Somerville House offers an inclusive and welcoming environment for Pre-Prep to Year 12 students to participate in physical activity and competitive sport.

Our team of experienced and passionate coaches support our students to build lifelong healthy habits which will enhance their physical, social and mental wellbeing.

Our students can participate in a wide array of sports in multiple competitions and associations throughout the year.

Our Junior School Sports program aims to provide girls with opportunities to develop the values of leadership, teamwork and sportsmanship on and off the field. Each girl has the opportunity to display these values in a variety of sporting environments, while developing an understanding of the importance of physical activity in daily life.

Girls continue to apply these skills learned in earlier years and aim to implement strategies in a competitive environment. Students in Years 2 to 6 compete in several competitions, including seven sports within the Andrews Cup competition. Team participation, leadership and sportsmanship are vital in the social development of students at this level.

Students in Years 7 to 12 compete in a range of competitions including: 

  • the Queensland Girls’ Secondary Schools’ Sports Association (QGSSSA) competition
  • the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA)
  • Brisbane Water Polo Association Inc. (BWPI) a range of club-based sporting programs
  • Equestrian Queensland - Interschool Competitions. 

Students are also eligible to nominate and compete in district and regional sport pathways right through to national representation.

Athletics

The Athletics program aims to provide students, of all ability levels, the opportunity to enjoy sport and improve their skills. Athletics has a lot to offer students in that it fosters skill development, teamwork, mateship, commitment and determination. 

Coaches work with students to help them develop and improve in events such as, 3000m, 1500m, 800m, 400m, 200m, 100m, 80m, relays, long jump, triple jump, high jump, shot put, javelin and discus.

Badminton

Each year over 100 students, across Open, Senior, Year 10, Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7 teams, compete in the QGSSSA competition. These fixtures occur during Term 4 in a two-day tournament format. The School is renowned for its Badminton program.

Basketball

Basketball is offered through the QGSSSA competition for Years 7 to 12 students, and for Years 4 to 6 students as a social Junior Basketball Competition.  Our program is focussed on developing the essential skills required to play Basketball in the QGSSSA competition, however, we also provide information regarding Club Basketball, especially to those students who wish to play all year. 

We offer additional competitive pathways for Junior and Senior squad members via a state-wide 'knockout' competition. Individual players may also nominate for representative selection for Queensland State Secondary School teams.

Cricket

There are three divisions offered in the QGSSSA Cricket competition, providing your daughter with plenty of opportunities to be involved. The QGSSA Opens Division, Division One and Division Two teams compete in Term 1 and is offered to students in Years 7 to 1.

Outside of the QGSSSA competition, there are various opportunities to play Club and external cricket along with T20 competitions through Queensland Cricket and the Brisbane Heat.

Cross Country

The Cross Country program aims to provide students, of all ability levels, the opportunity to enjoy running in a safe and supportive environment. In Terms 1 and 2, Years 7 to 12 students compete in the QGSSSA competition, and Junior School students aged between 8 to 12 years of age compete in the Andrews Cup competition. We support our athletes with highly-qualified coaches, training facilities and equipment. 

Equestrian

Fast becoming one of the largest and best-performing schools in Queensland, our Equestrian team is coached by an award-winning 4* level Eventer and World Cup level Showjumper. Members compete at all levels from local to national in dressage, showjumping and cross-country.

Students who own or have access to a horse may represent the School in interschool competitions.

Football (Soccer)

Somerville House students have the opportunity to play competitive football from Years 4 to 12. Years 7 to 12 students compete in the QGSSSA competition through Autumn, and Years 4 to 6 students participate in the Andrews Cup (AC) competition in Term 2. Our Junior program for caters for four teams and focusses on building the fundamental skills required to play football.  

Gymnastics Artistic

Our Gymnastics Program is progressive with appropriate challenges provided for all gymnasts in a safe and fun environment. Students of all levels are welcomed and invited to participate. Years 7 to 12 students are eligible to compete in up to seven divisions in the QGSSSA competition, while Years 2 to 6 students compete in the Andrews Cup competition. Club Gymnastics is also available to all interested gymnasts. 

Hockey

There are three divisions offered in the QGSSSA competition. These are the Opens Division and Seniors for Years 10 to 12 students, and Juniors for Years  7 to 9. Somerville House participates in a half-day Invitational Primary Hockey Competition in Term 4.  This is offered to any interested Year 5 and Year 6 students and training is provided. Outside of the QGSSSA competition, there are various opportunities to play Club and representative Hockey.

