Compass No 444 - February 2017

From the Principal

Living Justly

We are all very good at identifying those areas in life where something is not fair but we are not always as good at recognising where we might not be acting justly towards others. Our motivation for responding to situations of social injustice can arise out of a sense of anger at what has occurred or out of love for people. Over the weekend, a commentator on Radio National reflected that Stalin, in using Karl Marx’s writing, responded with anger against the privileged and wealthy, rather than a love for people as a whole. We see around the world, in our community and in our families’ different people’s response to injustice. Where anger is the driver there is a desire to crush or push down the oppressor. Where love is the motivator there is a desire to lift up and to bring people into a lighter way of living. 

The transformative lifting and bringing people into a better way of being connects to the origin of the word peace. The word peace has its origins in the Jewish word ‘Shalom’. Today we would often think of peace in terms of a personal sense of calm and restfulness. Shalom, in the Jewish tradition, has a broader meaning in terms of wholeness, both at a personal and relational level. The Prayer of St Francis has this transformational focus of bringing people from light into dark. In those moments where we may be frustrated with others or ourselves over times of injustice, the Prayer of St Francis can help us to centre our thoughts as we pray for God’s help to respond in a way that has love as its heart and lifts all people.

Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
where there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy.

O Divine Master,
grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled as to console;
to be understood, as to understand;
to be loved, as to love;
for it is in giving that we receive,
it is in pardoning that we are pardoned,
and it is in dying that we are born to Eternal Life.

(http://www.lords-prayerwords.com/famous_prayers/make_me_a_channel_of_your_peace_lyrics.html, sighted 2nd Feb 2017).
Principal's Log

Over the past week we have enjoyed opportunities to come together as community. The Welcome BBQ provided a wonderful, relaxed opportunity for us to connect. It was a thoroughly enjoyable way to finish the week and I thank the new families for their attendance and the Friends of Pacific and College staff for their support. A special note of thanks to our senior student leaders and our Hospitality and grounds staff for their organisation and the preparation and service of food.

Parents benefited a great deal from the Year 11 and Prep to Year 5 Information Evenings. The evenings provided the opportunity for parents and Year 11 students to learn more from staff about their learning focuses and pathway for the year, the range of resources and support processes provided by the College and the ways in which parents and students could enhance their learning. Exceptional online resources are available from our library (Junior College: http://library.pacluth.qld.edu.au/oliver/junior.do and Middle/Senior College: http://library.pacluth.qld.edu.au/oliver/libraryHome.do) and for senior students and their families on the newly created Pacific Lutheran Careers website (http://www.pacificlutherancareers.com). These are very valuable sites for staff and students to use to their full optimum. We thank all parents for their attendance and particularly our teachers and senior staff who organised and presented at these events. We encourage families to check the calendar for upcoming information evenings for remaining age groups over the coming weeks.

Sport is already well underway, with our first SCISSA teams playing last night and teams being formed for the Year 4-6 SCISSA competition, the Club PLC Soccer and the Club PLC Netball. The Year 7-12 teams are also getting ready for a variety of competitions. We look forward to the upcoming swimming carnivals and wish everyone a day of good spirit, competition, sportsmanship and enjoyment. We thank our parents and staff for their role in supporting a rich sporting culture. 

Cast of the Senior Musical Production, Sideshow, were presented with badges at assembly this week. The cast and crew are looking forward to their rehearsal program, which includes a Production Camp in Week 6 with a special performance instructor adding to their experience. We wish Mrs Janine Delaney, Mr Adrian King, Mrs Aleisha Tuaine and their team, along with the cast and crew, all the best as they bring the script to life over the coming months.

We pray that we might respond with love and care in times of injustice.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Micah Challenge

Towards the end of the Old Testament there is a great verse from the prophet Micah that speaks to us about our thread for the week, equality and social justice. This verse speaks to us about fairness, justice and social responsibility regarding our relationships with each other and the world.

God has shown you, O mortal person, what is good.

And what does the Lord require of you?

To act justly and to love mercy

and to walk humbly with your God.

There are three things in this verse that God asks us to do.

