Illalong News

  • 8th June, 2018

Reflections on Semester 1, 2018

As the end of semester approaches, it is a wonderful time to reflect on what we have achieved so far in 2018 and look forward to the opportunities and challenges that lay ahead. 

As always, the year to date has been filled with a wide variety of events for the College community to celebrate the growth and development of our students in both academic and co-curricular areas. With APS finals this week and reports being issued at the end of term, students can reflect on the progress they have made, whether on the Rugby field or in the classroom, and can begin planning how they are going to achieve their goals for Semester 2.

Our Year 12 students are half way through their final year of schooling and are finalising their plans for the future, contemplating their career goals and the strategies they need to put in place to ensure they are realised. Presenters from Griffith University, UQ, Bond University, QUT and many more have sparked excitement and anticipation as the cohort consider their future, and the impact they will have on the world. As the students look ahead to Term 3 they are working together to prepare for the upcoming Queensland Core Skills Tests; organising study sessions before and after school, as well as sitting a full practice on 12 and 13 June. In addition to their academic commitments, Year 12 students have been honing their altruistic skills, raising the bar once again and delivering a delicious bake sale in aid of the Year 12 Charity, Men of Business.

Year 12 are not the only cohort considering their career pathways; our Year 9 students were fortunate to attend Gold Coast Careers Festival earlier this term to aid in the planning of their upcoming subject selection meetings, taking place in Term 3.  Each Year 9 student will work closely with their mentor to complete the Senior Education and Training Plan, choosing subjects for Year 10 that are best suited to their interests and chosen pathway.

The da Vinci Decathlon was a roaring success for students in Years 7 -10 who relished the challenge and experience that each new activity presented. Our Year 10 students have also been involved in an extraordinary Service Learning project this term, which came to fruition at the end of week 7 with a variety of fundraisers taking place throughout the College. The students went over and above and achieved something truly special in their service to the community.

As we look ahead to Semester 2, I look forward to witnessing our students and College community embracing the incredible opportunities that are available. Rehearsals for the College Musical, The Sound of Music, are well underway and we look forward to welcoming back students and teachers from our sister school, Honjo Higashi. Our Year 11 students seek to develop their leadership skills and share their 2019 vision for A.B. Paterson College as they apply for College Leadership positions and House Spirit soars as the competition to win the Junior and Senior Athletics Carnivals gets underway.  

In looking forward to all the opportunities that lay ahead, it is important that we rest and recharge over the upcoming break; reflect on the achievements and challenges of the year so far and spend time with our families and friends. The holidays are an opportunity for us all to refresh and refocus ahead of what promises to be an exciting and inspiring second half of 2018 at A.B. Paterson College.

Charlotte Brook – Dean of Senior School

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