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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 seconds) and just falling short of her PB.

Unfortunately, Gemma Killian (Year 10) was forced to withdraw from the event due to injury.

Well done to both Aaron and Stephanie on their achievements at the National Championships.




Listen to that roar! 14 March 2014

Lachlan Woods, College Captain, and Zoe O’Dwyer, Public Speaking Captain, have won the Public Speaking prize in their division of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest, and will thus compete in the regional final.

This competition is essentially a search by the Lions organisation for a student capable of representing the Lions movement internationally. It is, therefore, noteworthy that Lachlan and Zoe pipped at the post many school captains and vice captains from a number of Gold Coast Schools; all very impressive young people.

The standard of this competition is beyond impressive; every student who presents is deserving of praise. A.B. Paterson College’s success is thus a testament to every staff member who has mentored or guided Lachlan or Zoe over the years. We should all share in the success of these students.

The Regional Final Saturday 15 March 2014

College Captain, Lachlan Woods, and Public Speaking Captain, International Women's Day Youth Leadership Award recipient, Zoe O'Dwyer, (what an amazing weekend for this young woman) competed in the Q1 Regional Final of the Lions Youth of the Year Quest.

This is the third tier of this competition, and only two tiers away from the National finals, thus it was no mean feat to make it this far in the Quest.

The students gave truly impressive performances in both the impromptu and public speaking events and were clearly the top of the field.

It came as no real surprise that Lachlan was awarded the Public Speaking prize. It was nonetheless a tough call to distinguish between Lachlan and Zoe, as her speech on tearing down barriers and her deft handling of the impromptu questions was really impressive.

All in all, neither Zoe nor Lachlan won this division of the Quest, but their performance has been outstanding over the past weeks and they have both gained valuable experience from the interview processes.



Young Ballet Dancer Success 14 March 2014

Year 4 student Eden Harder has been asked to perform with the Queensland Ballet in their upcoming production of Coppelia. Well done Eden!

State Baseball Championships

Congratulations also to Kosuke Takahashi of Year 11 on his selection in the 18 years and under South Coast Regional Baseball team, to compete at the State Championships in Brisbane from 27-30 March.

Good luck to Kosuke on his preparations for the championships.


Inter-School Tennis Challenge 7 March 2014

Congratulations to the A.B. Paterson College Open A Boys’ Tennis pairing of Bob Milunovic (Year 8) and Nishane Patel (Year 12), who took part in the 2014 Secondary Inter-School Tennis Challenge on Friday, 28 February, held at the Queens Park Tennis Centre in Southport.


The tournament organised by Tennis Gold Coast attracts the best tennis players from schools all over the Gold Coast. There were nearly 100 players taking part in the event. Both Bob and Nishane played exceptionally well in what turned out to be an extremely tough competition. They only narrowly missed qualifying for the semi-final stage of the event.

Well done Bob and Nishane!


Clean Up Australia Day Crew in Coombabah 7 March 2014

Several A.B. Paterson College students, some as cadets of the Australian Air League, Southport Squadron, which meets at the College, made an active contribution to the local area last Sunday for Clean Up Australia Day.

The energetic group tidied up a large area leading into Coombabah Wetlands Reserve and the local Mason Field Aerodrome from general litter to kitchen cupboards, tyres, boxes and boots.

Amongst the hard working Clean Up Australia Day crew on the day were: Elizabeth Rosen (Year 4), Alexander Rosen (Year 7), Jack Taylor (Year 6), Lucas Dugdale (Year 9), Jenna ten Bohmer (Year 4) and Violet ten Bohmer (Year 2).

Well done students!



Sailing Titles 28 February 2014

Congratulations to Justin Wise of Year 9.

Justin has placed 7th in the South Australian State Titles, in a field of 80 boats, and is now preparing to compete in New Zealand over Easter for their National Titles. Justin has spent three days training with fellow team members from Australia and has thoroughly enjoyed himself.

Other regattas this year include Bahrain, Uruguay (South American titles), Turkey, Singapore National Titles, Ireland (European titles) and Argentina (World titles).

We wish Justin well in his preparations for the New Zealand National Titles.



Young Bush Poet Published 14 February 2014

The Bronze Swagman Book of Bush Verse 2013 celebrates the winning entry of Year 7 student, Patrick Hall, making him a published author. What an amazing accomplishment!

Patrick's poem entitled The Outback successfully took out first place in the Annual Little Swaggie's Bush Poetry Competition, an initiative of the Winton Tourism Promotion Association.

In fact it was a clean sweep for the College's Year 6 budding bush bards with Jonte Fouch and Alexander Priala in second and third placings. Patrick's poem went on to win the overall Primary prize from across all year levels.

The Winton Tourist Promotion Association aims to encourage the writing of traditional Australian Verse made so popular by Banjo Paterson, and which is so important a part of our Australian Heritage through The Bronze Swagman Award and its Annual Little Swaggie's Bush Poetry Competition.