To act justly is to learn what is the right thing to do in life and then act upon it by doing it. It is connecting what we know in our head with our heart so that when we see the injustices and inequalities of the world, we are people of honesty who act for truth and justice. This is about learning the good ways of God, joining in and rejecting harm and damage. Throughout life we have many choices to make. Guidance is found in God and his word, leading to wholeness and peace in our relationships with each other and the world.

To love mercy is about an outward heart that is merciful and kind. This is knowing God’s plan to show love to the world in the manger and the cross of Jesus, even though we sin against God. This is acting in love to another person without expecting anything in return. Desiring and striving for mercy means being kind, caring, compassionate and having a servant heart for others, that moves beyond our own needs.

To walk humbly with your God is about growing in faith and knowledge of God. Knowing that God is the perfect one, we are not. Knowing that God is the great creator and I am the loved creation. This is knowing that we are all human beings and trusting that God walks with us wherever we walk. This also means that I learn to see the gentle face of God in Jesus of Nazareth who promised to “be with us always, to the end of the ages”. Walking in this way, with humility, is the opposite of hypocrisy.

May we all be challenged and encouraged by these words of Micah as we engage in our College and wider community this term.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

Nurturing A Love Of Reading

For children today, reading books for pleasure has a lot of competition from many other pursuits that require less engagement and provide an instant excitement return. Television doesn’t require children to visualise scenarios or use their imagination as much and video games have all the bells and whistles to be immediately absorbing. But books continue to form the cornerstone of childhood education and development, says Julie Wells, president of the Children’s Book Council of Australia (CBCA) and there is a large body of research to back this up.

“Nothing can fire up a child’s vivid imagination more than reading a book, or having one read to them, because it is their imagination that is creating the images from the words they’re reading,” she says.

“The academic and social benefits that come with enjoying reading have also been well documented. But for children it is the absolute joy they can find in reading that is so important.”

Quantity or Quality?

Educators, authors and government types have all enjoyed putting a figure on how many books children should be reading, or how many a parent should be reading with them each day. In Australia, figures suggest parents should read five books a day to their children or at least for 10 minutes a day.

Well-known children’s author Mem Fox wrote in her book, Reading Magic: Why Reading Aloud To Our Children Will Change Their Lives Forever, that children need to hear 1000 stories read aloud before they learn to read themselves.

“That sounds daunting. But when we do the sums, it isn’t as bad as we might think,” she writes. “Three stories a day will deliver us a thousand stories in one year alone, let alone in the four or five years prior to school.”

“Reading aloud and talking about what we’re reading sharpens children’s brains. It helps develop their ability to concentrate at length, to solve problems logically and to express themselves more easily and clearly.”

The benefits of reading have been shown over and over again in research. A German review of 146 international studies and 10,000 students found that avid readers score higher not only on language and reading skills but also on success at school and intelligence.

Great Ideas For Parents

  • Set aside a regular reading time at home. “This is a great habit to get into,” Wells says. “Turn off the screens and encourage your kids to read – or read to them. Kids will soon love the chance to escape into their favourite books.”
  • Join your local library and visit as regularly as possible. This way children and parents can peruse and devour a vast number of books, without the financial demand, while also having the chance to sample different genres and authors.
  • Get an idea of good books from school librarians and staff at local bookshops.
  • Talk about books with your children. “Many children know what they like reading and at a young age know what authors they enjoy,” Wells says. “Otherwise, talk to them about their interests and find books that match.”
  • Model good reading habits. Wells says research has shown that children who come from homes where reading material is easily accessible and whose parents read often are more likely to read for pleasure. “Maybe you’re just reading a paper or your favourite magazine, but let your children see you read.”

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Teaching and Learning K-5

From the Head of Senior Students

Welcome

We extend a warm welcome back to all senior students and their families. As the term starts, it is important that students have established routines and good practices for the academic year ahead.

Senior College Parent Information Evenings

Thank you to the Year 11 parents and students who attended the information evening on Tuesday 31st January. It is pleasing to have parents continued support during their student’s journey through senior school. In the presentation, there was key information presented for parents and students alike. Following are some links that we encourage families to view.

