A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

College Captains' Welcome

Meet our College Captain for 2016, Marine Madsen.

Welcome to A.B. Paterson College!

My name is Marine Madsen and I am extremely honoured to have been appointed College Captain for 2016. 

My journey at A.B. Paterson College began at the Early Childhood Centre, back in 2003. It truly feels as though I have spent my entire life at this College and, in a way, I suppose I have. From a very young age, I was immersed in the culture and friendly, welcoming environment of our College community. Each and every day, I rushed to school eager to listen, learn and, of course, play with my friends in the playground. To this day, I still remember a myriad of moments when my teachers have assisted and supported me, making an exceptionally positive difference in my life. I believe that it is because of the dedicated staff and inclusive nature of this College that I have grown and developed into a mature young woman with well-founded values.

Driven by our motto of Excellence, Care and Commitment, the sense of community within each cohort, and the College as a whole, is palpable in our everyday life. Teachers inspire their pupils to strive for excellence; students demonstrate care to all members of our community by appreciating the inherent value in each other; and are committed to not only maintaining focus on their own personal responsibilities, but also recognising that the entire student body is an essential part of our close-knit College community. 

Moreover, the leadership opportunities offered to each student here at A.B Paterson College are an integral part of the character of the College and, thus, leadership skill development is an ongoing focus in the Junior School and continues throughout the Senior School. In an effort to prepare students to be positive and responsible members of the community, we are encouraged to embrace every opportunity and take part in activities designed to cultivate our confidence in a leadership role. Personally, Outward Bound in Year 10 and Australian Business Week in Year 11 are two experiences that have inspired and allowed me to understand the power of positive leadership. I am extremely grateful to have had the opportunity to participate in such incredible programmes, as they pushed me to discover the boundaries of my courage which, in turn, strengthened my leadership abilities and mental fortitude.

A.B. Paterson College is not merely a ‘school’, but rather a community that supports, inspires and challenges all its members to attain a lifelong passion for the ongoing quest of learning. Our College maintains a reputation of producing mature, respectful students who demonstrate the strong Australian values of care, integrity, mateship and dedication – all of which embody the heart of A.B Paterson College.

As the College heads into its 26th year, alongside College Vice Captain, Benjamin Devine, and a remarkable group of College Leaders, I will strive to lead our College with integrity, respect and ambition, in the hope of being remembered as the cohort who personally connected with the College community as never before.

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

Introducing Benjamin Devine - College Vice Captain 2016

My name is Benjamin Devine, and I am the College Vice Captain for 2016.

A.B. Paterson College is a truly unique school - one with a vision to challenge individuals to achieve, to act with purpose and character, and to develop leaders now and for the future. It has been this unique school environment that has shaped me as a person, and as a leader, over my past 12 years at the College, and facilitated the development of a genuine connection with the A.B. Paterson College community. I am greatly honoured to serve as Vice Captain of the College, alongside College Captain, Marine Madsen, and the wonderful team of College Leaders and, most importantly, the student body as we work towards leaving a positive legacy for the College and wider community in 2016 and beyond.

A.B. Paterson College was established in 1991, when the founding fathers set out to fulfil the need for a school of substance that celebrated our Australian heritage, whilst fostering traditional values and adopting a progressive mindset to education within a supportive school environment. Named after Andrew Barton 'Banjo' Paterson, an iconic Australian poet, journalist, solicitor, scholar, sportsman and patriot, the College was brought to life. 25 years later, the school that the founding fathers gifted to us has grown to become one of the finest educational institutions across South-East Queensland, fostering the growth and development of exceptional young men and women.

The College motto of Excellence, Care and Commitment is a reflection of the core values of the College, and underpins the unique culture that has developed over the past 25 years, encouraging all students to strive for excellence, and be active and committed members of the College and wider communities. This paradigm is central in all that we do at the College. From motivating and supporting students to excel in their academics through the world-renowned Teaching for Understanding framework, to the myriad of co-curricular opportunities that inspire students to follow their passions outside the classroom environment, A.B. Paterson College fosters growth by creating depth in education, and instilling a strong sense of community involvement in students.

As a student at the College since 2006, this ethos has been a defining element of my education. From sporting teams and co-curricular activities to public speaking and debating, and various national and international tours and conferences, the College offers a diverse range of opportunities for students to extend themselves and take their education above and beyond the classroom environment. Opportunities such as Year 6 Winton Camp, Year 8 Canberra Tour, Year 10 Outward-Bound, and Year 11 Australian Business Week are amongst some of my fondest memories, and highlight the College's mission to develop young men and women of character, equipped with the skills to step out into the wider community and succeed in their endeavours, as our Old Collegians can attest.

A.B. Paterson College is not simply a school - it is a community that provides young people with the opportunity to excel in their academics, pursue their co-curricular passions, make connections with the wider community, develop as leaders of the future and, ultimately, take themselves above and beyond to become the young men and women they aspire to be.

Senior Leadership 2016: Programmes and Initiatives Overview