At an author's signing today in the Principal's office, Patrick was busy signing copies of the anthology to be placed proudly on our library's shelves - P94 - be sure to look it up!

Congratulations, Patrick!



Some Important Dates for Your Diary - 31 December 2013

Following a brief office closure over the Christmas period, the College office resumed business on Monday, 6 January 2014. Office hours of business during the holiday period are 8.00am - 4.00pm.

If you are looking to purchase uniform items from the Uniform Shop in this busy Back to School period, it will re-open for business on Monday, 13 January from 8.00m - 1.00pm, by appointment only. '

Appointments can be booked by phoning the Uniform Shop on (07) 5561 4131 after Monday 13 January 2014.

New student families may telephone the main administration office during the holidays to make an appointment on (07) 5594 7947.

Following what we hope has been a restful and relaxing festive season with family and friends, the College welcomes you back to the campus on 28 January 2014 to begin another busy academic year.

Welcome back everyone!

Gold Coast Theatre Awards - Seven Nominations!  December 9 2013

 The 5th Gold Coast Area Theatre Awards will take place at the Paradise Room, Arts Centre Gold Coast on Tuesday, December 10, 2013.

The Awards Night acknowledges the Gold Coast area's commitment and contribution to the local community's entertainment life, by presenting awards to participants in shows staged and produced by theatre groups, schools and colleges throughout the year.

A panel of judges visits dozens of musicals and plays staged by local companies from Beenleigh  to Ballina  - and awards winners in categories covering set, costume, lighting and sound design, music and show direction, leads and support actors and actresses and many others.

Here are the A.B. Paterson College nominees for this year's musical The Wiz:

Category 2 Best Costumes: Lisa Wise and Janet Burrage

Category 6: The Jock and Beverly McIlwain Special Encouragement Award: Sebastien Golenko

Category 10 Best Actor in a Supporting Role in a School/Youth Musical: Justin Tan

Category 11 Best Actress in a Supporting Role in a School/Youth Musical: Christie-Lee Wise

Category 14 Best Actor in a Leading Role in a School/Youth Musical: Sebastien Golenko

Category 15 Best Actress in a Leading Role in a School/Youth Musical: Ruby Sethi

Category 17 Best Production of a School/Youth Musical: The Wiz


Congratulations to all of the nominees.





Pacific Fair Carols for Kids Choir Competition Winners 9 December 2013

Another wonderful result for the Year 2 Choir, achieving 1st place in the Junior Category and winning $500.

The Year 2 Choir has now been invited to perform at the Broadbeach Christmas Carols, Kurrawa Park, Broadbeach, on Saturday, 14 December.

Congratulations also to the Years 4/5 Choir, who were awarded second runner up in the Senior Category, winning $200. Well done to our Year 2 and Years 4/5 choirs!

Thank you to Ms Rachel Newcombe for her expert direction and leadership of the Year 2 Choir, and also to Mrs Candace Kruger for her fine repertoire selection and piano accompaniment.

This Week's Student Achievements 19 November 2013

Journalism Competition

Congratulations to Emily Selleck of Year 10.

Emily entered her Outward Bound article into the Griffith University Journalism Competition and won Highly Commended, which placed her in the top 5 of the competition!

She has had an outstanding year and this achievement is both well-earned and well deserved. Well done Emily!

South Coast Regional Trial Aquathon

Congratulations to the students pictured below on their achievement in competing at the South Coast Regional Trial Aquathon held on weekend of 9 – 10 November.



Tennis Achievement

Congratulations to Gianni Sanguigno of Year 2, who competed in the historical Tennis Gold Coast Aged and Adult Tennis Championships on Sunday, 24 November, at Queens Park Tennis Centre.

Gianni won the 10/U Boys’ Singles Championship, beating his opponent 6-0 in the final.

Gianni’s name will appear on the Tennis Gold Coast honour board for winning this age category event, alongside former junior winners, including Bernard Tomic and Sam Stosur.

Well done Gianni!






I Can For Cancer

This Christmas, Year 6 student Grace Murphy, has decided to cut off her ponytail and donate her hair to Princess Charlottes: Tresses for Princesses, which is a not-for-profit organisation that makes wigs for girls who have lost their hair due to illness.

" I am cutting and donating 40 cm of my hair to be made into a wig for a young girl, which will leave my hair just above my shoulders."

Please support Grace by leaving a message of support or donating securely via the link to her fundraising page below. All donations will go to the I Can for Cancer campaign.


Celebrating Success at Our College Speech Night 2013 - 22 November 2013

This year's Speech Night was a celebration of student achievement in the academic and co-curricular domains in Years 4-12.

A night that recognises the hard work, dedication and participation in every facet of College life, students were rewarded and recognised for their successes.

Whether students received an award or not, all are to be congratulated for their work ethic and positive contribution to our College's programmes throughout this academic year.

