Thursday, 12 August 2010
It is becoming more and more evident that the traditional method of communicating with parents by way of
newsletters etc is ineffective and our thoughts were confirmed in the recent IQAA evaluation surveys. There
are many possible reasons for this, but I believe that it is mainly because of our busy lifestyles that people do
not get to read their newsletters in time. If you are reading this newsletter is means that you have successfully
installed the new programme viz. the School Communicator which has been introduced to improve
communication with parents.
In order to slow the traffic on campus we will be installing speedbumps on the road around the circle and
towards the Prep School. These speedbumps are such that they may cause damage to vehicles when
travelling at high speed. Please remember to always drive cautiously on campus.
Our whole community is invited to join us at our Annual Founders‟ Day on Friday, 27 August. You are warmly
invited to join us at 09:30 in the Boonzaier Centre followed by the Grape Gallop (Prep cross-country race) at
approximately 11:00. For further details, I refer you to the „arrangements for Founders‟ Day‟ which appear in
It is pleasing to note that most of the clothing being handed in at lost property is marked and can thus be
returned to the owner. We encourage you to ensure that juice bottles and lunch boxes are also clearly
In closing, I appeal to you all to avoid disrupting the class by taking your child out of school before the normal
closing time. Please arrange for doctor‟s appointments etc to be made in the afternoon or during school
holidays. In exceptional circumstances permission may be granted, but only upon receipt of a written request
stating the time and reason. Please ensure that these requests are addressed to the Headmaster and handed
in at reception in good time.
With warm regards
Jan de Waal
We wish our Muslim families a joyous month of Ramadan.
FOUNDER’S DAY FRIDAY, 27 AUGUST 2010 - ARRANGEMENTS
8:00 School starts for Grade R.
8:30 School starts for Grade 000 and Grade 00.
9:30 Pre-primary children attend small part of the Ceremony in Boonzaier Hall.
10:15 Pre-primary children leave the hall and return to their classrooms.
A planned fun day for the Pre-primary children will take place in the playground (after the
Ceremony). Lunch will be required as normal on this day.
12:30 Collection time for Grade 00 and Grade R (as usual)
The Grade 000 parents may choose to keep their children at home on this day or collect
them at 12:30.
The road will be closed and only opened again at 12:30 due to the Grape Gallop and Werf
If you have an older child participating in these events, you are welcome to collect your pre-
schoolers personally before home time. Please advise the teacher in order to keep track of
all children on this busy day.
GRADE 1 – GRADE 7
8:30 School starts.
8:45 The Prep Tree Planting Ceremony will take place on the Vineyard field.
9:30 The Ceremony starts in the Boonzaier Hall (please be seated by 9:20).
11:00 The Grape Gallop (Preparatory School cross-country race)
12:00 The Grape Gallop will finish. Children may leave with their parents once they have finished
Children not collected will be supervised by staff until normal closing time at 13:45.
Aftercare will operate as normal on Founder‟s Day.
Pupils must be dressed in the No.1 Uniform.
Please note : Children in the Foundation Phase may not wear tracksuits or fleecy tops. Likewise, in
the Intermediate Phase, fleecy tops may not be worn.
The children are to change into their school house colour t-shirt, shorts and takkies (after the
Annual Golf and Boule Day
Friday, 29 October, at the prestigious De Zalze Golf Course.
Details and entry forms are on our website : www.somersetcollege.co.za > Events
13 August 2010
General Sports Notices
U11 Girls Sports Weekend
We are planning an Under 11 girl‟s sports camp at school on 10 and 11 September. We plan to
play hockey and netball matches on the Friday afternoon and to have an introduction to indoor
hockey on Saturday morning. The camp will start on Friday straight after school and end on
Saturday at 14h00. The girls will be based in the school hall, where they will eat and sleep. Please
ensure that you have returned the reply slip to Mrs Roberg.
Incoming Sports Tours : Umhlali Prep Cancelled
Umhlali Prep has been in touch with us to inform us that they have cancelled their tour of the
Western Cape. They will thus not need hosting on the weekend of Friday, 27 August.
Wetpups rugby (U13A and B boys) will still be visiting us on Friday, 27 August. We will need to
host them for one night on Friday, 27 August.
Hosting is an integral part of touring and a wonderful opportunity for our children to meet new
people and make new friends. We would appreciate as much co-operation as possible with regard
to this. Further details will be forwarded in due course.
SPORTS PROGRAMME: WEEK 5 – 8 – TERM 3 – 2010
Week 5 Age Group Venue Time
Thursday, 12 August
Hockey vs Applewood U10 – U13 Somerset College 14:00
Friday, 13 August
Hockey Qualifying Tournament U13 boys/girls Somerset West HC 14:15
Knysna Cricket Tour final trial U11 top nets 14:00-15:00
Saturday, 14 August
Bridge House Mini-Hockey Fest. U7-U8 Bridge House
All players are to meet their coaches at Bridge House by 8:15
Please note that children selected are expected to fulfill their commitment to the school on this day
Week 6 Age Group Venue Time
Monday, 16 August
Rugby vs Bishops U11 Somerset College 15:15
Wednesday, 18 August
Rugby vs Cloetesville U9 and U13 Somerset College 14:30
Thursday, 19 August
Hockey vs Hendrik Louw – CANCELLED – due to Hendrik Louw’s involvement in their own Choir Festival
Friday, 20 August
Hockey Qualifying Tournament U13 boys/girls Alternate date
Week 7 Age Group Venue Time
Monday, 23 August
Rugby vs Reddam U11B-U13B Somerset College 15:15
Tuesday, 24 August
Winter sports photographs (during assembly slot)
Wednesday, 25 August
Rugby vs Somerset House U9 – U13 Somerset House tbc
Thursday, 26 August
Hockey vs Rhenish/Sir Lowry‟s Pass U9 – U13 Somerset College tbc
Friday, 27 August
Founders Day Grape Gallop U7-U13 Taberer Oval 11:00
Wetpups Rugby tour arrives Boys U13 Somerset College tbc
Wetpups boys will need to be hosted on Friday night
U11 Peninsula Rugby tour departs U11 tbc tbc
Matches vs Wetpups
Hosted by Wetpups
Saturday, 28 August
Wetpups tour depart tbc tbc
U11 Peninsula Rugby tour continues
Matches vs Bridge House
U11 Peninsula Rugby tour returns
Week 8 Age Group Venue Time
Tuesday, 31 August
“The Ball” Hockey vs Beaumont U13 Boys/Girls tbc tbc
Wednesday, 1 September
Rugby vs Danie Ackerman U9 – U13 Danie Ackerman tbc
Thursday, 2 September
U13 Parents vs children hockey tbc tbc tbc
Friday, 3 September
Hockey Day/Night Tournament U13 boys/girls Hartleyvale 15:00-21:30
Dependent on whether we qualify or not