Compass No 405 - January 2016

From the Principal


Optimising our potential across all dimensions of life involves having a growth-oriented approach to life. Consider the fixed nature of the mindset we bring to these three statements; I can’t do mathematics, I can’t write, Mary is impossible to get along with.  

Possibilities emerge when we insert one simple word. I haven’t learnt how to solve equations, yet. I haven’t learnt how to capture the central idea in my writing, yet. I haven’t found the way to connect with Mary, yet. The simple insertion of ‘yet’ into the end of our sentences changes our thinking, opens us to possibility and points the way to action. This is our mantra for the year. YET. For deep growth to occur we are constantly in a state of ‘yet’. The people of energy and vitality who make a difference in our lives are those who, whether they are 11, 15, 18, 30, 50, 80 or 90 years old, thrive in the world of ‘yet’. They recognise the strengths in a situation, focus on the improvement from a perspective that we haven’t learnt it yet and take action.

We are in the driver’s seat. God has not predetermined a limit to who we are, how we think or what we can do. Instead, we are gifted with choice and opportunity. Every one of us can make dreams realities.

Principal's Log

Welcome to the start of the 2016 school year. We welcome over 140 new students and their families. For the first time this year we have four Year 6 classes, three Year 2 classes and three Prep classes. We look forward to a year of deep growth together over the year.

Thank you to the many parents, staff, students and College Council members who joined local members Mr Jarrod Bleijie and Mr Mark McArdle, Mayor Mr Mark Jamieson and Councillor Mr Rick Baberowski at our Commencement Service on Wednesday evening. It was a wonderful celebration where we welcomed the Year 6 students into the Middle and Senior College and installed and dedicated the student leaders of 2016, new staff and continuing staff.

Mr Kerry Neill welcomed us to country with a challenge to leave a good impact for future generations. Pastor Ray Morris led the service and presented a powerful message written by Pastor Rick Zweck. College Council Chair Mrs Ruth Zerner informed the community of facility development over the year and expressed her appreciation for the grants of $160,000 from the State and Federal Governments, which will contribute to the $600,000 fit out of a new commercial hospitality area and a fourth science lab. The evening also provided the opportunity for me to share with the community our unique growth oriented approach to optimising student wellbeing and outcomes through our people, programs and culture. Copies of these presentations will be made available in the coming fortnight. We thank Mrs Jacqui Layfield for her organisation of the service, Pastor Ray Morris for his leadership and our musicians for the richness they added.

We also celebrated the performance of our Year 12 cohort of 2015. We congratulated all students and particularly Lachlan McKay who, through hard work, performed extremely well on the QCS test to match his outstanding school results to achieve a very high OP 1. He not only focused on his own learning but also tutored his peers and gave strong service to our community through his role as College Captain. He has been accepted into medicine at UQ and been awarded a Vice Chancellor Scholarship with further awards to be announced next month. Many of the 2015 graduates shared this same story of personal excellence and contribution to community. Of the cohort, 86% were OP eligible compared to a state average of 52.2%. Across the bands, of the 61 eligible students, seven students achieved an OP 1-5, 29 students achieved an OP 1-10 and 42 achieved an OP 1-15. In relation to tertiary offers, 63% received their first preference in first round offers and a further 15% received their second preference. Second round offers will occur in February.

We also celebrated the deep growth that occurred for staff and students who were part of the New Zealand expedition. We congratulate the students, staff and parents that were involved and thank Dr Peter McMahon and Mrs Denise McMahon for the leadership of this very unique experience. We look forward to hearing more about this in future newsletters. Families may also want to share the photos and clips of the expedition, uploaded onto our Facebook page in December.

We look forward to connecting with families over the coming fortnight at our P-5 Commencement Service, the Welcome Barbecue and various information evenings.

May God open our minds to the possibilities of the ‘yets’ in our lives.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

Welcome Back!

Welcome back to all our returning and new students for 2016. We were fortunate with the weather over the summer break and students returned to school on Wednesday looking relaxed and well rested.

This year in Pastoral Care across the College, we are going to focus on Dr Martin Seligman’s research on the elements of wellbeing. This theory is made up of five elements: Positive emotion, Engagement, positive Relationships, Meaning and Accomplishment; or PERMA.

