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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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SOMERSET COLLEGE MENTORSHIP PROGRAMME

At Somerset College we aspire to create a sense of belonging, where “new Oaks” can establish their roots and one day return as “Old Oaks”, who have been shaped, nurtured and encouraged to flourish – to become “global Oaks” of significance and resilience, in an ever-chang ...

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THE PAIN AND GROWTH OF CUTTING THE APRON STRINGS

What is it about cutting the apron strings that's so hard? My 15-year-old daughter left five days ago for a 27-day journey with her school. She walked out of the school with fourteen other girls and two young adults carrying a backpack and a tent - her home for 27 unchartered days. It's a kille ...

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Letter from Somerset College Transformation Committee

The Transformation Committee is striving to create positive change within the College in terms of transformation and diversity. Over several meetings and much discussion the Transformation Committee decided that both the Manor House and Wynne bell towers should be removed. However, we still wish to ...

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Somerset College Cambridge Programme

The Somerset College Cambridge Programme celebrates its fifth year of A Level students this year in 2020. The programme started out in 2015 with 7 students in AS level and has grown to over 50 students now in 2020. During this short time our Cambridge students have achieved some excellent res ...

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MITIGATING THE IMPACT OF COVID-19 ON YOUR CHILD’S MENTAL HEALTH

Research regarding the impact of COVID-19 on children has been pouring in. Most of it confirms what we suspected - a global pandemic does indeed have an impact on the average child, and it seems even more so on the average parent. One of these studies, done in the states, included responses from 405 ...

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Garen Bevan, Old Oak (Class of 2016) delivers Valedictory Speech.

Matric 2020                Welcome parents, staff, and most importantly, matrics. I’d say that the saying – “time flies whilst you’re having fun” applies here, but let’s just be honest… this year has been any ...

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Simulating an Epidemic: Effective Ways to Beat the Curve by Joshua van Cuyck

The COVID-19 storm arrived without warning and has left our government in a scramble to uphold the already-struggling healthcare system. Our leadership has not been left alone to fend in the frenzy, though, as epidemiology and data science provides a window through which we can observe the devastati ...

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ANXIETY IN CHILDREN - Help for Parents during lockdown and beyond

Lauren Brown, Somerset College Preparatory educational psychologist, shares some practical advice with parents on how to support their children during lockdown. Life can be stressful. Who would have thought that in the space of a few months we would go from celebrating a new decade to full lockdo ...

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Connecting the dots

I had the privilege of attending the Twenty-sixth International Conference on Learning: Learning to Make a Social Difference, hosted by Queen’s University Belfast, in July 2019. The conference aim gives expression to what underpins every teacher’s calling and one made even more clear as a res ...

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