We are truly privileged to work with such wonderful young people.

Dux of the College was awarded to Nelson Chua, who received a standing ovation from his Year 12 peers.

College Captain, Bianca Palmer, was awarded the Principal's Leadership Award, and the College's most prestigious award the Banjo Paterson Cup.



Figure Skating into the Australian Championships

Congratulations to Ryan Dodds, a Year 12 student, who recently competed in the Queensland Figure Skating Championships.

Ryan placed 3rd in the Junior Men’s Division (for under 19 year olds) and he and his partner, Jessica Rotondo, were also crowned Novice Pair Champions.

Ryan and his partner Jessica have now been nominated to represent Queensland in the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Melbourne during the first week of December.

Following the Championships, Ryan will head to the USA for six weeks’ elite training at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs.

The International Skating Union has already invited Ryan and Jessica twice to participate in elite training in Berlin, Germany and, in 2014, they are expected to represent Australia on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.


STEM Forum & Challenges hit the Gold Coast 26-29 November 2013

A.B. Paterson College opens its inaugural Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Forum and Challenge next week to international, interstate and local student mathematicians and scientists in a four day event on the Gold Coast. Expanded in 2013 to include a Science Challenge alongside the annual Mathematical Modelling Challenge, this event has attracted interest from hundreds of school students.

Hosted by A.B. Paterson College and Griffith University, this exciting and fun event has seen 138 students register for the Forum to be held at the College’s Arundel campus, including students from Singapore, New Zealand, NSW and SE Qld schools.
This year’s tasks are under wraps until next week, but a taste of what is to come will see teams of students challenged to build Spaghetti Bridges, design and test an Airwing, explore rockets, design crumple zones for vehicles, design a wind powered vehicle and investigate the lighting necessary to light up a football stadium.

In 2012, with a theme of the Colonisation of Mars, the Forum challenged teams of students to build water rockets capable of launching their payload, a Lego rover, into space. They built the robotic Mars rover from Lego blocks; and designed a landing module for the rover to successfully land on the surface of Mars. Students collected data, analysed the data and built mathematical models from their findings. These models were used to make predictions and verify these predictions by testing the water rockets and landing modules.

The 2013 Mathematical Modelling and Science Challenges are proving exceptionally popular with 304 students already registered to participate. Teachers and university academics, Dr Jill Brown, Assoc. Professor Gloria Stillman (Australian Catholic University) and Honorary Professor Peter Galbraith (University of Queensland) will act as mentors for the duration of the events.

“Applying mathematics to problems in the world outside the classroom involves the use of skills that few students learn at school. The A.B. Paterson College Mathematical Modelling challenge provides a unique opportunity for students to learn and apply such skills to problems, often of their own choosing, that are located in the world outside school,” says Honorary Professor Peter Galbraith, University of Queensland and Former President of ICTMA: International Community for the Teaching of Mathematical Modelling and Applications.

A day trip to our local theme park Dreamworld will provide the data captures that are utilised to pose problems to develop mathematical models in the final two day challenge, while forensics will occupy the scientists at Griffith University’s Gold Coast campus.

In 2012, the Modelling Challenge offered a variety of tasks. From determining the number of helium balloons needed to float a mascot over a football field, to optimising the rotor blade for a wind powered generator, to researching ways to control gliders in flight, there was a problem for everyone, including pursuing a task of their own design if desired.

“The Science Challenge provided the opportunity to enhance and enrich my scientific skills, especially in the area of investigation, analysis and inquiry. It was an enjoyable experience and I would love to do it again next year,” says Year 10 student Thuvarakan Muthukkumarasamy of his 2012 event experience.

The continued success of this event is thanks to the support by major sponsors Texas Instruments, who provide prizes to the winning teams, Griffith University, and Dickfos and Dunn Chartered Accountants, together with the support of many teachers, and current and past students of the College.

Various sub-programmes in the event will mean that it will be possible for students to be challenged for up to four days, beginning on Tuesday, 26 November 2013 and concluding on Friday, 29 November 2013. The STEM Forum will be conducted on Tuesday, 26 November and Wednesday, 27 November, and the Mathematical Modelling Challenge and Science Challenge will be conducted concurrently on Thursday, 28 November and Friday, 29 November.

Details of the days' schedules and information about venue, parking etc can all be accessed in the document below.

We look forward to meeting you all there.



STEM Forum & Challenges

With the STEM programme to begin shortly, information regarding the days' schedules, together with other important details regarding the events can be accessed by clicking here.



Figure Skating into the Australian Championships - 8 November 2013

Congratulations to Ryan Dodds, a Year 12 student, who recently competed in the Queensland Figure Skating Championships.

Ryan placed 3rd in the Junior Men’s Division (for under 19 year olds) and he and his partner, Jessica Rotondo, were also crowned Novice Pair Champions.

Ryan and his partner Jessica have now been nominated to represent Queensland in the Australian Figure Skating Championships in Melbourne during the first week of December.

