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Somerville House, South Brisbane
17 Graham Street
South Brisbane
Somerville House provides a co-educational Pre-Prep program, classes for girls from Prep to Year 12 across Junior, Middle and Senior sub-schools and boarding from Year 6-12.
PO Box 3357, South Brisbane
Brisbane North, Brisbane Central & East, Brisbane West, Brisbane South
07 3248 9267
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Mrs Florence Kearney
Christian, Methodist, Presbyterian, Uniting Church
Presbyterian and Methodist
Primary School, Secondary School
Pre-Prep to Year 12
2017 fees per annum:
Pre-Prep $15,940
Prep-Year 4 $16,760
Year 5-6 $18,220 p.a
Year 7 - 12 $21,220
Boarding $22,880
Please visit our website for Overseas Student Fees
Boys accepted in Pre-Prep
  • Academic Achievement
  • Co-curricular Activities
  • Community
  • Culture / Tradition
  • Languages
  • Music
  • Pastoral Care / Guidance
  • Performing Arts
  • Personal Values
  • Sport
  • Tertiary Pathways

Established in 1899, Somerville House is a day and boarding school for girls from Prep to Year 12, and a co-educational school for Pre-Prep girls and boys. The School is made up of three sub schools:

  • Junior (Pre-Prep to Year 6)
  • Middle (Years 7 to 9)
  • Senior (Years 10 to 12)

Boarding is available for students from Years 6 to 12 and our facilities, dedicated boarding staff and related programs are renowned both nationally and internationally.

Located in the inner city suburb of South Brisbane, just two kilometres from the city centre and directly opposite South Bank parklands and the state’s pre-eminent cultural precinct, Somerville House offers enviable campus facilities and programs bolstered by highly credentialed and dedicated teaching and support staff, tutors and coaches.

The School provides a comprehensive, balanced educational environment that recognises the importance of academic excellence as well as psychological, physical and spiritual wellbeing.

This is reflected in the School’s rich and varied academic, sporting, cultural and social pursuits and our proud history of developing well rounded, confident and capable students.

Academically, the School stands as one of Australia’s finest. With outstanding facilities for Music, Performing Arts, Cultural endeavours and Sport, combined with one of Australia’s leading technology programs, Somerville House students graduate with a much broader education than can be provided by an academic curriculum alone.

The academic environment of Somerville House is best described as progressive, seamlessly combining traditional values, modern day ethics and technology in a dynamic, supportive and challenging environment.

Somerville House provides each and every student with the framework they require to explore their interests, develop their talents, to strive to meet their goals honourably, and ultimately, to be the very best they can be.

Somerville House is governed by the Presbyterian and Methodist Schools Association (PMSA). The PMSA was established in 1918, and operates four schools and one childcare centre in South-East Queensland. Affiliated schools include Brisbane Boys’ College, Clayfield College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Principal's Message

Somerville House exemplifies excellence in education for girls.

While the School is rich in heritage and tradition, rightly valuing what the past has given us, we are also an exciting and innovative centre of learning.

We seek to retain the strengths and wisdom of the past while preparing girls to be young women in a changing world.

We offer programs that are challenging academically, varied recreationally, stimulating socially, and rich spiritually. 

Our highly experienced teachers aim to educate students to become confident and independent young women, conscious of their strengths, responsive to the call of God in their lives, and capable and willing to contribute to the greater good of society. We aim to develop each girl to be the best she can be in all she undertakes.

Academically, the School stands as one of Australia's finest schools with achievement outcomes that are outstanding. Year 12 students leave with a much broader education than can be provided within the academic curriculum.

We strive to provide circumstances where students take time to relax and to laugh together; where they might explore other cultures through various exchange programs, and to learn to appreciate and enjoy life in its fullness. We want them to liberate their imaginations, embrace creativity and to value learning as a life-long, enriching undertaking.

There are many excellent features of school life at Somerville House, including outstanding facilities for Sport, Music and the Performing Arts, our boarding community and innovations in the use of information technology. All of which are enhanced by the warmth and community spirit among the girls.

The School is a vibrant and happy place to be and it is here, in this caring Christian environment, where girls can form lasting friendships to nurture them throughout life.

