Compass No 413 - March 2016

From the Principal

Centring Rest

As the term draws to a close we are looking forward to a change of routine and the opportunity for rest and refreshment. Easter provides the opportunity for us to stop, reflect and re-centre as we connect with friends and family and engage in enjoyable leisure pursuits. Rest is an important part of the rhythm of our lives. 

Over the Easter period we are reminded of Jesus’ invitation, “Come to me all who are weary and I will give you rest”. True rest comes from deep within. This Easter we are invited to take the time to reconnect with a loving God. We are encouraged to take the time to be still in His presence and hear His Word for us. God’s grace comes to us just as we are but doesn’t leave us that way. It is the source of deep centring rest.

Principal's Log

We have seen tremendous growth in our young people this term. The Junior and Middle College Parent Conferences provided an important opportunity for student learning to be celebrated and for young people to identify the next steps to deepen their understandings. The student, parent and teacher partnership is one of the important foundations for young people’s successful growth. We thank all of our teachers, parents and students for their thoughtful participation in these conferences over the last fortnight.

We congratulate our Australian College of Music, Speech and Drama students who were presented with Gold and Silver medals last weekend for their top performances in the state. Well done to Imogen Joppich, Indie-Mae Temenes, Grace Whitelaw, Sebastian Carter, Briarna Bell, Mya Boyall and Priya Miles. A particular mention must also go to Imogen Joppich, who was the first student from the Sunshine Coast to receive the Annabel Garrick Award for excellence in Grade V Speech and Drama. Congratulations to Mrs Lisa McKibben, our Speech and Drama Tutor, for supporting the learning of our young people so well.

On Wednesday our Year 4-6 students enjoyed their first SCISSA gala day. From all accounts it was a great success across all venues. Pacific students presented themselves particularly well in both their game play and sportsmanship. We thank Mr Darren Hooper for the tremendous work he has done in organising the new SCISSA format this term and to he and Mr Mark Hauser for their leadership of the rugby and basketball events respectively.

Families are reminded that the College’s Open Day will be held on Sunday 17th April. A number of students will have roles on this day. Families are invited to come and learn more about the next phase of their child’s learning journey at the college and to invite friends or neighbours to attend. It is a great opportunity to see our new senior learning space and learn about the College’s contemporary approach to growing young people’s capacities across all dimensions of life to thrive in a rapidly changing world.

At the end of this term we farewell Mrs Jacqui Layfield who will be moving with her family to Melbourne. Mrs Layfield has made a wonderful contribution to the growth of the College through her role as classroom teacher, Head of Wira House and in her acting senior leadership roles. Staff and students have benefitted from Mrs Layfield’s passion for learning, her creativity and care for people. We thank her for her very significant contribution and wish her and her family every blessing for the future. We congratulate Mrs Leigh Drogemuller who will be the Acting Head of Wira House for the remainder of the year. Ms Nell Keen will be taking Mrs Layfield’s senior English class and we are currently completing appointment processes for a part-time teacher librarian and physical education teacher to commence at the start of next term. 

Mrs Wendy Wescombe and Mrs Shelley Hogan will be taking maternity leave for the next six months. We wish both of these ladies and their families God’s richest blessings as they embark on a new phase of their lives. Mr Brian Ashley, who is currently teaching senior Mathematics at a school in China and has previously taught in Queensland, will be teaching Mrs Wescombe’s classes and Mrs Lara Stiller, who has had extensive early childhood experience, will be teaching Mrs Hogan’s Prep class. We look forward to welcoming Mr Gary Graves back from long service leave. We thank Mrs Leigh Drogemuller for her strong leadership of the Health and PE Department and Mr Darren Lawrence for his effective teaching of Physical Education classes in Mr Graves’ absence. 

We will also be welcoming back Mrs Sharon Dean from long service leave and thank Mrs Sharon Middleton for the care she provided as College Nurse. Both staff and students appreciated her warm professionalism. Our Uniform Shop Convenor, Mrs Donna Hollindale, will be moving to the Gold Coast with her family over the Easter break. Mrs Hollindale has been outstanding in her support of parents, students and staff in her role as Uniform Shop Convenor and in the leadership of the uniform committee. We thank Mrs Hollindale for many years of dedicated service to the College and wish her well for the future. Mrs Peta King will commence at the start of next term as the new Uniform Shop Convenor.

We are also looking forward to welcoming Pastor Tim Jarick and his family in the first week of next term. Pastor Jarick will commence with the College formally on the Friday of the first week.

