Academic

Shaping the future of young people – the way they think and solve problems, and the way they perceive themselves, others and the world around them – is an increasingly complex challenge. In a world that demands innovative, ethical solutions to a wide range of humanitarian, environmental and commercial challenges, Somerville House strives to provide students with a first-class education and a well-rounded schooling experience.

Somerville House focuses on providing an exemplary educational environment that enables students to discover and develop their talents in a safe, supportive, Christian community, and to live a fulfilling life that makes a meaningful contribution to society.

A life-long love of learning, the pursuit of excellence, and the ability to think and creatively solve problems, are proven outcomes of a Somerville House education.

Curriculum Framework

The Somerville House Academic Program is underpinned by the School's unique Curriculum Framework, fostering a strong learning community. Four key principles provide the foundation for all teaching and learning: engagement, excellence, empowerment and diversity. With Christian values at its core, the School’s curriculum ensures each student from Pre-Prep to Year 12 is provided with rich opportunities for rigorous, independent learning and developing critical, creative thinking.

The School's curriculum, continually informed by well-founded educational research, encourages students to continually further their expertise as learners and strive for standards of excellence. Teachers optimise opportunities to engage students with emerging digital technologies and provide a broad range of educational activities to both consolidate and extend classroom learning to meet individual student needs.

Curriculum in the Early Learning Centre is informed by the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline, Early Years Curriculum Guidelines and the Early Years Learning Framework. Courses of study in the Junior, Middle and Senior Schools meet all requirements of the Australian Curriculum and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority syllabuses in key learning areas.

Learning behaviours valued at Somerville House

Somerville House students are encouraged to become expert learners. Classroom teachers nurture positive attitudes and intellectual habits that are crucial to academic success.

Positive engagement with learning

  • Participates actively in learning activities
  • Persists with learning challenges
  • Strives for improvement
  • Seeks to understand
  • Is open to new ideas, approaches, challenges
  • Approaches problems independently
  • Demonstrates curiosity
  • Takes intellectual risks
  • Is willing to take creative risks
  • Is an enthusiastic and positive learner
  • Asks relevant questions

Effective self-regulation of learning

  • Maintains focus
  • Seeks and applies feedback appropriately
  • Strives for accuracy and precision
  • Completes set tasks
  • Reflects on learning
  • Supports the learning of others
  • Contributes to collaborative tasks
  • Plans and prepares appropriately
  • Listens actively and responds

Academic Achievement

2019 Somerville House Year 12 Achievements

Somerville House congratulates our 2019 Year 12 cohort. The excellent academic results they have achieved in their Overall Positions (OPs) and the Core Skills Test are testament to their scholarship, commitment to their studies and the positive partnerships developed between parents, students and the School’s outstanding teaching staff.

The School acknowledges the Year 12 students for their outstanding individual and collective efforts and we wish them every success in their future studies. 

2019 OP Test Results *

OP

Somerville House

State

State (Female)

110.1%2.85%2.42%

1-2

21.2%

6.88%

6.28%

1-329.3%11.49%11.08%

1-5

41.4%

22.5%

22.67%

1-8

62.6%

41.35%

43.16%

1-10

74.7%

54.29%

56.57%

1-15

93.9%

82.92%

84.10%

1-18100%94.78%95.22%

* All OP-eligible students, including VISA students.

The Percentage of Year 12 students awarded a Queensland Certificate of Education in 2019: 100%


2019 QCS Test Results *

ResultSomerville HouseState
State (Female)
A31%16.5%14.1%
B41.7%29.6%27.7%
C21.4%35.7%37.2%
D6%18.2%21%
E0%0%0%
* QCS Results: percentages are cumulative; includes all Somerville House OP-eligible students who sat the 2019 QCS test (excluding VISA students); and all OP-eligible students in the State who sat. 

