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<ul><li><p>P a g e 1 </p><p>Happy New Year and Welcome Back!!! </p><p>It gives me great pleasure to welcome you all to 2018 and A.B. Paterson College. We have many new families joining us this year and I offer you a special welcome. May your time in our College be special and may you come to make wonderful friends along the journey. The holidays have been a very busy period for our College as we have refurbished a number of classrooms in the Senior School, re-developed the Year 4 Classrooms into some of the most amazing educational spaces I have ever seen, finished construction on the new Winton Playground and commenced the demolition works associated with our new building. These many developments are, not only exciting, but, demonstrate the highest commitment from our College to provide the very best educational facilities for our students. I hope that you may have had a chance to look at the classrooms on your way through the College this week and perhaps played on the climbing equipment in the Winton Playground, like so many of our Junior School staff who skipped a meeting to have a play the evidence has been captured on film and has been posted on Facebook. </p><p>Articles </p><p>From the Principals Desk 1-3 </p><p>Talk Times with Principal Grimes Episode 6 4 </p><p>Values in Action Character Strengths Survey 4 </p><p>Introducing New Staff to the College 5 </p><p>Junior School News 6-8 </p><p>Senior School News 8-9 </p><p>IGNITE: Ideas with Impact 9-10 </p><p>Pacific School Games Swimming Success 11 </p><p>Kaleb Shines at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships 12 </p><p>Running Club 12 </p><p>Charlottes Moment in the Spotlight 13 </p><p>A.B. Paterson College Parent and Bub Book Club 15 </p><p>Five Star Rating Proves Fresh is Best 16 </p><p>Stepping into the Future 17 </p><p>Notices </p><p>Scholarship Registration in 2018 for ACER Tests (for 2019 entry) 4 </p><p>TFA After School Soccer Program 12 </p><p>Choirs in 2018 13 </p><p>Musical in 2018 13 </p><p>Register for Netball 2018 Season 14 </p><p>Wild After School Art Classes 14 </p><p>Swimming Club Night 2 February 14 </p><p>School Banking Program 15 </p><p>Surfside Buslines 2018 Bus Passes 15 </p><p>Tucker-Bag Menu 16 </p><p>School Photography Dates 18 </p><p>2018/2019 Term Dates 18 </p><p>A.B. Paterson College newsletter </p><p>Thursday, 25 January 2018 Volume 24, Issue 1 </p></li><li><p>P a g e 2 </p><p>Although our Academic Results Summary Booklet for 2017 will be released shortly, I would like to commence the year by commending the 2017 Year 12 cohort on achieving some of the finest results in the Colleges history a special congratulations to Rhiannon Hounslow (Dux 2017 and OP 1 Medallist). The results achieved were as follows: OP1-5: 26 students (37.7%) (Best Result in College history) OP1-10: 52 students (75.4%) (2nd Best Result in College history) OP1-15: 68 students (98.6%) (2nd Best Result in College history) OP16-20: 1 student (1.4%) (2nd Best Result in College history) These are tremendous results and represent the finest overall academic results in our Colleges history. I would like to commend our dedicated staff and students on these outstanding results. Please see our Academic Results Summary Booklet, available in a few weeks, for a more detailed discussion on these results, and the many scholarships won by our students. The start of the year is a crucial time to set goals and I have strongly encouraged our students to do this today. I have specifically offered the following thoughts at our first Assembly: 1. Your journey for an incredible year begins here </p><p>and now; 2. Dont ever give up in anything you do; 3. You will have to work hard in school and there </p><p>will be times in which it will not always be easy; </p><p>4. You will learn new things; 5. Make wonderful new friends; 6. But you will need to believe in yourself; 7. Respect yourself never lower yourself or your </p><p>standards, 8. Respect others treat them exactly as you would </p><p>like to be treated; 9. Be true to who you are; 10. Always be Positive; 11. Believing in yourself is the first secret to success; 12. Be ambitious in your goals make sure you set </p><p>SMART goals; 13. Stop Wishing and Start Doing; 14. Remember to have fun along the way; 15. Be proud of who you are and never let others </p><p>attempt to change you; 16. Do good and good will come to you; 17. Never give up on your dreams; </p><p> 18. And remember, you will only get out of the year </p><p>what you put in. I ask that you please talk to your child about these points and help to make them real in their world. Our students need guidance, support and encouragement and together we can achieve much. </p><p>As I saw so many students arrive this morning, I saw excitement, and I saw more than just a few tears from parents and not just our Prep parents. Your children are growing up so fast and this is hard to see. It seems like only yesterday I was holding my baby girl and she is just about to turn 16! Enjoy these moments together they are special. </p><p>Watching the wonderful warmth and emotion this week made me remember a beautiful poem written by a parent (not associated with