Compass No 412 - March 2016

From the Principal

Walking In Other People's Shoes

Having the capacity to mentally walk in the shoes of another person opens up our minds into being mindful of the needs and perspectives of that person. Even as we do this, we need to be mindful that it is rare for us to fully know what is occurring for the other person. Disciplining ourselves to pause and deeply reflect about life from another’s perspective slows down our judgment. It creates spaces for empathy and actions focused on reaching out and building up. Life lived from this perspective, frees the mind to enrich relationships and build capacity of all those around us.

  

Jesus not only walked in our shoes but also took on all of our burdens and shortcomings so that we could be free to use our gifts to connect with the lonely, lift up those who are suffering and to provide hope for those without it. As it says in 1 Thessalonians 5: 11, we are to encourage each other and build each other up. Imagine our conversations if this was the mantra held by all. Imagine our world. We can make it happen in our area of influence. For a day, take the challenge of redirecting self-talk and the conversations around you with the question of, “What would it be like to walk in their shoes?”.

Principal's Log

Tomorrow is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence. At the base of this action is the need for each of us to have respect for the dignity and worth of every person. Our habits of conversation reflect how we think about the worth of all people. It is useful for us to listen carefully to our own words and hear the subtle and not so subtle messages we are sharing with our friends, family and colleagues. We are all influenced by the cultures we shape in our homes, social settings and work places. Young people will take on a culture of respect for people when they are immersed in it. We can make a significant difference for many people by taking action within our own circles. As students, staff and parents, we can discipline ourselves to speak well of others and insist on others doing the same. We can focus on identifying and building on the strengths of other people. Where these actions become a habit of life then we create a culture of inclusion and possibility that spreads well beyond us. People with these outlooks are the ones who lead and make a difference. We benefit from them everyday.

Parents across the Middle and Junior College have had or will have the opportunity to take advantage of enhancing their young people’s learning by participating in parent teacher conferences over the last two weeks of term. These are important conversations where the focus is on learning rather than judgment. Middle College students are expected to attend the conference with their parents so that they can be active participants in these ‘learningfull’ conversations. We thank staff, parents and students for making time for these important learning opportunities.

May God grant us insight and wisdom as we take the challenge to walk in another’s shoes.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

The Uniform Shop is open from 8.00am to 9.30am every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Orders can be placed online via www.flexischools.com.au and will be delivered to your child the following day.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop Coordinator

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

The Uniform Shop is open from 8.00am to 9.30am every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday.

Orders can be placed online via www.flexischools.com.au and will be delivered to your child the following day.

Mrs Donna Hollindale, Uniform Shop Coordinator

From the Head of Senior Students

'Pacific As A Peace Place': National Day of Action Against Violence

On Friday 18th March, we have a whole College focus on ‘Pacific As A Peace Place’ in recognition of the National Day of Action Against Bullying. We are one of many schools across Australia who are recognising this day. Last year, classes and Pastoral Care Groups produced a puzzle piece, which then created a picture, reflecting on Care, Dignity and Respect (pictured).

This year, all classes and Pastoral Care Groups from Kindergarten to Year 12 have contributed a puzzle piece again. On Friday, the puzzle pieces will be put together and placed in the College gym, so the whole community can reflect on ‘Care, Dignity and Respect.’

The devotion thread for this week is ‘resistance’. In a world of expectations and demands, a young person needs to learn ‘commonly proven’ resistance skills, such as: walking away, telling them to ‘stop’, calmly saying ‘no’, calling someone nearby to help/seeking support from friends, speaking with the person, or telling an adult. Over time, these skills can be refined so young adults are equipped for those times when they face pressures and may not know what action to choose or what to say. These skills assist people to make better choices and move forward when they are confronted with disappointment.

Each one of us can ‘take a stand together’ to make ‘Pacific A Peace Place’, through ‘Care, Dignity and Respect’ of others, property and self!

'Pacific As A Clean Place': Clean Up Australia Day

On Friday 4th March, students across the College participated in ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ activities which were led by our Environmental Pacific Action Group Captain Mia Elsing and a number of Year 12 students. Overall there were 70 students involved.

We recognise though that Clean Up Australia Day does not have to be just a one-day event; we all have the capacity to make better choices regarding the use of packaging and how we dispose of rubbish. 'Care, Dignity and Respect’ is a message that is important; not just in our interactions and relationships, but also in how we treat property and the environment around us.  

