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What a wiz of a musical! 13 May 2013
As the curtain closed on the final performance of the 2013 College musical The Wiz, the cast and production team are to be congratulated on three amazing shows.
Set, lighting and costumes took the audiences into New York City amidst the all too familiar storm that sent Dorothy on her way to meet the wizard in the Emerald City.
Ruby Sethi's rendition of Somewhere Over the Rainbow was absolutely beautiful. Her companions along the way were played to perfection, just as we all remember them - Scarecrow without a brain, the Tin Man looking for a heart and the Lion trying to summon up courage.
Dancing and singing brought the stage to life in the retelling of this classic story, which would not be complete without witches good and evil.
All told, it was incredible theatre and a wonderful team creative.
Archery Gold 10 May 2013
Congratulations to Tristan Cargill who recently competed at his first State competition shooting in the Intermediate Division.
Tristan broke all the National and Queensland records for four distances - 55m, 45m, 35m and 25m and gained an overall score on Saturday of 1412 and 1410 on Sunday, placing first in his division and earning the Gold medal.
Each round has a maximum score of 1440. The previous record for his division was 1397. Very few Australian archers have previously attained scores over 1400.
Tristan was also presented with the South Queensland Archery Society Trophy - 2012 Champion - Cub Compound Boys.
Tristan will now compete at the Australian Junior Nationals in July. Well done Tristan!
Bake-a-Cake for Sale 3 May 2103
Decious and very yummy treats were very popular with the College's students when a group of Year 6 students, helped by their families, joined forces to raise funds for the Leukaemia Foundation.
With a goal of raising $1000, the Bake Sale team of Cooper, Jessica, Jack and Saxon baked their hearts out and put up for sale 496 items.
So imagine their delight to, not only meet their target, but exceed it by $33.60! A grand total of $1033.60 will be presneted to the Leukaemia Foundation.
Good job bakers!
More Student Successes 19 April 2013
Jack Burt (Year 5) recently competed in the Grand Prix 1 Gymnastics competition held at Brisbane Boys’ Grammar School during the school holidays.
Jack placed 2nd overall in Level 5 from over 40 gymnasts. Placing 1st in the Pommel Horse and Parallel Bars, 2nd place for Ring, 4th place for High Bar, and achieving a high score on the Vault and Floor.
Luar Burt (Year 2) recently competed in the Michelton Invitational Gymnastics competition held at Michelton Youth Club during the school holidays.
Luar placed 1st overall in Level 2 open, from over 40 gymnasts. Placing 1st for both Vault and Floor, 4th place for High Bar, she also achieved a high score on the Beam.
Congratulations Jack and Luar!
Congratulations to Nicolas Swanson of Year 10 for his outstanding achievements over the holidays.
Following up his win in the 2012-2013 Gatorade Series, Nicolas also won the Triathlon Queensland State Sprint Championship (13-15).
This win, combined with his win in the TQ State Duathlon and his other TQ race results this season, has given him the points to take out the 2012-2013 Triathlon Queensland State Series.
Nicolas will be presented with his medals at a presentation day in Brisbane in May.
Nicolas then topped it off with a convincing win in the Luke Harrop Gold Coast Triathlon (13-15) age group.
All in all, a successful holiday break and a great finish to this years’ tri season. Well done Nicolas!
Congratulations to Max Tyler of Year 6, who recently competed in the 2013 Queensland Open Championships and won the Juvenile Latin Level 2 performing the Samba and Jive.
Max and his partner also received 2nd place in several other events, with plenty of medals to weigh them down!
Congratulations to Jackson Dunn of Year 8, who recently represented the Gold Coast at the State Classics Basketball over four days in Ipswich.
Jackson also umpired Auskickers at half time at the Lions and Suns game at Metricon Stadium last Saturday night. Well done Jackson!
Congratulations to Jayden Ibbitson of Year 9, who recently competed in his first Cooly Classic Swim over the holidays.
Jayden won the Under 14 years 1 km swim, finishing 2nd in the category and 5th overall. Great job Jayden!
Congratulations to Katy Denney and Sybren Terpstra, both of Year 7, for their recent achievements at the National Open Bic Sailing Regatta in Perth.
Sybren finished 10th out of 57 Bic sailors ranging up to 16 years of age; he also achieved 4th position in the boys under 13 year age group and 3rd in an adventure race.
This consisted of running from the beach into a Bic, sailing around a mark to an island to grab an item, and then sailing back around the same mark and back to the beach, - all with a broken arm.
Katy finished 15th overall and 2nd in the girls under 13 year age group. The winner was the current world champion.
Katy and Sybren also finished 3rd in the freestyle competition. The objective was to do as many stunts as possible in three minutes on the Bic they were given. They were dressed as pirates, which gained them additional points.
So Many Wonderful Achievements! 28 March
Queensland Secondary School Sports Swimming State Championships 2013
The Championships were held at Chandler from Thursday, 21 March to Saturday, 23 March. These championships were contested by over 950 students and many of our swimmers competed in multiple individual events.
10 of our students competed at these championships, representing the South Coast regional team, with the aim of being selected in the 80 member squad to compete for Queensland at the National titles in Adelaide in August. This team will be announced over the Easter break.
