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Vol. 11 No. 2 | Semester 2, 2013

Students create wall of many hearts and hands.

2013/2014 Events Calendar Below is a list of some of the key events in future months. Please log in to Parent Lounge, view your School Calendar and Business Directory or visit the Events section on the home page of the Somerville House website for other key dates. Volume 11 | No. 2 Semester 2, 2013 Published by the Communication and Admissions Unit, Somerville House CRICOS Provider Number: 000522G Website:

DEC Tues 03 Wed 04

Director, Communication and Admissions: Mrs Sarah Dreaver 3248 9272

Fri 06



8.30 am

Middle School Orientation for Year 6


9.30 am

Year 9 Breakfast and Special Assembly

VPAC and Undercover Mall

8.30 am

Foundation Christmas Function

The Chambers

5.30 pm

Junior School Support Group Christmas Morning Tea

Fewings, Cumbooquepa

8.30 am

Junior School Concert


11.00 am

End of Term 4 Christmas Day

Wed 25

Communication and Relations Manager:

Tues 26

Mrs Elizabeth Macpherson 3248 9208

Wed 01

Boxing Day




Mrs Catharine Whittred 3248 9293

Australia Day Mon 27

Welcome to New Boarding Families


2.00 pm

Boarders’ Support Group Meeting

The Chambers

3.30 pm

Welcome to New Boarding Families Function

The Chambers

5.00 pm

Start of Term 1

Community Relations Officer:

Tues 28

Miss Natalie Claut 3248 9288

Fri 31

Administration and Publications Officer:

Thu 06

Senior School Support Group Meeting

Water Sports Facility

8.30 am

Miss Rachel Park 3248 9272

Mon 10

Junior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Murray Evans Sports and Aquatic Centre

9.00 am

Middle School Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Murray Evans Sports and Aquatic Centre

9.00 am

Welcome to Parents Cocktail Function


7.00 pm 9.00 am


First Day Back Morning Tea

The Chambers

After drop-off

Blessing of the New School Year

The Chambers

7.15 am


Tues 11




Mrs Diana Chaundy 3248 9267

Thurs 13 Senior School Interhouse Swimming Carnival

Murray Evans Sports and Aquatic Centre

Tues 18

P&F General Meeting


7.00 pm

General Contact Details:

Wed 19

Foundation 101

The Chambers

7.00 pm

Fri 21

Class of 2009 – 5 Year Reunion

The Chambers

6.00 pm

Mon 24

The Great Debate


5.00 pm

Wed 26

Foundation Annual General Meeting (AGM)

The Chambers

The Chambers Cnr Graham and Vulture Streets South Brisbane Q 4101 PO Box 3357 South Brisbane Q 4101 Phone: 3248 9272 Fax: 3846 5553

Cover: The 2013 Senior cohort gave the term ‘big sister’ a new meaning earlier this semester when they combined with the youngest members of the Somerville House community to build the Wall of Many Hearts and Hands (see editorial).





Scholarship Testing for Years 7 and 8 in 2015

Harker Auditorium, VPAC

8.30 am

Mon 05

QGSSSA Swimming

Chandler Aquatic Centre

4.30 pm

Tues 11

Andrews Cup Swimming

Chandler Aquatic Centre

9.00 am

Mon 17

Andrews Cup Touch and Tennis

Toowoomba and UQ

9.00 am

APRIL Mon 21




Easter Monday Boarders’ Support Group Meeting



Fewings, Cumbooquepa LOCATION

3.30 pm TIME

Harker Auditorium, VPAC

6.30 pm

Class of 1964 – 50 Year Reunion

Old Government House


Somerville House Ball

Grand Ballroom, BCEC

7.00 pm

Wed 07

Past Mothers’ Chapel Service and Lunch

Chapel and Dining Room

11.30 am

Thurs 08 to Sat 10

Somerville House Musical – How to succeed in Business without Really Trying

Morris Hall, Churchie

6.30 pm

Mon 26

Golf Day

Brisbane Golf Club

9.00 am

Sat 03

JUNE Sat 21

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6.00 pm

Sat 01

Thurs 01 Kaleidoscope 1 Concert



News Year’s Day

Alumni Officer and Events Manager:


Year 6 Chapel Service and Morning Tea

EVENT Foundation 30th Anniversary Celebration

LOCATION Somerville House





THERE ARE MANY SPECIAL MOMENTS THAT ARE SHARED ON A DAILY BASIS AT SOMERVILLE HOUSE IN CLASSROOMS, HOMEROOMS, HOUSE MEETINGS, ACROSS SUB-SCHOOLS AND WITH OTHER SCHOOLS. The cover of this edition of Connections reveals one such moment when the oldest and youngest members of the student body came together to create the Wall of Many Hearts and Hands. The mural on this wall features 170 students from Prep to Year 3 and was created within just 30 minutes with many hands, many paintbrushes and a great deal of black paint. The wall is testament to those words in the School creed which are played out on a daily basis at Somerville House – As many hands build a house, so many hearts make a School. More than a mural was created in those 30 minutes of orderly chaos as our smallest students looked up at their Senior counterparts with such adoration.




Whilst slightly exhausted from the activity, our Senior students were clearly delighted at what they had achieved with their ‘little sisters’, although a great deal of time was spent afterwards getting over the energy and some of the questions, of their younger counterparts. Such experiences have been captured in a new School song, Honour Before Honours, which has been composed by Mr Paul Jarman – see page 21 for lyrics. This edition of Connections seeks to go behind the scenes of life of Somerville House to take a look at the learning and laughter occurring inside and outside the classroom, on stage, backstage and in the wider community.

We share in the reunions of alumni as our youngest Old Girls, and the Classes of 2008 and 1958, reconnect with the School. We also look to the future with the announcement of the Somerville House Pre-Prep program commencing next year, resulting in the construction of a new five-storey building, which will include the new Early Learning Centre. An update on other construction projects is also included as D Block, the Undercover Mall, the Science laboratories and the Vulture Street frontage prepare to undergo a full refurbishment, and a new front entrance is developed to coincide with the realignment of Graham Street.

Somerville House Mobile App


In Principal


Visible Learning


Focus on Maths

10 - 11


12 - 13

Oxford Visit

14 - 15

Students Excel in Brain Bee

16 - 17

Year 9 Book Worms


Year 5 Students Connect through Technology


Co-Curricular Honours


New School Song, Honour Before Honours, by Paul Jarman


The Lion, Shakespeare and The Sound of Music

22 - 25

Singing and Stringing to Success

26 - 27

House Spirit Takes the Stage

28 - 29

Somerville House Pre-Prep

30 - 31

Master Plan Update

32 - 33


34 - 39

Parental Involvement and 10 Tips for a Better Father Daughter Relationship

35, 37

Foundation Focus

40 - 43

Looking Back

44 - 52

OGA News

53 - 55

Connections Business Directory

56 - 60

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The Somerville House Mobile App The Somerville House App provides the School community with the flexibility to connect with the School from anywhere and at any time. The App will send push notifications straight to your Apple and Android devices to ensure that our School community is connected and can access important information and upcoming events. Features of the Somerville House App include:

Events Search the School calendar and prepare for upcoming events.

Notices Keep up to date with important notices and School information as they become available.

Maps Easily navigate the School campus by searching for buildings and entrances and locate them on the map.

Available on: Newsletters Log in to stay abreast of the latest news and events via the weekly School Newsletter and Construction Update.

Pictures Visit the photo gallery to see photos from recent School events.

Videos Watch the latest videos released via the Somerville House YouTube channel, SomeyTube.

Contacts Easily contact School departments and staff via phone, or email them straight from the App. Settings Customise the App to the needs of your family by setting filters for Senior, Middle and Junior School notices. By customising your App, you can choose to receive information from specific subschools and filter information from other sub-schools.


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WHAT MAKES A LANDMARK SCHOOL? SOME MAY VIEW ACADEMIC ACHIEVEMENT AS THE BENCHMARK, OTHERS MAY LOOK AT THE RICH HISTORY AND TRADITION OF A SCHOOL, WHILE OTHERS, PARTICULARLY STUDENTS, WILL MEASURE A SCHOOL BY ITS REPUTATION FOR HAVING A SUPPORTIVE ENVIRONMENT, GREAT TEACHERS OR EXCELLENT FACILITIES. The Independent Schools Council of Australia (ISCA) has identified some of the common considerations parents take into account when choosing a school. These include: • provision of an education that would prepare a child to fulfil his/her maximum potential • good discipline • a responsible attitude to school work • wanting their child to have a valuesbased or religious education • valuing the different teaching and educational philosophies available at the school • the availability of boarding facilities. ISCA breaks such measures down further by examining the essential educational outcomes parents want for their children such as reading, writing and numeric skills, as the most significant outcome from primary schooling, while the desired secondary outcomes are for children to be able to think for themselves and gain confidence/high self-esteem. The longerterm desired educational outcome is for children to be prepared for employment. A variety of league tables have also been put in place to provide measures of these outcomes for parents from NAPLAN results in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9, to the

Next Step Destination Survey which is released by the Queensland Government at the end of Term 3. This survey reports on a variety of statistics for the School from the previous year. This year’s survey also provides data collected from 2012 Year 12 students who were surveyed earlier this year to identify their ‘destinations’ within months of finishing school at Somerville House. In total, 87.6% (127 out of 145) of last year’s Year 12 students completed the survey, listing their ‘main destinations’ as follows: • Bachelor Degree


• VET Certificate IV+ 3.9% • VET Certificate I to II/Other 1.6% • Trainee 0.8% • Working full-time 5.5% • Working part-time 3.9% • Seeking work 1.6% Of the destinations listed above, 7.1% of our 2012 Year 12 students deferred a tertiary offer in 2013, making alternate plans to study internationally or interstate, or complete an exchange or a Gap year. In this edition of Connections, we explore some of these pathways as we visit Oxford University and introduce our new Senior Pathways and Independent Studies Co-ordinator.

Other landmark pillars that underpin our vision to remain an exemplary school are: 1. History and Location – our rich history and tradition, and our location overlooking the Brisbane CBD and South Bank’s cultural, medical, tertiary and corporate precincts. 2. Christian Foundations that underpin our past, present and our future through our spiritual and pastoral programs, with a focus on utilising individual gifts to ‘give back’ and serve the community. 3. Academic Excellence – as evidenced by our consistent, exemplary academic results, including Year 12 outcomes. 4. Co-Curricular Choice – our worldclass facilities provide co-curricular programs that enrich the students’ educational experience. 5. Technological Innovation – as a leader in one-to-one, learn anywhere, anytime laptop programs. This edition of Connections seeks to go behind the scenes in the classroom and beyond, providing a snapshot of some of these elements and connections to past and present members of the School community that combine to make Somerville House a landmark school.

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SOMERVILLE HOUSE CONTINUALLY REVIEWS CLASSROOM PRACTICES TO MAXIMISE QUALITY TEACHING AND LEARNING. To this end, the School is refining a readily identifiable, pedagogical framework that both teachers and students can bring to life in the classroom. A key influence is the work of internationally acclaimed educational researcher and author of Visible Learning, Professor John Hattie. Hattie identifies aspects of learning that have the strongest effect on student success. The two factors at the core of reshaping the School’s vision for curriculum are: 1. characteristics of an expert learner; and 2. most effective use of feedback to further learning. What makes an expert learner? Hattie’s work on Visible Learning is providing a vehicle to drive this process of furthering excellence in teaching practice. Faculties are implementing action plans that provide rich opportunities for students to practise and refine the following skills which enable an expert learner: • can be her own teacher • can articulate what she is learning and why • can articulate how she is learning – the strategies she is using to learn • can articulate her next learning steps • can use self-regulation strategies • is assessment capable (understanding the assessment tools used, what their results mean and can self-assess) • seeks, is resilient to, and aspires to challenge • can set mastery goals • can ask questions • can see errors as opportunities • is comfortable saying what she does not know, or that she needs help • positively supports peers’ learning • knows what to do when she does not know • actively seeks feedback • has metacognitive skills and is able to articulate these – systematic planning, memorising, abstract thinking, critical thinking and problem solving.

