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									Somerset Times
No.7, Term One – 9 March 2012

Congratulations Andrews House, winners of the 2012 House Plays Festival with Quiet, Please!

From the Headmaster
Congratulations to all the Senior School students who took part in the annual House Plays Festival last week. Once again, the
standard of acting, directing, producing, writing and entertainment was simply astounding. I know that the students do put their
heart and soul into these events. Everyone is a winner but Andrews took home the lollies with a superb ensemble piece about
literary life, Quiet Please – the audience was anything but!

Next week is one of the College’s signature events, the Somerset Celebration of Literature. Over 30 authors will be joined by
thousands of local, regional and metropolitan students and teachers, all hungry for the word, spoken, written and performed. What
a wonderful gift to the community and we thank Dr Michael Brohier and his literary team for their faultless preparation.

If you haven’t seen the Celebration in action, pop along; the atmosphere in Towers Quad is enough to know that, 19 years on, it is
still a winner.

The following week we will host former College parent, Mr Graham Hyman, as he unlocks the mysteries of that most mysterious
of beasts … the teenager. If you haven’t heard Graham talk, you have missed something that will make you laugh, and cry, and
ponder, and plan, but most of all help you to help your children

Graham is a professional public speaker with 40 years’ experience working with teenagers, their parents and teachers. Graham
will speak to a gathering of interested parents and friends on Thursday 22 March 2012 at 7.00pm in the Performing Arts Theatre. 
Tickets are available online at for $10.00 per person.  

Craig Bassingthwaighte

Personal Success | Global Outlook
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  Stop Press: 2012                               Junior School – Parent Teacher Interviews
  Family Directories
  The 2012 Family Directories are now
                                                Parent Teacher interviews will be held for the Junior School on Monday 12, Tuesday 13 and
  available on the College portal, My
                                                Wednesday 14 March. Log-in details were mailed home last week. Access for everyone
                                                commenced on Monday 5 March at 10.00am, and booking access will close on Monday
                                                12 March at 10.00am. 
  The directories may be accessed by
  going to either the Junior School or
  Senior School tab on the portal, and          Click on the PTO icon (pictured right) on the College website home page to book your
  selecting the relevant directory from the     times. If you encounter any problems please contact Louise or Linda in the Junior School
  Documents menu on the right hand side         Administration Office on 5559 7372.
  of each of those pages.
                                                Louise Woods and Linda Keefer
  Parents are encouraged to utilise the         Junior School Administration
  online directories, however a limited
  number of hard copies will be available
  from Junior and Senior School Reception.
                                                Junior School Musical – Mulan Jnr.
  Bird and Bush
                                                “I’ll make a man out of you”!
  Retail Centre
  Message to Parents –                          Junior Musical Captains
                                                Congratulations to Nia Bickham and Mitchell Anderson who have been chosen as
  Closure during Celebration of                 the 2012 Junior Musical Captains. Nia and Mitchell have set very good examples of
  Literature, 14 to 16 March                    enthusiasm, behaviour, commitment and rehearsal etiquette each week and we believe
  Parents, please note that the Retail Centre   will continue to lead the cast through the busy end of term and into our performances.
  and Bird and Bush Café will be closed
  during the Celebration of Literature.         Change to Rehearsal Schedule – Tuesday 13 March (Week 8)
                                                Due to parent/teacher interviews we had originally not scheduled any rehearsals on this
  The Hard Back Café will operate instead       afternoon. We now ask that the 14 dancers in Keep ‘em Guessin’, Mulan and Mushu,
  over these three days, and students and       please be in attendance from 3.30pm to 5.30pm for some intense dance rehearsals!
  visitors may purchase morning tea, lunch
  and drinks from the Hard Back Café            Homework and Sunday Rehearsal
  during the Festival.                          Cast members are yet to sing with the gusto we would have hoped at this stage of term.
                                                To encourage further practice, lyric booklets have now been handed out. All songs can be
  A great range of snacks, meals and            found on the portal, My Somerset for some authentic sing-a-long with the whole family
  drinks will be available. Please note that    rehearsals at home! Don’t forget this coming Sunday’s rehearsal – 9.00am to 4.00pm for
  prices may differ from the standard Bird      Mains, and 9.00am for 1.00pm for Chorus.
  and Bush menu prices.
  Please see page 12 for full details,          Please email me on the address below if your child is unable to make any scheduled rehearsals.
  menu and prices during the
  Celebration of Literature.                    Mercedes Wilson
                                                Junior School Music Teacher
  Retail Centre Staff                 

  Knoweldge and Information Precinct – Fundraising Appeal
                                                At the Parents’ and Friends’ Association Welcome Function in February, Tony Hickey,
                                                Chairman of the Somerset College Board, officially launched the Somerset College
                                                Foundation’s appeal for funds to assist with the construction of the Knowledge and
                                                Information Precinct, to be known as the Dr Peter Brown Building.

                                                This is a significant project and support is needed. It is a whole of school project and
                                                importantly all members of the College leadership have committed to support the appeal
                                                financially. The College Board, Leadership Team, Foundation Management Committee, the
                                                Parents’ and Friends’ Association and the Somerset Alumni Association have all pledged their
                                                support. For more information about how you can support the appeal please contact me.

                                                John Bacon
                                                Dean of Admissions
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Junior School News – Community and Services Initiatives

                                               ‘Sunnies for Sight’ Day Fundraiser
                                               On Friday 24 February, Year 7 students Sarah, Celeste, Risa, Gina, Jana and Ashraf devoted
                                               their time to a very worthy cause – ’Sunnies for Sight Day’. They outlined in Assembly how
                                               important it is to have money for research and to help those in need of better eyesight.

                                               The group enjoyed the idea of promoting this cause by asking the Junior School students to
                                               wear their favourite and zaniest pair of sunglasses. All those participating made an offer of a
                                               gold coin donation. The girls organised prizes for each year level and a teacher’s prize, too.
                                               A lot of fun was had by all and they raised a total of $108.75.

                                               Schools Clean Up Australia Day
                                               On Friday 2 March, a group of Year 7 students wanted to promote the ‘Schools Clean Up
                                               Australia Day’. Each year level was allocated an area to clean. It was great to see students
                                               armed with gloves, buckets and rubbish bags to beautify their College grounds.

                                               A big ‘thank you’ must go to Lachie, Harris and Sam who were very keen to have Somerset
                                               participate in this exercise, and to highlight the need to keep our College litter free and
                                               promote this community project.

                                               Year 7 Cohort

Mulan Jnr. Quiz                                       Somerset College
This week’s question: In the Disney
film, what animal does Mushu the                                                   Production of
dragon believe Mulan’s horse to be?

Junior School
Get Togethers
Year 1 Get Together
Coffee before Easter Hat Parade                             Music and Lyrics by Matthew Wilder and David Zippel, Stephen Schwartz, Jeanine
                                                                                      Tesori and Alexa Junge
When: Friday 30 March, 9.00am
Where: Mudgee Bah Cafe, Shop 21                            Music Adapted and Arranged and Additional Music and Lyrics by Bryan Louiselle
         60 Railway St, Mudgeeraba                                     Book Adapted and Additional Lyrics by Patricia Cotter
Contact: Kathryn Dolan 0417 616 921
                                                                  Based on the 1998 Disney film “Mulan” and the story “Fa Mulan”
         Helen Evans 0423 948 381                                                    by Robert D. San Souci
         Trish Franklin 0409 183 382
                                                                        By arrangement with Hal Leonard Australia Pty Ltd,
                                                                        exclusive agent for Music Theatre International, NY
Year 4 Get Together
Join the Year 4 table for the Celebration
of Literature Literary Lunch with Dr Karen                  Wednesday 28 March 2012                                           6.30pm
Brooks. Simply book online and ask to be                    Thursday 29 March 2012                                            6.30pm
seated at the Year 4 table. Tickets are also
available at the Events Office.
When: Thursday 15 March, 12.30pm                            Performing Arts Theatre, Somerset College
Where: The Ray Dining Room, Somerset
Contact: Wendy Sonia 0407 167 495                                                    Adults $20.00

          Carol Ann White 0415 823 139                                     Student/Concession $10.00
                          Tickets available online at
                                                           Tickets Available from Wednesday 21 March
Year 7 Lunch – Thank You                                          Tickets for this amateur production of “Mulan Jnr” may also
                                                                 be purchased from the Somerset College Events Office between
Thanks to all parents who joined us on
                                                                      the hours of 3.00pm and 4.00pm, Monday to Friday.
1 March for a very enjoyable get together.                                    No phone bookings will be accepted.

Julie Beaumont                                                                      Enquiries
Year 7 Coordinator                                             Phone 5559 7382 or email
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  Guest Speaker – Parents from All Year Levels Welcome

                                                 Graham Hyman – Thursday 22 March 2012
  Senior School                                  Graham Hyman (pictured) has been a professional public
                                                 speaker since 1972. He began volunteer youth work when
  Get Togethers                                  he was 14 (running after school programmes for latch-key
                                                 children) and in 1988, together with his wife, Jadie, he began
  Year 11 Luncheon                               Youth Specialties Australia as a youth work training company.
  When:   Friday 23 March, 12.30pm
  Where:  The Glades Golf Club, Robina           Today, Graham addresses around 80,000 people annually
  RSVP:  Marianne Ioannou 0418 759 343           at educational conferences, corporate events and student
              Fiona Cary 0410 572 636            seminars. Graham works hard to not fall into the mould of
              Therese Bourke 0409 058 196        the classic ‘motivational speaker’. With 40 years of experience
                                                 working with teenagers, their parents and teachers, Graham
  Year 12 Parents Get Together                   has a sensational ability to inspire people to action while they
  When: Tonight, Friday 9 March, 7.00pm          laugh at themselves and their world.
  Where:  3 Florence Court, Isle of Capri
  BYO:     Drinks and a plate of finger food     Graham will be appearing at Somerset College on 22 March 2012. Tickets are now
             would be appreciated.               available online at Tickets are $10
  RSVP:    Leisha Hay (Wright-Smith)             per person, and the evening will commence at 7.00pm in the Performing Arts Theatre.
             0407 706 028                        Parents from all Year Levels, both Junior and Senior School, are welcome to attend. For
                                                 further enquiries please contact the Bookings Office on 07 5559 7302.
  All parents are welcome for a catch-up to
  start this important year. We look forward     Andrea Lewis
  to seeing you there tonight.                   Events Coordinator
  Leisha, Donna, Sue, Lisa, and Eve    
  Year 12 Coordinators

                                                 Senior School – ACER Survey
  Dance Classes
  Parents from all Year Levels welcome!
  Adult dance class taken by qualified           Australian Council of Educational Research (ACER) Social-Emotional
  dance teacher. Mixture of jazz, tap and        Wellbeing Survey
  general fitness.                               Parents may recall that last year students in Years 7, 9 and 11 completed the ACER
                                                 Wellbeing Survey. This survey not only examined students’ social-emotional wellbeing but
  No previous dance experience necessary.        their resilience, attitude and coping skills; social skills and values; work management and
  Beginners welcome. Please wear exercise        engagement skills; and perceptions of home and school life, and their community. See
  gear and sandshoes.                   for further details of the survey.

  When: Every Thursday, 1.00pm to 2.00pm         Last year’s survey results were reported in the Somerset Times during Term Two, 2011; a
  Where: Koala House, Somerset College           summary of that material can be accessed now on the Pastoral Care page of the College’s
  Cost:    $12.00 per class                      website. Our overall Wellbeing Score last year was 119, which compares to the national
  Contact: Cathy 0407 690 814                    average of 115, within the range of 105 to 140. Over 20,000 students complete this
                                                 survey annually, so we feel this instrument provides us with a valuable benchmark.

                                                 As an ongoing commitment to promoting our students’ wellbeing we asked our current
  Zumba Classes                                  Years 7, 9 and 11 students to complete the survey this week. Students individually
                                                 answered around 90 online multiple choice questions. We expect the final report to
  Parents from all Year Levels are welcome
  to attend. All levels of ability are catered   be available late April, a document the Pastoral Leadership Team will are sure to find
  for, from beginners to advanced.               extremely valuable as we further develop our Wellbeing Programme.

  Join in, get fit and make some new friends.    Arnison Cup Update
                                                 With the completion of the House Swimming and Plays this term, 30 points of the 170 on
  When: Every Tuesday at 8.30am                  offer within Arnison Cup Competition have been decided. At the moment, Veivers leads
  Where: Koala House, Somerset College           the way on 22.5 points, closely followed by Starkey on 21 points, Andrews in third on 18
  Cost:    $10.00 per class                      points, Laver has 15 points, and Franklin has 13.5 points.
  Contact: Susan Hannah 0419 767 771
                                                 The next ‘big events’ will be the Founders’ Day events (held on 23 March) and the Cross
                                                 Country early in Term Two.

                                                 Adrian Johnson
                                                 Head of Senior School
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Interested in the                                Senior School – Curriculum Matters
Defence Force?
If so, there is an annual Youth Challenge
Programme for students in Years 9 to 11.         Australian Defence Force Careers
It is a one day programme, and our closest       This week the representatives from the Defence Forces came to speak to our Year 12
one is in Brisbane on Friday 20 April.           students about careers and study opportunities with the Defence Force. Students are
                                                 reminded that they should be applying for ADFA now if they wish to attend. All Year 11
This programme brings together students          and 12 students were emailed information last week about ADFA and the Defence Forces.
from different schools, Australian Defence
Force personnel and community                    UMAT Help Sessions
representatives to explore the many issues       UMAT help sessions are on every Wednesday morning at 7.45am for any student who
surrounding defence and Australia’s
                                                 wishes to come. Even if you don’t wish to sit the UMAT test, these sessions may help with
responsibility as a global citizen in the
                                                 logical thinking skills.
present and the future.

If you would like further information, go        QCS Test – Special Consideration and Practice Tests
to or see me.               Students need to ensure that they are applying for special consideration for the QCS test if
                                                 needed. For further information see Mrs Crowley.
Maree O’Connor
Head of Department – Business/Humanities         On the topic of QCS, our OP students sat their first QCS Multiple Choice practice tests for                     the year this week. These practice tests are vitally important in preparing our students for
                                                 this year’s tests.

