Somerville House Foundation


The Somerville House Foundation (SFH) supports the School’s commitment to delivering a relevant, first-class learning environment that facilitates exceptional learning outcomes by supporting the development of educational facilities and resources. SFH aims to ensure that students are inspired, engaged and challenged to reach their potential. Objectives aligned with the School’s Master Plan.

In 2018 the Foundation established three new funds to support sport, culture and endowment initiatives of the School. These new funds will enable our community to give to the projects and programs that matter most to them in a meaningful way. The SFH is devoted to supporting the School to deliver its strategic intent.  Through tax-deductible fundraising, the Foundation provides financial contributions to projects that have a lasting impact  on the educational journey of our students, present and future and to future-proof the School.

All donations received by the Foundation are held and expended in accordance with donor instructions and in-line with the purpose of the Foundation’s Constitution, to support and assist the School Council to preserve, improve and develop the standards, services and facilities of the School.

Who We Are

The Somerville House Foundation was launched in 1984 by a group of interested parents with a mutual passion and belief in the transformative power of education. 

Proudly celebrating our thirty-sixth year of supporting the financial security and growth of Somerville House, the Foundation operates as a company limited by guarantee and is registered with the Australian Securities and Investments Commission (ASIC) and the Australian Charities and  Not-for-Profit Commission. The Foundation continues to this day, to support Somerville House in educating young women. The SHF does this by means of fundraising activities through a number of funds including Scholarships and Bursaries, Building Fund, Cultural Fund, Sport Fund which have DGR status, as well as Endowment and General Funds which support Scholarships and Bursaries, development, and other enhanced educational opportunities.

We operate collaboratively with the School under the requirements of the Corporations Act, with a professional Board of Directors and impressive volunteer involvement. The Board and its three committees have a diverse mix of skills and experience, and great passion for our cause.

The Foundation is moving forward with a clear vision and purpose to engage with all of the School community to ensure our Mission to provide exceptional learning opportunities for Somerville House students to inspire and encourage them to become the best they can be

Our Board

Permanent Directors

Somerville House Principal, Mrs Kim Kiepe
Somerville House School Council Chairman, Mr Jim Demack

Appointed Directors

Representative of the Old Girls' Association, Ms Rebecca Bauer
Representative of the Parents and Friends Association, Mr Derek Meggitt   

Elected Directors

Ms Dominique Layt, Board Chair
Mrs Jodie Bignall 
Mrs Kerrie Mattiske 
Mrs Trudy Naylor
Mrs Peta Tilse

The Constitution of Somerville House Foundation Ltd. is available here.

The Somerville House Foundation Ltd. 2018 Audited Financial Statements are available here.

Honour Before Honours essay competition

The Somerville House Foundation is honoured to be sponsoring the inaugural Somerville House Honour Before Honours essay competition aimed at Year 7 to 12 students.


What We Do

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. 

Please click here to find out more about the work of the Foundation.

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.

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.

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 
  • 1992 to 1996 - The Murray Evans Sports and Aquatic Centre.

Donors to the Cumbooquepa Stained Glass Window Restoration:

$5000 - $9999

Mrs Helen Barnard
Ms Rebecca Jane Bauer
Mrs Isabel Bauer
Elizabeth and Caroline Cannon
Mrs Rosalie Lewis
Mrs Miriam Musgrave
Dr Neroli O’Connell
Dr Coralie Porter
Dean, Christine and Margot Prangley
On behalf of the women in my family: Joan Axon, her daughters Susan, Elizabeth and Katherine Urquhart and granddaughters Jacqui and Claire Noble who are all old girls.
In memory of my wonderful godmother Marjorie Robertson and her twin sister Mary Robina who were the great granddaughters of Thomas and Anna Stephens and were also old girls.
Ms Liz Washington

$1000 - $4999

Ms Elizabeth Fox
Miss Naida Haxton AM
Mr Michael and Mrs Margaret Hooper
Miss Amanda Kay Johnson
Mrs Ruth Kidd
Dr Jennifer Lingard
Ms Trudy Naylor
Ms Bethwyn Todd

