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11 January 2019

Reddam House Somerset welcomes Clarence and Anthea Oliver to the Reddam Res family as their new House Parents. Clarence Oliver grew up in Caledon. In 1985, he enrolled as a student at The University of the Western Cape, where he successfully completed a B.Sc (Ed), as well as a B.Sc (Honours) degree in Mathematics.

In his 29 years of teaching, Clarence has taught Mathematics at all levels to students of various abilities, in both government and private schools, mostly in South Africa (Somerset College being the most recent) but also in the United States of America (The Hill School). In this time, he fell in love with boarding as a conduit to excellent interpersonal growth and development, a safe space where adolescents can develop a growth mindset and learn about the importance of accountability. It represents a community where “I” makes way for collective “we”, where students develop a newfound appreciation for the roles their parents and significant adults play in their lives.

A competent tennis and squash player, Clarence has coached both sports at high levels in both countries. He also fell in love with the game of golf and is working at getting his handicap into single digits!

Anthea Oliver grew up in Port Elizabeth and completed a BA degree and Higher Diploma of Education at the University of the Western Cape. Over the past 26 years, Anthea has fulfilled the roles of Life Orientation Head of Department, teacher (Maths, Accountancy, EMS, Grade 5 classroom) and sports coach (netball, tennis, squash) in both government and private schools in South Africa. In 2015 she joined her husband at The Hill School, a boarding school in Pennsylvania, USA and worked in a part-time capacity as a Life Skills teacher, Administrative Assistant in the Health Centre, Library Assistant, Associate Supervisor and Proctor for SAT and ACT as well as a squash and tennis coach.

Her love for children has led her to venture into boarding life and she has been a ‘mom’ to many students as Head of Girls' Boarding at Somerset College (where she met Mrs. Tessendorf), and most recently as Dean of Residential Life at New Jersey SEEDS, and relief Dorm Parent at The Hill School.

What she enjoys most about teaching, and in particular about being a boarding mom, is to nurture students, to create a space where they can feel valued and cared for, learn about being accountable, to help and guide them to reach their potential and to never underestimate the value of laughter, hugs, and having fun together. 

We are privileged to welcome our new House Parents to Reddam Res Somerset and look forward to seeing Clarence and Anthea guide and nurture our Somerset Reddam Res students so they become independent and responsible young adults.


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