The Middle Years 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 Years.
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 Years programs assist with the smooth transition of students throughout the School. Whilst developing the unique nature of the Middle Years at Somerville House, there is recognition that it is one part of the whole School.
The Middle Years 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.
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.
The Middle School Art Program provides a range of activities to engage students’ in the process of art making, develop their observation skills, and familiarise them with applications of 2D and 3D Media.
Big History Big Science explores the ‘Big Questions’, such as: Where did everything come from? How did we get to where we are now? Where do humans fit in? And where are things heading? This subject examines different ideas, research and theories from disciplines such as astronomy, chemistry, biology, and history.
Christian Education is based on the teachings of the Bible and the person of Jesus Christ. It recognises the importance of a reasoned approach to the Christian faith and to the development of a Christian worldview.
Drama is a unique art form that re-presents and re-enacts experiences, ideas, stories and emotions. Drama is one of the oldest forms of artistic expression and continues to be a significant part of all cultures and societies.
The English program for Year 7-9 students focusses on the pleasure of reading; engaging in literary and non-literary texts; and building knowledge, understanding and skills in listening, viewing, reading, writing and speaking.
Being financially literate involves making informed financial decisions. Financial literacy is the application of knowledge, understanding and skills in financial contexts.
Geography explores themes of environmental resources, liveability, landforms and landscapes, geomorphology and human populations. Students will develop an understanding of the natural environment, world nations, renewable resources, and the interconnections between people and places, using studies drawn from Australia and across the world.
Health and Physical Education provides opportunities for students to adopt lifelong healthy, active living. Integral to the subject is the development of movement skills, concepts and strategies that enable students to confidently participate in a range of physical activities.
Middle School History covers the ancient world, including Ancient Egypt and China, Modern History, and the making of the modern world. Students will gain historical knowledge and skills, and develop an understanding of key concepts including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability.
The Middle School Digital and Design Technologies program is designed to complement, augment and extend the use of Digital Technologies, to be applied throughout all learning areas; and introduces students to digital programs, design technologies and topics.
Learning mathematics creates opportunities and enriches student perspectives of the world.
Music is designed to develop students' knowledge, understanding and skills through participation in the 'experience of music'. The course is taught through the three dimensions of Composition, Musicology and Performance.
Middle School Science covers a range of topics including classification of organisms, habitats and ecosystems, cell theory, energy, chemical and physical changes and the human body systems. Students will also become familiar with the tools, equipment, resources and behaviours associated with the successful and enjoyable learning of Science.
In the Middle School, pastoral care is arranged in a horizontal structure, with Heads of Year assisting at each Year level. Homeroom Teachers and Tutors take significant responsibility for the care of students in their class groups.
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Opportunities exist in the Middle School for students to fulfil various leadership roles, which are determined by appointment or by student vote.
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The Middle School provides a wide range of co-curricular activities, which assist in the holistic development of its students. This program includes outdoor education camps, excursions and Year level activities.
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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 opening hours during term time are Monday to Friday 7.30am to 4.45pm.
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:
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 include: