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Week 10,
Term Three, 2016

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With regret I have accepted the resignation of five of our wonderful staff, two from our teaching ranks and three from our non-teaching team.


  • Mr Rob Davies leaves us at the end of this term. Mr Davies has made a significant contribution to Somerset over the past 12 years, nine of those as Head of House – Starkey. We wish Mr Davies, his wife, Phillipa and children Chelsea and Andrew all the best for the future.
  • Mrs Katrina Fisher, with her husband, Tim, and children, Delilah and Florence, leaves us to venture south to Tasmania. In her leadership of the Theatre Arts, Mrs Fisher has provided to students and staff alike a creative and personal journey that will not be forgotten. We wish Mrs Fisher and her family God’s richest blessing as they venture south on this family adventure.
  • After, 26 years as a member of staff and several as a parent and volunteer, Mrs Elly Van Vliet has chosen the greener pastures of retirement. We thank Mrs Van Vliet for the many magnificent booklets, posters, flyers and classroom materials to name a few of the many documents she has produced for us all as Administrative Assistant – Printing; and wish her the very best as she moves into this exciting new phase of her life.
  • Mrs Sanya Cawson leaves us after 14 years on staff and we thank her for her contribution to the Senior School in Pastoral Services providing valuable administrative support to the Head of Senior School and the Pastoral Care team and to the Dean of Middle Years. We wish Mrs Cawson the very best as she and her husband, John, pursue new adventures.
  • Mrs Debra Cole left us in August. Mrs Cole has been with Somerset for almost seven years, three as a relief Teacher Assistant and almost four full time; working in Pre-Prep where her daughter commenced her schooling in Prep with Mrs Copperwaite.

I am delighted to announce that:

  • Miss Melinda Green has accepted my offer of the Head of House – Starkey position from the commencement of Term Four.
  • Ms Jacinta Hyman has been appointed permanent full time effective 1 January 2017.
  • Mr Damien Coleman, M Ed, Cert Ed, Dip Ed, B A, has accepted my offer as the Head of Department – Business and Humanities to commence 1 January 2017. Mr Coleman is currently the Dean of Studies at Palm Beach Currumbin State High School and has previously held positions as Assistant Dean of Senior School and Middle School at Canterbury College and as Head of Social Science at Trinity Lutheran College.

I’m sure you’ll join me in congratulating Miss Green and Ms Hyman on their appointments and in welcoming Mr Coleman to Somerset.

We welcome our new GAP Staff member, Mr Joe Stephen. Mr Stephen joins Miss De Waal and Miss MacPhee having arrived recently from the UK. We have also recently welcomed Mrs Lindsey (Linny) Clayton to the Health Centre as College Nurse and Ms Kikuko Heaton to the Catering Staff. Ms Heaton will be assisting with the service of meals to students and staff and in the kitchen as Kitchen Hand. I’m sure you will make both Mr Stephen and Ms Heaton welcome.

The following members of staff will take various periods of long service leave and we wish them a relaxing and enjoyable break:

  • Mr Brad and Mrs Clare Walker – who jetted off to Europe on the weekend. We welcome Mr Matt McLaughlin and Mrs Alana Walsh who are covering Mr Walker’s and Mrs Walker’s classes respectively.
  • Ms Gail Hudson
  • Ms Selena Muscat
  • Mrs Carrie Smith
  • Ms Jenny George
  • Mr Andrew Halloran; and
  • Miss Tracey Payne and Mr Dion Solihin who will take long service leave in Term Four and we welcome Mr Tom Betts who will teach Miss Payne’s classes and former parent, Mrs Leigh McNeil, who will teach Mr Solihin’s classes.

We wish all the best to our Rowers and Basketballers as they compete in the Queensland Schools State Rowing Championships and the Queensland State School Basketball Championships.

We wish bon voyage to our Ski Trip and the MYP Thailand Trip.

I wish all in the Somerset Community a restful and enjoyable term break.

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