Vision Splendid A.B. Paterson College
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Read why A.B. Paterson College Makerspace Program has been so successful in Junior School.
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Class of 2013 graduate, Julia May draws on her resilience – forged during her years at A.B. – and inspiration from New York Fashion Week, to launch an exciting new career.
20-21 Learning for life: Contemporary Learning Skills in the Junior School
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When thrown way out of their comfort zone, our Chamber Choir is given the chance to grow and shine in the Queensland Outback.
18-19 Dressed for Success
We look at, with pride, the positive changes our students are undergoing thanks to this innovative leadership program.
12-13 Lessons from the Outback
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The annual Business Industry Dinner is an invaluable night for our Year 12 students, who make real world industry contacts, and touch base with career mentors.
Explore just some of the programs encouraging our students to problem solve, think critically, be creative, and collaborate – essential skills in our changing world.
22-23 Melbourne Arts Immersion
A.B. Senior Arts students transfer their knowledge of Music, Dance, Drama and Art concepts into the real world, during their jam-packed trip to Melbourne.
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Our A.B. Alumni are like stars â€“ you donâ€™t always see them, but you know they are there! At this time of the year we like to acknowledge, The Old Collegians of A.B. Paterson College. They met as classmates, once again in glory, At The Star Gold Coast, Garden Bar, Conservatory. The years after graduation passed by so fast, A.B. memories however, will not be surpassed. The sharing of stories, with drink in hand, From greatest Old Collegians from all over the land.
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From the Principal
A.B. Paterson College has achieved much in its short history – wonderful facilities; the development of a culture that embraces our highly valued traditions, without losing our sight of future directions; young men and women of character, of optimism and hope; an internationally recognised framework for teaching and learning excellence; and a community dedicated to excellence, care and commitment. Our College and its community have achieved much through the enacting of these principles and our students have truly embraced the ‘A.B.’ way. With our College getting closer to its 30th anniversary in 2020, it is so important that we continue to embrace the wonderful traditions already firmly entrenched, respect our rich (but brief) history, while at the same time embracing innovation, thereby embedding new dimensions of growth that re-define our culture, and the development of new paradigms that provide an opportunity for all staff and students to excel. In a world of rapid change and varying societal influences, it is our schools that provide young people with a sense of purpose, drive, integrity, opportunity and the moral compass to navigate the complex world in which we live. Long may our College provide this guiding hand in the development of Australia’s next generation. The challenge, however, is not to remain complacent with our development. Too many individuals in society and, dare I say, schools seem very happy with being a ‘good school’. Should we
simply accept that we are doing well as a College? Accept that we are a leading College within Queensland? Accept that we achieve some of the finest results in the Gold Coast? Or should the question centre on what can we do better? What do our students need now and in the future? Should we accept being recognised as a good school or do we want to achieve true ‘greatness’? This may seem to some as an egocentric statement, but the reality is that it is quite the opposite. It is about each member of our community, making the conscious choice to further build both our own capacity and that of others, to further our depth and breadth as a community – to develop our moral fibre, our substance, the opportunities made available to our students and further embedding the concept of excellence in all we do. The development of character strength, moral fibre and leadership has never been more needed in society, and I believe this is indeed the hallmark of an ‘A.B.’ education. The evaluation of our direction also requires an in-depth analysis of what we do, and asking ourselves can we do better? Pondering future directions and possibilities, and bringing our College to the forefront of education, both nationally and internationally. These are not easy roads to travel because, if they were, all educational settings would be the same. The difference in our College is our staff and of course the nature of the families who are attracted to our community.
