Thursday 26 March 2020

Thursday 26 March 2020 

This update is provided in response to Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk’s announcement today that schools would move to student-free days from next week; however, children of essential workers are still able to attend school. 

Somerville House Plan

Somerville House will continue to operate for the remainder of the term as outlined below:

  • Friday 27 March - student free day, with teachers preparing online resources
  • Monday 30 March - student free day, with teachers preparing online resources
  • Tuesday 31 March - Day 1 Somerville@HOME
  • Wednesday 1 April - Day 2 Somerville@HOME
  • Thursday 2 April - Day 3 Somerville@HOME / last day of Term 1
  • Friday 3 April – school holidays commence 

The School will remain open until Thursday 2 April for those families who cannot stay at home and care for children due to work commitments, and to ensure essential workers can continue in the job they are doing.  Those students will be supervised at school until Tuesday 31 March, when the Somerville@HOME academic program commences.  From Tuesday 31 March, students will be supervised while completing the online learning program, as they would at home.

Students in Years 11 and 12

We expect to receive advice from the QCAA about the ATAR study program, and we will provide you and your child/ren with an update on this as soon as possible.

Boarding Arrangements

Our Boarding House remains open until Friday 3 April to allow for Boarders’ travel.  Our boarders will be supervised in classrooms, as they complete the Somerville@HOME program.


This is a very new academic program for our students and staff. Next week’s off-campus learning days will provide the Pandemic Management Team with valuable feedback, which will be reviewed in the event of forced closure and the subsequent need to continue with our remote blended learning program.

The School plans to re-open at the commencement of Term 2; however, we will also prepare to continue the delivery of Somerville@HOME if required and advised by the Australian Federal Government. 
We have planned for a range of scenarios to ensure that we remain flexible in our response to this pandemic. Thank you again for your ongoing support and co-operation in these challenging and evolving circumstances.