$0 - $999

Class of 1959, 60 Year Reunion
Mrs Helen Alexander
Mr and Mrs Ian and Gillian Alfredson
Mrs Janice F Anderson
Mrs Suzanne Angell
Mrs Cynthia Atkinson
Mrs Ann Beatty
Mrs Barbara Bedwell
Mr Christopher and Mrs Helen Beech
Miss Lauren Beech
Mrs Catherine Braddock
Dr Kaye Brand
Mrs Mary Brimblecombe
Mrs Janet Bruce
Dr Desley Buchan
Mr Don and Mrs Lila Cameron
Mrs Carides
Mrs Anne Chater
Dr Pamela Chick
Ms Anna Coles
Mrs Judith Connolly
Mrs Margaret Cory
Miss Catherine Cougan
Ms Sarah Fryer
Miss Helen Daniels
Miss Pamela Davenport
Mrs Helen DeLacy
Mrs Margaret Dorrstein
Mr Trevor and Mrs Diana Downes
Mrs Pamela Downing
Mrs Diana Dredge
Mrs Mary Dunn
Mrs Helen Ellemor
Mrs Jennifer Farmer AM
Ms Pat Fleming
Mrs Foster
Mrs Jenny Frith
Mrs Jill Frith


Mrs Anna Fuller
Mrs Nola Gearing
Mrs Leila Gillman
Mr Alan and Mrs Wendy Grummitt
Mrs Sally Hall
Mrs Ann Hecksher
Miss Pamela Hill
Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM
Mrs Kaye Hockey
Mrs Margaret Houghton
Mrs Annette Jell
Mrs Elizabeth Jolly
Mrs Cathryn Jordan
Dr Elaine Katte-Primrose
Mrs Pamela Knox
Mrs Suwannee Kotala
Mrs Kay Larkin
Mrs Lavis OAM
Ms Dominique Layt
Dr Betty Lee
Mrs Joanne Martel
Mrs Gail McCallum
Mrs Jennifer McConnell
Mrs Maxine McElnea
Miss Catriona McKay
Dr Judith McKay
Dr Penelope McSweeney
Mrs Barbara Merefield
Miss Millett
Dr Jennifer Mills
Mrs Jeanette Morling
Mrs Susan Muller
Mrs Marina Muller
Mrs Ian and Mrs Patricia Munro
Mrs Judith Noble
Dr Marjorie Patel
Mrs Carolyn Pearce
Mr Phil Petch
Miss Valmai Pidgeon AM
Mrs Shail Powers
Betty Davidson & Robin Rae
Mrs Janet Raymond
Mrs Judith Reid
Mrs Susan Revie
Dr Eleanor Rowley
Mrs Barbara Schmidt
Mrs Copland Schmidt
Mrs Hilary Scott
Dr Catherine H Smith
Mrs June Smith
Dr Eftyhia Stavrou
Mrs Melpa Stavrou
Mrs Rosemary Stephenson
Miss Ailsa Stephenson
Dr Miriam Stocks
Ms Helen Stone
Mrs Louise Strasser
Mrs Jeanette Stringer
Dr Margaret Sullivan
Dr Frances Thomas
Mrs Elizabeth Thorne
Ms Helen Trochoulias
Mrs Jill Tuffley
Ms Sophie Vander
Mrs Jennifer Walker
Mrs Dianne Weidner AM
Mrs Joan Wescoe
Mrs Rayleigh Winten
Mrs Melinda Wong
Dr Roslyn Young
Mrs Elizabeth Young

Donors to the Building Fund:



$1000 - $4999

Mrs Elizabeth Barnes
Mrs Kanchana Bishop
Dr Steven and Mrs Anne Ting

$0 -$999

Mr Michael and Mrs Claire Burcham
Mr Don and Mrs Lila Cameron
Mr Trevor and Mrs Diana Downes
Mrs Esdene Kruger
Mrs Lorraine Logan
Miss Fiona Penfold
Mr Mark and Mrs Pinfang Seeto
Mr Peter Thompson
Mr Xubing Wang and Ms Ningjing Fu
Mr Herbert and Mrs Lin Zhou