our College) some time ago Emma Robinson: </p><p>Dear Teacher </p><p>I know you're rather busy First day back, there's just no time </p><p>A whole new class of little ones And this one here is mine; </p><p>I'm sure you have things covered And have done this lots before </p><p>But my boy is very little He hasn't long turned four; </p><p>In his uniform this morning He looked so tall and steady </p><p>But now beside your great big school Im not quite sure hes ready; </p><p>Do you help them eat their lunch? Are you quick to soothe their fears? </p><p>And if he falls and hurts his knee Will someone dry his tears? </p></li><li><p>P a g e 3 </p><p>And what if no-one plays with him? What if someones mean? </p><p>What if two kids have a fight And hes caught in between? </p><p>Youre right, I have to leave now Its time for him to go </p><p>Im sure hell learn so much from you Things that I dont know; </p><p>Yes, Im sure they settle quickly That hes fine now without me I know he has to go to school </p><p>Its just so fast, you see; </p><p>It seems like just a blink ago I first held him in my arms </p><p>Its been my job to love, to teach To keep him safe from harm; </p><p>So, when I wave goodbye in a moment And he turns to walk inside </p><p>Forgive me if I crumple Into tears of loss and pride; </p><p>I know as I give him one more kiss And watch him walk away, </p><p>That hell never again be wholly mine As he was before today. </p><p>Shortly after receiving Emmas poem, her childs teacher, Ms Leonie Roberts responded: </p><p> Dear Parent, </p><p>I understand that you are scared to wave your child goodbye </p><p>and leave him in a teachers hands dont worry if you cry! </p><p>Im used to weeping parents Its hard to leave I know. </p><p>But its time to share him (just a bit) To help him learn and grow. </p><p>Let me reassure you That Ill give your child my best </p><p>Ill wipe his tears, soothe his fears And change his dirty vest! </p><p>If your darling child is full of cold Ill blow their nose all day </p><p>Just like you, Ill care for them In a special way. </p><p>Ill treat him like I would my own Ill catch him from a fall and </p><p>If there is ANY problem Ill be sure to tell you all. </p><p>Its true hell grow to love us Theyll talk of school a lot </p><p>It doesnt mean they hate you And that you should lose the plot! </p><p>Ill tell you a secret. That when your child is here </p><p>They talk to me as much of you Of this please have no fear. </p><p>Youll always be their mother Whilst teachers come and go </p><p>To them you are their number one This I truly know. </p><p>Soon youll see some changes In your little girl or boy </p><p>Theyll become more independent And to see this, its a joy! </p><p>Ill teach them all I have to give To share, climb and to write </p><p>But to you they safely will return To tuck them in at night. </p><p>With love from a teacher </p><p>For the special relationship between a parent and a child, and for the trust that exists between teacher and parent, we say thank you! </p><p>I wish all of our families a very special 2018! </p><p>Brian Grimes Principal </p></li><li><p>P a g e 4 </p><p>Welcome to the first episode of Talk Times With Principal Grimes for 2018! A very big thank you for the hilarious, first time cameo appearances of our Junior School stars, who were first to test drive our new Winton Playground! </p><p> You can check out all the action and laughs by clicking on the link below. https://www.facebook.com/abpatersoncollege/videos/1139506952818379/ Just a reminder, you can find all episodes of Talk Times with Principal Grimes on the homepage of our College website. To watch Episodes 1 to 5 go to our website - https://www.abpat.qld.edu.au/article/1072/Talk-Times-with-Principal-Grimes-Video-Blog </p><p>In the coming weeks Students in Years 4 - 12 will be identifying their Character Strengths via the Values in Action Character Strengths Youth Survey. There are 6 common core virtues associated with the 24 Character Strengths which we all possess but to varying degrees (all of which can be strengthened). Researchers have found that using your character strengths can help you: </p><p> Buffer against, manage and overcome problems Improve relationships Enhance health and overall well-being </p><p>(Retrieved from viacharacter.org 24.01.18) </p><p>I would encourage Parents to undertake the free survey available at www.viacharacter.org as a means to support the common strengths-based approach and language that we are continuing at the College. Comparing your top five strengths (known as your signature strengths) with that of your child would be a lovely way to commence the school year. </p><p>Toni Kirton Director of Positive Education &amp; Leadership </p><p>ACER Tests on Saturday, 10 February 2018. </p><p>To register go to the ACER website https://scholarships.acer.edu.au/ </p><p>Closing Date is Monday, 29 January 2018 at 3pm No registrations will be accepted </p><p>after this time. </p><p>https://www.facebook.com/abpatersoncollege/videos/1139506952818379/https://www.facebook.com/abpatersoncollege/videos/1139506952818379/https://www.abpat.qld.edu.au/article/1072/Talk-Times-with-Principal-Grimes-Video-Bloghttps://www.abpat.qld.edu.au/article/1072/Talk-Times-with-Principal-Grimes-Video-Bloghttp://www.viacharacter.org/https://scholarships.acer.edu.au/</p></li><li><p>P