As we move through the challenges presented by government policies, funding debates, national curriculum, societal influences, let us openly aspire for greatness as a community, a place of great diversity, richness, human endeavour, care, innovation and leadership. This demands a conscious and deliberate approach by everyone in our community to enrich the community through our daily engagement and to never distract from it. I commend this wonderful magazine to you as a celebration of our students and our community. Education is a lifelong journey, and one that presents many challenges and wonderful opportunities if you remain open to them. I trust that you will enjoy reading the many articles and will appreciate the aspirational culture being developed at our College. My hope is that all members of our community will remain connected by such wonderful ideals as we strive for ‘greatness’ – not for image or publicity but for each and every individual. This is our collective wish and purpose. Brian Grimes Principal
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2018 da Vinci Decathlon State Titles Inspired by one of the world’s greatest thinkers – Leonardo da Vinci – more than 1500 students from over 55 state and independent schools descended upon A.B. Paterson College in late May, for the State Titles of the prestigious annual academic competition, the da Vinci Decathlon. For many first-time participants, what this three-day mind-bending event held in store for them was a mystery. They knew they would be challenged to work as a team of eight – from Years 5/6, 7/8 and 9/10 – under time pressure, in a range of disciplines. Mathematics – emphasis on problemsolving, number patterns and logic puzzles English – spelling, word origins, definitions, textual analysis and writing tasks Science – engagement with higher level scientific concepts to test their ability to apply them Code Breaking – deciphering complex codes Engineering – a design task that tests problem-solving skills, creativity and ingenuity Ideation – creative and innovative process of generating, developing, and communicating new ideas in response to a problem or challenge Creative Producers – emphasis on creating a 60 second dramatic performance under pressure Art and Poetry – construction of a poem interconnected with a work of art Vision Splendid page 6
based on the theme of the unexpected Cartography – deciphering maps and applying the principles of map making to represent spatial information in an imaginative way General Knowledge – current affairs, entertainment, sport and trivia But they could not know how they would respond during this unique contest or how it would change the way they approach problem-solving in the future. The competition focuses on the principles of a decathlon and as such, there are ten papers/sections to complete. Several papers run concurrently in each of the three sessions of the day. Therefore, a major component of the competition is for teams to work collaboratively. They need to determine which decathletes have expertise in each area and then they need to pull together as a team to meet the time constraints of each paper. The energy in the MPC was electric after the sounding of the gong, which marked the beginning of each of the three sessions, during the competition days. This is when the students’ strategies come into play. Year 6 competitor, Derek Luo reveals his team’s approach. “We like to pull our papers apart and work to our strengths, but whenever anyone needs some help, we always ensure someone helps them out straight away.”
“We had a few disputes but, overall, we were pretty good,” he said. “It was quite stressful, but we tried our best.” The theme for 2018 was “The Unexpected” and the decathletes worked hard on each discipline paper, designed to challenge their young minds. For Year 6 student, Isabelle Doo, “it was my first time, but I had heard from friends that it was good fun.” Under pressure, some will crumble, but for Isabelle’s team pressure created diamonds – they shone brightly, particularly in the Engineering challenge where the group was called upon to design a skyscraper fire evacuation system. “I think we did a really good job,” she said, recalling how the team designed – then created a model of – a ferris wheel-style rotating platform, that would rapidly evacuate residents from multiple floors of a highrise, at once. “Everybody collaborated,” she said, “and we got so much more done than if
Being involved in the da Vinci Decathlon also gives a chance for our teaching staff to shine. The state paper writers for the English da Vinci Decathlon papers come from A.B. Paterson College. Being selected as state paper writers is a great honour and shows the depth of teacher expertise and experience we have here at our College.
Paterson College teams in the State competition. Congratulations to the Year 9A team who placed 4th overall in Queensland and awarded 1st in Cartography, 2nd in Science and 3rd in Mathematics. The Year 8A team is to be celebrated for placing 3rd overall in the state and winning 2nd place in the Science discipline. The following A.B. Paterson College teams are also to be commended for winning places in the individual disciplines: Year 10 - 2nd in Creative Producers; Year 9B - 1st in General Knowledge and 3rd in Art and Poetry; Year 7 – 1st in Science and 2nd in Creative Producers; and Year 6 – 1st in Engineering.
2018 was an incredibly successful event and the first Queensland da Vinci Decathlon where all four winning teams from Years 7/8/9 and 10 as well as our A.B. Paterson College teams were invited to participate in the National decathlon, taking place at Knox Grammar School, Sydney in the June school holidays.
A sincere congratulations is extended to all competitors! As the great Leonardo da Vinci attested, “The noblest pleasure is the joy of understanding,” and it was evident that the decathletes departed from the day, richer in understanding from the collaborative, academically challenging experience, with some of the brightest minds in the state.
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everyone had just worked by themselves.” Teammate, Sarah Reimer admits the students were exhausted after the final gong sounded for the day, but they were elated to have been part of such a stimulating and innovative learning opportunity.
