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Founded in 1922, Seymour College is one of Australia’s leading day and boarding schools for girls and is an International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
Our spacious campus, conveniently located in Glen Osmond, provides a unique environment where girls can thrive in their learning and find their own worth, beliefs and values.
The vision at Seymour is to develop women of strength, optimism and justice, contributing to an equitable world for all. This is achieved by uncovering the passions of every individual girl and inspiring them in their learning to ensure that they grow with every experience to become confident, driven, passionate and community minded young women.
There is no doubt that girls benefit from the culture and environment here at Seymour. The College is based on meeting the needs of girls; our focus is girls, their learning, their wellbeing, their needs and activities.
Seymour strives to give girls the best education to allow their leadership and other strengths to flourish. It is always GIRLS FIRST at Seymour College.
Seymour College is affiliated with the Uniting Church in Australia and the International Baccalaureate Organisation.
Vision and Values
Our Vision: Women of strength, optimism and justice, contributing to an equitable world for all.
Seymour inspires within each student a passion for lifelong learning, a celebration of community, and a quest for personal excellence.
- Excellence - we strive to provide opportunities for all students to attain personal excellence.
- Respect - we respect the humanity and rights of others, our Christian heritage and College traditions, and our local and global environments.
- Innovation - as we live in a dynamic environment, we encourage initiative and creativity, divergent and lateral thinking, independence and flexibility.
Clans and Scottish heritage
The College crest is made up of the cross of St Andrew, the thistle and the words "Crescam Ministrando" (the College motto). Since 1927 the Black Watch tartan has been used in the College following permission being granted by the Commander in Chief of the Black Watch Scottish Regiment.
From their establishment in 1927, the Clans have been an important part of the College and its Scottish tradition.
The four Clans are Bruce, Douglas, Stewart and Cameron (Wallace, 1927-29). Each year, the Principal appoints a Chief and two Chieftains to lead the Clan, following elections by members of the Clan.
Clan Bruce was named after Robert Bruce and the Clan Birthday is celebrated on the anniversary of the Battle of Bannockburn in 1314.
Clan Cameron was, until 1929 called Clan Wallace. The Clan Birthday is celebrated on the anniversary of the Battle of Preston which was fought between the followers of Donald Campbell and the forces of King George II in 1745.
Clan Douglas was named after Sir James Douglas. The clan birthday is celebrated on the anniversary of when the Castle Dangerous was surrendered to Sir James Douglas in 1306.
Clan Stewart celebrates its birthday on the anniversary of the day in 1745, when Prince Charles Edward raised the standard for the Stewarts of Glenfinnan in an attempt to regain the crown for the family.
In 1945 the traditional banners were first presented to the senior Clans on their birthdays. They are still carried at the front of the Clans on ceremonial occasions and on Sports Day.
The Seymour College Strategic Plan 2017-2022 continues to provide excellent learning and wellbeing experiences for girls in the 21st century. Our centenary in 2022 is an opportunity for further development on the global stage and for celebrating 100 years of success in developing women of strength, optimism and justice.
To view the Strategic Plan, please click below.
One of our commitments to the future is to deliver infrastructure for 21st century learning. The first step towards this future has been achieved through the building of the Yurrebilla Centre for Learning and Innovation. Additional projects, including the Stage 1 refurbishment of the Abbie building, upgrading learning areas in the Junior School and creating a new canteen at the Sports Centre have also reached completion.
The video below provides more information about the opening of Stage 1 of the Abbie building refurbishment in June this year.
Seymour College has an outstanding commitment to learning across an array of academic and co-curricular subjects, and this is quite apparent in the remarkable achievements of our girls.
The College offers a vibrant learning environment and a commitment to student wellbeing. Our staff go ‘above and beyond’ to deliver the very best education experience imaginable. The breadth and diversity of our curriculum gives every student the opportunity to achieve in a program tailored to her strengths and interests.
Our academic results and other achievements are evidence that Seymour is a wonderful place to learn, to flourish and to gain the academic base from which life’s opportunities will flow.
Academic Excellence - Class of 2018
We are extremely proud of the academic performance of our 2018 Year 12 cohort and congratulate them on their dedication, commitment and perseverance in their studies.