On Saturday 19th March between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, the nation is recognising ‘Earth Hour’. This involves switching off lights and devices to conserve energy. The theme is ‘switch off for the places we love’. For more information, please refer to: https://earthhour.org.au/home/.

'One of the things that makes Australia so great is the beautiful outdoor lifestyle we live. From beaches, rainforests and rivers, to snow-capped mountains, coral reefs and lakes, we have one of the most beautiful countries in the world’ (Earth Hour, 2015).

Senior College Assessment

Thank you to senior students for the way they have approached assessment over the past week. During the remaining week of Term 1, Year 10, 11 and 12 students receive feedback on their assessment providing an opportunity to reflect and consolidate learning. Academic learning will also continue as we venture into Term 2.  

Senior students should take the opportunity to reflect on their learning so far and are reminded that an early holiday break will require them to take the responsibility to acquire any missed work. Students are encouraged to stay focused and have a restful break when the school holidays begin at the end of next week.

Teddy Time - Year 2 and Year 12

On Thursday 17th March, the Year 2 and Year 12 students were invited to bring along a teddy bear and their lunch for a teddy bear's picnic. It was really positive to see connections made between different aged students and the Year 12 students taking the opportunity to lead a range of activities. 

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Parent Teacher Conferences

Thank you to those parents who attended the P-5 Parent Teacher Conferences last week. The learning journey at Pacific is a shared one between parents, staff and students and these conferences play an important role in facilitating children’s growth and development. 

Acts of Kindness

As I entered the College yesterday, one of the students greeted me with a hearty “good morning” and held the gate open for me to enter. Often we undervalue the positive impact a small act of kindness can have on another person. A smile, speaking in a friendly voice, helping another or doing something thoughtful can brighten a dull day and invigorate our feelings and emotions. Acting kindly towards another not only makes the receiver feel good, but the person performing the actions can feel fulfilled and satisfied.

Are such behaviours innate or do they need to be learned? Recent scientific evidence has found that surprisingly, our brains are actually wired to be benevolent. Our social environment is often directed towards an ‘every man for himself attitude’ based upon success at the expense of others.

Like any skill, how to speak and act with kindness is something that can be taught. At the College, the development of social and emotional competencies in students is a major focus. Research regularly reaffirms the ideas that happy, confident and resilient children perform more successfully academically.

Each year, students study the You Can Do It program that includes lessons on Getting Along, Persistence, Confidence, Organisation and Emotional Resilience. Students work within the Restorative Practices frameworks and our Christian Studies and Devotion programs. In support of these programs this term, students will be trialling study in developing the concept of kindness.

The concepts translate easily from school to home. As parents, we all want our children to be happy, confident and resilient. We also want our children to act with thought and kindness without the need for extrinsic forms of motivation (prizes). A quick internet search reveals there is a great variety of interesting material available on the topic. The following site, which contains a program used successfully in the Colorado Schools District in the United States, acts as a great starting point if you are interested in the topic: http://www.randomactsofkindness.org/.

Mr David Druery, Head of Staff and Students P-5

Student Awards

Stars of the Week

This Week Monday 14th March

Prep Amelia Walsh Zane Thompson
  Kody Farmer Eva Barker
  Madison Austin Zara Koebsch
Year 1 Blake Tagdell Jordi Fenlon
  Emily Lusk Jemma Costa
  Levi Mansfield  
Year 2 Ruby Davis Mia Roberts
  Emily Creamer Madyson Pearce
  Kyle Bradford  
Year 3 Joshua Anderson Katie Daniels
  Nicholas Cooper Jazlyn Miller
  Charlie Schefe Ruby McKibbin
  Charlie Ford Georgina Walsh
Year 4 Macyn Brown Natalie Liggins
  Sullivan Devine  
Year 5 Henry Friend Zaida Williams
  Jewel Jamieson Hanna Meager
  Lachlan Currey Olivia Cooke
  Nikita Gallagher  

 

You Can Do It Awards

This Week Monday 14th March

Persistence:    Will Fowler, Sasha Kopera, Joseph Modlin, Anna Lumkes and Mitchell Briese

Organisation:   Danica Cockburn 

General Notices

Middle College Conferences

The partnership between teachers, students and families is a powerful one. The upcoming Middle College Conferences provide a unique opportunity to extend this partnership and together, inform or shape plans for the next period of student learning.

Middle College Conferences will be held in Week 9 on Tuesday 22nd March and Wednesday 23rd March from 3.30pm to 7.30pm. Parents, carers and students are invited to attend these conferences. 