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Business Industry Dinner 2018 52 of Queensland’s top industry leaders, Gold Coast City Councillors, College Board Members and 107 Year 12 students, all engaged in stimulating conversation under the same roof, for the annual A.B. Paterson College Business Industry Dinner proudly sponsored by Computer Alliance. The atmosphere was buzzing with inspiration and light bulb moments for the students, as they were engrossed in meaningful discussions about the hopes and dreams for their futures! Our Year 12 students seized the opportunity to network with these industry representatives – oncologists and leading medical professionals, educators and solicitors, corporate managers and financial advisors, film makers and journalists, professional golfers, as well as illustrators and engineers – and absorb valuable advice on career pathways that will enable them to flourish, thrive and stand out in a crowd beyond the grounds of A.B. Paterson College, while enjoying a three course meal together. Principal Brian Grimes officially opened the evening with a warm welcome and an exciting announcement that the sponsor of the event, Computer Alliance, had, along with their sponsorship, also generously gifted prizes of an HP Elite Laptop and Logitech Driving Force Games Console for two students who asked the most pertinent and intuitive questions and took full advantage of the networking opportunity. Vision Splendid page 8
Entrees were served, the room was filled with energy, and students introduced themselves to their first two mentors as they quizzed our guests about their career pathways and professions. The Year 12s had the opportunity to prepare for who they would be sitting with during each course; research was conducted into specific careers and individuals to ensure that both students and guests got the most out of the evening. Insightful and astute questions were posed and industry leaders shared their experiences, advice and career highlights. As the main course was served and students moved to another two industry representatives, we had the opportunity to listen to our keynote speaker for the evening and A.B. Paterson College Alumnus, Mr Jared Martin. Mr Martin spoke of his first experiences after leaving school; how he had commenced his career in the Marine Industry, but that it was only later in life that he realised his dream of becoming a Professional Golfer. He reminded us that having dreams is a crucial aspect to our personal development and can change the course of our lives dramatically and at any time. After dessert and our final two mentors, College Captain Rachel Hoch presented her student response. She reiterated that our dreams are worth every second of determination and every moment of perseverance. She reminded us that it is those who start
with their why and explore the reason behind their dreams, who will achieve success and inspire others to follow. Rachel thanked our industry leaders, the A.B. Paterson College Board and Computer Alliance for giving up their time and expertise during the evening to mentor our Year 12 students. As the evening drew to a close, Mr Grimes expressed his gratitude to the College Board in their organisation of the event and to the industry mentors for sharing their valuable insights with our Year 12 students. Mr Grimes was pleased to present the generously donated prizes from Computer Alliance to Ashlyn Davies and Jordan McDonald for their engaging and thoughtful conversation throughout the evening. Our annual Business Industry Dinner was thoroughly enjoyed by our students as they head into their final six months at our College. Mr Tim Grosser, Director of Operations and Planning at A.B. Paterson College, offers his advice to the Year 12 cohort as they start planning their futures: ‘The best advice I can offer Year 12 students is to aim for a pathway or career that involves something in which they have a genuine passion and interest. The next step is to simply work hard to achieve their very best during Year 12 so that they may be in a position to make a choice as to what direction they take at the completion of their schooling. After leaving school, students should not become
disheartened if interests change – this is all a part of learning more about oneself. Ultimately, the only person who can stop an individual from following and achieving what they desire is that same individual.’ Charlotte Brook – Dean of Senior School
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Leadership in Health and Physical Education Great leaders don’t set out to be a leader, they set out to make a difference. It is never about role – always about the goal. Leadership is a privilege that can influence the lives of many and here at A.B. Paterson College we aim to develop young men and women of character – leaders now and for the future. How? By tapping into the why that sits deep inside each and every individual. Asking the right questions about what makes them tick, what do they believe in, feel passionate about, what are their dreams, unique talents and why they want to change the lives of others for the better? Head of Faculty for Health and Physical Education, Steven Mikael, shares his goals for leadership in Health and Physical Education within A.B. Paterson College: The Aussie Sports Leaders Program was introduced by A.B. Paterson College to provide leadership opportunities for our Year 7 students. All Year 7s are introduced to the concept in Term 1 through their learning in Health and Physical Education.
