The spiritual life of the School is central to all that is done at Somerville House. The Teachings and example of Jesus Christ are a template for the values by which we operate in all areas of School life, from the classroom to the boardroom, from the sporting field to the Music program, in our relationships and in our ethics.
Worship is central to the life of the School and opportunities are provided for formal worship through School assemblies, Year Level Chapel services, annual Sub-School Family Worship Services and weekly services for our Boarders. The worship program is supported by Christian Education classes from Pre-Prep through to Year 12.
It is the goal of the spiritual activities within the School to develop in students an understanding and appreciation of Christian beliefs and practices based on the bible and Christians traditions. The culture of Somerville House encompasses a community to act as a community of care, modelling on the servant leadership of Jesus Christ, encouraging moral responsibility and personal involvement in service to the wider community.
By being part of this community, students see the practical outworking of faith in Jesus Christ. Christian Education is a core subject for all students with one to two lessons provided each week depending on Year level.
Students explore five main areas of study:
Somerville House operates under the governance of the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches. The School provides opportunities for members of our community to engage meaningfully with the Christian gospel and nurture a sense of ‘relationship with God’ as individuals. Chaplains, teachers, students and parents conduct ministry in the School, with the Chaplains assuming overall responsibility.
Students participate in worship and teaching during Chapel services and Assembly devotions. Day students in the Middle and Senior Schools meet for worship in Year levels or House groups approximately twice each term, while Boarders worship each week in the School chapel. Assembly includes Christian reflection. Chapel services and Assembly devotions include songs, Scripture, prayer, and teaching.
Students may further their understanding and commitment to the Christian faith through fellowship groups SUPAClub in the Junior School and Somercircle in the Middle and Senior School. These groups meet for faith exploration, discussion and other activities during lunch times. Social functions, camps, community service activities and leadership training also occur outside School hours.
The worship program is supported by Christian Education classes from Pre-Prep through to Year 12. The program covers biblical themes and contemporary issues, focussing primarily on the life and teachings of Jesus Christ and their application to life in a complex and demanding world. Students also learn about other world religions and belief systems in a context of understanding and respect.