All parents and staff of Somerset House belong to the Guild. Led by a group of enthusiastic parents who serve on a Committee, the Guild Committee organises a variety of social occasions and functions which not only raise funds for the school but also help to create unity among the members of the school family. In addition the Guild also serves to keep the communication between parents and teachers open. Every year in June the Guild Committee hold their Annual General Meeting and those parents present elect a new Committee at this time.
- Mrs Donna Eames – Chairperson
- Mrs Victoria Holford – Treasurer
- Mrs Lynley Mitchell – Secretary
- Mrs Stephanie Crossley
- Mrs Sarah van Schalkwyk
- Mrs Karen Lowe
- Mrs Anke Steyn
Recent Guild Correspondence:
A new event was added to the school calendar in 2016 in the form of a parent function that was aimed at promoting school community spirit, welcoming the new parents and providing a platform for staff and teachers to mingle informally. Hosted under the lit up canopy of Oaks outside Cloetenberg, the evening, held on Friday 5th February was enjoyed by around 250 people. The relaxed atmosphere, delicious snacks, lovely music and perfectly, still and warm night, ensured that the Soirée was declared a resounding success.
The swimming towel project was once again initiated at the start of 2016 and with 125 towels ordered, our swimmers are looking neat and well organized (with caps and goggles safely housed in the towel pockets) poolside.
Family Fun Day
The major fundraiser for the year took the form of the Family Fun Day, which was held on Saturday 27th February 2016. The weather was spectacular and played an important role in the success of the day. Amazing enthusiasm and hard work from both parents and staff alike ensured that the day was one to be remembered fondly.
This year saw the introduction of the hugely popular Carnival Ride Zone where 5 fantastically fun rides including the swings, a bungee trampoline and parachute simulator were on offer for everyone to enjoy. The Guild run Refresh sold ice-cold cooldrinks and provided a shady spot to sit and relax. There was plenty of food variety too with Boerie Rolls fresh off the braai, curry and samosas, Chip n Dip, Greek fare, Pizza slices as well as pancakes all for sale.
Class reps and parents worked hard to create stalls with plenty of activities for everyone including, delicious cupcakes to decorate, face painting, a golf game, Tombola, Go-Karting, pop the balloon, Target Time challenges and a petting zoo. The excellent DJ ensured a festive vibe throughout the day and the roaming ‘Leigh the Mime’ got lots of laughs from his hilarious antics. There was many a heated challenge to be seen at the pillow fighting stand and we are grateful to all the ‘celebrities’ who volunteered their time at this stall.
The afternoon closed with a magic show by the wonderfully talented and entertaining Ginger Ninja and of course the moment everyone had been waiting for – the Le Creuset raffle draw! The extremely generous sponsorship of prizes from Le Creuset along with substantial support from Somerset House families in buying and selling tickets for the raffle ensured a phenomenal success. The end result was an afternoon of family fun and entertainment and record funds being raised – well done SH!
To see a gallery of this wonderful day – click here: 2016 Family Fun Day
Undoubtedly a highlight on the second term calendar was Quiz Night, which was loosely based on an Arts and Culture theme ,which linked to the school week dedicated to this theme in the week that followed. The evening was held on the 15th June 2016 and was a huge hit with 34 teams competing in a riot of colour and noise for the coveted ‘Quiz Master’s Cup’. Once again, Quiz Master Cod worked very hard to unearth the questions and run the evening in a very slick fashion. Competition was tough in the dress up stakes as well, with many teams going all out to impress the judges with unique and varied representations of their nominated country. The cost of the entry ticket (R80 for adults and R50 for children) included a delicious curry (or hotdog if the kids preferred) and in addition tasty samoosas were also on sale. This event remains a firm favourite with all who participate in and organise it.
Click here to view a gallery of this event: Quiz Night
The Haydock Series of events was launched by the Guild Committee in August 2015. This promises to be a string of events aimed at the adult members of our school community and makes use of the beautiful space that is the Haydock Hall. All events in the series strive to be either entertaining, educational, uplifting, enlightening or all of the above.
The inaugural event was held on Wednesday 5th August 2015 and took the form of a Chamber Music performance by Mousai – a musical trio comprising pianist Rolene van Zyl, violinist Elzahn Johnson-Petersen and cellist Marelise Diener. The generous donation of their time and talent ensured a first class and highly entertaining evening of beautiful music that was thoroughly enjoyed by the audience.
The second event in the series was a ladies night, which took place on the 30th September and was a huge success. Mary Steward performed her one-woman show entitled Full Bloom: celebrating what it is to embrace womanhood and live it full bloom! Haydock Hall was filled with the raucous laughter of around 220 women who all thoroughly enjoyed Mary’s performance and left feeling enriched and inspired to embrace all the ‘colours’ of their womanhood.
The third event is planned for Wednesday 18th May 2016 and features South African cricket legend Gary Kirsten as he shares his insights regarding ‘Parenting in Sport’. As a proud father and sporting icon, Gary enjoys speaking to parents and educators about their approach to our children and their sport-life, and how it affects their entire lives. He’s played it, coached it and is now parenting it!
Saturday the 7th November saw the inaugural Rural Ramble take place at the stunning Vergelegen Estate. The Rural Ramble replaced the Cross Country, Beach Run and Oakwood Big Walk in another attempt to streamline the calendar and encourage maximum participation from the entire school. Various routes ranging in distance from 5.2km to only 900m meant that all ages and fitness levels were accommodated in picturesque surroundings. Feedback from Vergelegen management was that “marshals were first class and the behavior of the group was exemplary” – well done Somerset House! It was definitely a fabulous ‘1-Team’ effort with plenty of support from staff with registration, start and finish management, marshaling and cycling on the route.
To see some pictures of the Rural Ramble – click here: Rural Ramble
The Guild Committee continues to encourage and promote the use of the MySchool rewards card within the Somerset House Community. We are thrilled that our efforts in this area are bearing fruit as the monthly funds raised from this initiative are steadily on the increase. Keep swiping SH!