Kim Kiepe (Principal) Liz Washington (OGA President) and Peta Tilse (Old Girl and Guest Speaker) cutting the cake.


What a wonderful day was had by all on Friday 11th October at Commemoration Day, 2019 with strong numbers in attendance and a number of Old Girls electing to enjoy their Reunion catch up at the same time. We were entertained by Guest Speaker Peta Tilse (Old Girl Class of 1990) retelling stories from her time at Somerville House and and the influence her favourite subjects and teachers have had on her successful and diverse career in finance including financial compliance firm "Sophisticated Access" and co-founding the Australian charity platform "The Impact Suite" and authoring and illustraing a children's book "Benny the Binchicken".   Please see our story on Peta Tilse for further information ( Talented Violinist and Old Girl Flora Wong (Class of 2005) performed the following compilation; Joann Sebastian Bach, Sonata No. 2 for Solo Violin in A minor III. Andante IV. Allegro. Flora is a member of Brisbane-based new music septet Nonsemble, Associate Director of post-genre concert series Dots+Loops, and a Lecturer in contemporary violin at JMC Academy.  

Flora Wong (Violinist and Old Girl) pictured with Dr Murray Evans (Previous Principal 1988 - 2003)


Principal Kim Kiepe highlighted the role of Eliza Fewings who founded the Brisbane High School for Girls in 1899, later to become known as Somerville House, and her focus on the importance of educating girls. Kim thanked Old Girls for their support of Commemoration Day and those who had travelled from overseas to be there.  It was interesting to note the diversity in ages of Old Girls in attendance with the oldest Old girl aged 92 year old and the youngest Old Girl 18 years of age.  Kim presented her gift to the school of a special edition of the book "My Brilliant Career" by Miles Franklin for the Senior School library and the children's book ""Miss Franklin: How Miles Franklin's brilliant career began" by Libby Hathorn.  

OGA President, Liz Washington focussed on the important role of past principals Harker and Jarrett who lead the school across three decades over some of the most significant changes to the school including moving the school to its current site and the purchase of the school by the PMSA.  Please see our story on Harker and Jarrett for a more detailed look at the ladies important role in the history of the school ( Liz also presented the principal with the Old Girls' Association's gift to the school of a "Reflection Bench" which will also carry a special plaque and be located next to the chapel.  "It is our hope that the seat will offer a quiet space for students and visitors to take a peaceful moment, to reflect upon the importance of self-love, self-confidence and kindness.  The bench signifies the fact that as Somerville Girls, the OGA will always have your back." (Liz Washington, OGA President).

Many Old Girls stayed on for a light luncheon served at Cumbooquepa following the service.  This provided an opportunity for ladies to continue to catch up with fellow alumni as well as admire the recent renovations completed to the stained glass windows (A special project financed by Somerville House Foundation).  We were also pleased to present a number of Old Girls with the Special Gold Rimmed Badges the OGA has purchased to honour Old Girls reaching the milestone of 50 Years as an Old Girl. We hope that all enjoyed the day and we have organised a selection of photos from the day here for you. You are welcome to view the complete library of photos taken by the OGA at the following link  Look out for our news piece on the 120th Birthday Lunch - coming soon! What a day!  What a weekend!




Janice Anderson (Boyling, Class of 1965) receiving her 50 Year Gold Rimmed Badge


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