Congratulations to the 2018 Dux of the College and Dux of the Boarding House, Kristen, who achieved an ATAR of 99.7 and to Sophie M, Proximae Accessit, with an ATAR of 99.5.
67% of our SACE cohort were placed in the top 20% of students in Australia, having gained an ATAR of 80+ and 34% gained an ATAR of 90+, putting them in the top 10% of students Australia-wide.
We congratulate 2018 Head Girl, Anjana, who has been awarded a Governor of South Australia Commendation – Excellence Award 2018. This prestigious SACE award, of which there are only 25 presented in SA, recognises Anjana’s excellence in her SACE studies and the SACE capabilities of literacy, numeracy, critical and creative thinking, personal and social capability and her ethical understanding.
Congratulations also to Darcy (Year 11) and Year 12, Zixin (Vika), who have been selected to participate in the 2019 SACE Art Show.
2018 saw our first cohort of International Baccalaureate (IB) students graduate. An alternative to SACE, the IB Diploma is a two-year programme incorporating academic studies across multiple disciplines providing the opportunity to be exposed to and develop life-long learning skills and attitudes. We are extremely proud of their results, achieving a median ATAR of 95.75. 56% of the IB subject grades were 6 or 7 (7 being the highest), and the median subject score was 6.
20 IB Diploma and SACE students achieved an ATAR of 95 or higher for which they will be presented a Freda Gibson Medal at the Class of 2018 Awards Ceremony, to be held on Friday 1 February.
In addition, a total of 28 Merits were gained in the following subjects:
SACE - Biology, Dance, English, Ensemble Performance, General Mathematics, Mathematical Methods, Physical Education, Physics, Psychology, Research Project B, Solo Performance and Specialist Mathematics.
IB - Film HL, Mathematics SL and Spanish ab initio.
The majority of Year 11 students also submitted their Research Projects this year, of which four achieved A+ Merits.
Seymour College proudly offers a comprehensive and balanced educational experience, nurturing every girl to unlock their individual potential. As a result, our students consistently achieve top academic results.
Thank you to all staff, parents and guardians for their ongoing commitment and dedication to supporting the girls in their quest to become women of strength, optimism and justice.
We look forward to following the endeavours of each of the girls in the Class of 2018 as they embark on the next, exciting stage of their lives.
Please click below to view previous results:
Our Service Program - which has a local, national, and global focus - has a “head, hands and heart” approach.
Students engage locally and nationally with issues affecting many of our society’s marginalised, including Indigenous Australians, the homeless, refugees, women, aged, sick, disabled, and other vulnerable communities. Our College’s global focus is India, and every year a group travels to India to connect with our partner communities there. Our Service Learning Program is embedded in the curriculum and aims to move students from charity to justice and advocacy.
Our goal is to send out into the world a generation of young women who understand the role and power of advocacy, who are committed to making ethical and just decisions, and who have a desire to make a difference in our world.
Seymour College seeks to respond to today's challenges of nationhood and national identity in a way that comprehends the past and the present, and gives hope for the future.
We acknowledge the strength, courage and survival of Indigenous peoples, their status as traditional custodians of the land, and recognise the impact of history relating to land, cultures, languages and families.
Education has a critical role in supporting Reconciliation and so we make a professional commitment:
- To recognise our shared past, foster understanding, and work together for a shared future based on co-existence of rights in which all people are treated with respect and dignity.
- To actively support and implement a range of principles that value human rights, and counter stereotyping, institutional and personal racism across all cultures and nationalities.
- To support, encourage and promote educational opportunities that consult with and involve local Aboriginal communities, elders and traditional custodians.
- To ensure that all learners in our care and at all stages of schooling undertake studies to celebrate, value and learn from and about Aboriginal peoples - including the diversity of histories, cultures, languages, achievements and issues, past and present.
- To incorporate Aboriginal perspectives throughout the curriculum.
- To promote the use of recommended resources: print, video/DVD, audio, CD, and online, as well as relevant locations and cultural instructors.
- To support and promote an understanding of Indigenous Australian cultures within the general Australian community.
