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SOMERSET WEST PRIVATE SCHOOL COMES OUT TOPS NATIONALLY
SCOOPS NATIONAL AND WESTERN CAPE AWARDS FOR TOP PERFORMANCES
Well-known and much loved as a Mathematics and Sciences education specialist in the Western Cape, Somerset West Private School is proud to verify its status as a leading school not only locally but nationally too, scooping awards for its excellent matric performance from the Western Cape Education Department as well as from the Centurion-based independent national education quality assurance and data analysis group SOS (Skoleondersteuningsentrum). Notably, several schools in the Helderberg turned in excellent matric results in 2019.
With strong competition nationally, SOS awarded Somerset West Private School the Number One position, in the category Small Schools with the Most Distinctions Nationwide. With 19 candidates, 38 distinctions and an average of 2 distinctions per candidate, Somerset West Private School was the best school in South Africa in this category.
Principal Morné Coetzer comments that he is exceptionally proud of all the school’s learners and staff, and being accoladed as a top private school nationally is a much-deserved honour, for all the hard work and care that everyone at the school puts into education.
Provincially, Somerset West Private School was in the top three schools of the province with an NSC enrolment of less than 30 candidates and received the accolade of Western Cape Education Department Award for Excellence in Academic Performance. In this category Somerset West Private School came in at third place.
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SOMERSET WEST PRIVATE SCHOOL
Somerset West Private School originated from the successful provision of extra mathematical tuition offered by the current principal. The demand of these classes and the success thereof, led to the opening of SWPS in 1998 that provided learners with confidence in succeeding in Mathematics.
SWPS is currently situated in the heart of Somerset West and attracts learners from the Helderberg basin and beyond. We currently offer classes from Grade 7 to Post Matric level. The Post Matric group consists of learners who are wishing to improve their Grade 12 results, most of whom have been referred to SWPS by Stellenbosch University and the University of Cape Town upon failure to meet the minimum Mathematics and Science requirements on application for certain degrees. The Post Matric course continues for one year.
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We are very grateful to SWPS for being such a fabulous school
We are very grateful to SWPS for being such a fabulous school for our daughter. Nikola joined 4 years ago and has flourished. She has a natural love for Maths and this love has been nurtured and encouraged. She has been able to work ahead and is now already a year ahead of her peers. Her teacher has always been available for any questions she has had. The Maths teacher has motivated and challenged her, which made her work even harder and achieve even more.
All her other subjects have also improved a lot and she is achieving excellent results. Her English has improved dramatically and she has become a book worm, which is wonderful. All her other teachers have also been excellent, teaching her not only the set work, but also lessons for life. She has become a confident and self motivated teenager, ready for any challenge.
We can truly say that SWPS is a fabulous school and we applaud the teachers who go out of their way to assist the children wherever possible.
The teachers were a great inspiration
Eric’s First Year at the University of Cape Town:
2007 was a good year for me at the University of Cape Town, and I have Somerset West Private School to thank. They prepared me better for the world of varsity studies than I believe any other school could have. The school gave me freedom to a larger degree than most schools, and that helped me adjust to university quickly and efficiently.
Also, since I completed Grades 11 and 12 in one year, 2006, I was already used to the kind of workload one has to handle in Electrical Engineering at UCT. The teachers were a great inspiration to me to work hard, and it has paid off and will continue to do so.
I have never regretted joining the school
After being at SWPS for a few years, I have never regretted joining the school, for various reasons. I have been encouraged and supported to complete the Grade 11 Maths syllabus while being in Grade 10. I have never been bored, new interesting work is always found and time is always made to explain the concepts to me which I don’t fully understand.
Every day I am taught about the world around me and what is currently in the news. These issues and events are discussed and researched: this is what makes the schooldays interesting. I all my subjects my teachers are very supportive and encourage me to do my best. The teachers have a good sense of humour and we often laugh together. All this makes it a school which I enjoy attending every day.