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HPE teacher talks about his life as an elite athlete - 18 July 2014

Teacher and past student of  A.B. Paterson College, Matthew Stopel, is one of Australia's top discus throw athletes. In his own words, Matthew talks about his passion for his chosen sport and how that is translating into his love of coaching young students at the College. 

My discus throwing career started at A.B Paterson College in 1999. My first experience of discus throwing was at the Junior School Athletics Carnival, where I broke the 9 year olds record after a quick lesson from the teachers on the event. From there, my passion for the event and the sport of athletics has grown into what it is today. 

The sport has given me the opportunity to travel and train with the best in the world. In 2009, I was fortunate enough to travel to Japan with my coach to train with the Olympic and World Champion Hammer Thrower, Koji Murofushi. The experience I gained was invaluable and informs my practice as an athlete and a coach today.  I currently train 12-15 hours per week, which includes technique, throwing and strength training through Powerlifting and Olympic Weightlifting. As a discus thrower, I am young; many world class athletes compete into their thirties and I plan to do the same. 

My achievements to date include representing Australia at the Commonwealth Youth Games in India (2008) for Discus and Hammer Throw, and achieving the standard to be included in the IAAF World Discus Rankings in U18 (2007), U20 (2009) and, most recently, the Open Age rankings in 2013. This year I was not selected in the Commonwealth Games team to compete in Glasgow, despite achieving the entry standard. 2014 was my first year competing in the Australian Athletics Tour Meets, which gave me the opportunity to travel around the country to compete against the best in Australia. I am currently ranked 4th on the Australian rankings. 

Achieving my goals would not have been possible without the long term support and guidance of my coach, Brett Green. To date, I have been training with him for 12 years and I look forward to sharing the highs and lows of training and competitions with him for years to come.  The knowledge he has passed on to me has allowed me to become a successful independent athlete and a throws’ coach. I really enjoy coaching throws, as I am able to pass on my knowledge and experience to the younger generation of throwers. 

I have my eyes set on competing at the 2017 World Championships to be held in London, and then the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. It would be an honour and a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to compete in my own city with my friends and family there to support.   

When I started out, throwing provided me with a sense of belonging. I have formed great friendships that still exist today and I hope that I can help others feel that same sense of community and personal achievement that I have experienced. 



Our Winton Travellers Are Homeward - 18 July 2014

Day 8

Our last day in Yeppoon was so much fun, a great way to round off a very successful camp. After breakfast, we visited the Capricorn Caves where we gazed at the different rock formations and took the opportunity to utilise the amazing acoustics and sing We Are Australian and My Country. It sounded beautiful.

Back to camp after lunch to play all afternoon and practise for our Outback Factor talent show and WOW, do we have some talented children?

That being said we are all looking forward to going home  - we will see you tonight. Just a hint - get those washing machines ready!!

Day 7

After lots of cool weather, it was great to spend the day in the warm sunshine! Today we spent the morning in Rubyvale, where we went into an underground sapphire mine and then had some time to fossick for our own. Most of us found some sapphires, but the prize for the largest blue sapphire went to Mr Bartlett - well done!

Off to the coast in the afternoon, the sun setting as we arrived at Kinka beach. Tomorrow, we will visit the Capricorn Caves. Our final activity for the camp is the Outback Factor tomorrow night - our famous talent show. Can't believe camp is almost over for another year!


Day 6

 Today our campers were up early to pack and head to historic Barcaldine. Here we visited the Worker's Heritage Centre to find out a little more about the Great Shearers' strike of the late 1800s, and something about life in general in 19th century outback Queensland.

We also went and sat beneath the monument to the Tree of Knowledge. Tonight's stay is at Emerald. Everyone is looking forward to going to Rubyvale in the morning to fossick for sapphires - we're all hoping to strike it rich!

Days 4 & 5

This weekend we have been in Winton and have had a great time wandering around the town, checking out the shops, visiting the Waltzing Matilda Centre and the Age of Dinosaurs museum.