Chess news                                       Karen Crowley
                                                 Academic Counsellor
The Somerset Number One team,          
comprising Alex Arase, Daniel Arase,
Kevin Tuffan and Vijay Randall, came
a commendable second in Round One
of the Gold Coast High Schools Teams
Competition. Particular congratulations to       Senior History Matters at Somerset
Vijay Randall who performed very well in
his first appearance in the top team.
                                                 Last week saw an exciting week of studies on Senior History here at Somerset. Or rather, a
The Number Two team (Elizabeth Kay,
                                                 particularly exciting week, as every week is exciting when one is a delver into the past.
Anastasia Laczko, Anneliese McConnell
and Isabelle Lee) placed ninth. It was great
                                                 On Thursday Ms Hudson and I took a large group of History buffs to the University of
to see an all-girls team doing so well,
in what tends to be a male dominated             Queensland’s Mayne Library. Everyone dusted off their Converses and Vans and then
sport. Our Number Three team placed              acted like university students for the day. Well not exactly, as our Somerset students
tenth. Well done to Brody Seignior, Blair        actually worked hard. They were impressed by the range of books that they could read on
Carey, Justine Kim and DJ Alexander. The         their topics, and they raided the shelves with gusto. It was certainly gratifying to see our
students in the Number Two and Three             historians balancing towers of books as they moved from shelves to desks.
teams are all capable of putting pressure
for places in the Number One team.               These historians did seem to enjoy their research in these convivial surroundings, plying
                                                 themselves with coffee as the mood hit them, and working under their own direction.
It was also very pleasing to see four students   Ms Hudson and I were impressed and pleased by the diligence and maturity of our
who have joined Chess late at Somerset           charges. It was also pleasant to run into Somerset alumni at the uni, most of whom were
doing well in the B Grade competition. We        wise enough to credit their success in life to their study of History as Somerset College
hope to see further rapid improvement            students.
from David Hambly, Vinesh Pranlal, Lachlan
Crankshaw and Ethan Batista.                     Later that day, back at the College, Ms Hudson and I ran a History Workshop,
                                                 concentrating on written research tasks. This workshop was particularly designed to assist
A feature of the competition last
                                                 students new to History in their application of the skills associated with History research.
Wednesday was the excellent team spirit
and sportsmanship of the Somerset players.
                                                 Those students who attended showed great enthusiasm, working with sources after a
We are very keen to see more students
                                                 long day at school. They certainly left the workshop feeling better prepared to tackle their
join the Senior School Club on Wednesday
lunchtimes in The Ray Building.                  upcoming research tasks.

Full results and photos can be found at          I have always maintained that studying History is good for the soul. Last Thursday’s              activities did little to disavow me of this idea.
                                                 Stephen Walther
Graeme Gardiner                                  Senior School Teacher
5522 7221                              
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  Senior School News – Reserve Bank Guest Speaker
                                                On Wednesday 29 February, 40 Somerset College Economics students joined over 100
                                                students from other Gold Coast schools to listen to Karen Hooper from the Reserve Bank
                                                of Australia talk about the Australian economy.

                                                From Karen’s speech we learnt that:

                                                •	   The tourism industry on the Gold Coast is suffering because of the high Australian
                                                     dollar – Yanni Spatiotis
                                                •	   Interest rates in Australia are at historically low levels – Anouk Deserranno
                                                •	   The economic situation in the United States has improved over the past six months –
                                                     Jake Dimond
                                                •	   Australia has very little government debt compared to the rest of the world – Chris
                                                •	   The carbon tax will affect headline inflation but not underlying inflation – Chelsea
                                                •	   Economics is “awesome and worth studying at Somerset” – Olivia Layani

                                                A big thank you must go to Mr Oman and Mr Juniper for organising the day. A special
                                                thank you must also go to Karen Hooper for taking the time to share her knowledge of
                                                Economics with us.

                                                Tegan Childs and Ashleigh McFarland must also be thanked for their efforts as Masters of

  The Hunger                                    Alistair Staines, Jonathan Svedneck and Tomotaka Onoda
                                                Economics Students
  Games – Movie
  Night Fundraiser
  World Challenge Borneo Trip 2012
  Just a reminder that the Hunger Games          Senior School News – RSL Youth Awards
  Movie Night is coming up and tickets are
  selling out fast! If you would like to come
  along and see the amazing movie, you          On Saturday four Somerset students were awarded RSL Youth Development Awards at
  can buy tickets from Sarah Stallwood-         Bond University.
  Hall, Year 12 student.
                                                The RSL Youth Development Programme has been designed to recognise and reward the
  Bring all your friends, family, neighbours    efforts of high-achieving Queensland students. The programme is offered through RSL
  and your pet goldfish! The movie night        (Queensland Branch) and Bond University.
  is on Wednesday of Week 10, but tickets
  are selling out so contact Sarah this week    Over 800 Queensland students from all walks of life have benefited from the RSL Youth
  if you would like to purchase the tickets     Development Programme since its inception in 2007. In 2012, the programme awarded
  to the social event of the season!            200 of Queensland’s most exceptional Year 10 and 11 students with an opportunity to
                                                share in over $500,000.
  All proceeds are going towards the World
  Challenge Borneo Trip.                        Grants are awarded to students for the following
  What:    Movie: The Hunger Games
  When:    28 March, 7.00pm approximately       •	   Academic Achievement (inclusive of Arts, Drama,
  Where:   Event Cinemas, Robina                     Dance and Media)
  Cost:    $15.00 entry only, $25.00 entry      •	   Sporting Achievement
           plus a medium combo                  •	   Community Leadership and Civic Participation
  Contact: Sarah Stallwood-Hall, Year 12
           Andrews, email STAL16840@            Well done to Somerset students Isabella Van Der Meer,
           Yolanda Gardiner, Brandon Lo and Kestin Roberts,
                                                (pictured right).

