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Somerset Drive
Located in the heart of the Gold Coast, Somerset College is recognised as one of Australia's leading independent Primary and Secondary education providers.
Gold Coast
07 5559 7100

 An International Baccalaureate World School

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Mr Craig Bassingthwaighte
Independent, Inter-denominational
Pre-Prep - 12
Annual Inclusive Fee (Tuition and Services)
Pre-Prep (Full-Time) $13,464
Year 12 $16,676
  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Creative Arts
  • Languages
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Personal Values
  • Sport
  • Welfare

Somerset College is a coeducational, independent, inter-denominational school in the Christian tradition. It strives for excellence by seeking to nurture in young people the spirit of inquiry in the quest to fulfil their potential in all aspects of life.

The College has a commitment to being a pioneer and leader in educational innovation, in accessing recognised national and international curricula, and in fostering and building links with local, national and international tertiary institutions and within the broader international community. The International Baccalaureate Diploma is an option for students in Years 11 and 12 and the Middle Years Programme and the Primary Years Programme are an integral part of our curriculum. Somerset College caters for children from Pre-Prep to Year 12. It is located at Mudgeeraba on Queensland’s Gold Coast, and is situated on approximately 22 hectares of land. The site upon which Somerset College is built was originally used for dairy farming, was uniquely rural and owned by the original pioneering families to the area.

Since 1983 the surrounding countryside has undergone considerable urban development. Massive building developments have taken place almost continually as the College increased in size to its present maximum enrolment of approximately 1,480. The first Year 12 students graduated in 1987.

Major contributing factors to the success of the College have been a very well-qualified, talented and deeply committed staff, and the presence of very strong support from parents and the community. The most up-to-date equipment and the fine facilities enhance an educational environment in which academic, cultural and sporting opportunities are maximised.

About Us

The College is situated on approximately 22 hectares of land in the Gold Coast Hinterland. The buildings comprise a new Early Learning Precinct including three classromms at each year level from Prep to Year 2,and a four classroom double storey Junior Primary block, three Primary School blocks of four classrooms and one extra room, a four room Computer Centre, a Junior School Engineering Technology Centre, Junior School Music Centre and Art Centre, five Science and one Engineering Technology laboratories, an Art/Graphics block of three classrooms, two double storey blocks of eight classrooms each in the Senior School, an Administration block, a well equipped Library, a Great Hall/Chapel and a Performing Arts complex comprising a theatre, four classrooms and facilities for the teaching of Music and Drama. In addition there is a Music Centre for private and classroom lessons, a Senior Common Room and a Senior Locker Building.

The Ray Building, opened in January 2007 provides teaching areas, a gymnasium, climbing wall, dining room, alfresco eating areas, cafeteria, café and retail facilities.

The extensive grounds include eight sporting ovals and an athletics track, a large asphalt area providing courts for Volleyball, Basketball and Netball, a covered sports pavilion, an Olympic size swimming pool and a covered Learn to Swim Pool, a Tennis complex comprising five courts including one grass court, a fully equipped Gymnasium and an Equestrian area.
Somerset College has always produced and continues to produce exceptionally high academic results when compared with the rest of Queensland, Australia and even with comparable schools internationally.

The College offers both the Queensland Senior Certificate (OP) and the prestigious, internationally recognised International Baccalaureate (IB) Diploma Programme. This programme caters to senior students in Years 11 and 12 and in recognised by ALL Australian universities and by universities across the globe. The International Baccalaureate Middle Years Programme and Primary Years Programme are also integral parts of our curriculum.

Somerset is dedicated to promoting excellence in all aspects of education embracing Academic, Cultural, Social, Spiritual, and Sporting Endeavour.

The College believes that learning is more meaningful when students are active participants in the learning process. To facilitate this, it seeks to enable students to live in a world where there are various worldviews and to know how to create meaning through the tensions and positive aspects of difference. The College recognises the importance of developing students’ social skills and modes of human interaction (the journey outward) and learning situations that extend the physical, mental and spiritual abilities (the journey inward).

Visit the College website for more details of Somerset Open Days or to arrange a tour.

The College accepts students with a wide range of academic, sporting and co-curricular abilities. All students are of equal worth in the eyes of the school and the notion of excellence in education relates fundamentally to the desire to meet the needs of individual students. Students are encouraged to aspire to personal levels of excellence and to understand that they are all skilled in their own way. To enable this, the qualities of self-confidence, self-esteem, optimism and personal excellence are nurtured. The cultural programme covers a diversity of activities from the creative to the visual arts and from the verbal to written expression. Cultural awareness and participation plays an integral role in a student's education. The Co-curricular Programme at Somerset College covers most aspects of tuition that are considered complementary to the curriculum. This covers such areas as music, dance, ESL (English as a Second Language), speech and drama and chess. These offerings allow for the broadening of the students' experiences in the arts. The Arts is an important area of development for children. Sporting activities play an important role in a student's life at Somerset College. The scope of these activities has broadened considerably over the years and includes Physical Education, team sports, individual sports, House sport and representative sports. All students at Somerset College from Years 4 to 12 are expected to participate in Interschool sport.

