offers a wide
range of committees which all service different facets of the school community.
From the Community Services Committee,
to those who are passionate about science in the Science Committee, to anyone
who simply enjoys creative writing in Wordsmiths, there is a committee to
represent nearly any interest area! The aim of the committee structure within Somerset College
is to enable students to become
active members of the school community by encouraging them to meet as a
like-minded team and contribute to the school, or improve aspects of it for the
benefit of the greater group.
Involvement in committees provides senior
school pupils from years 8-12, the opportunity to meet together on a regular
basis and discuss and plan term projects, events, competitions and fundraisers.
Once a term the chairpersons of the
individual committee’s meet with the Captain of Committees to discuss committee
projects and generate new ideas which can be seen on the individual committee
The International Committee
The aim of the International Committee is to enable pupils
at Somerset College to be aware of International
issues and to recognize the multiculturalism at our school. The committee has achieved this by organizing
events such as Harmony Day Chapel.
Through this event, we recognize the 53 different nationalities at Somerset College and give pupils the opportunity to
hold up their country’s flags with pride.
Orange ribbons are sold throughout the school to symbolize the harmony
we have between different nationalities and cultures.
Other events we have planned include a silent auction, which
will see the money raised going to an underprivileged school in Africa and a
Wish for Peace Day chapel, which will allow us to take time to appreciate the
peace we have in Australia.
The Wordsmiths Committee
One of the many highlights of joining the Wordsmiths
Committee is the annual Wordsmiths retreat.
So what is the Wordsmiths Committee and where do they retreat to? The Wordsmiths comprises of a group of pupils
who enjoy creative writing, reading a variety of literature, performing poetry
and song and generally improving their writing skills across all genres. A relaxing environment, under the guidance of Dr Brohier, pupils hone their writing skills through experimental writing
sessions which are held on a regular basis.
Every May pupils rug up and head up a mountain for a weekend
retreat to share writing ideas and utilise the inspirational setting of Mount Tambourine. A variety of workshop sessions are held,
mixed in with some meditation and the odd soccer game. Pupils write enthusiastically for most of the
weekend and present their original material on the final afternoon.
In addition to the Wordsmiths regular meetings, committee
members are given the privilege of hosting one of the many talented authors who
attends the Somerset Celebration of Literature.
Members introduce the author at the beginning of each session at the
Literature Festival and see to it that they are well looked after.
Community Service Committee
Our committee provides awareness of International, national
and local issues, whilst providing support for chosen charities through
promotions, donations and appeals. One
of our biggest events for the year is our involvement in the 40 Hour famine
which is widely supported by the Somerset
Technical Services Crew
The Technical Services Crew provides invaluable assistance
to the many functions, musicals and events held at Somerset College. Pupils in the Crew work seamlessly together
to ensure that events such as The Celebration of Literature, weekly Chapels, Scholars’
Day, House Plays and Purple Faces, to name but a handful, are provided with
quality sound and lighting.
supports rugby and we have recently introduced a Rugby Committee with the aim
to improve the College’s already high standard of facilities. Future goals include raising funds for a
score board and other equipment which will better the standard of rugby
facilities and performance at Somerset
College in the future.
Sports Development Committee
2007 has seen the inception of the Sports Development
Committee, which aims to develop the sporting aspect of Somerset College. The focus is currently on use of the Ray Building,
in particular the climbing wall. The
committee wishes to promote the benefits of fitness within the school by
organising events which fully utilise our state-of-the-art equipment such as
The Environmental Committee
The Environmental Committee provides an increased level of
environmental awareness throughout the junior and senior school, via a wide
range of initiatives and activities. The committee encourages pupils to involve
themselves in events such as Save the Koala Day, Tree Planting Day, Clean up
Wyangan Day and gardening in the College’s grounds.
The Science Committee promotes all things Science! In 2007 during Somerset College’s
Science Week, members of the committee organized experiments in the Quad, with
the theme being “Pigs May Fly”. Members also involved themselves in the judging
of Somerset Science Competitions and have advertised and encouraged the
participation in many other Science-related activities.
Inkspot is Somerset
College’s very own zine, published on
a quarterly basis for the enjoyment of Somerset College
pupils. This light-hearted and popular publication
keeps everyone up-to-date with facts, trivia, quizzes and news-worthy
items. Members of Inkspot get a taste of
what is involved in researching and writing articles, editing them, collating
and distributing to the student body on the last day of each term.
Over the past few years the Engineering Committee has worked
continuously and tirelessly on designing and constructing a Lotus 7 replica,
from scratch. The whole process began
over five years ago with the initial planning and designing of the space frame. Once the design and materials were chosen,
the main box section frame was constructed.
Over the years, more components have been added to the frame, such as
the boot section, floor and seat belt brackets.
The car is near completion due to the hard work and
dedication of the smallest committee in the school.
To foster an appreciation of art and culture within the
community of Somerset
College is the main aim
of the Cultural Committee. Pupils meet
irregularly throughout the year to attend events which expose them to a wide
variety of cultural mediums in order to broaden their knowledge of the arts and
meet like-minded people.
As well as assisting Heads of House with the organization
and management of sporting carnivals, the main purpose for each of the House
committees is to increase House spirit throughout the year. Members of each House Committee organize
decorations and snacks for their House participants at each of the major events. Each House strives to be competitive and are
encouraged to add to the atmosphere through colourful dress and the chanting of
House war cries. In addition to sports
carnivals the members assist in the running of events that are unique to each
individual House. Purple Faces is a
fundraising event held by Franklin House which provides pupils from any House
to showcase their talent in a night of singing, dancing and stand up
comedy. Andrews House has big plans to
raise money in 2007 to assist a local charity, by holding a side-show carnival.
The Senior Committee meets every second Tuesday with the
representatives of the sub-committees: Fundraising Committee, Senior
Magazine Committee, Senior Ball Committee, Senior Photography Committee and
Senior Jersey Committee. Every year the committee is in charge of organising
the aesthetics of the Senior Ball, including menus, invitations, guest lists
and venue decorations. The committee is also responsible for designing and
organising the senior jersey and collating information and pictures for the
Senior Magazine and power point presentations at the Ball and Valedictory
dinner. Furthermore, the fundraising committee works tirelessly throughout the
year to raise money through events, such as Movie nights, pizza lunches and
barbeques to put towards the senior gift which is decided on by the current
Seniors. Primarily, the Committee is responsible for voicing any concerns or
suggestions on behalf of the grade 12 body and ensuring the grade twelve’s
final year at Somerset
is as exciting and enjoyable as possible!