The students who competed include, Jack Kaminski, Shiraz Mulholland, Scott Dinon, Wilson Kiyama-Bains, Lauren Nolan, Thomas Mitchell, Louisa Morris, Kayla Hernandez, Bayan Siyal and Jay O’Bree. The students that competed either made finals in their individual events and or, for many, achieved a Personal best time in their chosen event.
Jack Kaminski received a Bronze in the 200m butterfly event. Shiraz Mulholland received a gold in the 50m butterfly, a silver in the 100m butterfly, and a silver as part of the 15 years Girls’ Medley relay team. These students train up to 20+ hours a week and should be congratulated on their competition spirit and fine results.
Victorian Optimist Sailing State Titles
Congratulations to Ashleigh Swadling, of Year 6 who recently competed in the Victorian Optimist Sailing State Titles.
In Ashleigh's class, of 52 competitors, Ashleigh finished in 5th place. This is her best result so far, in a National and State Title.
The three Queensland Sailors made the trip to Melbourne, with one of Ashleigh’s team mates being the outright winner of the regatta. Well done Ashleigh!
Gold Coast Cricket
Congratulations to Joel Harrison of Year 7, who was named by Gold Coast Cricket as the Under 12 Junior Player of the Year. He finished the season with a batting aggregate of 302, a batting average of 151 and also took 13 wickets. Well done Joel!
Seahawks Basketball Club Finals
Congratulations to the following College students who play for Seahawks Basketball Club in the Brumbies U16 Division 2 team: Thomas Sebecke, Nicholas Pott, Nicholas McInerney, Joshua Saarinen, Lloyd Holford and Ben Kim.
During the week, the semi and grand finals for the season were held for Seahawks Basketball Club. The Brumbies played the Wildcats in the semi-finals and won by a huge margin. The grand final was played against the Hurricanes, which they also won. The Brumbies have been undefeated for the entire season. Well done boys!
Runaway Bay Baseball Club
Congratulations to Peterson Chiu (Year 6), Oliver Rock (Year 6) and Leigh Lomas (Year 5) who played the Runaway Bay Baseball Club in the Under 12 Little League Majors Grand Final. It was an extremely exciting game in which the team played brilliantly. They won 12 runs to five. Congratulations Peterson, Oliver and Leigh!
South Coast Regional Netball
Congratulations to Annabelle Lawrie of Year 7 on her selection in the South Coast Regional 12 years Netball team. Annabelle will now compete in the State Championships to be held in Townsville at the end of May.
We wish Annabelle all the best in her preparation and every success at the Queensland Championships.
New Species of Jellyfish?
It is amazing (and a little scarey) what you find when fishing in your backyard canal!
Year 4 student Saxon Thomas was certain he had discovered a box jellyfish in the Paradise Point canal.
He subsequently caught it and the story was reported on Channel 9 news and in the Gold Coast Bulletin - this discovery so far south was unusual to say the least.
The find was confirmed by three scientists specialising in jellyfish. This is the first time a box jellyfish has been found this far south and they believe it to be a new species. The specimen is now being studied by the Queensland Museum for confirmation - questions remain as to whether it was washed down the coast as a result of the bad weather that Queensland has suffered in recent months up and down the coast, or it is truly a new species?
If Saxon has made a new species discovery, he will get to name it later this year. I wonder what he will call it!
State Championship Hockey 22 March 2013
Congratulations to the following SEVEN hockey players selected to compete at the state championships in late May, following the South Coast Regional trials yesterday:
Jade Lucy, Brooke Lucy, Zoe O’Dwyer, Corey Weyer, Steven Robertson, Matt Robertson and James Cowderoy.
The State Championships for the girls will be held in Townsville and the boys will play in Brisbane.
We wish them all well.
National Awards in The Arts 22 March 2103
Past student Selina Dowd (Class of 2012) has been announced the winner of the prestigious Somerset Novella award, This Way Up.
Currently on a gap year in the UK, Selina was not able to attend the presentation ceremony held last Friday, but recorded her thank you speech, in which she indicated that she had contemplated her story for some time, and only five days before the deadline, started putting pen to paper – which is truly remarkable considering the competition! She is currently being approached by publishers and has had contact with various authors to offer their help and guidance.
Last year Selina won first prize in South East Queensland in the Griffith Garrets Creative Writing Competition with her short story called Oranges and Avocados.
Congratulations, Selina! You have an exciting writing future ahead of you.
Bianca Palmer, Year 12, has been announced as the winner of the Basil Sellers Art Prize. for Art and Sport with her photograph that looks at mothers as the real athletes of this world! In her artist's statement, Bianca says:
Forget your endurance athletes, the real athletes are mothers. The women who on a daily basis juggle cleaning, washing, ironing, cooking, shopping, homemaking, raising children, maintaining a job and can still find the time to exercise. This photograph is a celebration of the ultimate 'ironwoman' whose multitasking abilities would leave most Olympians in her wake.
Katie Small was also presented with an Honourable Mention for her photographic entry.
Congratulations, Bianca and Katie!
MUNA Diplomacy Reigns 22 March 2013
Saturday, 16 March saw three A.B. Paterson College teams participating in Rotary District 9640’s Model United Nations Assembly at the Tweed Civic Centre. Jess Clark, Madelaine Ryan and Kayla Saich represented France; Calin Miles, Michelle Wang and Louisa Morris represented China; and Lachlan Woods, Makenna Baily and Zoe O’Dwyer represented Germany. Teams from schools in northern NSW and the Gold Coast provided tough competition as they too represented their chosen countries.
