A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Getting Ready for Prep

Prep is the first formal year of schooling at A.B. Paterson College. The students are engaged in stimulating and developmentally appropriate activities in a vibrant environment. Creativity is nurtured and acknowledged, to foster confidence and independence.

Prep students are challenged and supported to develop the skills and attributes to achieve their goals and passions. The Australian Curriculum forms the basis for lessons in English, Mathematics, Science, History, Geography and the Arts. Pastoral Care teaches the key skills that aid intellectual and social development.

The Teaching for Understanding framework underpins the teaching philosophy at A.B. Paterson College. Through differentiated and supportive programmes, each child develops a range of complex skills pertinent to their individual level of maturity and ability.  Play is enhanced in an imaginative and flexible classroom and playground environment.

The support of parents in their child’s education is welcomed and valued. A positive student, parent and teacher relationship is a vital component in attaining successful learning outcomes.

As students enter A.B. Paterson College, they bring with them a wealth of experiences and a range of understandings. Our academic programme caters for all levels of development, allowing students to progress through the teaching and learning process in a rewarding manner.

Each Prep class has one teacher and a trained learning assistant, who works closely with the teacher to support both the academic, and the social and emotional development of each student.

Prep students participate in specialist lessons in Music and Physical Education and visit the Library weekly. Swimming lessons, in Terms 1 and 4, form part of the Physical Education programme and are held in the College’s Aquatic Centre pool. All Prep students have the opportunity to be a member of the Prep Choir and perform at College events.

By the end of the Prep year, students will have gained independence, developed positive friendships and are equipped with valuable skills to support them in their learning journey.