Well done and thank you to all staff, students and parents for all you have given to this community over the term. Our prayer is that each of you experiences the deep rest that comes through God’s grace over the Easter period. Enjoy your break and may God keep you and your family in His care.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Council

Council Update

Greetings to all in our Pacific Community. As we head into the Easter break, it is timely to provide a Council update. This term we have welcomed Mr Peter Schilling to the Council. Peter is the Operations Manager – Campsites with Lutheran Youth of Queensland. We thank Peter for his willingness to offer his skills and time in service to the College.

The Property and Development Sub-Committee has farewelled Mr David Milligan as he moves away from the coast. I would like to take this opportunity to thank Dave for the time that he has so generously given and for the contribution he has made in the growth and wellbeing of the College.

Mr Russell Kleidon, a long-standing Council member has tended his resignation effective following the June 2016 Council meeting. Russell’s wealth of knowledge and experience has been greatly appreciated on the Property and Development Sub-Committee for many years and more recently with the development of the Early Learning Centre. We thank Russell for his foresight and energy and the enormous number of hours he has graciously given over many years. We wish him well in his retirement.

Council’s challenge is now to find replacement members to complement our existing body. We would particularly be interested in finding new members with skills in the areas of property development or finance. If there is anyone in our community who would be interested themselves, or if you know of someone who may be interested in finding out more about the role of Councillor, please make contact with us via the College’s main office.

Next term we look forward to welcoming Pastor Tim Jarick and his family to our community with an installation service on Friday 20th May. We wish Pastor Tim safe travels as he makes the transition from Victoria to Queensland.

Finally, let me take this opportunity to wish all students, staff and families a restful Easter break and the joy of knowing peace through the grace of our Risen Lord.

Mrs Ruth Zerner, College Council Chair

From the Director of Students

PERMA and the Holidays

As students finish Term 1 they may be thinking to themselves, “Now what am I going to do during the holidays?”. Sure there are games to play, movies to watch and friends to hang out with but here are some other worthwhile suggestions based on the PERMA concepts:

  • Find a cause you care about, research it and watch documentaries on it.
  • Volunteer your time. For example spend a morning cleaning up the beach or working at an animal shelter.
  • Improve your physical health.
  • Learn a new skill like cooking or drawing.
  • Read a good novel.
  • Learn how to practice mindfulness and stillness.
  • Build or fix something.
  • Visit a museum or art gallery.
  • Enjoy nature, go for a hike, have a picnic, fly a kite or visit a national park.
  • Ride a bike.
  • Go for a surf.
  • Keep a gratitude journal.
  • Write a daily reflection.
  • Drink more water.
  • Write thank you notes.
  • Organise for Term 2.

Above all, have fun these holidays and come back rested for Term 2.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Parent Teacher Conferences

It was wonderful to see the large numbers of parents attending the P-5 parent teacher conferences over the last two weeks. As the learning journey at Pacific is a shared one, these conferences play an important role in enabling parents to be a part of their child’s growth and development.

Thank you to all parents and families for their support and involvement in the many and varied aspects of life in the P-5 area of the College this term. Your support and involvement is greatly valued by the children, staff and the entire College community. Have a happy and holy Easter and a great holiday.

Start of Term 2

Students commence Term 2 on Tuesday 12th April. Students that have HPE on Tuesdays will need to remember to wear their sports uniform to school on the first day back.

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

Student Awards

Stars of the Week

This Week Monday 21st March

Prep Prep H Ella Fergusson  
  Sam Schefe Cooper Ridley  
Year 1 Tilly Bignell Jared King Chloe Hass
  Summer Naumann    
Year 2 Hannah Miller Taj McCulloch Talon Paora
Year 3 Megan Atkinson Georgia Karavolas Kellen Owen-McEvoy
  Riley Shepherd Benji White Sameeha Thompson
  Liam Loane Tarryn Fawkes  
Year 4 Ayrisa Jones Macey Winter Oliver Makenzie Brooks
Year 5 Mia Sheridan Chantelle Page Gabbie Maynard
  Lachlan Whincop Maya Armitage Alice Hindmarsh
  Ben Drew    


You Can Do It Awards

This Week Monday 21st March

Confidence:     Abbigail Edwards, Henry Dunn-Neill and Matthew Carlaw

Persistence:    Gemma McVean and Ethan Benson

Organisation:   Angus Friend and Alex Schlotterbach

Getting Along:  Tamara Holden, Mya Masson, Luca Turney, Sofia Aronsson and Leila Osborne

