House Spirit

Dennis House

Head of House
Peter Brookes

Our House is proudly named after the famous Australian author C.J Dennis and we pride ourselves on our long-held tenet of the House, that maximum participation is the key to success. Our tutor groups are always a buzz of activity, sharing laughter and learning.  It is during this time we focus on developing young men and women of fine character, and supporting each other. New students are always made to feel welcome, and it does not take long before they start to feel and live the spirit of Dennis.

Dennis House is the House of the mighty dragon, with great spirit and an even greater heart. Our spirit in all events is epitomised by our traditional attitude of stepping in when needed, and genuine support of each other.  A sea of green is always visible on any carnival day and always have volunteers to wear the Dragon costume, and with our Mascot turning up to school events in both the Senior and Junior Schools, everyone in the College knows who the mighty Dennis Dragons are.

Lawson House

Head of House
Alison Ward

Henry Lawson was a great Australian poet, whose written works about the early settlers captured the strength and spirit of the Australian people, who battled to make a living in the harsh conditions of rural Australia. He would be proud of the efforts of all Lawson students, homeroom tutors and affiliated staff throughout the year, who embrace the same characteristics of determination, the strength of character and team spirit found in his poems.  Nowhere are these attributes more clearly demonstrated than in the Carnivals and other House activities held throughout the year. Lawson House prides itself on being enthusiastic and supportive of all those who wear the distinctive red shirt, regardless of their abilities.  As a family, together we celebrate the amazing achievements of all our students from their academic performances to their incredible talents in the Arts, their sporting successes and their contributions to the wider community.  The enthusiasm and passionate support is shown in participating in events, and the encouragement of fellow members, is always 100%.

This positive attitude and collegiate team spirit has been a constant force over the last few years. Lawson has enjoyed much success over the years in terms of silverware, winning the R.J. Nicholls Shield for the Champion House on more than one occasion. Lawson House’s success, however, has not just been down to the exploits of our elite athletes and our fantastic public speakers but, but to the efforts of all the Lawson students.  Every single student in the House contributes to its success throughout the year.  Winning is not everything, but, Lawson students strive to achieve their best for their House by participating, having a go, and challenging themselves individually for the greater good of the ‘red’ community.

Mackellar House

Head of House
Justin Andrews

Dorothea Mackellar, a poet and third generation Australian, allowed her love of country, above all, to inspire her most famous works.  Her legacy of community and inspiration echoes today as the driving force of Mackellar House here at A.B. Paterson College.  Led by students who consistently demonstrate responsibility, compassion, and leadership, the spirit encapsulated by the students of Mackellar House is second to none.

With an above average academic standard sought after by many of its constituents, Mackellar House is also able to boast one of the widest varieties of talents and skill sets.  Alumni of Mackellar House have gone on to study medicine, law, music, literature, dance, physics, athletics and business with multiple success stories in each field.  Other students have won prestigious visual art awards, as well as other awards such as those seen in public speaking and debating, both in and outside of the College community.

A community of learning and laughter, Mackellar House is proud of its past success stories, and heartily anticipates the number which are undoubtedly yet to come.

An opal-hearted country,
A wilful, lavish land –
All you who have not loved her,
You will not understand –
Though earth holds many splendours,
Wherever I may die,
I know to what brown country
My homing thoughts will fly.

Dorothea Mackellar

Wright House

Head of House
Marc Olivier

Wright House is named after celebrated poet Judith Wright who is remembered fondly for prolific poetry writing, a creation of children’s stories and also a strong advocate for human rights and the environment. Love of Australian values and strength of compassion are also exemplified in Wright House in many ways.

The Wright House character is typified with a unique sense of togetherness and feeling of belonging to a family that has been richly cultivated over many years. Never has it been more important to offer authentic examples of role modeling and mentoring, supporting our students’ social and emotional learning from the inside out, and from the bottom up. House spirit isn’t only about being on the sidelines, cheering and supporting, with mascots of the shark and yellow trim…but it starts in the tutor group, where all students, from Year 7 to the senior leaders of Years 11 and 12 contribute to make Wright House feel like a ‘family’. It is here you meet those who will lift your spirits every day, and help you to act with purpose; learning how having good character is about leadership, and taking care of others daily. Most of all, Spirit comes from knowing that you are part of a tradition in the House; to share with others what it means and celebrate the personal bests you’ve achieved, in any and every forum inside and outside the House and wider College community.

Wright House is spoilt for riches in the diversity of student talents in the fields of acting, dancing, performing, sporting, academic and philanthropic to name just a few. Wright House prides itself every year in being one of the nation’s top fundraising schools with the ‘40 Hour Famine’ run by World Vision proving testament to how willingly students will donate their time and efforts to support worthwhile causes. Wright House regularly tries it’s best at all sporting and cultural events celebrating great success in taking out the R. J. Nicholls Shield as the champion house for 2017 which was driven not by individual success but by working as a united team.