This event requires teams to immerse themselves in their country’s history, culture, economy and political climate, so that they ‘become’ diplomats of that country. This is quite a challenge when representing a country with very different perspectives to one’s own! Countries then debate resolutions modelled on those debated in the United Nations General Assembly.
This year, the resolutions related to: the situation in Afghanistan; North Korea and nuclear weaponry; agriculture and food security; and global partnerships. There was also an emergency resolution on the regulation of arms trade. The reality of politics, hidden agendas and negotiation became apparent to all involved!
All our students represented the College in an exemplary manner and I am thrilled to announce that Calin, Michelle and Louisa took out the major award, the Best Team Award on the day. Lachlan, Makenna and Zoe were awarded the Judges’ Encouragement Award. And, wonderful news: Calin was selected as one of two students to represent Rotary District 9640 at National MUNA in Canberra in August. Congratulations to all nine students involved.
Our thanks are extended to Coomera Valley Rotary Club for generously sponsoring our teams yet again, and to the Rotarians of Rotary District 9640 for offering this challenging opportunity to our students. I congratulate the students on their performances
Mrs Annette Boyle
International Women's Day - 8 March 2013
Each year, March 8 marks the celebration of International Women’s Day. As in past years, a group of young women from Years 11 and 12 attended the International Women’s Day Leadership Breakfast and Forum at the Gold Coast Marriott Hotel.
The morning began at 6.45am when 35 of our young female students listened to a range of inspirational speakers, and took the opportunity to network with many successful women across a range of fields.
Seven of our Year 12 students are involved in the leadership award, after having been nominated by the College in four different areas of leadership:
Community Service; Sport; Performing Arts; and Leadership in the school and community.
Emma Peterson; Jessica Clark; Cassandra Gros; Courtney Tarlinton; Ruby Sethi, Bianca Palmer and Katie Small were all interviewed and/or auditioned in their respective areas last month by women leaders from the Gold Coast.
Of this group, and the other 66 students from across the Gold Coast (and far south as Casino), Katie won the award for Leadership in Community Service. Her mother and grandmother also attended the event and so were able to witness her being awarded with her mini iPad and certificates, sponsored by emergency services on the Gold Coast.
Emma was Awarded Runners Up in the Performing Arts Award and won a year’s representation from Williams Talent agency. Again, Emma performed an audition and won this award in very strong competition. She was also asked to stay and model at morning tea for Gold Coast women at their IWD networking event.
It is obviously a real achievement for these seven girls to be nominated; and also to Emma and Katie for winning these awards.
There were many inspirational young women and adults who spoke and met with the girls. We congratulate Katie and Emma on their wonderful success.
Young Athletes Making Their Mark 15 March 2013
Taekwondo, swimming and tennis are the chosen sports of six young athletes making headlines at local and state level.
STQ Taekwondo Championships
Congratulations to Xavier Menezes-Whitikia of Year 5 (pictured below) who won a Gold Medal in his division, 31-34kg red belt under 11 sparring, at the STQ Taekwondo Championships on Saturday.
He also won a Silver Medal in another division.
Xavier has been selected to represent Queensland at Nationals in Melbourne, in September. Well done Xavier.
Gold Coast Swimming – Patron’s Shield
Congratulations to Lauren Nolan (Year 7), Thomas Buenano-Thompson (Year 6) and Caydn Dilkes (Year 5) who were selected to represent Gold Coast Swimming in the Patron’s Shield, in Brisbane, on Sunday.
Three teams compete for the Shield: Gold Coast, Brisbane Metropolitan and Darling Downs. It is a competition for 9-13 year olds. The swimmers are selected from results at previous swim meets.
Well done Lauren, Thomas and Caydn!
Primary School Gold Coast Tennis Challenge
Congratulations to Stephanie Fancutt of Year 5 and Stefanie Moody of Year 4, who competed in the semi-finals of the Primary School Gold Coast Tennis Competition at the weekend.
They achieved equal third place. Well done girls!
Tomorrow's Technology Today - *8 March 2013
Harnessing the latest technological tools to A.B. Paterson College’s highly successful teaching and learning framework, Teaching for Understanding, has put into place an eLearning strategy that will empower its teachers to deliver a 21st Century interactive education environment to the College’s students.
Cutting edge ICT devices will enable the College’s young men and women to not only further develop the traditional skills of literacy and numeracy, but also the essential 21st century learning skills of Collaboration, Communication, Creativity and Innovation, and Critical Thinking and Problem-Solving – the keystones to success in their futures.
In partnership with Samsung Electronics, A.B. Paterson College is amongst the first lighthouse schools in Australia to invest in the new Samsung Series 7 Slate PCs, powered with Microsoft Windows software for all students. This 1:1 learning platform will enhance collaboration between students and teachers, by delivering a rich learning experience using multi-media tools including audio and video. We believe education in the 21st Century is about using ICT to help enhance and support teaching, not restrict it. We selected the Samsung “Windows in the Classroom” solution as our objective was to deploy an outstanding ICT platform and range of devices that complement our world class teaching and learning framework. We are excited about seeing it inspire our students and play a part in enhancing our leading pedagogy,” said Brian Grimes, College Principal.