Other Awards

This Week Monday 21st March

Japanese:    Levi Mansfield

Food for Thought

Helping Girls Develop Positive Self-Image

In a culture saturated with digitally altered images of impossibly thin women, raising girls with high self-esteem can be daunting. But as parents you have great influence, both by what you say and what you do. Here’s some advice from the Australian Psychological Society:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank you to all who attended last weeks meeting. Following is a re-cap of the agenda items discussed:

OCEANfest - Carnivale

  • The committee is working on a grant application submission to the Sunshine Coast Council to assist with funding OCEANfest this year.
  • The Pacific Action Groups have advised they would like to be involved this year.
  • New rides are being researched and a new fireworks display is also under discussion.
  • Volunteers are still required. If you would like to assist, please contact Leanne Bevis (Middle/Senior College Office) or Mel Pollack (Convenor).

SCISSA Gala Days

There are two more SCISSA Gala Days to be held at Pacific this year –9th June and 8th September. Assistance is required between 9.00am and 2.30pm on each of these days. Anyone who is able to volunteer their time is asked to please contact Allyson Sarvari on fop@pacluth.qld,

Jazz Evening

The 2016 Jazz Evening is being held on Friday 22nd April. Whilst this event is primarily run by Pacific’s Hospitality and Music Departments, this year FoP is getting behind the event, providing assistance and support. If you have a special interest in this or would like to assist in set up and pack down of equipment/lighting, please contact us at fop@pacluth.qld,

Community Road Safety Grant

The cycle skills program, which has been run annually for the Year 4 students, is unfortunately no longer available due to external funding cuts. FoP is going to submit a grant application that will hopefully result in the program continuing this year.

Finally, we wish everyone a safe and relaxing Easter Break.

Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh, FoP Chairperson


It's back and better than ever!

WHAT: OCEANfest 2016 

WHEN: Friday 19th August 2016

TIME: 3.00pm – 9.00pm

THEME: Carnivale!

This year’s OCEANfest promises to be bigger and better than ever. With a focus on catering for all ages, the celebrations will include an exciting raffle, community beach volleyball tournament, Copacabana bar, a state of the art fireworks display choreographed to music, educational and fitness stands together with even more rides, stalls and live entertainment including Latin and rhythmic performers.

The OCEANfest Committee would like to extend an invitation to businesses in our community to join us by providing sponsorship for the event. If you feel that your business would like to be part of this unique event, click here to find out more!


Winter Menu Development

We are currently putting together some new ideas for our Winter Menu. If you have any suggestions that you think will help our hard-working students and staff get through the cooler months ahead, we would love your input!

Welcome New Families

Whether you are new to Pacific or just new to the Tuckshop, we would love to meet you. Many parents over the past few weeks have advised that their children would like to use the Tuckshop but are unsure of how the system works. We encourage you to come and have a look around at the Tuckshop and ask questions. You might be surprised by the great fresh choices we have on offer and how easy it is to make orders! Alternatively, visit the College website for further information:

Emergency Volunteer List

As always, we have lots of spaces to fill on our roster and are still looking for names to add to our Emergency List. If you are occasionally available after the morning drop for half an hour or so, we would love to have you on our books!

For further information on any of the above points, please call Carrie on 5436 7327 and leave a message or email Alternatively, feel free to pop in and visit us from 8.00am each morning (Monday to Thursday is the best time to visit).

Have a happy and safe Easter break.

Ms Carrie Dickson, Tuckshop Convenor

Junior College

Prep History Art Gallery

On Thursday 17th March, all of the Prep families were invited to our History Art Gallery. Throughout the term, the Prep students discussed why their family is special to them. We explored the following focus questions:

  • What is a family?
  • What makes a family different from other families?
  • What makes us special?

Over the term the students worked extremely hard to show their understanding of ‘families’ and they created a number of art pieces to represent their family. Well done to all of our sensational Prep artists! Thank you very much to all of the families who came along to support this special culminating event.


Mrs Shelley Hogan, Prep Teacher

Year 1 Science Investigation Day

Last week, Year 1 had a Science Investigation Day. Children participated in a rich range of ‘hands on’ experiences that explored how materials changed by being heated, cooled, mixed – even set on fire! We visited the secondary students who showed us how a range of propellants can be used to make boats move through water. We were also visited by Year 3, who guided us through an investigation regarding the ‘stretchiness’ of different brands of lolly snakes! The children greatly enjoyed making volcanos, melting chocolate, mixing materials to make play-dough, turning milk sour by adding vinegar and making a liquid float on another liquid. The children also brought in their own experiments from home, so thank you to all the parents for their support with this. Thank you also to Mrs Richards and Mrs Pollard for their assistance with this wonderful early years science experience.


Mrs Holly Humphrey and Mrs Jodie Connors, Year 1 Teachers 


Our Young Achievers Creatively Honing Thinking Skills (YACHTS) have started the year with a bang!

Year 2 students became time travellers using a coding app to interpret and record life in the present day through digital storytelling. Students designed and interpreted characters and scenes to represent lifestyles, adding text to vibrant pages.

In pairs, our Year 3 students explored a new iPad world and shared their discoveries as they questioned and reflected meta-cognitively.

Our coding consultants from Year 4 used higher order thinking skills to problem solve, create and make connections to draw conclusions and design games. Innovation and questioning allowed our students to learn from each other and evaluate their progress and designs.

Year 5 students researched ruins and relics. Knowledge was combined and applied, utilising an augmented reality app to create a living gallery. Peers shared discoveries as they actively coached each other throughout the inquiry process.


A fantastic start to our year of sailing the high seas!

Ms Anthea Brighton, Learning Enrichment Coordinator P-5 

Cultural News

Senior Drama Production

Tickets will be on sale at The Events Centre, Caloundra from Monday 18th April! Visit: 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

Australian College of Music - Annual Awards Night

On Saturday 19th March, seven Pacific Speech and Drama students and their families attended the Australian College of Music’s (ACM) Annual Awards Night in Brisbane. The annual ACM awards celebrate the state’s top achievers in the fields of Music, Speech and Drama. Attendees are treated to top class music and drama performances and enjoy an amazing supper afterwards. The following students were presented with medals for receiving the top scores in the state for their recent Speech and Drama practical examinations.

Gold medal winners were Imogen Joppich (Year 11), Indie-Mae Temenes (Year 7), Grace Whitelaw (Year 6) and Sebastian Carter (Year 4). Silver medallists were Briarna Bell (Year 7), Mya Boyall (Year 5) and Priya Miles (Year 4).


Imogen Joppich also received the Annabel Garriock Award for excellence in Grade V Speech and Drama (practical and theory). This is the first time a student from the Sunshine Coast has won this award. Daphne Bimrose, Annabel Garriock’s former teacher and a long-standing member of ACM, presented the award to Imogen.

It was a truly inspiring night for these students and a wonderful chance for them to feel part of something 'larger' as students of the ACM. Congratulations to my fearless group of students! You make me very proud.

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Tutor

From the Head of Career Development

Holiday Programs

University of Queensland (UQ) Robotics Workshops

The Faculty of Engineering, Architecture and Information Technology at UQ will offer the following workshops during the coming school holiday period:

  • 29th March – Introduction to Robotics for students in Years 7-12
  • 31st March – UQ Robogals Workshop for girls in Years 5-12

Interstate Student and Family Day at the University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is holding an information day for interstate students and their families on Thursday 12th April 2016. There will be presentations about the university, undergraduate degrees and graduate pathways, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. For more details and to register, visit: (scroll down to 12th April).

Short Courses in Design

The Australian Institute of Creative Design, with campuses on the Gold Coast and in Brisbane, offers accredited advanced diploma, diploma and certificate courses in interior design, fashion design, fashion business, styling, photography, visual arts, textile design, make-up and beauty therapy. It also offers short courses on evenings, weekends and during some school holidays. Go to and click on ‘Holiday Courses’ for more information.

Upcoming Open Days

Endeavour College of Natural Health Open Day

The Endeavour College offers accredited tertiary and VET courses in natural medicine. Areas covered include acupuncture, homeopathy, massage, allied health, musculoskeletal therapy, naturopathy and nutritional medicine. The College will hold an Open Day from 10.00am – 12.30pm on Saturday 16th April at its Brisbane campus. See for more information and to register to attend.

SAE Qantm Information Night (Brisbane Campus)

If you are creative and interested in Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Games or Web Development, this event will provide the opportunity to check out the courses offered at SAE Qantm. It will be held from 6.00pm – 8.00pm on Thursday 21st April. To find out more and to register to attend, visit:

Options Career Information Bulletin

Click here to download the latest Options Career Information Bulletin.

Career Planning Over the Holidays

The holidays are the perfect time to have a break from your studies and take the time for self-reflection in terms of your career planning.

When making a career decision, it is important to ask yourself the following questions:

  • What would I like in my future career?
  • What is career success for me?
  • Which career am I best suited to?
  • What are my first steps towards getting this career?

The decision making process:

  • Understand – yourself and what alternatives are open to you.
  • Seek information – about prospective careers from a variety of sources.
  • Decide – assess information and make a decision.
  • Enact – develop an action plan to reach the goal.

