History of the School

Somerset College was established in 1997 as an independent English-speaking, co-educational high school in the winelands of the Western Cape. The Founding Head of the school was Mr David Wynne who was appointed by the Governing Body in 1996 to oversee the establishment of the school on what had been Vredelus farm.

1996
  • The Founding Head, Mr David Wynne was appointed by the Governing Body. The school used to be the Vredelus farm.
1997
  • established in 1997 as an independent English-speaking, co-educational high school 
  • Launching of sporting programme
  • The first assembly of 11 staff and 70 founding students 
1998
  • Boarding house was established
  • The first Arbor Day took place
  • Boonzaier Centre, a multi-purpose hall, was built
  • First student Exchange Programme
1999
  • First Trek took place
  • The Somerset College Library was established
2000
  • Rowing Club was established
2001
  • First enrolment of pupils into the Preparatory School
  • Beginning of the annual Somerset College Combined Schools Orchestral Festival
2003
  • Founding Head retired
2004
  • Mr David Campbell appointed as the new head
  • Mr Cordery was appointed Chaplain of the school
2005
  • Establishment of the Old Oaks Union
  • Ms Visser appointed as the school's Counselling Pshychologist
  • Development of the School's computer network was expanded with the appointment of Mr Loubser as the School's ICT Manager

 

2006
  • Became a member of the Church Unity Commission
2010
  • Mr Campbell resigned
2011
  • Dr Nuttall appointed new head of the High School
2012
  • Enterprise wireless solution was rolled out
2013
  • Dr Nuttall resigned
  • Ms Meg Fargher appointed as Head
  • New Arts Centre and Astro Hockey Field established
2014
  • Joined the power of Google Apps for Education
2017
  • Meg Fargher resigned
2017
  • Graham Sayer appointed as Executive Head
2018
  • 21st Birthday Celebration
2019
  • Nicky Newton-King became Chairman of the Board
2019
  • ESTEAM Centre Opening