Compass No 410 - March 2016

From the Principal

Creating Positive Futures For Each Other

Every day we have the wellbeing of others in our hands. One of the core elements of wellbeing and of being positive about the future is to have a strong sense of belonging. We can create that for everyone with whom we come into contact. Where we belong together, we find ourselves living within an energised, hope-filled and creative space where possibilities abound. By extending our hand of inclusion, we make life-changing moments.

In Luke’s gospel we see Jesus welcoming and creating a safe place for people to come together in relationship with Him. The great message for every single one of us is that with Jesus, we belong. We can let go of the need to gain the approval of others and instead focus on using our gifts for the betterment of our families, friends and community. With Jesus’ love rippling through us, we can reach out and create a contagion of hope-filled possibility. Together we belong.

Principal's Log

Earlier this week, Harvard educator Mark Church, supported by Mrs Karin Morrison, inspired our teachers as they led a reflective workshop at the College. Pacific is focused on providing rich and engaging learning experiences that develop a deep culture of thinking across the College. The two-day workshop enhanced the capacity of teachers to reflect and engage in inquiry based learning to improve their practice. We greatly value the ongoing commitment of our teachers to provide flexible learning pathways that promote deep thinking and growth for our students. The focus on developing a culture of thinking equips our young people well for the evolving nature of ongoing learning and deep growth within school and beyond. We thank Ms Sue Arahill for her leadership of this event and together with Mrs Rae Hall, Mrs Sue Zweck and our teachers for the engagement in growing our culture of thinking across the College.

The International Women’s Day Breakfast is a morning for all members of our community to learn about the cultivation of wellbeing from Mrs Ali Palmer and to be inspired by Mrs Shelagh Brennand, as she shares her story of recovery from a debilitating stroke. There will also be the opportunity to be entertained by our students while enjoying breakfast provided by our Hospitality students. We look forward to a great morning of connection where we celebrate our capacity to welcome and grow as men and women.

We are in the early phases of our netball and soccer seasons with our Club PLC teams. Thank you to our parents and staff who have given their time to support the sporting development of our young people through these two clubs. A particular thank you to those who attended the soccer club’s working bee last weekend. As a community, we wish both groups all the best for the season ahead and are very appreciative of all that everyone does in supporting both of these groups.

May God grant us generous hearts that create waves of belonging.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

P-12 International Women's Day Breakfast

The International Women’s Day Breakfast is on next Friday 11th March. The whole community is encouraged to attend this engaging event.

We have secured two interesting guest speakers for the event:

Ali Palmer

Ali Palmer is an Education Specialist who consults for the Langley Group. Ali has over 25 years experience as a teacher and leader in education. She works with schools to cultivate wellbeing through positive psychology and community psychology. Recently, Ali worked on a four-year Staff Wellbeing project with Independent Schools QLD that involved more than 30 schools.

Shelagh Brennand

Shelagh Brennand was a busy wife and mum who served as a Police Officer and Private Investigator for 25 years before a stroke changed her life forever. During her recovery, Shelagh wrote a collection of poems and has released them in a book, A Stroke of Poetry. The collection chronicles the frustrations, sadness and amusing times that can be part of the climb back from stroke.

The breakfast will be catered by our wonderful Hospitality department and also include student performances throughout the morning.

For catering purposes, please RSVP by contacting 5436 7320 or emailing:

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Senior Students

Year 10 Information Evening

We thank the Year 10 parents and students who attended the parent information evening last week. It is pleasing to have parents continued support and connectedness during their student’s journey through senior school.

Following are some key links that we encourage families to take time to view.

If you were unable to attend this parent information evening and would like more information about careers or student pathways, please contact our Careers Counsellor, Mrs Natasha Purcell (email: or phone: 07 5436 7310).

Senior College events are listed on the College calendar and reminders are uploaded to the College app. 

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Class Parent Representatives

Thank you to those parents from Prep P, Prep M, 1C, 1H, 2P, 3D, 3P, 3G, 4H, 5A and 5C who have nominated as Class Parent Representatives. If you would like to be a parent representative for your child’s class, please advise either your child’s teacher or myself.

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

Student Awards

Junior College Awards

Click here to download the Junior College Stars of the Week, You Can Do It and Mathletics Awards for this week, Monday 29th February.