Donors to the Scholarships & Bursaries Fund:


Mr Ian and Mrs Patricia Brusasco OAM
Mr Peter Thompson

$5000 - $9999

Mr Peter and Mrs Elizabeth Gilchrist AM
Mr Cameron Gregory

$1000 - $4999

Ms Liz Washington
Ms Danielle Werda

$0 - $999

Dr John and Mrs Gwenda Apel
Mr Blok and Ms Brunello
Mr Rod and Mrs Felicity Brown
Mr Capes and Ms Martinson
Dr Sally Crane
Mr Peter and Mrs Mary Foster
Dr Trevor and Mrs Andrea Gervais
Dr Sandy Lee
Mr Andrew and Mrs Kerrie Mattiske
Mr Derek and Mrs Fiona Meggitt
Mr Saxon Mew
Mr Nathan and Mrs Rebecca Mitchell
Mr Raoul and Mrs Sally Pohio
Mrs Heather Rush
Mrs Marie E Smith
Mr Gert and Mrs Brenda Tollesson
Dr John and Mrs Gayle Yaxley
Mr Michael and Mrs Helen Young
Anonymous (2)

Donors to the Cultural Fund:

$1000 - $4999

Mr Mizhong Su and Ms Yishuang Huang

$0 - $999

Mrs Isabel Bauer
Mrs Elizabeth Sneesby
Miss Jan Whittaker

Donors to the Sports Fund:

$0 - 999


*Donor listing correct and current as at 25 November 2019

Ways of Giving

As a registered charity and deductible gift recipient, gifts directed to the Somerville House Foundation: Building Fund, Scholarships Fund, Sports Fund or Cultural Fund, attract a tax deduction.

Any donations, or combined donations of more than $2,000 entitles you to Foundation Membership.

Information on how to apply for Foundation Membership is available here.

The Building Fund supports the School’s strong commitment to delivering a relevant, first-class learning environment that facilitates exceptional learning outcomes for our students by financially contributing to the development of our educational facilities and capital resources, in line with the School’s Master Plan, to ensure that our students are continually inspired, engaged and challenged to reach their potential.


The Scholarship and Bursaries Fund plays an important role in fostering a culture that celebrates and values achievement, diversity and the pursuit of personal excellence. A number of scholarships  are awarded each year to students  who might not normally be able to attend our school, as well assisting current members of our school community who may be experiencing financial difficulty through the provision of bursaries. 


The Sports Fund, in conjunction with the Australian Sports Foundation, allows the community to assist the School, through tax deductible donations, to improve its physical education, sporting programs and activities and to promote the health and wellbeing of current and future students.


The Cultural Fund allows the community to make tax deductible donations, supporting the development and delivery of Somerville House’s literary, visual and performing arts, music, craft and design programs to Somerville House students and the wider community.


Consider becoming a member of the Fewings Fellowship, a Society established to honour bequestors to the School. The Somerville House Foundation Endowment Fund has been established to support the School, its future operations and to provide for the future of Somerville House through economic and government downturns. The Endowment Fund provides a vehicle for the community to direct bequests and specific gifts. Contact Ms Petrina Gilmore, Director of Philanthropy on (07) 3033 9289 or for a confidential discussion.

Creating a scholarship is a wonderful way for you to make a transformative gift to Somerville House. You may wish to consider establishing a fixed term or endowed scholarship for the benefit of students now or into the future. Contact Ms Petrina Gilmore, Director of Philanthropy on (07) 3033 9289 or for a confidential discussion.

You Make the Difference

With your support we have continued to fundraise for scholarships, bursaries and buildings along with introducing new tax deductible funds which provide donors with more choice for their contributions.

We hope you enjoy reading the Impact Report, and we thank you for your continued support of the Somerville House Foundation and our girls in green.  You make the difference!

Contact Us

For more information on the role our Foundation plays in our School community, and for opportunities to become involved, please contact Ms Petrina Gilmore, Director of Philanthropy on (07) 3033 9289 or