A.B. PATERSON COLLEGE
GOLD COAST, QUEENSLAND

Science

When most people think of scientists, they think of white coats, goggles and sterile laboratories.  Science teachers at A.B. Paterson College aim to destroy that stereotype and show students that science is everywhere; scientists are all around us; and they are changing the world in so many ways.

Science at A.B. Paterson College is studied through a range of innovative, collaborative and exciting techniques.  Teachers work closely with individual students to help facilitate their learning in a manner that suits them best.  Students participate in many activities, including practical investigations, presentations and guest speakers, collaborative group work (both in class and across class groups), competitions, research investigations and online activities.  The recent introduction of the Desire2Learn platform allows more scope for students to extend in their own personal areas of interest, and for them to work at a pace that best suits them.

Here at A.B. Paterson College, there is a recognition that careers in science are many and varied.  During Years 7, 8 and 9, students participate in a general science course which covers concepts across a range of scientific disciplines.  From the beginning of Year 10, students are able to better direct their learning by choosing which sciences to study.  The subjects offered are Chemistry, Biology, Physics, Science 21, Marine Science, Science in Practice and Marine and Aquatic Practices.  During Years 11 and 12, students are also able to access some university courses such as Griffchem, Griffphys, Griffbio and Griffengineering.  Success in these courses can lead to guaranteed entry into some university courses, as well as credit for the relevant first year university science subjects.

Learning is a process and, it is believed, most successfully achieved when experienced in conjunction with others.  At A.B. Paterson College, we value parent opinions and ask that they work closely with us to assist their child in achieving his/her own personal best.  Teachers work hard to develop strong relationships with both the students and their parents.  No one knows their child like a parent does and it is, therefore, vitally important that families are a major component of the educational partnership.

Science is everywhere, scientists are all around us.  Whether a child is aiming for a career in science, or just loves to find out the inner workings of our world, at A.B. Paterson College they will be provided with every opportunity to achieve their goals, and have loads of fun doing it.