Following the Championships, Ryan will head to the USA for six weeks’ elite training at the Olympic Training Centre in Colorado Springs.

The International Skating Union has already invited Ryan and Jessica twice to participate in elite training in Berlin, Germany and, in 2014, they are expected to represent Australia on the ISU Junior Grand Prix circuit.



¡Qué Día!  7 November 2013

It was 23 October 2013, a fine afternoon edging the thermometer at 29c. We began our hike on the bus to Main Beach, on a beautiful spring day.We arrived at Alegría Seafood and Tapas Restaurant.

To Janet Novak’s surprise, we endured five servings of Tapas, including Lili Wode’s favourite, Croquettes (“A crumbed delight, that the first bite brings an exciting burst of rich cheese and chorizo to your taste buds.” – Lili Wode).

Madelaine Ryan was captivated by the traditional Hispanic dish, the seafood paella, “¡Ay Dios mío, está bonita!” – Madelaine Ryan.

To finish off our Spanish experience, we were served a mouth-watering, sugar coated, crisp Churro, with the exquisite option of dipping chocolate on the side. “¡Muy delicioso!” – Bianca Palmer
Janet Novak, Lili Wode, Madelaine Ryan & Bianca Palmer - Students of Spanish




TXT4U Student Reporter of the Year  1  November 2013

This prestigious award was presented to Emily Selleck in Year 10 at the Gold Coast Bulletin Awards Night held at Bond University. Emily is the youngest recipient of the award since its inception.

A.B. Paterson College has been part of the TXT4U programme now for several years and, for the past two years, a Year 9 class has been registered as student reporters with the Gold Coast Bulletin's TXT4U student reporter programme.

It is an opportunity for young reporters to learn aboout the art of journalism and to gain the rewards of having their work published in the weekly student supplement.

This year alone, the College has had over 90 articles published in TXT4U!

There are many exciting projects to work on, events to attend, acclaimed authors and other renowned people to interview, all organised by TXT4U through its various sponsors, as well as book, CD and DVD reviews to write about.

Last year Emily Selleck in Year 9 was awarded an Outstanding Journalist of the Year award.

In 2013, she went one better through her sheer dedication, amazing and prolific reporting. Not only has Emily reported on College events and accepted projects offered by TXT4U, but she has also researched and sourced her own articles to report on.

Emily certainly has a 'nose' for a good story!

Congratulations also goes to Cassandra Dimitroff in Year 12 who was awarded Reviewer of the Year for her outstanding contribution to TXT4U review articles.



Bitten by the Barbershop Bug  18 October 2013

Eight College boys were fortunate enough to not only attend the Barbershop Harmony Australia 12th National Convention in Perth, but were also able to perform and participate in the Youth Chorus and School Ensemble categories as part of the event.

The group had been in intense rehearsal for two months prior to the convention, including a weekend camp at Maroon Dam Outdoor Education Centre. They were ably supported by Ms Rachel Newcombe, Mrs Candace Kruger, members of the Blenders Chorus and their Director Mr Jonathon Albertini, and one of our College Board members, Mr Ed Klimowicz.

The group comprised: Aric Kruger;Theodore Lee; James Hudson; Naraen Sivakumaran; Austin Carpenter; Harry Gore; Joel Underwood; and Justin Tan.

First the eight singers performed with the Blenders Youth Chorus to a most supportive and wonderful audience at the Perth Convention and Exhibition Centre. Their performance was of the highest standard, engaging and highly entertaining. The expression and dynamic contrast, alongside excellent vocal production, balance of parts, and the fine leadership of Mr Jonathon Albertini, enabled an outstanding performance. They performed three songs: When I fall in Love, Sweet Sixteen, and M.L.K. (Martin Luther King).

The College boys then quickly changed into College performance uniform, ready for their School Ensemble performance. They were greeted again by a warm, welcoming audience ready to listen to the Wolfpack for their first ever competition performance.

The forming of a vocal ensemble in two months is admirable in itself, let alone performing in a national competition, where they did themselves and the College proud. They performed three songs: Heart of my Heart, From the First Hello to the Last Goodbye, and Barbara Ann. They sang well, looked great and, when overcoming initial nerves, improved on their performance in each song to end with a rousing applause and chants of support. It is exciting to see and hear what they have achieved in such a little time, so we can only imagine what they will be able to achieve in the future!

Soon after both their performances the award winners were announced. The Blenders Youth Chorus were awarded 2nd place, only missing 1st place by a few points. The Wolfpack (A.B. Paterson School Ensemble) was awarded 1st Place. They were the only school ensemble to enter but, none the less, were awarded enough points to be awarded this placing. All the boys involved should be very proud of their achievements and fine singing, and we look forward to their future performances together.

Congratulations to all involved!