An email was sent home this week with information about how to use the school interviews booking system (http://www.schoolinterviews.com.au/). Parents need to enter the event code 4yh7t to access the system and make their bookings. Booking for each day will close at 5.30pm on the previous day.

Apple Power Adapter Recall

As noted in previous newsletters, Apple has recalled the two prong wall plug adapters that were shipped between 2003 and 2015. The details of this recall are at: https://www.apple.com/au/support/ac-wallplug-adapter/.

As a service to students and staff at Pacific Lutheran College, we have arranged for a bulk supply of these replacement plugs to be available at school. Students with an iOS device that had these adapters were able to bring them into the IT Dept during lunchtimes this week to exchange them for the replacement units. Monday 21st March during PCG will be the final time available to students to bring in their old adaptor and exchange it for the new one.

Please contact the IT department if you have any further questions.

Mrs Rae Hall, Head of Teaching and Learning Middle College

Food for Thought

10 Mindsets to Improve Your Parenting

The best intentions may not be enough to raise happy kids. Here are 10 mindsets to help you on the path to parenting success: http://parentingideasschools.com.au/getattachment/103a77d6-635e-41f2-b1a8-ae08709cbf31.

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

This Week’s Meeting

Thank you to everyone who attended the meeting held this week. It was lovely to see both new and regular faces. If you are interested in becoming actively involved with Friends of Pacific but are unable to attend meetings, please contact us directly at fop@pacluth.qld.edu.au.

SCISSA Gala Day

Thank you to the organising committee and those who have volunteered to assist on the first SCISSA Gala Day next week. We will be running the canteen again on future gala days, so please make contact with us if you feel you can help out. Please email: fop@pacluth.qld.edu.au.

OCEANfest

The Oceanfest Committee will be meeting on Tuesday 22nd March at 8.45am in the College library. For any OCEANfest enquiries, please contact Leanne Bevis (Middle/Senior Administration) on 5436 7338.

Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh, FoP Chairperson

Tuckshop

Emergency List Volunteers Needed - Urgently!

Is anyone available occasionally for 30 minutes after the morning drop-off?

We would like to put together a list of volunteers who can be contacted in case of emergencies. Sometimes our rostered volunteers become unavailable at the last minute due to family commitments or sick children. So it would be great to have some emergency contacts on standby, who could assist with preparation for a short time in the mornings.

Please pop in and see Carrie at the Tuckshop to add your name to the list, no regular commitment required! Alternatively email cldickson@pacluth.qld.edu.au or phone 5436 7327 and leave a message.

Home Bake Donations

Another great way to support the Tuckshop is to contribute to the Home Bake Drive. You can do this by baking at home and dropping the goods off to us or donating items that we can use. The students and staff are very appreciative of the variety provided by our Home Bake Team! Please contact Carrie via the above methods for more details.

The College community appreciates all contributions of time and resources; we can’t thank you enough!

Ms Carrie Dickson, Tuckshop Convenor

Library News

Book Launch

Lynette Noni, author of The Medoran Chronicles, is launching her new book, Raelia, at Collins Booksellers on Bulcock Street Caloundra on 23rd March at 4.30pm. If you love Harry Potter you will love this this fantasy saga! The series is about a seemingly ordinary girl who finds her way through a doorway into the world of Medora, where she becomes a student at the Akarnae Academy for magically gifted teenagers. 

Readers' Cup

Readers’ Cup is a statewide competition for young readers. Teams of four students together read a set of books and then compete with other teams to answer quiz questions from the books. Readers’ Cup competitions challenge students to read widely, work collaboratively in a team and continue developing a love of reading. It allows readers to compete at a regional and state level, similar to sporting competitions, and to meet other students with an equal passion for books.

Any students in Years 6 and 8 who are interested in taking part, are asked to see Ms Nell Keen before the end of term for more information.

End of Term Borrowing and Overdue Items

Overdue notices will be emailed home this week. Please return overdue books promptly, as books that are overdue by a month or more will be billed to your account. Students may borrow up to 10 books for the holidays.

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

Cultural News

To Kill A Mockingbird

Tickets will be on sale at The Events Centre, Caloundra from Monday 18th April! Visit: www.theeventscentre.com or phone: 5491 4240. Our promotional posters and further details will be released very soon!

Make sure to mark this must see event in your diaries! Hope to see you there!