Food for Thought

Fathering Teenagers

Fathers are just as essential to healthy child development as mothers. This vital relationship positively impacts a child's physical, mental, and emotional wellbeing. The relationship that parents share with their children is one that impacts a child throughout his or her lifetime.

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

International Women’s Day Breakfast

Friends of Pacific are pleased to support the College’s upcoming International Women’s Day Breakfast next Friday 11th March. We encourage you to come along and join in the celebration, as it has always been a great morning for the community.

Understandably, it can be difficult to organise the family for a 7.00am start, but please remember the College welcomes the whole family (not just females) to attend.

With the unfortunate cancellation of the Welcome BBQ earlier this year, the breakfast will provide a relaxed atmosphere for our community to connect and enjoy the culture we have at Pacific.

Car Park Raffle

Would you like to win a reserved car space at the College? The car park is adjacent to the Kindergarten and will be yours until the end of Term 2. Tickets are only $2 each and need to be returned to the office by Friday 11th March. The winner will be notified by phone and be announced in the newsletter. Click here for further information.

Date Claimer – Next Meeting

The next Friends of Pacific meeting is Tuesday 15th March at 7.00pm in the library. This will be the last meeting prior to the Easter break. We welcome everyone to attend.

Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh, FoP Chairperson

Health News

Year 7-8 Vaccinations

Thank you to all the Year 7-8 students and parents who have returned their vaccination forms. We are still waiting on a number of completed forms to be returned.

If you want your child to be vaccinated, please return the forms by Thursday 17th March.

Mrs Sharon Middleton and Mrs Maree Hooper, College Nurses


Current Roster

Click here to download the current Tuckshop roster.

Ms Carrie Dickson, Tuckshop Convenor

Library News


The following LibGuides have been added this week:

Year 12 Biology – Nanotechnology

Year 12 Chemistry – Catalytic Converters

Book Club

Book Club orders are due on Monday 7th March.

Why Reading To Children Matters

Secondary College

'Zen Zen Zo' Brings Physical Theatre To Drama Students

On Tuesday, senior teacher and performer Billy, from the now world famous Physical Theatre Company, ‘Zen Zen Zo’, ran an intensive workshop for our Year 11 Drama students. The workshop was centred on the development of core physical performance skills and devising physical theatre. In a high-energy manner, students learnt about the seven levels of performance energy, the three points of physical focus and the three devising skills required when creating physical theatre in performance. They will now be able to use these important skills in their own devising work, both in assessment and in their day-to-day Drama classes. Thank you to Billy for an inspiring and extremely worthwhile three hours.

Mrs Janine Delaney, Head of Drama

Meet Our Japanese Teacher Assistants (JTAs)

Yuka Katou

Yuka Katou likes studying foreign languages and can speak Japanese, English and Korean. She also likes listening to Korean music (K-Pop).

Aimi Oosawa

Aimi Oosawa likes playing volleyball and has played since she was 10 years old! She still plays today at a university level. Aimi also likes running and watching movies.

Every Wednesday from 1.15pm to 1.35pm, the JTAs hold an ‘Origami Club’ for Year 2 students in the library. This is a great opportunity for primary students to interact with our Japanese teachers.

Bailey Sensei (Mrs Jo Bailey), Head of Primary Japanese

Mathematics Tutorials

To support students academically, the College will continue Mathematics tutorials this year 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

From the Head of Career Development

University of the Sunshine Coast

Ever wanted an inside peek into studying at the University of the Sunshine Coast (USC)?

Bachelor of Nursing Science / Bachelor of Midwifery

Students learn in a nursing ward set up with all of the latest equipment, as used by Queensland Health. There are interactive (mock) patients who require treatment based on varying programmed medical needs. Wards and rooms are set up to replicate aged care rooms, hospital wards and paediatric units. Drama students also act as patients as part of their assessment tasks.


Bachelor of Law

Students practice their mooting in a courtroom set up to replicate real life settings. Evidence can be shared using the computer screens at each bench.


Bachelor of Serious Games

Students work in multi-disciplinary teams to create games that can be used to raise awareness, change opinion, engage emotion and motivate behaviour in the Lab of Awesomeness. Games are being used in education, health, psychology, physiology, elite athlete training and road safety using the CAVE2 immersive environment and Oculus Rift. Scholarships are available, including the Fair Play Scholarship for Women in Games.