On Sunday morning, we performed in our second concert for the people of Winton and drove out to the Combo Waterhole, part of the inspiration for Banjo Paterson's poem Waltzing Matilda, which has inspired so many Australians.

Tomorrow (Monday), we will break camp and head for Emerald, visiting Barcaldine along the way.

Day 3

Wow, what a busy day we've had! Our day started at 6am with a morning walk to watch the sun rise over the plains. It was pretty chilly, so we were all rugged up in our jackets and beanies. After bacon and eggs for breakfast, we visited the Longreach School of Distance Education to find out how outback children are educated. We then watched a Stockman's Show and visited the Longreach Stockman's Hall of Fame. While we were there, Mike from the Royal Flying Doctor Service came to see us and gratefully accepted our cheque from the proceeds of the Year 6 Sausage Sizzle. Later in the afternoon, we visited the Qantas Museum to learn all about the origins of our iconic airline, followed by a quick tour of the town centre. The finale to our day was giving our first concert to over 100 Longreach travellers where we were given a rousing cheer. Early to bed tonight, because we break camp tomorrow morning and head to Winton!

Day 2 - Heading to Longreach

After a chilly start at Mitchell this morning, we set off for Longreach. Along the way we stopped at the scenic outback towns of Augathella and Blackall for morning tea and lunch. Highlights of our drive today were seeing so many emus and kangaroos along the way. Already we can see the change in the landscape, it is very flat, dry and treeless. Once we reached Longreach, we all had a crash course in setting up our tents - that was lots of fun! Early night tonight after some hot chocolate, because we have a big day tomorrow at the Qantas Museum, The Stockman's Hall of fame and our first concert of the trip - everyone is very excited!


Day 1

Great trip to Mitchell today, we made excellent time and managed to get to the Artesian Spa early so the children were able to have a long swim in the warm water - great way to unwind after a day of travel. After dinner and dessert, we unrolled our sleeping bags and set up stretchers and settled in for a well deserved rest. Looking forward to our next destination, Longreach tomorrow.


Commonwealth Games Flag Handover Ceremony Art Submissions - 19 June 2014

On 3 August 2014, in Scotland, the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games will come to an end with an exciting Closing Ceremony. The Gold Coast, as the next Commonwealth Games host city, will be officially handed the Commonwealth Games Flag as part of the Flag Handover Ceremony. 

This ceremony will feature a special ‘Gold Coast’ performance, produced by David Atkins Enterprises, with Gold Coast performers and recently appointed headline talent, Jessica Mauboy.

The Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games Corporation and David Atkins Enterprises have given Gold Coast Primary School students the opportunity to make a unique and valuable contribution to the Flag Handover Ceremony production. 

Students aged 8-12 years were invited to submit a piece of art in one (or all) of the categories listed below.

One piece of art in each of the eight categories will be selected to feature in the Flag Handover Ceremony.

 A.B. Paterson College students’ artwork selected in seven of the eight categories to be submitted are:

 Category 1: Globe Adam Reiner Year 4

Globe: An image of the world showing both Glasgow and the Gold Coast

Category 2: The Surfer Monique Jeynes Year 6

The Surfer: An image of a Gold Coast surfer catching a wave

Category 3: Beach David Ho Year 3

Beach: An image including one or all of the following Gold Coast elements: oceans, waves, surfers, beaches or lifesavers.


Category 4: Hinterland Cherry Ge Year 2

Hinterland: An image including one or all of the following Gold Coast elements: rainforests, bushes, creatures, flora or fauna.

Category 5: Culture Emily Thomas Year 6

Culture: An image of the Gold Coast:

Actor/singer/band in performance, or

Painter in action, or

Sculptor at work, or

Painting hanging in a gallery or a sculpture

Category 6: Athlete Jenna ten Bohmer Year 4

Athlete: An image of a Commonwealth Games athlete (any sport) in action

Category 7: Skyline Alexandria Tapsall Year 6

Skyline: An image of the iconic Gold Coast skyline

Thank you to Visual Art teacher, Jackie Bennett, for co-ordinating this work.


