of the Somerset College teaching staff facilitate the classes on Saturdays morning in the ESTEAM centre, a state-of-the-art learning space. Safe transport, two substantial meals, and stationery will be supplied to each student who attends the classes each week.