Bachelor of Engineering and Science

Students access three cutting-edge visualisation facilities that provide a hybrid of 2D and 3D virtual reality techniques allowing students to see and interact with complex data to accelerate and deepen their learning. The largest of these facilities is the Visualisation Studio, which houses the CAVE2TM. One of only four of its kind in the world (one in Melbourne and two in the USA), the CAVE2TM provides a near-seamless, 320-degree, immersive, panoramic 3D virtual environment.

The Structural Laboratory provides equipment and facilities for testing a wide range of structural materials. Data capture equipment enables its operations and demonstrations can be linked back to the visualisation theatre.

The Manufacturing Laboratory contains two large industrial-sized CNC machines; a 5-axis, 24-tool vertical machining centre and a 12-tool lathe. Students are able to program these CNC machines to produce high precision, complex-contoured parts.   

Bachelor of Sport and Exercise Science, Bachelor of Sport Studies and Bachelor of Education (Secondary) / Bachelor of Recreation and Outdoor Environmental Studies

Students access HPE stadiums, sports laboratories, fields, tracks, courts and Fraser Island Research and Learning Centre at Dilli Village, Fraser Island.

USC offer campus tours if you want to experience this for yourself. Visit:

University Showcase Day

This week Pacific’s Year 12 students attended a University Showcase Day. Students heard from university ambassadors and staff on topics such as the differences between school and university, QTAC cut off dates, scholarships and accommodation options. Each University, TAFE and ADFA representative had a stall for students to collect further information regarding courses and scholarships.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Inter-Lutheran Swimming Carnival

The annual primary Inter-Lutheran Swimming Carnival is on tomorrow at the Caboolture Regional Aquatic Centre (1 Aquatic Centre Drive). A bus will be travelling to and from the carnival, departing at 7.45am sharp. Students will need to arrive at school from 7.30am in order for us to depart on time.


This week students trained in preparation for the second SCISSA trial games next week against Immanuel Lutheran College. In Week 8 all students will participate in the first Gala Day on Thursday 17th March. Each sport will be played at various locations around the coast:

  • 7’s Rugby – Sunshine Coast Grammar School fields
  • Boys Soccer – Meridan Sporting Fields
  • Boys Basketball – Pacific Lutheran College courts
  • Girls Touch Football – Noosa Touch Association
  • Girls T-Ball – Noosa Softball Club
  • Girls Netball – Maroochydore Multi Sports Grounds (Fishermans Road)

Students traveling to away venues will catch buses departing at 8.30am and will return to the College by 3.00pm. Students will need to wear their sports uniform on the day and pack any specific sports attire they will need to play. A packed lunch and water bottle will also be required. Some venues may have canteens in operation.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

District and Regional Representatives

Congratulations to Jake Hynes for another fantastic performance at the regional triathlon trials two weeks ago in Hervey Bay. Jake finished second in the open boys to qualify for the Sunshine Coast team and will attend the State Triathlon Titles later this month. Well done on this fantastic achievement. We wish Jake all the best in his pursuits! 

Well done also to the following athletes who have been selected in district teams so far this year: Chloe Johnston (Touch and Swimming), Georgina Snelling (Football), Elishia Hight (Football), Caitlin Davine (Football), Kristen Barr (Football), Kaylee McKeown (Swimming), Ella Smith (Swimming) and James Brown (Swimming).

This is a fantastic effort from all involved and we congratulate these students on their achievements. We wish those who are going on to State team selections all the very best. We look forward to hearing how they perform.

Year 7-12 SCISSA Volleyball

This week Pacific played against Nambour Christian College (NCC) in the fourth round of the SCISSA volleyball competition. Congratulations to the Year 7 B Girls and the Year 9/10 Girls teams who recorded great wins on the night. The Year 9/10 Boys and the Year 7/8 Boys both fought well, but lost in extremely close matches.

We only have a few more rounds left in the season, so we wish all teams the best of luck for the remainder of the SCISSA competition. Next week two rounds will be played, so please read carefully:

Wednesday 9th March





7/8 A Girls



Bus leaves: 3.15pm

Back at PLC: 6.15pm

7/8 Boys



9/10 Girls



9/10 Boys



7/8 B Girls (Yr 7s)



Bus leaves: 3.15pm

Back at PLC: 6.15pm

7/8 B Girls (Yr 8s)



Friday 11th March





7/8 A Girls



Bus leaves: 2.00pm

Back at PLC: 4.00pm

7/8 Boys



9/10 Girls



9/10 Boys



7/8 B Girls (Yr 7s)

No Game



7/8 B Girls (Yr 8s)

No Game


Open Boys and Girls SCISSA Soccer

Congratulations to our open boys and girls soccer teams. This week they took on St Andrew’s Anglican College in home games at Pacific. The boys extended their undefeated season with a great 8-0 win, thanks to some great teamwork and high quality play. The girls drew their game at 0-0 after dominating for the majority of the game.