Awards & Achievements 19 June 2014

Annual Swimming Gold Coast Awards

Congratulations to Thomas Buenano-Thompson (Year 7) and Harrison Buenano-Thompson (Year 4).

Thomas and Harrison attended the Annual Swimming Gold Coast Awards on Sunday, 15 June. Harrison was awarded the Overall Season Boys’ 8 years Age Champion and Thomas the Overall Season Boys’ 10 years Age Champion.

It was a great finish to the 2013/2014 swim season! Well done Thomas and Harrison!


Congratulations also to Marcus Amerena of Year 2. 

Marcus has made an achievement in Taekwondo, being graded from a white belt to a yellow belt at Muir's Taekwondo this week. Well done Marcus!


 Young Rugby Players Star at Suncorp Stadium 13 June 2014

In a pre-match Rugby Union opener to the main Wallabies v France game last Saturday evening, a group of A.B. Paterson College students playing for the Under 10 Griffith University Knights Rugby Union team took to the turf of Suncorp Stadium against Ormiston College and won three tries to two.

A winning night all round! Well done boys!



Performing Arts Showcase 13 June 2014

Following the postponement of our Musical for 2014 (now 8-11 October), we are delighted to invite you to a Performing Arts evening to be held at the Dunlop Multi-Purpose Centre at 6:00pm on Tuesday, 17 June.

All students in Years 1, 2 and 3 will be involved (as members of their year level choirs), as will all other choral students from Years 4-12. Members of various instrumental and dance ensembles will also be showcasing their talents. 

We look forward to welcoming you to a wonderful evening of entertainment to celebrate your child’s learning journey in the Arts.


Muddy Athletics to Precision Gymnastics to Basketball Award ! 6 June 2014

Gold Coast Mini Mudd Rush

Congratulations to Brooke Whittington (Year 6), Abigail Jones (Year 7) and Benjamin Jones (Year 8)

Brooke, Abigail and Benjamin participated in the first Gold Coast Mini Mudd Rush last weekend. They completed a 5km obstacle course, crawling through tunnels, climbing over hay bales, jumping into ice baths and working through a maze – with lots of mud along the way! 


Australian Gymnastics Championships

Congratulations to Akina Kinja of Year 6S

Akina competed at Australian Gymnastics Championships, in Melbourne last week. 

She achieved 2nd place in Level 8 Acrobatic Gymnastics. Well done Akina!



Basketball – Best Defender Award

Congratulations to Charlotte Boyd of Year 6.


The Seahawks Gold Coast Basketball Club held their representative awards night last Saturday night. Charlotte, who played in the U12 Girls’ team, received the award for ‘Best Defender’ in her team for the season. Well done Charlotte!


 ...Or Sport! 30 May 2014

Jared de Vries (Year 11) has been selected to represent the Queensland Schools Water Polo Team, when they compete in the National Schools Water Polo Championships in Noosa, from 2-6 June 2014.  Congratulations, Jared!


 At the Warwick Pentath-Run, on Saturday, 24 May, Dylan Foote (Year 4) ran a 4.6km cross country race. Dylan placed 3rd in the under 10 year boys, in a time of 26:04.93.  Well done Dylan!


It's All About the Music! 30 May 2014

Congratulations to Aric Kruger (Year 10), Isobella Kruger (Year 8) and Breeanna Lavin (Year 10)  Aric, Isobella and Breeanna performed at the Queensland Vocal Competition last Sunday, which was held at Brisbane Girls' Grammar School.   

Performances by all three students were of an excellent standard and Isobella was awarded a third place in the Junior division. 

 The big winner of the day, though, was Aric Kruger who took out a first place in the Intermediate division. An amazing result! Well done Aric!