The Winning Team


G'Day to the Canadian Rugby Sevens Team - 11 October 2013

As part of the Adopt-a-Country initiative of the Australian Rugby Union (ARU) and the Queensland Rugby Union (QRU), the College was privileged to welcome the Canadian Rugby Sevens team for a presentation about their country and involvement in the Gold Coast Sevens Competition.

The Gold Coast Sevens tournament is the first event of the nine-round HSBC World Sevens Series and will feature 16 international teams playing 45 matches over Saturday 12 and Sunday 13 October at Skilled Park.

Following the competition round in Australia, the teams will next visit Dubai (November); South Africa (December); USA (January); New Zealand (February); Japan (March); Hong Kong (March); Scotland (May); and finally England (May).

Hosted by our College Captains, members of the Canadian team answered a series of questions from the audience following the presentation by their team manager, Mr Brian Hunter, and an exchange of plaques to mark the occasion. Autographs were eagerly sought and team shirts signed for the College archives.

On Saturday, the team will begin to compete against the three countries in their pool: Fiji, Portugal and Wales, with their first match against the Welsh team. They will play 5/6 games that day of 14 minutes' duration.

The College wishes the team every success and safe travel in their remaining rounds across the globe .




At the Top of their Game!

Last Friday night, four Senior School students exhibited their artwork in the Creative Generation Awards for Visual Art. The competition is held at the White Box Gallery at Griffith University. The calibre of artwork by South-East Queensland Senior School students was impressive to say the least.

Artwork was exhibited by Year 12 students, Bianca Palmer, Katie Small and Danielle Greenwood. A special mention must go to our Year 11 student, Hanna-Leah Schmid, whose artwork was selected and hung amongst what is traditionally a Year 12 exhibition.

Of the 1,500 pieces of artwork selected for State-Wide Regional Exhibitions, Bianca Palmer’s photographic work was shortlisted for the Excellence Award in Visual Art. Huge congratulations to Bianca for her hard work and diligence, which has paid off in the success of this piece in both this competition and the nationally recognised Basil Seller’s Art Prize, held earlier this year.

School National Swimming Championships

Congratulations to Shiraz Mulholland of Year 9

Shiraz achieved the following results in her events at the National Swimming Championships:
5th place 100m Butterfly 15-16 Girls
7th place 50m Butterfly 15-16 Girls
5th place 15-16 Girls’ Medley Relay
6th place 15-16 Girls’ Freestyle Relay

A fantastic effort for which Shiraz should be very proud – the result of much commitment and dedication!
Well done Shiraz!

National Taekwondo Competition

Congratulations to Xavier Menezes-Whitikia of Year 5

Xavier represented Queensland by competing in the STA (Sports Taekwondo Australia) National Competition at the Melbourne Sports and Aquatic Centre (MSAC) last weekend. In a tough division of six competitors, he won three matches to win the Gold Medal in sparring for Red Belt Division Boys’ 10-11 year old age category, 31-34 kg weight division.

Xavier dedicated his National Title to his long-time coach, Mr Robert Muir, who is retiring at the end of the year. Xavier is pictured below with his coach, Mr Robert Muir. Well done Xavier!

National Hockey Championships

Congratulations to Harry Lickiss of Year 7

Harry was a member of the Queensland team that competed at the National Hockey Championships in Canberra, 19-23 August. The weather was freezing, but the competition was strong in the quest for the title of National Champions.

The Queensland boys had a great week, playing some outstanding hockey and completing the week as the only undefeated team. They accounted for arch-rivals New South Wales 2-0 early in the week to remain in contention for the title, and defeated the other strong contender Victoria by the same score line on the final day.

It is the first time the Queensland boys have been crowned National Champions since 2001.


X-Blade National Touch Youth Championships

Congratulations to Saya Tomikawa of Year 10

Saya competed in the X-Blade National Touch Youth Championships 2013, held by Touch Football Australia at Kawana, from 11-14 September. Saya represented South Queensland Sharks in the under 18 women's team and played against NSW development teams, Queensland Fire development, South Australia Heat, South West Queensland Swans, Northern Territory and New Zealand, with a total of 18 teams in the division.

Also, Saya placed fourth out of 18 girls in the 70m scoop and score sprint race, and was the youngest competitor in the race. Well done Saya!


A.B. Paterson College Public Speaking Competition

Closing date for entry forms is Thursday 19 September 2013. 

The 2013 A.B. Paterson College Public Speaking Competition is open to all students in Years 4-12.

Competition dates are as follows:

Non-competitive Year 4  - Thurs 10 October 4.30pm
Heats  Years 5-7  - Tues 15 October  4.30pm, 6pm & 7.15pm
Finals Years 5-7  - Tues 22 October  4.30pm & 6.15pm
Heats  Years 8-12  - Thurs 17 October  4.30pm, 6pm & 7.15pm
Finals  Years 8-12  - Thurs 24 October  4.30pm & 6.30pm

For competition topics, speaking times and entry forms for each year level, please  click here.

