Sport

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

Somerset House is committed to providing pupils with a comprehensive sports programme designed to ensure maximum participation. It is our firm belief that the programme we offer will enhance our children’s physical ability and develop their self-confidence. Sport not only promotes physical fitness, builds self-esteem and introduces children to a healthy lifestyle, but also encourages teamwork, the development of self-control, co-operation, loyalty, unselfishness, determination and leadership.

Somerset House has a system of compulsory sport participation and therefore has an obligation to develop every child who participates in the programme to the best of their ability. Somerset House is also committed to sporting excellence in terms of being competitive and developing individuals who are able to represent not only their school, but their province and their country.

Participation

Somerset House has a system of compulsory sport participation and therefore has an obligation to develop every child who participates in the programme to the best of their ability. Part of this development involves matches arranged between schools on a non-league or friendly basis. It is important in these games to give everyone an opportunity to participate. Participation and enjoyment are the most important elements here. Sporting excellence in this context means developing each individual so that they achieve according to their potential.

Excellence

Somerset House is also committed to sporting excellence in terms of being competitive and developing individuals who are able to represent not only their school, but their province and their country. League fixtures are arranged in the team sports codes. Team sports include swimming, cricket, tennis, hockey, netball and rugby. At this level of competition, Somerset House will always field the strongest team. As such, some players may not get to play in certain games. Sporting excellence in this context means selecting the strongest teams or players who will achieve the best results.

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.