                                                Karen Crowley
                                                Academic Counsellor
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Library Lingo – iPads and Internet Safety

                                             They’re here and the Junior School children are very excited about the arrival of iPads in
                                             the Junior Library. The 2010 and 2011 Bookfair fundraising has been used to purchase a
                                             set of eight, as part of a pilot looking at their use and their educational benefits within
                                             the library setting and the Primary Years Programme.

                                             It’s only early days yet, but so far Year 4 children have used the app ‘Crazy Columbus’ to help
                                             with their current Unit of Inquiry concerning early exploration. In keeping with their class work,
                                             Year 3 students tried a ‘Story Builder’ app to record their voices and build up a story.

                                             There are so many apps which have educational value that our biggest challenge is
                                             evaluating them. As with any technology, it is the skills that they help our children develop
                                             that matter. There is no shortage of great forums and discussions around iPads and Apps.
                                             We look forward to sharing our journey with you over this year.

                                             Meanwhile, check the animation on the children’s faces in the photos at left – the
                                             engagement is clear. It’s been an interesting week.

                                             Safer Internet Day
                                             Tuesday 7 February was Safer Internet Day. As we all know, every day should be a safer
                                             Internet day. ThinkUKnow is a great initiative around helping us to keep our children safe
                                             online. Their e-newsletter raises some excellent discussion points for families to use when
                                             talking about Internet safety.

                                             Signing up for the newsletter is easy at Some of
                                             their points from their last newsletter are important for us to remember:

                                             •	   Yes, young people will often know more about technology than their parents but
                                                  young people do not know more about life and relationships than their parents.
                                             •	   Parents may not be able to explain how Facebook was built, but they can offer
                                                  invaluable relationship advice.
                                             •	   Parents can show children they are interested in their online activities by asking them to
                                                  share their expertise, for example showing how to upload a video on YouTube or comment
                                                  on a blog. It is important to find ways to keep the lines of communication open.
                                             •	   Parents can lead by example and provide a positive role model on what an ethical
                                                  digital citizen looks like.

                                             Finally, much parental concern about children and technology is based on a fear of the
Book Review                                  unknown. ThinkuKnow’s advice is not to fear technology because of a lack of understanding,
                                             but to learn more about it and to understand why children take to it so easily.
Harry’s War
by John Heffernen                            Meg Johnson
(Will suit readers 10 to 13 years)           Junior School Teacher Librarian
Harry is only interested in two things:
building model aeroplanes and listening
to his Grandpa’s war stories. But Harry is
also keen to understand what happened        Homestay Families – Information Evening
to his father and why his mother and
sister are keeping secrets from him. Harry
believes the only                            Thank you to all of the families who have offered to host the exchange students, who will
person being                                 soon be visiting us from Germany. An information evening will be held as follows:
honest with him
is his Grandpa.                              When: Tuesday 13 March from 6.00pm
When Grandpa is                              Where: The Pryor Dining Room (located on the upper floor of the Arnison Building)
unveiled as a fake,                                 for all students and their parents hosting a student.
Harry struggles to
see the truth in                             If you are unable to attend the meeting could you please let me know via the email
anything and finds                           address below. Thank you again for your involvement in the exchange programme.
himself fighting his
own personal war                             Sarah Worsfold
in uncovering the                            Subject Co-ordinator – German
stories of the past.               
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  Co-Curricular                               Music News
  Any changes to Co-Curricular lessons for
  Term Two must be made by the end of
  this term. Notification for the cessation
  of lessons must be made in writing to       The Performing Arts Centre has seen a brief hiatus this week as the College gears up for          the upcoming Celebration of Literature and the Junior Musical.

  Changes regarding the cessation of          This follows a very hectic week with the House Plays, followed hot on the heels by many
  lessons not received by the end of term     of our students being involved in practical assessments throughout the week and with
  will incur charges for Term Two lessons.    more following next week.
  New enrolments are to made through the
  Co-curricular enrolment for 2012 as found   Congratulations
  on the College website home page.           Congratulations to Hannah Letica Hamar who has been awarded Trinity Guildhall’s Junior
  Diary Dates                                 Medal for receiving the highest marks in Queensland (for Grades Initial to Year 5) for her
                                              Speech examination undertaken at the end of last year.
  Term One is very quickly moving towards
  its conclusion. The list below has the
  dates for the remainder of the term.        She will receive this, as well as her Top of The State Award, in Brisbane on Sunday 1 April.
  Reminders for the following weeks will      Well done, Hannah. Congratulations also Miss Skelton, Hannah’s teacher!
  appear in each week’s newsletter.
                                              Upcoming Performances
  14 to 16 March                              During the Celebration of Literature, there will be the opportunity to see various
  Somerset Celebration of Literature          ensembles perform at the many functions that occur during the week.

