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The Case for In Person Education

George Eadie interviews Graham Sayer, Executive Head about the advantages of in-person education.  Click on the link provided to listen to this interesting interview. https://open.spotify.com/episode/6EquRAmpslLz1v31uZQnGg ...

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For the good of the child: Benefits of in-person schooling far outweigh those of online learning

Somerset College Executive Head, Graham Sayer shares thought-provoking insights in the Daily Maverick article. https://tinyurl.com/4nhwvh7v   ...

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IT'S CONFESSION TIME

It’s confession time. Often over the past year-and-a-half, I’ve felt like a bad parent for what I’ve resorted to with my kids. iPad/YouTube babysitting, bedtime stories skipped (it’s been a few months now actually), discipline deferred or mishandled, and coddling when a clear, intentional ...

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UNVEILING OF THE FEARLESS THINKER

We are gathered here today to celebrate the unveiling of our very own Fearless Thinker. And as we welcome her onto our grounds, we must also welcome the ideals which she represents. To think fearlessly. What does that really mean? To me, the process starts by looking inwards. We need to reflect on o ...

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HOW THE RUBBISH BIN CAN HELP YOUR CHILD

Here’s another technique you might want to add to your parenting box of tricks. If your child is bothered by negative thoughts, try ripping them up and tossing them in the (recycling) bin. Research suggests it works.  A 2013 study1 involved a group of 83 students at a high school. The stud ...

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Benefits of Sport in the Prep School

The excitement is brewing in the corridors of Somerset College Prep with the news that sport is back. While not quite in full swing just yet, the Department of Basic Education’s recent announcement was enough to ensure a new spring in the step of teachers, coaches, and children as we look to resta ...

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Maximising Unique Approaches to Teaching and Learning at Somerset College

The long term impact on education of the pandemic experience is, as yet, difficult to quantify or predict. But what we can say, with near certainty, is that variance amongst students in their levels of readiness for the next Grade threshold has increased significantly and is likely to persist for so ...

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TWO PRINCIPLES OF GIVING

1. To ask or not to ask?  How often should we ask others to give?  As a well-resourced school, we are regularly asked by a wide range of organisations and NGOs to make financial or other contributions to the important work that they do in our community.  ‘We need to limit t ...

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HOW TO HAVE IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS

Growing up, parenting and teaching have never been easy enterprises, especially in the era of smartphones and the tech giants. However, I think it is fair to say that in the last 18 months things have become appreciably more challenging.  By way of illustration, consider the following list o ...

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THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON YOUR PSYCHE

Have you considered the impact that COVID19 is having on your psyche? From a psychological perspective, the psyche represents the totality of the human mind, both conscious and unconscious elements. Research has shown that the pandemic has had and continues to have a powerful impact on our psyches, ...

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