Debating has a long and proud history at the College. This is testament to the willingness of our students to have a go, to have the courage to speak up and be heard, and to do so in a way befitting an upstanding citizen in our contemporary world. A.B. Paterson College has the largest school debating programme on the Gold Coast, as we try to give everyone willing an opportunity to develop their oratory skills and confidence in a supportive environment.
From time to time, we win a division of the Gold Coast Secondary Schools’ Debating Association competition, yet this is not our goal; rather, we simply aim to see as many young people as possible move into the community with character and commitment, leaders now and for the future.