Somerset College is a community of families where care for one another is fostered. The College encourages individuals to achieve their personal best and to understand the importance of perseverance, discipline and the pursuit of excellence. The focus of Somerset College is to empower young people through idealism and hope and to aid them in their quest for self-identity, self-knowledge, self-discipline and self-fulfilment.

At the centre of life in the College is a system of student support and welfare. It is at most times unobtrusive and executed by caring teachers coaching sport or giving guidance during camps and expeditions. Teachers provide assistance and directions in and out of the classroom.

We endeavour to help our students recognise that the world extends beyond the confines of our suburbs, state and country. We encourage this from the Junior School International Day, right through to overseas travel. Language programmes and the teaching of the International Baccalaureate programmes also give our students a global perspective.

At Somerset, we believe it is important to give something back to the community. We achieve this through many avenues such as The Somerset Celebration of Literature, The Somerset Festival for Young Performers, community service, fundraising for charities and House sponsorship of children in other countries.
Somerset College is a coeducational, independent, Christian, inter-denominational school serving a community of families. It strives for excellence by seeking to nurture in young people the spirit of inquiry in the quest to fulfil their potential in all aspects of life. The College has a commitment to being a pioneer and leader in educational innovation, in accessing recognised national and international curricula, and in fostering and building links with local, national and international tertiary institutions and within the broader international community.
Our aim at Somerset College is to create an atmosphere where happiness, trust and understanding are just as much a way of life as are endeavour, competition and achievement. We believe that such an environment produces a stable academic climate which allows each student to develop his or her special talents by learning to respect excellence and striving to achieve it.

This philosophy has also attracted excellent staff who share this view of education. Under their guidance all students are provided with the necessary encouragement to fully develop academic skills, strength of character and a wide range of interests in areas such as sport, music and drama. A high level of individual commitment and participation is expected of all students.

The school also places particular emphasis on appropriate standards of discipline, especially in relation to manners, speech and dress. The philosophy of the school ensures that these standards of behaviour come about as a result of high levels of self-esteem and self-discipline. The measure of any school lies in its readiness to help young people to grow, to develop their talents and to liberate their imagination. Somerset happily accepts this challenge and seeks to create vital and resourceful young men and women.



Date of testing:                 Saturday 25 February 2017

Time of testing:                Commencing at 8.30am

Registration fee:              $72

Closing date for applications: Tuesday 17 February 2017


If you are interested in having your child sit for a Scholarship at Somerset College, please register by clicking here.


Scholarships available

Year 7, 2018 Academic, Music and General Excellence

Year 10, 2018 Academic, Music and General Excellence

Year 11, 2018 Academic, Music and General Excellence


Copies of reports, NAPLAN and Curriculum Vitaes should be sent to The Dean of Admissions Somerset College Somerset Drive Mudgeeraba QLD 4213, by Tuesday 21 February 2017.



Applicants are asked to submit a copy of their 2016 final report. NAPLAN results should also be provided. Based on the results of the testing and school reports a short list will be prepared and interviews arranged, after which all candidates will be advised by letter of the outcome of their application.



Applicants are asked to submit a copy of the their 2016 final report plus Curriculum Vitae outlining their achievements and involvement in areas such as sport, cultural activities, leadership and service. NAPLAN results should also be provided. These details will be considered in conjunction with the results of the testing. Short listed candidates will be invited to interview.


MUSIC SCHOLARSHIPS Years 7, 10 and 11

All applicants must take the academic testing at the above time, which will be followed by a music test - theoretical and aural. Supporting material which details musical experience and achievements should be supplied with the application. Please do not send original documents. A shortlist will be prepared and selected candidates will then be contacted and invited to audition. All candidates will be advised by letter of the outcome of their application.


Music Scholarships - Procedure

Applicants for Music Scholarships will be required to take a theory and aural test as part of the assessment. The Director of Music, Mrs Sue Roberts, will be conducting this test immediately after the academic test on Saturday, 25 February.


