This morning (Wednesday 14 October), thirty-three students arrived at school bright and early to participate in the Ponytail Project where they were challenged to ‘Rock the Chop’. 

The Ponytail Project is a fundraising campaign led by Cancer Council Queensland and encourages high school students to chop off their ponytails to raise funds for families affected by cancer.

Students surpassed their initial goal of $7,500 in just under two weeks and set a new goal of $15,000. Students have raised $19,428 and counting - a remarkable accomplishment for the first year that the Ponytail Project has taken place at Somerville House.

In addition to raising funds, some girls donated their hair to Cancer Council Queensland's Wig and Turban service which provides synthetic wigs to cancer patients.

With one in two people diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime, this is such a worthy cause and we are incredibly proud of the girls who lost their locks to create change, undoubtedly inspiring more girls to do the same in future years. If you would like to donate to raise funds for vital cancer research, visit