- To work towards encouraging the enrolment of Indigenous students, valuing the individuality of each, acknowledging the diversity of their backgrounds and preferred learning styles and supporting them to achieve success.
- To implement culturally appropriate strategies for Aboriginal learners to achieve equitable learning outcomes through literacy, numeracy and learning technologies.
Projects and Initiatives:
The Indigenous Focus Group was established in 2004 to promote interest in, and support the College's commitment to, Indigenous matters. Participation is open to students, staff and the wider community, and the group has involvement in various projects throughout the college. This includes celebrating significant events such as National Reconciliation Week and Harmony Day, and being involved in state-wide programmes such as Reconciliation SA’s Schools Congress.
Seymour College offers specific Indigenous Scholarships to support Indigenous enrolments and increase the diversity of our community.
In the role of Indigenous Student Coordinator, I am excited to offer the Indigenous students and families specific support and, as part of that, assist where I can to promote significant and relevant learning. I look forward to contributing to and experiencing the benefits of our ever-growing, diverse and culturally rich student population at Seymour College.
Indigenous Student Coordinator
Seymour College is a proud partner of the Australian Indigenous Education Foundation in achieving proven outcomes in Indigenous education. For more information, head to www.aief.com.au
Seymour College Board
The Seymour College Board meets at least eight times a year to discuss strategic issues for the College and to monitor the implementation of the College Strategic Plan.
Additionally, the Board holds an annual retreat to undertake longer-term planning.
The current members of the Seymour College Board are:
BSc (Hons), FCA, FAICD - Chair of the Board; Member Finance, Risk and Compliance; Property, Building and Infrastructure; and Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committees
Rosina is an accomplished board director and strategic consultant. Rosina’s executive career was in professional practice, where as a Partner at Ernst & Young she worked with leading global companies on their corporate strategy, business-model innovation and finance systems. Rosina delivers company director training nationally with the Australian Institute of Company Directors where she recently assisted in the development of a new AICD program Governing to Protect Vulnerable People. Rosina currently serves on the Boards of companies in the Health, Aged Care and Education sectors including Deputy Chair of ECH, Chair of Fertility SA, Director of GPEx and Chair of the Risk and Performance Committee for the Department of Child Protection. Rosina is a Fellow of the Institute of Chartered Accountants and Fellow of the Australian Institute of Company Directors. Rosina’s daughter attends Seymour College. Rosina is passionate about the difference education can make to young women in helping them determine who they are and reach their potential.
Dr Vivienne Brand
LLB (Hons), LLM, MEd, PhD – Chair Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee
Dr Vivienne Brand is an Associate Professor in Law at Flinders University, where she researches and teaches in corporate law and corporate governance. Prior to becoming an academic Vivienne practised in commercial law in Adelaide and undertook postgraduate studies in the United Kingdom. Vivienne is Chair of the Board’s Governance, Nominations and Remuneration Committee, which has responsibility for guiding the Board’s governance and the appointment of new Board members.
LLM (Cantab), LLB (Hons), BCom (Acc), BFin, GDLP - Chair Finance Risk and Compliance Committee
Brenton is the Executive General Manager of Finance and Corporate at Adelaide Airport. He is also a Councillor of the Property Council of South Australia and the Freight Council of South Australia. At Adelaide Airport he is CFO, General Counsel, Company Secretary and responsible for Corporate Affairs, Community, Sustainability, Risk and Aviation Business Development. Before returning to Adelaide Brenton was non-executive director of Sydney Airport and Hobart Airport and worked with Macquarie in London and Sydney after completing a Masters Degree at Cambridge University. Brenton is a Seymour parent and Chair of the Finance, Risk and Compliance Committee – in that role he assists the Seymour team to ensure that the College exercises best practice risk management and financial control.
B.Sc. (Computer Science)
Richard Dodsworth is currently a Director of Systems Engineering at Cisco Systems. He joined the company in the UK in 1997 before transferring to Singapore in 2001 and most recently returned to his home town of Adelaide in 2010. In his role at Cisco, Richard develops strategy and leads a diverse team of technical consultants across Asia-Pacific and Japan that provide guidance on technology directions to Cisco’s customers in the region. Richard is a current Seymour parent and as Chair of the Seymour College ICT Committee, he guides the direction of technology and education at Seymour. Richard’s expertise in this area contribute to ensuring that we are bringing the right type of technology to the learning environment and the wider Seymour community.