Music scholarships - Requirements

Year 7 in 2018 – students must have completed two years formal tuition

Years 10 and 11 in 2018 – students must have completed three years formal tuition

Please provide the following information in support of the application:

  • Instrument/s studied
  • Length of study
  • Achievement level
  • Teacher and contact number


(If more than one instrument is listed, please place instruments in preferential order for consideration.)


On completion of the Academic and General Excellence testing, candidates should stay in the testing venue and they will then be directed to the Performing Arts Centre for the music tests. Students will be ready for pick-up at approximately 12.30pm. Students will not need to bring their instrument on the day of the scholarship testing.


After reviewing the academic test, the music tests, and any other information supplied, selected candidates will be invited to attend auditions, which will be held in the week commencing Monday, 27 February 2017. The audition will require the student to play a piece of their choosing on their instrument. A photocopy of the piece is required to be presented at that time. Students may also be asked to complete an appropriate piece of sight-reading and some technical work.


You will be contacted by phone if your child has been selected for audition.


General information

Car parking is available at the front of the College only. Candidates should assemble in the Performing Arts Theatre in plenty of time for the 8.30am start. Please bring along a ballpoint pen, 2B pencils, eraser and sharpener. Calculators are not to be brought. The duration of the testing is approximately two and a half hours. The tests aim to assess a range of skills.


Parents may wait at the College while the students are being tested. A tour of the College’s facilities will be possible, and refreshments will be available.


In applying for a Scholarship to attend Somerset College parents and students undertake to support the rules, regulations and programmes of work of the College, as they may be determined from time to time and to be responsible for the payment of fees and charges should the application be successful.

Please note that Somerset College reserves the right to recover any financial assistance provided for a student if the recipient leaves the College, other than because of relocation, before completing Year 12.

Feature Story


CERN - The Best Holiday Possible for Graduates?

Anita and Hayley, Alumni (Class of 2014)

Where do you visit if you have just graduated high school and want to have the most amazing holiday possible? CERN! The home of the world’s largest Hadron Collider - a 27 kilometre ring of superconducting magnets stored at -271.3 degrees (so cool).

At CERN, we had the pleasure of touring the headquarters with a senior physicist who told us all about how the collider accelerates and collides particles before recording their collision residues. Some say the high frequencies of proton cycles give headaches. Some say it MegaHertz!

Visiting the LHC, you might be conCERNed about whether or not you understand how it all works, but as avid Physics students everything was easily related back to our Senior studies - thanks Mrs Lynch and Mr Hawtin!

Whilst being explained all of the exciting discoveries that have taken place at CERN, such as the detection of the Higgs Boson, we were taken back in time to the origins of the cosmos; it was cool before it mattered. Much like magnesium ribbon in a Bunsen Burner, the Collider has a bright future. It is expected to continue broadening the human understanding of the Laws of Physics, by providing scientists with subatomic data unobtainable anywhere else.

All in all, the Large Hadron Collider was a smashing success.

At CERN, the European Organisation for Nuclear Research, physicists and engineers are probing the fundamental structure of the universe. They use the world's largest and most complex scientific instruments to study the basic constituents of matter – the fundamental particles. The particles are made to collide together at close to the speed of light. The process gives the physicists clues about how the particles interact, and provides insights into the fundamental laws of nature. Founded in 1954, the CERN laboratory sits astride the Franco-Swiss border near Geneva.


Transport Options

For details of bus services to Somerset College please contact Koala Koaches or Surfside Buslines.

Test Results

The graduating class of 2014 achieved outstanding results, with 56% of students gaining an OP between 1 and 5! For a complete summary of the academic results for 2014 follow this link.

Principal's Message

From humble beginnings in 1983, Somerset College has achieved a much esteemed position in education. The success of its students and staff in academic, pastoral, cultural, physical and spiritual domains has flowed from a tangible commitment to excellence and collaboration.

One only need visit the beautiful campus, speak with members of our community and, especially, observe the vibrancy and joy of our students to know that there is something special happening. A triangular approach is facilitated through the focus of staff, parents and students on enhancing student outcomes.

When we all work together, great things happen.

The co-educational, multi-age mix of students enables a natural progression from external to self discipline. Our students graduate confident in their own abilities and resilient enough to accept the inevitable challenges that life will provide.

The College believes unashamedly in high standards and personal responsibility. Equally our many service programmes provide opportunities for compassion and empathy. After all, “to whom much is given; much is expected”.

This initial journey of discovery, for Somerset graduates have only begun their learning, is conducted through a supportive yet challenging set of experiences. Our staff and students walk side by side in this journey and this makes the process all the richer.

Personal Success | Global Outlook

CT Bassingthwaighte

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Positions are still available for entry into Year 4 in 2015. If you are interested please contact us immediately.

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