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Using a range of qualitative and quantitative feedback to analyse the impact of teaching, and subsequently to inform planning, is a significant aspect of Visible Learning. According to Somerville House Head of English, Ms Joanna Gardiner, Visible Learning enables a student to identify and describe the kind of learner she is, and to see that learning is something over which she can have mastery, rather than as something done ‘to’ or ‘for’ her. “For the successful learner, learning is not a single-minded march which terminates in a result; rather, it is the ability to adjust and re-evaluate, continually, the way she learns and the way she responds to challenges and obstacles,” Ms Gardiner said. “Visible Learning encourages students to think strategically about their learning. “The most valuable feedback is the ‘self-talk’ students engage in while they are learning, and following assessment. The successful English student reflects on the specific learning strategies she applied to a task, what worked and what didn’t,” she said. Year 12 English student, Georgie Bills, says effective use of feedback and other Visible Learning strategies allow her to map out her learning by setting goals and planning milestones she wishes to achieve to keep her motivated and show she is getting somewhere in her learning. “I find that when a teacher gives me feedback on areas I need to improve, this helps me to ascertain where and how I need to focus my learning, ensuring my time is used wisely,” Georgie said.


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“When it comes to exams, it is imperative that I am aware of what kind of learner I am. “When I am under that much pressure, I need to have a system in place that I know will be successful in demonstrating my learning,” she said. Middle School Science and Social Science teacher, Mr Tony Johnson, was part of a team representing Somerville House at the inaugural Visible Learning Conference entitled Evidence, Impact and Action, in Brisbane earlier this year. In a presentation to Somerville House staff, Mr Johnson outlined three key messages that he took from the conference. Two of these revolved around feedback and the need to set high expectations for students in the form of clearly defined and articulated success criteria for all tasks. Success criteria were identified as being the first level of feedback that students should receive and should clearly outline what success in a given task looks like. Another important learning tool in the classroom is learning through dialogue. Students sharing their learning is crucial, according to Hattie’s notion: conversation is key - dialogue is dynamite. Collaborative learning is supported by the latest research in and around the brain which indicates that students’ learning is spiked by hearing other students articulating concepts correctly and engaging in dialogue.

Consolidation of learning is enhanced when dialogue is encouraged and promoted with rich, substantive conversation. This is a powerful pedagogy on the premise that we have social brains, we react to others and learn from others through dialogue. Teachers implement a wide range of strategies that encourage dialogue. At Somerville House collaborative learning is promoted through opportunities to engage. Recent collaborative learning opportunities have seen visiting artist, Ms Carly Scoufos, engage with Year 8 Art students (pictured above). Pictured right, Year 8 Ancient History students work jointly to create a Terracotta Warrior army as part of their unit on Emperor Qin Shi Huangdi. Finally, as Hattie notes in Visible Learning, parents have major effects in terms of the encouragement and expectations they transmit to their children. It is not so much the structure of the family but rather the beliefs and expectations of the adults in the home that contribute most to achievement (page 70-71). Somerville House Dean of Students, Mrs Karon Graham, has recognised the important connection between family and the School in building resilience in students. See page 35 for Mrs Graham’s comments on the importance of parent involvement in students’ education. For further information: Hattie, J. (2009). Visible Learning: A synthesis of over 800 metaanalyses relating to achievement. London, England, Routledge, Taylor & Francis Group. More information on Visible Learning is available at

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FOCUS ON MATHS MATHEMATICS IS RELEVANT IN MANY FORMS OF EVERYDAY LIFE, HOWEVER RECENT STUDIES HAVE REVEALED A CAUSAL EFFECT OF MATHEMATICS AND EARNINGS FOR FEMALES IN THE WORKPLACE. There are numerous benefits of learning Mathematics from an early age. It is important for our personal and mental development, and equips students with a uniquely powerful set of tools to understand and change the world (Rao, 2007). While Mathematics has a pervasive influence on our everyday lives – household budgets, employment, science and technology, medicine, the economy, public decision-making etc, recent research has revealed that it can also contribute to the wealth of individuals, especially females. A recent study by Joensen and Nielsen (2013) found a causal effect between Mathematics and earnings for women, concluding that the study of Mathematics improves the productivity of females in the education system and channels them towards ‘traditionally male-dominated career tracks’. This work built on a previous study revealing that one-fifth of a substantial gender earnings gap of 34%, evaporates when females have advanced Mathematics qualifications (Joensen and Nielsen, 2006).


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This study went on to reinforce the importance of creating a teaching environment that fosters, identifies and attracts girls to more advanced Mathematics subjects. Somerville House has fostered this environment through a number of initiatives recently, commencing in the Junior School with the Fun with Maths evening for parents and students, hosting the Queensland Association of Mathematics Teachers (QAMT) Conference for 2013, a holiday Maths Workshop for Years 7 to 9 students, and the Mathematics Team Challenge for students in Years 7 to 12. The Fun with Maths parent/daughter evening provided an opportunity for students from Prep to Year 6 to engage in solving a series of practical, hands-on Mathematical problems and challenges with their parents. While providing an enjoyable evening, many parents and students commented about the critical thinking that was required to solve the many challenges.



In June, Somerville House hosted 120 delegates at the 2013 QAMT Conference featuring Mathematics academics from the University of Tasmania, University of Sydney and Griffith University, as well as Queensland Chief Scientist, Dr Geoff Garrett. Somerville House Mathematics teacher and QAMT VicePresident, Mr Mark Ellingham, said ongoing professional development in such forums is central to fostering opportunities for students to enjoy and grasp Mathematics concepts in the classroom and beyond. Such concepts were explored in the June holiday Maths Workshop program which included such topics as Games, Luck and Probability, Improving your Algebra Skills, and Using Mathematical Skills in Science. Here students had the opportunity to develop probabilistic intuition and learn the basics of probability theory, understand the conventions of using variables to represent a variety of situations, practise working fluently with algebraic expressions, and apply skills of Mathematical measurement to the study of Science. Students are provided with a wide range of opportunities to experience in a variety of contexts. Two annual events that

provide an opportunity for students to flex their Mathematical muscles and pitch their mathematical wits against teams from surrounding schools to gain medals and trophies, are the Maths Team Challenge and the Year 8 Quiz Night. Years 11 and 12 students enjoy practical experience in realworld situations on the White Water World excursion and the Dreamworld Physics excursion in Year 11 to measure and explore the Mathematics and Physics of the fun parks, while Year 12 Mathematics students get first-hand experience of local engineering projects, the approach that the engineers take and the problems they encounter, on the Engineering excursion. Most of our students also compete in the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS) national Maths competition and the international Australian Maths Competition (AMC) achieving recognition beyond State borders. Our very talented students also participate in both the Maths Challenge and Enrichment programs and attempt the Maths Olympiad papers, providing students with a wide range of opportunities in a rich tapestry of Mathematical events throughout the year.

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THIS YEAR I STEPPED INTO THE ROLE AS THE SCHOOL’S SENIOR PATHWAY AND INDEPENDENT STUDIES CO-ORDINATOR, MANAGING ALTERNATE VOCATIONAL PATHWAYS FOR STUDENTS IN YEARS 11 AND 12, ORGANISING AND MONITORING WORK EXPERIENCE PLACEMENTS ACROSS THE MIDDLE AND SENIOR SCHOOLS, AND DELIVERING TRAINING IN EMPLOYMENT PREPARATION. I am passionate about and dedicated to delivering an individualised and valuable service, and working with students to help them succeed in their tertiary studies, make a smooth transition from school to employment, and develop a solid foundation on which to build a career they are passionate about. All of the Senior Non-OP students have achieved positive results in 2013, highlighting their hard work, commitment to succeed in their chosen TAFE course, and planning towards applying for university in the future. Brooklyn Jones, Year 11, showed keen initiative and creativity in her studies as part of a Diploma in Photo Imaging – sourcing and organising her own multiple work experience placements, and receiving several paid job offers. Brooklyn will undertake a placement with City Beach, one of Australia’s leading clothing labels later in the year. Term 2 holidays saw students complete work experience placements at different locations, across varied career interests. Placements ranged from one to five days in length, and allowed students to experience first-hand what it is like to work and study in a field of their interest, and also develop skills and leadership qualities that will assist them when transitioning from school to further study or employment. Host organisations included the Queensland University of Technology Health Clinics, Emu Gully Adventure Group and the Institute of Modern Art. Students completed research, participated enthusiastically in activities, gained various new skills and knowledge about their industry and profession of choice, and talked with professors, students and team leaders about pathways to begin a career. Feedback from both students and host organisations was extremely positive and encouraging, and left the students wanting more! All the host organisations involved spoke very highly of the keen interest, diligence and excellent behaviour of the students involved. SENIOR PATHWAY AND INDEPENDENT STUDIES CO-ORDINATOR

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ONE OF MY LONG-TERM GOALS WHEN PLANNING TO TOUR THE UNITED KINGDOM DURING TERM 2 WAS TO VISIT OXFORD UNIVERSITY, THE OLDEST UNIVERSITY IN THE ENGLISH-SPEAKING WORLD, AND PROBABLY THE SECOND-OLDEST SURVIVING UNIVERSITY IN THE WORLD. When attending an Oxford University Open Day in June, I was overawed by the scale and spectacle of the event. Thousands of potential local and international Oxford students attended the day in class groups or individually. I was lucky enough to be shown around by an Australian Postgraduate student whom I knew from Brisbane. I also met an Undergraduate student originally from Melbourne who is currently studying History. It was obvious that Oxford is a fascinating multicultural mix, while still being imbued with an overwhelming tradition, evident in students who were leaving at the end of their academic year still wearing their academic robes in the streets. In the coffee shops and general meeting places, overheard conversation usually revolved around issues regarding subjects being studied, research being undertaken and the general business of academia. Oxford University is different to traditional Australian universities in that it is not based on one or more campuses, but is actually located in various places throughout the city of Oxford. In fact there are two universities in the city: Oxford University itself, and Oxford Brookes University. This means that for a fairly small city, Oxford has a large student population of around 40,000. The city centre is very compact and everyone gets around by bicycle or on foot. As one walks around Oxford, there is a fascinating mix of ancient buildings and a cosmopolitan retail precinct.


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Another departure from Australian university structures is the fact that much of the life of an Oxford University student revolves around the College to which they belong, some of which are many hundreds of years old. There are almost 40 colleges, each of which is an academic community, rather like mini-campuses. All colleges offer accommodation to their students for at least two years of their course, and some offer it for the entire duration. Each college has its own dining hall, common room and library, plus many college clubs and societies. The relatively small number of students at each college allows for close and supportive personal attention. Colleges arrange very small group tutorials for their students, often with world-leading experts in their field. The University organises the lectures and practical classes, and sets the examinations. There are a large number of courses available to study and you choose these when you apply. The courses offered by Oxford do not offer practical, vocational training, but are based on academic study. For example, they don’t offer a course in Journalism, although many leading journalists at the BBC, for example, studied at Oxford. Law and Medicine can be studied as Undergraduate degrees at Oxford. However, there is a Government-imposed quota which means that Oxford can offer only 14 places per year on the Medicine course to students from outside the Economic Union.

