A very warm welcome and welcome back to 2018 for the Somerset community. Over this week we had 193 new students, 130 in the Junior School and 63 in the Senior School, begin their journey at the College and we certainly hope theirs will be as rewarding as ours.
We started the year with an enrolment of 1,513 from Pre-Prep to Year 12. On behalf of the College Board, I thank you for your continuing support of Somerset as we enter our 36th year.
We welcomed the following new staff:
Mr Spencer Attoe - Teacher, Senior School (PE)
Miss Eleanor Bamford - Teacher, Junior School – Prep
Mrs Carmel Ceh - Clinical Psychologist
Ms Bec Collie - Head of Junior School
Ms Ann Cook - Science Laboratory Technician
Mrs Kate Cornell - Teacher, Senior School - English
Dr Annette Eastwood - Exercise Physiologist
Miss Rebecca Ellis - Teacher Assistant, Junior School – Prep
Mr Anthony Farrugia - Assistant Cleaning Supervisor
Ms Suzie Frawley - Operations Assistant - Events
Mr Jeffrey Gambin - Groundsperson
Mr Keita Ishii - Teacher, Senior School – Languages
Ms Nikita Kerry - Functions Assistant
Dr Jill Margerison - Teacher, Senior School - English
Mrs Leigh McNeil - Teacher, Senior School – Science
Ms Nikki Penrose - Teacher Assistant - Junior School – Year 4
Mr Mark Pitura - Teacher, Junior School – Physical Education
Mr Elliot Roberts - Teacher, Junior School – Year 1
Mr Tony Scanlon - Assistant Cleaning Supervisor
Ms Lucy Spudic - Events Intern
Ms Emma Sturges - Strength and Conditioning Coach
Mr Jordan Wilkinson - Events Intern
Mrs Neesha Wyatt - Teacher Assistant, Junior School – Years 5, 6 and SS Duties
Mr Tim Wyatt - Teacher, Senior School (Learning Enhancement)
Welcome back to Mrs Annette Tayler, Mrs Eileen Wheeler, Mr Mario Keczan, and Mrs Aimee Zambolt.
There have been a number of changes to responsibilities this year:
Mr Dane Oman - Assistant Head of Department – Business and Humanities, Celebration of Entrepreneurship Co-ordinator
Mr Scott Walsh - Caretaker Head of House – Veivers (22 Jan to 2 March)
Class of 2017 Academic Results
A complete summary of their outstanding results are available at www.somerset.qld.edu.au but the highlights are as follows:
OP, Cohort of 109
12 OP 1s, 11%
OP 1 to 2, 24.8%
OP 1 to 3, 32.1%
OP 1 to 5, 46.8%
OP 1 to 10, 77.1%
OP 1 to 15, 94.5%
A median OP of 6
IB Diploma, Cohort of 11
• 40, 36, 34, 33, 31, 29, 27, 26, 26, 26
An average of OP7 equivalent
As part of the changes we made four years ago to find alternative pathways, we had 24 students complete an external Business Diploma. This enabled them to be given a rank score equivalent to an OP 9 for tertiary entrance purposes.
• Therefore, 85.5% of our students were treated as OP1 to 10 for tertiary entrance purposes.
• Likewise, with bonus points for other subjects (Languages and/or Maths C or Higher Level Maths), 25 % of the cohort were treated as OP 1s for tertiary entrance purposes in Queensland.
• The most common OP score over the past 20 years continues to be an OP1. There is only one other school that could claim this.
I look forward to meeting all parents at the Parents' and Friends' Celebration of the New School Year - Welcome to 2018 on Friday 2 February 2018 from 6.30pm to 9.00pm in Towers’ Quad. This function is a wonderful opportunity for parents new to the College and those returning to meet each other and the staff.
Please make this highlight function a priority on your calendar!