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 Anke Steyn- Chairperson
- Mrs Karen Lowe – Vice Chairperson
- Mr Simon Hipkin – Treasurer
- Mrs Marelize Griffiths – Secretary
- Mrs Hazel Mngoma
- Mrs Penney Edwards
- Mr Neil Cocks
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 Cloetenburg, the evening provides a relaxed atmosphere, delicious snacks, lovely music and an opportunity for parents to mingle.
The swimming towel project, done periodically as needed, ensures that 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 takes the form of the Family Fun Day. Amazing enthusiasm and hard work from both parents and staff alike ensure that the day is one to be remembered fondly.
Class reps and parents worked hard to create stalls with plenty of activities for everyone for example, 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 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 closes with 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 isan 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
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 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!