Somerset House - Not Just a School, A Way Of Life

Private Property South Africa
Claire Fraser

Ensconced in history, Somerset House combines the original buildings of the Cloetenburg Estate with the development of functional infrastructure, converting old elements of the farm to merge with the school’s modern needs. Together with the organic landscape, dotted with old oak trees, the resultant school environment is one conducive to an appreciation of beauty within all of its learners. It also translates into a pervading sense of legacy.

An independent preparatory school in Somerset West, Somerset House strives to provide the highest level of comprehensive education, through a compelling and thought-provoking curriculum – endowing pupils with skills that they will retain and use throughout their lives. There is particular emphasis on Language and Mathematics skills, as these are two of the most important developmental areas in early learning. The school endeavours to nurture the self esteem of every individual through a wide range of experiences leading to the fulfilment of their potential. In an holistic sense, the school hopes to equip its student body with confidence in themselves, as well as consciousness of others through a system of morals and values. These objectives are all achieved under the guidance of the capable and caring staff body, who are available and experienced to deal with all of the children’s needs.

The foundation for these outcomes can be laid at the on-site Oakwood Pre-Primary School. This busy, happy part of the school is geared at readying children for their induction into Grade 1. Oakwood has a distinct focus on the development of lasting skills that will assist pupils in all elements of future learning. Underpinning the aim of preparation, the pre-primary school is where children will start to come into their own in a safe environment conducive to imagination, play and joy.

Somerset House offers a broad range of seasonal sporting activities, all suited to the age of the children. This is augmented by cultural activities, including music, art, drama and chess. The academic and extra-curricular activities of the pupils at the school are enhanced by the magnificent facilities on offer. These include an art room, music centre, two computer centres, library, spacious dining hall where all children receive a cooked meal daily, tree-lined quad and playing areas, multi-purpose sport centre that doubles as a theatre, 25m swimming pool, two cricket pitches, two hockey fields, two rugby pitches, four tennis or netball courts and a mini astro-turf.

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