It is important to note that wellbeing is a combination of feeling good as well as actually having meaning, good relationships and accomplishment. The way we choose our course in life should be to maximise all five of these elements. This will then enable us to flourish as individuals and as community members.

In Term 1 we will focus on the first element, positive emotion. Positive emotion is about increasing the duration of our positive emotions and reducing the duration and intensity of our negative emotions. It is not about being happy all the time or removing all negative emotions. It is about being aware of our thinking and developing the skills to see situations in a more positive light.

A good place to begin a reflection on positive emotion is to think of one good thing that happened over the holidays. Then reflecting on the term ahead, write down some positive goals.

As well as exploring positive emotions, students need to organise themselves for the year of study ahead. An important part of this is for students to have a defined study area. Students should not lie on their bed to study, instead their study area should be:

  • Well lit;
  • Well ventilated;
  • Comfortable;
  • Away from distractions;
  • Neat and tidy; and
  • Quiet, with no loud music.

Students should also aim to study in the same place, as it will create a pattern in their brains.

Little things make the difference. - Anon

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

Important Notices

Children's Crossing

The Children’s Crossing is now operational on Woodlands Boulevard. The Queensland Government provides the following information regarding the use of children’s crossings.

Crossing the road:

Children’s crossings operate only when the ‘Children’s Crossing’ flags are displayed. They are designed to help children cross the road safely near schools. To use a supervised children’s crossing:

  • Wait on one side of the road for the supervisor to walk out on the crossing with a stop sign; and
  • Cross the road once traffic has stopped and the crossing supervisor has blown the whistle.

When driving towards a supervised crossing:

  • Stop when the supervisor walks onto the road with a stop sign; and
  • Wait until the crossing is clear before accelerating.
Parent Online Access

Open your internet browser and type the address to go the College’s official website. On the home page select ‘My PLC’, then ‘Parent Area’ and then click on the Parent Lounge icon. From here, you will be redirected to another window, prompting you to login.

Username: your five-digit family account number.

Password: your BPAY reference number.

Both of these can be found on your fees statement.

In Parent Lounge, parents can access student reports, timetable information and the College calendar.

*When leaving the Parent Lounge, it is important that you end the session by using the ‘logout’ option.

Food for Thought

The Rewards of Mindful Parenting

Parenting can be one of the most exhausting, challenging, and frustrating tasks that we will ever undertake. Yet it can also be the most rewarding and satisfying challenge we ever take on. It is also a task that we can feel least prepared for. As a parent, you can feel pushed and pulled in many directions so it can be complicated trying to find the space to think and be calm.

Mindful parenting provides the chance for you to do things with your child without having your attention drawn away from what is happening right then and there. Mindful parenting is like a pause to take a small breath. It is a pause that allows you to know what you are feeling and lets you recognise how your children are feeling and what they might need from you in that moment.

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Library News

Welcome to the Library in 2016

The library home page contains a wealth of resources to assist your students with research and reading. From this page you can access eBooks, LibGuides, research skills, databases, online encyclopaedias and recommended reading lists.

Please bookmark the library home page so that you can access it easily: (Middle and Senior College) (Junior College)

Our first Book Club order forms went out to Prep to Year 7 students this week. Orders need to be placed online or returned to the library by Friday 5th February.

I look forward to meeting some of you at the upcoming parent information evenings.

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

Secondary College

Japanese Tutorials

みなさん こんにちは!Welcome back to a new school year. This year, Japanese tutorials will take place in S5 during Thursday lunch time (not after school). A member of the Japanese Department will supervise these sessions. Students can come to the tutorials to catch up on missed work, work on assignments and get extra help. Students are asked to see their Japanese teacher if they would like to attend.

Mrs Michiko Hauser, Head of 6-12 Japanese

From the Head of Career Development

New Careers Counsellor

I am very excited to be joining the Pacific Lutheran College community in the role of Careers Counsellor, taking over from the wonderful work of Mrs Ainslie Reid. I have worked in the Secondary School system for 15 years, assisting students with their post-schooling pathways and have recently completed further post-graduate study in Career Development and Education. It is a very dynamic field of teaching and it’s always very gratifying seeing students’ strive to reach their aspirations. I look forward to meeting many of you over the coming weeks at the Senior Information Evenings and working more closely with your students throughout the year. Keep an eye on this section of the newsletter for careers information and important dates related to University Expos and Open Days or application submission deadlines. Wishing all of our students a successful start to 2016.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Secondary Sport

Year 7-12 Swim Carnival (Monday, Week 3)

The Year 7-12 Swim Carnival is on Monday of Week 3 (8th February) at the Nambour Aquatic Centre. All Year 7-12 students are required to attend. There will be a range of competitive and house participation events, so all students will have a chance to swim for their house on the day. House trials will be held on Friday this week. Results will be posted on the sport notice board and on Schoology by Monday 1st February.

