Senior Years

In the Senior School, Years 10 to 12, our students begin a journey towards establishing themselves as independent life-long learners. 

At Somerville House, we encourage each student to create a balance in their development, incorporating academic, cultural, sporting and spiritual pursuits. 

It is through this balance that the holistic development of each individual student can be achieved and they can each reach their potential and open many pathways to future success as an adult. 

We provide our Senior School students with a safe, secure and supportive environment within the framework of sound Christian values. The Senior School is a living community where students can feel that they belong. They enjoy many opportunities to test their emerging adult identities and to develop their unique personal gifts. 

The three senior years focus on essential life-learning for work, study, community service and leisure, allowing students to choose from a broad range of developmental experiences.

Our students are the citizens of the very near future, and we are proud of them. Through their engagement in this dynamic and challenging educational community, they are encouraged to think deeply about the kind of future they can help to create for Queensland, Australia and the world. 

We value their insight, their initiative, their confidence, their commitment to a better world and their ability to form soundly-reasoned judgements.



The Seymour Library, named to honour former Principal, Reverend Sam Seymour, serves the Middle and Senior School.

The Seymour Library provides a friendly and stimulating environment for learning, research and reading and has a large collection of print and online resources, including full-text databases. New texts are constantly being added to our collection and promotions such as Book Week are celebrated throughout  the year. 

The Seymour Library staff love to promote lifelong learning. To encourage this, the ‘Fiction Room’ is equipped with bean bags and comfy chairs to provide an environment for students to get lost in a book, and enjoy reading for learning and for pleasure. 

Our Library staff aim to provide a positive and productive experience for our students and staff, whether this includes research, finding a great book, or a quiet space to read.

Library Services   

Library opening hours during term time are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.45pm.

Services include:

  • Loans
  • eReference 
  • Photocopying/Printing/Scanning/Laminating
  • Technology
  • Media Services
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • Education

A range of electronic resources are available for students and staff through MySomerville, the Somerville House Intranet.

As part of the eLearning system, Seymour Library provides assignment assistance and information through: 

  • Pathways: Provides a guide to develop student’s research skills in locating a range of suitable resources (online and/or offline) to fulfill learning outcomes.
  • Online tutorials: To develop research and referencing skills
  • Somertube: A digital repository of video from television or film and other media created by teachers or students
  • Repository of selected websites
  • Reading reviews and suggestions
  • Ask a Librarian / Make a Suggestion

The Seymour Library subscribes to an extensive range of online eJournals and databases, a number of which are accessed through the University of Queensland Cyberschool.    

Library Events 

Library events include:

  • Book Week
  • Readers Cup Competition
  • Author Visits
  • Literary Quizzes
  • Library Lover's Day
  • Reader of the Month profiles

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