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23 September 2016
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LETTER FROM THE HEAD

Dear Parents

And so another busy term draws to a close. It has been a very productive term and a great deal has been demanded of and achieved by the students. Most have accepted the challenge and engaged meaningfully with the many opportunities afforded them. There have been many achievements which are recorded in the pages of the newsletter. Busy and involved students certainly deserve their holiday. Matrics are encouraged to use the break as a time to consolidate their studying and to be well prepared for the next stepping stone into their future. Those students and staff traveling on Cricket, Choir and Music tours are wished happy and safe travels. 

The beginning of the fourth term is busy for everyone and particularly the Matrics to whom we will soon be bidding farewell. Term 4 starting later than usual and the concomitant earlier start for numerous external examinations is challenging for everyone. Our annual Awards Evening is on Monday 17 October and is a compulsory school event for all students. Participating in the life of a school is an important part of holistic education. While the Awards Evening, in the main, celebrates the Matrics and their many achievements, it also serves as a guide for younger students as to where to set their sights for future achievements. Furthermore, if students can learn to celebrate the success and joy of others they will, by inference, increase their own sense of joy in the world. All parents are invited to Awards Evening.

Trek preparations are in full swing and wise Grade 9s are getting fit and practising their various outdoor camping, cycling and hiking skills. They have the holiday break to ensure that they are fit and well-prepared for the adventure ahead of them. I am very grateful to parents who have helped mix muesli and pack food for Trek: at least parents can rest easy that there is going to be some food for the intrepid Grade 9s! I have no doubt Trekkers are in for some culinary experiences.

Parents who attended the PA AGM were presented with the school’s current financials by the Chairman of the Board. We also used the opportunity to share concepts from the Strategy Session held earlier in the year. Some parents have asked if that brief presentation could be repeated as they missed the PA AGM. Mr Malan, Chairman of the Board, and I will give parents three options to attend the presentation on the evenings of 26 or 27 October or on the morning of 28 October. Although the presentation is very brief, parents interested in the educational future of the College are encouraged to attend. A formal reminder with more details will be sent in the new term.

Please take note of all the events which happen in the first ten days of next term – it is a very busy time indeed.
 
Enjoy the break with your children and I hope you are as proud of them as we are. 

Yours sincerely
Meg Fargher
IMPORTANT DATES TO DIARISE

Matric Dinner - Thursday 13 October
Opening of Matric Visual Art and Design Exhibition - Friday 14 October 
Awards Evening - Monday 17 October
Valedictory - Tuesday 18 October
Golf Day - Friday 28 October
Boules Day - Friday 18 November
End of Term - Wednesday 7 December
2017 STUDENT LEADERS

We are proud to announce our new Student Leaders for 2017:
Front row: Alexander Geras (Deputy Head Boy), Jana de Kock (Head Girl), Reece Davies (Head Boy) and Abigail Davies (Deputy Head Girl)
Middle row: Ashley van der Merwe (Sports & Outdoor Education), Kelsey de Haas (Media and Marketing), Amarta Myeza (Student Wellbeing & Social Responsibility) and Caitlin McLoughlin (Culture & Performance)
Back row: Christopher Freemantle (Sports & Outdoor Education), Joshua Durie (Community & Environment) and Kelsey Greeff (Grade and Academia) 

To view the full list of student leaders visit STUDENT LEADERS 2017

AFRIKAANS LANGUAGE ACHIEVERS
Sixty four Grade 10, 11 and 12 students wrote the Afrikaans Olympiad this year.

The following students passed with 80% or more: Caitlin McLoughlin, Vera-Lynne Smit, Britney Hendricks, Benedikt Blomendahl and Carla Bothma.

Carla (left) and Britney (right) were placed in the top 20 in the Western Cape. Carla was in the top 5 in the Western Cape and was placed in the top 100 in South Africa.
ROTARY ORATORS COMPETITION

Somerset College hosted the annual Rotary Orators Competition, sponsored by the Strand Rotary branch, on 7 September. Speakers from seven schools competed for tablets and cash prizes.

