Curriculum Framework

The Somerville House Academic Program is underpinned by the School's unique Curriculum Framework, fostering a strong learning community. Four key principles provide the foundation for all teaching and learning: engagement, excellence, empowerment and diversity. With Christian values at its core, the School’s curriculum ensures each student from Pre-Prep to Year 12 is provided with rich opportunities for rigorous, independent learning and developing critical, creative thinking.

The School's curriculum, continually informed by well-founded educational research, encourages students to continually further their expertise as learners and strive for standards of excellence. Teachers optimise opportunities to engage students with emerging digital technologies and provide a broad range of educational activities to both consolidate and extend classroom learning to meet individual student needs.

Curriculum in the Early Learning Centre is informed by the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline, Early Years Curriculum Guidelines and the Early Years Learning Framework. Courses of study in the Junior School, Middle Years and Senior Schools meet all requirements of the Australian Curriculum and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority syllabuses in key learning areas.

Learning behaviours valued at Somerville House

Somerville House students are encouraged to become expert learners. Classroom teachers nurture positive attitudes and intellectual habits that are crucial to academic success.

Positive engagement with learning

  • Participates actively in learning activities
  • Persists with learning challenges
  • Strives for improvement
  • Seeks to understand
  • Is open to new ideas, approaches, challenges
  • Approaches problems independently
  • Demonstrates curiosity
  • Takes intellectual risks
  • Is willing to take creative risks
  • Is an enthusiastic and positive learner
  • Asks relevant questions

Effective self-regulation of learning

  • Maintains focus
  • Seeks and applies feedback appropriately
  • Strives for accuracy and precision
  • Completes set tasks
  • Reflects on learning
  • Supports the learning of others
  • Contributes to collaborative tasks
  • Plans and prepares appropriately
  • Listens actively and responds