Copy
Latest Senior School Newsletter
18 January 2017
View this email in your browser
LETTER FROM THE HEAD

Dear Parents

Welcome to the start of the New Year and the new term at Somerset College and an especially warm welcome to our Grade 8 pupils, all new pupils and their parents. We hope that this year will be a happy and rewarding one for all members of the Somerset College community. Beginnings always bring with them new and exciting opportunities.

A warm welcome is also extended to new teachers. They are: Ms Emma Boshoff (English), Ms Charmy Haantjes and Ms Rachel Hewitt (Mathematics), Ms Rachel Selkirk (Economics, Cambridge Programme), Ms Amber Walker (History and Global Perspectives) and Ms Corlie Wiesener (Design). Mr Russell Drury is also welcomed to the English Department, now in a fulltime capacity.

The College is very fortunate to have these well-qualified teachers join our staff and I have little doubt that they are going to contribute meaningfully to the College. I am sure you will join me in wishing them a happy and successful time since they bring with them a vibrant energy and excellent experience.

Somerset College begins the year on a very positive note. The Matrics of 2016 achieved outstanding results and they, together with their parents and teachers, are congratulated on a stellar achievement. The class of 111 achieved a total of 380 distinctions, a 100% Bachelor Degree pass and there were 21 subject placements in the top 1% of the country. It is impossible to mention the many success stories; therefore I will highlight the outliers amongst the outliers. Results can be found on the website.

The top student, who was placed amongst the country’s outstanding candidates, was Jordan Haantjes. Andrew de Villiers had the second highest average and attained 7 distinctions. Michael Burke was third and Samuel Kingwill was fourth, each with 9 distinctions. Caitlin Grieve was placed on the IEB’s national list of commendable achievement. Isabella Duisberg, Damon McLoughlin, Chloé Townsend, Saskia ten Siethoff and Matthew Whall all achieved 8 distinctions. Ingrid Badenhorst, Laurie Oliver and Richard Masson achieved 7 distinctions each. 14 students achieved 6 distinctions each.

All subject averages were above the IEB national average. Special mention must be made of the Mathematics and Advanced Programme Mathematics results. 67% of pupils who sat for the Mathematics examinations achieved a distinction. The College average for both Maths and Science was well above the national average. Ms Rachel Hewitt, our new Mathematics teacher, achieved some of the top Mathematics results in the country, and we congratulate her. Indeed, many departments can be proud of their results and all the Matrics of 2016, and their teachers, are commended on being focused and committed to their academic endeavours.

There were also many students who achieved outstanding results in spite of huge challenges and the teachers are enormously proud of those students. It is not always possible to extol their efforts and yet their resilience, grit and fortitude will set them up for success going forward.

I hope that younger students are motivated by the possibility that hard work affords. While not all can achieve a bevy of distinctions, many can achieve well if they work consistently from the outset of the year and if they work alongside the teachers and heed their advice. Parental encouragement is also imperative and the 2016 Matric parents were exemplary in their support role.

Please diarise the Combined Schools Cocktail Party on Thursday 26 January. It is a wonderful way to meet new people and to connect with the College community.

All the best to you and your families as you embark on another challenging, demanding and exciting year.

Yours sincerely
Meg Fargher
TOP 10 MATRIC ACHIEVERS
Jordan Haantjes (8 Distinctions)
Accounting, Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), Geography, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Advanced Programme Mathematics
Andrew de Villiers (7 Distinctions)
Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), Information Technology, Life Orientation, Life Science, Mathematics & Physical Sciences
Michael Burke (9 Distinctions)
Accounting, Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), Geography, History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Advanced Programme Mathematics
Samuel Kingwill (9 Distinctions)
Accounting, Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), French (SAL), History, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Advanced Programme Mathematics
Damon McLoughlin (8 Distinctions)
Accounting, Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), Information Technology, Life Orientation, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Advanced Programme Mathematics
Isabella Duisberg (8 Distinctions)
Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), German (SAL), Life Orientation, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Visual Arts
Saskia ten Siethoff (8 Distinctions)
Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), History, Life Orientation, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Advanced Programme Mathematics
Matthew Whall (8 Distinctions)
Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), French (SAL), German (SAL), History, Life Orientation, Life Science & Mathematics
Chloé Townsend (8 Distinctions)
Afrikaans (FAL), Dramatic Arts, English (HL), Life Orientation, Life Science, Mathematics, Physical Sciences & Advanced Programme Mathematics
Caitlin Grieve (6 Distinctions)
Afrikaans (FAL), English (HL), History, Life Orientation, Life Science & Visual Arts
  PLEASE JOIN US....
IMPORTANT DATES FOR TERM 1 2017

