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    Happy New Year and Welcome Back!!!

    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.

    Articles

    From the Principals Desk 1-3

    Talk Times with Principal Grimes Episode 6 4

    Values in Action Character Strengths Survey 4

    Introducing New Staff to the College 5

    Junior School News 6-8

    Senior School News 8-9

    IGNITE: Ideas with Impact 9-10

    Pacific School Games Swimming Success 11

    Kaleb Shines at the Australian All Schools Athletics Championships 12

    Running Club 12

    Charlottes Moment in the Spotlight 13

    A.B. Paterson College Parent and Bub Book Club 15

    Five Star Rating Proves Fresh is Best 16

    Stepping into the Future 17

    Notices

    Scholarship Registration in 2018 for ACER Tests (for 2019 entry) 4

    TFA After School Soccer Program 12

    Choirs in 2018 13

    Musical in 2018 13

    Register for Netball 2018 Season 14

    Wild After School Art Classes 14

    Swimming Club Night 2 February 14

    School Banking Program 15

    Surfside Buslines 2018 Bus Passes 15

    Tucker-Bag Menu 16

    School Photography Dates 18

    2018/2019 Term Dates 18

    A.B. Paterson College newsletter

    Thursday, 25 January 2018 Volume 24, Issue 1

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    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

    and now; 2. Dont ever give up in anything you do; 3. You will have to work hard in school and there

    will be times in which it will not always be easy;

    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

    standards, 8. Respect others treat them exactly as you would

    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

    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

    attempt to change you; 16. Do good and good will come to you; 17. Never give up on your dreams;

    18. And remember, you will only get out of the year

    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.

    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.

    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:

    Dear Teacher

    I know you're rather busy First day back, there's just no time

    A whole new class of little ones And this one here is mine;

    I'm sure you have things covered And have done this lots before

    But my boy is very little He hasn't long turned four;

    In his uniform this morning He looked so tall and steady

    But now beside your great big school Im not quite sure hes ready;

    Do you help them eat their lunch? Are you quick to soothe their fears?

    And if he falls and hurts his knee Will someone dry his tears?

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    And what if no-one plays with him? What if someones mean?

    What if two kids have a fight And hes caught in between?

    Youre right, I have to leave now Its time for him to go

    Im sure hell learn so much from you Things that I dont know;

    Yes, Im sure they settle quickly That hes fine now without me I know he has to go to school

    Its just so fast, you see;

    It seems like just a blink ago I first held him in my arms

    Its been my job to love, to teach To keep him safe from harm;

    So, when I wave goodbye in a moment And he turns to walk inside

    Forgive me if I crumple Into tears of loss and pride;

    I know as I give him one more kiss And watch him walk away,

    That hell never again be wholly mine As he was before today.

    Shortly after receiving Emmas poem, her childs teacher, Ms Leonie Roberts responded:

    Dear Parent,

    I understand that you are scared to wave your child goodbye

    and leave him in a teachers hands dont worry if you cry!

    Im used to weeping parents Its hard to leave I know.

    But its time to share him (just a bit) To help him learn and grow.

    Let me reassure you That Ill give your child my best

    Ill wipe his tears, soothe his fears And change his dirty vest!

    If your darling child is full of cold Ill blow their nose all day

    Just like you, Ill care for them In a special way.

    Ill treat him like I would my own Ill catch him from a fall and

    If there is ANY problem Ill be sure to tell you all.

    Its true hell grow to love us Theyll talk of school a lot

    It doesnt mean they hate you And that you should lose the plot!

    Ill tell you a secret. That when your child is here

    They talk to me as much of you Of this please have no fear.

    Youll always be their mother Whilst teachers come and go

    To them you are their number one This I truly know.

    Soon youll see some changes In your little girl or boy

    Theyll become more independent And to see this, its a joy!

    Ill teach them all I have to give To share, climb and to write

    But to you they safely will return To tuck them in at night.

    With love from a teacher

    For the special relationship between a parent and a child, and for the trust that exists between teacher and parent, we say thank you!

    I wish all of our families a very special 2018!

    Brian Grimes Principal

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    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!

    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

    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:

    Buffer against, manage and overcome problems Improve relationships Enhance health and overall well-being

    (Retrieved from viacharacter.org 24.01.18)

    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 y