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A.B. Paterson College – Parent Fact Sheet

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A.B. Paterson College

Number of Students: 1400

Why Choose A.B. Paterson College?

A.B. Paterson College offers a supportive college community, which promotes a culture of leadership and lifelong learning to develop young men and women of character.

Located in Arundel on the Gold Coast, A.B. Paterson is a private, independent, co-educational college, which caters for children from Prep to Year 12. Also on site is an Early Childhood Centre.

The college offers diverse academic, pastoral, and co-curricular programs, catering for the needs, abilities and interests of its students. The college boasts dedicated teachers and state-of-the-art facilities.

Steeped in history, A.B. Paterson College was named after Australian legend, Andrew Barton (Banjo) Paterson. The school opened in 1991 with just 262 students.

The college prides itself on developing a community with strong Australian values.

It has a history of academic achievement and success in sporting.


The college’s teaching methodology is drawn from the Teaching for Understanding Framework from the Harvard Graduate School of Education. The college provides challenging learning opportunities and extension programs.


A.B. Paterson College

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Students are exposed to a number of opportunities including:

  • Choir from Prep to Year 12
  • Junior, intermediate and senior bands
  • Junior and senior strings
  • Jazz and contemporary instrumental trios, quartets and ensembles
  • Junior, intermediate and senior dance troupes
  • Annual college musical, Vocal Festival and senior play
  • Annual Splendid Visions Art Exhibition and external art exhibitions
  • Public speaking, including a poetry competition Debating.


Students attend physical education classes and participate in swimming, athletics and cross country.

The college hosts an annual ‘Olympics’ event for Prep to Year 3. Prep students also participate in a music and movement program.

Team sports include AFL, basketball, cricket, netball, water polo and more. Students can compete in regional, district, state and national sporting events.


The college offers clubs and societies to encourage and extend student’s passion for learning. These include, creative writing, the Duke of Edinburgh Award Programme, the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) challenge, poetry, public speaking and more.


A.B. Paterson College boasts state-of-the-art facilities, including virtual classrooms, computers, laptops and electronic whiteboards.

Facilities include:

  • a Multi-Purpose Centre for indoor sport and formal occasions, accommodating more than 1500 people. It includes classrooms, a gym, weights room and change room.
  • an Aquatic Centre, including an eight lane 25m pool
  • three main fields
  • the Dawn Lang Performing Arts Centre
  • a Collaborative Learning Centre
  • a Mathematics Learning and Research Centre, which also houses the Food & Technology and Hospitality teaching rooms.

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Private schools nearby:

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State schools nearby:

If you are looking for state schools that are near A.B. Paterson College, check out:

  • Arundel State School
  • Pacific Pines State High School
  • Coombabah State High School

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Janine Mergler

Janine Mergler is a veteran Queensland teacher, graduating from QUT with a BEd majoring in Social Sciences. After many years in the classroom, Janine moved on to academia. She has proudly trained new generations of teachers in her role as a lecturer at Queensland University of Technology Faculty of Education. She has also worked in the Queensland Government as an education specialist, developing education resources and delivering community awareness programs to help families conserve water. Currently she is the owner and editor of Families Magazine, a publication specifically targeted at parents who value a quality education for children.  Janine leads a team of professionals who write about family lifestyle, early childhood, schools and education information and family-friendly events.

1 thought on “A.B. Paterson College – Parent Fact Sheet”

  1. This school sounds terrible, ugly uniform, weird ideas. Boring.
    how about teaching resilience, science, logic, skepticism, adventure, taking risks, being different.
    Your bloody haircut has absolutely nothing to do with education.


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