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Old Davidean Jemima Soutter has taken a break from sailing Viking ships across the Atlantic to become the new residential assistant at Augusta House. Jemima, who is a former Snowdon House Captain, used to sail for Wales and as a pupil would spend most weekends racing her dinghy across the UK. She grew up in Trearddur Bay on Anglesey and is the fourth generation of her family to be a member of the town’s well-known sailing club.


Until Covid struck, Jemima sailed tall ships as well as a Viking long ship across the globe.

Before this, she studied for a degree in Navigation and Maritime at Plymouth University and loved every minute of it.

“I didn’t think I was able enough to go to university and I only applied to go on the course because Mr Demery, my Housemaster, persuaded me to go for it,” she explains. “Sailing a Viking Long Boat from the UK to Norway was pretty tough, as there were no cabins and we slept in tents on the deck. There were icebergs around, and I managed to get frostbite and as a consequence I’ve still got numb fingertips to this day.”


Jemima, who is also working in the school Chaplaincy and is looking forward to teaching some sailing in the near future, said it was great to be back at SDC.

“The magic is still here,” she smiles. “What St David’s College gave me and my friends was the belief to be able to do anything and that nothing was impossible to achieve. You’re not a number here, you’re a person and there’s none of this one size fits all.”


Jemima talks with great fondness of the incredible school trips she went on, including surfing in Morocco, a lifechanging trip to Uganda and skiing in Italy.


“It’s really great to be back at school,” she exclaims. “I love working with Mrs Appleton in Augusta House. We are cooking food from around the world on Saturday night with the girls. I’m cooking Spanish tapas, as I’m pretty good having worked for a Spanish company for the past four years.”


The Augusta boarders were certainly excited to return this year under the care of the Appletons and Jemima. As a team, their focus is to create a homely feel to the boarding house where cooking and togetherness can still be achieved while the girls socialise in their bubbles. It was wonderful to see the girls returning and settling into the new and extended Augusta House. There were plenty of smiles as old friends greeted one another after a longer than normal summer and new girls were welcomed into the fold.



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