To apply to Oxford, you must apply through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS) , which is the United Kingdom’s equivalent of QTAC. While you can list up to five university courses to apply for through QTAC, you can apply for only one course at Oxford and you cannot apply to both Oxford and Cambridge in the same year. As well as providing your academic grades, you must write a personal statement outlining your reasons for wanting to study the course you are applying for. The School must also provide a reference. Because competition to gain entry to Oxford is so great, many courses also require applicants to take aptitude tests and/or send in samples of written work. These may include the Thinking Skills Assessment (TSA) or Biomedical Admissions Test (BMAT) . The Admissions Testing Service is the organisation that provides the aptitude tests, and their website is extremely helpful. I am currently qualified as a ‘Test Centre’ for these tests. If you are lucky enough to be short-listed, you may choose to travel to Oxford for an interview. Otherwise, you may be interviewed by

telephone, Skype, etc. All shortlisted applicants for Medicine must attend interviews at Oxford. An Oxford admissions interview is an academic interview, which means that if you wish to study one of the sciences, you may be asked to solve an equation. If you which to study humanities, you may be given a poem to read and analyse. As the interview is extremely important, Oxford provides a number of interview techniques that are of great relevance. Australian students are considered International Students, and there is a comprehensive range of information available, including fee structures, long-distance interviews, applications, etc. Even if you have no desire to study at Oxford, the beauty and ambience of the city with its mix of grand historic churches, the Bodleian Library, and punting on the River Cherwell, make this a wonderful city to visit for at least a few days, if you can. After travelling around Great Britain for two months and seeing many magnificent places, I have to say that my Oxford visit was unforgettable. If you are seriously intending to apply to Oxford, please contact me for more information.

Year 12 Students Achieve University Headstart As Year 12 students await their OPs and their QTAC offers for entry into university and TAFE, seven Somerville House Year 12 students have achieved a headstart to university entry, completing subjects at the University of Queensland (UQ) and the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). Samantha Davidson and Kelly Sturgess have each achieved a Distinction in first-year university units in Semester 1 as part of the START QUT program. Samantha, who studied Psychology unit, Interpersonal Processes and Skills, says that she loved the opporunity to study something different and to work in a new environment. Kelly chose to complete Business core unit, Accounting, to further her Accounting studies at school and gain an idea about university life and whether she would like to continue with Commerce in the future. Amalka Gunasena and Meg Chesmond also undertook Psychology and Accounting units respectively, however these

were completed as part of UQ’s Enhanced Studies Program (ESP). Both wanted a taste of university life by going to tutorials and being on campus. Other subjects studied as part of UQ’s ESP included Languages, with Sarah Cameron and Joanna Margetts completing French with Distinction to complement their school study and improve their fluency of French. “I really enjoyed the cultural immersion and the change to my school routine,” Joanna said. “The exams were definitely challenging, but not impossible... and I got to know the UQ campus,” she said. Suneeta Kamdar also gained new skills in her study of Law and Society at UQ saying, “It was quite demanding... I chose this subject to gain an understanding of legal concepts, and have learnt many skills (like writing three essays in two hours) which will inevitably help me in future studies.”

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YEAR 10 STUDENT, EVA WANG, HAS BEEN NAMED QUEENSLAND’S AUSTRALIAN BRAIN BEE COMPETITION (ABBC) CHAMPION AT THE STATE FINALS CONDUCTED BY THE UNIVERSITY OF QUEENSLAND’S BRAIN INSTITUTE. Eva was also a member of the Somerville House Year 10 team, including Sangbida Chaudhuri, Eva Wang, Antigonie Bradshaw and Miaohan Long (L-R pictured left), which finished as Queensland runners-up in the ABBC State Team Challenge. The ABBC individual challenge required participating students to sit a written examination on the brain anatomy, physiology and brain disorders. From this examination, six students proceeded to the final which Eva won. She now goes on to represent Queensland in the Australian Brain Bee Final which is run in conjunction with the Annual Meeting at the Australasian Neuroscience Society Conference being held next January in Adelaide. Eva enjoys a wide variety of activities at Somerville House including Music (as a member of the Senior Concert Band), Debating, Badminton, Chess and Community Engagement. While such activities keep her busy, Eva entered the Australian Brain Bee Competition as “it sounded like a great opportunity to learn neuroscience”, with the day at the Queensland Brain Institute sounding like “a lot of fun”. It should be no surprise, therefore, that Eva’s favourite subjects at Somerville House are Maths and the three Sciences – Biology, Chemistry and Physics, and that she is looking to go on to study a Science-related field such as Medicine and Surgery, Dentistry or Science when she leaves school. After winning the individual challenge, Eva went on to participate in the State Team Challenge with her three fellow Somerville House students.



The Somerville House team was one of four school teams to progress to the final round of the team challenge, which required a great deal of knowledge and fine detail on the workings of the brain, finishing the challenge as runners up in the State competition.

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TEN BOOKS, TWO BOOK TRAILERS, 28 TEAMS ACROSS TWO COMPETITIONS AND A NAIL BITING FINISH, HAVE RESULTED IN A FAIRY-TALE ENDING FOR OUR YEAR 9 READERS’ CUP TEAM. The Somerville House team, pictured left, comprising Prudence Edwards, Annie Liu, Justine Ohlrich, Sophie Watson and Isabella Ostini won the Years 8/9 category in the State Final of the Readers’ Cup competition in September. Readers’ Cup is a competition organised by the Queensland branch of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and is an initiative to promote reading, books, stories and authors. The competition involves over four hundred schools from across the State. The Year 9 team earned a place in the State Final after mastering five books – The Road to Goonong by David Fox, The Blade Brief by Kate Hunter, On Two Feet and Wings by Abbas Kazerooni, Starters by Lissa Price and The Horses Didn’t Come Home by Pamela Rushby – and creating a book trailer for the regional finals in June. Before moving into the State Finals, the team had to read a new set of books including Legend by Marie Lu, Wonder by R J Palacio, All This Could End by Steph Bowe, The Amber Amulet by Craig Silvey and Finnikin of the Rock by Melina Marchetta, and create another book trailer to compete against 13 regional teams at the State Library. The end of the competition was a cliff-hanger with three schools tying for first position. This required answering two additional questions to determine the positioning of the top three teams, however, the Year 9 team held its nerve to win the State Readers’ Cup title. Congratulations to the Year 9 team for this amazing success and cohesive team spirit which was so clearly evident on the night.


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Year 5 Students Connect through Technology TECH-SAVVY STUDENTS FROM ACROSS BRISBANE AND THE GOLD COAST WERE GIVEN THE CHANCE TO ADVANCE THEIR TECHNOLOGICAL AND CREATIVE SKILLS AT THE INAUGURAL 2013 SOMERTECH TECHNOLOGY CONFERENCE HOSTED BY YEAR 5 SOMERVILLE HOUSE STUDENTS AT THE BRISBANE POWERHOUSE IN AUGUST. According to Somerville House Year 5 teacher, Ms Anna WavellSmith, the two-day event was run by children for children to inspire the technological wizards of tomorrow.

“We wanted this year’s theme to be Connect with Community because technology is helping to bring people together more than ever before.”

“The unique premise of this event was for students to identify their individual strengths by organising every aspect of the conference from budgets to advertising to catering,” Ms WavellSmith said.

Year 5 Somerville House student, Bridgette Watkins, said that organising the conference gave students the opportunity to figure things out for themselves and take responsibility for making the event the best conference possible.

“The project provided an opportunity for ‘real life’ learning for students,” she said.

Year 5 classmate, Emma Huston said that running SomerTech 2013, made her realise that you can learn and have fun at the same time.

Participating delegates learnt how to construct and program their own robot, take their own professional photographs, create short films, digital animation projects and much more. “This was also a great opportunity for students and teachers from a range of schools to attend a forum where they were able to build partnerships and share how they used technology to enhance learning,” Ms Wavell-Smith said.

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Congratulations 1. Our Year 9.2 Debating team (L-R top to bottom: Chloe Jinks, Anna Liang, Ellen Economidis, Emily Leggett and Annaliese Londy) won the Queensland Debating Union (QDU) Year 9 Grand Final. Somerville House placed third overall in the QDU competition which involves more than 100 schools. 2. Kate Cunningham’s (Year 12), prestigious Dr Elaine Katte Art Award winning artwork. 3. The bronze medal winning Open 8 at the Rowing State Titles from L-R top to bottom: Hannah Triscott, Harriet Hudson, Susie Taylor, Madeleine Horridge, Rebecca Apel, Samantha Davidson, Carly Higgins, Erin Mardle and Ellie McKill. Somerville House achieved five gold, two silver and three bronze medals at the Titles. 4

4. Kiribati Service Tour – Somerville House students have once again delivered Gardisal vaccinations in support of the Australian Cervical Cancer Foundation (ACCF) to women in developing countries with their recent visit to Kiribati, a developing group of islands north of Fiji. For many students, this was an eyeopening journey as they drove along the streets, looking out the window to scenery they had only seen in movies. Within the seven busy days in Tarawa, Kiribati, the girls accomplished the main tasks of this trip, painting the run down Kiribati Family Health Association (KFHA) health clinic and promoting the importance of the cervical cancer vaccination in young women and regular pap tests in older women, while managing to squeeze in plenty of sightseeing and multiple cultural experiences.


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Honour Before Honours SOMERVILLE HOUSE SCHOOL SONG BY PAUL JARMAN Set this seal upon your heart And from this day, know that you belong Your blue-green badge you’ll wear with pride Shining from the inside, a Somerville girl.

With honour, honour before honours Let faith and love abide in all you do With honour, honour before honours You will lead the way, a Somerville girl.

Anything you dream you can achieve Discover who you are, follow your path Be the best that you can be Seize the day, you’re a girl in green Shining to the outside, a Somerville girl.

Home away from home, a family There in every smile, friendship for life Mother, sister, daughter, child It’s a feeling we all share For life, love and honour, a Somerville girl.

When you teach a girl, you educate the world Set the standard high, open your mind Be the future that you see High upon the hill let your voice be heard You can make a difference, a Somerville girl.

On the journey ahead, you’ll never walk alone Know that we’ll be there holding your hand Until the time we let you go The lady of the lamp will light your way And in that light you’ll stay a Somerville girl.

PAUL JARMAN Paul Jarman is a widely acclaimed Australian composer, performer, musical director and educator. Paul is most well known as a lyricist and composer of choral music, a world music multiinstrumentalist, and a facilitator of community inspired collaborations. As a cultural ambassador he has performed extensively throughout Australia, Europe, Asia, North America, the Middle East and the Pacific with theatre productions, dance ensembles, Aboriginal-Anglo Celtic performance groups, choirs and orchestras, in festivals, special events, schools and towns as a conductor and musical director. Paul has been a member of Australia’s iconic first ‘world music’ ensemble Sirocco since 1996, representing Australia in Pakistan, India, Taiwan, Nepal, Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Laos, Vietnam, Singapore and the Philippines for the Department of Foreign Affairs and Musica Viva.

The 2013 Somerville House Speech Night culminated in the premiere performance of the new School song, Honour Before Honours, with music, lyrics and orchestration by Mr Paul Jarman.

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The Lion, Shakespeare and The Sound of Music SOMERVILLE HOUSE DRAMA HAS TAKEN CENTRE STAGE BOTH LOCALLY AND INTERNATIONALLY THROUGH AN ONGOING COLLABORATION WITH CHURCHIE, LOCAL THEATRE COMPANIES AND PROFESSIONAL LEADERSHIP OPPORTUNITIES. The Somerville House co-curricular Drama program commenced early in 2013 with the combined Churchie/ Somerville House performance of Glyn Robbins’ highly creative and dramatic adaptation of The Lion, The Witch and the Wardrobe by C.S. Lewis. The play, produced by Churchie’s Head of Drama, Mr Scott Andrews in association with Somerville House, was completely sold out over four nights, with stunning performances by Year 12 students, Chloe Lloyd (pictured lower right corner as Susan), Eliza Phillips (pictured far right as Lucy), Annie Pullar (pictured right as the White Witch), Amelia Graham (pictured top right as Mrs Beaver), Year 12 Drama Prefect, Rebecca Colbrook (pictured right as Maugrim), and Year 11 students Lucinda Gall, Georgia Brodie, Eloise Newman and Claudia Slack. According to Somerville House Head of Drama, Ms Annette Box, co-curricular Drama allows students the opportunity to get a genuine taste for the performance and production elements of the subject. “Students have the opportunity to be exposed to the lengthy and varied process that exists in order to stage a show,” Ms Box said. “Rehearsals, technical aspects, costumes, make-up and delivering to a paying audience are all crucial elements that the students are able to experience through performances like this year’s play, The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe, and our School Musical, The Sound of Music,” she said. The combined Somerville House/Churchie Musical is a highlight on the School calendar in May each year, and this year was no exception with the classic story of Maria Rainer, Captain Von Trapp and his seven children coming to life in VPAC with the production of The Sound of Music (see over page).


