Years 1-4 Extension Mathematics
Extension Mathematics classes are offered to the highest achieving mathematicians from Years 1-4. Each week, they focus on developing speed and accuracy with mental Mathematics, exploring concepts more deeply, refining their abilities to justify mathematical thinking and developing their advanced problem-solving skills. Students in this programme are also invited to participate in the Australian Mathematics Trust Maths Challenge for Young Australians and Maths Masters.
Year 1-6 Extension Writing
Extension Writing classes have been designed for Years 1-6 students who have advanced creative writing skills. The focus of these small, specialised classes is on the continuous improvement and refinement of creative writing skills. This is done through personalised goal setting, scaling, experimentation and explicit instruction.
Unbeelievable Spellers Spelling Bee
The A.B. Paterson College’s Unbeelievable Spelling Bee is a fun and interactive way for students to engage in spelling and challenge themselves further. Students battle it out in a round robin or knock-out competition through preliminary, semi-finals and final rounds, to determine the best speller in each year level. The last spellers standing are awarded the coveted title of being one of A.B. Paterson College’s Unbeelievable Spellers.
Innovators of the Future
Innovators of the Future (IF) is a celebration of Science. We invite visiting teams from Sunshine Coast, Ipswich, Toowoomba, Gold Coast and Brisbane to participate and compete alongside A.B. Paterson College students. The students work in multi-age teams. Within their teams, they are tasked to complete three practicals: a Physics experiment, a Chemistry experiment and a Biology experiment. Students work collaboratively and engage the skills of explanation and justification to impress adjudicators with their scientific findings. To culminate the day, students are treated to a show, Flashes, Bangs and Cool Chemistry with Dr. John Thomas.
Years 5 & 6 Advanced Mathematics Classes
The Years 5-6 Advanced Mathematics classes give students the opportunity to work on a compacted curriculum, with many opportunities to become involved in extension projects, such as the Maths Challenge for Young Australians and the Maths Masters Competition. Students involved in this programme further consolidate their skills in the area of Mathematics and challenge themselves to reach for new heights in this exciting curriculum area.
CSIRO : Crest Science and Technology Programme
The CSIRO Crest programme is offered to students in Years 4-6 who exhibit a talent for Science and Technology. This programme has been designed as a D2L course so that students can work on their projects anytime, anywhere. CREST leads students through a series of three Science and Technology Award levels: the structured Green Award, the semi-open Orange Award and the student initiated open-ended Blue Award. As students work through these award levels, they become more self-reliant, self-confident and challenged.
The Write Stuff
The Write Stuff Programme provides students with advanced writing and visual Art Skills in Years 4 to 10; an amazing opportunity to work collaboratively in teams to brainstorm, plan, write, illustrate and publish a novel in ONE DAY. This day challenges, excites and inspires its participants by giving the time and resources to unleash their creativity. Awards are presented for Book of the Year, Illustrators of the Year and Plot of the Year.
Future Problem Solving
Future Problem Solving (FPS) is a co-curricular opportunity offered to students in Years 5-12. FPS is an international programme designed to develop critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills. It challenges students to address significant issues facing both the world of today and the future. This equips them with the skills and vision needed to anticipate, comprehend and solve problems associated with these issues, helping them to have a positive impact in the society of the future. FPS is a team event with three stages: Preliminary practice problems, State qualifying problem and potential to advance to the National finals.
da Vinci Decathlon
The Queensland da Vinci Decathlon is an academic interschool gala competition operated in the spirit of the Olympic Decathlon, with a variety of events of an academic nature. These include: Engineering, Art and Poetry, Science, English, Creative Producers, Philosophy, Mathematics, Cartography, General Knowledge and Code Breaking. Students operate in teams of eight to work on challenges throughout the event. Each state in Australia is awarded a chapter school and here, at A.B. Paterson College, we are fortunate to hold this position. In 2015 over 752 teams from the Gold Coast, Brisbane, Toowoomba, Ipswich and the Gold Coast competed. The competition then advances to the National stage over the June school holidays.
The A.B. Paterson Philosophy Club aims to open up the “Community of Enquiry” and help students navigate their way through complex issues in a fun and age-appropriate way. The skills developed within this opportunity include: Reasoning, Critical reflection, Creative thinking, Examination of beliefs, Expression and confidence. “It is the mark of an educated mind to be able to entertain a thought without accepting it.” Aristotle.
The State Philosothon is a programme hosted by the University of Queensland and is designed to develop the ability of students to critically analyse ideas and concepts, improve skills in argumentation and to collaboratively explore philosophical issues. The Philosothon has developed a very significant profile over the last few years, both Nationally and Internationally. This opportunity is available to Philosophy Club students who have shown potential in their skills within the community of enquiry training sessions.
Bond University - High School Mooting Competition
The Bond University Mooting Competition is designed to challenge students to prepare, articulate and defend complex arguments in order to solve problems. More generally, it introduces the students to the courtroom environment and gives them some insight into the workings of the legal system. It is not only intended for those students who are interested in a career in law - although they will undoubtedly find the competition to be of particular interest - but also for all students keen to expand their horizons.