Mission and Priorities

Our Mission

The Somerville House Foundation is devoted to providing exceptional learning opportunities for Somerville House students to inspire and encourage them to become the best they can be. Committed to securing the future of Somerville House, our Foundation strives to foster a culture of philanthropy and warmth of spirit throughout our school community.

Our Priorities

As a tax-deductible fundraising vehicle, our Foundation partners with the School to deliver programs and projects that have a lasting and personal impact on the educational journey of Somerville House students. It does so through raising and managing funds via appeals, events and initiatives to support scholarships and bursaries, and assist the School with its present and future development priorities.

Scholarships and Bursaries

At Somerville House, we believe that scholarships play an important role in fostering a culture that celebrates and values achievement, diversity and the pursuit of personal excellence. Scholarship opportunities can also have a profound impact on the lives of deserving students and help nurture the next generation of future leaders. 

Through the generosity of our Foundation’s benefactors, a number of scholarships are awarded each year to students who might not normally be able to attend our School. The Foundation also assists current members of the School community who may be experiencing financial difficulty through the provision of bursaries.

Capital Works 

In recent years, the Somerville House Foundation has supported campus development at Somerville House through the following capital projects: 

  • 2020 - Junior School Playground 
  • 2019 - Cumbooquepa Stained Glass Window restoration 
  • 2018 - Seymour Library Refurbishments 2014 - D Block and Mall renovations 
  • 2014 - The Foundation Building
  • 2011 - Expansion of the School Oval by 60%
  • 2011 - New Junior School and Middle Years Playgrounds 
  • 2011 - The Tennis Centre featuring a tennis pavilion and new tennis courts 
  • 2011 - The Health Centre
  • 2011 - The Constance Cotton Junior School Library
  • 2009 - The Ness Goodwin Building housing the Junior School, Boarding House and Somerfare Tuckshop 
  • 1997 to 2005 - Purchase and refurbishment of The Chambers 
  • 1999 - The Valmai Pidgeon Performing Arts Complex (VPAC) 
  • 1992 to 1996 - The Murray Evans Sports and Aquatic Centre.


For more information on the role the Foundation plays in our school community, and for opportunities to become involved, please contact the Director of Philanthropy, Ms Petrina Gilmore.

Postal address: PO Box 3357, South Brisbane, Qld 4101 
Phone: +61 7 3033 9289
Email: foundation@somerville.qld.edu.au