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Congratulations to Somerville House Director, Ms Annette Box and Musical Director, Ms Loreta Fin, leads Jordan Malone (pictured top right as Maria Rainer), Kate Yaxley (pictured above left as Baroness Elsa Schraeder), Ellie Rackemann (Mother Abbess), Lani Gibbins (Liesl Von Trapp), Sophia To (Louisa Von Trapp), Chloe Ryan-Uhlich (Brigitta Von Trapp), Felicity Morton (Marta Von Trapp), Charlie Kiernan (Gretl Von Trapp), Riya Makan (Sister Sophia), Ginger Kelly Watrous (Sister Margaretta), Alina Zhao (Sister Berthe), Ella Bottomley (Frau Schmidt) and Molly Kemp (pictured above as Ella’s understudy for Frau Schmidt), the chorus and dancers, the orchestra and the many students behind the scenes filling roles in the backstage crew, sound and lighting crew, hair and make-up crew and ushers. In the classroom, Drama students have had the opportunity to engage with other schools both locally and interstate through a long distance education enabled by technology with Australia’s leading acting school, NIDA. The focus of the workshop run by star of Home and Away, All Saints and Head Start, Garth Holcombe, was the play The Glass Menagerie through which students explored the style of Realism in Drama and the importance of understanding the character’s objectives in order to make acting realistic. This study was further extended with the Year 12 students working with the Shake and Stir Theatre Company in a production featuring contemporary interpretations and original moments from the much loved classic Romeo and Juliet, in their final School performance. As a theatre company, Shake and


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Stir is renowned for its interpretation of William Shakespeare’s plays and the ways in which his text is communicated to a modern audience. Year 12 Drama students, Kate Yaxley and Eliza Phillips, utilised what they learned in this workshop when representing Somerville House in the regional finals of the Shake and Stir Theatre Company’s inaugural Queensland Shakespeare Competition where they performed with confidence and flair in the duologue section delivering a modern and energetic portrayal of Romeo and Juliet. The girls went on to represent Brisbane South at the State Finals. “Drama is not a subject you select only because you want to be an actor, or even in the theatre industry,” Ms Box said. “It provokes critical thought and empathetic reasoning, provides opportunities to problem solve creatively, allows for kinaesthetic engagement and self-awareness. “Drama students are reflective, independent, regularly seek feedback and are active, passionate and engaging in their pursuit of learning and their quest for self-expression,” she said. Congratulations to Ms Box and Drama teacher, Mrs Michelle Crouch, for taking Somerville House Drama on to the world stage in June when they presented their paper at the International Drama Conference in Paris. Congratulations also to two Year 11 students, Ella Bottomley and Ginger Kelly Watrous, who were selected as 2013 La Boite Theatre Company Ambassadors.

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DIRECTOR OF STRINGS, MS LORETA FIN, AND ACADEMIC MUSIC TEACHER, MS MAREE HENNESSY, WORK TOGETHER TO MAXIMISE COMMON GROUND IN WHAT CAN APPEAR TO BE QUITE DIFFERENT APPROACHES TO MUSIC EDUCATION. TOGETHER, THEY HAVE DEVELOPED A UNIQUE AND EFFECTIVE APPROACH TO THE TEACHING AND SUPPORT OF BEGINNER STRINGS – ONE OF COLLABORATION, CONNECTION AND COMMITMENT. The Early Years Music Program (Prep to Year 2) at Somerville House focusses on developing students as musicians by actively engaging in authentic musical practices. There is a real focus on developing the ‘inner ear’ (audiation) which is the ability to imagine sound aurally. According to Ms Hennessy, this is an essential skill for all aspects of musicianship, and especially for the learning of a string instrument.

serves to support the beginner string players. An emphasis on metacognition (students understanding how they learn) together with explicit success criteria, serve to ensure success across the cohort – not just among those with high levels of musical aptitude. Students who are able to transfer and integrate knowledge in this way are ensured of acquiring strong and secure skills and understandings.

In Year 3, Somerville House students learn a string instrument and many go on to achieve exceptional results in their private study, in ensembles, competitions and indeed, in overall academic skills. The program is student-centred and ageappropriate and organised in a way that builds on prior knowledge to effect lasting skills. Ms Fin’s work in this area is renowned. She believes, “All children have an innate love of music, but if we can teach them to use their brain in a way which is both engaging and educational, rather than just have them sing or play along to a CD, then we are helping to create the next generation of thinking, feeling human beings.”

There is much evidence that music is powerful as a vehicle to develop and consolidate literacy and numeracy skills. Crosscerebral integration and the formation of neural pathways can be developed via musical engagement. Being a musician can and does make you ‘smarter’, more resilient, compassionate, co-operative and disciplined.

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Both approaches are inclusive (all students are seen as capable and musical) and occur in a group setting. This has its challenges and joys! Students are not only acquiring musical skills, but they are learning to develop a whole range of life skills, such as discipline, self-esteem, confidence, poise, team work, organisation, time management and the ability to work effectively, without constant supervision.



The fact that children can make beautiful music is less significant than the fact that music can make beautiful children. Cheryl Lavender In 2011, Somerville House hosted an ‘Open Classrooms’ Series showcasing the Year 3 Beginner String program and the Classroom Music program. Visiting teachers were able to see the remarkable progress of Year 3 students at various times throughout the school year. Presentations at key string and music education conferences then followed – at state, national and international levels and these have generated keen interest in Australia and America in the approach. Recently, Loreta and Maree were invited to work with three schools in Hobart (The Friends’ School, The Hutchins School and Collegiate College) specifically to provide demonstrations and teacher training in the approach. All three schools reported that the students had responded to this approach, even after the short time they had spent with their visitors, and the teachers were keen to continue to develop this approach in their own programs. Maree and Loreta have a strong commitment to developing strong fundamental musicianship skills in all young musicians, ensuring firm foundations for later successes and excellence for which Somerville House is renowned. Let us take our children seriously! Everything else follows from this... only the best is good enough for a child. Zoltan Kodály

For them, they believe that the youngest musicians must have the best instruction and the best teachers. Thus, Loreta and Maree see that their role is one of contribution to the wider music education community and to contribute much to teacher training around Australia and abroad. Both Loreta and Maree are in demand as freelance lecturers, teacher trainers and professional development facilitators. Maree has worked previously at The University of Queensland and from 2006 to 2008, she ran lectures at Somerville House. She has presented in Beijing and facilitated a training course for teachers in Kuala Lumpur. Loreta has lectured for The Conservatorium of Music, Brisbane and The University of Queensland. She regularly performs professionally. Her compositions are in demand in Australia and overseas. Underpinning the philosophy of music education at Somerville House is that music is an innately human attribute and that all people have the capacity to engage meaningfully and actively in music making. Teaching music is not my main purpose. I want to make good citizens, noble human beings. If a child hears fine music from the day of his birth, and learns to play it himself, he develops sensitivity, discipline and endurance. He gets beautiful heart. Shinichi Suzuki Loreta Fin: Composer Website – composer.html. Maree Hennessy: Insight Academic Paper – Mentoring, Reflective Practice and Differentiated Professional Development – http://

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“One of the festival’s key objectives is to foster friendships within and across year levels, whilst also developing leadership and group-negotiation skills,” she said.

Guided by the leadership of all Year 9 students, especially the House Captains, and facilitated by a House Co-ordinator, students in each House are required to devise, develop and rehearse a collage-like presentation utilising dance, drama, music, technology, staging and costume. There are a number of set elements, including a prop, symbol, song, quotation and thought-provoking theme, which for this year was ‘Time’, that shape the ten to twelve minute performances.

This year the usually anticipated high standard was exceeded at both Arts Festival and Choral Festival with Houses delivering outstanding performances which were not only humorous, entertaining and polished, but also highlighted the responsibility, creativity and maturity of both Middle and Senior School students.

According to one of the Arts Fest Co-ordinators and Middle School teacher, Ms Rae Kelly, the process is part of the Middle School’s Pastoral Care sessions in Term 2. “The process of creating, developing and implementing the performances by students in each House, is perceived to be equally as important as the event, developing essential life skills, including confidence, leadership, co-operation and conflict management,” Ms Kelly said.


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The Best House Trophy was awarded to Chisholm for delivering the best performance on the night at both Arts Festival and Choral Festival. This was Chisholm’s first win at Choral Festival in 20 years, after finishing as runner-up in several previous occasions. Ironically, the winner of the Spirit Trophy for the House demonstrating the greatest spirit, enthusiasm and encouragement throughout the process was the same for both competitions with Gilmore winning the Spirit Trophy at both Arts Festival and Choral Festival in 2013.

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EARLY CHILDHOOD EDUCATION IS NOT NEW TO SOMERVILLE HOUSE, AS THE SCHOOL WAS ONE OF THE FIRST TO RUN A KINDERGARTEN (PREP) PROGRAM FROM ITS EARLIEST DAYS. Next year, however, Somerville House will see an even younger cohort entering the School with its first enrolment of Pre-Prep students into the Early Learning Centre. Somerville House Principal, Mrs Florence Kearney, said the planned early learning facilities are part of the School’s continued investment in early learning education. “The introduction of a Pre-Prep year will complete the full educational offering at Somerville House and address a growing market where aspirational parents such as ours, demand that the School remains at the forefront of education,” Mrs Kearney said. According to new Director of Pre-Prep, Ms Maree McHugh, Somerville House Pre-Prep will deliver an unrivalled early learning program, drawing on the full range of the School’s resources and facilities. “Pre-Prep students will enjoy an indoor learning space with the latest technology complemented by an amazing outdoor learning terrace,” Ms McHugh said. “The children will have opportunities to develop skills in early literacy and numeracy and enjoy additional classes in Music, Visual Arts, Foreign Language, Physical Education, Library and Christian Education delivered by specialist teachers within the Early Learning Centre. “The Somerville House Early Learning Centre will offer families the opportunity for their children to experience one year in a quality learning program before progressing to formal schooling,” she said. The Somerville House Early Learning Centre will offer enrolments to girls and boys who turn four by 30 June. The centre will be opened from 7.00 am to 6.00 pm, 48 weeks of the year with a Pre-Prep program running between 8.00 am and 3.00 pm within school terms. Ms McHugh has an extensive background in early childhood education having taught in childcare, preschool, preparatory classes, early years’ university courses and having held administrative positions as an Early Years Deputy Principal. Most recently Ms McHugh has been working at the Queensland Studies Authority to develop Queensland’s Policy and Guidelines for working with children from Prep to Year 2. Construction of the specialist early learning facilities commenced in early May. The new five-storey building will also provide additional parking and undercover student setdown facilities, as well as a new multi-purpose open space for assemblies, collaborative learning and School functions, and two rooftop multi-purpose tennis courts with flexi-pave surfaces (see pages 32 and 33).