If you were unable to attend this parent information evening and would like more information about careers or student pathways post-secondary schooling, please contact our Careers Counsellor, Mrs Natasha Purcell at npurcell@pacluth.qld.edu.au or 07 5436 7310.

Parents and students in Year 12 are asked to attend the information evening on Tuesday 14th February, starting at 7.00pm. This will be an informative night as students begin their final year of schooling. 

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the College Captains

Enthuse Leadership Camp

“During the last week of the Christmas holidays, the Year 12 student leaders took part in a camp designed to train young leaders from Lutheran schools across Queensland. Over the week we participated in many games, elective courses and practical scenarios. We were so lucky to have such an enthusiastic bunch of facilitators running the week, which made it one of the most memorable experiences of my life. A key theme of the week was the freedom of choice. We were ‘invited’ to do everything but in the end it was our own choice whether we participated. The facilitators’ enthusiasm really did rub off on all the students who attended and everyone was engaged and had fun. The week was amazing and contained many happy and some sad moments. It was a week that I will never forget.” - Sam Wilson, College Captain

“Never in my life have I met a kinder, more welcoming group of people. From the camp facilitators to the fellow students, every person was happy, enthusiastic and genuinely cared for one another. We had a motto on camp, ‘As long as you put other’s interests at the same level as your own, then we will have a good week’. I don’t think this outlook was compromised once; everyone supported each other constantly. In such a safe environment, it was brilliant to see how much you could learn from others in a week and how much you could build connections with others. The relationships I built with other students from all around Queensland will certainly last a long time and I am so thankful for the camp that gave me this opportunity. Thank you, Enthuse!" - Olivia McCluskey, College Vice Captain

“The daily activities at Enthuse were similar to the activities that you might find on a school camp but everyone had an incredibly enthusiastic approach to every task. The trust building sessions became an opportunity to meet a group of fantastic new people and have a great time. A lot of time was spent in a large hall with the entire group, playing fun games and pushing people out of their comfort zones. Elective activities could also be selected, giving us the opportunity to work in smaller groups and share ideas and concepts that not only made us think in a different way, but inspired us to act differently as well. We also participated in an adventure elective and the Pacific Student Leadership team all chose to do the high ropes.” - Beau Blake, College Vice Captain

“The week started at the McDonald’s in Coolum, where we met other captains from around the state. This was the first taste of the strong connections and friendships that would be essential at the camp. The games and challenges all focused around a central theme and/or topic; they were about encouraging leadership within yourself, in your peers and our school communities. Through the games and activities focusing on servant leadership, we gained valuable insights into leading others. One of the major aspects of Enthuse was recognising that we are called to this leadership position and that we should use our positions to empower and inspire as many others as possible. Alongside the lessons, we joined in activities based on team building and setting boundaries. Enthuse was a fantastic experience.” - Tom Turner, College Vice Captain

“I want to say thank you to the Pacific community for giving us the week at Enthuse. It was a unique and incredibly eye opening experience. I feel so blessed to have been given this opportunity and learned invaluable skills that will hold true throughout this year. It was a week of both personal and team growth for us all and we created a lot of connections in the community. I am immensely grateful for this experience and hope that what I learned can be reflected into the community in the quality and effectiveness of my leadership this year." - Alli Whitmore, College Captain

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

You Can Do It Program

The You Can Do It Program is taught across Prep – Year 5 and this term, the program will focus on Getting Along. Getting Along is when students work cooperatively with each other, resolve conflicts by discussion rather than fights, manage their anger, show tolerance of others and follow class rules. The foundation of Getting Along aims to develop four Habits of Mind in children including being tolerant of others, playing by the rules, thinking first and acting in a socially responsible manner.

At assembly on Monday, we will explore the first habit of mind: being tolerant of others. This is primarily about accepting differences in the looks, thoughts and actions of others and not rating people negatively based upon these differences and the way they treat others. Physiologically, the way we respond to an experience both emotionally and physically relates to how we think when faced with challenges. Following is an example:

Experience

Thinking

Feeling

Response/Behaviour

Someone says something disagreeable to another.

Positive: “I don’t like what was said however everyone has a right to their opinion.”

Remain calm, confident, no self-doubting.