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The Generative Topic, called “Take the Lead, Sport”, is a Teaching for Understanding (TFU) that looks at leadership in sport and focused on the pros and cons of running carnivals as well as small group activities. Towards the end of that term, students who wanted to be an Aussie Sports Leader voluntarily applied for the position through the guidance of their supportive Health and Physical Education specialist teacher. After reviewing the applications, 85 students nominated and were exposed to further leadership and on the job training. As usual, leadership training was via the Health and Physical Education (HPE) program where they learnt how to effectively work with younger students. They worked on understanding how to effectively communicate with people much younger than themselves and most importantly, they understood the value of service to others. At A.B. Paterson College, we use our Aussie Sports Leaders to encourage students from Prep to Year 3 to be involved in physical activities. In a country where the
level of daily exercise for children appears to be diminishing, this can only be seen as a bonus. At the same time it gives the students a chance to covertly teach socialisation skills to our younger students via the rules and etiquette of playing games. There are three major carnivals for Prep to Year Three. These are Cross Country, Mini Olympics and the Aquatics Day. At the three carnivals, Aussie Sports Leaders were solely responsible for the organization and running of all aspects of these events. All of these students now take with them understanding and skills that will last them the rest of their life. They acquitted themselves creditably in all circumstances and demonstrated Excellence, Care and Commitment at all times. A big thank you to Mr Paul Dilkes and Mr. Ric Cashman for coordinating this program. Students are presented with badges for their excellence in leadership and commitment and care of our students at our College. Steven Mikael – Head of Health and Physical Education
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Lessons from the Outback Our A.B. Chamber Choir, along with College Principal, Mr Grimes, and College Board Chairman, Mr Tanner, embarked on an amazing journey in support of a cause closely linked to our College community. In 2015, the Waltzing Matilda Centre in Winton was involved in a fire that, sadly, destroyed decades of historical documents and treasured artefacts. Fortunately, the centre has been fully rebuilt into a modern museum, and the choir was thrilled to be part of the grand reopening on 20 April, 2018. The Chamber Choir performed at a variety of important events and landmarks, including the grand reopening ceremony, the Australian Age of Dinosaurs Museum, and the official luncheon for VIP guests. Having this opportunity to represent our College certainly instilled a sense of pride and honour. We have to admit, the extensive nationwide media coverage not only made it extra exciting (and nerve-wracking) but the attendance of the Governor-General, Sir Peter Cosgrove and Queensland Premier, Annastacia Palaszczuk, made it even more surreal and awe-inspiring. It was a fantastic chance for many of us to return to Winton, or for some, to visit Winton for the first time, and to rekindle our curiosity about the history of Australia, as well as our College. Despite being only a short five-day trip, we had an incredible adventure Vision Splendid page 12
with many memorable moments in the heart of Outback Queensland. It was also immensely educational, so now we’d like to share our top five tips for travellers! 1. Always have fly nets with you. If there is one thing the Chamber Choir learnt, it is that there are way more flies than people in Winton! The recent floods in the area brought in a swarm of bush flies; not quite what we wanted while performing, especially for the sopranos who had to sing a high G! Make sure you know where your fly net is at all times, or else you could find yourself singing the National Anthem on television with a mouthful of crunchy legs and wings. 2. Pay close attention. One of our choir members, Emily Read, noticed that Annastacia Palaszczuk had left her speech folder at the Waltzing Matilda Centre. After performing for the Premier, the Governor-General and many other officials at the official luncheon, Emily finally had the chance to meet Ms Palaszczuk, get the speech signed and have her picture added to the Premier’s official Facebook page. Paying attention could perhaps score you a once in a lifetime opportunity and access to historical documents! 3. Head straight to the front. When we had the chance to watch some of Australia’s best performers including John Williamson, Jessica Mauboy and Sheppard, we always made sure to head
straight to the front of the crowd, closest to the stage. By making sure we came early as well, we had the chance to watch some other great performers and hear the stories of how they rose to fame. As performers ourselves, to hear about their success was truly exciting and inspiring! We also had the chance to meet many of the locals and enjoy multiple nights of amazing entertainment and friendly photo-bombing. 4. Know your towns. When some of our choir members had the chance to talk to popular singing duo Busby Marou after a performance, they booked a gig with us! We were really excited for about 10 minutes, until we realised that the location was fifteen hours away from the Gold Coast! Perhaps next year we can take an adventure up to Abergowrie for another choir road trip? 5. Be grateful. We were fortunate enough to have been provided this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity. It was a truly memorable experience to have been able to delve deeper into the history of our country, its music, and its people. For that, we are immensely grateful to the Winton Shire Council for offering us this experience and to Mr Grimes, Mr Tanner, Mrs Walker-Joyce, Mr Grosser, Miss Newcombe, Mrs Immanuel and Mrs Vadeikis for making this trip possible. Jasmine Liew, Grace Murphy and Sascha Lawton – Chamber Choir Members