In the junior section, Dhania Schultz (photographed) represented Somerset College with aplomb, and the adjudicators awarded her the 1st prize. After the senior category was completed, Victoria Matthews of Rhenish was placed 1st. From these two winners an overall winner is announced - and by a small yet significant margin, that prize also went to Dhania.

She has been invited with her family as a special guest at a meeting of the Strand Rotary branch, where she will be their after-dinner speaker.

Other schools involved in the competition were Bloemhof, De Kuilen, Hottentots-Holland, Paul Roos and Parel Vallei. Alex Geras was the senior speaker from Somerset College. The standard of speakers was very high, making Dhania's 
achievement remarkable.
 
SPORTS ACHIEVEMENT

Five Somerset College students have been selected to represent Boland at various cricket tournaments in December.

Faye Tunnicliffe has, once again, been selected to represent Boland U19 Girls. 

William Sendin and Ben Henderson have been chosen for the Boland U19 Coke Week Team. William has been selected for the second time.

Munya Mbanbiro and Sam Henderson have been chosen for the Boland U17A side.

The College congratulate these students and wishes them well for their respective tournaments.
To view the latest SPORTS RESULTS
please follow this link to our website.
BOARDERS' DINNER: A NIGHT AT THE OSCARS
To view more photographs please visit the PHOTO GALLERY
Photographer: Alex Kappers (Grade 9)
The view the latest edit of the
SOMERSET SMALLS please follow this LINK
PARENT ART CLASSES

“On whom then can [the artist] rely, or who shall show him the path that leads to excellence? The answer is obvious: those great masters, who have travelled the same road with success, are the most likely to conduct others.” - Sir Joshua Reynolds

The challenge by the Visual Arts Department to parents to create their own "masterpiece" has started with workshops from 6 to 9pm on Thursdays. This is a wonderful opportunity to expand your artistic ability, walk away with your own masterpiece and help create a fund for underprivileged students in the surrounding area to get visual art training.

Two levels of workshops in oil paint are on offer by professional artist Marnus Havenga - beginners and intermediate/advanced (those with some basic painting experience). It is a step-by-step guided process in the comfort of a studio environment on the College premises. Art materials are provided.

Please email Carina Vosloo at c.vosloo@somcol.co.za if you are interested.
EXCITING WORLD RECORD ATTEMPT!
Faye Tunnicliffe (Grade 12), a talented cricketer,
will be attempting to break a world record on
Friday 7 October! She will be taking to the cricket nets at the FP Elite Cricket Academy in Somerset West for 35 hours of batting. Faye is looking for bowlers (of all ages) and she needs sponsorship / donations. Faye will be accompanied by Damian Fuller, the founder of this Cricket Academy, who has his own target of 55 hours! Apart from trying to set a new world record, Damian and Faye are passionate about raising funds to develop and coach young, talented children who would not otherwise have access to this facility and level of coaching.

For more information please contact:
Damian Fuller - Damian.fpeca@gmail.com
Faye Tunnicliffe - fayetunni@gmail.com
SUMMER SPORTS TEAMS & TUTOR GROUP PICS
AVAILABLE FOR ORDERING!
You have the option of choosing either your child's individual portrait image
OR his/her tutor group. If you order the tutor group pic, the "hero" image
will be of your child. These are available in various sizes and packages.

TO VIEW AND ORDER GO TO: www.rayphography.com
Go to Phoenix (members only)
Select 'Celebrity Squares'
Password: fenix@sc-cs
and / or
SC Freestyle Summer Sport 2016
Password: fenix@sc-fss

Please direct any queries to Rehana - 072 831 5457

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AT THE COLLEGE SHOP!
IMPORTANT REMINDER
The College undertakes drug testing of students from time to time as per the Substance Abuse Policy. Tests are undertaken in the interests of those in the care of the College as we believe that illicit, mind-altering substances harm young people and curtail their capacity for healthy, effective living.
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