Grade 8 Parents' Meeting - 23 January
Grade 12 Parent & Student Meeting - 24 January
Grade 8s to Mizpah Camp - 26 to 29 January
Whole School Parent Cocktail Party - Thursday 26 January @ 18h00
(Please refer to the invitation above)
Grade 11s to Back2Basics Camp - 30 January to 3 February
Grade 10 Parents' Meeting - 31 January
Grade 11 Parents' Meeting - 6 February
Inter-house Athletics - 14 February
Grade 9 Parents' Meeting - 27 February
School holiday - Monday 20 March
Public holiday - Tuesday 21 March
Family Fun Day (Mountain Biking & Fun Run) - Saturday 25 March
Termly Music Concert - 28 March
End of term 1 - Friday 31 March

Click on this link to view 2017 TERM DATES
MUSIC LESSONS IN 2017

If your child wishes to receive, or continue music lessons at the College in 2017, please complete the REGISTRATION FORM and return it to
Dr Basson at d.basson@somcol.co.za as soon as possible.
INVITATION TO SENIOR SCHOOL (GRADE 9 TO 12) HOCKEY PLAYERS TO ATTEND A 2-HOUR HOCKEY CLINIC WITH PILAR ROMANG,
ARGENTITIAN HOCKEY PLAYER.


DATE: Saturday 28 January
TIME: 09h30
VENUE: Astro (Somerset College)
COST: R200 per player

Places are limited.
Please confirm your child's attendance with
Jacques Grobler at j.grobler@somcol.co.za

2017 STUDENT DIARIES

We have had customised A5, ring-bound, a page-a-day diaries made for 2017! These diaries have been given to all new students, Grade 8 and 9s (parents accounts will be debited) and are optional for Grade 10, 11 and 12 students. These diaries are available to purchase from the College Shop
at a cost of R150.

 
THANK YOU MATRIC PARENTS FOR YOUR 
BEAUTIFUL GIFT TO THE SCHOOL!
THIS NEW TROPHY CABINET IS LOCATED IN THE
FOYER OF THE HALL.
SUPPORT THIS CRICKET FUNDRAISING INITIATIVE
All funds raised from the sale of this award winning Rio Largo Estate Olive Oils
go towards the Somerset College Cricket Club.
500ml bottle - R85
1 litre tube - R155
2 litre tube - R280

Oil can be purchased from Jean Lewin in the Manor House.
To view the latest SPORTS RESULTS
please follow this link to our website.
GOOD NEWS!
RENOVATIONS TO THE INTERIOR OF THE CHAPEL
WILL START IN FEBRUARY!
Thank you to all those families who have supported our various
fundraising initiatives to enable this project to commence.
OLD NEWSLETTERS

Missed a newsletter!? These can be accessed via the website at
ARCHIVED NEWSLETTERS

 
TO VIEW THE LATEST CALENDAR OF EVENTS, PLEASE FOLLOW THIS LINK
PLEASE FOLLOW US ON THESE VARIOUS SOCIAL MEDIA FLATFORMS:

Copyright © *2016 *Somerset College, All rights reserved.
Somerset College, PO Box 2440, Somerset West, 7130
Registration number: 1996/01071808

Our mailing address is:
marketing@somcol.co.za

Want to change how you receive these emails?
You can update your preferences or unsubscribe from this list
 






This email was sent to <<Email Address>>
why did I get this?    unsubscribe from this list    update subscription preferences
Somerset College · PO Box 2440 · Somerset West · Somerset West, Wc 7129 · South Africa

Email Marketing Powered by Mailchimp