Junior School

The Primary School years of education are an essential building block of the learning journey.

Our Junior School recognises and nurtures every student’s ability in all areas of potential – academically, physically, creatively and emotionally.  Opportunities allow for active engagement in a rich and challenging learning environment where explicit and effective teaching strategies balance active student inquiry.  An enthusiasm for learning is developed through success.

We balance the traditional 3Rs with the learning needs of the 21st Century, with a focus on critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication, providing an education for the future that is informed by traditional values.  

Pastoral Care

Pastoral care in our Junior School is about creating a safe, welcoming and positive environment where our children can flourish. Our classroom teachers work with the students to develop skills, attitudes and behaviours that promote positive relationships and a sense of well-being underpinned by our Christian foundations. We recognise the value of working collaboratively with our families to help students reach their full potential as well as supporting girls who are experiencing difficulties. 

Most importantly, we aim to equip our students with a range of strategies to be resilient when things don’t work out as planned.

We have a strong team of pastoral care staff available to support your child’s emotional and spiritual development including:

  • Your daughter’s classroom teacher
  • Our Junior School Coordinators
  • Assistant Head of Junior School – Pastoral Care
  • Head of Junior School
  • Dean of Students

Teaching and Learning

At Somerville House, we work within the guidelines of all legislated curriculum. As an independent school, we have the ability to go beyond these requirements. The Australian Curriculum not only outlines what knowledge students will learn, but also emphasises the skills that students need to demonstrate.  The Curriculum also influences how we assess what students know and can do. Students are required to apply their knowledge in different ways.  

Students are assessed in meaningful and authentic ways. Assessment of their knowledge and skills is ongoing, with feedback provided to students throughout the process to allow them to monitor their own progress and continually strive to reach their potential.   

We inspire our students to be engaged in their learning and strive to reach their potential by enhancing their individual strengths. Our students are continually creating pathways for future learning and developing positive learning behaviours. 

Somerville House students are critical and creative thinkers. They are a part of a community of learners and they are always striving for excellence. Our teachers are passionate about providing programmes that support your child’s growth across all areas. Their learning journey is a partnership between students, parents and the school.

The Junior School features a specialist Science Laboratory, Music Room and Art Room, with specialist teachers in Art, Health and Physical Education, Music, Christian Education, Information Literacy, Languages and Drama. 

Technology is an integral part of the curriculum and is embedded across all year levels. All Year 6 students use individual laptops. Students in Years 4 – 6 are also involved in Outdoor Education Camps.


The Constance Cotton Library, named to honour Miss Constance Cotton, a former significant teacher of the Junior School, is a vibrant centre of information for learning with fun-filled activities tailored to meet the needs of our Junior School Students. 

Students from Prep to Year 6 have weekly Library lessons where they are taught information literacy and research skills to support classroom work. Students also engage in literacy activities to develop understanding and appreciation of fiction.

The Library participates in National and State literacy initiatives such as Book Week, National Simultaneous Storytime and The Premier's Reading Challenge.


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