The primary school years of education are an essential building block of the learning journey.

Our Junior School recognises and nurtures every student’s ability in all areas of potential – academically, physically, creatively and emotionally. An enthusiasm for learning is nurtured through active engagement in a rich and challenging learning environment.  

Teaching and Learning

We believe the learning journey is a partnership between students, parents and the School.

A broad and rich educational program caters to the needs of 21st century learners, with a focus on critical and creative thinking, collaboration and communication. 

Our teachers are passionate about providing programs that support student growth across all areas. We inspire our girls to be engaged in their learning and strive to reach their potential by recognising and enhancing their individual strengths. 

The core subjects of English, Humanities and Social Sciences (HASS), Technologies, Mathematics and Science are taught by class teachers. Specialist teachers are timetabled to teach Art, Chess, Christian Education, Drama, Health and Physical Education, Information Literacy, Languages and Music.

The Junior School features Science Laboratories, an Art Room and Library. Students also access specialist Music Rooms, Swimming Pool and Gymnasium. 

All students engage in social and emotional learning as part of the Somerville House Pastoral Care and Wellbeing program.

Students are assessed in meaningful and authentic ways. Assessment of their knowledge and skills is ongoing, with feedback provided to students throughout the process to allow them to monitor their progress and continually strive to reach their potential. 

Technology is an integral part of the teaching and learning program and is embedded across all areas of the curriculum. Individual iPads are used in Prep to Year 2 and laptops in Years 3 to 6. 

Students in Years 4 to 6 are also involved in outdoor education camps.

Library (The Constance Cotton Library)

The Constance Cotton Library, named to honour Miss Constance Cotton, a former significant teacher of the Junior School, is integral to the teaching and learning programs at Somerville House. It has an extensive collection consisting of fiction, non-fiction, reference and digital resources. Resources aim to meet the challenges of teaching and learning in an information-rich society as well as cater to the recreational and literacy needs of students.

Students from Prep to Year 6 have weekly library lessons where they are taught information literacy and research skills to support classroom work. 

Library Events

• Book Week
• National Simultaneous Storytime
• The Premier's Reading Challenge
• Library Lover’s Week
• Author/Illustrator visits
• Readers’ Cup competition