Please note that entry fees year will be $6.00 per student, payable prior to the competition. Each student will receive a Certificate of Achievement.

 In Years 5-11, the winner of the Grand Final will receive a Dymocks book voucher valued at $80, second place $60 and third place $20.

The winner of the Year 12 Grand Final will receive a book voucher valued at $100, second place $80 and third place $60.
The winner of the Year 12 Grand Final is eligible for a bursary from Bond University. The bursary covers half the fees of any Bond University degree course (except Medicine) or, in the case of a combined degree, half the cost of the greater of the two degrees (current value of the bursary is $45,000-$65,000). The winner of each Grand Final will also receive a plaque, as a commemoration of his/her outstanding achievement.  There is also an aggregate shield provided in both the Primary and Secondary areas, for best performing school in the Finals.




Debating and Creative Writing Successes  23 August 2013

The Gold Coast Secondary Schools’ Debating Association Grand Final was held at Bond University on Thursday 22 August.

Congratulations go to the College’s Intermediate B Division Champion team who achieved 1st place in the Debating Grand Final: Ashlee Smith (Speaker of the Night), Erin Condrin, Glenda Choi and Bianca Byfield, coached by past scholar, Brock Gunthorpe.

A special mention also to our Junior Grand Finalists: Sandya Indrajit, Rebekah Tenenboum, Abigail Marshall and Sahara Siyal; coached by past prac student, Allison Logan. A fine performance from these students!

These fantastic results are testament to the dedication of the students and their coaches.

Creative Writing Student Achievement

Earlier on this year, several of our students entered a creative writing competition called "Written Portraits", run by the Australian Creative Organisation 'Forming Circles'. The students were required to write a short story revolving around the theme of 'Home'.

Two of our students, Erin Condrin (Year 9) and Isabella Boyd (Year 8) have been selected, from over 430 entries, for publication in the Written Portraits Anthology, which will feature stories from high school students across Australia. This is a fantastic achievement for the students, who both worked very hard on their stories.

We will be purchasing a copy of the anthology for the school library, should you wish to read their entries.

Fun Fair - A Resounding Success     25 August 2013

The sun shone all day for the College's Fun Fair yesterday. Congratulations to the Parents and Friends Association and the Fun Fair Committee, who have worked tirelessly for many months now to ensure that yesterday was a day to enjoy. It was certainly that!

Crowds packed the site, rides were kept busy all day and trade stalls attracted many enquiries and buyers. A variety of food and drink stalls offered families a choice of lunch time meals operating throughout the day, and there were amazing prizes to be won at the Cent Auction.

Dunking teachers is always a popular activity with students and, despite the cold water, dripping wet teachers still had smiles on their faces, regardless of how many dunkings they received - and there were many!

All in all a wonderful fun-filled family day - a fantastic success all round.



Fun! Fun! Fun! 24 August 2013


TODAY'S THE BIG DAY! 24 August 10am - 3pm

Parking is available on the Rugby Oval (main entrance to the College off Arundel Drive)

The weather has been booked - sunshine all day, so don't forget the sunscreen and your hat.

Do not forget to bring your receipt to swap for your unlimited ride pass.

ATM facilities will be available.

Unlimited rides with your ride pass include

  • Miami Trip, Dodgems, Storm, Super Slide, Cup & Saucer, Beach Party Big Bouncer, Jungle Fever Toddler Castle, New Bumper Balls and Camel Rides
  • Massive Cent Auction with over 70 prizes including major prizes of Great Barrier Reef Holiday and Marriott Accommodation Package
  • Show Bags and Side Show Stalls
  • Dunking Tank
  • Musical Costumes for sale
  • Second Hand Books
  • Chocolate Bed
  • Photo Booth
  • Lots of interesting stalls from local businesses

Food and drinks – BBQ, Popcorn, Fairy Floss, Lollies, Snow Cones, Coffee Van, Curry Stall and more


Junior School Choirs Score GC Eisteddfod Aggregate Win!

Congratulations to the College's Junior School choirs who took out the Primary School Aggregate Trophy at the Gold Coast Eisteddfod last week.

It is a team effort, of course, and the results of all of the choirs can be seen below. Congratulations also to their talented choral directors, Ms Rachel Newcombe, Mrs Candace Kruger and Mrs Tania Vadeikis.

Primary School Choir Aggregate

1st Year 2 Choir Junior Infant School Choir RNE
1st Year 6/7 Choir Primary Showcase RNE / CKR

2nd Year 2 Choir Junior Infant School Choir RNE
2nd Year 1 Choir Infant School Novelty RNE / CKR

3rd Prep Choir Infant School Novelty RNE / CKR
3rd Year 6/7 Choir Primary A Grade RNE
3rd Year 7 & Boys’ Chorus Primary Australian Composer RNE

VHC Boys’ Chorus Primary Ensemble RNE
VHC Year 4/5 Choir Primary B Grade TVS

HC Year 3 Choir Infant School Choir CKR / TVS
HC Year 3 Choir Infant School Choir CKR / TVS


Fun Fair Fast Approaching

All the fun of the fair ... and more! Saturday 24 August - Make a date in your diary now.