Congratulations to Maya Bose (Year 5)

 Maya received the following awards at MTAQ Composers’ Competition last weekend in Gold Coast:

10 years Composer’s Award: 1st Place

Open Junior 17 years and under Audio Visual composer’s Award: 1st place 

Dulcie Holland Award to a Junior



State Philosothon 23 May 2014

On Saturday, 17 May, eight of our most outstanding Year 10 and 11 students attended the State Philosothon at the University of Queensland. 

Philosothon is a programme designed to develop the ability of students to critically analyse ideas and concepts, improve skills in argumentation and to collaboratively explore philosophical issues. The Philosothon has developed a significant profile over the last few years both nationally and internationally. Private and state schools compete, and participants are judged on the quality of their synthesis, their ability to develop ideas collaboratively, and to use the methodology of philosophy to think critically about issues. 

A.B. Paterson College representatives for 2014 were: Bryan Parsons, Erika Spanos, Emily Selleck, Thuvarakan Muthukkumarasamy, Sheridan Tapsall, Benjamin Devine, Malak Habib and Mohanapiriyan Muthukkumarasamy.

We all enjoyed it so much that we are looking to start a Philosophy Club!



Senior Cross Country Runners Win 2014 APS Percentage Trophy 23 May 2014

Congratulations to our dedicated Cross Country runners, who proudly represented the College at the recent APS Cross Country Carnival.

The highlight of the day was the winning of the Percentage Trophy by our Senior Cross Country team who placed fourth on aggregate.

Team and individual results can be seen below. Well done to all athletes who ran as  members of the A.B. Paterson College Senior and Junior Cross Country squads.

Senior Individual Age Champions:                                     

Harley Nielsen  3rd place 13 Years  

Stephanie Hall  2nd place 14 Years

Shiraz Mulholland 3rd place 16 Years

Tess Maddison 2nd place Open Girls

Nicolas Swanson 2nd place Open Boys

Liam Davidson 3rd place Open Boys 

Senior Team Age Champions:

13 Year Boys 3rd place

14 Year Girls 2nd place


Open Girls 1st place





Open Boys 1st place

Overall Girls 3rd place

Overall Boys 4th place

Overall Aggregate 4th place

Percentage Trophy 1st place 

Junior Individual Age Champions: 

Jasper Fitzgerald 3rd place 9 Years

Oliver Cronin 2nd place 12 Years

Junior Team Age Champions:

9 Year Girls –  2nd place

12 Year Boys –  2nd place

Overall Girls –  7th place 

Overall Boys –  6th place

Overall Aggregate –  7th place

Percentage Trophy –  8th place



A World of Toys - Yesterday and Today  16 May 2014

History in Year 2 involves students analysing aspects of daily life to identify how some have changed over recent time, while others have remained the same. They compare objects from the past and present.

 The challenge students were set was to interview someone in their family (perhaps mum, dad, grandparent, aunty or uncle) about their favourite toy when they were a child. Draw a picture of it and tell the class all about the toy.

It was amazing to see the variety of toys, listen to the children proudly share the memories the toys evoked, and learn all about a range of very different toys to those the children enjoy today. This was a wonderful springboard to begin discussions on how technology has impacted daily life.

Student comments

·       My dad made this toy car from wood when he was 11. His brother, Uncle Col, made one too. They loved to play with them. I liked the idea so much, I made my own boat out of wood. I love to play with it. 

·       My mum loved this 1970’s 3D puzzle called a Rubik’s Cube. Do you know how many faces on a cube? Yes – 6 is correct. To play you need to twist the rows and try to get each face the one colour. The goal was to see who could solve the puzzle the quickest. It was very tricky.


Leonardo's Legacy Lives On!  16 May 2014

A.B. Paterson College hosted the da Vinci Decathlon as the State Chapter School in Queensland for students in Years 5-10. 64 teams from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba all competed in the Decathlon over the three day event.  

 The da Vinci Decathlon began in 2005 as an exciting offshoot of the very successful da Vinci Programme for gifted and talented students at Knox Grammar School in Sydney. The Decathlon is designed to celebrate the academic gifts of Australian youth, by providing a stimulating and challenging competition run in the spirit of an Olympic Decathlon.

