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Principal's Welcome


Welcome to A.B. Paterson College, a proudly Australian School. Whether you are already a member of our community, exploring the possibility of joining our school or browsing for interest, I hope you find the information on our website informative and helpful.

Choosing a school is one of the most important decisions that a parent will ever make. Every child and young adult deserves the highest standard of education to support and encourage them to the achievement of their personal best, to develop the essential qualities that enable them to act with purpose and character, and to possess those much needed values to operate within the moral framework of an ethical community.

As a leading Australian school, A.B. Paterson College has a number of differences from other good schools.  Our College is truly independent, and not aligned with any system of religious schools or sectors, thereby enabling all decisions pertaining to the College’s operation and direction to be made at a local level. This ensures that we are better placed to respond to and support the needs of our students. The College encompasses a specialised Early Childhood Centre for children from two years to school age that provides a sequenced and carefully planned curriculum. The strong partnership between the Centre’s Director and the College’s Head of Junior School and Director of Learning, enables a smooth transition for children from the Early Childhood Centre to Preparatory education and beyond within the College.

International research indicates that it is the quality of teaching within the classroom that has the greatest impact on student achievement. At A.B. Paterson College, we base our teaching and learning strategies on leading international research and the Teaching for Understanding framework as conceptualised in Project Zero from the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA. This framework helps students from Prep to Year 12 to think creatively and learn to apply their skills and knowledge to new and real life related situations.  This leading approach to teaching and learning focuses on the individual student, thereby better providing for their individual needs.

Whilst proud of the very strong academic record that A.B. Paterson College has always maintained, our aim is to develop young men and women of character. The College strives to achieve this by challenging students to develop the intellectual character necessary to become passionate about the ongoing pursuit of learning; to have the skills and confidence to succeed in an increasingly complex world; and to become committed to creating positive futures for the good of all, through leadership and active participation in their communities.

The College caters for students with a diverse range of talents, interests, needs and academic abilities, through its rigorous and comprehensive academic programme, diverse co-curricular activities, and strong pastoral care system. Our College boasts leading educators, committed to on-going professional development, and highly dedicated non-teaching staff committed to the achievement of the College’s mission.

Schools of substance are often defined by the quality of relationships that exist between students, parents and staff. At A.B. Paterson College, we value these essential partnerships in the education of each and every child. Students take educational risks, dare to challenge themselves and aim to succeed when they feel supported in a caring and nurturing environment with dedicated and highly experienced teachers. This is of the utmost importance at A.B. Paterson College as we continue our tradition of being one of Australia’s leading Colleges.

While websites are useful for the dissemination of information, they do not fully enable the unique essence of a school to be understood and appreciated. I would like to take this opportunity to commend our College to you as a thriving and dynamic environment, and a place of outstanding educational opportunities and offerings. I invite you to peruse our site, and contact us should you require further information or wish a tour of our campus.

Brian Grimes BSc, Dip Ed, MEd, MACE, MACEL, FAIM.