2018 Annual Giving Appeal

Educate girls, change the world

"Someone once told me that education is the one thing no one can take from you. I know that my Somerville House education which I wouldn't have had the privilege of receiving without this scholarship, will be with me forever. One day I hope to give a girl an opportunity like I've been given because it really is one in a million." (Current scholarship student)

Our Annual Giving Appeal is a testament to the power of collective giving, and the immense impact that many people coming together and giving modest gifts can achieve. Somerville House girls form a rich and extensive legacy across the globe; one that you, your daughter, mother or other family member have contributed to and benefited from. 

Somerville House is a school with people at its heart. A community with the privilege and capacity to effect change. Funds raised this year will help establish a new scholarship to fully support a young woman who excels in academia from Years 7 to 12 who would not have the means to attend Somerville House without your support. The impact of your gift will be immediate and long reaching.

A Somerville House scholarship has the power to change the course of someone’s life, and in turn, they can help another. Through your generosity, the recipient of the new scholarship will not only benefit from a privileged education but become part of the Somerville House community, a connection she will have for the rest of her life, whatever she does, wherever she travels.

“When I think about what it means to be a girl in green three things come to mind.  It means to be a student with an education beyond anything I could’ve ever imagined as a little kid living in rural Queensland.  It means to be part of a community, living with over 100 sisters and even more in the day school.  It means having the world at my feet – Somerville House offering the support to achieve anything I put my mind to." (Current scholarship student).

Somerville girls, changing the world

History Curator Queensland Museum

French Red Cross Medal in the 1914-18 War

Journalist of the Year – Graham Perkin award recipient

Youngest person to become a member of QLD Symphony Orchestra

Qld Business Leaders Hall of Fame/Patron of the Arts

President of N.Z Veterinary Assoc. ONZM (order of New Zealand medal)

1st female war correspondent

Global Head for Media Entertainment with Sony

Head of Yahoo

Olympic Silver Medalist – Swimming

Judge, Supreme Court of Queensland


Who We Are

Our Somerville House Foundation was launched in 1984 by a group of interested parents with a mutual passion and belief in the transformative power of education. 

Now celebrating our 32nd year of supporting the financial security and growth of Somerville House, our Foundation operates as a company limited by guarantee and is registered as a charity with the Australian Charities and Not-for-Profit Commission.

We operate collaboratively with the School under the requirements of the Corporations Act, with a professional Board of Directors and impressive volunteer involvement. The Board and its two Committees have a diverse mix of skills and experience, and great passion for our cause.

Our Board

Permanent Directors

Somerville House Principal, Dr Ness Goodwin
Somerville House School Council Chairman, Mr Jim Demack

Appointed Directors

Representative of the Old Girls' Association, Ms Hannah Symes
Representative of the Parents and Friends' Association, Mr Derek Meggitt
Ms Jodie Bignall
Ms Kerrie Mattiske

Elected Directors

Mrs Virginia Buttula, Board Chair 
Mrs Kanchana Bishop
Mrs Trudy Naylor
Mrs Peta Tilse

Replacement Elected Director

Ms Dominique Layt

The Constitution of Somerville House Foundation Ltd. is available here.

What We Do

Our Mission

Our Foundation is devoted to providing exceptional learning opportunities for Somerville House students to inspire and encourage them to become the best they can be. Committed to securing the future of Somerville House, our Foundation strives to foster a culture of philanthropy and warmth of spirit throughout our School community. 

Please click here to find out more about the work of our Foundation.

Our Priorities

As a tax-deductible fundraising vehicle, our Foundation partners with the School to deliver programs and projects that have a lasting and personal impact on the educational journey of Somerville House students. It does so through raising and managing funds via appeals, events and initiatives to support scholarships and bursaries, and assist the School with its present and future development priorities.

At Somerville House, we believe that scholarships play an important role in fostering a culture that celebrates and values achievement, diversity and the pursuit of personal excellence. Scholarship opportunities can also have a profound impact on the lives of deserving students and help nurture the next generation of future leaders. 

Through the generosity of our Foundation’s benefactors, a number of scholarships are awarded each year to students who might not normally be able to attend our School. Our Foundation also assists current members of our School community who may be experiencing financial difficulty through the provision of bursaries.

Our Foundation supports the School’s strong commitment to delivering a relevant, first-class learning environment that facilitates exceptional learning outcomes for our students. 