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Secondary College

Lions Youth of the Year

Our school captains once again represented the College at the Caloundra and Kawana Lions Club Youth of the Year competitions. Each student was interviewed about their aspirations, their current interests and their general knowledge. They then presented formal prepared speeches and responsed to impromptu topics at a dinner meeting with a room full of members and guests.

At the Kawana final, Elsa Jonsson, Will Minns and Emily Brewster spoke about what they would do if they were a political leader for a day. Their responses demonstrated their understanding of democratic processes and their vision for the future.

At Caloundra, students were asked to identify an inspirational person and explain what qualities that person had. Jack Bange, Jack Gretton and Chelsea Ricotta provided a range of ideas from sportspeople to family members who had shaped their ideas about the value of a person.

  

These students should be very proud of their achievements and the Lions Club members are always very receptive to their young voices and appreciate the time and energy that goes into such a competition.

Mrs Tina Cox, Head of English

Mathematics Tutorials

To support students academically, the College offers Mathematics tutorials for students in Years 7-12. These tutorials are on Monday afternoons and are in rooms L13/L14 from 3.20pm to 4.20pm. Students are welcome to come along for a quiet place to complete class work, homework or seek assistance. The expectation is that they remain within the room until 4.20pm, unless picked up earlier by a parent.

Please note, next week’s tutorial will be the last one for the term.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Mathematics

Staff News

Mooloolaba Triathlon

 On Sunday morning, 12 dedicated staff members, two impressive spouses and one ex-Pacific staffer woke at 5.00am to prepare for the Mooloolaba Triathlon. With a spring in their step, butterflies in their stomachs and a desire to accomplish their personal best, these wonderful people gathered together at 6.00am for the feat ahead: a 1.5km swim, a 40km ride and a 10km run. There were mixed teams, mixed ages and mixed abilities, but everyone was equally excited and prepared!

It was an amazing effort by all teams on the day. The conditions were tough – windy and very hot with intermittent showers.

Our incredible ocean swimmers – Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Ben Dutton, Mrs Sarah Atkinson, Mr Mick Vidulich and Miss Adriana Schuster – were undeterred by the fierce undertow and bobbing horizon, all returning within minutes of each other with Hoops in the lead.

Our riders were machinelike with excellenttimes clocked in tough conditions with a strong returning headwind. Mrs Colleen Beattie was closely tailed by her husband Chris, Mrs Jenny Hoffman, Mrs Toni Fisher and Mr Brett Jones. All did well to weather the heat and sporadic rainfall.

Finally, the glory team members (the runners) who had the pleasure of crossing that finish line, recorded superb times. Given the heat and the time of day, their efforts were appreciated. Mr Damien Evans clocked in our fastest run time to date in less than 45 minutes, but Paul Atkinson, Mr Mike Healy, Mrs Mel Pietrala and Mr Josh Danzey closely followed him.

For all those people who appreciate the stats, our teams came is as follows:

  • 1st – Team 2 – 2 hrs 44 min (Mr Darren Hooper, Mrs Colleen Beattie and Mr Mike Healy)
  • 2nd – Team 1 – 2 hrs 53 min (Mrs Sarah Atkinson, Mrs Toni Fisher and Mr Damien Evans)
  • 3rd – Team 4 – 2 hrs 57 min (Mr Mick Vidulich, Chris Beattie, Mrs Mel Pietrala)
  • 4th – Team 5 – 3 hrs 7 min (Mr Ben Dutton, Mrs Jenny Hoffman and Mr Josh Danzey)
  • 5th – Team 3 – 3 hrs 37 min (Miss Adriana Schuster, Mr Brett Jones and Paul Atkinson)

Congratulations everyone. We also wish Miss Adriana Schuster all the best for her wedding day in three weeks and thank her lovely husband to be, for driving her up and back for the triathlon.

Mrs Lu Pollard, Triathlon Organiser

Careers Department

Important Dates

Friday 8th April

Health Heroes 2016

Health Heroes is an educational career expo for Sunshine Coast’s Year 10, 11 and 12 students held at Kawana Waters State College, adjacent to the Kawana health precinct and construction site of Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital.

Students will learn of the growing health sector on the Sunshine Coast as well as information on the occupations required in the near future with the completion of Sunshine Coast Public University Hospital.

Date: 6th May 2016


Venue: Kawana Waters State College – Bokarina



Click here for further information and to register. 

Sunshine Coast High School Health Care Engagement Program

Sunshine Coast and Gympie Year 10 students will gain practical experience and develop their understanding of the broad range of health industry occupations at High School Health Care Engagement Program (HSHCEP) conducted by Sunshine Coast Hospitals and Health Service (SCHHS) at Nambour General Hospital.