Here are some useful links to use this break to assist you in your exploration and decision making processes:

 Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Junior Summer Basketball Competition

Last Friday, the PLC U12 girls basketball team played a thriller match against Suncoast Christian College, taking out the grand final in the Maroochydore Suncoast Clippers Junior Summer competition. It was a real team effort that went right down to the buzzer, with the girls winning by just one point. The team included Year 5 students, Olivia Cooke, Katie Graves, Gabby Gorham and Isabella Feckner as well as two other girls, Hayden and Mackenzie,from Good Shepherd and Immanuel. Congratulations to the girls on this excellent result!

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Volleyball

Congratulations to the Year 8 girls SCISSA volleyball team who made it through to the grand finals this week. The girls came up against Glasshouse Christian College (GCC) who had not lost a game all season. The first set was a one-sided affair with GCC winning easily, 25-11. After the girls’ nerves had subsided in the second set, Pacific fought back hard and turned the tables, winning the second set 25-12 to force the final into a deciding third set. In a very close match, the Pacific girls walked away victorious, winning by only two points in what was an incredible match.


Both teams played very well and in a great spirit, representing their schools tremendously. Well done to Shyla Cooke, Shani Shuttleworth, Rebecca Pike, Kiarnah Pearce, Atlanta Hopewell, Katelyn Connors, Rebecca Lewis and Lily Croke (injured) for a great season and for being our first ever SCISSA volleyball champions! Thank you to Mrs Debbie Turner and Mrs Michiko Hauser for working with the girls this season.

Next Term (beginning in week 1) the Year 11/12 SCISSA volleyball season starts. Pacific has six teams playing in this competition and we wish them all the best for their season next term.

Open Boys SCISSA Soccer - Champions!

This week, the open boys soccer team took on Sunshine Coast Grammar School (SCGS) in a replay of the 2015 SCISSA soccer final at Matthew Flinders Anglican College. At half time, the Pacific boys were up 2-0 and dominated play all game. With two minutes left in the game, SCGS scored a late goal, putting them within striking distance of levelling the score! However, the Pacific boys were too strong in the end and prevailed to be crowned SCISSA champions for 2016!


A big thank you to Mr Brendan Delaney for his work with the boys. Well done to the team of Ollie Colam, Bailey Hockam, Jez Lofthouse, Harry Turner, Joel Anderson, Zane Gear, Jacob Hussey, Kurtis Modlin (injury), Tom Gretton, Sam Dee, Will Minns, Josh Aldous, Haden Hurd and Tyler Turner. It was a fantastic effort by all.

Monday Night Netball

The results from this week’s round of Monday Night Netball are as follows:

  • Year 7 Junior Girls lost to Siena Catholic College Juniors – 23 v 2
  • Year 7/8 Junior B Girls defeated Coolum State High School – 22 v 4
  • Year 8 Junior A Reserve lost to St Andrew’s Anglican College Junior White – 21 v 7
  • Year 9/10 Inter B Girls lost to Nambour State High School – 22 v 11
  • Senior 2nd team lost to Matthew Flinders Anglican College Senior 3 team – 20 v 17
  • Senior 1st team lost to Immanuel Lutheran College – 26 v 16

Most Valuable Players for Round 5 were: Emma Fromuller, Jennah McAuliffe, Olivia McCluskey, Eliza Woods, Charlotte Ker and Kate Cameron.

There is a short break for the Easter school holidays and Round 6 will be on Monday 11th April (Student Free Day).

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

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer
  • Round 3 - 19th March
  • 2016 Team Divisions
  • Canteen Duty - 19th March
  • Limited Positions Available
  • Brisbane Roar Game - 26th March 
  • Places Available in SCCSA Development Squad
  • Brisbane Roar Holiday Clinic - Tuesday 5th April
  • Additional Holiday Camps
  • Round 4 - 16th April
  • Canteen Duty - 16th April
  • Involvement With Pacific Soccer
  • Pacific Soccer Contacts

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

Mr Ian Barnes, Pacific Soccer President

Church News

Easter Services

Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

General Notices

Entertainment Books

Pacific Lutheran College is fundraising with Entertainment™ again this year. Order your NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships from us today, and 20% of the proceeds contribute towards Pacific Lutheran Kindergarten & Early Learning Centre!

Click here to order your book or digital membership:

Upcoming Dates

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
19 Year 3-6 Chess Competition
  13-19yrs District Trial Day 4
19-20 Senior College Interviews
21 Year 7-8 Vaccination
25 Anzac Day March (Public Holiday)
26 College Anzac Day Ceremony