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Principal’s Welcome


Welcome to Somerville Secondary College!

It is a great privilege to be the Principal of Somerville Secondary College, and to have the opportunity to lead this school into the future. The school years are a one-off journey delivering opportunities and experiences which resonate throughout a lifetime.

As the Principal of Somerville Secondary College, I acknowledge the dedication and influence of the previous principal and I enthusiastically take on the responsibility I must carry forward to ensure that we have a focus to engage our students on a global scale into the future.  I am committed to the provision of an exceptional education with, high expectations, creativity and academic challenge under the three pillars of excellence, equity and wellbeing. I believe in establishing sound foundations and traditions while lighting the fires for future growth. Strong traditions breed values of integrity, tolerance and service, while educational research delivers an innovative curriculum promoting curiosity and self-worth.

At the core, Somerville Secondary College is a school that is a trusted space where students can be themselves and aspire to academic and co-curricular excellence. We believe in providing opportunities for students to discover their passions and build their capacities for action and influence within their many life contexts. We believe in the understanding that learning is for all, proceeding on the basis that all students can learn given enough time and support, and that good schools and good teaching make a positive difference to student outcomes of all ability levels and at all developmental levels. As Principal, I seek for all our students, to have the opportunities creative and caring thinkers well prepared to make their mark on the world.

In our complex and ever-changing world, today’s young people will be faced with a unique set of challenges in the future. It is our responsibility to ensure our students are prepared for their journeys beyond school armed with creativity, a positive mindset, and the knowledge and skills they will need to thrive.

To achieve this, Somerville Secondary College will continue to grow  as a  progressive, school of the community that is committed to providing personalised high quality curriculum, wellbeing and co-curricular programs that enable lifelong learning for every student, equipping them with the values, knowledge and skills to be ready to make their mark on the world. A school that enables students to develop their individual strengths and follow their passions, whether that be as academics, creators, innovators or athletes. Through emphasising the development of attributes and nurturing each student’s wellbeing and individual interests, we will foster an environment that helps students to develop character and achieve their best.

Somerville Secondary College and its community are to continue be linked to become inseparably linked. The significant contribution of our community to our school is of the highest importance to enable the development and success of the young people in our care, and there is a belief in a shared responsibility for creating tomorrow’s thinkers, leaders and positive change makers.

“Together we use our voice to challenge and grow a confident community”

We understand that every child is unique, and that there will need to be a range of different pathways to support the journey of each student through our school. We work in partnership with families to deliver a holistic education in which we will together equip our students with not only the desire but also the skills to play an active role in shaping the future, and to have a positive impact on the world.

The work we undertake is guided by our vision statement and College Values of Integrity, Respect and Responsibility. These values form the basis of all interactions between staff, students, parents and the broader community as we work together to support students in their learning to achieve their desired pathways.

I encourage you to visit us, speak to our staff and students and find out more about what your child’s journey could look like at Somerville Secondary College.

Sarah Burns


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