The Somerville House Co-Curricular Program offers our students a wide range of cultural, musical, sporting and social opportunities and provides a framework to identify, match and nurture student skills, talents and interests.
Our carefully crafted Co-Curricular Program, which currently consists of two hundred and fifty teams or activity-based groups, is integral to the educational experience of our students.
Through participation in co-curricular activities, all students are encouraged to embrace the opportunity to develop their potential spiritually, socially, physically and culturally.
The Somerville House Co-Curricular Program is unique in nature by the sheer breadth of activities offered throughout the year, the use of state of the art facilities and the involvement of highly accredited instructors to maximise student success and personal growth
Where it is not possible to place a student in a competitive team or group, we provide dedicated development squads to assist students to improve their skills and confidence levels and to progress ultimately to a competitive level.
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One of the greatest joys of becoming a member of the Somerville House community is the personal growth that is achieved through participation in the numerous cultural, social and personal development opportunities available.
Some of our cultural offerings include camps in various year levels, our Chess Program, which is embedded into our Junior School Program, and then continues throughout the Middle Years and Senior School, our Debating Program, and Drama, with a variety of opportunities to perform throughout the year.
In addition to these cultural activities are numerous social opportunities for students to become involved in service-based activities, literary pursuits, faith-based groups and exchange programs.
Somerville House offers opportunities for students of all levels of ability and year levels for intraschool and interschool tournaments as well as clinics and workshops.
Somercircle in the Middle Years and Senior Schools and SUPA Club in the Junior School are groups that meet for Christian discussion, service and friendship. Groups meet once a week and also enjoy a variety of social activities and an annual Christian camp with other PMSA Schools outside school hours.
Community Engagement is a high profile activity in the School, focussing students’ attention on the needs of others. Students can be involved individually or as part of a tutor group.
Debating fosters spontaneous, logical thinking and builds on the challenges and strengths of being part of a team. The School enters as many teams as possible at all year levels in the Queensland Debating Union Competition.
Students are able to participate in a range of performing arts activities. Opportunities exist in all aspects of production, including performance, choreography, lighting, sound and set design.
Students (14 years and over) may work towards their Bronze, Silver or Gold award, without time restrictions.
At the beginning of Year 12, interested Legal Studies students may be invited to represent the School in the Mooting competition offered by Bond University in the first semester of each year. Year 11 students can also participate in this activity via a QUT offering.
Teams in this competition may comprise students from Years 8, 9 and 10 only. Teams choose to compete in one of the five divisions: Language, Literature, Maths, Engineering or Social Science.
Somerville House Robotics encourages students to combine their creative and technical skills to design, build and program robots for the Queensland RoboCup Junior competition held in Term 3 each year.
Each year students from Somerville House team up with Anglican Church Grammar School students to perform in a musical held at either School.
Avid writers from the Middle Years and Senior School may participate in Scribblers, a creative writing group.
A variety of sports, language, music and community engagement tours are arranged each year.
Music at Somerville House caters for a wide range of individual interests and skill levels. The Music Program is conducted both in the classroom (Academic Music Program) and in a co-curricular capacity (Performance Music Program). Our comprehensive Co-Curricular Ensemble Program includes string ensembles, bands and vocal choirs as well as many woodwind, percussion and small string ensembles.
Music is very much a part of Somerville House with our choral and instrumental ensembles exemplifying the excellence for which the School is known. This standard is evident across our many choral and instrumental groups, each catering for students of differing ability.
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Individual Instrumental Tuition
Individual instruction is available for all orchestral instruments as well as piano, classical organ, guitar, singing and theory of music. In some cases, the School is able to provide an instrument for the early months of tuition and, in the case of larger instruments such as bassoon, trombone, French horn, euphonium, tuba, cello and double bass, for longer periods. Students are prepared for examinations, if desired.
Band Ensembles Band ensembles are open to players who learn a band instrument outside of the School as well as those involved in the school instrumental tuition program. The following groups cater for all levels of playing experience.
