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A.B. Paterson College

About A.B. Paterson College

A.B. Paterson College was founded in 1991 and has become known for achieving high academic, sporting and cultural outcomes in an environment of support and care for each student.

The College's philosophy to base learning on the individual needs of students is supported by its Motto of Excellence, Care and Commitment.

A.B. Paterson College caters to students from the age of two in our Early Learning Centre to Year 12. Education is an exciting adventure, one the College hopes students will enjoy during school and beyond.

We strive for great things for all our students because each student has something unique to give to others and to the world by leading in his/her own way.

Teaching for Understanding

A.B. Paterson College is recognised internationally as a leading school in adopting the Teaching for Understanding framework from Prep - Year 12. TfU was developed by Project Zero at Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA.

Whether measuring the chemical balance of local creeks, building rockets, creating multi-dimensional models in mathematics or art, composing songs,or digging for artifacts, students at A.B. Paterson College learn better by becoming practically involved in the learning journey.

In every class, students learn by participating, exploring, leading and collaborating. Teachers at A.B. Paterson College constantly encourage students to learn by searching for new possibilities and experiences. This method ensures relevance to the academic curriculum, stimulating interest and application.

When we understand why we are doing something, it is much easier to apply ourselves to any task. The task becomes purposeful and relevant - in other words we have gained understanding, not just knowledge.

At every age, students at A.B. Paterson College are given opportunities that allow them to grow into inspired young men and women.

Modern Facilities

Students of A.B. Paterson College enjoy modern buildings with excellent facilities including our Collaborative Learning Centre, Lilly Pilly Learning Centre, Hospitality kitchen, purpose built Mathematics Learning Centre, multi-purpose centre with sports courts, gymnasium, and heated 25m pool, outdoor sports courts and ovals, eight science laboratories, a performing arts centre with full fly tower and state of the art audio/lighting rigs.

The Winton Centre, a stunning state-of-the-art learning precinct, sprawling three levels and approximately 4,500 square metres in size, opened in July 2019.

Classrooms at A.B. Paterson College are air-conditioned. Wireless network operates across the College so that information technology and digital resources such as electronic smartboards are everyday tools in learning.

Academic Excellence, Growth & Development

The Academic Excellence, Growth and Development Faculty is a whole school planning and support mechanism, designed to provide students with a variety of interesting, engaging and differentiated programs that will ignite their curiosity, stimulate their desire to explore areas of interest, and encourage them to achieve more than they thought possible.

Our academically excellent students are catered for through a variety of enrichment opportunities. These include – but are not limited to – an Honours Program, Accelerated English and Mathematics class in Senior School, Extended Maths and English classes in Junior School and a Future Problem Solving Class, delivered on a weekly basis in Junior School.

We also enter our Academic Excellence students in challenging competitions, such as the Scholar’s Cup, da Vinci Disciplines and Conrad Challenge – events that require utilising problem solving skills, developing innovative and creative ideas, as well as developing presentation skills on a weekly basis, culminating in a National competition at the end of Term 1 and 3.

Co-Curricular Activities

A.B. Paterson College has an international focus with students offered the opportunity to compete and participate globally in future problem-solving, mathematics and community work.

With a plethora of co-curricular and cultural activities available, including public speaking, debating, choirs, bands, musical theatre productions and sporting teams, all students’ interests, passions and talents are catered for at A.B. Paterson College.

Leadership is encouraged through a range of activities from Prep through to Year 12. A.B. Paterson College believes that leaders are not born, but developed, and each person is capable of leading in his or her own way and according to the situation.

Pastoral Care

At A.B. Paterson College students' character development is a major focus.

We believe that ‘who’ a child becomes is the most important outcome of education. A well-rounded, caring, confident young person, with a positive attitude, can be successful in personal relationships, in a career and in the community.

A.B. Paterson College uses the Virtues program as the foundation of its personal development lessons. The Virtues chart focuses on elements of good character identified across race and religion as essential to good character development.

The College has a qualified Educational and Counselling Psychologist, and a Careers and Personal Counsellor on staff to assist students with any necessary social and psychological support, as well as guidance with regard to personal, family, friendship, emotional and academic difficulties. Parents have full access to engaging the counselling and support services for their child.

A.B. Paterson College

10 A.B. Paterson Drive
Arundel, QLD 4214
Phone: 07 5594 7947
Fax: 07 5594 7650



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Key Details:

  • Type: Independent
  • Level: Combined
  • Gender: Coed
  • Religious Affiliation: Non-Denominational
  • Early Learning: Yes
  • Learning Extension: Yes
  • International Students: Yes
  • Scholarships: Yes


School Tours 2020
Please be advised that, due to advice from public health authorities, our Open Day Tours planned for 11 August, 2020 have been postponed until further notice.
Parents are invited to take a private tour of our College and can make an appointment to do so through our Head of Admissions, Mrs Karen Milburn. Email or phone 07 5594 7947. 
Or visit: 
Book A Tour - A.B. Paterson College | Private Co-Educational

Please note that a tour booking is necessary, so that we can give you our full attention, provide the specific information that you require as well as ensure the health and safety of our students and staff.

Please contact the school, or visit: 
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