With touch-screen and digital stylus capabilities, students are able to hand write notes, comments and equations into note-taking and collaboration Microsoft OneNote 2010 software. Samsung Slate PCs are carry-light, powerful and, with stylus capability, enabling anytime learning for students from virtually anywhere.
Rolling out one-to-one devices, Years 4-6 began using the system at the beginning of this year; this will expand into Senior School in 2014, and finally include Prep – Year 3 from 2015.
State of the art collaborative learning spaces have been created, alongside a Samsung Smart Classroom for student and teacher development. All future College campus developments are set to incorporate, complement and enhance the needs of this innovative eLearning strategy.
With a real vision for real learning, A.B. Paterson College is stepping into tomorrow today.
Being Better Buddies 1 March 2013
We are excited to announce that commencing Friday, 1 March, our College will utilise the Better Buddies Framework, which is based on research to complement our existing Year 6/Prep Buddy Programme. The Better Buddies Framework is another initiative of the Alannah and Madeline Foundation’s School Prevention Programme. This College already has their eSmart programme in operation. Buddy systems play an important role in helping to create a friendly and caring school environment that assists our young students to transition into Junior School.
Buddy systems teach, and give students the opportunity to practise the important values of respect, care, inclusion and acceptance, responsibility and friendship. This programme aims to prevent negative and harmful behaviours through the promotion of these values. Through looking after and caring for younger students who are just beginning their school journey, older students learn the skills associated with empathy and compassion through activities in the classroom and playground. A Year 6 buddy not only becomes a friend and role model, but assists the Prep students with the development of their social skills and resilience behaviours.
The Framework understands that bullying is a relationship issue which needs relationship solutions. Through building unique relationships across the whole school and enhancing buddy systems, students are given the opportunity to feel valued and safe in their school environment.
All Better Buddies activities, provided in the Framework resources, promote these values and social skills across different curriculum areas, including eSmart buddies, where older buddies can help their younger buddies become smart, safe and responsible users of technology.
The teachers have welcomed the Better Buddies system as a complementary resource to their existing programme, and the Year 6 students are looking forward to the time they will spend with their buddy throughout the year.
Stepping Into Tomorrow
With the pace of change in today's world being so rapid, what is it we need to be teaching? What is it we need to be preparing our students for? We need to be developing our students as flexible and creative learners, who can adapt to new ideas and have the skills to be effective problem solvers and idea creators. We need to develop their skills from using technology mainly for entertainment purposes to being digitally literate, where their learning is enhanced by technology.
In pursuit of this, we have completed the renovation of a wonderful new learning space – the Collaborative Learning Centre (CLC). The CLC has been developed to include flexible working spaces, allowing students to work on their own, in pairs, small groups, and large groups as well. . The furniture fabric designs and colours were selected by our College captains and have proven to be a big hit with students of all ages.
We have installed six surface tables, also known as smart tables. These tables are specifically designed to allow for collaborative learning, enhanced by technology. Whilst students use technology to learn, they are also developing the important skills of communication, sharing, team work, discussion and so on.
The transformation of the CLC has been a large-scale project and it is almost complete. It has been inspiring to see this space used by so many students already in such a short period of time. Please feel welcome to come and visit .
Marie Perry, Assistant Principal
College tours can be booked with Karen Milburn, the Assistant Head of Admissions and Communications, at firstname.lastname@example.org or (07) 5594 7947.
Reminder: The College calendar is available for you to view at http://www.abpat.qld.edu.au/index.php?page_id=84 on this site.
Events are listed on the home page of the site with a brief description of each event.
Celebrating Student Successes 1 March 2013
Gatorade Triathlon Series
Congratulations to Nicolas Swanson of Year 10.
Nicolas won the Gatorade Triathlon Series (13-15 years) which is held over six races, that started in October and ended last Sunday at Raby Bay.
Well done Nicolas!
Congratulations to Gemma Killian of Year 9
Gemma competed in the Queensland Athletics State Junior Championships under 16 year events (Gemma in under 15 years). She achieved:
- 1st place in the 800m in her year group
- 3rd place in the 1500m in her year group, with a personal best time 4.57.97.
Both these results qualify her to compete at the Australian Athletics National Junior Championships in Perth, 12-17 March. Well done Gemma.
Somerset Literature Award
The College is proud to inform you that Selina Dowd (Class of 2012) has been named the Queensland winner of the Somerset Literature Award for her story, This way up.
You will all recall that Selina also won the Griffith Garrets award last year for another of her stories, Avocados and Oranges. Selina is currently taking a gap year in the UK.
In addition, past scholar Ms Keely Thatcher(Class of 2012) also had her story short listed for the Somerset Literature Award.
Congratulations to both Selina and Keely.
We wish you well in your future studies, and look forward to hearing more success stories from our alumni in the months and years ahead.
Banjo's Birthday Celebrations 15 February 2013
Every year the College celebrates the birthday of its namesake, Andrew Barton Paterson OBE (17 February 1864 - 5 February 1941).
This year was no exception. It was a party filled with fun, spirit and laughter.
From the Junior School's traditional poetry recitals, Years 1-6, to a special poem written by Mrs Aquilina about the life of Banjo, it was a celebration in honour of his poetry and prose.
