College Captains' Welcome 2022

Charley Ellwood - 2022 College Captain

As College Captain for 2022, on behalf of the entire Community, I welcome you to A.B. Paterson College.

When I first arrived at the College as a Year 3 student in 2013, the environment was certainly something I had never seen before. Moving interstate from a small school, to say I was nervous would be an understatement. However, it was only a matter of hours until I had been introduced to my classmates and teachers, and only hours until I truly felt I belonged to the A.B. Paterson College community.

If I could say one thing about our community, it would be the incredible sense of unity and connection present throughout all of College life. Be it through the dedication of all staff members in building an environment that fosters learning, or the incredible spirit on display during all events in the College calendar, a testament to the sheer passion of all members of our A.B. Paterson College family. Our College has a community like no other, one that continues to grow and thrive.

The past few years have brought with them a degree of uncertainty and insecurity. For some it has merely been a test of individual work ethic, whereas for others, the environment that surrounds them has proved to be vital in the course of their development. While others outside of A.B. may have felt the stresses of online learning with the lack of face-to-face contact, here at A.B. the continual support from all members of our community paved the way for students with our A.B. Paterson College Online Learning Plan and supplied a backbone to our learning through these times. The incredible flexibility displayed by all teachers were a testament to their dedication not only as educators but as true educational leaders. This outstanding culture proves pivotal in the learning and development of all A.B. Paterson College students.

Our College is filled with a plethora of opportunities that allow students to flourish in an environment individualised to them. Regardless of whether your child has mastered a skill, or if they are eagerly curios to find their spark, there truly is something for everyone at A.B. Paterson College. Be it instrumental, sporting, academic, or leadership, the avenues for success offered at A.B. are unrivalled and, I encourage all students to make the most of these opportunities.

A.B. Paterson College has a philosophy that has developed not only a world-class educational facility, but also a culture that fosters creativity, inspiration, and excellence. A culture that truly embodies our College Mission of challenging the individual to achieve and to act with purpose and character .

I encourage you to visit our beautiful campus and hope that one day your family may experience the A.B. difference!

Charles Morris - 2022 College Vice-Captain

Thirteen years is a long time, and a lot can change in that period. While there certainly has been a lot of change at A.B. Paterson College since 2010, I can say that the wonderful community I grew up with hasn’t.

I feel privileged to be a part of a school that strives be at the forefront of the educational standard. At the same time, the closeness of our special community is the same I felt since I first walked through those Prep gates. A.B. is truly committed to the students, and every day, if you take a moment, you’ll find something new to be grateful for. The excellence they pursue, which trickles down to every student until they can’t help but pursue it too. The care they take in ensuring a safe and welcoming environment. Finally, the commitment they have to every student’s individual journey. These principles are so much more than the motto of our College; they are at the very core upon which our community is built and, strives for each and every day.

I think what stands out most is the authenticity. You truly feel like more than just a number in the class. My teachers genuinely care to know me, understand, want the best for me, believe I can achieve and pushed me to achieve it. The staff of A.B. Paterson College have a dedication to not only our academic success, but to our character development and individualism, something we as a school are so lucky to have.

There are opportunities everywhere you go, but what sets A.B. apart is the support offered to access those options. There is always a teacher, student, or parent who has been through exactly what you have been through and they know all the tips and tricks to get you started. It is inspiring to know we have a community full of so many amazing individuals and mentors that one only needs to ask to be pointed in the direction for the opportunity of a lifetime.

Perhaps what makes the A.B. experience so fulfilling is the exceptional educational faculties that reflect a continued goal of student excellence. Innovative learning areas have allowed the school to adapt to each student’s needs. The College’s resilience through the turmoil of the past two years can be attributed to the flexibility afforded by its state-of-the-art technology and equipment, but more importantly to the incredible staff at our College.

I look forward to sharing our College community this year with you and your family, and it will be an absolute pleasure to do so as a leader of Year 12 and the wider student body.

I wish you all the best for the exciting year to come and warmly welcome you to A.B. Paterson College for 2022.