Dr Rachel Swift
D.Phil. (Oxon), B.Sc. (Hons), B.A., B.Sc. (Mol. Biol.), GAICD, AFCHSM
Rachel is the Managing Director at Swift Outcomes, a health care and education consulting firm based in Adelaide. Rachel has 16 years’ international experience in health care delivery and research including a decade with The Boston Consulting Group. She is an experienced director sitting on a number of Federal Government and NFP Boards. Rachel has worked extensively in the US, Europe and Africa including as a strategic advisor to the Special Representative of the Secretary General for the 2014 UN Ebola Emergency Response Mission and with the Clinton Health Access Initiative to launch a new program to combat maternal and childhood malnutrition. A Seymour Old Collegian, Rachel has held teaching appointments at the Universities of Oxford, Southern California, Adelaide, and Magdalen College School. She is a published medical and global health researcher with a doctorate in Clinical Medicine from the University of Oxford where she was a Rhodes Scholar. She also holds Bachelor degrees in Molecular Biology, Arts and Honours Biochemistry from the University of Adelaide.
BEng, MAS, FIEAust, MAICD, CPEng - Chair Property, Building and Infrastructure Committee
Stephen is an engineer with 30 years professional experience in the consulting industry. He is currently Global Client Director, Aviation at Aurecon and leads their global aviation business. Stephen has worked for a wide range of clients in Australia and globally, and has provided key advice relating to strategy, risk management, major project delivery while also serving on several Aurecon Boards. Stephen joined the Seymour College Board in July 2016 and became Chairperson of the Property, Building and Infrastructure Committee, after serving as a member of the Committee for the past six years. Stephen is married to Carolyn and their two daughters, Belinda and Georgina, attended Seymour College between 2009 and 2014.
Seymour Board Charter
To download a copy of the Board Charter, please click here.
To read a copy of the 2018 Annual Report, please click here.
To download a copy of the 2017 Annual Report, please click here.
Seymour College Executive
Kevin Tutt, Principal
Kevin Tutt was appointed as the 13th Principal of Seymour College in 2017. He is a highly experienced educator and school leader having worked in all sectors of education in Australia: Government, Catholic and Independent. He also worked internationally as Executive Chair of a leading educational based charity in Cambodia, for three years. Before joining Seymour, Kevin was Headmaster of Prince Alfred College for ten years after being the Deputy Headmaster of PAC for six years. He has held senior roles in schools in South Australia and Western Australia as Deputy Principal, Head of Department and Year Coordinator. He also spent three years as a Secondary Education Consultant for schools in WA. His first appointment as Principal was in 1993. Kevin holds a Master of Education, Grad Dip in Educational Administration, Grad Dip Education and a Bachelor of Social Sciences. He is passionate about the provision of high quality teaching and learning, holistic wellbeing, (which he calls GIRLbeing at Seymour), gender equality and leadership development. Kevin has two sons and one daughter, and two grandchildren.
Mark Stansborough, Executive Director Corporate Services
Mark joined Seymour College in July 2018, and has over 15 years experience in Advisory and Management roles across Corporate, Local Government and Private sectors. Mark brings strong commercial acumen and insight to the College’s operational areas, and as the Executive Director Corporate Services, Mark plays a key role in all aspects of corporate, financial and business management of the College. At a practical level, Mark is responsible for a diverse portfolio of functions including Finance, Legal, Technology, Risk & Compliance, Property & Facilities Management and Hospitality. Mark is a Member of the Institute of Chartered Accountants in Australia and holds a Bachelor of Commerce and Bachelor of Applied Finance.
