Culture

...more than a school, a way of life.

Art

A broad range of mediums are taught to expose the pupils to a variety of materials. These include painting, drawing, ceramics, papier-mâché, sculpture, collage, fabric painting, lino cuts etc. The basic art principles are taught in context and are repeated each succeeding year so that by the time the Grade 7 pupil leaves for high school he/she has a good understanding of both the practical aspects of art and the supporting theory underlying it. Grade 6 and 7 pupils can be expected to complete research projects.

Music

At Somerset, House music is seen as an important part of a child’s education. We offer regular class music lessons as part of the school week, where students are introduced to the enjoyment of music through active music-making and learning. We provide further opportunities to explore the exciting world of music by providing students the opportunity to play a musical instrument, get involved in a music ensemble, or in any other music-related activity offered at the school.

The task of every music teacher is to develop a love and appreciation of music in their students from a very young age.

Drama

Drama is offered as a curriculum subject for each child from Grade 1 – 7. Children are exposed to all forms of drama and are coached in various techniques including mime and voice production. An element of performance is expected, and the benefits of group work are put to good use. We include dance and movement as a component of the syllabus. From puppetry to storytelling to making movies… and finally our various school productions where children have a chance to shine and learn the ropes of live theatre – including all the art design, costume design, stage make-up and stage management.

Our Mission

Somerset House is an independent preparatory school that strives to provide an excellent all-round education for children preparing them thoroughly for their futures.

Our Philosophy​

Somerset House is a family school and is welcoming to all. Somerset House endeavours to teach us all to live unselfishly, considering others. Non Nobis Solum. 

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Mission

We are firmly committed to recognising and developing each child’s individuality and potential.

We embrace change as a challenge and an opportunity, whilst respecting tradition.

We choose to provide a unique small school environment for a stimulating and demanding academic programme, emphasising child-centred education, deep-thinking and the development of life-long learning habits. 

We are a caring, Christian based environment, where self-esteem is nurtured, initiative is encouraged and children are able to develop self-discipline while maintaining an awareness and concern for others. 

We understand the valuable role that the arts, sport, extra-mural activities and leadership play in the development of rounded children. 

We are committed to the development and retention of top quality staff and to remaining up to date with appropriate educational and technological progress. We will allocate financial resources responsibly to ensure the delivery of world-class educational standards. 

We are committed to playing our part towards building a better South Africa. 

Philosophy

Somerset House is special in that it seeks to embrace a modern, dynamic, diverse and changing world while underpinned by sound values.

Somerset House is an independent school which makes its own decisions regarding curriculum and learning, while taking cognisance of national and international trends in education.

Somerset House is a disciplined environment where effort, participation and excellence are honoured.

Somerset House has a specialness and smallness which in this day and age is quite unique. The historic buildings and natural grounds are appreciated by all.

For seventy years Somerset House has remained a caring environment based on Christian values where self-esteem is nurtured, initiative is encouraged and children are able to develop self-discipline while maintaining an awareness and concern for others.