Ignore behaviour and accept difference.

Negative: “How dare anyone say that?”

Anger, frustration, stress, self-doubting (maybe what they said is true).

Aggressive response, anger and crying.

The You Can Do It Program strives to develop positive thinking in a practical sense, developing children’s emotional resilience and self-belief when faced with adversity. Parents can encourage their children to be tolerant of others through discussion and praising tolerant behaviours.  

General Update

Thank you to those parents and family members who were able to attend the Prep – Year 5 Opening Service last Friday and the Parent Information Evening on Wednesday. Your support is much appreciated by both staff and the children. I often refer to the triangle of learning which exists at Pacific. The relationships and communication that occurs between staff, students and parents is fundamental in shaping the positive and successful learning community.

Congratulations to all students who participated in the Years 3-6 Swim Carnival today. Levels of participation were excellent and the quality of performance high. Participating in a swimming carnival is sometimes challenging for students who are not great swimmers. It was fantastic to see so many students overcome their fears and reach the end of the pool with a smile on their faces. A special thank you to the many parents who assisted on the day, without your support the event could not have happened. Thank you also to classroom teachers and HPE staff for their contributions and particularly Mr Darren Hooper for organising the carnival. 

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

Student Awards

Stars of the Week

Presented on Monday 30th January

Prep:  Prep H, Prep P and Prep M.

Year 1:  Asha Rudes, Natahlia Bailey, Lily Parkes, Henry Greene and Shyam Sathish.

Year 2:  Lincon Daniels, Nathanael Ebenezer, Ava Brand, Maya Dean-Meredith, Mia Wilkie, Noella Finney, Rachel Mulhearn, Erin Lund and Eleanor O’Connor.

Year 3:  Eloise Marshall, Emison Marshall, Class 3G, Emily Creamer and Cam Costa.

Year 4:  Toby Creamer, Aidan Matthew and Georgina Walsh.

Year 5:  Class 5S, Class 5C, Patrick Dale, Frank Martin and Kendall Macpherson. 

You Can Do It Awards

Presented on Monday 30th January

Confidence:  Isabel McKeown, Justin Chipangura and Charlie Garland.

Getting Along:  Ryan Schimmel, Leah McFadyen, Amy Richards and Joe Pollard.

Food for Thought

Teaching Your Child To Lose Gracefully

Losing is a natural part of life, but learning to lose gracefully doesn’t always come so naturally. It is an art that can only be perfected through guidance and experience. Parents can help their children by following five simple tips. Learn more at: http://www.momtastic.com/parenting/110184-5-tips-for-teaching-your-kids-to-lose-gracefully/.

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Welcome BBQ – Thank You

Thank you to the many new and continuing families who braved the heat last week and attended the Welcome BBQ. Together with College staff, it was a lovely afternoon spent getting to know many of the families who have recently joined our College community!

  

First Meeting of 2017 – All Welcome

We warmly welcome all parents/guardians of new and continuing students to attend our first meeting for the year on Tuesday 21st February at 7.00pm in the College library. These monthly meetings provide a wonderful opportunity to meet fellow families from all year levels, listen to Dr Bronwyn Dolling’s monthly report and hear about upcoming events. Friends of Pacific aims to support the College community in various ways throughout the year, whilst also providing an avenue where we can join together as parents and friends.

Cat + Fiddle Barn Dance – Save the Date

Friday 10th March at 6.00pm in the College Gym.

This is a Kindergarten to Year 12 family event with a BBQ, bar and prizes on offer for best dressed! Dust off your boots and watch this space… more details to follow next week.

If you are keen to join the Barn Dance Organising Committee, please contact us via fop@pacluth.qld.edu.au.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Harry Potter Week

This week the library has been celebrating Harry Potter Week to coincide with Harry Potter Book Night on 2nd February. Students could nominate which of the Hogwarts houses they wished to belong to and then collected points by participating in a range of activities including a scavenger hunt, wand-making, a quiz, Harry Potter celebrity heads, colouring-in and a word search. The person who collected the most house points also won a prize!

