Headmaster’s end-of-year letter
7 December 2009
We welcomed our last Trek group home on Friday and the Trek flag was lowered by Mrs Helen
Paxton and Mr Quentin du Toit. Helen has managed Trek food for a number of years, and we thank
her for the dedication and care which she has brought to the task. Quentin steps down as Trek co-
ordinator, a position which he has held for five years. In these five years Trek has remained a strong,
flexible and much-loved rite-of-passage journey, and I thank him for the quality of his leadership, for
the tremendous relationships which he has established, and for his professionalism.
When Group 6 walked up the driveway on Friday, it was the sixty-seventh Trek group in the eleven
years of the existence of the journey to do so. In the short history of this remarkable journey, Trek
has built up a momentum and an allure which has ensured that it occupies a place at the forefront of
educational initiatives in this country.
Movement of teachers
In our Final Assembly on Friday we said goodbye to:
• Mrs Toi Nel who has taught Afrikaans at the College for twelve years. Mrs Nel has been
central to the development of the Afrikaans Department into a strong, professional unit, and
we thank her for her years of service, collegiality and superb relationships with the students.
We are going to miss her very much.
• Ms Katherine Hugo who leaves us after teaching Science and Mathematics here for four
years in her first post. She is going to travel and work overseas. We will miss the energetic,
professional approach to all that she does.
• Mrs Vuvu Mngomeni has been assisting us with the teaching of isiXhosa over the past three
terms, and we thank her for her expertise in the classroom.
We look forward to welcoming the following staff in 2009:
• Mrs Maud Xauka (isiXhosa)
• Mrs Ray Renaut (Science)
Annual Report from the Board
This is enclosed in the report envelope, and I urge all parents to take the time to read it, as it
provides a detailed account of the governance work which the Board has undertaken this year, and
provides an excellent overview of the functioning of the College.
SOMERSET COLLEGE SENIOR
PO Box 2440, Somerset West, South Africa, 7129
Telephone: +27 021 842 3035 Fax: +27 021 842 3908
HEADMASTER Mr Dave Campbell
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Headmaster’s end-of-year letter 7 December 2009
Building on Campus
There will be some disruption in the first half of next year as extensions are made to the Boarding
House, a new Drama Room is developed, and four new classrooms are built. We apologise in
advance for any inconvenience that this might cause.
Annual Port Alfred Boat Race
We wish our Boys First Eight and our Girls First Quad, and their Head Coach, Mr Chris
Vermaak, all of the best as they compete in this prestigious event next weekend.
I would like to thank the many people who keep the College running efficiently: to our Finance and
Admin staff; to Drake and Scull who manage the grounds and plant; to our Fedics kitchen; to BSS,
our cleaning company; to our academic staff; to our boarding staff; to our ‘parent workforce’ – the
Board of Governors, the Fundraising Committee, the Parents’ Association, and the many parents
who provide support in extra-mural areas and functions. Somerset College is truly a community, and
this community exists to ensure that your sons and daughters are given the best possible education.
We thank all of these people for their work.
Finally, I would like to wish all of our Somerset College families a peaceful and restful break.
With warm regards
We commend the following students for being selected for leadership positions:
Deputy Heads of House
• Helderberg: Alan Matthews (Vineyard House) and Catherine Makepeace (Founders House)
• Cloetenberg: Kerry-Lee Roberg
• Avontuur: Cameron Johnstone
• Vredelus: Kevin de Gouveia
• Kirsten Batchelor
• Jana du Toit
• Chelsea Isenberg
• Camilla Salmon
• Paula Wilson
Congratulations to the following students on their recent sporting achievements:
Jessica Pengelly – was awarded Boland High Schools Sportswoman of the Year
Peggy de Villiers – Peggy was recently named as the Western Cape Deaf Sport Federation’s Sportswoman of
Kelli Whitehead – Finished 7 in the South African Ladies National Sailing Championship event in which she
skippered a Hobie 16. Kelli is fourteen years of age!
Sebastian Scheidereiter and Emile Dreyer – Together with two other team members their Western Cape team
beat the best in the country (open) in the SA Inter-Provincial Pin Shooting Championships.