Reflections from some of students of Chamber Choir:
of such a fantastic Australian landmark.” – Nikki Wallis, Year 12
“The Winton trip was such an amazing chance for us to delve deeper into the history of our school's namesake, get a taste of our country's authentic music, relive the excitement of the Grade 6 camp, and for us all to bond through our corny jokes and hilarious stories between performances. It will definitely be one of those memories reflected upon over and over, even after we graduate from school.” - Rianna Webster, Year 10
“On the trip, I got to go to Outback Australia and experience the lifestyle of the people who live there. Our comradeship grew along the way and I made many new friendships. We shared many jokes and struggled through the same early mornings and overzealous flies and I am happy that I could have this experience.” – Daniel Roberts, Year 12
“The Winton trip was certainly a memorable experience! I haven’t visited the town since my Year 6 tour in 2012, so not only was it amazing see the new facilities like the rebuilt Waltzing Matilda centre, but it was also somewhat nostalgic to visit places such as the Australian Age of Dinosaurs again. Overall, the town was as welcoming and friendly as I remember it to be 6 years ago, just with more flies.” - Simone Everingham, Year 12
“Having missed the chance to travel to Winton in Year 6, coming now to the heart of Waltzing Matilda territory was a novel experience, and I thoroughly enjoyed this opportunity. These five days gave me a new outlook on different genres of music, and allowed me to strengthen my relationship with my fellow choir members, which I think, is integral to our success. The 2018 Chamber Choir Winton Trip is certainly one to be remembered.” – Adrian Rajkamal, Year 12
“The trip was such a memorable experience, especially for those who went back to Winton for a second time after Year 6. To represent the school with an amazing and talented group of singers made it even more special. One thing for sure, is that we will not look at flies the same way again after dealing with thousands of them every day in our faces.” - Jayden Lazar, Year 12
“Going to Winton was such a memorable experience and one that I’m so glad I was able to participate in. Although the multitude of annoying flies tried to dampen our spirits, the live music, good food and great company kept everyone excited and happy! My favourite moments were definitely dancing to Sheppard with the whole choir and meeting Annastacia Palaszczuk, the Queensland Premier.” - Emily Read, Year 12
“The Winton Trip was such an incredible experience that I am so grateful to have been a part of and is forever going to be a highlight of my journey as a student through A.B. Paterson College. The closeknit family we already had from being in Chamber Choir over the years only grew stronger and I can truly say that I couldn’t have chosen a better group of students (and teachers of course) to have shared this journey with. This was truly a unique experience and it is such an honour to be able to say I was a part of the re-opening
Winton was such a fun and inspiring trip, not only did we get to experience the new Waltzing Matilda centre but we were lucky enough to sing at iconic Australian landmarks including the Australian Age of Dinosaurs. The music festival was also such a blessing as the constant immersion in music made for a really great atmosphere and overall a memorable experience. – Katy Denney, Year 12 Vision Splendid page 13
A.B. Paterson College Makerspace Program
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A.B. Paterson College continues to develop and facilitate contemporary learning skills as a core component of the innovative and creative curriculum and co-curricular opportunities offered to our students. Makerspace is one avenue where students are provided opportunities to explore these contemporary learning skills. Makerspace classes offer Years 4-6 exciting co-curricular STEAM learning experiences that actively engage childrenâ€™s creative thinking, teamwork and problem-solving skills.
Within the co-curricular course, students engage in coding, robotics and design lessons. One of our robots, Sphero, is used so students learn to code when undertaking a series of design challenges. They code the robot to perform a series of moves, using it as a motor for their land and water vehicle designs, as an art tool and as a tester for their bridges. Coding their robot through the use of iPad apps helps to strengthen computational thinking, identify mathematical patterns and develop problem solving skills.
STEAM encompasses the exploration of scientific, technological, engineering, artistic and mathematical skills through a series of challenges. The aim of Makerspace sessions is for students to experience hands-on learning that challenges them to think critically and creatively, and allows them opportunities to apply important content knowledge in meaningful ways. We know not every child needs to grow up to become a scientist, engineer, or designer, but we would like to see our students knowing how to think like one. In Makerspace students can celebrate the success of the process and become â€œtechspertsâ€? in a problembased learning environment.
