"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
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.
Somerville House Principal, Dr Ness Goodwin
Representative of the Old Girls' Association, Ms Hannah Symes
Mrs Virginia Buttula, Board Chair
Replacement Elected Director
Ms Dominique Layt
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.
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:
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
Available to a Year 12 student who intends to pursue international study or development in the year following graduation.
Available to new students who would not be able to attend Somerville House without financial assistance, and offered for Years 7 to 12.
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.
We are excited to announce the Fathers’ Long Lunch will be held on Friday 26 October 2018 at Blackbird, Eagle Street, Brisbane. More information to come.
Save the Date!
We are excited to announce the Ladies’ Long Lunch will be held on Friday 27 July 2018 at Blackbird, Eagle Street, Brisbane. More information to come.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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 email@example.com