Founders' Day 2021

This week, we celebrated 31 exceptional years of A.B. Paterson College at our annual Founders’ Day Assembly taking place in the Dunlop Multi-Purpose Centre. We were fortunate to be able to gather together as a community for this event; all students from Prep to Year 12 and staff from all areas of the College joined together to celebrate. It was a joy to witness the Year 4 and 5 Choir, Chamber Choir, Senior Big Band, Wind Symphony and Intermediate Concert Band delight us with their ensembles. The Prep – Year 3 students particularly enjoyed the musical items, happily dancing away in their chairs adding to the celebratory atmosphere of the event.

During the Principal/Head of College’s address, Ms Sheehy shared with us the story of an alumna who graduated in 2015 and how each of the opportunities she embraced at the College served to enhance her journey. They provided her with the skills and attributes required for a role that she may not have been aware of whilst at the College, however, she was prepared and ready not only because of her life experiences, but because of the opportunities she had embraced whilst attending A.B. Paterson College. Ms Sheehy encouraged the student body to take advantage of all we have on offer at our College as the experiences that you gain here will shape you well after you walk out of the school gates for the very last time.

College Captain, Jodie Down, spoke of the vision of the four Founders of the College and how they dreamed of a College that would be traditional in values, but progressive in educational approach. A College that would be more than just classrooms and uniforms, but a home for its students to explore their passions and thrive. A College that would develop young men and women of character – leaders now and for the future. Jodie encouraged each and every member of our community to embrace the College Motto, Excellence, Care and Commitment, and described how we embody these values across the College.

Another wonderful aspect of Founders’ Day is celebrating the outstanding service of our staff with awards presented to staff members who have been at the College for 10, 15 and 20 years. These are truly exceptional achievements and we are so grateful for their service and for the many thousands of lives they have touched throughout their time at the College.

10 Year Service Awards
Paul De Rome
Sharon Flack
Angela Hall
Sharon Hunter
Elizabeth Manson
Andrew Montfroy
Caitlin Sterry
Leigh Stinton
Donna Symms
Richard Worsey

15 Year Service Awards
Ruth Bradley
Tanya Jeynes
Jasmine Lange

20 Year Service Award
Carol Biberstein
Georgina Burrows
Lindsay Valentine

Congratulations to these staff members, and to echo Jodie’s words from Monday, Happy Birthday A.B. Paterson College, may your 31st year be your best yet! 

Charlotte Brook
Head of Senior School