On Friday 20 July, sunshine and a picture-perfect Gold Coast winter’s day provided the perfect backdrop for a celebration of Somerset’s past, present and bright future. It was a day to come together to enjoy the Founders’ Day traditions; the All-age swimming and running relays, Tug-o-War, Courtyard Dash and the inaugural Steeple Chase.
The Fitness Centre Concourse was alive with laughter and song throughout the Founders’ Day Service. Chair of the College Board, Mr Tony Hickey OAM gave an engaging address; the laughter and enjoyment of students highlighted that tradition, a strong sense of community and passion in all things Somerset is alive and well! As a community we paid tribute to the founders of the College and recognised staff who had generously served the community for 20 years. Honours in student leadership along with the Somerset Spirit was recognised with the presentation of the Spirit of Somerset Awards. Our College Captains, Kydra Walden and Alexandra Gerrard described what the Somerset experience meant to them and our Houses battled it out for the coveted Founders’ Day Championship Flag.
The pool came alive with the All-age swimming relay and momentum continued to build at the Spartan track for the running relay and steeple chase events. The day culminated in the Towers Quad, where the Smith, Arnison and Brown buildings were alive with the excitement of students, staff and invited guests, with Starkey House claiming victory for the Founders’ Day events.
Senior School Spirit of Somerset Award
Community Spirit of Somerset Award
Staff Spirit of Somerset
Junior School Founders’ Day Award
The Honours in Student Leadership Recipients
All Grade Swimming Relay Champions
All Grade Running Relay Champions Trophy
Infants Competition - The Brown Family Infants Tug-O-War Trophy
Junior School Competition - Inter-House Tug of War Trophy Donated by Mr and Mrs Brown
Senior School Competition - Somerset College Parents & Friends Trophy Inter-House Tug-O-War
Somerset College The Lawson Annual Courtyard Sprint
Boys / Riley Noon - 25.77 sec
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Girls / Ella Crough-Heaton - 28.85 sec