Unlike an Olympic decathlon, this event is a team challenge. Divided into three sessions, each session offers problems/tasks/challenges over a number of categories. Teams decide how they want to approach the activity, pooling their collective talents, and thinking laterally and collaboratively.

 The tasks are exciting, enriching and challenging with a particular emphasis on higher order thinking skills, offering students the opportunity to test their capacity to think critically, make quick accurate judgements to problem solve, whilst respecting the intellect of others in their team.

 The ten academic events are: Mathematics; English; Science; Philosophy; Code Breaking; Engineering Challenge; Creative Producers; Art and Poetry; Cartography; and General Knowledge.

 This very prestigious opportunity is one of the highlights of the Gifted and Talented programme at A.B. Paterson College. 

 We are very proud to announce that both our Year 7 and Year 10 teams have been invited to attend the National competitions in Sydney during the June holidays. It is also wonderful to note, we had many successes for the College:

Year 5 Team:  3rd place

Year 6 Team:  2nd place

Year 8 Team: 1st place




South East District Rep Soccer Trials

Congratulations to Jessica Hornabrook of Year 7.

Jessica competed at the South East District Rep Soccer Trials on Tuesday. She was selected in the team to represent the South Coast Sport Region, at the State Championships in Mt Isa, in July.

Well done Jessica and good luck in your training!


South Coast Regional Hockey 12 Years and Under 

Three students from the College have been selected for the South Coast Regional Hockey, 12 years and under teams, to participate in the State Championships in Brisbane, from 19–22 June.

Congratulations to Ashton Price (Year 5), Annise Bradfield (Year 6) and Monique Charlton (Year 7),who have been selected following the recent Regional Championships. Special congratulations to Ashton, as he is only turning 10 this year.

Best wishes to Jessica, Ashton, Annise and Monique as they head towards the State Championshiops in their respective sports.



And the Gold Medal is awarded to ....  9 May 2014

Current Divisional National Champion, Xavier Menezes-Whitikia, who competed at the NZ Taekwondo Open in Auckland over the 3-4 May weekend, where the Year 6 student won the gold medal  for sparring in his division.

Xavier represented Taekwondo Queensland at this event. Even though it was a National NZ tournament, there were competitors from Queensland, New South Wales, Victoria and Tasmania present, as well as international competitors from Tonga and New Caledonia.

Xavier has been training in Taekwondo for five years; he first started by attending College classes on Tuesdays after school.  He is currently a Grade 1 belt and will be grading for his black belt in December.

He has represented Queensland at national competitions since 2011, and is the current National Champion in his division, having won Nationals in Melbourne in September 2013.

Xavier trains five times a week, mainly at the Muirs Club in Helensvale, as well as specialist training in Brisbane and Currumbin.

He is now aiming to train hard for Australian Nationals later this year, and his next main goal is to represent Australia at the US Open in February 2015.

We wish Xavier well as he reaches for that goal of representing Australia in 2015, following what we all hope will be a successful campaign in the Australian Nationals.


National Youth Archery Championships - 2 May 2014

Congratulations to Tristan Cargill, Year 10, who competed at the National Youth Archery Championships that were held in Adelaide, from the 14-19th April 2014. Tristan’s results for his division (Intermediate Compound Male) were as follows:

Individual Results
Target Championships     Gold Medal - New Australian record
Matchplay Championships    Gold Medal
Clout Championships     Silver Medal
Field Championships     Silver Medal

Overall Result:
First Place in Compound Male Division at State Team Championships – South Queensland Team

Tristan has also been selected as part of the Australian Team for the Trans-Tasman Challenge to be held in September 2014.

Below Tristan tells us more about his sport of archery.

"The National Youth Archery Championships (NYAC) is the biggest competition in Australia for the whole year and was held in Adelaide this year. Australia’s finest archers under 20 years of age gathered over the period of a week and participated in the four different disciplines of FITA archery; target, match play, field and clout. Around 150 archers from across the different disciplines and divisions competed in the Nationals this year.

