A life-long love of learning and the ability to think and creatively solve problems, are proven outcomes of a Somerville House education.

Our students continue to display an enthusiasm for learning and a desire to perform to the best of their academic abilities. 

Our dedicated and highly qualified academic staff ensure that Somerville House provides a high quality academic education, and that the School community strives for excellence in all aspects of our academic program from Pre-Prep to Year 12. The success of our academic program relies heavily on the expertise of our teachers, Heads of Department and Educational Leadership Team. Our teachers believe in a culture of learning, and as active learners themselves, they provide excellent role models.

Some of our learning initiatives include:

  • The use of virtual and online learning spaces is integral to learning at Somerville House. Students access digital learning resources using 'My Subjects' via the School’s Intranet, including interactive tools, such as teacher-led or student-led forums, on-line assessment submission and electronic teacher feedback.
  • As a 1-1 laptop school, our students develop a wide range of proficiencies associated with the use of digital technologies. As well as developing research skills, they develop confidence with software applications in areas as diverse as 3D design, accounting, music and scientific experimentation.
  • Enrichment and Extension programs have been developed to enhance individuals’ learning. Students who display an advanced understanding or ability in a particular subject, can receive extension challenges or accelerate their studies. The Head of Learning Development can assist to identify enrichment opportunities which may benefit an individual student. In addition, students have opportunities to be involved in a range of national and state competitions across subjects and year levels, work with scientists on real-life medical research projects at the neighbouring Mater Medical Research Institute (MMRI) or the Centre for Children’s Health Research. 
  • The School also offers a Year 10 program for all students, My Academic Path, which includes academic pathway planning and study skills sessions. Senior students also engage in an academic mentoring program to support academic opportunities
  • Eligible students are able to undertake university subjects as part of their Year 12 studies.
  • Partnerships with the School of Distance Education and other reputable course providers allow Senior students to tailor a challenging, individualised academic program.

Find out more about our Curriculum Framework.