2019 NAPLAN Results*

Year 9

Aspects of Literacy and Numeracy

State Mean

National Mean

School Mean

Reading

576

580.4

633

Writing

535

548.9

583

Grammar and Punctuation

573

573.2

632

Spelling

580

582.3

623

Numeracy

589

592

630

Year 7

Aspects of Literacy and Numeracy

State Mean

National Mean

School Mean

Reading

545

546

599

Writing

504

513.2

547

Grammar and Punctuation

542

541.7

597

Spelling

544

545.6

590

Numeracy

550

554.1

609

Year 5

Aspects of Literacy and Numeracy

State Mean

National Mean

School Mean

Reading

503

506

587

Writing

465

473.9

527

Grammar and Punctuation

498

499.1

610

Spelling

495

500.7

572

Numeracy

493

495.8

569

Year 3

Aspects of Literacy and Numeracy

State Mean

National Mean

School Mean

Reading

427

432.3

492

Writing

413

432.1

456

Grammar and Punctuation

433

439.8

499

Spelling

411

418.7

458

Numeracy

399

408.1

465

*Means as per QCAA Reports are rounded to the nearest who number.  National Means provided based on Preliminary Mean Scale data released by ACARA in 2019. 

Somerville House students continue to display an enthusiasm for learning and a desire to perform to the best of their academic abilities. 

Our students have excelled academically in many ways, including:

  • Achieving outstanding results in terms of OP scores.
  • Realising access to preferred tertiary studies.
  • Participating in the Enhanced Studies Program which allows Year 12 students to undertake the study of a University subject concurrently with their Year 12 Program.  
  • Achieving excellent results in state, national and international academic competitions in many subjects and over several year levels.
  • Achieving excellent results in the National Assessment Plan – Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) tests.

The main task of our School is to ensure that we provide a high quality academic education, and that we strive for excellence in all aspects of our academic program from Pre-Prep to Year 12. 

Digital technologies and a range of high quality, innovative teaching strategies are integrated into classroom learning; however, we have not lost sight of the importance of effective, traditional teaching methods. Our teachers continually engage with professional development and educational research to ensure high standards of teaching; and Somerville House is committed to maintaining these standards.

We also have high expectations of our students and provide support as they set their personal goals and work toward the realisation of these goals.

Some learning initiatives include:

  • The use of virtual and on-line learning spaces is integral to learning at Somerville House. Students access digital learning resources using 'My Subjects' via the School’s Intranet, including interactive tools, such as teacher-led or student-led forums, on-line assessment submission and electronic teacher feedback.
  • As a 1-1 laptop school, our students develop a wide range of proficiencies associated with the use of digital technologies. As well as developing research skills, they develop confidence with software applications in areas as diverse as 3D design, accounting, music and scientific experimentation.
  • Enrichment and Extension programs have been developed to enhance individuals’ learning. Students who display an advanced understanding or ability in a particular subject, can receive extension challenges or accelerate their studies. The Assistant Dean – Literacy and Learning Development can assist to identify enrichment opportunities which may benefit an individual student. In addition, students have opportunities to be involved in a range of national and state competitions across subjects and Year levels, work with scientists on real-life medical research projects  at the neighbouring Mater Medical Research Institute (MMRI) or the Centre for Children’s Health Research. The School also offers a Year 10 program for all students, My Academic Path, which includes academic pathway planning and study skills sessions. Senior students also engage in an academic mentoring program to support academic opportunities.
  • Eligible students are able to undertake university subjects as part of their Year 12 studies.
  • Partnerships with the School of Distance Education and other reputable course providers allow Senior students to tailor a challenging, individualised academic program.

The success of our academic program relies heavily on the expertise of our teachers, Heads of Department, Heads of School, Dean of Teaching, Learning and Innovation and Dean of Academic Planning. Teachers at Somerville House believe in a culture of learning, and as active learners themselves, they provide excellent role models.

Educational Research

InHouse Articles

Please click on the links below to browse published academic works and InHouse Articles by some of our Somerville House faculty staff.