Next week, we have two games throughout the week, against Immanuel Lutheran College and Suncoast Christian College. Thank you to Mr Brendan Delaney and Mrs Leah Croke for taking the teams each week. Only a few weeks left in the season. Go Pacific!

Year 3-12 Cross Country

On the first Friday of next term (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 1.30pm to 3.00pm. Over the next few weeks, students will be taken around the course during their HPE lessons to orientate themselves with where they will be running. More information will follow before the end of term.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Sport

Monday Night Netball

This week, Pacific recorded four wins in the Monday Night Netball competition:

  • Year 7 team defeated St John’s Christian College, 17 – 7
  • Year 8 team defeated St John’s Christian College, 8 – 7
  • Year 8/10 team defeated Mountain Creek State High School, 30 – 11
  • Senior 2nd team defeated Siena Catholic College’s Open B team, 14 – 13

A honourable mention also goes to the Senior 1st team, who are the first Pacific netball team to play in Senior A Division, placing them in the top ten teams out of 148 this season! The girls played a good game, winning the first two quarters, but unfortunately the Unity College team was stronger in the second half, taking the game 24 – 12.  

Olivia Gartrell, Emma Frohmuller, Lou Hindmarsh, Olivia Evans, Kaitland Webb and Aimee Sheppard were awarded Most Valuable Player for this round!

Round 3 Draw





PLC 6 vs SJC Jnr C Blue

Court 15

PLC 5 Bye


PLC 4 vs Beerwah Crocs

Court 7


PLC 1 vs SJC 1

Court 2


PLC 3 vs ILC 4

Court 16


PLC 2 vs SJC 4

Court 7

Mrs Leigh Drogemuller, Netball Coordinator

Club Sport

PLC Netball Club


We have experienced a terrific registration in 2016 with many new families joining the PLC Netball Club.

There are still a few limited places available:

  • Grade 6 – 1 player
  • Grade 5 (2006) – 2 players
  • Grade 2 or 3 (from 2008) – 1 player

If you would like to be involved in PLC Netball Club, please contact the Registrar on as soon as possible.

Season Commences This Weekend

The 2016 season commences this Saturday with the March Past and Round Robin at Caloundra Indoor Stadium from 7.45am. Please ensure all players arrive at the stadium no later than 7.30am – we will meet inside and march as a club.

There will be four games played by each team (two 10 minute halves) commencing at 8.30am and the NetSetGo teams will play two games. Please note the game times will not be available until Saturday.

Training Days

Training days have been allocated for each team as follows:

  • Unicorns (U8’s – NetSetGo) – Wednesday afternoons
  • Ponies (U10’s – NetSetGo) – Wednesday afternoons
  • Brumbies (U11’s) – Tuesday afternoons
  • Fillies (U11’s) – Tuesday afternoons
  • Mustangs (U12’s) – Tuesday afternoons
  • Arabians (Inter Div) – Tuesday afternoons
  • Colts (Inter Div) – Wednesday afternoons

All training will be held on Pacific’s back courts, which can be accessed via Red Cedar Drive. Times will vary for each team, so managers will contact their players to confirm.

Mrs Bianca Moffitt, PLC Netball Club Registrar

Pacific Soccer

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

Mr Ian Barnes, Pacific Soccer President

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

Upcoming Dates

4 Primary Lutheran Swimming Carnival (Morayfield)
8 13-19yrs Regional Trial Day 3
10 Years 4-6 SCISSA Trial Game 2
11 International Women's Day Breakfast
15 Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
15-17 P-5 Parent Conferences and Portfolios
17 SCISSA Primary Gala Day 1
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
28-2 Year 11-12 White Water Expedition
8-10 Armidale Rugby Carnival
11 Staff Day
RSA Day for Students (Kindy Open)
Year 12 Recharge Day
12 Term 2 Commences