"The main bow types are Compound and Recurve. The Recurve bow is the closest to the original type of bow for shooting, the longbow. It features a curved set of limbs and a single string.  A Compound bow mainly consists of strings and cables intertwined through 2 cam modules at the top and bottom of the bow, making the bow really accurate and extremely fast. I personally shoot a compound bow. 

"Each discipline male/female and bow type in archery requires a different skill set in order to be successful. For instance, the target event requires that the archers compete in a set of four different distances on different sized target faces.

"This  varies from the discipline of field archery, where the competitors walk a course, shooting three arrows at one set distance target and size face, and then moving on to a different distance to shoot the next set of arrows.

"Clout archery is a style of archery where arrows are fired up into the air, so that they can land on a target laid on the ground, ranging from 125m away to 180m depending on your age category. It relates back to medieval times where archers would fire arrows into the air, which would arc downwards to hit the enemy.

"Lastly, the most exciting event in the archery nationals is match-play. Here, the individuals are placed in a ‘knock-out’ event until one winner remains based on their score in each match. The winner of this match will then advance onto a higher ranked competitor until only four competitors are left on the field in a category; also divided into male and female, competing for the gold, silver and bronze medals. This style of archery is usually the favourite discipline of most archers, as it is a nail biting fight for the medal against a fellow competitor.  

"There is fierce competition between the states and this year Queensland placed 1st in Recurve and 3rd in Compound. Also, the NYAC is the only opportunity in the year to attempt National Tournament Records. Some of these records have remained unbeaten for many years, and it is a truly special event when a new record is set. The team for the Trans-Tasman Challenge is selected with reference to the scores obtained at the NYAC.  

"Archery is a sport that requires physical stamina and a strong mental attitude. In order to succeed in archery, one must first be able to overcome one’s mental challenges in the sport and, secondly, be able to have the devotion to train many days a week in order to achieve the best results possible. Archery is a sport I can highly recommend. Lots of healthy sun and fresh air, physical exertion and good company. "

We thank Tristan for his insight into his chosen sport and wish hm all the very best as he trains and prepares for the Trans-Tasman Challenge in September, as a member of the Australian team. A truly remarkable and well-deserved achievement.


National Women’s Baseball Championships - 2 May 2014

Congratulations to Brooke Musty of Year 9, who represented Queensland in the Under 15 Women’s Baseball Team, which competed at the National Championships over the holidays in Wollongong.

Brooke played the significant positions of First Base and Pitcher in the State team which placed third overall. Brooke has been playing baseball for eight years and this great result is well deserved.

Brooke is passionate about her sport. “It’s cool!” she says.

Her interest in Baseball began as far back as Kindy when she joined a team who were playing Tee-Ball. As Tee-Ball became Baseball, many of the girls in the team did not continue with the sport, so Brooke found herself as the only girl in her team from Under 12s onwards. The Queensland team playing at the National competition was, however, all girls.

Brooke plays for Runaway Bay, whose fields are at Paradise Point where she trains twice a week, supplementing that training at home with her father at other times. It was through her club that the Queensland Baseball Association informed players about a Queensland team entering the Nationals. Brooke went to Brisbane, where baseball is very popular, to try-out for the state team. These trials saw 20+ girls selected as a squad, with 17 of these players chosen to attend the national competition in Wollongong.

Brooke was a designated pitcher and first base player for the team, but all players had to step up and pitch due to competition restrictions.

“We are only allowed to pitch about 50 balls and, over the two days, we are only allowed to pitch once. As we played two games a day, we needed at least two pitchers a day, so everyone had to step up and pitch, “explains Brooke.

 This is the last year that Brooke can play in the U15s and next year, she will try out for the Opens.

“It is unusual for anyone my age to make the team, but I am managing my expectations! I will definitely train and try out,” says Brooke.