a g e 5 </p><p>Staff Profile Scott Lewis </p><p>Hello! My name is Scott Lewis and I am very excited to be joining the Staff at A.B. Paterson College this year! I have moved up from Sydney over the holiday break with my wife and two fur babies, and am thrilled to be joining the College community. For the past four years I have been teaching at Knox Grammar Preparatory School on Sydneys North Shore. Over this time, I was a Specialist Science Teacher and spent three years teaching Year 1. I am a self-proclaimed sports tragic. My favourite sports are Rugby Union and Cricket, but will happily watch anything on the TV! I enjoy living a healthy and active lifestyle and I am looking forward to taking up surfing now that I am based on the Gold Coast! I cannot wait to meet all of the wonderful students at A.B Paterson College and get into the 2018 school year. </p><p>Staff Profile Daisy Ross </p><p>Hello 2018! My name is Daisy Ross and I am thrilled to be joining the Year 2 team. </p><p>Over the course of the past four years I have been enjoying a variety of teaching experiences in London and, more recently, Melbourne, and can I just say it is wonderful to be back on the Gold Coast. </p><p>Gold Coast born and bred, I completed both my primary and secondary education on the Gold Coast and my teaching degree in Brisbane at the University of Queensland. I love to keep active with horse riding, the gym and running, high up on the list. To unwind, I love to read, cook and travel. </p><p>I look forward to meeting the wider A.B. Paterson College community in the coming days and weeks. Unconventionally, I shake hands as a lefty (I was in a boating accident as a child and I sustained some war wounds). P.S. I have a tendency to spice-up the story for the entertainment of the kids! </p><p> Scott Lewis Junior Teacher Year 5 </p><p> Daisy Ross Junior Teacher Year 2 </p></li><li><p>P a g e 6 </p><p>Welcome back. It has been so good to see the smiling faces of our children as they return to their new classrooms after their summer break, full of energy and brimming with stories of happy holidays. </p><p>There are many exciting events coming up during the term right across the Junior School, the first of which will be the Junior School Parent Information and Social Evening, to be held on 8 February. This is a wonderful opportunity to meet with your childs teacher, who will talk to you about a range of relevant information and about ways to support your childs learning. We will also again be privileged to benefit from the parenting expertise of Dr Judith Locke, who has supported College families for many years. </p><p>I am looking forward to the year and continuing with the progressive work we undertake with the students and staff. Something that is really important to me is developing strong home/school partnerships. Research tells us that when this relationship is functioning well, children flourish and ultimately that is what both the school and the family want. </p><p>I think it is timely, at the beginning of a year, to consider our individual role in developing home/school partnerships and the personal contribution we make every day in making the College a better place. This is the school you have selected for your children to attend. There are so many ways that you can become involved and really make a positive difference. Your children will benefit from this. I look forward to meeting up with you as the year progresses. </p><p>Karen Roman Assistant Principal: Junior School </p></li><li><p>P a g e 7 </p><p>The start of any new school year is an exciting time. If you cast your own mind back to your school days, I am sure many of you will have fond memories of your first week back after the summer vacation. Seeing friends again, the anticipation of a new classroom, meeting a new teacher and unpacking a fresh set of books and stationery are recollections that can genuinely last a lifetime. </p><p>I am confident that the first week back for students in Years 4-6 has been one that has created lasting happy memories. Year Four students have had the pleasure of moving into their newly renovated classrooms. If you have not had the opportunity to look inside these classrooms yet, I certainly encourage you to do so. You will see classrooms designed and fitted to facilitate 21st Century learning with an emphasis on collaborative discussions, flexible seating arrangements and easy use of technology. The Year Four students have been busy this week becoming accustomed to the new classroom design and engaging in learning experiences that require them to think critically about how to make best use of the furniture. </p><p>In Year Five and Year Six the excitement has been just as palpable for the start of the year. These senior members of the Junior School are now in a position where they act as role models and leaders for the College, and our teachers have been busy preparing them for the expectations and responsibilities of the year ahead. In many classes, teachers have been talking to students about their character strengths identifiable traits...</p></li></ul>