Somerset College (Australia)

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Somerset College
Latin: Deo confidimus
("In God we trust")
Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast, QLD
Type Private/Independent
Denomination Non-Denominational
Established 1983
Staff 180+
Enrollment 1400
Colour(s) Navy Blue, Green & White
Slogan Deo Confidimus

Somerset College is a private, non-denominational Christian school located in Mudgeeraba, Gold Coast, Australia.


Somerset College was officially opened on 16 October 1983 by Queensland Premier Joh Bjelke-Petersen. Its name is based on the fact the school is located on Somerset Drive, on a location formerly used for dairy farming [1].

The school's founding principal was Clifford Rodney (Rod) Wells. In 1980, Wells moved to the Gold Coast from Sydney with his wife, singer Roslyn (Dunbar) Wells, and obtained farmland belonging to property developer John Jenkins for a $1 deposit. For 12 months, Wells conducted feasibility studies, had meetings with the Queensland Education Department and held public meetings to establish financial, educational and community support. In 1981, a small group was formed as the first steering committee.

The first buildings opened on 27 January 1983 with 158 students in classes from Year 1 to Year 8. Staff, parents and students helped with the landscaping and laying of turf.

The school's slogan is the Latin phrase "Deo Confidimus" which translates to "In God, we trust".


The school is divided into the Junior School (Pre Prep to Year 6) and the Senior School (Years 7 to 12). Both have separate administration centres.

International Baccalaureate[edit]

Somerset College is one of three International Baccalaureate World Schools on the Gold Coast accredited to offer the IB Diploma Programme. It also offers the IB Middle Years Programme (MYP) and the IB Primary Years Programme (PYP), for which it received accreditation in 2006. In June 2006, the college hosted the Asia-Pacific International Baccalaureate Conference.


Each year in mid-March, Somerset College hosts its annual Celebration of Literature. The three-day festival features notable authors and poets from around Australia, and attracts around 20,000 school student and adult participants.[1] Past visiting authors have included: Douglas Adams, Paul Jennings, Geoffrey McSkimming, Kate Forsyth, Andy Griffiths, Andrew Daddo, Gretel Killeen and Terry Denton.


Somerset College's outdoor education curriculum includes camps for students in Years 6 to 11.[2]

Students in the Senior School from Year 9 and upwards are encouraged to take part in the student exchange programs. Students studying German are able to visit Germany every two years (on the odd years students host German students). Students studying Japanese visit Japan every two years. The Italian trip is available to Year 11 students undertaking ab initio Italian and takes place in the summer holidays before beginning Year 12. It takes most of the cohort studying Italian and the group travels all around Italy visiting many historic sites and stays with a host family and goes to their billet's school for the first couple of weeks.

There is also an annual ski trip, typically held in early September, where any student from the Senior School is able to visit Perisher Ski Resort in New South Wales for one week.

Student committees[edit]

Committee Activities
Technical Services Committee More commonly known as the Sound and Lighting Crew, this committee is responsible for the management of sound and lighting during all important events at Somerset College. Their duties include providing technical services for plays, musicals and during the Celebration of Literature. The students in this committee regularly maintain the technical systems of the Performing Arts Centre.
Sports Appreciation Committee The Sports Appreciation Committee was established in January 2009.
Wordsmiths Committee The Wordsmiths Committee's purpose is to assist with organization of Wordsmiths workshops and the Celebration of Literature. The main highlight of the Wordsmiths calendar is the annual Wordsmiths Retreat, where the group travels up to Mt Tambourine for a weekend of writing sessions with teachers from the English department, and performing of written pieces.
Campanology Committee The Campanology Committee consists of a group of students in high school who program the bells of Somerset College to play a large variety of music.
Environmental Committee The Environmental Committee monitors Somerset College's environmental impact.
House Committees House committees represent each house and organise decorations and support for competitors in sporting events such as the inter-house swimming, x-country, and athletics carnivals. They also organise special events held by each house: the Andrews Air-Guitar competition, the Franklin House 'Purple Faces' competition, the Laver House Jeans for Genes day fundraiser, the Starkey Fashion Parade and the Veivers House Milkshake stalls.
International Committee The International Committee is run by both International and Australian-born students. It aims to develop an international awareness amongst the school community. The committee is also responsible for special occasions such as Wish for Peace Day and Harmony Day.
Functions Committee The Functions Committee consists of a group of students, who waiter in special annual events. Events include dinners such as 11/12 dinner, Cultural Collage, Sports Dinner, Valedictory Dinner and others.
Science Committee The Science Committee is run by students, a teacher, a committee leader and a secretary. The committee helps run science related events, such as science week. Along with this the committee continually assist the younger year levels of the school in science-related experiments from the field of chemistry right through to physics and geometry.
Mathematical Society The Mathematical Society was founded in 2014 with the motto 'Encourage, Enlighten, Entertain'. The Society gave its first lecture on March 14, 2014 on the irrational number 'Pi'.
Inkspot Inkspot is Somerset College's newspaper. It is published once a term and written completely by those students involved with the committee.


Somerset College participates in the Associated Private Schools (APS) sporting season in both summer and winter. Sports include rugby union, netball, soccer and hockey in winter, and European handball, softball, cricket, Australian Rules Football, and touch football.

The School's traditional colours are green and blue.

Notable Alumni[edit]





  1. ^ "Celebration of Literature | Somerset College". Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  2. ^ "Student Life | Somerset College". Retrieved 2016-12-21. 
  3. ^ "Bryce Lindores Returns to Somerset!" (PDF). Somerset Times. 22 July 2011. Retrieved 3 September 2012. 

Coordinates: 28°05′33″S 153°22′28″E / 28.09250°S 153.37444°E / -28.09250; 153.37444