Damper was served as birthday cake and these celebrations led into after school Games, run by our Year 12 Leadership group.
Year 12's Flash Mob routine ended a day of celebration - and what a day it was!
Lions Youth of the Year Quest - February 2013
Pietro Alfieri, College Vice Captain, was successful in taking out both the Public Speaking section and the Overall Helensvale Lions Youth of the Year Quest.
For the Public Speaking section, two impromptu responses and a five minute prepared speech accounted for 20% of the overall mark, with the remaining 80% accrued from the interview held earlier in the day.
Next stop - Round 2 on Saturday, 2 March, at the Paradise Point Uniting Church. We wish Pietro well in his Quest.
And congratulations on your first round win!
Class of 2013 Inducted as Leaders - February 2013
From their Year 11 Leadership Activity Camp at the end of 2012, to a two day Leadership Camp in January 2013, the Year 12 cohort has now been officially inducted into their College leadership positions at a formal Induction Ceremony.
Our Year 12 students receive their Seniors badges, as well as specific badges of office, from the Principal and members of the College Board.
The College flag is presented to the College Captain and Vice Captain as a symbol of the leadership responsibility they have accepted and will undertake throughout their year of office.
In unison,Year 12 take the Seniors' Pledge led by the College Captain.
The College community congratulates Year12 on their leadership induction and wishes them every success in their leadership undertaking and their academic studies.
A Head-Start for College Leadership 2013 November 2012
In readiness for assuming the responsibility for College leadership in 2013, Year 11 took part in a number of activites designed to encourage independence, responsibilty, confidence and team work.
The group first attended a defensive driving course, where they were involved in a number of sessions highlighting different aspects of driver safety. The course is an initiative of Rotary Clubs and the College thanks Rotary for their organisation and sponsorship of this event.
The following day was spent at Mt Tamborine Thunderbird Park , where the students completed four challenging high ropes courses in four hours. The students learned much about teamwork, encouragement and the importance of a unified effort. It was a very enjoyable and rewarding day for all participants.
The third day saw the Year 11 team completing a leadership programme based at the College, where they were involved in a number of leadership sessions, each targeting a specific area of leadership development and also with a focus on goal setting for 2013.
The next stage of leadership training will continue on the Year 12 Leadership Camp, 24 to 25 January, 2013.
Top Score in ICAS
For the second year in a row, Lucas Dugdale has received a medal for having the top score in Queensland in the Computer Skills component of the International Competitions and Assessments for Schools (ICAS).
Lucas received his medal at a presentation held in the Brisbane Convention Centre.
Celebrating Outstanding Results for the Class of 2011
Congratulations to the Class of 2011 on achieving outstanding Overall Position (OP), Tertiary Rank results and Tertiary Entrance outcomes.
Six OP1s were achieved, equalling the best ever performance by a Year 12 cohort. The significance of the performance did not stop at the top end of the Year Level - OP 1-5 and 1-10 outcomes were the second best ever by the College and the OP 1-15 was our third best outcome. The statistics related to this performance are detailed below.
Overall Position (OP) Breakdown
OP Range A.B. Paterson College % State %
OP1 7.4% 2.6%
OP1-5 28.4 % 19%
OP1-7 40.7% 29.5%
OP1-10 60.5% 46.4%
OP1-15 90.1% 75.7%
The following scholarships were gained by Year 12 students to various Universities:
• Academic Scholarships to the University of Queensland (UQ) and Sydney University (College Dux)
• Academic Scholarship to UQ (runner-up to Dux)
• Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship (academic) to Griffith University (GU)
• Corporate Scholarship to Bond University
• Vice Chancellor's Scholarship and entry into the College of Excellence (QUT)
• Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarship to GU (College Captain)
• Collegiate Scholarship to Bond University
• Dean’s Scholarship to Bond University
• Collegiate Scholarship to Bond University
• Dean’s Scholarship to Bond University
• Corporate Scholarship to Bond University
Five students were admitted to the Griffith University Honours College
Queensland Core Skills (QCS) Grades
Grade ABPC% State%
A 24.4 17.7
B 37.2 30.1
C 29.4 35.3
D 9 16.6
E Nil 0 .3
QUEENSLAND TERTIARY ADMISSION CENTRE (QTAC) OUTCOMES:
100% of the A.B. Paterson College students who applied to QTAC have received an offer of a place at a tertiary institution compared with 84% state-wide. 94.3% received an offer from a University and 5.7% received an offer from TAFE.
The percentage of the order of offers received by A.B. Paterson College students were as follows:
1st Preference 69.3%
2nd Preference 19.3%
3rd Preference 6.8%
88.6% of our students received their 1st or 2nd preference.
Please see below for a full break down of all Tertiary Entrance details for the Class of 2011.
FIELDS OF STUDY:
Below is a percentage break down of the areas of study chosen by students at the College:
Physiotherapy 1.4%; Education 2.3%; Architecture 1.4%; Law 13.6%; Town Planning 2.3%; Business 21.6%; Journalism 3.4%; Health 8%; Performing/Creative Arts Degree 4.5%; Engineering 9.1%; Science 5.7%; IT 5.7%; Psychology 3.4%; Exercise Science 3.4%; Bachelor of Arts 6,8%; Pharmacy 1.4%; Occupational Therapy 1.4%; Social Work 1.4%; Medicine 2.3%.
