Bring our Heritage Heart vision to reality

The School will embark upon an ambitious renewal, restoration and reimagination of A Block, Cumbooquepa, the Chapel and Chambers as part of the 20-year Master Plan.

The $10.75 million Heritage Heart project will commence at the end of 2021. 

Building Tomorrow Together

Gifts to the Heritage Heart refurbishment will create first class facilities for our girls, encouraging creativity, curiosity and critical thinking. There are a range of options for consideration:

  • Personalised bricks with family or student names, $500
  • Commemorative pavers for generational families, former students & benefactors, $3,000
  • Pledges for either bricks or pavers

Please see our Mid-Year Tax Appeal page for mockups of bricks and pavers. 

For more information, to tour the School, or discuss your philanthropic gesture, please contact Petrina Gilmore, Director of Philanthropy via email or phone 07 3033 9289.

Foundation Membership

Once donations meet the $2,000 threshold donors are eligible for Foundation Membership.

Foundation Members are invited to participate in Annual General Meetings and receive invitations to special Foundation events

A Block

Thank you to members of the Somerville House community for providing feedback on initial Heritage Heart designs. Your suggestions have been incorporated into this next iteration.

There will now be a greater emphasis on the traditional elements of A Block, such as casement windows and restored, breezy verandahs.

Most importantly, A Block’s heritage Façade, with its celebrated timber weatherboard will be preserved.

In 1920 architects Chambers and Powell designed A Block, an L-shaped two-storey extension, completed in 1926, featuring a gymnasium, chemistry and biology laboratories, with six classrooms, music rooms and a room for commercial work on the upper level.

The renewal project will carefully blend modern architecture while preserving our heritage façade. Cutting-edge facilities will be integrated to maximise educational opportunities with upgraded collaborative learning spaces. Flexible learning zones, for students from Years 10 through 12, will drive innovation and entrepreneurship through hands on learning.


Unveiled in 2020, the Cumbooquepa stained glass windows preservation was the flagship project for our Heritage Heart restorations. Read more about the project and generous donors here

Whilst many borders will have memories of the windows, not all Somerville students have had the opportunity to view and appreciate their beauty and magnificence.

With the planned removal of non-heritage elements from Cumbooquepa, the stained glass windows will be revealed for students in the  widened Mall to admire.

Cumbooquepa will continue to be restored to its formal glory as a part of the Heritage Heart restorations. 


The Chapel will remain largely untouched with magnificent gardens encompassing across the full frontage of the Heritage Heart precinct.

Chambers - Gallery & Archives

A refurbished Chambers will showcase the Betty Churcher AO Art Gallery and the Archives and ensure our most prized collections will be preserved for all to see for many years.  

The Betty Churcher AO Art Gallery
The Gallery, located within the Chambers Building, will feature curated exhibitions from the Somerville House Art Collection.

Custom-built facilities in the historic Chambers Building lend themselves to the Archives and will ensure the preservation of treasured artefacts which capture the culture and unique history of the School over the past 125 years. 

Architect's Visions

BPSN Architecture propose an imaginative and detailed plan which blends architectural ingenuity and urban design together with the conservation of our unique history. The Heritage Heart restoration will commence towards the end of 2021.

Thank you to all members of the Somerville House community who have provided feedback which has been incorporated into BSPN’s new design iteration.

A Block’s heritage Façade, with its celebrated timber weatherboard will be preserved, with a greater emphasis on other traditional elements, such as casement windows and restored, breezy verandahs.

Architectural renderings of the Heritage Heart, particularly A Block, are not finalised - the architect’s brief will continue to transform in collaboration with key stakeholders. 

Click on the tiles below to enlarge images of the updated Heritage Heart and A Block façade.