This is the School’s premier Concert Band. This ensemble is open, by audition, to students in the Middle Years and Senior School with advanced playing skills and experience. The repertoire selection is technically and musically challenging.
The Intermediate Concert Band is an ensemble for developing wind and percussion students who are motivated to refine their instrumental skills and musicianship. Entry is by audition and is a minimum of Grade 2 AMEB or at least two years’ learning.
This is the developing Concert Band for students progressing from the Year 5 program, or who have been learning their instrument for at least one year. Membership includes students from the Junior and Middle Years.
All Year 5 students participating in the band program are involved in this group. They commence their learning in tutorial groups which are included in the School’s academic timetable. Students are usually new to their allocated band instrument and learn the basic technical and musical skills required to continue in the band program in Year 6, and develop a long-term appreciation for music.
The Stage Band plays contemporary music styles including jazz, latin, pop and rock. The instrumentation is standard Big Band line-up: rhythm section, saxophones, trombones and trumpets. Vocalists are occasionally featured in certain repertoire. Membership is by invitation and is open to students from Years 8 to 12 who participate in one of the Concert Bands.
The instruments in the Clarinet Choir comprise Bb clarinets (usually divided into three parts), alto and bass clarinets. Members in this ensemble must also play in one of the Concert Bands.
Percussion Ensemble 1 is a versatile ensemble that caters for percussionists wishing to extend and develop their skills in all areas of percussion. The ensemble features dedicated percussion students from the Middle and Senior Schools (Years 8 to 12). A wide range of classic and new repertoire is covered featuring advanced techniques and instrumentation.
Percussion Ensemble 2 provides an opportunity for students in both the Junior and Middle Years (Years 5 to 9) to develop ensemble skills and a greater variety of percussion techniques.
Formed by members from the Somerville Strings and the Senior Concert Band, the orchestra meets and rehearses for special occasions.
Choral singing is a very important and popular part of musical life at Somerville House. There are different choirs to cater for students of all vocal abilities.
Occasionally, all choirs perform as a massed choir.
This is the School’s premier choir, open by audition, to students in the Senior School with advanced choral skills and experience. The repertoire selection is technically and musically challenging.
This is a choir for willing and committed students in the Senior School. The repertoire selection is varied and stimulating.
This is a choir for Middle Years students, membership of which is subject to audition. The repertoire selection is technically and musically challenging for their level of development.
The Junior Choir is drawn from Years 5 and 6, and challenges this age group with age-appropriate repertoires involving part work and musicianship.
This ensemble, drawn from students in Years 3 to 5, performs repertoires designed to encourage the development of accurate tuning and part work skills.
String ensembles are open to players who learn an instrument outside of the School as well as those involved in the school tuition program. The following groups cater for all levels of playing experience.
This is the School’s premier string orchestra. A minimum of Grade 8 AMEB standard is required, and members must be excellent sight-readers.
This is a predominantly Senior School ensemble, catering for students with established skills on stringed instruments, from Grades 5 to 8 AMEB.
This is a predominantly Middle Years ensemble, catering for players from Preliminary to Grade 4 AMEB.
This group is for more advanced players in Junior School.
This is a training group for Junior School students in their second year of learning their instrument.
Year 5 string students continue learning their instrument in private lessons as well as in rehearsal sessions, included in the School academic timetable. Performances may include School assemblies, Junior School Concerts and the Academy Festival of Music.
All students in Year 3 learn a stringed instrument in groups. Tuition and instruments are free of charge for the year. Lessons are part of the curriculum and are held in school time.
Two string quartets are selected from members of the Somerville Strings orchestra. These combine to form the Senior String Consort.
Students who play guitar form an ensemble, which rehearses one morning per week before school.
Somerville House students have the opportunity to participate in a wide array of sports in multiple competitions and associations throughout the year.
Students in the Junior School compete in seven sports within the Andrews Cup competition. Students in Years 7 to 12 compete in multiple competitions including the Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (QGSSSA) competition, the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA), Brisbane Water Polo Association Inc. (BWPI) as well as a range of club based sporting programs. Students are also eligible to nominate and compete in district and regional sport pathways right through to national representation.