Year 11 Research Skills

This week and next week, all Year 11 students will have had a lesson on finding and using quality research sources for their assignments. Each student received a bookmark with important information reminders on it. Parents were also given a look at these resources at the Year 11 Parent Information Evening. Please ensure your child keeps this bookmark to hand and refers to it over the course of their senior schooling.

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

Early Learning

What Children Learn In Kindergarten

The QCAA developed the Queensland kindergarten learning guideline (QKLG) to enrich children’s learning in kindergarten. The guideline recognises that parents and carers are children’s first educators and values the vital role parents, carers and family members play in children’s lives and their ongoing learning.

The QKLG supports kindergarten teachers to deliver quality, consistent programs throughout Queensland. It provides specific advice for kindergarten teachers to interact with children, plan, monitor and assess learning and share information with parents and carers about their child’s learning. The guideline promotes continuity of learning and supports children to move into the first year of school.

If you have any queries regarding the learning guideline, please contact our ELC Service Leader, Ms Julie McCosker, on 5436 7377.

Ms Julie McCosker, ELC Service Leader

Secondary College

Mathematics – After School 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.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Mathematics

Cultural News

Meet Our New Instrumental Music Tutors

Ms Louise King

Louise will be teaching cello and coaching the Senior Strings Ensemble at Pacific this year. With over 25 years teaching experience in many fields – classroom music, instrumental music lessons, tertiary level tuition, workshops, community music, special needs education, school presentations and performance outreach projects in England, Egypt, Hong Kong and Australia, Louise has the experience to empower, motivate and encourage students whilst they learn music. As a Visiting Teaching Artist to national music conservatoriums, regional communities and tertiary level institutions, Louise has successfully spread the joy of classical music and shared creative ways to plan practice and musical goals to motivated students.

Louise teaches cello and chamber music at the Young Conservatorium in Brisbane and is director of Cello Orchestras and Chamber Music at St Peters Lutheran College Brisbane. She runs a busy private teaching studio on the Sunshine Coast and community programs that engage youth and adult learners in classical music plus the Dreaming BIG concert series. She also performs Australia wide in music festivals as a soloist and chamber music partner.

Mr Adam Poppett

Adam has a passion for music and is also the percussion tutor at Good Shepherd Lutheran College in Noosa. Adam started playing organ and classical piano at age seven and studied this for several years, playing in numerous eisteddfods and winning many awards. At the age of eleven, he started learning percussion at school to try something different. This turned out to be something he loved and was really good at. Adam was drafted into the high school concert band and played ancillary percussion.

Upon starting high school, he moved into playing tympani percussion. By Year 10, Adam was the full time drummer in the high school concert band. During his time in the concert band, Adam was lucky enough to travel and play in many different areas throughout South East Queensland. The band went on many tours and was lucky enough to play with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra in Brisbane for a gala evening, a performance of a lifetime!

Adam has also spent time playing and performing with the Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra and has been a drummer in different bands on the coast, performing professionally on a weekly basis playing many different genres ranging from hard rock/punk through to folk and blues/jazz.

Mr Adrian King, Head of Instrumental Music

Careers Department

Upcoming Programs and Courses

Engineering Link Project 2017

The Engineering Link Group, together with host universities, invite Years 10-12 students who are interested in learning about engineering to participate in one of the Engineering Link Projects (ELPs) in Queensland this year. The ELPs will be run from 6th – 7th July at the Queensland University of Technology, Brisbane. For more information, visit: http://telg.com.au/programs/elp/.

High School Science Research Internships

Applications are open for QUT’s 2017 High School Research Internship. Students in Years 11 and 12 can apply to undertake a weeklong work placement during the Easter holidays, working with QUT scientists. Students must meet eligibility requirement for entry to this program. Applications close at midnight on Sunday 12th February. For more information, visit: https://www.qut.edu.au/study/undergraduate-study/do-you-advise-school-students/stem-for-schools/high-school-research-internships.

Taste of Languages UQ

In February 2017, the School of Languages and Cultures at UQ is offering a series of interactive sessions for students and their teachers in specific languages – Chinese, French, Japanese and German. Interested students should talk to their language teacher or Careers Counsellor about attending, as registrations are completed through your school. For further details, visit: https://languages-cultures.uq.edu.au/events.