But what of the future? Well, Brooke plans to play on and take her chosen sport as far as she can, then play in her club’s over 25s.

Well done, Brooke! Your love for your sport is wonderful, and we wish you all the best in future competitions.


Sensational Student Successes - 25 April 2014

Congratulations to Dariya Gorshechnikova-Illich of Year 8

Dariya competed in her first Synchronised Swimming championships at the 2014 Synchronised Swimming Australian Open and Age Group Championships, held at the Sleeman Sports Complex in Brisbane, 11-14 April 2014.

Dariya and her five girl team took out first place in the 13, 14 and 15 years team routines at the Australian Open. The five girls are now Australian Champions for their age and grade division.

Dariya represented the Gold Coast Mermaids; a Gold Coast based Synchronised Swimming Club.



Bundaberg Eisteddfod

 Congratulations to Breeanna Lavin of Year 10 and Hayley Lavin of Year 5

 Breeanna and Hayley competed at the Bundaberg Eisteddfod during the holidays. The Bundaberg Eisteddfod is a regional competition with 1,500 competitors from Townsville, Mackay, Gladstone, Rockhampton and Emerald, to name but a few.

 Breeanna achieved 1st place in the 15 years Song and Dance competition.

 Hayley achieved 1st place in Classical Improvisation, 2nd place in Slow Modern, 2nd place in Jazz, 3rd place in Classical, 3rd place in Song and Tap and Highly Commended in Demi Character. Hayley's scores qualified her for the Classical Championship, where only five from her age group qualified. She was a finalist in this section also. To reach this level at her age is a huge achievement. Hayley was also featured in the Bundaberg newspaper pictured below.



Gymnastics & Basketball Successes 3 April 2014

Regional Gymnastics Championships

Congratulations to Jack Burt of Year 6 and David Tanner of Year 7.

Last month, Jack and David competed in the South East Queensland Regional Gymnastics Championship for MAG Level 8U and Level 7U at Brisbane Grammar School.

Jack is in Level 7U and competed on all six apparatus. He achieved a Silver Medal for High Bar and a Bronze Medal for Floor and Parallel Bar. His combined score ranked him in second place overall in the competition.

David is Level 8U and competed on all six apparatus. He achieved a Gold Medal for Parallel Bar and Rings and a Silver Medal for High Bar, Vault and Floor. His combined score ranked him second place overall in the competition.

Jack and David are training hard in preparation for the State Championships this weekend.  Good luck to Jack and David!

Basketball Grand Finals

Congratulations to Jake de Silva of Year 7
Jake is a passionate basketball player, both at school and at his local Clippers club, who are part of the Seahawks Gold Coast Basketball Association. His team recently won the U14 Boys’ Club Grand Final Championships.

Jake was the highest scorer for the Seahawks Gold Coast Basketball Association, averaging 25 points per game and over 350 points this season. In addition, Jake plays representative basketball, and he and his team are heading to Cairns in April for the State Championships. They qualified at district level, as runners up in the Basketball Queensland Junior Basketball Competition (BQJBC), conceding defeat by just 1 point, in an action packed finals game. Well done Jake!



Little Athletics State Championships - Cairns - 21-23 March

Congratulations to Emma Downey of Year 9

Emma competed at the Little Athletics State Championships in Cairns last Friday and reached the finals in all her events (100m, 200m, 400m, 80m hurdles and 200m hurdles). She placed 3rd in the final of the 200m hurdles and achieved personal bests in every race. Well done Emma!

Australian Surf Life Saving Championships

Harrison Wood of Year 10 is competing at the Australian Surf Life Saving Championships in Perth, from 31 March to 3 April, 2014. The College wishes Harrison good luck at the championships!


Open Day Tuesday 1 April 

Join us at our Open Day next Tuesday morning from 11am - 12.30pm.

It really isn’t an easy decision. Just how do you determine which school best fits your children’s needs and your family’s values?