Engineering activities undertaken during the class have seen students involved in a series of design challenges where they must work effectively in pairs or as a team to solve problems and provide solutions. Students have enjoyed working in teams to create marshmallow structures, towers, catapults, skipping ropes and undertaking mystery bag challenges. The A.B. Paterson College Makerspace program is committed to providing opportunities for students to become innovative engineers and such learning experiences helps equip students with the necessary skills required in our constantly evolving digital era. Joanna Muirhead - Year 3 Teacher
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When a computer can perfectly replicate a Rembrandt masterpiece, why are we still teaching Art? A.B. Paterson College Visual Art Teacher, Barry Voevodin argues, in an age of robotics and automation, fostering the human or so-called soft skills in our students has never been more important. But, in this fast-paced world, he believes, one of the most important skills Art can teach our students is – to slow down.
The True Value of Art in Education
It is fitting that the doors to the Art room, where our interview takes place, are sliding glass. The decision to push them open may well change a student’s destiny – a sliding doors moment, in both the literal and metaphorical sense. When you walk into this studio – shelves stacked high with pencils, paints and possibilities – time speeds up, while the mind and body is forced to slow down. Hours pass, yet they seem like fleeting minutes. Here, we find Barry Voevodin, whose Visual Art teaching career has spanned five decades, the past 19 years at A.B. Paterson College. His career and artistic passions have survived the Digital Revolution of the 1980s and beyond. Yet, even as we enter the Fourth Industrial Revolution, he is still regularly called upon – most often by doubtful parents – to justify arts education in a 21st century College. “While people won’t necessarily refer to Art as non-academic,” he says, “they might refer to students not taking Art as tackling the more academic subjects. That can be really frustrating, because Art is actually higher order thinking. It’s not an easy pathway by any stretch.” While “we do have a lot of support for the arts and Art, here at a A.B. Paterson College,” says Barry, he admits getting some parents to support their child’s artistic talent is an annual battle. “People will say, ‘But what will they do with that subject?’” “I say to them, make Art your sixth subject, as only five count. But, I guarantee you, if you give Art the respect it is due, it won’t be your sixth subject academically. It will actually
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benefit you, and your other subjects, very much so.”
I have in my classes as well – to allow them to chill out.”
“When we look at art, we look at the world, and we look at ourselves.”
Barry sees our College art studios as a bubble.
Barry spends an entire semester encouraging his Year 11 students to answer the toughest question – ‘Who am I?’
“We try to create a space which is calmly exciting. You’re surrounded by things that will take your imagination on a journey, as you look around. It offers an escape.”
“We ask them to do a portrait of themselves, over two months,” he says, “A self-portrait, not of what they look like, but of who they are.” “That deeper introspection – looking at themselves the way they would look at an artwork – they have to go to a level of thinking and a level of analysis that really benefits their other subjects.” Improvement isn’t restricted to a student’s results, either. “It can be very emotional,” he says, noticeably moved as he recalls, “we’ve had students have real epiphanies about who they are and make changes.” “A couple of students haven’t liked what they’ve seen, and have said, I’m going to try to do better, I going to make changes, I’m going to be a better friend, a better son or daughter.” Art as therapy, or meditation, has real value in a modern school setting, according to Barry. “A lot of these students are balancing many plates at the same time, like a plate spinner, and they’re having to keep all those plates spinning and not let any fall, and that can be very stressful for them. They can try to work through those stresses in their artwork.” “Too often these days, young people are retreating into a virtual world. We’re drawing them back out, bringing them into the now.” “We encourage them to appreciate the world around them, instead of just going through life as fast as they can without really noticing anything. Art is not a drive-thru experience. It has to be authentic.” “We are allowing them to use their imagination. It’s a very cathartic experience. It is something I recommend to the highly-stressed academics – who
When students venture into the Visual Arts bubble, or “Planet Art, as we like to call it, we want them to leave the pressures of other things outside and to find themselves in their artwork,” Barry says. “We used to have 55 minute lessons, with double periods of 110 minutes. Some subjects were having trouble sustaining the students’ concentration for 55 minutes and wanted shorter lessons.” He reveals, it was a very different story in Art. “We found, 110 minutes in an art lesson goes in what seems like 20 or 30 minutes. The students are often very surprised when it’s time to pack up, and they say, ‘No, no it can’t be!’” Given time and patient teachers, A.B. Paterson College Art students are reaching a remarkable level of technical skill – their art studio Hall of Fame is evidence of that, lined with stunning works by past students that “wouldn’t be out of place in the highest level galleries of Paris, London and New York.” “We see students who think that some of these things are impossible. They see a fantastic photo-realistic painting, and they think – I could never do that!” “It’s mostly patience and time. Slowing yourself down and overcoming that doubt. Doubt is so powerful.” “I ask them to not think, just draw.” “It’s getting them into a mindset, where we are trying to slow down time to the point where they are capturing images, pixel by pixel.” “It allows them to produce work they never thought possible, which is really lovely to see, because that self-confidence they get from it carries over into other subjects, into their interactions.”