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MASTER PLAN UPDATE SOMERVILLE HOUSE IS EXPANDING STUDENTS’ LEARNING HORIZONS WITH AN AMBITIOUS MASTER PLAN FEATURING NEW LEARNING, LEISURE AND LIVING SPACES. The Somerville House campus is undergoing transformational change with the construction and refurbishment of new learning, leisure and living spaces. Construction is well underway on a five-storey building located at the top of Graham Street – see page 33 for further details. The Chambers Area Redevelopment and Landscaping project commenced in October 2013, and involves comprehensive treatment and retention of the rock face located along Vulture Street and around The Chambers. An internal pedestrian link and outdoor elevator is being constructed to effectively integrate The Chambers with the remainder of the School, and will also provide disabled access to all levels of the building. A new café will be introduced in the basement of The Chambers, which will be available to the School community and general public. The project is expected to be completed by April 2014, following extensive landscaping surrounding all three heritage-listed buildings on campus (The Chambers, Cumbooquepa, and The Chapel). A third project will commence in December 2013, which involves the complete internal and external refurbishment of one of the School’s largest buildings, D Block, along with


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The Mall (pictured above), which is adjacent to this building. This project will provide seven refurbished Science laboratories and preparation areas, an additional two new classrooms, a small extension for a new Student Services Hub and staff accommodation, and the complete resurfacing and covering of The Mall. This significant refurbishment project will incorporate state-of-the-art technology to support pedagogy, and is expected to be completed in December 2014. In accordance with the School’s 2014 Strategic Intent and Master Plan (A 2020 Vision), plans to commence another important project in late 2014, currently known as The Annex, are underway. This project will involve the construction of an additional six levels to the existing Junior School Library and Health Centre building. These levels will enable additional planned enrolment growth in the Junior School and Boarding House. Year 12 boarding students will transition to these new facilities from Cumbooquepa, and a new dining room and commercial kitchen will form part of the construction. Once final approval is achieved, it is expected that the Annex will be completed in the second half of 2015. For information on Somerville House construction projects visit to view weekly Construction Updates.

Turning of the Sod IN MAY, CHAIRMAN OF THE SOMERVILLE HOUSE SCHOOL COUNCIL, MR ROB MCCALL AND PRINCIPAL, MRS FLORENCE KEARNEY, TURNED THE FIRST SOD AT THE SITE OF THE SCHOOL’S NEW BUILDING. Not even a rainy May day could dampen spirits at the launch which was attended by members of the Somerville House community and the wider South Brisbane precinct, who joined to celebrate this significant moment in the School’s history and to mark the beginning of the newest construction project in the South Brisbane precinct. Mr McCall (pictured top left above) and Mrs Kearney were ably assisted by two of the youngest members of the Somerville House student community, Charlotte Bugg and Charlie Maggs from Prep (pictured with Mrs Kearney top right above), who were happy to roll up their sleeves and turn the sod. The Early Learning Centre is part of a five-storey development at the top of Graham Street (pictured bottom right above) which will house the School’s new Pre-Prep program, commencing in 2014.

This development will also meet the challenges Somerville House faces as a land-locked, inner-city school, delivering two rooftop Olympic-standard tennis courts overlooking the Brisbane CBD and South Bank, a multi-purpose open space for assemblies, collaborative learning, major events and functions, basement car parking and a significant undercover extension of the School’s existing off-street Student Set-Down Loop to triple its current capacity. The final stage of this project is expected to be completed in April 2014. The project has been designed by Bickerton Masters Architecture, to meet the needs of the School to offer extensive academic and co-curricular opportunities for our students, their families and the wider Somerville House community.

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IT IS A TRICKY BUSINESS WORKING OUT EXACTLY WHAT LEVEL OF INVOLVEMENT IN YOUR CHILD’S EDUCATION IS ‘JUST RIGHT’. Too little and your child does not flourish, too much and your child does not develop independence and resilience. So what do we know about the involvement of parents in their children’s education? According to Henderson and Berla (1994), “the most accurate predictor of a student’s achievement in school is not income or social status but the extent which that student’s family is able to: 1. create a home environment that encourages learning; 2. e  xpress high (but not unrealistic) expectations for their children’s achievement and future careers; and 3. b  ecome involved in their children’s education at school and in the community” (page 160). According to Olsen and Fuller (2006), there are also many benefits to parents including: • Parents increase their interaction and discussion with their children and are more responsive and sensitive to their children’s social, emotional, and intellectual developmental needs. • Parents are more confident in their parenting and decisionmaking skills. • As parents gain more knowledge of child development, there is more use of affection and positive reinforcement and less punishment of their children. • Parents’ perceptions of the school are improved and there are stronger ties and commitment to the school. • Parents are more aware of, and become more active regarding, policies that affect their children’s education when parents become more involved in the school. Successive research has demonstrated that there is substantial and compelling evidence regarding the crucial role that parents play in the development of intelligence, achievement and competence in the education of their children. At Somerville House we encourage parent involvement at every stage of your child’s educational journey because we know it benefits each and every child, parent and the School. The more that students, parents and the School work in concert, the more our students will flourish and thrive. Each day of our lives we make deposits in the memory banks of our children. Charles R. Swindoll Henderson, A.T. and Berla, N. (eds). (1994). A New Generation of Evidence. Washington DC. Committee for Citizens in Education. Harvard Education Press. Olsen, G. and Fuller, M.L. (2006). The Benefits of Parent Involvement: What Research Has to Say, Pearson Allyn Bacon Prentice Hall. Accessed at:

The following section celebrates the involvement of various members of the Somerville House community in students’ lives through Father/Daughter and Mother/Daughter events and the Year 8 Godparents and Grandparents’ Day, with 10 tips for dads to build a better father/daughter relationship. MRS KARON GRAHAM


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Coming Together Each year there are many opportunities for the Somerville House community to come together – the annual Somerville House Ball (and the beloved Father/Daughter dance as pictured above), the Middle School Father/Daughter Breakfast (pictured left and right below), the Junior School Mother/Daughter Lunch (pictured centre below) and Godparents and Grandparents’ Day which is a highlight for our Year 8s. On Godparents and Grandparents’ Day, we were also happy to welcome back former Somerville House Principal (1988 to 2003), Dr Murray Evans, pictured left with granddaughter, Maya Partoredjo, Year 8 and wife Jan. We were also happy to welcome back Nancy Learmonth (nee Beech, 1937) and her daughter, Anne Dixon and granddaughter, Charlotte, Year 8 (included in the top left photo above) - see page 51 for Nancy and Anne’s reflections on their days at Somerville House.


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IN MARCH, SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGIST, DR FILIA PAPADIMITRIOU, ADDRESSED MIDDLE SCHOOL DADS AT THE MIDDLE SCHOOL FATHER/DAUGHTER BREAKFAST ABOUT THE IMPORTANCE OF A HEALTHY FATHER DAUGHTER RELATIONSHIP, LISTING 10 WAYS FATHERS CAN IMPACT ON THEIR DAUGHTERS – SEE BELOW: 1. SELF-ESTEEM Family research shows that daughters who have secure and loving relationships with their fathers: • have better grades in school; • feel better about themselves; • are more assertive without being aggressive; and • feel more confident in relationships with men and other people. 2. IMPORTANCE OF THE RELATIONSHIP OF HER FATHER TO OTHER WOMEN • A daughter partly defines herself based on observations of her father’s relationship with other women. • It is very helpful for a daughter to observe her father having a good relationship with her mother based on respect, and it is better for parents to resolve their differences in a respectful way even when there is high conflict. 3. QUALITY TIME AND HAVING FUN • Having quality time is crucial and helps us to develop a strong bond with one another. 4. TEACH HER NEW THINGS •Teach her new things (eg fishing, golfing or home/car repairs) and it will give her confidence that she can do anything. Just being with her dad doing things you are good at will help the relationship. 5. GIVE AFFECTION AND SUPPORT AND LOVE HER UNCONDITIONALLY • Do not withdraw during difficult times and love her unconditionally even if she makes mistakes. Your love for her will help her to make the right choices in life. • We all make mistakes in life but having healthy discussions helps us to learn from them.

6. HOW YOUR DAUGHTER WILL RELATE TO OTHER MEN • The quality of a daughter's relationship with her father will have a big influence on her future relationships with other men. 7. SPIRITUAL GROWTH/FAITH • Having faith helps us to manage difficulties better. • Have a discussion about faith. Part of faith is values and children’s values are shaped by their parents. 8. ACCEPT HER FRIENDS • Accepting your daughter's friends can be a little difficult sometimes but discuss things. Have a two-way conversation rather than just telling her what to do without explaining your reasoning behind your decisions. 9. TELL HER SHE IS BEAUTIFUL AND HIGHLIGHT HER INNER QUALITIES • This point should be emphasised as nowadays there is so much pressure for girls to look beautiful and thin. • Praise them for looking good but also for being a good daughter and an honest friend. 10. THE FINAL POINT IS AN ACCUMULATION OF ALL PREVIOUS POINTS • Help her to be an independent thinker and allow her to solve her own problems as it will help her to become resilient. • Help her to become a person who is confident enough to face life’s challenges and to follow her dreams.

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Chapel celebrates 20 years SHREK: SOMERVILLE HOUSE RELIES ON EVERYDAY KINDNESS, WAS THE THEME FOR THE CHAPEL’S 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATIONS DURING THIS YEAR’S CHAPEL WEEK. CHAPEL CAPTAIN, CHLOE FAS, AND CHAPEL CONVENORS, TRICIA LEUNG AND MYRANDA SWEET EXPLAIN WHY BELOW. Kindness is the best selfless act a person can perform. Throughout the whole of the first Shrek movie, there are many examples of kindness. Towards the beginning of the movie, Shrek saves Donkey from being taken by the fairy-tale police; Shrek and Donkey do not judge others by their appearance (even though Lord Farquaard is a tad on the short side); and Shrek allows Donkey to live with him. We were inspired by these simple acts of kindness to make this our theme for the year. It is definitely a lot easier to be kind once we have experienced suffering and loss ourselves as we know how appreciative we are when someone does even the simplest thing, such as smile at us. People who have been through challenging times are kinder towards others because they appreciate how awful it is to be going through such times, so they show more gentleness, understanding, patience and kindness. If we have never experienced suffering, it is hard to empathise with others and to show understanding and kindness. At Somerville House you can tell that there is already a lot of kindness when you walk down the hallways, and you do not need to go out of your way to be kind. Even the simplest act of kindness can make someone’s day by a smile, or asking how someone is. It only takes a couple of minutes out of your day so it is not much effort, but it could make the world of difference for somebody else. Kindness is such a valuable attribute to have in a community such as this. It helps people build connections both mentally and physically, it supports those who are down even if you are not aware of it, and most importantly, it shows somebody that you care. In all this we are inspired by the fact that God himself showed us the greatest act of kindness by sending His son Jesus to die on the cross so that our sins could be forgiven.


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THE SOMERVILLE HOUSE FOUNDATION IS AN INTEGRAL PART OF THE SCHOOL COMMUNITY. BY BECOMING A FINANCIAL MEMBER OF THE FOUNDATION YOU ARE CONTRIBUTING TO ENSURE THAT THE SCHOOL MAINTAINS ITS POSITION AS THE LANDMARK IN GIRLS’ EDUCATION, BOTH NOW AND INTO THE FUTURE. Since 1984, the financial contributions of Foundation members have helped towards establishing and maintaining the essential facilities that students currently enjoy, as well as providing for bursaries and scholarships for students in need. The Foundation is a tax deductible fundraising entity that supports the School. The Foundation is a proud financial supporter of the School’s current strategic Master Plan, A 2020 Vision. Building works for this project are under way and are sure to transform learning spaces on campus from the creation of a new School building to house our youngest Pre-Prep students, through to the refurbishment of D Block and the installation of state-of-the-art Science laboratories for our Middle and Senior School students. As the President of the Foundation, I work with a dedicated team of current and past parents and Old Girls to maintain the viability and the profile of the Foundation within the School community. The Allocation and Investment Committee, led by Mrs Noelene Bellchambers, is pivotal to the ongoing financial management of the Foundation’s funds. The expertise and investment knowledge of these committee members is greatly appreciated. A successful Golf Day in May added to our funds this year. In 2014 we will be celebrating the 30th Anniversary of the Somerville House Foundation and we welcome all members of the School community to join us in our celebrations. Details on upcoming functions will be released shortly. In the meantime, I look forward to seeing Foundation members at the Foundation Christmas Function on Wednesday 04 December 2013. MRS BEV FOLLIOTT PRESIDENT FOUNDATION PRESIDENT MRS BEVERLEY FOLLIOTT

To learn more about the Foundation or how you can invest in the future of girls’ education at Somerville House, please email

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A Day on the Green...