Ruth Massie, Acting Deputy Principal/Head of Senior School
Ruth Massie graduated with Honours in Computers in Education, a postgraduate degree from Monash University after completing her Bachelor of Arts and Diploma of Education at the University of Adelaide. She has been a member of the Seymour College staff since 1996. Ruth has had many years experience as Head of English Faculty and Stewart Clan Guardian before taking on the Director of Studies role, Head of Senior School and occasional times as Acting Deputy Principal. Ruth is passionate about preparing young women with the positive attributes of strength, optimism, and justice, equipped to handle life’s challenges and to successfully transition to life beyond school.
Kia Sheidow, Head of Middle School
Kia holds a Bachelor of Education and qualifications in school administration and leadership. She is a member of the Responding to Early Adolescent Learners’ Reference Group (REAL) for the Association of Independent Schools of South Australia and was Chair of this committee from 2015 – 2017. Kia has facilitated demonstration classes across China for the Global Youth Ambassadors Project, as well as working with emerging educators of teaching practices focusing on assessment for learning. Kia is a Nationally Accredited Assessor of the Australia Professional Standards for Teachers. She is an accomplished educational leader who brings 26 years’ experience in middle schooling and student centred learning with a strong academic and wellbeing focus. Her specialist teaching fields are Design and Technology. Kia is a highly successful sportswoman, particularly in lacrosse, softball and netball. She holds coaching qualifications from the South Australian Sports Institute.
Vanessa Browning, Head of Junior School
Vanessa has an extensive career in primary education and leadership across a range of Australia’s leading independent schools and also internationally. She has worked in single sex and co-ed settings across the day and boarding environment. Vanessa believes in targeted and intentional teaching that fosters student engagement and enhances teacher impact enabling every student to achieve significant growth. Vanessa is driven by high expectations and excellence and is committed to a process of continual improvement. She prides herself on knowing each girl and building strong relationships with parents.
Susan Lock, Head of Seymour Early Years
Susan Lock has been a passionate teacher for 28 years and worked in all sectors of education including Government, Lutheran and Independent schools. With qualifications in both Primary and Early Childhood education she has taught many ages and taken on many different leadership roles. Susan's passion for Early Childhood Education began when teaching in a small area school in South Australia. In 1999, after traveling to Reggio Emilia for an intensive study tour, Susan set up the original kindergarten at Prince Alfred College. She joined Seymour College in 2014 as the Head of Seymour Early Years and has led the team to create a beautiful learning environment for both children and families. Susan’s focus is on the child - creating opportunities and environments to share and optimise their learning. Through her deep belief that children are capable and competent, she sees Early Childhood as one of the most critical stages of development. Her education focus lies in wellbeing and positive self-image, discovery through nature play, visual documentation and child lead inquiry. At Seymour Early Years, Susan aims to maintain our high standards in early childhood education and care for our youngest learners.
Hayley Hall, Director of Boarding
Hayley Hall is passionate about boarding. Hayley joined Seymour in 2017 and has been instrumental in redefining the boarding program, which has received recognition from the Australian Boarding Schools Association for its structure and effectiveness. Prior to joining Seymour, Hayley spent five years working in the Boarding House at Prince Alfred College, and so has extensive experience in both girls' and boys' boarding. Originally from London, Hayley has run a national hip hop dance school and a teacher training company. Hayley holds a Bachelor of Arts in Philosophy and Theology from Bristol University in the UK and she is a qualified Neuro-Linguistic Programming (NLP) trainer. Hayley is regularly invited to talk at national conferences, her most recent being the Australian Boarding Schools' Association and the Independent Children’s Association State Conference. Hayley is currently writing a book for parents, focusing on tips on how to raise teenagers. Hayley, her husband Mike, and their two children live on site at the College and love being part of the Seymour family.
Sally Penn, Director of Enrolments and Community Relations
Sally Penn is the Director of Enrolments and Community Relations and, as an Old Collegian and current parent, is passionate about Seymour College. As a member of the College Executive, Sally is responsible for enrolments, marketing, communications, publications, social media, community relations and fundraising. Sally works with new families to ensure they have their questions answered and that they feel a part of the College from the moment they walk through the gates. Sally also manages the scholarship program and International student recruitment. It is also though Sally’s work in Community Relations that the connection with the College for current families and Old Collegians becomes stronger and that the College’s philanthropic program prospers.