“It gives them a sense of self-esteem, which is impossible to buy. So, it is lifechanging. Art can change lives.” Art, according to Barry, is also the perfect panacea for our disposable, throw-away lifestyle. Students are learning to value fine art skills, human creativity, and artistic creations that move us emotionally. “It’s that X-factor, it’s the humanity factor,” he says. “We’ve invented machines that can do things perfectly, can create artwork, create portraits. There is an algorithm that will let you create a Rembrandt style painting, with the Rembrandt colour schemes, style and everything.” “But what I have found is that there is a swing back to doing things by hand. We’ve really concentrated on taking the time to develop something by hand to the highest level.” “When an audience sees something that is done by hand, and they can see the investment of time – and time is one of our most precious commodities – it gives it a different gravitas.” “We have students at all year levels trying to get that technical ability. But it’s the empathy that’s the key. It’s like listening to someone playing a symphony, and they have hit every note perfectly, but you’re not convinced they’re connected. There seems to be something – an X Factor – missing.” “It’s the same with a drawing or painting. For a technical rendering, without the heart, we can just use a machine. There has to be the idea of the hand in it – a person’s heart and soul has to go into the work.” As Barry points out, art takes time and introspection – two things we desperately need more of in a modern world. Art offers a chance to breathe out, while looking in and gaining a better understanding of ourselves. So, what is the value of arts education in the 21st century? The answer is – and always has been – art is invaluable. Tamara Hamilton – Manager of Marketing and Public Relations Vision Splendid page 17
Dressed for Success Inspired after rubbing shoulders with the fashion world’s elite during her time at New York Fashion Week, A.B. Paterson College alumnus, Julia May, is intent on one day having the paparazzi snap photos of her own label on international catwalks. Since graduating from A.B. Paterson College in 2013, Julia has lived in two foreign countries and travelled to over 20, all in the name of education. We invited Julia to share with us her adventures, her ultimate dream job and what advice she would give to students reaching for their own goals? While studying two university degrees at QUT – Bachelor of Business (International Business)
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and a Bachelor of Creative Industries (Fashion Communication) – I was fortunate enough to study abroad in an exchange program at Fordham University, New York. This experience allowed me to fully immerse myself in the culture of the city that never sleeps as well as experiencing the true American college life, which is exactly as it is portrayed in the movies. There is loads of college spirit at Fordham University. Attending college football games and homecoming were just some of the highlights of studying at an American college, which I am very grateful to have experienced. I was fortunate enough to attend events such as New York Fashion Week, which was one of the most surreal events to be involved in. There were so many shows going on and a photographer on every corner! I went to a couple of shows and
presentations however even just walking around Skylight where lots of shows were held was such an inspiring experience. Overall, living in New York City helped me to develop as a person as I was confronted with situations that one wouldn’t typically experience on the Gold Coast, which taught me to always have an open mind. I believe that A.B. helped me to develop in my teenage years to become hard working, resilient and determined to succeed. These qualities have helped me to get to where I am today, and to experience all that I have at such a young age. This takes me back to me first year outside of school, where I had a gap year working at a boarding school in York, England. My time in England was unforgettable and I will never regret doing a gap year. In fact, I would highly recommend a gap year to those students who either aren’t sure of what they would like to study at university, or for those who just want a break between school and university. Working at a boarding school was an interesting experience, especially with the added unfamiliarity of being in a different country. There were 16 other Australians working at the same school with me,
which made me feel right at home. We worked in the boarding houses, kindergarten, school office and with the prep students. When I wasn’t working at the boarding school, I spent my time traveling around Europe. My favourite country to visit was Iceland! It is definitely the most unique country I have been to so far. After my year in England, I returned home to the Gold Coast to begin my Bachelor of Business and Bachelor of Creative Industries. I find both degrees very interesting, although it is with fashion that my heart lies. My ultimate career goal is to own my own fashion company that has an environmental focus. I would love to make environmentally-friendly fashion, more accessible and popular. I am currently utilising my degrees to start my own sustainable fabric swimwear business this year! Julia May – Class of 2013 We wish Julia well as she strives to complete her final year of her double degree, and we look forward to hearing of the next exotic location her fashion career takes her!