F A Kearney


About Us

Students travel from around Australia, and the world, to take advantage of the School’s superb academic, cultural and sporting facilities located on the doorstep of Brisbane’s academic, cultural and medical precinct, in South Brisbane.
• The Foundation Building houses the Early Learning Centre and Pre-Prep program.
• The Junior School features specialist Science Laboratories, Music Rooms and Art Rooms with specialist teachers.
• Valmai Pidgeon Performing Arts Centre (VPAC).
• M.K Jarrett Music School.
• Boarding facilities for Year 6 to Year 12.
• Seymour Library Information Centre and Constance Cotton Junior School Library.
• Heritage Listed Buildings – Cumbooquepa, The Chapel, The Chambers.
• Graham Street Set Down Loop.
• Sports and Aquatic Centre.
• Water Sports Facility (Rowing Shed).
• Technology Services support.
• Health Centre.
• Under The Clock café (open to the public).
The Academic program at Somerville House is underpinned by the School's unique Curriculum Framework which emphasises engagement, excellence, empowerment and diversity in teaching and learning. With the School's Christian values at the core, the curriculum ensures each student from Pre-Prep to Year 12 is provided with rich opportunities for critical, creative thinking and rigorous, independent learning.

A strong focus is given to using emerging technologies to maximise learning. Opportunities are provided to extend classroom learning, providing additional challenge for high achieving students. Learning Enhancement is provided in the Junior and Middle Schools for students who require learning consolidation.

Somerville House offers and diverse range of co-curricular activities, as an integral part of the educational experience.All students are encouraged to participate in the School’s co-curricular program which provides opportunities across a wide range of sporting, cultural, musical, social and personal activities.

Music at Somerville House caters for a wide range of skill levels. The Music Program is conducted in the classroom (Academic Music program) and in a co-curricular capacity (Performance Music program).  The School’s comprehensive co-curricular program includes string ensembles, bands and vocal choirs as well as woodwind, percussion and string small ensembles.

Sport is an important part of life at Somerville House. The School upholds a proud and prestigious tradition within the QGSSSA and Andrews Cup Sporting Associations. Somerville House competes in 17 sports within QGSSSA, Andrews Cup and other organisations.

 There is no better example of the celebrated Somerville House spirit than that embraced by our Boarding Community. It is the friendships, a sense of belonging and a shared commitment to the fullness of life and learning and that makes the Somerville House boarding house a true home away from home.

Somerville House provides a warm, supportive environment where each Boarder is encouraged to balance structure and routine with the freedom to explore and develop individually. 

Under the guidance of our Head of Boarding, our caring and dedicated on-site Boarding Supervisors and Assistants manage the day-to-day operations of the boarding houses while fostering a safe, harmonious and happy environment, ensuring the right balance between study and leisure. 

More than 100 girls, of diverse nationalities and culturally rich backgrounds, travel from around Australia and the world to take advantage of the renowned academic, cultural and sporting facilities at Somerville House.

Seventy per cent of boarding families come from regional and remote areas, which may not offer the educational opportunities and resources that are enjoyed by Somerville House students.

The School’s Big Sister Program, with Senior Boarders responsible for a ‘little sister’, ensures that new boarders experience a warm and welcoming transition into their new environment. 

Boarders, from Years 6 to 12, enjoy contemporary air-conditioned facilities, purpose-built to cater for the study and lifestyle needs of teenage girls and considerate of the required balance between personal privacy and cohesive communal living. The Boarding House incorporates modern bedrooms and bathroom facilities, shared leisure spaces, in-house kitchen areas, supervised study areas, soundproof music practice areas and balconies overlooking Brisbane city.

Our central location means students have the cultural heartland of Queensland literally on their doorstep with easy access to South Bank parklands, the Queensland Performing Arts Centre, the Queensland State Library, Museum and Art Gallery, the botanical gardens and much more. 

On the weekends, there are opportunities for fun and relaxation as our boarders are encouraged to take part in the extensive Co-Curricular Program offered by the School and organised games and activities with students from other boarding schools. 

We welcome visits by Boarder’s parents and, in addition to our co-ordinated parent updates, our staff are always available to discuss student welfare, needs and progress. Our Boarding Parents’ Support Group meets regularly, and is actively involved in working with staff to make the students’ time at school a happy and rewarding experience. 

Somerville House’s renowned academic, cultural and sporting programs, combined with the support of our extended Christian community, provide the perfect scaffolding for Boarders to explore and expand their talents and interests, to challenge their thinking, to find their best self and ultimately, to become independent, confident and capable young women of the world.

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Shaping the future of young people – the way they think and solve problems, and the way they perceive themselves, others and the world around them – is an increasingly complex challenge. In a world that demands innovative, ethical solutions to a wide range of humanitarian, environmental and commercial challenges, Somerville House strives to ensure students leave with, not only a first-class education, but a well-rounded and supported schooling experience.

