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 abilities 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 as much as possible. 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
To read the full sports policy – click here: Sport Policy
Physical Education Pupils from Grade 0 through to Grade 7 participate in the Physical Education Programme at Somerset House. This programme allows pupils a time every week where they are exposed to various skills. Three staff members are responsible for these sessions, which allows us the opportunity to divide the grade up into smaller groups for more beneficial results. Emphasis is placed on the following areas: Water Activities, Ball & Fitness Skills, Tennis & Badminton Skills, Sportsmanship, Participation, Enjoyment and an understanding of general physical activities. Pupils are assessed twice a year. Once at the end of the first term and once at the end of the third term. These assessments cover general Fitness Skills, Ball Skills, Hand-Eye Co-ordination Skills and levels of Sportsmanship & Participation. A brief sports report is also included. Our assessment programme has been drawn up with the support of the Sports Science Institute of South Africa.