A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

College Captains' Welcome

Welcome to A.B. Paterson College! My name is Lachlan and I am the College Captain for 2014. As a student now in Year 12, I know that finding the right school for you as an individual is really important. You need to not only feel comfortable, accepted, and among friends, but also challenged to explore and push the boundaries of learning in a safe place, where you can confidently test new ideas and try new things. So I would like to tell you a  little bit about my school and why I love being a student here, and why it just might be the right place for you too.

After joining the A.B. Paterson College community in 2002 at the age of 6 years, the opportunities provided for involvement have been countless. The teachers work tirelessly to support and run the wide range of activities that comprehensively cover the cultural, sporting and academic spheres. These programmes are the foundation for the strong sense of unity that exists within our College community, and they have supported many of my closest friendships. Without a doubt, these opportunities are one of the reasons why our students continue to compete at both state and national levels in the cultural, sporting and academic domains.

As students, we are privileged to be taught using the Teaching for Understanding (TfU) curriculum framework, which ensures students are able to apply the content they learn in class to solving real world situations and problems, and  so prove their true understanding of what they have learned. I believe that this unique framework not only sets us apart from various other schools, but also cements the College as one of the leaders in providing pioneering education in the state.  I engage strongly with this teaching and learning framework, and believe that it always ensures students are hungry for a deeper understanding and wanting to approach tasks with different, real world perspectives in mind.

We believe that having a co-educational Prep to Year 12 school on one campus provides us with the chance to make special relationships. Often older students will spend their mornings and lunchtimes with the younger students in the Junior School and, through this interaction, bridges are built between the Senior and Junior Schools. These bridges are mutually beneficial, as they allow the older students to take a leadership role and mentor younger children and, in return, the younger children are able to look up to the older students and genuinely enjoy the time that the seniors spend with them, just like in any family. This structure again reinforces the community spirit and cohesive network that exists within our school and underpins our strong sense of unity and pride.

A.B. Paterson College is far more than a school – it is a dynamic, growing and progressive community that is consistently seeking the latest technology, the most comprehensive education programmes and the highest quality staff.  A.B. Paterson College is renowned for producing students who are unique, act with character and purpose, have a strong moral compass, and who value and understand Australia’s unique heritage and values.

Perhaps you can tell that I am very proud of the College that I have attended my entire schooling life! Throughout these years, I have fostered a love and passion for this school which has provided me with so many opportunities and shaped the person I am today.  I am so thankful to my parents for giving me the chance to be a part of this school.  

If you would like to visit us, just contact the College and speak to Karen Milburn on (07) 5561 4140 to make an appointment.

Vice Captain's Welcome

Hi! My name is Makenna and this year I have worked with our College Captain, Lachlan, as the Vice Captain of A.B. Paterson College. It has been a fantastic year but, unfortunately, it is also my last. I have been here for 13 years since Prep, so I have known no other school, but this puts me in a really good place to tell you all about it. So, what can I tell you about my time here and what do I think about my school? Read on and I will try to give you a feel for this, my second home!

Education is an exciting adventure. It is the beginning, our first opportunity to grow in a friendly and safe environment as unique individuals.  Our College is an independent co-educational school and will be 25 years old next year, but it still continues to pave the way to a brighter future in all aspects of schooling life. The College has the Motto and Values of Excellence, Care and Commitment, which we embody on a daily basis.

With the diverse range of co-curricular activities, academic achievements and cultural opportunities offered to us, we are encouraged to delve into as many different programmes as possible. These include clubs, sporting teams, choirs, bands, public speaking and debating competitions, annual musicals, involving students from Years 4–12, and a number of local, national and international academic competitions; clearly there is something for everyone, as each individual is encouraged to take part in a variety of these incredible experiences. By helping the development of young leaders to acquire a range of skills, interests and a broader perspective on life, staff, parents, friends and members of the wider community take an active involvement in supporting our growth and learning.

The College turned a new page in 2013 by implementing the development of a Collaborative Learning Programme. With every student from Years 4-12 provided with a College laptop, and a Collaborative Learning Centre containing a number of Heulab Smart tables, our College is making the most of technology to enhance our learning and to make it enjoyable. With the introduction of these new technologies, our College is genuinely pursuing the skills and attributes of communication, collaboration, problem-solving, critical thinking and creativity.

Having been a member of the College since 2002, as a Prep student, I am truly grateful for the environment that I have been fortunate enough to flourish in. By seizing every opportunity that I have been offered, I can confidently say that the College’s encouraging nature has shaped the person I am today. In only a short period of time, I have seen the College continually grow and have watched my friends progress into ambitious, passionate and unique young men and women.