Principal's Welcome

~ Mrs Kim Kiepe, Principal 

As the twelfth Principal of Somerville House, I acknowledge those colleagues who have come before me.  Each day as I walk through my office and pass a portrait gallery of the past Somerville House Principals, I am reminded of the responsibility I have to carry on the legacy established by Miss Eliza A Fewings. Somerville House has a long history of tradition and pride. Since its foundation in 1899, Somerville House has epitomised the essential elements of a leading girls’ school: intellectual endeavour, teaching excellence, a caring Christian community, a wealth of opportunities and a stimulating environment fostering innovation and growth.  120 years later, the School’s outlook continues in the tradition of Miss Fewings, as the Founding Principal who established a school designed to educate young women to take a leading role in society.  Today, Somerville House is focussed on educating the next generation of fearless leaders of change so that they are well-prepared for the future workforce of the 2030s.

I am honoured to be part of this passionate, inclusive and supportive school community. The vision, purpose and values of Somerville House align closely with my own personal philosophy and ambition for girls’ education. Somerville House offers an exemplary educational environment with a culture of academic scholarship, Christian faith serving as a strong foundation for enhanced social and emotional wellbeing, and a strong sense of meaningful community service and civic engagement experiences.  

What a privilege it is for us to be part of the Somerville House community. Collectively, we can encourage each student to develop confidence and connection to their individual purpose.  Specifically, we can help our students learn to trust their voices, as sources of power and encouragement, to self and others, and to have a fulfilling life that makes a meaningful contribution to society.

I encourage you to learn more about Somerville House.  Please explore our website, visit our social media platforms or take a 24/7 Tour.