Learning Outside the Classroom
Local Community Links
Business and community mentors are invited into the College to bring the ‘outside world’ in and, where possible, to link students’ learning journeys with projects to help the community. This includes having chemists, scientists, geographers and others in industry explain how these disciplines are used in the workforce.
Students are encouraged to follow local and international developments – right from the classroom - through real life related academic activities on current affairs, business, social and political issues appropriate to their developmental level.
One of these programmes is our current project with Griffith University to monitor the ‘health’ of Harley Park Lagoon. In another project, physical education students have helped research the health and well-being of employees in industry. The Mathematics Faculty and students are working with the Queensland University of Technology on mathematical modelling.
All Year 11 students participate in the Australian Business Week simulation, where students run companies for a week, under the mentorship of business people and teachers. Another valuable programme is the Business/Industry Dinner with Year 12 students, where local leaders in business, or the professions, discuss career planning and work force requirements.
Parents and grandparents work in classrooms with Junior School children. The College trains parents in helping with reading, writing and number, but also welcomes those who can offer other special skills.
Our community service programme offers opportunities to assist the community through:
- the Interact Club, supported by Rotary, which assists in raising money and contributing skills to the local community and to needy groups overseas
- Door Knock Appeals for major charities
- ‘Clean up Australia ’ participation
- Free matinee performance of the annual musical for charities and retirement village residents
The College believes developing international links with young people and schools overseas is important to prepare students for life in our global community.
A.B. Paterson College has a Sister School relationship with Honjo Higashi High School in Japan. Each year, a group of students from Japan is billeted with College families and, every two years, a tour party from our school visits Japan, with time at Honjo Higashi.
Our Spanish speaking students have spent time in Spain and in Argentina. Other students participate regularly in Rotary and other international exchange programmes.