  20 March                                    Keep your eyes and ears peeled throughout the week for performance by our students.
  Performers in Training Series Concert
                                              Sue Roberts
  28 to 29 March                              Director of Music
  Year 6 and 7 Musical, Mulan Jnr.
  30 March
  Grandparents’ and Special Friends’ Day

  Celebration of Literature

                               beyond the book
                               S O M E R S E T    C E L E B R A T I O N       O F    L I T E R A T U R E

                                                 14 to 16 March 2012

                                       Get your tickets now! It’s on next week!

          Remember that there are plenty of inspiring sessions and functions for adults as well as students.
                        Don’t miss this great opportunity to support and celebrate literature.
          Check out the website for further information and to book. Catered functions require pre-booking.
                                      Please purchase your tickets this weekend!
                       +61 (0)7 5559 7382 • •
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A Student’s Perspective – Celebration of Literature

One of the most anticipated events at Somerset
The Somerset Celebration of Literature, a festival celebrating books, creativity and the fun of reading, is one of the most anticipated events
on the Somerset College calendar. It’s a chance for students from schools all over South East Queensland and Northern New South Wales to
interact with their favorite authors.

Interview with fellow Year 8 student Olivia Sina about her thoughts of the upcoming festival:
Lauren: “So Olivia, what are you looking forward to about the Celebration of Literature in 2012?”
Olivia: “Well, I am looking forward to seeing lots of exciting new authors. Also, I don’t have any good books at the moment so finding
some new reads will be great – I can’t wait to meet all the authors!”

Lauren: “Are there any authors that you particularly liked last year?”
Olivia: “I saw lots of authors last year but my favourite was Richard Newsome – the author of the Billionaire Trilogy. I have read the trilogy
and it was great – I found it very interesting. I love the festival – it’s what I look forward to every year. There’s nothing bad about it –
good authors, good food, great entertainment! The only bad side is that it goes so quickly!”

Interivew with Erin Hegarty, Year 5 about the festival
Lauren: “Are there any authors that you are particularly looking forward to seeing this year?”
Erin: “Yes – I am looking forward to seeing Oliver Phommovanh because he is a stand-up comedian and he works with kids.”

Lauren: “What did you most enjoy in last year’s festival?”
Erin: “I enjoyed the food (Dippin’ Dots) and getting the authors to sign my books”

We are all looking forward to the Celebration of Literature – remember to keep the dates free and stop by! The festival will be held next week,
from Wednesday 14 to Friday 16 March. More information is available online at

Lauren McCarthy
Year 8 Student

Celebration of Literature for Adults – The Place To Be!
Now, most of you Somerset parents know about the Celebration Literature and how it enhances and broadens your children’s understanding of
literature. But what is in it for you? Many adults on the Gold Coast are coming to the Celebration Literature so their children can meet and learn
from their favourite authors, both Australian and international. They’re also coming because there are many interactive activities for adults! This
is why YOU should come to the Somerset Celebration Literature:

Adult Sessions:
•	   Remarkable Journeys – come and learn how travel fuels creativity
•	   Finding the Voice – find out how authors construct engaging, authentic characters for children
•	   Storytelling for Digital Natives – this generation is ‘screen’ obsessed; why read a book, when you can easily just watch the movie? Authors
     explore how to engage with an audience who gets most of its entertainment from a screen of some kind.

Adult Workshop:
•	   Vision Boarding with Tristan Banks (16+) – develop your own stories using different technologies to make it a three-dimensional experience!

Functions for Adults:
•	   Festival Launch Party – a chance for you to dress up and get linked in with the arts and culture movement on the Gold Coast and meet
     some of Australia’s best authors and illustrators, at the Radisson Resort.
•	   Literary Lunch – Make new friends and enjoy stimulating conversations in this book-club style ambiance with Dr Karen Brooks,
     internationally renowned for her insights into media and popular culture. Join Karen as she talks about comments, writing, pop culture, life
     and everything to do with her books and beyond along with a two course gourmet meal and wine.
•	   Literary Dinner – As the culmination of the festivities, you are invited to a formal dinner at the Radisson Resort. Come and join the party
     and hear from adventurous keynote speaker, Sandy Mackinnon. Celebrate the end of the week’s tribute to literary art and culture.
     Excellent food, drinks and atmosphere for socialising.