Congratulations to the Somerville House Foundation, led by the committee of Mrs Rosalie Lewis and Mrs Bev Folliott, on the success of the 2013 Somerville House Foundation/Audi Centre Brisbane Golf Day. The 2013 event was held at the Brisbane Golf Club and hosted a full course complement of players with 36 teams taking to the field at this annual event. Well supported by current and past parents, Old Girls, Foundation members and friends of the Somerville House community, all funds raised from the 2013 Golf Day will be used to facilitate the Foundation’s ongoing financial support of the School as it continues to grow and maintain its position as the landmark in girls’ education. Congratulations to our Team Winners: Overall Winners: Bill Chatterton, Rob Pixley, Peter Evans and Murray Schlecht. Mens Team Winners: Bill Edmonds, Matthew Barr, Scott Wood and Denis Mackenzie. Ladies Team Winners: Rosalie Lewis, Judy Luxton, Helen Hudson and Julie McEvoy. Mixed Team Winners: Helen Caris, John Caris, Lesa Lambert and Mark Lambert.


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Thank you to our sponsors: Platinum Sponsor: • Audi Centre Brisbane Hole Sponsors: • Bickerton Masters Architecture • Collaborative Construction Professionals • John Gaskell Planning Consultants • Flowtech Air Conditioning • Sunsuper • Executive Security Group • Bank of Queensland • Scolarest • Dixon Family Estate Agents • Vincents Chartered Accountants • RBS Morgans • Chase Commercial • Sustainable Pty Ltd • Genesys Wealth Advisers • Hutchinson Builders • Willis • Somerville House P&F Association Financial Contributors: • Brisbane Bus Lines • A&E Cleaning Services • Calibre Print • Vroom Bistro and Bar • Somerville House Old Girls’ Association

Prize Sponsors: • Somerville House P&F • Audi Centre Brisbane • The Brisbane Golf Club • Queensland Cricket • Sports Tuition and Camp Lake Fire • Summit Restaurant • Pamper and Polish • Grinners Trophies • Springfield Land Corporation • Gardams Fabrics • Priestleys Chartered Accountants • Bounce Hair Body Beauty • NAB • Somerville House Old Girls’ Association • Sno’n’Ski Holidays and My Snow • Livingstones • Barambah Wines • Flerenze • Swann Agencies • Japan Holidays • Langfords Jewellers The ongoing support of players and sponsors makes this event a favourite on the Somerville House calendar. To register your interest for the 2014 event, email

2013 Past Mothers' Chapel Service and Luncheon On Thursday 09 May 2013, a group of past mothers celebrated an early Mother’s Day by catching up with other mothers of Somerville House Old Girls at the 2013 Past Mothers’ Function. Guests were treated to a special Chapel Service conducted by Senior Chaplain, Ms Chris O’Gorman, where the group reflected on the never ending role of a mother, before joining for lunch in the Boarders’ Dining Room in Cumbooquepa. Money raised from the 2013 event will be used to support the spiritual life of the School and ongoing works in the Chapel. Thank you to Scolarest for its generous sponsorship of the prelunch function and Flowers of the World for the beautiful floral table arrangements. Special thanks are also extended to Blow Salon, Era Bistro, Hoppy’s Carwash and Café and the Queensland Performing Arts Centre’s Community Support Program for their generous raffle prizes. Now in its third year, this Foundation event provides an opportunity for Past Mothers to reconnect with the School, renew friendships and see how Somerville House continues to grow since their daughters left school. To register your interest for future Past Mothers’ functions, please email





All members of the School community are invited to join us as we celebrate 30 years of Foundation achievements and prepare for future contributions. Details on 2014 Foundation 30th Anniversary events will be released shortly.

Somerville House Foundation

Christmas Function We welcome all Foundation members to join us for drinks and canapés as we celebrate our 2013 Foundation achievements and look forward to continuing our support of Somerville House. 5.30 pm, Wednesday 04 December 2013 The Chamber Room, The Chambers. For further information or to RSVP please contact the Communication and Admissions Unit on 3248 9272 or

2014 Foundation Events Foundation 101 Wednesday 19 February 2014 7.00 pm, The Chambers

Golf Day Monday 26 May 2014 The Brisbane Golf Club

Foundation AGM Wednesday 26 February 2014 6.00 pm, The Chambers

30th Anniversary Celebration Saturday 21 June 2014 Somerville House

Past Mothers’ Chapel Service and Lunch Wednesday 07 May 2014 Somerville House

2014 Christmas Function Wednesday 03 December 2014 Somerville House

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Class of 2009 – 5 Year Reunion Friday 21 February 2014 Reunion to be held in The Chambers, Somerville House (Cnr Graham and Vulture Streets) 6.00 pm - 8.00 pm Organiser – Catharine Whittred (07) 3248 9293 or email Class of 1964 – 50 Year Reunion Saturday 03 May 2014 Reunion at Old Government House Organisers – Sue Revie (Henderson) (07) 3378 2505 or email, Wendy Nelson (Overson) – (07) 3378 9138 or email and Louise Thomas (Wiley) – at or call (07) 3379 9717. Class of 1954 – 60 Year Reunion Saturday 11 October 2014 Reunion at Somerville House Organiser – Pamela Davenport – (07) 3341 5866 Class of 1994 – 20 Year Reunion Saturday 11 October 2014 Reunion at The Stokehouse, South Bank Organiser – Danielle Werda – danwerda@hotmail. com or Andrea Field (Maddren) – 0418 788 905 or email Class of 1974 – 40 Year Reunion Saturday 18 October 2014 Reunion at Somerville House Organiser – Helen Beech (Uebergang) – (07) 3245 1166 or email Cairns Coffee Morning Nine Somerville House Old Girls from Cairns and district braved the winds and rain to meet for coffee and lunch at Castaways Resort, Mission Beach on Saturday 23 March 2013. If you would like to join them for future coffee mornings, please contact Lynne Smith (Fitzgerald) 1961 on 0438 434 048 or email lynnesmith@gmail. com.



If you are interested in organising a reunion for your year group and would like more information, please contact Mrs Catharine Whittred on (07) 3248 9293 or Please note that some restrictions may apply to reunions on campus in 2014 due to major building works.

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ALUMNI ACHIEVEMENTS St John’s Cathedral commissions Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM 1986 Churchill Fellow, sculptor, Dr Rhyl Hinwood AM (1957), has been commissioned by St John’s Cathedral to produce thirteen individual characters, inspired by Westminster Abbey which has installed 20th century martyrs. In place of the traditional arrangement of statues, the Chapter of St John’s Cathedral has resolved likewise to depart from the traditional arrangement of characters on the west end niches of the Cathedral, and will instead house representations of 24 biblical characters who played significant roles in the story of Jesus. The arrangements have been designed to reflect the importance of some of the relationships the bible records: Mary, Martha and Lazarus of Bethany are housed together, as are James and John, ‘the sons of thunder’, and Peter and Paul as the twin leaders of the evangelisation. Standing alone is Christ at the centre, John the Baptiser as the forerunner and Mary Magdalene as the ‘apostle of the apostles’. This project will see St John’s as home to a unique collection of statues and it will confirm the Cathedral as a significant place of pilgrimage and tourism. The Cathedral has issued an invitation to the community to take up this opportunity to be part of this historic project. It is possible to make a small contribution or to buy a statue outright. All donors will be recorded in a high quality ledger. Donations over $10,000 will also be noted in the tourist


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‘statues brochure’ that will be available in the Cathedral. This work builds on the four caricatures recently carved on site in the Benefactors’ Gallery of St John’s Anglican Cathedral.

2013 News from Home and Abroad Dr Eileen Mack, 1994 Doctor of Musical Arts, Stonybrook University, NY. Gemma Turvey, 2000 Pianist/composer, Gemma Turvey has gone on tour with her exciting Melbourne-based chamber ensemble The New Palm Court Orchestra featuring a performance at Old Government House, Brisbane. The concert featured music from the CD composed by Gemma, Landscapes for a Mind’s Eye. See Sine Winther, 2011 Sine has competed in the prestigious 2013 Lev Vlassenko Piano Competition in August. Sine was born into a musical family with both parents as concert pianists, who nurtured her musical artistry from the age of five. At fifteen, she began formal tutelage under Natasha Vlassenko and upon graduation from Somerville House she entered the Queensland Conservatorium. Sine has received awards including the Queensland Piano Competition 2011, the Isabel Bauer Cup, the Maggie Bell Award and the Queenslanders Foundation Prize. She has performed in the 4MBS Beethoven Marathon, the Australian Catholic University and St John’s Cathedral.

Gaye Pitman, 1971 Gaye (pictured left teaching Croquet to her Somerville House Prep class), was selected as Vice-Captain of the Queensland Croquet Team which competed in the Interstate Shield Competition in Maitland, NSW recently. She has been selected in the Queensland team for the seventh consecutive year, the only member of the team who has achieved this accolade. Anne McCosker, 1958 Anne has published her book Lieutenant Martin’s Letters, a moving account of World War 1 through the eyes of a young soldier, Frederick William Scott Martin, a Queenslander whose life was tragically cut short in 1917. The book is based on his moving letters to his family which reveal what it was like in the trenches as well as the lighter side of an officer’s life. Lieutenant Martin’s Letters is published through Reveille Press and will be available in bookshops and on Amazon. Anita Thomson, 2007 Anita (pictured left) was named as a Heywire winner for 2012 after submitting a story about living in Chinchilla. Heywire is an organisation that allows young people in rural and regional areas to voice their opinions. Heywire winners receive an all-expense paid trip to Canberra to take part in the Heywire Youth Summit where they have a week to come up with issues that concern them in their communities. The seven main issues that were identified in the Youth Forum included mental health, negative portrayal of youth in the media, body image, agriculture (valuing our food producers), drink driving, opportunities for youth in rural and regional areas and discrimination. Anita chose to participate in the mental health group which developed an idea called The Green Room. The group’s work is published on the Heywire website.

2013 Awards Ffion Whaley, 2006 Ffion has recently been awarded the Una Prentice Award for being the highest graduate female law student at the University of Queensland for 2013. Talia Pettigrew, 2007 Talia has been awarded a University Medal from the University of Queensland after completing her Bachelor of Science degree with First Class Honours in Chemistry last year. Talia is now studying for her Master of Science Communication at the Australian National University this year, and hopes to begin her PhD in the UK in 2014. Dr Roslyn Brandon, 1974 After completing Year 12 at Somerville House in 1974, where she was Vice Captain and winner of the Lorna Robertson Memorial Prize, Roslyn Brandon went on to graduate from the University of Queensland with a Bachelor of Veterinary Science (First Class Honours) in 1979 and then to complete her PhD in 1986. Roslyn’s love of Science was fostered at Somerville House and encouraged in Science classes by Miss Gray. In 1996, Roslyn achieved an MBA from the Queensland University of Technology and was awarded an MBA Medallion. Following her studies, Roslyn co-founded Athlomics Pty Ltd, now known as Immunexpress Pty Ltd, which focusses on the discovery and clinical validation of genomic and proteomic ‘biomarkers’ to support clinical care decisions. Roslyn is also the pioneer of SeptiCyte® technology, which will greatly assist the early diagnosis of life-threatening sepsis in hospitals and intensive care units. It is expected to be released to the market in the USA and Europe next year. Roslyn is now based in Seattle and sits on The University of Queensland in America Board.

The Heywire competition is now open for 2014. Entries can be submitted on the Heywire website. Entrants can be between 16 and 22 years of age and have to be living or from a rural or regional area of Australia. See Anita’s winning story on the Heywire website and her guest blog on ABC Open.