GriffithBUSINESS Year 12 Program

This program provides Year 12 business students with an opportunity to experience university study while still at school. The program consists of a three-day intensive on-campus experience in one of three strands – Business Management, Commerce, or Tourism, Hotel, Event and Sport Management. Applications close on 6th February. For more information, visit: https://www.griffith.edu.au/business-government/griffith-business-school/high-school-community-programs/griffithbusiness/griffithbusiness-year-12-program

University Websites to Explore

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Volleyball and Soccer – Results Week 1

VOLLEYBALL

SOCCER

Team

Junior Girls 2

Intermediate Girls A

Intermediate Girls B

Intermediate Boys

Senior Girls

Opposition

SUN

GCC

GCC

GCC

NCC

Score

2 to 1

0-2

0-2

0-2

2 all

Result

Win

Loss

Loss

Loss

Draw

MVP

Carys Mahoney

Kelsey Bradford

Lily Croke

Elijah Modlin

Georgia Woods

The Junior Girls 1 volleyball team, Junior Boys volleyball team and Senior Boys soccer team all had byes.

Year 7-12 Swim Carnival

The Year 7-12 Swim Carnival is on next Thursday 9th February. Students and parents are asked to keep checking student notices, Schoology and CareMonkey for details.

District Trials

District trials for netball, touch, volleyball and rugby league will be held next Tuesday 7th February. Students who want to participate are asked to see Mr Brett Kersnovske for more details.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

PLC Club Sport

Pacific Soccer Update

Pacific Soccer caters for girls and boys born up to 2012, with team from U6 – U14.

  • The soccer season runs from 4th March until 12th August, followed by finals for U11+ teams.
  • Matches are held every Saturday. Games are played at venues around the coast from Noosa to Caloundra.
  • Training is held once per week, on a day decided by the parent coaches. Training runs from approximately 3.15pm to 4.00pm or 4.15pm.
  • Generally, we have nine home games at Pacific Lutheran College and nine away games.
  • The entire club is run by volunteers – parents are team coaches and managers.

Pacific Soccer and Brisbane Roar Season Partnership

The 2017 season will bring more exciting opportunities for our players, with Pacific Soccer continuing their partnership with Brisbane Roar – Queensland’s best football team, and a leading club in the national A-League competition. Brisbane Roar actively encourage and nurture the grass-roots competition, where the participation and enjoyment of the younger players has always been the highest priority, while also providing opportunities for players to extend their game to higher levels.

Come and Try Sessions

This season, Pacific Soccer, in-conjunction with the Brisbane Roar, is running Come and Try Sessions at Pacific.

  • Saturday 4th February 9.00am – 11.00am (meet at the Soccer Canteen). All ages welcome.
  • Tuesday 7th February 3.15pm – 4.30pm (meet at the Soccer Canteen). All ages welcome and the inflatable field will be set up for mini games.

To register for the sessions, email: PacSoc@pacluth.qld.edu.au.

Sign-on Information

This season, players are encouraged to sign-on online. Sign-on information is also available at the Come and Try Sessions (details above).

Returning players, should have recently received an email from SCCSA to register:

  • Returning players are to use the login details from SCCSA’s email when registering online.
  • Keep an eye out for this email and if you haven't received it, please contact us.

New Players to SCCSA:

Payments need to be made via your bank with Direct Debit Transfer (EFT) or via cash/ETPOS at the club within three days of registering.

EFT Name: Pacific Soccer Club
BSB: 124 171  
Account: 20430230   
Ref: REGOPLAYER’SSURNAME – EG.REGOSMITH

The 2017 registration costs, including insurance fees are outlined below:

  • U6-U8: $135
  • U9-U10: $155
  • U11+: $170

Uniform

  • Training shirt $30
  • Soccer shorts $20
  • PLC soccer socks $9
  • Shin guards available at A-mart Sports.

New players will receive a free training shirt in their registration and existing players receive a free movie ticket!

For further information, please download our App – Team App – Pacific Soccer https://pacificsoccer.teamapp.com/ and follow us on Facebook!