Netball

Somerville House has a proud history of being a competitive Netball program with many Division Titles and participation numbers in excess of 200 each year. Within the QGSSSA competition, students in Years 7 to 12 compete in divisions A, B and C, as well as an Opens team. Outside of the QGSSSA competition, there are various opportunities to play Club and representative Netball. 

For students in the Junior School, we offer both social and competitive opportunities within Andrews Cup. 

Rowing

Somerville House Rowing strives to provide the best developmental schoolgirl rowing program by having dedicated and experienced coaches, and well maintained and modern equipment. The Somerville Rowers have been competing with great success in the Brisbane Schoolgirls’ Rowing Association (BSRA) for over thirty years. 

Students from Years 8 to Year 12 can participate in Rowing in Terms 2 and 3 each year, and often the program will send crews to the Queensland and Australian Championships regattas to test their mettle against the highest level competition in the state and country.

Somerville House Rowing operates out of the Water Sports Facility, commonly known as 'The Shed', located at 217 The Brisbane Corso, Yeronga.

Softball

Softball is a sport enjoyed by many students from Years 7 to 12. Played across two seasons, the QGSSSA competition consists of Years 7 to 9 students forming teams in A and B divisions, while Years 10 to 12 students compete in the Senior and Open competition. The softball program caters for all levels and offers skill development opportunities for all. 

Strength & Conditioning

A full athletic development program, Strength and Conditioning guides warm-up, strength, injury prevention and talent identification programs. Strength and Conditioning supports the PE curriculum by working on these specific programs within classes from Years 3 to 12. 

The Director or Strength and Conditioning will offer support to students that need assistance in managing training and study loads for busy athletes. 

The program works closely with Head Coaches to develop our off-season performance squads for athletes showing potential in their field. 

The program works with Netball, Volleyball, Sprints and Rowing; with the aim to develop more competitive school teams every year. 

Strength and Conditioning sessions will complement the training schedules by offering external sessions that target aspects such as strength, power, speed, agility and aerobic fitness. 

Swimming

The Somerville House swimming program aims to deliver training and competition opportunities for students of all ability levels. With a strong emphasis on both participation and performance, all students have access to a swimming pathway that will enable them to reach their fullest potential. 

Led by Director of Swimming and Head Coach Tim Lane, the program runs year-round in our world-class 50m heated pool. Our students train and prepare to compete at both school and club-based competitions, and we have a long tradition of excellence at all levels of swimming. 

The school season runs in Term 4 and Term 1, with students in Years 2 to 6 competing within the Andrews Cup competition, and students in Years 7 to 12 competing within the QGSSSA competition. 
The Andrews Cup and QGSSSA championships meets are typically held in early March, with over 130 girls eventually being selected to represent Somerville House each year.

The Somerville House Aquatic Swim Club runs alongside the swimming program and provides our students with the opportunity to compete at a local, state and national level. Our vision is to continue to build a community of swimmers and families who believe in the value of swimming as a vehicle for personal growth both in and out of the pool, and in a safe, inclusive, and supportive environment. 

Tennis

Tennis is available to all students from Pre-Prep to Year 12. Our Years 7 to 12 Senior teams compete in the QGSSSA competition and have the option to continue developing their skills through private lessons or additional tournaments such as the Knowles Cup and state secondary competitions. 

Students in Years 4 to 6 are eligible to compete in the Andrews Cup competition, which is held in Term 1. For students in Pre-Prep to Year 4, we offer multiple programs that cater for all abilities including in-house fixtures. 

Touch

Approximately 270 students participate in Touch Football each year.

Our Senior program, from Years 7 to 12, compete in the QGSSSA competition and have the option to compete in the Queensland All Schools tournament in Term 4. Many individual players may nominate for representative selection for Queensland State Secondary School teams. Our Junior program caters to students in Years 4 to 6 and offers opportunities for each girl to play both competitive and developmental touch. 

Volleyball

QGSSSA Volleyball is offered to students in the divisions of Open, Senior A, Senior B, Year 10, Year 9, Year 8 and Year 7. The program aims to build a strong focus on skill development and progression for players of all year levels. Individual players may nominate for representative selection for Queensland State Secondary School teams.

Water Polo

Somerville House Water Polo teams play in the Brisbane Water Polo Association Inc. (BWPI) competition, winter competition and Junior Water Polo program.

Students are eligible to participate from 9 years of age, up to Year 12, in Term 4 and 1 each year.