Janet Spillman Writes History of Mt Coot-tha Janet Spillman (Back, 1963 to 1966) has recently published a History of Mt Coot-tha. Mrs Saxon Rice, State Member for Mt Coot-tha, launched the book in April. The invited guests were delighted the Governor, Ms Penny Wensley AO, was among the audience. Janet spent 30 years in England teaching children with special needs; in 2004 she settled back in Brisbane in the foothills of Mt Coot-tha, and has been a member of the Wandering Weeders group ever since. A member of the committee suggested that a history of the mountain should be written. Janet's honours degree in history at UQ years ago gave her the skills and the opportunity to research and



write history again. She found that many people have been writing about Mt Coot-tha since European settlement and she wanted to give a voice to those who have known and loved the area. She says that studying Queensland's past has offered her a chance to reconnect with her past, to put down roots again in her homeland. Janet has donated a copy of this entrancing book to the Seymour Library. The Library has quite a collection of books written and/or edited by Old Girls. Another recent acquisition has been Heritage: the National Women's Art Book, edited by the late Joan Kerr (Lyndon, 1952 to 1955).

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Reunions Class of 2008 – 5 Year Reunion The 5 Year Reunion (pictured top and bottom left below) was held in The Chambers on Friday 22 February 2013. Around 50 girls from the Class of 2008, along with School Principal, Mrs Florence Kearney, OGA President, Mrs Belinda Cooney (Smith) 1982 and current staff members Ms Chris O’Gorman, School Chaplain and Mrs Catharine Whittred (Collins) 1984 were in attendance. Unfortunately Mrs Sue McCracken, year co-ordinator, was unable to attend but sent a recorded message for the girls. Mrs McCracken also kindly shared the farewell gift card she had received from the Class of 2008. This brought back memories of their final year of school and some girls added a message that had not been done at the end of Year 12! It was a very noisy event as the girls shared their news and were amazed by the changes that had occurred to the campus in five years. All are now looking forward to their 10 Year Reunion.

2013 Victorian Reunion (pictured top right below) On the evening of 15 March 2013 a small group of Victorian Somerville Old Girls joined Mrs Florence Kearney (School Principal) and Mrs Pamela Hodgetts (Head of Boarding) for a long awaited reunion in the form of a Cocktail evening. Guests were made welcome to the Melbourne Lyceum Club by Susan Bienkowski (Seaman) 1955, Janet Shield (Carroll) 1963 and Yvonne Izatt 1956.


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Old Girls present represented school years from 1944 to 2011. Many stories were exchanged, friends caught up with each other and attendees were privileged to hear the progress of Somerville House in the 21st Century. We are very proud of our fellow Somerville House students, who have world class accommodation, sport facilities and classrooms. The next Victorian Reunion is being planned. Pamela Downing (Couch) 1965

Class of 1958 (pictured bottom right) – 55 Year Reunion The Class of ’58 organisers, Joan Horgan (Stapleton) and Diana Downes (Ray) decided that 10 years between reunions was far too long and so our 55 Year Reunion was born. On 06 July, 57 girls lunched at Jo Jo’s in the city and what a fabulous party it was. Faces and figures may have changed over the years but the loving spirit is very much the same. From 10.30 am to 3.30 pm, day girls and boarders reminisced about life at school. Old photos and social page cuttings from newspapers and magazines made us realise how unaffected we all were. The joy of catching up – some had lost contact for quite some time – has prompted us to meet four times a year from now on. Family, albeit School family, is so important. Diana Downes (Ray) 1958

Alumni News 2013 Marriages Margo Carter 1999 to Sandy Dewar Elaine Fok 2007 to Josh Hicks Priscilla Choi 2006 to Brian Tran Fiona Scoffell 1996 to Paul Sherwood Hannah Bridges 2005 to Leo Primus Alice Chang 1998 to Brian Todd Greer Kelly 1998 (pictured below) to Edan Hawley Emma Kelly 2000 (pictured right) to Andrew Henderson 2013 Births Boys

Jacqui Bottger (1996) and Jeff Knaap, Luca (pictured below right)

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Condolences 2013 Bereavements Shona Fisher (Hancock) 1979, her mother Jennifer Hutcheon 1996, her husband Lila Cameron (Duthie) 1967 and Jeanette Harris (Duthie) 1972, their mother Suzanne Rose (Cameron) 1992, Heather Cameron 1998, Andrea Cameron 1999 and Alana Causse 2002, their grandmother

Rev Samuel Seymour (Past Principal 1974-1987), his wife and Kathryn Lamberto (Seymour) 1981, her mother Anna Wilson 2011, Greta Wilson 2010 and Ainslie Wilson Year 12, their mother

Pat Christie (Macarthur) 1944-1946 (1947)

Andrea Madden (Campbell) 1993, her sister

Fran Popenko (Amos) – (Past Teacher 19722005)

Margo Dewar (Carter) 1999 and Chelsea Carter 2004, their grandmother and aunt

Tina Gower (Cowlishaw) 1982, her father and her brother

Tania Moore (Herbert) 1991, her father

Susan Groom (Jolly) 1961, her son and Lucy Groom 1997, her brother

Julie Robertson-Lee (Robertson) 1988, Kim Robertson 1992 and Kathryn Robertson 1996, their grandmother

Mary Grant (Boyd) 1940-1948 (1949)

Eunice Clark (Wainwright) 1929-1936 (1940)

Janice Aylmer-Pearce (Noble) 1959, her husband

Elspeth Welsh (Robertson) 1970, her mother

Patricia Scoles (Greenslade) 1944-1945 (1947)

Jacqueline Collins (Harrison) 1981 and Fiona O'Meara (Harrison) 1982, their mother

Sybil Ball (Galloway) 1964 and Nina Carter (Galloway) 1968, their mother and sister

Margaret Wylie (Craig) 1944, her sister

Margaret Carlisle (Heaven) 1945-1950 (1952)

Mavis McIntyre (McMaster) 1927-1932 (1933)

Marjorie Alice Henzell (Wetherell) 1927-1933 (1935) Esther McFadyen (Couzens) 1928-1938 (1940)

Jennifer Kropp (Clark) 1961, her sister

Margaret Epplere (Arbuthnot) 1928-1930 (1932)

Dianne Wells 1975, her father

Nadine Djordjevic (Campbell) 1986-1990

Patricia Lennon (Blackmore) 1956, her sister

Pat Seymour (wife of Principal Rev Samuel Seymour 1974-1987)

Valerie Aitken (Horn) 1950, her husband

Melissa Brown 1991 and Marguerite Brown 2001, their grandmother

Yvonne Hyde OAM 1956 and Jill Clapin (Hyde) 1958, their aunt

Emily Phillips Year 9, Sabrina and Isabella Phillips Year 6, their great aunt

Kathryn Annand 1955-1960

Gwynneth Bowley (Thompson) 1947, her husband

Julie Gee (Furness) 1963 and Debbie Matthews (Furness) 1968, their mother

Jennifer Gowing OAM (Grigson) 1945-1946 (1948)

Kate Grant 1985, her mother and Stephanie Grant 2010, her grandmother

Isabella McIntosh Year 6, her aunt

Heather (Jean) McIntyre 1941 (1943)

2013 Deaths

Debbie Halket (Past Staff Member 1997-2003)

Betty Geldard (Macarthur) 1951, her sister

Valerie Isdale (Higgleton) 1938 -1941 (1944)

Ann Harrison (Greenfield) 1939-1950

Sally Geldard 2012, her great aunt

Maureen Roughead (Cowley) 1947-1949 (1953)

Margaret Allen (Wood) 1936-1943 (1944)

Mildred Garris (Rowcroft) 1931-1933 (1939)

Gem Fulcher 1948-1951 (1955)

Sharna Bourke 2010, her grandmother

Constance Galloway (Hale) 1930-1931 (1935)

Maureen Rolfe (Clark) 1954-1955 (1957)

Janine Moller (Clark) 1970, her mother

Gwenyth Galloway 1961-1965 (1966)

Beverley Tracey (McIntyre) 1965, her mother

Margaret Deignan (Jamieson) 1946-1949 (1950)

Clifford Rodney (Rod) Wells (Past Principal 1970-1973)

Leanne Hart 1977 and Jan Hart 1975, their mother

Rachela West (Kaboth) 1975, her father and Lara West (Year 12), her grandfather

Mary Miller (Past Teacher 1958-1985)

Betty Leggett (Young) 1928-1934 (1939)

Peter Snow 1930 (1942)

Bryony Casey (Blackmore) 1951-1954

Joyce Blissett (Brown) 1946-1948 (1949)

Elwyn Brown (Phillips) 1938-1940 (1941)

Natasha Halket 2002, her mother

Marjorie Harding (Walters) 1935-1938 (1940)

Joan Sibley ( Brampton) 1941-1942 (1944)

Annabelle Brett 2006 and Dominique Brett 2008, their grandfather

Erica Griffiths (Watkins) 1937-1940

Kirsten Irwin (Barton) 1987, Michelle Barton 1991 and Susan Jacob (Barton) 1996, their father Janet Hitchcock (McIntyre) 1956, her sister

Janet Hockings (McKenzie) 1970-1971 Phyllis Avery (Peters) 1946 (1949) Heather Robertson (Craig) 1935-1938 Alison (Valmai) Finnimore (Webster) 1931-1943

Every effort has been made to ensure the information on this page is correct. Should the information be incorrect, we sincerely apologise for any distress that it caused.

We were saddened to learn of the passing of Mr Rodney Wells on 14 August 2013. Mr Wells was the seventh Principal of Somerville House. During his tenure (1970 – 1973) the new Senior Library was built above the MK Jarrett Music School. Mr Wells is also remembered as the founding Headmaster of Cannon Hill College (now Cannon Hill Anglican College) and Somerset College. The Somerville House community extends its sincere condolences to his family, including his daughter, Dianne Wells, who attended Somerville House from 1970 to 1975.


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Nancy Remembers Somerville House Days 76 Years On ‘GOOD MANNERS AS WELL AS SCHOOL DISCIPLINE DEMANDS THAT GIRLS MOVE QUIETLY...’ She may have left Somerville House 76 years ago, however, Somerville House grandmother and former parent, Nancy Learmonth (nee Beech, 1937), can still recite the first of four lines, Good manners as well as school discipline demands that girls move quietly, of the 100 lines she received in a whole class detention after some of her classmates were making too much noise going up what was then the 17 year old wooden staircase in A Block. This was the first and only detention Nancy ever received in her two years (1936 and 1937) completing Junior at Somerville House, before turning down a full teaching scholarship to take up a half scholarship to work in an insurance company until she married in 1950.

Nancy also recalls her days as a Somerville House mother, working in the tuckshop while Anne attended Somerville House, something Anne may have the opportunity to experience now that she is living back in Brisbane. Both Nancy and Anne marvelled at the different experiences Charlotte has had, including boarding at Somerville House while Anne and husband, Steven, have been living in Singapore. Anne is looking forward to spending more time on campus, however, recognises that she will have a different experience to that of her mother’s due to the many additional co-curricular opportunities Charlotte will enjoy.

This was one of many memories Nancy (pictured right with granddaughter, Charlotte Dixon, Year 8 and daughter, Anne Dixon (nee Learmonth, 1982), shared when she visited Somerville House for the 2013 Year 8 Godparents and Grandparents’ Day. The three generations of Somerville House students highlighted how much the School has changed not only in recent times, but also from Nancy’s days to Anne’s time at Somerville House (1978 to 1982), when Anne remembers the finishing touches going on the Isobel Taylor Wing in D Block. Prior to that, the area now occupied by D Block was a hill that students would sit on with the running track and Basketball and Tennis courts below.

