Middle School

The Middle School at Somerville House provides a learning environment that is relevant and enriching. Students are challenged by a variety of appropriate learning experiences, by setting high standards and by providing opportunities for them to be responsible and accountable for their learning.

By laying strong foundations in a well-balanced curriculum that emphasises literacy and numeracy, and by creating an atmosphere that promotes positive self-concept, students are encouraged to become more confident, enthusiastic and successful learners.

The regular celebration and recognition of significant efforts and achievements is an integral part of the ethos of the Middle School.

Christian perspectives provide the framework within which teachers endeavour to develop and maintain meaningful relationships with students by modelling feelings of care and respect, fairness, safety, trustworthiness and humour.

Within an environment that fosters a sense of belonging, stability and happiness, Middle School programs assist with the smooth transition of students throughout the School. Whilst developing the unique nature of the Middle School at Somerville House, there is recognition that it is one part of the whole School.

The Middle School at Somerville House continues to develop and review its programs, organisation and pedagogical practices in order to maximise the academic, spiritual and social development of its students.

Organisational Structure

The organisational structure for the Middle School at Somerville House is designed for the education of young adolescent girls.
It employs learning and teaching methodologies based on well-founded beliefs and understandings about young adolescents and their developmental needs.

Subjects

Academic programs at Somerville House are underpinned by the School's unique Curriculum Framework which emphasises engagement, excellence, empowerment and diversity in teaching and learning.

With the School's Christian values at the core, the curriculum ensures each student from Pre-Preparatory to Year 12 is provided with rich opportunities for critical, creative thinking and rigorous, independent learning.

The School's curriculum, continually informed by well-founded educational research, encourages students to develop their expertise as learners and maintain high standards.

A strong focus is given to using emerging technologies to maximise learning. Opportunities are provided in classrooms to extend classroom learning, providing additional challenge for high achieving students.

Learning Enhancement is provided in the Junior and Middle Schools for students who require learning consolidation.

Curriculum in the Early Learning Centre is informed by Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guideline, Early Years Curriculum Guidelines and the Early Years Learning Framework. Courses of study in the Junior and Middle Schools are derived from the Australian Curriculum and the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority syllabuses in key learning areas.

Learning in the Senior School has a strong focus on tertiary entrance. Subjects in Year 11 and 12 meet the standards and requirements of the QCAA's Authority subject syllables. Options are available for individualised, vocationally-orientated programs which allow alternate pathways to tertiary study. Eligible Year 12 students can also participate in the School's Enhancement program, undertaking university level studies as part of their academic program.

Support and Resources

Library

The Seymour Library, named to honour former Principal, Reverend Sam Seymour, serves the Middle and Senior School.

The Seymour Library provides a friendly and stimulating environment for learning, research and reading and has a large collection of print and online resources, including full-text databases. New texts are constantly being added to our collection and promotions such as Book Week are celebrated throughout the year. 

The Seymour Library staff love to promote lifelong learning. To encourage this, the ‘Fiction Room’ is equipped with bean bags and comfy chairs to provide an environment for students to get lost in a book, and enjoy reading for learning and for pleasure. 

Our Library staff aim to provide a positive and productive experience for our students and staff, whether this includes research, finding a great book, or a quiet space to read.


Library Services   

Library opening hours during term time are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.45pm.

Services include:

  • Loans
  • eReference 
  • Photocopying/Printing/Scanning/Laminating
  • Technology
  • Media Services
  • Magazines and Newspapers
  • Education

Reference
A range of electronic resources are available for students and staff through MySomerville, the Somerville House Intranet.

As part of the eLearning system, Seymour Library provides assignment assistance and information through:

  • Pathways: Provides a guide to develop student’s research skills in
    locating a range of suitable resources (online and/or offline) to fulfill
    learning outcomes.
  • Online tutorials: To develop research and referencing skills
  • Somertube: A digital repository of video from television or film and
    other media created by teachers or students
  • Repository of selected websites
  • Reading reviews and suggestions
  • Ask a Librarian / Make a Suggestion

The Seymour Library subscribes to an extensive range of online eJournals and databases, a number of which are accessed through the University of Queensland Cyberschool.    


Library Events 

Library events include:

  • Book Week
  • Readers Cup Competition
  • Author Visits
  • Literary Quizzes
  • Library Lover's Day
  • Reader of the Month profiles