Griffith University/Gold Coast 46.6%; Bond University 6.8%; University of Queensland 17%; Queensland University of Technology 10.2%; Griffith University (other campuses) 6.8%; TAFE 5.7%; Southern Cross University /Gold Coast 3.4%; Australian Catholic University 1.4%; Christian Heritage College 1.4%; Australian Maritime College 1.4%.
QUEENSLAND CERTIFICATE OF EDUCATION (QCE) OUTCOMES
98 out of 100 Year 12 students gained their QCE - 98%, as opposed to around 74% across the State.
Ice Skating and Ballroom Dancing Stars 23 November 2012
Congratulations to Brock Hudson and Ryan Dodds for their achievements in Ballroom Dancing and Ice Skating respectively.
Congratulations to Brock Hudson of Year 5
Last Saturday, Brock competed in Juvenile Level 1 and 2 Ballroom Dancing Championships at the Greek Club in Brisbane. Brock and his partner achieved:
1st place - Latin: Cha (level 1)
1st place - Latin: Samba (level 1)
1st Place - Latin: Samba & Jive (level 2)
1st Place - Standard: Waltz & Quickstep (level 2)
1st Place - New Vogue: Merrilyn & Gypsy Tap (level 2)
1st Place - New Vogue: Gypsy Tap (level 1)
2nd Place - Standard: Waltz (level 1)
2nd Place - Standard: Quickstep (level 1)
2nd Place - New Vogue: Merrilyn (level 1)
We wish Brock and his partner all the very best as they compete in the National Ballroom Dancing Championships (Level 1 and 2) at the Hisense Arena in Melbourne on 30 November 2012.
Australian Figure Skating Championships
Congratulations to Ryan Dodds of Year 11 and his skating partner, Jessica Rotondo, who have been selected to represent Queensland at the Australian Figure Skating Championships during the first week of December.
Ryan and Jessica are the current Australian Primary Pair Champions. In March this year, they were selected by the International Skating Union to attend a Pair Skating Development Camp in Berlin, Germany. After this camp Jessica and Ryan passed their test and moved up to the Novice Division. They recently won the Novice Division of the Queensland Figure Skating Championships and look forward to representing Queensland at Nationals. Ryan also skates singles and will represent Queensland in the Junior Men’s division as a solo skater too.
Immediately after the National Figure Skating Championships, Ryan will be heading to the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs, USA, where he will spend his summer holidays training to represent Australia internationally next year.
Ryan’s older brothers, Matthew, Andrew and Jordan (all past A.B. Paterson College students) have also represented Australia this year, with skating events taking them to the USA, Germany, Canada, Austria, France, Romania and Croatia.
Mathematical Forum 19-21 November and Modelling Challenge 22 -23 November.
The Mathematical Modelling Challenge sets out to energise and invigorate primary and secondary school students of Mathematics, in context-based problem solving projects.
The Mathematical Modelling Challenge will strive to make a contribution to the process of getting students 'back into mathematics' at school and, just maybe, beyond school as well.
This Challenge involves students in a two day programme of mathematical explorations and investigation with Mathematics lecturers from a number of prominent universities and highly qualified secondary mathematics teachers.
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Cream - An Exhibition of Emerging Artists September 2012
The Cream exhibition, at the Dansey Gallery, 100 Bundall Road, Bundall during September, features the works of the current Year 12 Visual Art cohort.
The Cream exhibition runs until the end of the September holidays, so please come and enjoy the stunning artwork on display.
Griffith Garrets Creative Writing Competition 30 August 2012
Congratulations to Selina Dowd of Year 12, who won first prize in South East Queensland in the Griffith Garrets Creative Writing Competition with her short story called Oranges and Avocados.
Launched in 2012, Griffith Garrets is a creative writing competition for Gold Coast senior high school students that aims to uncover hidden talent and develop skills for the city’s most promising young writers.
On offer are some of the most generous fiction awards for short stories produced by high school students in Australia, with a total prize pool of $9,000 in cash prizes for individuals and schools. Selina has received a $3,000 prize as well as $1,500 for the College.
Selina has been working on her creative writing for many years. Her work will be published and is available to read on the Griffith University website, Griffith Garrets 2012 Winners (PDF 449k). It is entitled “Oranges and Avocados” and really is a beautiful and very sad story.
Congratulations to our Glee Competitors 27 August 2012
The College wishes to thank everyone who took the time over the weekend to vote for our Glee competitors.
Despite not winning the popular vote, our choral group had an amazing experience working with professional vocalists and choreographers. They brought to the stage a performance that was everything that we have come to expect from our incredibly talented young vocalists. It was certainly a night to remember and one that has made everyone associated with the group very proud of their efforts, commitment and enthusiasm.
Vote! Vote! Vote! 24 August 2012
Friday is Finals Night and our group have been rehearsing all day at Jupiter's Theatre to ensure that they bring to the stage the very best in entertainment in their performance.
Over the weekend, voting will open for the Gold Coast to choose their preferred school performance. Every vote counts - so please do not forget to go online at http://www.seafm.com.au/
For those lucky enough to secure tickets, this will be a great night. Rehearsals have been going well for the group, with their Jabbawockee putting the final touches to the dance routine for You're the One That I Want on Wednesday afternoon.