The Co-Curricular Sport Program at Somerville House is administered by the Director of Sport.
(Track and Field)
The Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (QGSSSA) age group Track and Field competition is held in Term 4. State secondary competition is also available. Students in Years 2 to 6 are eligible to compete in the Andrews Cup competition, which is held in Term 3.
Open, Senior, Year 10, Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7 teams compete in QGSSSA fixtures during Term 4 in a two-day tournament format.
Open, Senior, Year 10, Year 9 Year 8 and Year 7 teams compete in QGSSSA round robin fixture competitions in Terms 1 and 2. State secondary competition is also available.
QGSSSA Cricket teams compete in Term 1. Entry in school teams is offered to students in Years 7 to 12.
The QGSSSA Cross Country age group competition is held in Term 2. State secondary competition is also available. Students in Years 2 to 6 are eligible to compete in the Andrews Cup Cross Country, which is also held in Term 2.
Students who own, or have access to, a horse may represent the School in interschool competitions.
A range of teams compete in QGSSSA round robin fixture competitions in Terms 1 and 2. State secondary competition is also available.
Up to seven divisions compete in the QGSSSA competition. Club Gymnastics is available to all interested gymnasts. The Andrews Cup competition (Years 2 to 6) is held in Term 4.
A range of teams compete in QGSSSA round robin fixture competitions in Term 3. State secondary competition is also available.
A range of teams compete in QGSSSA round robin fixture competitions in Term 3. State secondary competition is also available. Students in Years 5 and 6 are eligible to compete in Andrews Cup Netball, which is held in Term 3. There is also a strong Somerville House Netball Club Program that has over fifteen teams competing in the MDNA.
Somerville House participates in the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA) year level group competition in Term 3. State and National championship competitions are also available.
Open, Senior, Year 10, Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7 teams compete in QGSSSA round robin fixture competitions in Term 1 (Open and Senior teams) and Term 4 (Years 7, 8, 9 and 10 teams). State secondary competition is also available. Students in Years 5 and 6 are eligible to compete in Andrews Cup Tee-ball/Softball, which is held in Term 4.
The Strength and Conditioning program is integrated into the current sporting program as well as offering specialised private coaching available to all students. Private training sessions target strength, power, speed and agility.
The QGSSSA Swimming age group competition is held in Term 1. State secondary competition is available. Club membership and competition are also available, independent of the school program. Students in Years 2 to 6 are eligible to compete in Andrews Cup Swimming, which is held in Term 1.
Open, Senior, Year 10, Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7 teams compete in the QGSSSA competition in Term 3. State secondary competition is also available. Students in Years 5 and 6 are eligible to compete in the Andrews Cup Competition, which is held in Term 1.
Open, Senior, Year 10, Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7 teams compete in the QGSSSA competition in Terms 1 and 2. State secondary competition is available. Students in Years 5 and 6 are eligible to compete in the Andrews Cup Competition, which is also held in Term 2.
Open, Senior, Year 10, Year 9 Year 8 and Year 7 teams compete in QGSSSA round robin fixture competitions in Term 3. State secondary competition is available.
Somerville House Water Polo teams play in the Brisbane Water Polo Association Inc. (BWPI) competition. This competition is open to all school and club players within the Brisbane area. The season is played on Saturdays, starting in Term 4 and concluding at the end of Term 1, and involves approximately 15/16 matches plus two weeks of finals.
Co-curricular activities at Somerville House usually involve playing or participating in competitions against other schools. There are however two avenues for participation in co-curricular activities at Somerville House.
All school coordinated co-curricular activities are facilitated by staff. If there is not a staff member available to co-ordinate an activity, this activity may be cancelled.
Club-based activities are run by parents. Details regarding curricular / pastoral / private and club activities are outlined in Part 6B of The Family Handbook, available on MySomerville. As stated in involvement, it is expected that students would participate in school co-curricular activities over club and private participation where the school is able to provide the opportunities.