Rides to thrill, spin, twist and turn! Show bags, burgers, cakes and fairy floss! Cent auction, book, music and game stalls ...... and more!

Fair Ride Arm Bands can be pre-purchased as detailed below.


Fair Ride Arm Bands .......... $25 Prepaid or $30 On the day
Pre-order your fun fair rides pass and save money, time and queues on the day:
1. Direct Deposit into ABPC P&F bank account for the total of arm bands you require:

Direct Deposit Details:
BSB 034-246
Account No: 133810
Name: ABPC P&F
Reference: Surname & Class/Home Room
2. Email with deposit details & number of tickets required

Bring the family for a great day out on 24 August, 10am - 3pm.




For One Night Only ....  9 August 2013

Don’t fly too high, or the sun will melt your wings.

Juice is a well-known young adult play about ‘coming of age’ in the ‘new age’.

When 15-year-old Rodney and his friends decide to celebrate the end of Year 10 with a bang, things start to go downhill fast. Through the chaos that follows on that fateful night, Juice reveals the hidden dangers and pressures that face young people in our society. The play is a cautionary tale using the morals in the Greek myth Daedalus and Icarus.

Performed and produced entirely by a dedicated troupe of Year 11 and 12 Drama students, the play will be a great opportunity for members of the College to show their support for the Arts at A.B. Paterson College.

Directed by Mrs Emily Fletcher, Juice combines live action performances with video in order to create a truly unique experience.

Juice will be performed on Friday, 23 August at 7pm in the College's  Performing Arts Centre 

Admission is $5.00 per person and tickets are available now on this website under DLPAC bookings at





ISQ Federal Election Statement Urges Parties to Make Education a Priority 5 August 2013

Independent Schools Queensland (ISQ) released a Federal Election Statement, on Monday 5 August, identifying five key education priority areas for the next Australian Government term.

These areas are:

1. Equitable and Stable Recurrent Funding for Independent Schools

2. Improved and Streamlined Regulation and Compliance

3. Capital Assistance to Support the Establishment of New Independent Schools

4. Increased Support for Disadvantaged Students

5. Support for Choice and Diversity

Further information regarding these education priority areas can be found in the ISQ Media Release and Federal Election Statement below.




Are you sitting comfortably? Then I'll begin ..... 2 August 2013

The very talented Abbie Jones, one of our Year 7 students, visited the library to read her very own book, Pandora and the Perfect Egg.

Students were inspired and amazed to hear that such a young girl could write a picture book and have it published.

Not only is this a picture book written by one of our students, but it is also beautifully illustrated by Amy Kim, one of our Year 12 students.

Abbie has kindly donated several copies of her book to the library.

Overview: Pandora is a perfect white chicken with yellow feet and a bright red comb. Every year Pandora's owner, Bella, enters her Pavlova in the local country fair baking competition.

She uses six of the freshest farm eggs that Pandora produces to make her famous Pavlova. But one day there was no egg and the next day no egg. And on the third day there was still no egg.

What has happened to Pandora's perfect eggs?”





Winton Wanderers Return 2 August 2013

After nine days of travelling in the Outback, Year 6 students returned to familiar faces, routines - and a comfy bed!

But what did they learn?

Here are a few of the reflections that characterised their amazing journey - geographical and, more importantly, personal.

Camp has changed the way I look at life and how much I appreciate the small things that my family do for me. Camp has definitely made me a lot more independent. My friendships at camp have become wider. Taneisha Beckton

Since I have been on camp, I have realised that electronics and TV is not ‘real fun’. Real fun is being out and about with friends doing things that I would not imagine doing, like cave exploring and going to a billabong. Shiori Takahashi

I learnt how to get along with lots of different people that I am not normally with. I also learnt that my mum does a lot for me and I will help her more now. Keenan Faulkner

Camp changed me because now I am more independent than before. Also, I have a wider friendship group now and I am talking to others and socialising with not just the same people. As well, I am a lot more organized than when I left home. Chelsea Clements



Supporting Malawi - caught in the Global Financial and Food Crisis

What will you give up in support of World Vision's 40 Hour Famine (Years 8-12) and the 8 Hour Famine (Years 5-7)? This year’s famine event occurs over the weekend of August 16-18.

Wright House is starting its charity drive early this year, asking students and families to sign up and register with World Vision over the holidays. Registration occurs online, and everyone can sign up now, using the URL, below, and joining the ABPC group.