Friday will be a long day with a full dress rehearsal followed by the actual performance in the evening.
On Friday 24 August, Finals Night, the group will sing three numbers: two on their own, Man in the Mirror, the group's audition number,and Seasons of Love from the musical Rent ,and You're the One that I Want from Grease with their mentor, Charli. This last will be choreographed by a member of Jabbawockeez, America's best hip hop dance group.
What an amazing experience for our very talented vocalists. We wish them every success with their rehearsals.
Champions Read 3 August 2012
In the lead up to and during Book Week 20-24 August, celebrated children's authors Sarah Brennan, Julie Fison and Kerry Brown will visit the College.
They are assured of an excited audience of young readers, all eager to hear about their books that are popular choices with the College Information Resource Centre.
Here is a brief introduction to our three guest authors.
Monday August 13 – Sarah Brennan
Sarah is an Australian based in Hong Kong, where she lives with her husband and two daughters. She is the author of the Dirty Story series, and of the best-selling Chinese Calendar Tales, all illustrated by Harry Harrision.
The Chinese Calendar Tales and the Australian Primary School Curriculum
China is, of course, one of the world's oldest civilizations, is the world's most populous country, and is now poised to become the world's largest economy, possibly as early as 2020. The old adage "Go West young man" is fast being replaced with "Go East, young person" as the world stage shifts from West to East. It is clear that Australian school children will be increasingly exposed to China in one way or the other in the future; many will find themselves heading for the powerhouse economy of China to seek employment and opportunities at the end of their education. So an understanding of China, its long and tumultuous history, rich culture and fascinating customs is increasingly important for our children, for whom China will be a major economic force for the rest of their lifetimes.
With their unique content, the Chinese Calendar Tales are suitable for use as fascinating learning tools in a variety of primary school curriculum subjects, including English, History, Geography, Religious Education, HPE, Art and Design, Science and Technology and of course LOTE.
“In the misty Wolong Valley
In the province of Sichuan
Where the mountains meet the heavens
And the raging rivers run
There lived a Giant Panda
But not just ANY Giant Panda…”
Pin Yin Panda has beauty, brains and a healthy ego to match. So on Chinese New Year’s Eve she makes a surprise announcement: next year will be the first Year of the Panda! Will the tradition of millennia be swept aside or will this practically perfect panda be put in her place? And what does the Edinburgh Zoo have to do with it? Find out in this funny and fabulous new Chinese Calendar Tale, including stickers of all 12 zodiac animals and a re-telling of the famous legend behind the Chinese Zodiac, the Great Lord Buddha's Race!
The story is written in fast-paced and funny rhyme, with lots of hidden jokes and word play, and heaps of Chinese culture, not to mention information about pandas sneaking in under the radar, while the artist Harry Harrison has excelled himself with some very funny illustrations!
Learn more about Sarah at www.sarah-brennan.com.
We also hold books from Sarah’s Chinese Calendar Tales in the Library!
Tuesday August 21 – Julie Fison
By her own admission, Julie Fison loves adventure!
“In the jungles of Borneo I once shook hands with an orangutan. I didn’t mean to and I don’t recommend it; they’re much stronger than you think. I’ve also eaten a lot of things that I wish I hadn’t. Wok-fried grasshoppers taste just like they look and rat soup tastes even worse than it sounds. But I’m not complaining.”
Her Hazard River series is for everyone who loves an adventure! Visit the Hazard River website www.hazardriver.com to find out more about Julie!
The Library has the whole Hazard River series for those seeking adventure!
Friday August 24 – Kerry Brown
Kerry Brown is a local Gold Coast author whose background in teaching makes her a particularly engaging presenter and writer – especially for ‘little people’!! Her beautiful books Can I Cuddle the Moon? and Poppy Wash are favourites of our library-goers!
Learn more about Kerry at www.kerrybrown.com.au
A Book Week Parade for the Junior School students on Wednesday 22 August is bound to be a hit event. The theme is :Come as your Favourite Book Character
Recycle and reuse materials around the house to create the look of your favourite character is the challenge!
Parents are encouraged to join in the fun - so who is your favourite book character??
Glee GC Takes Off 20 August 2012
The College welcomed Charli on Wednesday, 15 August to begin mentoring our Gold Coast Glee choral group in a rehearsal session in our Performing Arts Centre.
On Thursday 16 August, they went to Jupiters Casino to spend the day rehearsing and meeting their choreographer from Jabberwockeez.
After a whirlwind week that culminated in the group singing a 30 second snatched rendition of their auditon number, Man in the Mirror, at Harbour Town McDonalds on Friday, with live broadcast on the Galey, Baggs and Charli early morning radio show, this week sees rehearsals start in earnest.
Eisteddfod Time Again! 7 August 2012
We wish all of our College choirs the best of luck as they compete in the Gold Coast Eisteddfod next week.
Congratulations also to Michael Hall in Year 3 who was awarded a 2nd place and two 3rd places, as well as a highly commended, after performances at the Beenleigh Eisteddfod.
Thank You for Voting! 7 August 2012
The Senior School choir is one of three finalists in the Sea FM Glee Competition, thanks to all of you who voted for them yesterday.