These are a few of the many reasons why Somerset is the place to be from 14 to 16 March! There is something for everyone, no matter age, gender,
or culture, to enjoy during this festive and joyous week. Come and meet and pay tribute to your children’s (and your own!) favourite authors and
illustrators. For more information check the Celebration Literature website or programme. Somerset Celebration of Literature: the place to be!!!

Sachi Chadha
Year 11 Student
Somerset Times
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                                   House Plays Festival 2012
                                   In a flurry of costumes, scripts, make-up and nerves, the House Play Festival 2012 has
                                   been completed!

                                   Both nights of the Festival were a fantastic success, and this was in no small part due to
                                   the effort and commitment shown by the casts, crew and directors.
 Above and below: Andrews House
                                   The audience was treated to a night of entertainment which included deaf librarians,
                                   considerations on the notion of selfishness, elopement, a Gran wearing Nikes, murderous
                                   musings, a gun toting hillbilly, Super Mario twins, a heat wave, Somerset ‘Survivor’, a tea
                                   party in a library, and the most unusual doctors waiting room that would have to be seen
                                   to be believed! In other words, just another House Play Festival!

                                   The Friday night of the Festival saw the adjudicator, Ms Flloyd Kennedy, having to decide
                                   to whom the awards were going to be presented. After much difficult deliberation, the
                                   following prizes were presented:

                                   •	   Best Actor trophies – Lucy Hammond, Sherwyn Dutt, Douglas Hallam and
                                        Jessica Middleton
                                   •	   Adjudicator’s Award – Starkey House Ensemble
                                   •	   Best Overall Play – Andrews House for Quiet, Please (49 points)
                                   •	   Second Place – Starkey House (42.5 points)
                                   •	   Third Place – Franklin House and Veivers House (42 points each)
                                   •	   Fifth Place – Laver House (40.5 points)

                                   Congratulations must go to the above award winners, but also to all of the casts and
                                   directors for their excellent performances. The adjudicator was very impressed with the
                                   Somerset talent which was showcased on Friday night and could not compliment our
 Above and below: Starkey House    students highly enough.

                                   Finally, thanks must go to the parents, staff and student volunteers who supervised,
                                   counselled, chauffeured and assisted in the myriad of ways to make the festival such a
                                   success. Thank you!

                                   Katrina Fisher
                                   Director of Theatre Arts

 Above and below: Franklin House   Above and below: Veivers House                   Above and below: Laver House
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Senior Sport News

                                            Kate Fitzgerald, Elysse Cornford and Annabelle Trimble, Surf Lifesaving
                                            Kate, Elysse and Annabelle (pictured at left) all attained their Surf Rescue Certificate on
                                            Sunday 26 February and performed their first Surf Patrol at Tugun on Saturday 3 March.

                                            The girls have been extremely dedicated, completing their course with great enthusiasm
                                            according to their trainer ‘Mick’ Rochester who has been having to drag them out of the
                                            water at the end of training sessions.

                                            Elysse and Kate represented Tugun last weekend in the Gold Coast Surf Titles in the
                                            Under 14 and Under 15, two person and five person Rescue and Resuscitation

Junior Sport News                           Kate and Elysse will also represent Tugun SLSC at the Junior and Senior Surf Lifesaving
                                            State Titles over the next fortnight on the Sunshine Coast. We wish them well and are
                                            very proud of their commitment, as they have spent many hours on the beach, focused on
Junior Regional Swimming                    winning in these three competitions.
Congratulations to our Junior Regional
Swimming Representatives.
                                            Kenza Benzenati, Athletics
                                            Kenza came second in the Under 16, 2km Steeple Chase at the Queensland State Club
Unfortunately this year none of our
                                            Championships. It was her second time racing in that particular event and now she has
little junior competitors have gained
                                            qualified for three events for the Nationals in Sydney (Under 16, 3km walk, Under 18,
selection to the State Team, however we
                                            5km walk and the Under 16, 2km steeplechase).
are very proud of their mighty efforts to
represent Somerset at this high level of
                                            Michaela Orsmond, Water Polo
                                            Michaela captained the South Coast Team at the Queensland Water Polo Titles in
                                            Toowoomba last week. They won the Plate and Michaela had an excellent tournament.
•	   George Orsmond: 11 Years Boys –        She will also compete at the State Swimming Titles in 400m, 800m and 1500m Freestyle.
     eighth in 100m Backstroke 1.31.32,
     eighth in 200m Individual Medley       Spartan Elite Training Group Changes
     3.08.88, and tenth in 50m Butterfly    The Elite running group led by Olympian, Mark Ladbrook has just extended invitations
     41.01.                                 to some Year 6 and 7 students. As a result, sessions times have been altered. This new
•	   Jade Mansell: 11 Years Girls – tenth   schedule will allow students to spend more “age appropriate” time together, as well as
     in 100m Breaststroke 1.42.86           having several more options.
•	   Annika Puhalla: 10 Years Girls –
     seventh in 50m Breaststroke 52.25,     Now available to choose from:
     twelvth in 50m Backstroke 52.68.
                                            •	   Years 6 to 9:     two afternoon sessions*
APS Swimming Carnival                       •	   Years 8 to 12:    two lunchtime Fitness Room sessions
A full report on Thursday’s APS Swim        •	   Years 10 to 12:   two morning sessions*
Carnival Report will be in next week’s      •	   *Years 6 to 12:   one afternoon session
Somerset Times.
                                            Sport This Week
Melanie Framp                               •	   Friday 9 March, 1.00pm to 3.20pm: APS Rugby/Netball Carnival and other sports
Junior School Coordinator – Health               practice round vs Trinity Lutheran College
and PE/Sport                  Sport Next Week
                                            •	   Wednesday 14 March, 3.00pm: Year 10 and Seconds Rugby vs Sunshine Grammar
                                            •	   Wednesday 14 March, 4.00pm: First XV Rugby vs Sunshine Grammar
                                            •	   Friday 16 March, 1.00pm to 3.20pm: APS practice round vs Emmanuel College

