Academic Excellence, Growth and Development
A.B. Paterson College caters for students with a wide range of abilities. 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.
A.B. Paterson College recognises the importance of continually encouraging students to grow on an Academic Basis – to consistently develop their skills and broaden their knowledge. The AEGD works with staff and students to create programs that allow all our students to grow and achieve their true potential.
Our College also understands the need to develop students academically who have different learning styles and strategies. Students who need support in meeting the challenges of the curriculum are identified and assisted using a multi-disciplinary model, which involves identification, tracking and support. Working in partnership with students, parents, classroom teachers, external specialists and our Senior Leadership Team, Learning Support teachers identify and implement a collaborative approach to supporting students with additional learning needs. Teachers provide in-class, small group and/or one-to-one teaching to help students grow and develop academically. Learning Assistants, under the guidance of the Head of AEGD and classroom teachers, provide in-class support for students.