Glossy brochures, prospectuses and websites can offer you some insight, but there really is only one sure way to get a ‘feel’ for the culture of a school and to discover how it will care for your child. You need to take time out to visit and see it all for yourself.

With this in mind, A.B. Paterson College is inviting you and your family to be our guest on Tuesday 1 April 2014, and/or Tuesday 12 August 2014, when the College will open its classroom doors to welcome you into the heart of the teaching and learning excellence that takes place in Junior and Senior School lessons every day of every week throughout the academic year.

With a well-founded teaching and learning framework, based upon international research, the College provides extensive opportunities for academic excellence. We aim to develop young men and women of character by challenging students to develop the intellectual character needed to become passionate about their ongoing learning; to acquire the skills and confidence to succeed in an increasingly complex world; and to become active leaders in their communities.

So step inside! Let our senior students show you around our wonderful campus facilities; drop into classrooms along the way and experience for yourselves this school of outstanding educational offerings and opportunities. Witness how our children learn, their commitment to their learning and the amazing outcomes they are capable of achieving.

Discover our innovative eLearning strategy and visit our Collaborative Learning Centre. See for yourselves the access it gives students and staff to various new and existing technologies, essential to the acquisition of 21st century skills that will help students to become flexible and creative lifelong learners.

Meet College Principal, Brian Grimes, and members of his senior leadership team. Ask questions – get those all-important answers.

This is an exciting open door invitation to really see the College as it operates on any given day of the year – it will be business as usual for our teachers and students!

Make a date in your diary to be our guest – on Tuesday 1 April 2014 & Tuesday 12 August 2014 from 11am-12.30pm.

Contact Karen Milburn, Assistant Head of Admissions & Communications at or 55614 140.


Sporting Success 21 March 2014

Congratulations to the following A.B. Paterson College students, who have achieved individual or team success in their chosen sports.

State Junior Nipper Championships

Congratulations to Tahlia Dilkes of Year 7
Tahlia won the Under 12 Surf Race at the State Junior Nipper Championships last Sunday. There were 151 competitors in her race and she had heats, semi-finals and finals. She won each of her races and, in the final, led with clear water out of the swim. She is the first female Gold Medallist from her club, Nobby’s Surf Life Saving Club, and now has her portrait photo and action photo framed and hung on the "Medallists" wall at Nobby’s Surf Life Saving Club, Nobby’s Beach.

Little Athletics Regional Championships

Congratulations to Emma Downey of Year 9
Emma qualified for five events in the Little Athletics Regional Championships and is on her way to Cairns next Friday to compete in the State Championships, which is run over three days. Her events are 100m, 200m, 400m, 80m hurdles and 200m hurdles. Emma has worked really hard over the last six months and we wish her well in her preparations for the State Championships.


Runaway Bay Baseball Club Little League Minors

Congratulations to Shaun Fitzgerald (Year 5), Grace Murphy (Year 7), Hannah Marshall (Year 6) and Adam Selleck (Year 6)
A.B. Paterson College students play for Runaway Bay Baseball Club Little League Minors, who played Coomera Cubs last weekend in the Grand Final. It was a very close game, going down 4-3 in the bottom of the 6th innnings. It was a great game and they never gave up. Hannah Marshall was awarded Golden Glove, and she is one of two shadow players that made the Commissioner’s Team to play in the Little League Titles.



Junior Australian Athletics Championships    21 March 2014

The Junior Australian Athletics Championships were held in Sydney from 13-16 April. The event brings together the best athletes in Australia from U14 to U20 age groups.

Aaron Kuczynski (Year 11) and Stephanie Hall (Year 9) both competed at the championships, representing Queensland against the other states and some international athletes.

Aaron competed in the U18 and U20 hammer throw and placed 7th and 13th respectively, with a Personal Best in the younger age group, throwing the 5kg implement 50.39 metres.

Stephanie competed in the U15 1500m race and placed 15th with a time of 4:56.46 seconds, improving on her time at the Queensland State Championships (5:02.37 secon

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