March 29, 2018
On campus

Making waves in Somerset West

Making Waves in Somerset West

When the beach is on your doorstep, the ocean is not the only thing making waves in the Helderberg Basin. Enter stage right, Oakfields College. We’re the tertiary institution with a creative flair, ready to take on the Western Cape and South Africa… Okay, *cough* we want to take on the world. Watch this space everyone. We have big goals and we’re not afraid to reach them. Our students are worthy of an international platform and we’re showing others just how we’re going to get there!

Picture this… Smooth beats coming from sound engineers in the recording studio whilst photographers are searching for the best location and lighting. Film makers are mid-interview with a towering boom mic and make-up artists are applying bald caps to the animators. Graphic designers are working on CI packs and the event managers are planning the next student campus event. Sound like fun? This is just one day in our crazy, beautiful and electrifying campus life. Why wouldn’t you want to be a part of this?

Surrounded by old oaks (do you see how we planned this from before time even began?), our campus truly comes to life when the students are around. Even the squirrels look more alive when the students are here, but maybe that’s because there’s a possibility of more food for them... And yes, we have wildlife on campus!

But in all seriousness, this vibrant college is filled with people who are pursuing their passions and that is what counts. It takes a genuine amount of courage to want to be successful and I see a very special group of courageous young men and women every. single. day. that eat, sleep and breathe their futures. How lucky am I that I get to be the captain of this ship?

The best part of my job as principal of this campus is when I get to see my students in action. I am completely blown away by their talent and the fact they can create something out of nothing with such ease makes me extremely proud. It is my number one mission to find out as much as I can about each of my students, to get to really know what makes them tick, what they are most passionate about and where they see themselves in the future.

Every day is an adventure with Oakfields College. I very seldom see anything ordinary happening on campus when I do my daily walk around. And that is just what we stand for, the extraordinary. We are the college for those who are forging their own paths, who are making their mark and who refuse to settle for anything. Oakfields College students are not square pegs or even round holes, but uniquely their own. I love the Dr. Seuss quote, “why blend in when you were born to stand out”, as it truly represents who our students are.

That horizon is yours to reach, make great waves in the creative industry and we will be cheering you on from the shore…

Lindsay de Smidt