Since its establishment, Somerville House has exercised its unwavering commitment to provide an education that nurtures students into well-rounded, confident and knowledgeable citizens of integrity. 

In addition to our efforts to develop academic excellence, this commitment is reinforced through the provision of extensive staff and peer support networks, student-led activities, progressive leadership opportunities and dedicated Pastoral Care within the School curriculum.

Junior School Pastoral Care

Pastoral Care is an essential element of the Junior School curriculum and is primarily delivered by the classroom teacher. Initially, students learn the social skills required to work and play happily with other children in both formal (classroom) and non-formal (playground) settings. 

Students will explore topics which are relevant to their year level, such as self-responsibility, interpersonal understanding, the changes associated with puberty, and the skills to promote successful learning are explored. 

Middle and Senior Schools Pastoral Care

In the Middle and Senior School, Pastoral Care is arranged in a horizontal structure, with Heads of Year assisting at each year level. Homeroom Teachers and Tutors, who have extensive contact with students on a daily basis, take significant responsibility for the care of students in their class groups, assisting new students to settle in and providing a knowledgeable point of contact for any initial parental or student concerns.  

Formal weekly Pastoral Care sessions, conducted by Homeroom Teachers or Tutors cover a variety of important topics through discussion and activities. These include: manners and demeanour, assertiveness, resolving conflict, strengthening support networks, dealing with stress, how to stay safe, making decisions, developing friendships and the ethical use of technology.

Pastoral care at Somerville House is more than an action, and more than a subject to be studied, it is implicit in our daily interactions with each other, in our many family events such as welcome evenings for parents, mother/ daughter breakfasts, family chapel services and boarding family gatherings, it is our cultural norm.


A Somerville House Scholarship will provide your daughter with every opportunity to achieve her personal best; to become an independent and responsible young woman, armed with the knowledge and skills needed to confidently navigate her path in the world beyond school.

Each year a limited number of scholarships are awarded on the basis of merit and/or equity (which may include hardship) to Australian students (citizens or residents).

The application process for each scholarship may vary, as outlined below, however all applicants must sit the ACER Academic Scholarship Exam to be held on Saturday 25 February 2017. Applications for Academic, Music and Sport Scholarships are now open and will close on 6 February 2017. No late applications can be accepted. 

Somerville House Scholarships for 2018

Academic Scholarship
This scholarship provides part support of tuition fees and selection is based on performance in the ACER Academic Scholarship Exam, to be held on Saturday 25 February 2017. The scholarships are tenable for three years and are subject to annual review. Applications for Academic Scholarships are now open and close on 6 February 2017.

To apply, please click here.

Special Talent Scholarships
Each year a limited number of scholarships are available for students entering Somerville House in Year 7 who have demonstrated outstanding ability in music, sport or academia and are committed to pursuing further success. We invite you and your daughter to take advantage of this very special opportunity by applying for one of the following Scholarships on offer for Year 7, 2018. 

Music Scholarships
Somerville House is well renowned for the depth of its music program and the talented teachers and tutors critical to its success. We provide a limited number of music scholarships, through part support of tuition fees, for Year 7 students in 2018.

To apply for a Music Scholarship, the minimum standard required is an A/Honours Grading in the following:

Strings Viola/Violin
  Cello/Double Bass
Woodwind Flute
  Clarinet, Saxophone, Oboe, Bassoon
Brass Trumpet, Trombone, Euphonium, Tuba
Percussion Students can present on one or more instruments including snare drum, xylophone or vibraphone.

All Music Scholarship applicants must sit the ACER Academic Scholarship Exam, to be held on Saturday 25 February 2017.

To apply for the ACER test please click here.

To apply for a Music Scholarship please click here to complete the application form.

Applications close on 6 February 2017.

Sport Scholarships 
Somerville House is renowned for the success of its sports program in a broad range of disciplines and offers extensive support by providing outstanding coaches, mentors and co-ordinators in all disciplines. We proudly offer a limited number of sport scholarships, which provide part support of tuition fees, for Year 7 students entering in 2018, who have achieved outstanding results in their
chosen sport.

Sport Scholarship applicants must be able to provide a clear record of valid sporting achievements and sit the ACER Academic Scholarship Exam, to be held  on Saturday 25 February 2017.

To apply for the ACER test please click here.

To apply for the Sport Scholarship for Year 7, 2018 please click here.

Applications close on 6 February 2017.

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