Vale Pat Seymour



IN JUNE THE SCHOOL LOST ONE OF ITS ICONIC WOMEN OF THE 1970S AND 1980S. Patricia Frances Flint was born in Hobart in 1927 and moved to Melbourne as a young woman. As a girl in Hobart, she was a member of the Wesley Junior Choir, as was a youth a good five years older than her: Samuel Maxwell Seymour. He too went to Melbourne where he became a master at Ivanhoe Junior Grammar School and four years later, in 1949, a member of staff at the Methodist Ladies College. Pat and Sam reconnected, fell in love, Sam proposed, Pat said ‘yes'; he revealed he was going to be ordained as an Anglican Minister; they married; Sam continued at MLC until 1973; Pat bore two children, Kathryn and Mark, and honed her innate mothering and supportive, wifely skills. The family came to Brisbane at the beginning of 1974 when Sam had been appointed as the Principal of Somerville House and when the worst flood since 1893 was visited on the city. They lived in a house on campus that had been built for Miss Taylor in 1961, and extended to accommodate a Principal with a family. It enabled Pat to become an integral part of the daily life of the School; one of her joys was being available to help new boarders settle in; the family had lunch with the boarders on Sundays. Pat particularly enjoyed her contacts with the Junior School: she made friends with the teachers, the pupils, and their parents. Each year in November Gaye Pitman would write to the parents of the Prep and Year Ones to suggest they teach their daughters how to use a cake fork: it was Pat's endearing habit to give the littlies a Christmas party which would include cake. She would give each girl an ornament for her tree; we know a 34-year-old who cherishes

and hangs hers still. Pat began the group that became Mothers of Past Students. When the Seymours left the School the OGA gave Pat honorary life membership; many parents and teachers maintained their friendships with her. Lynne Schlyder tells of a story Pat related to one of the gatherings: Pat's small granddaughter asked her if she might accompany her Gran to the bathroom 'so I can watch you make yourself look young again'. When the PMSA appointed a second male Principal, cynics said they were getting a free wife; it certainly was two for one with Pat and Sam. Pat told another Old Girl that the years she spent at Somerville were the happiest of her life. The School community will continue for a long time its association with the Seymour family: Kathryn is a past pupil (1974-1981), Mark married a 1984 girl. Pat will not be forgotten.

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50 Years Ago From the Somerville House Magazine In early March the Queen and her husband came back to Australia, nine years after their first visit. The primary purpose of their trip was to commemorate the 50th anniversary of naming the site of our National Capital (12 March). In Brisbane the School went en masse to the Brisbane Cricket Ground, to cheer with delight to see their monarch. They were welcomed by the Queensland Treasurer and Minister for Housing, Mr TA (Tom) Hiley and his wife, the former Joyce Jarrott (Somerville House pupil 1921-1923).

A girl from Year 5 wrote 'Now that we have seen the Queen in person our National Anthem means much more to us – we know that she is truly our gracious Queen’ [Australia was to adopt its present National Anthem in 1984.]. A Year 8 girl wrote 'The Queen ...was so lovely and graceful and quietly majestic that I felt our lungs would burst in trying to show her how much Australia honoured her’. The Queen herself wrote: ‘I am proud and happy that in this land you are building an enduring Commonwealth of freedom-loving men and women, strong in the simple virtues that make a nation truly great'.

In the August vacation a happy party of 31 girls and the Principal and Miss Ada Ball, the Sports Mistress, journeyed by coach and launch to Heron Island. 'The trip across the water on the launch Capre II ('We learned our crossing was one of the worst on record') was only one of the highlights. On the return journey – on the mainland – the party visited the Cherbourg Aboriginal Settlement 'where we were delighted by all we saw. The little children who crowded around us won our hearts; theirs were completely won by the sweets we offered them. We were agreeably surprised at our success at boomerang-throwing.'

In July, six Year 11 girls went to a reception at Wanganui Gardens for a group of 19 American boys touring Australia during their summer holidays. 'One boy, on hearing of the proposed Heron Island trip [see next paragraph] seemed to think Brisbane was the farthest north one could travel'. 'There did not appear to be any friction between the white boys and the two Negroes in the party but none of them mentioned the crisis in the Southern United States [On 22 November that year, 1963, President Kennedy was shot; it seems not to have been recorded by the School].

At the sixty-fourth Annual Speech Night the address was delivered by Professor GW Bassett, MA, DipEd, PhD, FACE, Dean of the Faculty of Education of The University of Queensland. Mrs Bassett, BA, DipEd [formerly Phyllis A Breakwell] presented the prizes. Professor Bassett spoke of his pleasure that the school-leaving age was to be raised and appreciated the glance behind the scenes which Miss Taylor had given of the new syllabus in Queensland.


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OGA Committee Members President Belinda Cooney Vice-President Trudy Naylor Secretary/Membership Co-ordinator Gaye Pitman Treasurer Katrina Harbison Immediate Past President Rosalie Lewis Committee Members Janice Ivey Anderson Isabel Bauer Sally Downes Sarah Drewe Lana Gishkariany Jayne Hackett Kate Hames Julie Harvie Bronwyn Mackay-Payne Valmai Pidgeon Margaret Rackemann


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Iruni Abeysekera

Kathryn George

Natasha Meredith

Bronwyn Allan

Imogen Gilpin

Isabella Moylan

Isabella Anderson

Bethanie Goodall

Josephine Moylan

Bronte Anthony

Elizabeth Graham

Caroline Mullin

Nicole Atkinson

Alice Gray

Elizabeth Murdoch

Laura Bailey

Claudia Gray

Eliza Nolan

Claudia Baldwin

Mackenzie Gresham

Eleni Notaras

Michelle Ball

Georgia Griffin

Sophie O’Brien

Bonnie Bell-Allen

Aya Haruyama

Nikita Pandit

Sarah Bellchambers

Laura Healy

Alexandra Pettigrew

Georgia Bennett

Gabrielle Hill

Kirby Phillips

Chloe Bennett

Paris Hoey

Mackenzie Phillips

Alexandra Bennett

Shelby Houselander

Dominique Prince

Rebecca Bennett

Evangeline Jacobs

Alexandra Pritchard

Charlotte Borlai

Isobel Kelaher

Stephanie Randall

Gabrielle Bristed

Brittany Keller

Amelia Ray

Sophie Brittain

Sarah Kennedy

Samantha Reid

Annabelle Brodie

Alexandra Kennedy

Alice Reif

Katherine Brown

Isabella Kidd

Denai Rex

Anna Bruton

Toni Kinneally

Celia Robertson

Belinda Burgess

Lydia Koukides

Bronte Robinson

Cassandra Catsoulis

Kathryn Krieger

Ava Russell

Jessica Chen

Hannah Krieger

Julia Salisbury

Jennifer Chen

Genevieve Sargent

Kate Cincotta

Emma KwaiBroderick

Elizabeth Codey

Victoria Larkin-Grant

Rachelle Seizovic

Constance Conomos

Sally Law

Emma Shayler

Diandra Conomos

Christie Leung

Samantha Sheehan

Emily Cox

Melody Li

Lana Sherrie

Elisa Cragnolini

Leisl Lillicrap

Shannon Sia

Georgia Crawford

Emma Litster

Annabelle Simpson

Rachael Dagge

Sylvie Loneragan

Emily Slack

Gemma Dalby

Marguerite Lutvey

Yael Stewart

Karla de Klerk

Amelia MacDonald

Sharon Sugirtha

Monique Dean

Katherine MacLaverty

Georgia Sully

Laura Dennis

Rosemary MacLeod

Angelica Sweet

Jocelyne Desoe

Raquel Maggacis

Louise Tanner

Amelia Devine

Honor Magon

Sophie Therkelsen

Sally Diacaris

Vidya Makan

Sophia Van Der Drift

Miranda Doessel

Isabella Marles

Eliza Van Der Drift

Amanda Donovan

Harriet Marshall

Isabella Vecchio

Holly Donovan

Anna Grace Martin

Nikitha Venkatachalam

Elizabeth Downes

Ashleigh Matheny

Dianna Vidas

Casey Dunmall

Eilise McAuliffe

Danika Whitehead

Ciara Durnin

Emily McDermott

Anna Wilson

Katrina Eu

Caitlin McKenna

Molly Windsor

Eva Foale-Banks

Caitlan McLaggan

Carman Wong

Helena Franco

Bridget McMahon

Hilda Wu

Eunice Fu

Samantha McMillan

Lily Xu

Isabella Gabrielli

Anna McWilliam

Stacey You

Madeline Gehrke

Sofia Megom

Amy Zhang

Hannah George

Sarah Megram

Alexandria Scoffell

Old Girls who are Current Parents Evening It was wonderful to see so many Somerville House current parents who are also Somerville House Old Girls and their partners at this year’s function. Somerville House currently has 95 Old Girls who are parents of current students within the School community. We look forward to coming together to celebrate this special connection again in 2014.

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Contact: Ron Juleff

Telephone (07) 3865 2550 Fax (07) 3865 2150 Mobile: 0418 733 535 Specialising in creative design and efficient layout for all types of business forms and marketing literature


Have them fitted by a Podiatrist

s ialist s c e p s r Childrens po diatry and footwear en 0-12 yea Childr Specialising in quality European Footwear for

Call today and arrange an appointment with one of our experienced podiatrists ph. 07 3378 5935

We’re in Bakers Delight complex opposite Kenmore State school

ANGELO ANDRONIS DESIGNER JEWELLERY Shop 28, Emporium, 1000 Ann St, Fortitude Valley (07) 3852 4555

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Dr Shannon Morton

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3391 2323 144 Park Rd, Woolloongabba

3133 8018 1 Lorimer St (Cnr Springwood Rd), Springwood Free on-site parking!

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Children and teen orthodontics requires a fresh approach. At , we embrace fun and are totally focused on you. As specialists of clear and coloured braces and Invisalign Teen®, we listen carefully and find advanced ways to fix your smile. That way, you can embrace life – with loads of time to keep doing the stuff you love. Most of all, you can embrace the future with an amazing smile.

Let your world out to play…

07 3349 5266 No referral necessary.

Proud design partner for and member of the Somerville House Foundation.

Designing effective visual communications that connect clients with their target markets, enabling confidence and security in their future growth.


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Leap into learning with Somerville House Pre-Prep

Somerville House Commences Pre-Prep for Girls and Boys 2015 applications are now open for the Somerville House co-educational Pre-Prep program in the new state-of-the-art Early Learning Centre. The Somerville House Early Learning Centre offers: • Play-based indoor and outdoor curriculum which embraces the Queensland Kindergarten Learning Guidelines • Early literacy and numeracy learning in readiness for formal schooling • Specialist classes in Music, the Arts, Foreign Language and Physical Education • Highly qualified teachers and assistants • Convenient on-site parking facilities for Pre-Prep parents and secure access to the centre • Before and after school hours care specifically designed for Pre-Prep students • Application in process for CCB and CCR accreditation. Somerville House offers the unique opportunity for girls and boys turning four by 30 June 2014 to experience one year in a quality early learning program in 2015 before progressing to their formal schooling. For further information or to register your interest in attending Pre-Prep at Somerville House in 2015, please call our Registrar, Mrs Diana Chaundy, on 07 3248 9267 or email:







Somerville House

The Landmark in Girls’ Education A school of the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association. The PMSA is a mission of the Presbyterian and Uniting Churches.

new Junior School, Boarding House, Library and site redevelopment new Junior School, Boarding House, Library and site redevelopment




Peter Bickerton Ph: (07) 3257 3622


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Audi Centre Brisbane

An exclusive offer for friends and family of Somerville House at Audi Centre Brisbane It’s time to enjoy a more progressive driving experience. Innovation, quality, style – you’ll find them all at Audi Centre Brisbane. With the full range of new models to choose from, and Brisbane’s largest collection of premium demonstrator vehicles, you are sure to find an Audi that matches your lifestyle. Enjoy Audi ownership at Audi Centre Brisbane with this exclusive offer, available only for friends and family of Somerville House.

Audi Centre Brisbane will donate $500 to the Somerville House Foundation when you purchase a new or demonstrator vehicle from Audi Centre Brisbane^

Audi Centre Brisbane - proud supporter of Somerville House Audi Centre Brisbane 586 Wickham Street, Fortitude Valley QLD 4006 | Phone: (07) 3251 8222 | This promotion is valid for new and demonstrator vehicles sold and delivered between 1st January and 31st December, 2014. Offer must be redeemed at time of purchase. Please present your current Somerville House ID card, or have your details verified by Somerville House Foundation office, to take advantage of this offer.


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