This year, the focus is on ‘GIVING UP’…as in, what will you GIVE UP this year, to help feel empathy and show support for those in Malawi, who are caught up in the Global Financial and Food Crisis. Last year, you may remember, students, families and the A.B. Paterson College Community raised over $13, 500 through doing the Famine and also the creative ‘coin trail’. This was an exciting donation to be able to give to the worldwide organisation, which helps so many children and families, supporting them with education and teaching them how to use new farming ideas. There will be fun activities for the Junior school to get involved in, including the ‘Give UP AB Day’ and something that involves both students and staff…watch this space! Students have so many creative ideas about what to ‘give up’ for the 40 Hour Famine, which was always traditionally food. But our young people really choose some interesting ideas, including

 furniture
 junk food
 iPad
 technology
 bed
 cutlery

So, the message is simple: to get online, register with the A.B. Paterson College group and start collecting!

Students will need to sign up here at school and receive their booklet – this is so there is a record of the amount they are raising, and it also has receipts for tax purposes.

Have fun ‘giving up’ this year!





Business Busyness Concludes  26 July 2013

Australian Business Week reached its conclusion in a colourful, innovative and entrepreneurial trade display, where the Year 11 companies marketed their products and services to the College community.

This is the 13th year of the programme, and it is a wonderful opportunity to contribute in a positive way to the development of business acumen and management skills in a positive group of young people.

Business mentors ,who, in everyday lives, are chairmen and women, managing directors, and entrepreneurs at the top of their fields, advised, guided and facilitated discussion in their groups. Students appreciated the assistance of Business Mentors who were interested in sharing their management and business experience with what will be the next generation of business men and women.

The group of Business Mentors interacted with a group of students as they made significant business decisions, including a manufacturing financial simulation, launching a new product, creating an advertisement and launching their new product in a trade display. This is an authentic business experience for students and allows them to learn in a very real and practical manner.

Bond University Faculty of Business is the major sponsor of the event. Additional sponsors of the event are Autobarn Logan City, Tropical Fruitworld, ADCO Constructions, Advanced National Services, Riva Real Easy, The Millionaire Books and Eagers Holden.

We thank our generous sponsors, as they provide prizes and fund operating costs, including the sausage sizzle at the end of what has been a very busy and productive week.




Success At State and National Levels  26 July 2013

New Australian Level 6 Gymnastics All-Round Champion - congratulations to Year 6 student, David Tanner .

David won the Australian Championship from 48 entries. To enter you required State selection, so only the best athletes in each State attended, together with a team from New Zealand. The competition consisted of an individual, State team and international team event.

The Queensland team, to which David belongs, also won and he was selected as one of the four gymnasts (number one ranked from four best States) to compete. David was also selected to represent Australia in the trans-Tasman trophy against New Zealand, which they won as well. This is in addition to individual apparatus medals.

David trains 24 hours a week, as well as assisting with some coaching on Saturday mornings, and is part of the National Gymnastics Squad. It is a great result for David and one he did not have all his own way, as he needed to have a great result on his last apparatus to win.

Well over a year ago, David set a goal of winning the nationals, and it is a testament to his commitment and dedication that he has come through with the result he so wanted. This is one of the hardest and most physically demanding sports in which you can compete. Congratulations once again, David.



Congratulations to Katy Denney and Sybren Terpstra, both of Year 7

Katy achieved 5th place and Sybren achieved 2nd place in the Queensland Open Bic State Championships.

At the Brisbane Youth Sailing Championships, Katy achieved 1st place and Sybren achieved 2nd place.

Well done Katy and Sybren!



Winton Safari and Outward Bound Travellers' Tales 22-26 July 2013

From first stop chilly Picnic Point in Toowoomba on the first day of travel, Year 6s arrived in Mitchell in good time for a relaxing soak in the Great Artesian hot spa - thermal mineral artesian waters .The students certainly enjoyed the natural springs - and the warmth!

That night they all slept in the big shed, the Pavilion, which was a real experience for everyone.

On Thursday they arrived in Longreach, after stops in Augathella for morning tea and Blackall for lunch. The students set up camp at the Longreach Tourist Park and then walked all over the park promoting the songs and poetry for tonight's concert. The camp is packed to the rafters, so they are expecting a huge crowd to listen to their bush poetry and ballad repertoire.

The students are all in good spirits and looking forward to what is to come.

Update from Drew Cox:

"On Friday we rose early and, for some, there was a run and others a great walk to view the sunrise over the Boeing 747. We visited the School of the Air, Qantas, and The Stockman's Hall of Fame. While we were at the Hall of Fame, we made the presentation of our fundraising to the Flying Doctor Service. The Flying Doctor Service gave a talk to the group about their role in the Outback and their differing roles other than flying.

"The students enjoyed the day of sightseeing, learning and interacting with the public.
This was our first performance at the caravan park in front of a crowd of around 200 people. It was a great success and the students did the College proud. A special mention to Peterson Chiu who, while at the concert walked over to an elderly gentleman, and proceeded to introduce himself and set up his camp chair for him so he could watch the performance. The same gentleman had tears in his eyes when he was relaying this act of thoughtfulness to us. I guess that's why I love what we do."

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