As the Nambour pool is only eight lanes, we will be running each event in ‘heats’ from which age champion points (and places in the school team) will be awarded to the overall fastest swimmers across all heats. Therefore, it doesn’t matter which race you are in, everyone has a chance to make the team, based on fastest overall times.

Please note that students can only wear Pacific race swimmers, Pacific board shorts, Pacific skins, personal skins (black only) or club race swimmers when swimming. As a last resort, students may wear PE shorts for house point events, but all must be dry before boarding buses.

On the day, all students will be required to come to school wearing their house shirts. Everyone will need to assemble at school by 8.25am in PCG groups and should only apply face paint, zinc, and supporters dress up once at the aquatic centre.

Any parents who are willing to volunteer as timekeepers can leave their name with Mr Mark Hauser prior to the carnival.

Year 7-12 School Sport

Next week all students will start participating in Friday sport training during school time. Students will need to have selected the sport that they will be involved with for the term. Team lists are already on the school sports notice board and on Schoology for students to check.

District Sport

All students have the opportunity to trial for district sport selection in the various sports that are offered. A letter has gone home to all families outlining these trial dates. If any students wish to attend these trials, they must receive permission from the Head of Sport before attending. Trials start in Week 2 (Tuesday) for a range of sports. Anyone interested in trialling for these must see Mr Mark Hauser as soon as possible. District trials will be heavily advertised in student notices, on Schoology and at assemblies each week.

Year 7-12 Volleyball Competitions

Pacific had a highly successful SCISSA Volleyball season in 2015 and we hope to go even further in the sport this year.

The Year 7-10 competition begins in Week 3 of this term and is run on Wednesday afternoons from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. Students in Years 11 and 12 will be able to play in Term 2 as part of the SCISSA competition. Training for all age groups begins next Friday during sport time.

SCISSA Football (Years 11 and 12)

The SCISSA Football season (for students in Years 11 and 12) begins in Week 3 of this term. The competition runs for approximately seven weeks on Wednesday afternoons from 4.00pm to 5.30pm. Students who would like to trial for the team will need to be doing football for Friday sport training.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer

Click here to download the Pacific Soccer newsletter.

PLC Netball Club

Welcome back to the start of a new season of Netball.

The Junior Netball sign on days for the 2016 season are:

Saturday 6th February – 9.00am to 11.00am at Caloundra Indoor Stadium.

Wednesday 10th February – 2.30pm to 3.30pm at Pacific, in front of the main office.

Saturday 13th February – 9.00am to 3.30pm at Caloundra Indoor Stadium.

Click here to download a player registration form.

The new uniform (dress) has arrived and is now in stock at the Pacific Uniform Shop. The dress is being transitioned and is not compulsory this year but will be in 2017. 

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 and will be delivered to your child the following day.

Mrs Donna Hollindale, Uniform Shop Coordinator

General Notices

Position Vacant - Uniform Shop Convenor

The College is seeking the services of a Uniform Shop Convenor. This is a permanent part-time (term time) position of 12 hours per week. Applications close on Friday 5th February.

See the College website for further details:

Upcoming Dates

29 P-5 Opening Service - Gym (9.00am)
Year 7-10 Swimming Trials (12.30pm - 3.00pm)
New Families BBQ (3.30pm - 6.00pm)
1 Student ID Photos
2 Year 12 Leadership Day
Year 11 Information Evening (7.00pm)
3 P-5 Parent Information Evening (7.00pm)
4 Year 3-6 Swim Carnival - Kawana
8 Year 7-12 Swim Carnival - Nambour
9 13-19yrs District Trial Day
Music Parent Information Evening (7.00pm)
10 Year 9 Rite Journey - Departure (6.00pm)
Middle College Parent Information Evening (7.00pm)
16 Year 12 Information Evening (7.00pm)
Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
17 9-12yrs District Swim Carnival
18 13-19yrs District Swim Carnival