Future Plans

The Foundation partners with the School to deliver projects and programs that have a lasting impact on educational opportunities offered to Somerville House students.

Under the School’s funding model, school fees and government support only contribute to operating costs. The capacity of our school to grow and offer students access to new resources, facilities and programs depends upon the generosity of our community. 

Since 1984, the Foundation has raised more than $15 million, contributing over $7.5 million to the School, with funds invested so the income supports the School’s strategies objectives.

Gifts to the Building Fund support ongoing campus development through financial contributions to capital projects which align with the School’s Master Plan.

The 2020 Master Plan will reinforce Somerville House as a leading girls' school with first class facilities, focussed on contemporary teaching and learning environments in the decades ahead.

BSPN Architecture were selected as the preferred designer and commissioned to prepare a Campus Master Plan for the entire site at South Brisbane with Stage 1 due to commence in December 2021. 

Building & Restoring Incredible Facilities

Heritage Heart (A Block)

Specific details of the Heritage Heart restoration, with A Block refurbishment and Mall widening, will be shared in the New Year. Our renewal project will feature state-of-the-art teaching spaces and facilities to serve us well into the future.

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. Refurbishments will transform these rooms into contemporary academic learning spaces, whilst preserving the heritage façade. A Block will accommodate eight upgraded general learning classrooms. 

Read more about Heritage Heart Restorations here

Cumbooquepa Restorations

Many within the Somerville community have a deep appreciation for the history of the School.
Cumbooquepa Restorations: A heritage-listed house, designed by George Henry Male Addison, was added to the Queensland Heritage Register in 1992.

Stephens built Cumbooquepa in 1890 on land acquired in 1856 by Thomas Blacket Stephens, a politician, newspaper proprietor and businessman, who became Brisbane's second mayor. The house remained in the family until 1919 when the the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association purchased the property as premises for the Brisbane High School for Girls. In 1920 Somerville House was added to the title of the school honouring Mary Somerville, a Scottish scientist whose name was also associated with Somerville College at the University of Oxford. 

The first stage of restorations within the Heritage Heart of Somerville have been successfully completed with the Cumbooquepa Stained Glass Restoration.

Senior Precinct

The Senior Precinct building will enhance the current educational curriculum for English, Maths and Languages by providing state-of-the-art teaching spaces. This project will reflect a contemporary world-leading teaching and learning environment for staff and Senior School students. It is especially exciting to create much needed specialist teaching spaces for STEAM and the Art Precinct, along with new Drama studios. 

New Senior Precinct 

  • Four Specialist Learning Areas
  • New Art Precinct
  • Senior Café for Years 7 to 12
  • Sixteen General Learning Areas
  • Quiet Study Zones
  • Changeroom and locker facilities
  • Field Store Room

Read more about the Senior Precinct development here.

'Somerfields' - Dunn Road Sports

Fondly referred to as Somerfields. Spread over 15.4 hectares of land, just 10.2 km from the School, with plans in place to build world class sporting and recreational facilities to benefit every student. Multipurpose facilities will provide a hub for support groups and clubs to host co-curricular events, meetings and functions.

Read more about Somerfields development here