Sea FM’s early morning radio hosts Galey, Baggs and Charli will each work with one of the three finalist schools before the winner is announced at a “sing-off” at Conrad Jupiters.
Our students will now work with Charli (ex Hi-5), Coombabah SHS with Baggs, and Helensvale SHS with Galey.
The three schools are competing for the Jupiter Entertainment Scholarship Fund of $5000 worth of equipment for their Performing Arts departments.
May the best school win!!
Thank you once again for your votes – they could not have made it without you!
VOTE NOW!!! Sea FM Gold Coast Glee Competition 6 August 2012
Last week a combined Senior School Choir entered Sea FM’s Glee Competition singing Man in the Mirror. On Friday it was announced that we had been chosen with four other schools as finalists in the competition.
To win through to the next stage, we need you to vote for the A.B. Paterson College video at http://www.seafm.com.au/
On the homepage of Sea FM’s site, you will see a Glee competition banner that will take you through to the five schools’ videos and to the voting page.
You only have TODAY to vote and put the choir through to the next stage of the competition – three schools only will go through. To be announced at a breakfast for the choir members at Conrad Jupiter’s tomorrow morning at 7am.
USA Dance Tour 3 August 2012
During the holidays, dancers from Sheridan's Studio 1, travelled to the USA to dazzle their audiences. Four of these dancers were students from the College - Bayley McGuire (Year 6), Nickolas Mills (Year 8), Korbie-Lee Paltridge (Year 9), and Ella Ryan (Year 10).
Their experience started in Disney World Orlando, taking part in a workshop with the Disney Performers, and an outstanding performance on the Downtown Disney Stage. Crowds of people came from everywhere!
After Orlando, the group sailed the Caribbean on the world’s largest cruise ship, Oasis of the Seas. Not only did they perform on the main Opal Theatre stage, but also on the Aqua Theatre stage, once again, to great crowds. At the completion of the cruise it was then on to New York, where fantastic workshops on Broadway awaited them. They were fortunate enough to take a workshop with cast members of the Broadway Musical, Memphis, and then experienced the show and all its magic.
Nickolas says of the experience," The most amazing experience I have had in my life - to see what I could be able to do when I am older with my dancing. The different styles of dancing - because the American routines are very different to what I am used to here - they put me out of my comfort zone."
Bayley agrees, "The workshops were amazing. At the Disney workshop I learned that dance can express feeling. Broadway was so much fun! We learned a lot of techniques that I can use in my dancing. The dance teachers helped you to understand the techniques."
Needless to say, both Nickolas and Bayley would love to dance in a Broadway show or work on a cruise ship, although for Nickolas this would be after studying for a degree in journalism.
The group had an amazing time and enjoyed invaluable experiences. The goal for many in the group is to become a professional dancer, and this experience was able to provide them with a taste of what lies ahead for them.
Football News 27 July 2012
Congratulations to Victor Priala, Year 2, and Lleyton Brooks, Year 6, for their respective wins in the world of football (soccer).
Victor with his Runaway Bay team won the Under 8s Champion of Champions Soccer Tournament in an exciting game against Bond University, 3-1.
Lleyton represented the South Coast region at the Under 12 State Championship in Mackay last week. From the 12 teams playing, his South Coast team achieved second place and were awarded the silver medal.
Excellent news! Well done to both of you!
Indoor Archery Champion 27 July 2012
Congratulations to Tristan Cargill, Year 8, for placing first in the Australian National Indoor Archery Championships held in Toowoomba last weekend.
Tristan shoots in the Cub Male Compound Bow Division. The target in the photograph below shows the skill of three of Australia’s most talented archers shooting at the same target. Tristan’s arrows are the ones with the green flights and green nocks. Needless to say when they shoot together, they have to change the target face very often!
It is no wonder looking at the accuracy of Tristan's target practice that he is no stranger to success. Tristan currently holds six Australian National Tournament records and 15 of the 19 Queensland records.
Congratulations, Tristan! Perhaps the College needs to keep an eye on the Archery athletes selected for the Olympics in a few years' time!
Leiston Pickett (Class of 2009) at the London Olympics 27 July
For Leiston the thrill of the Games is about to begin, with the Opening Ceremony to the London Olympics shortly followed by the start of the swimming events.
It is difficult to imagine how exciting this must be for an athlete to represent her country in an Olympic Games - the best of the best. The entire College community wishes her every success and is supporting her bid for Gold.
At school, Leiston was a remarkable young woman, juggling her studies with her swimming training in Year 12, and graduating with an OP7 whilst ranked 18th in the world rankings in her then pet event, the 50m breaststroke.
Leiston was a College Leader, College Sportsperson of the Year, and awarded Leadership Honours, the highest leadership award outside College Captain and Vice-Captain. Her commitment and dedication to the College and her swimming was simply outstanding.
Leiston won a Gold medal at the New Delhi Commonwealth Games in 2010 in the 50m breaststroke, beating Leisel Jones. She went on to win the 100m breaststroke at the 2012 Australian Swimming Championships in emphatic fashion to secure a spot on the Olympic Team. Stopping the clock at 1:06.88, Leiston set a new personal best, nearly two seconds under the Olympic A-qualifying time.
The win also broke Leisel Jones's stranglehold on the national title which she had held for 12 years. In London, Leiston will once again take on close rival and idol, Leisel Jones, in the 100