Somerset West Private

History

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.

Vision and Mission

It is the mission of SWPS to discover the prodigy within every individual.

We aim to accomplish this by actively transforming every child into a giant through the fulfilment and implementation of our Core Values.  

  • Empowerment

We provide staff, parents and learners with an environment which nurtures social, academic and spiritual strength. Within our intense focus on the development of accountability, responsibility and respect in addition to the recognition and acceptance of individuality and diversity, we allow learners to embrace their own perfection and brilliance.  

  • Transparency and Integrity

We encourage a mind-set of openness and integrity amongst all members of SWPS. We believe firmly in the value of transparency in the development of a sound character, maintaining relationships and obtaining authentic success. Ethical and respectful behaviour is expected of everyone and it is vital in the development of valuable members of society who have the ability to respond in compassionate ways towards others.  

  • Excellence

We actively teach and practise the following motto: Always do Extra. The ordinary can only be transformed into the extraordinary when we are committed and persistent, as Aristotle said: “We are what we repeatedly do . . . excellence … is not an act, but a habit.” Every individual has the potential to obtain excellence if they apply excellence to everything that they do. Therefore, a habit of excellence in all things is promoted in our learners.  

  • Ubuntu

The philosophy of Ubuntu involves the understanding that we are because of others. The act is defined by Archbishop Desmond Tutu as being approachable to and affirming of others, without feeling threatened by their talents or abilities, since we form part of a greater whole. Therefore collaboration and teamwork are vital Core Values, since our individual happiness and success lies in the happiness and success of our team.  

  • Life-long Learning and Continuous Improvement (Innovation)

We believe in the Kaizen Principle which involves the act of continuous positive improvement. This is an inclusive process that involves all members of SWPS. Perfection is unattainable as a goal, but the striving for perfection involves the understanding that life-long learning and innovation are central to success of any kind. All things in life involve continuous change; therefore we apply the daily practice of interchangeable reflection and action in order to meet the challenges of changing demands and contexts.

Ethos

Somerset West Private School was established with the firm belief that all learners have the ability to fare well academically.  Given the right circumstances – which include: Small numbers, close learner-staff relationships, and a careful blending of structure with age-appropriate personal freedom assist us in encouraging learners to assume increasing responsibility for their own growth and development according to the values of honesty, fairness, kindness, tolerance and mutual respect. With the support we offer our learners, it is within any individuals reach to successfully pass Grade 12.

In the classroom the atmosphere which we all work hard to develop is open and tolerant, friendly and kind, positive and challenging and honest and sincere.   We come to class well prepared for our lessons, with all the relevant books and equipment, we are punctual and ready to work. The focus of the educators is to uplift the learners.

Mathematics Educators have the mindset of anyone can do mathematics, in other words, each learner has the potential to pass his grade successfully and we also focus on getting the learners to become academically independent, responsible for themselves and taking accountability for their education.  Weekly evaluations take place and the parents are kept informed via emails. This is to improve the relationship between the learners and educators.

We aim to accept that people  have different opinions, tolerate and affirm individual differences of opinion, accept that people have different values , needs and abilities, and respect the other’s right to learn.

SOMERSET WEST PRIVATE SCHOOL promotes these beliefs through closely-knit, pupil-centred classes.  Pupils enjoy the advantages of consistency provided by a small school and the advantages to personal support, by being a member of an identifiable school community.   While SWPS has a strong academic emphasis, it also focuses upon the aesthetic and social nurturing of the child as well. The curriculum is both traditional and innovative and is supplemented by a range of after school extra classes and activities.

Through the staff’s example, skilled experience, and enthusiastic involvement and with parental support, learners at SWPS are encourage to strive for accomplishment.

Aims and Objectives

  • To enable the child to live a full life as a child;
  • To equip each learner to avail of further education that he/she may go on to live a full and useful life as an adult in society;
  • To enable each learner to know and value him/herself to form objective recognized standards of judgment and behavior by learning through experience to live and co-operate with other learners and adults, and gradually become familiar with the complete nature of the society of which they are part;
  • The development for each learner of the basic skills needed for communication, evaluation and conceptualization of ideas. Among the most important are reading, writing, speaking and computational skills;
  • The provision for each learner to nurture interests and develop natural talent through varied school and supplementary opportunities;
  • The expansion of the spiritual growth of the child in co-operation with the family, especially by helping them to identify and cultivate ethic and moral values;

In SWPS every aspect of what we do is oriented towards achieving these goals.  The curriculum, the learning and resources support, the class activities, the assemblies, the teaching staff and the additional activities are carefully-planned and designed to meet the needs of our learners.

This institution is an independent school, registered at the Western Cape Education Department.

Our teaching staff are fully-qualified and competent national school teachers.  It provides a child-centred education as laid down in the Primary School and Senior School Curriculums of the Department of Education, and the School is fully recognized by the Department of Education.

The school’s ethos, structure, curriculum, and activities reflect the strong belief that the intellectual, aesthetic, spiritual, moral, physical and social growth of each boy and girl at each age level is of paramount importance.

  • We respect each other and each other’s property;
  • We help and care for each other;
  • We listen actively to each other and we are courteous.