The two-day event involves workshops held in the training suite as well as opportunities for students to talk directly with health professionals about their own careers.

Date: 12th – 13th May 2016


Venue: Nambour General Hospital - Nambour

Click here for further information and to register.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Volleyball

Congratulations to all teams who played SCISSA volleyball this term. It was an excellent season with some great results throughout the competition. This week, we took on Suncoast Christian College, Matthew Flinders Anglican College, St Andrew’s Anglican College and Glasshouse Christian College.

Congratulations to the Year 7 B division girls team and 7/8A girls who both won their matches to finish the season very strongly. We have a few teams in contention for the finals, but we will have to wait and see how the results go. We wish the teams who make it into the finals the best of luck and congratulate all players on another fantastic season. The finals will be held next Wednesday at Matthew Flinders.

 

Trish Buckley Volleyball Competition

This term, the College entered three teams in the Trish Buckley Volleyball Competition on Friday nights. The Open Boys and Girls have already finished their tournament, with the boys finishing in 3rd place on the coast. This is a great achievement for the team and they improved dramatically throughout the competition. Thanks to the hard work of Mrs Debbie Turner and Mr Todd Forest who coached the boys.

The Open Girls also improved as a result of their involvement in the competition and although they finished middle on the ladder, they played some exciting games and learned a lot. Well done to both these teams and all students who played. It was a great experience for all.

The Year 8 Girls team begin their campaign in the competition this Friday night. We wish them all the best.

Open Boys and Girls SCISSA Soccer

This week, the Open Girls and Boys teams played against Matthew Flinders Anglican College (MFAC) in the final regular season round of the SCISSA soccer competition. The girls finished the season off very well with a 3-1 victory over MFAC, while the boys edged out their competition with a 9-0 win. Thank you to all who participated over the season, but especially to Mrs Leah Croke and Mr Brendan Delaney for giving up their time to coach both teams. The Open Boys are through to the grand final next week at Matthew Flinders, after going through the entire season undefeated. We wish the boys and Mr Delaney all the very best for their match.

Year 3-12 Cross Country - 15th April

Next term on Friday 15th April, all Year 3-12 students will be participating in the Inter House Cross Country carnival. Students will compete in age groups from 8 years through to open boys/girls. The 8 years – 12 years events will take place from 10.45am to 1.00pm and the 13 years – open races will go from approximately 1.15pm to 3.00pm. Year 7 students who are turning 13 this year will need to race with the Secondary College students from 1.15pm.

The 13 years – Open age divisions will be run over two events on the day.

The Championship Event involves students who are serious runners who want to compete for Age Championship medallions, a spot in the school team and for extra house points. There are big points up for grabs to all who compete in this race. First place receives 30 points, second place receives 25 points, all the way down to sixth place and beyond receiving 11 points. Each house MUST field five runners from each age group and gender. This event will be run as one single race, but scored per age group.

The House Participation Event involves all other students who are not running in the Championship Event. It is a 3km course. The faster students complete this 3km course, the more points they can earn for their house. Therefore, it is important that all students participate and run to the best of their ability. Please remember it is compulsory for all students to attend and participate in the cross country event.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Sport

PLC Club Sport

Pacific Soccer
  • Round 2 - 12th March
  • Limited Positions Available
  • Brisbane Roar Holiday Clinic - Tuesday 5th April
  • Coaches and Managers Evening - Laws of the Game
  • Brisbane Roar Game - 26th March
  • Places Available in SCCSA Development Squad
  • Round 3 - 19th March
  • Canteen Duty
  • Reminder for Training and Games
  • Involvement With Pacific Soccer
  • Looking Ahead...
  • Pacific Soccer Contacts

Click here to download the Pacific Soccer newsletter for this week.

Click here to download the details of the upcoming Brisbane Roar Game.

Mr Ian Barnes, Pacific Soccer President

Upcoming Dates

March
18 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
19 Year 11-12 Safe Driver Day
22-23 Middle College Conferences
23 Year 11 Driver Education Day
24 K-12 Chapel
Year 12 Awareness Day
Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
Term 1 Concludes
April
8-10 Armidale Rugby Carnival
11 Staff Day
RSA Day for Students (Kindy Open)
Year 12 Recharge Day
12 Term 2 Commences
15 Year 3-12 House Cross Country Carnival
17 Open Day