                                            The 2012 Sports Calendar is on the portal, My Somerset. All sporting fixtures and details
                                            are posted on My Somerset, Sports Tab at top right.

                                            Parents are welcome to email details and photos of their child’s sporting achievements
                                            to my email below.

                                            Shane Lunniss
                                            Director of Sport
Developing engaged global citizens aspiring to excellence,
demonstrating integrity and valuing difference

Rowing Club                                  Celebration of Literature Launch
Trivia Night 2012
When: Friday 20 April, 6.00pm               Now less than a week away, the Somerset
       (first Friday in Term Two)           Celebration of Literature will see some of Australia’s
Where: The Great Hall, Somerset             most recognised authors and illustrators entertain
       College                              and educate students and adults during the three day
Cost: $15.00 per head or $100 for           event. On Wednesday, Somerset held an exclusive
       a table of 10 ($5 students –         preview of Australia’s largest school-based festival.
       Year 8 and above)
BYO:   Drinks, snacks and coins for         Media were given the opportunity to meet the
       games                                creators of the festival, to hear from excited
Book: Call the Events Office on             students and to get a sneak peek at Gold Coast
       5559 7377.                           author Nadia Sunde’s new theatre performance,
       Tickets available online early       Nadia and the Blue Flamingo before its official
       April.                               Queensland launch at the Celebration of Literature.

Best Dressed Table Theme                    The anticipation is certainly building – only a few
This year’s theme is ‘The Olympics’.        days to go!
Come as your favourite athlete, sport
or anything to do with Olympics.            Georgina Watson
                                            Marketing and Promotions
Olympics Trivia Questions:        

This Week’s Questions:
(See next week’s edition for answers).

Q: What year was the first summer
                                             Catering During the Literature Festival
Olympiad televised live?
                                            The Retail Centre and Bird and Bush Cafe will be closed during the Celebration of
                                            Literature. The Hard Back Café will operate over these three days, and the menu is below.
Q: How many continents must a sport
be played on before the IOC will
consider making it an Olympic event?        Breakfast                        Lunch                          Drinks
                                            8.00am to 10.00am                11.00am onwards
Q: What Olympic sport is played with                                                                        Fresh Juice         3.00
stones and brooms?                          Fruit salad            3.50      Fruit salad             3.50   Water               2.00
                                            Yoghurt                2.50      Sausage rolls           3.50   Lemonade            2.50
Last Week’s Answers:                        Cereal                 3.00      Spinach/feta pasties    3.50   Coke                2.50
Q: What did competitors wear in             Bacon and egg wrap     4.50      Salad of the day        5.50   Iced Tea            4.00
the ancient Olympics? A: Nothing –                                                                          Flavored Milk       3.00
                                            Hash brown             2.00      Mixed sandwiches        4.50
                                                                                                            Poppers             2.00
competitors in the ancient Olympics                                          Assorted sushi rolls    3.50
competed naked.                             Morning Tea                      Cakes assorted          3.50   Coffee Cart
                                            10.00 am to 11.00am              Hot chips               3.50
Q: What Olympic event is about to                                            Hotdog USA              4.00   One Size
start when a jury director orders, “En      Fruit salad            3.50      Burger with the lot     5.50   Espresso            3.50
garde”? A: Fencing.                         Sausage rolls          3.50      Sweet chilli chicken           Flat White          4.00
                                            Spinach/feta pasties   3.50      wrap                    5.50   Long Black          4.00
Q: The winner of which Olympic              Salad of the day       5.50      Large macaroni                 Latte               4.00
event is considered ‘the world’s            Mixed sandwiches       4.50      with cheese             6.00   Cappuccino          4.00
greatest athlete’? A: The Decathlon.                                                                        Hot Chocolate       4.00
                                            Assorted sushi rolls   3.50      Calamari, chips,
                                                                                                            Tea                 3.50
                                            Cakes assorted         3.50      tartare and lemon       7.50   Herbal Tea          4.00

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