Teaching and Learning at SomersetCollege are the responsibility of the Deputy Headmaster who chairs the Teaching and Learning Committee, consisting of:
The Deputy Headmaster
The Dean of Middle Years Learning
The Academic Counsellor
The Head of Senior School
The Dean of Activities
The Heads and Directors of the major curriculum areas
The Year 8 Supervisor and
The Junior School Deputy
The curriculum is constantly being reviewed at Somerset with the aim of providing the best possible educational experience for our students. Changes are always carefully considered and stem from developments in educational theory and practice. At post-compulsory level (Years 11, 12 and 13) the Queensland Board of Senior Secondary School Studies Certificate is the vehicle by which students complete secondary education and gain accreditation for work and further study. In addition, the introduction of the international first year university level course, The International Baccalaureate Diploma programme, gives our students access not only to universities in Australia, but all round the world.
Prep to Year 3
This concept provides continuity of experiences as children develop and grow in the early years. A child's first experiences at school are among the most important in life. Each aspect of the child's whole self - physical, social, intellectual and emotional development is nurtured by trained and highly qualified classroom teachers. Teachers take the time to help all young learners to -
Develop early literacy and numeracy skills
Form social relationships
Discover, explore and solve problems
Share their understandings and feelings
Learn about self and about being part of a group
Encompass Christian values in daily school life
Specialist teachers involve children in -
Motor skills programmes
Languages Other Than English - Italian (from Year 2)
Throughout the year we celebrate community events such as -
Years 4 to 7 Students take a common core of subjects from the eight key learning areas - plus Religious and Philosophical Studies. English - ESL where needed Mathematics including Maths Problem Solving Extension Science Humanities Languages Other Than English Italian in Years 4 and 5 and German, Japanese or French in Years 6 and 7 Technology - Computing, Graphic Art Web Design The Arts - Visual Art, Music Drama Health and Physical Education - Health Education, Physical Education, Sports Programme, Outdoor Education and Swimming Religious and Philosophical Studies - Religious Education, Pastoral Care, Personal Development, Chapel / Seasons programme
Year 8 As Year 8 is regarded as an introduction to Senior School curricula, all pupils take the same subjects. Language A (English) Language B (French, German or Japanese) Humanities Mathematics Science Arts Religious and Philosophy Physical Education and Technology Years 9 and 10 The Subjects in Years 9 and 10 consist of core subjects including English, Mathematics, Science, and Humanities, Physical Education and Religious and Philosophy and elective subjects which may include Art, Arts Technology, Design Technology, Drama, French, German, Health and Physical Education, Information Technology, Japanese, Multi Media Studies, Sound Effects and Engineering, Music and Studies in Commerce. All pupils select three subjects from the electives offered in Years 9 and 10.
Years 11 and 12 Queensland Board regulations specify that students take 5 subjects over the 2 years or 4 semesters to be eligible for an Overall Position (OP) score. English is compulsory and must be passed at the very least at SOUND achievement to be accepted into university. At Somerset we insist that students take 6 subjects and include in the compulsory category, one of three types of mathematics.
3-YEAR SENIOR PROGRAMME The 3-Year Senior Programme is closely aligned with the Sports Excellence Programme at the school. This is a novel approach to coping with the demands of the senior year of study and has served many students of Somerset College over the years. Now formalized and structured, the programme is co-ordinated by the Deputy-Academic. Students who undertake the 3-Year Senior/Sports Excellence Programme, do so from the start of Year 11 and undertake to complete the two years of their General Certificate (Year 12 subjects) over three years (4 subjects per year).
THE INTERNATIONAL BACCALAUREATE DIPLOMA COURSE At Somerset students have the choice of doing either the QSA Certificate only, of doing the QSA Certificate course and the IB Diploma course, or of doing the IB Diploma by itself. The IB Diploma course is an international senior diploma course that is valued and recognised by all Australian and International universities. With the IB, students still take 6 subjects and these 6 subjects will be acceptable to both the Board and the IB organisation. Students taking the IB will also undertake a course called The Theory of Knowledge, write an Extended Research Essay and play sport, undertake a creative activity and do community service of some sort (CAS). All senior students at Somerset, whether they be IB or OP students will take the Theory of Knowledge and CAS, albeit, in a more restricted form for non IB Diploma students.
The Queensland Core Skills Test - All senior students who wish to be OP eligible must also sit for the QCS test in September of their final school year. The QCS, Queensland's only common external test, is used to moderate the school assessed mark. The test consists of a Writing Task, two Multiple Choice papers, and a Short Response paper. QCS practice is a regular occurrence at Somerset.
THE SOMERSET SPORTS PROGRAMME (at a glance) At Somerset we offer -
THE SOMERSET CO-CURRICULAR PROGRAMME (at a glance) At Somerset we offer -