Somerville House Foundation

Honour before Honours essay competition

The Somerville House Foundation is honoured to be sponsoring the inaugural Somerville House Honour before Honours essay competition aimed at Year 7 to 12 students.

The aim of the competition is to hear what students believe Honour before Honours means to them in the Somerville House context.  We are keen to hear your voice through a written essay.

There are two prizes up for grabs:

- Prize for the winning Middle School entrant is $250, with a word requirement of 600 to 800 words.

- Prize for the winning Senior School entrant is $250, with a word requirement of 1000 to 1200 words.

To write a winning essay, you will need to:

- have a clear and engaging thesis

- develop a series of compelling and well-supported points

- organise and sequence your ideas logically

- use words and textual features with discernment and precision

- inspire and convince readers with your perspective on our School's values and beliefs

The judging panel will consist of a representative from the Somerville House Founation, The Old Girls Association and the Head of Department, English.  The winning essays will be published in Connections magazine.

Entries are to be emailed to Ms Anna Coles, Foundation Development Manager at by 4.00pm on Friday, 1 November.  Enquiries prior to this deadline can be directed to Ms Nyree Hatzimihail, Student / Careers Counsellor at

You Make the Difference

This year has seen us welcome our new Principal Mrs Kim Kiepe, introduce our own customer relationship management system enabling greater insights and communications with our members and donors, and support the school in restoring some of the southern hemisphere's most exquisite stained glass windows.  

With your support we have continued to fundraise for scholarships and bursaries and buildings along with introducing new tax deductible funds which provide donors with more choice for their contributions.

This year marks the Foundation's 35th birthday and our Foundation Fundraising Lunch on 6 September will celebrate this milestone including videos of many people who have been critical to the Foundation's successful support of Somerville House.  

We hope you enjoy reading the 2019 Impact Report, and we thank you for your continued support of the Somerville House Foundation and our girls in green.  You make the difference!

Cumbooquepa Stained Glass Window restoration campaign - COMPLETE!

Thanks to the incredible support from our Old Girl community, we have successfully reached the $75,000 target required to fully fund the restoration of the Cumbooquepa stained glass windows.  The windows will be fully restored and re-installed by early 2020, and we look forward to welcoming all donors to the campaign to the un-veiling event.  

Our sincerest thanks to everyone who gave to this heritage preservation project so that the windows will continue to be enjoyed by many more generations of Somerville girls and their families.





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 35th 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 three Committees have a diverse mix of skills and experience, and great passion for our cause.

Our Board

Permanent Directors

Somerville House Principal, Mrs Kim Kiepe
Somerville House School Council Chairman, Mr Jim Demack

Appointed Directors

Representative of the Old Girls' Association, Ms Rebecca Bauer
Representative of the Parents and Friends' Association, Mr Derek Meggitt   

Elected Directors

Ms Dominique Layt, Board Chair
Mrs Jodie Bignall 
Mrs Kerrie Mattiske 
Mrs Trudy Naylor
Mrs Peta Tilse

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

The Somerville House Foundation Ltd. 2018 Audited Financial Statements are 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).

Ways of Giving

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

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

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.

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