It does so by financially contributing to the development of our educational facilities and resources, in line with the School’s Master Plan (A 2025 Vision), to ensure that our students are continually inspired, engaged and challenged to reach their potential.

In recent years, the Somerville House Foundation has supported our School’s ongoing campus development through the following capital projects:

  • D Block and Mall renovations (2014)
  • The Foundation Building (2014)
  • Expansion of the School Oval by 60% (2011)
  • New Junior and Middle School Playgrounds (2011)
  • The Tennis Centre featuring a tennis pavilion and new tennis courts (2011)
  • The Health Centre (2011)
  • The Constance Cotton Junior School Library (2011)
  • The Ness Goodwin Building housing the Junior School, Boarding House and Somerfare Tuckshop (2009)
  • Purchase and refurbishment of The Chambers (1997 to 2005)
  • The Valmai Pidgeon Performing Arts Complex (1999)
  • The Murray Evans Sports and Aquatic Centre (1992 and 1996).

Our Current Projects

Our Foundation is currently fundraising to support the delivery of the Seymour Library Information Centre Upgrade Project. 

More information on this exciting and innovative project is available here

The following scholarships and bursaries have also been awarded by our Foundation for the 2016 academic year

Overseas Study Scholarship

Available to a Year 12 student who intends to pursue international study or development in the year following graduation.

The Elizabeth Kirby Foundation Scholarship

Available to new students who would not be able to attend Somerville House without financial assistance, and offered for Years 7 to 12.

Senior School Scholarships

Available to students entering into Year 10 who demonstrate academic excellence but would not otherwise be able to attend at Somerville House for financial reasons. The scholarships are tenable for up to three years.

News and Events

Ways of Giving

As a registered charity and deductible gift recipient, gifts directed to the Somerville House Foundation Scholarship Bursaries and Prizes Fund, or School Building Fund, attract a tax deduction.

Any donations, or combined donations of more than $2,000 entitle you to Foundation Membership.

Voluntary Building Fund contributions, made as part of School fee payments, also contribute towards Foundation Membership eligibility. Information on how to apply for Foundation Membership is available below.  

Information on how to apply for Foundation Membership is available here


A gift in your Will, known as a bequest, provides an opportunity to support Somerville House once your needs and those of your loved ones have been met. By making a bequest, you can retain the use and enjoyment of your assets during your lifetime and leave a lasting and valuable legacy to our School. 

The Fewings Fellowship was established to honour and recognise those in our community who remember Somerville House in their Will or who make a deferred gift. Importantly, it gives our School the opportunity to thank the Fewings Fellowship members, during their lifetime, for their generous commitment.

Creating a scholarship is a wonderful way for you to make a transformative gift to Somerville House. You may wish to consider establishing a fixed term or endowed scholarship for the benefit of students now or into the future.

Our volunteers are vital to our work. You can choose to give your time or professional skills to help drive our Foundation’s initiatives.  

Recognising Your Support

We are grateful to the friends of our Somerville House Foundation for supporting our vision and work.

We welcome corporate support on a number of levels and work closely with our corporate supporters to develop a tailored sponsorship package that aligns with their organisation’s brand strategy.

To find out more about how you or your organisation can partner with our Foundation to transform the educational journey of students, please contact our Development Manager, on (07) 3033 9289 or

Overseas Study Scholarship 2019

Travel Overseas in 2019

Is your daughter currently in Year 12 and wanting to continue her educational journey overseas in 2019?

Our Foundation awards an annual scholarship that has previously supported students to participate in study programs in Austria, Brazil, Finland, France, Denmark, Italy, Switzerland, Japan and Spain.

Current Year 12 students wishing to study or contribute to a community project overseas for a six or twelve month period throughout 2019 are invited to apply for the Somerville House Foundation Overseas Study Scholarship. 

The scholarship is a contribution made by our Foundation of $10,000 to be applied towards a student’s overseas study experience.

We encourage you to visit the Foundation page on the MySomerville site to learn about the eligible overseas study experiences captured by the scholarship, award criteria and the application process.

Applications close Sunday 22 July 2018. Please email your application to

For further information, please contact: 

Ms Anna Coles, Foundation Development Manager 
Phone: 07 3033 9289 

Contact Us

For more information on the role our Foundation plays in our School community, and for opportunities to become involved, please contact Ms Anna Coles, Foundation Development Manager on (07) 3033 9289 or