Thursday 14 November 2019 marked an important milestone for the Somerville House community as the new four-year Strategic Intent was launched to provide an overall direction of the School’s future.
Somerville House writers have performed exceptionally well in this year’s Literary Awards, sponsored by Independent Education Union (Queensland and Northern Territory), the English Teachers Association of Queensland, the Queensland Independent Education Union, James Cook University, and Penguin / Random House, Australia.
It is with a heavy heart that Somerville House farewells Head of Junior School, Mrs Arna Bennett, who will this year retire from her role of twenty-seven years at the end of Term 4.
From 2020, Somerville House is thrilled to be welcoming three recently appointed staff, a Deputy Principal, Dean of Academic Programs and a new Head of Junior School. These appointments support the School’s 2020 structure and are the first steps in the newly created strategic plan slated to be launched by Principal, Mrs Kim Kiepe in late November.
Recently our Years 10 and 11 Digital Solutions and Technologies classes attended an excursion to River City Labs (RCL), an organisation fostering growth within start-up companies solving the big problems and providing resources to empower, support and connect entrepreneurs to achieve their potential.
In a capital works project spanning the first half of the year, today Principal, Mrs Kim Kiepe and many distinguished guests celebrated the official opening of the newly refurbished Technology Services Department.
Recently, Somerville House Prep students received an exciting visit from Channel 9 Television Meteorologist, Garry Youngberry, coinciding with their Term 3 Science topic 'The Weather in my World'.
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In an effort to calm the pre-examination nerves of their Year 12 students, Somerville House recently organised a visit from five adorable Delta's Paws the Pressure Therapy Dogs, Poppy, Edie, Oscar, Domino and Cleo to provide some much needed relaxation and fun ahead of their final Queensland Core Skills Test.
The results of the 2019 NAPLAN test published today reveal Somerville House students have once again achieved significantly above the state average for Years 3, 5, 7 and 9.
In a continued effort to ensure Somerville House remains a safe place for our students to thrive, recently, four students from Years 7 to 11 were invited to give their input at a focus group to assist the State Government in developing an anti-cyberbullying community campaign to be rolled out across Queensland.
The School is proud to announce the introduction of a new scholarship geared towards providing a student from a rural or regional area the opportunity to study and board at Somerville House as a new boarder beginning in Year 7 or 8 in January 2020.
In a long standing reciprocal partnership spanning nearly two decades, Somerville House has once again played host to fifteen exchange students from Chiba Girls’ High School in Chiba, Japan.
With Christian values infused into our programs, priorities and operational principles, the spiritual life of our school is foundational to our wonderful Somerville House community. Every day staff and students go about living out faith in the offices and classrooms of the School. However, for one week of the year, Senior Chaplain Ms Chris O’Gorman says we celebrate not only the birthday of the Chapel, but the on-going and vibrant spiritual life of the School with Chapel Week.
In May, our Music Department welcomed acclaimed Australian Conductor, Dr Ingrid Martin for the first ever Guest Conductor Program in the history of the School.
Today, Somerville House is fortunate to have many committed parents who volunteer in the School’s Tuckshop and Uniform Shop, as well as the ever-increasing number of support groups under the Parents and Friends’ (P&F) Association umbrella. In the lead up to our 120 Year Commemoration Day in October, we thank and celebrate the generosity of all the parents and volunteers, past and present, whose endeavours and unwavering support towards Somerville House have contributed to the vibrant school community that flourishes today.
With much of today’s media coverage often focused on job losses stemming from automation, a recently published report from Deloitte Access Economics, The Path to Prosperity: Why the Future of Work is Human, looked at how robots and technology is increasingly taking over monotonous and repetitive tasks, resulting in the creation of more interesting jobs for humans. Principal, Mrs Kim Kiepe, said she is encouraged by the findings and is proud of how they validate the academic, social and emotional learning opportunities available to all students at a school such as Somerville House.
The Cotton and Seymour Libraries are currently participating in the Great Book Swap, and are seeking donations for their own Big Book Swap on Tuesday 18 June. Hosted in the Seymour Library, students and staff can purchase donated books for a gold coin, with all proceeds of the event going toward supporting the work of the Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
With our 120 year celebrations set to take place in the second half of the academic year, it is fitting the School take a moment to reflect on our history of strong leadership, and the significant achievements from previous Principals and their positive influence on the School.
Last night (16 April), sixteen students from Years 10 to 12, along with teachers, had the opportunity to attend the Australian Broadcasting Association (ABC) Q&A Election 2019: Battle for Queensland debate.
With the 2019 Year 12 cohort among the last students in Queensland to undertake the Queensland Core Skills Test (QCS), Somerville House has implemented new initiatives and ongoing strategies to optimise student outcomes in preparation for the final test.
With a specific focus on the Middle School, the School has recently appointed four Middle School Curriculum Co-ordinators in key learning areas, and an Assistant Dean of Literacy, Learning and Development. These key staff members work behind the scenes tailoring and revising educational programs to support individual student needs.
Forty-three students from the class of 2018 were welcomed back to Somerville House for the annual Scholars Assembly to celebrate their high academic performance.
On Monday 4 February the School community joined together to celebrate the induction of Mrs Kim Kiepe, the latest Principal of Somerville House.
The new year began with considerable excitement for Year 12 students as they celebrated the 2019 opening of the ‘NessCafe’.
Providing exceptional learning and educational outcomes continues to be a strategic priority at Somerville House, with a construction project underway to renovate and refurbish the Technology Services space.
While the new Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE) system takes effect in 2019, at Somerville House, it’s all systems go with implementation plans in place for some time.
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Somerville House School Captain Freya Allen has been selected as one of only twenty Queensland Minerals and Energy Academy (QMEA) school ambassadors for 2019.
Middle School Robotics students took part in an afternoon Arduino ‘Wearable Art’ technology workshop at the School.
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Old Girls announce their 2018 gift to the school at Commemoration Day Service.
Somerville House is stepping into the future with the launch of their new Virtual Tour.
Students and staff dress up as characters from the books they've been collecting for the Pyjama Foundation.
Somerville House reflects on 2018 visiting artist Judy Watson.
Somerville House students earn their badge of honour, a tradition which began in 1906.
Zara, Claire, Adeleine and Madeleine were amongst 137 young competitors from 42 Queensland schools who competed in Brisbane in a battle of neuroscience knowledge on Wednesday 18 July.
On Wednesday 6 June Somerville House, Brisbane Boys' College, Clayfield College and Sunshine Coast Grammar joined forces to welcome Professor Lea Waters to discuss 'Flicking the Switch' to focus on our children's strengths.
The Somerville House Cross Country team run in support of Breast Cancer Awareness.
On Saturday 10 March, Somerville House celebrated the opening of the Refurbished Seymour Library. Thank you to all who attended.
Somerville House achieves outstanding outcomes in all year levels tested for 2017 NAPLAN. Click here to view results.