2014 Student Council
Lesley Abrams, Jenique Fourie (deputy head girl),
Jean Paul van Biljon (head boy),
Oliver Zimmerman (deputy head boy), Zander Folscher and Marius Labuschagne
Shevelle Naidu (head girl), Hannah Roodt, Jessica Andras, Farzaana Moosa
Michelle Botes, Kristin Gething, Kyla Arvan, Shalin Naidu
2012 Student Council
Back: Andrew Solomon, Brendon von Gossler, Ruan Erasmus(head boy), Zander Folscher, Ubenathi Bikitsha, Liam McQueen.
Front: Ashna Prag, Jolien Marien, Laila Kossmann(head girl), Antje Heinsohn, Sabrina Thompson, Shevelle Naidu
2011 Student Council
The student council of 2011 was elected during the first two weeks of the first Term. They were announced at a special assembly on 2 February 2011.
The members of the students council are: Evert Jansen van Vuuren, Christina Baumann, Dominic Zimmerman, Robbi Losacco, Sky Modricky, Sebastain Sheidereiter, Ryan Page and Danielle Pretorius.
The Members of the school (namely you guys) and the staff voted during the week for the head boy, head girl and deputies. These are as follows :
Head Boy: Evert Jansen van Vuuren
Head Girl: Christina Baumann
Deputy Head Boy: Dominic Zimmerman
Deputy Head Girl: Robbi Losacco
BACK: Sky Modricky, Dominic Zimmerman (Deputy Head Boy) , Sebastian Scheidereiter, Ryan Page , Danielle Pretorius
FRONT: Evert Jansen Van Vuuren( Head Boy), Christina Bauman( Head Girl), Morne Coetzer( Headmaster) , Robbi Losacco( Deputy Head Girl)
Head Prefects Speeches
Kirstyn Barrett (Head Girl)
Good morning parents, teachers, students and most importantly, matrics. Today is a day of both endings and beginnings. It is a turning point in each of our lives. We have spent years working towards this moment and now it is time to go on.
We can take this day to be grateful for so many things. We can be thankful to this life changing school that has worked miracles in each of us. I know that I would not be the same person I am today without SWPS.
We can be thankful to the teachers who have encouraged us to have minds of our own and who were ready to drop everything to help even just one of us. When I sat at the primary school writing this speech I was looking at the posters that the children had drawn and I saw one which read “WE LOVE SCHOOL” and I realized that THAT is what makes the difference here. We love this school and this school loves us.
We can also be thankful to our families. This year has been full of ups and downs for each of us and it is always good to know that we have someone in our corner with an endless supply of support.
Finally, we can be thankful to each other. We have lived, laughed, loved, gotten into trouble and most of all matured together. The friendships we have made here will last a lifetime and I cannot express what a loud, insane, opinionated and utterly wonderful class you have been. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. For me this year has been absolutely incredible and every moment precious and now that it is coming to a close I would like to thank every one of you for being a part of something so amazing.
In the four years I have spent at this school there have been so, so many moments that I’ve wished I could capture forever. Some of the things I will never forget are:
- The boys playing strip soccer before extra math and not noticing as their clothing was abducted.
- Andy, Alex and Greg’s short lived rap band.
- End of year camp with each of us laughing in the middle of the lake as Danielle told us she was deadly afraid of pipes.
- And Steph’s face at the beginning of her time at SWPS when she realized she was sitting in my beloved desk. I don’t think I’ve ever seen anyone move out of a chair that fast.
But today does not just concern reminiscing about the past; it is also about looking forward to the future. Life is a series of passageways and now we are leaving one and moving to the next. Next year we will meet new people, make new friends and learn new things. We will grow older, more responsible and independent. As this chapter in our lives comes to a close we have learned something of the past, seen how the world is today and will have a say in how it may be in the future.
Hereafter our lives will contain many surprises, but, as we step into the unknown, I am certain that every one of us will rise to the occasion as required. So, when looking at the horizon that is MY future I am glad. For although my life will contain sadness and heartbreak it will also hold joy, love and success and I know it will be the same for each of you.
I realize that we are all anxious, but I will not go on forever so let me leave you with one last thought. “To live is the rarest thing in the world” said Oscar Wilde “most people simply exist.” Matrics of SWPS 2010 let us be determined to LIVE.
Thank you for an amazing year everybody. I wish you all luck for the finals.
John Du Toit (Head Boy)
Good Morning Mr Coetzer, educators, parents, members of the student council and fellow Somerset Private Learners.
Today as the class of 2010- we the matrics come to the close of another chapter in our lives. Looking back when we can with all honesty say that today, we cannot only express our gratitude, but that we are also filled with immense inspiration.
As Malcolm X said;”Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to the people who prepare for it today.” I joined Somerset West Private School at the beginning of the third term last year, and I still feel privileged and honoured to have been chosen as head boy for 2010. I am grateful to have had the opportunity of being part of Somerset West Private, where every learner is treated as a unique individual and constantly supported to achieve his or her full potential.
A special thanks to our principal- Morne Coetzer, who is an unbelievable motivator, as well as all the other excellent and hardworking educators, who all went beyond what was required of them. Thank you too- to the administration staff especially Mrs Wilma Joubert, who at any given time successfully managed to find a needle in a haystack. Finally a heartfelt thanks to all our parents for their unconditional love, steadfast support and frequent empty pockets.
Class of 2010- We were the class of the Soccer World Cup and the Chile Miners Miracle Rescue Mission. Together we have learned, laughed, gotten into trouble, and most of all matured together. May all the great friendships formed, grow stronger. As I wrote my speech I realized that we often look for heroes on the outside- when in actual fact- THEY ARE AMONGST US! We are inspired, but also uncertain and apprehensive as we face the challenges of an unfamiliar future. I earnestly wish the Class of 2010, all the success that life can offer. Good luck with the final exams and best wishes for a MATHS-FREE summer holiday!
I would like to leave you with the significant words of Pope John XXIII: “Consult NOT your fears, but your HOPES and your DREAMS. Think NOT about your frustrations, but about your UNFILLED POTENTIAL. Concern yourself NOT with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is POSSIBLE FOR YOU TO DO!”