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Learning for life: Contemporary learning skills in the Junior School
There is little doubt that the contexts in which our young people live and learn are very different to a generation ago. Schools, as institutions of learning, necessarily have been responsive to the fast-paced changes that we see in society. As the nature of work has changed, so too has the demand for people to be equipped with contemporary skills that enable them to engage fully in the world around them. Research tells us that there are a number of high value skills that will assist our students for life. These include the ability to problemsolve, to think critically, to be creative, the skills to collaborate with others and work as part of a team. In the Junior School we consistently review our programs with a view to ensuring that our students have opportunities to develop and practice these essential skills. From Semester Two, Junior School students will be introduced to
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learning through S.T.E.A.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts, Mathematics). This integrated way of learning is excellent for the development of contemporary learning skills. Every week, students will be involved a series of highly engaging and challenging learning experiences that support problem solving, creativity, critical thinking and collaboration. Many of these will involve technology and will foster their growing skills in this area, others will be creative in nature. As part of the S.T.E.A.M program, students will be introduced to the â€˜Genius Hourâ€™. Students will have the opportunity to develop agency over their own learning; the kind of independent approach to thinking and learning that is relevant and useful. We look forward to continuing our work in challenging our students to grow in their knowledge and understanding of contemporary learning. Karen Roman Assistant Principal: Junior School
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I am not a parent. I am a teacher who works with Arts students and during my career, I’ve shared many staffrooms with colleagues who are very proud mums and dads. I’ve heard every excruciating detail of many a first drawing or first ballet recital. As a teacher, I feel enormous respect for my students and the amazing work they produce, but I am not their parent. I admit I become somewhat accustomed to my students’ tireless work ethic and their inspiring creations, but I am not their parent. On the recent Arts tour however, I realised that something has changed. It appears I am no longer immune to mummy moments. Did I get teary when I saw every single student laugh, learn and persevere through a two-hour dance workshop? I certainly did! Did my heart swell with pride when the instructors told me what a fabulous, hard-working and cohesive bunch the students were? Completely. Did I willingly take photos while the music students stalked the cast of The Wizard of Oz? Naturally. Did I skip a little on the way home from the performances when I heard students analysing the singers, the musicians, the actors and the sets? Absolutely. There were countless teachable moments in this year’s tour and Mr Voevodin, Mrs Hewitt and I were delighted to witness so many students stepping out of their comfort zone and participating in every new experience.
Students were exposed to performances, workshops and exhibitions that allowed for reflection on their past Arts experiences, and provided stimulus for their continuing studies. They were able to transfer their knowledge of Music, Dance, Drama and Art concepts into the real world, whilst developing a strong understanding of the relationship between all Arts subjects. Highlights of this year’s tour included a visit to the National Gallery of Victoria, a preview performance of Bliss at the Malthouse Theatre, our dance workshop with Chunky Move, a visit to ACMI for the incredible Wonderland exhibition, an evening performance of Verdi’s La Traviata, a visit to Artvo immersive gallery, matinee performances of both Stomp and Beautiful the Musical, and a range of additional opportunities that were discovered once we arrived! Works from Victoria’s best Art and Design students were examined at the Top Arts and Top Design showcases, whilst music students were able to view memorabilia from Australian rock history and create their own mix-tapes at the Music Vault. It will come as a surprise to no-one that the students who attended the tour were a credit to their parents, their teachers and their College. Did they eat a LOT? They certainly did! Were they exhausted? Completely. Did they have a wardrobe crisis before every performance? Naturally. Were we all thankful for the experience? Absolutely. Sharyn Walker-Joyce – Heads of Arts Vision Splendid page 23
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A.B. Paterson College Vision Splendid Magazine Issue 71 June 2018