Mrs Jenny Lee, Pacific Soccer Registrar

PLC Netball Club Update

Quality, A Focus For Life

As highlighted by Dr Bronwyn Dolling, quality is difficult to define but we all have an understanding of what it means. It is important to remember, quality does not mean being the ‘best’. Quality is about striving to do our best, acknowledging that we are all imperfect and the need to continually reaffirm our commitment to our goals. 

Quality doesn’t exist as an entity; it is the sum of inputs. For PLC Netball Club, our inputs are our players, coaches, managers, families and the Committee. We all have an opportunity to contribute to the quality of our club, teams and players and I would encourage you all to become involved. 

Quality is synergistic in nature, meaning that the outcome is greater than the sum of the individual parts. They say that, “A champion team will beat a team of champions”. I would like us to work collectively to develop a ‘champion club’ where every player has the opportunity to maximise their potential. I would like this to be our focus.

We need to maintain a lifestyle balance and playing netball needs to be enjoyable. In our goal to succeed, it is sometimes easy to lose this perspective. Collectively, let us enjoy the opportunity to watch our daughters develop and mature into the young women we all desire them to be. By being involved and setting the example, we will be developing the life skills and characteristics that they will carry through their lives. This is our outcome for life.

If we work together, strive to do our best, focus on our goals and have fun; the rewards will be significant. For those who wish to take a more active role in the club, opportunities still exist to join the committee, be a coach or team manager.     

Key Dates

  • 11th February: Sign-on day at Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium 9.00am to 11.00am.
  • 18th February: Sign-on day at Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium 9.00am to 11.00am.
  • 11th March: March past and round robin grading competition. This is effectively the commencement of the season.
  • 20th May: Sunshine Coast Lightning v NSW Swifts at USC Stadium. Proposed club function. Diary filler at this stage, more details to follow.
  • 12th July: Club AGM.
  • 10th September: End of Year Function. Details to be advised.

Uniforms

A reminder to those who already own a dress and would like to move to the ‘hire’ option, please return your dress to the uniform shop as if you were going to sell it. The club will purchase it at $60 for good condition dresses and $30 for poor condition dresses.

Mr Trevor Colton, President PLC Netball Club

Tuckshop

2017 Menu

We have an updated menu for 2017, which is available at: http://www.pacificlutheran.qld.edu.au/college-community/college-tuckshop. In order to ease the congestion at the counter area during break times, we ask that students from Prep to Year 5 place orders in advance for both their morning tea and lunch.

Volunteers

We would love to see some new faces at the Tuckshop this year! Your time and effort will be most appreciated by staff and students. If you are unsure about what is involved, please feel free to pop in and have a look around. There are jobs to suit everyone and it’s a great way to meet new people and help out. Click here to download the Volunteer Form.

Ms Carrie Dickson, Tuckshop Convenor

Uniform Shop

Stock Update

Backpacks are back in stock in both large and medium sizes. Boys junior and middle/senior socks and girls short ankle socks are also back in stock. The small size (5-8) girls ankle sock is still on back order.

We are currently accepting second hand clothing for re-sale or donation. Please ensure that items are in good condition (washed, non-marked and student name removed from garment). Unfortunately, we cannot accept swimmers or sports uniform for re-sale.

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 Convenor

Church News

St Mark's Lutheran Church Caloundra

 

Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

Upcoming Dates

February
1-3 Year 7 Camp - Somerset
7 Safer Internet Day
  13-19yrs District Trial Day 2
  Year 9 Camp Information Evening and Rite Journey Departure (6.00pm)
  Middle College Information Evening (7.00pm)
8 Music Information Evening (7.00pm)
9 Year 7-12 Swim Carnival - Nambour Pool (8.30am - 3.00pm)
14 Year 12 Information Evening (7.00pm)
15 9-12yrs District Swim Carnival
16 13-19yrs District Swim Carnival
21 Year 10 Information Evening and Camp Information Evening (6.30pm)
  Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
23 13-19yrs District Trial Day 3
24 Primary Lutheran Swim Carnival
26 St Mark's @ Pacific Grow and Share (9.30am)
27 Year 8-9 Theatre Incursion (9.00am - 10.30am)
28 Shrove Tuesday