Compass No 414 - April 2016

From the Principal

Open Day 2016

Pacific has continued to evolve in supporting young people’s growth and development. At the heart of this has been the increasing personalisation of learning, building capacity to grow deeper understandings independently and collaboratively and nurturing social and emotional capacity through strong engagement with a culture built on Lutheran traditions, enriched by current research.

As in all areas of life, best growth occurs where there is strong engagement of families and young people. This Sunday will provide an important opportunity for both current and new families to learn more about the rich culture that supports the growth of our young people across all dimensions of their lives. Families are encouraged to invite friends who may be interested in benefitting from a Pacific education. 


Principal's Log

It is a delight to welcome staff, students and parents to the start of Term 2. In particular, we welcome new students and their families. We welcome back Mr Gary Graves and Ms Sharon Dean from long service leave and new teachers Mr Brian Ashley (Middle and Senior College Mathematics and IT) and Mrs Lara Stiller (Prep) who will be replacing Mrs Wendy Wescombe and Mrs Shelley Hogan while they are on maternity leave. We also welcome Mrs Helen Doyle as part time Teacher Librarian and Mrs Peta King as Uniform Shop Convenor. We look forward to welcoming Pastor Tim Jarick who will be formally commencing his role as College Pastor this Friday.

Our U12 rugby team acquitted themselves very well over the holiday period at the Armidale Rugby Carnival. This is a wonderful experience for the boys and we thank parents for their support. We also thank Mr Andrew Block and Mr Josh Danzey for their coaching and management of the team and Mr Darren Hooper for his coaching and overall organisation. 

The cast and crew of the To Kill A Mockingbird production continued to refine their performances over the holiday period and we look forward to enjoying this powerful play in mid May. Families are encouraged to bring friends for what will be a very entertaining and thought provoking theatre experience. 

The Jazz Evening next Friday night provides an opportunity for families to relax. We will be able to enjoy the music provided by students, staff and visiting artists and the food platters prepared by our talented Hospitality team. The gourmet cheese produced by the students will be among the delights of the evening.

This week we have farewelled Kindergarten teacher Mrs Leanne Iles, who is taking a Prep teaching position in Brisbane. Mrs Iles was the founding Director of our Kindergarten and has been an outstanding educator for our early childhood children. Her ability to nurture and support young children’s curiosity and imagination has supported rich learning. We thank Mrs Iles for her very significant contribution and wish her God’s richest blessings.

May God bless and enrich all members of this community so that we might be a blessing to others.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

Open Day

Welcome back to Term 2. We hope everyone had a restful holiday and are looking forward to the term ahead. This Sunday is Open Day and many students will be involved in a range of activities to showcase the College. A special thank you to our Year 7, 9 and 12 leaders who will be running tours for inquiring families.

Anzac Day

On Anzac Day (Monday 25th April) the College Captains will be presenting a wreath at the Kings Beach Dawn Service. All members of the Pacific Lutheran College community are also invited to join the Anzac Day march from Stockland Caloundra Shopping Centre car park to the Caloundra RSL. Please meet at the Kmart Tyre and Auto Centre at 8.15am. The march will finish at the Caloundra RSL’s helicopter on Olm Street at 9.45am. Students are required to wear their full summer uniform including their hat. Middle/Senior boys are also required to wear ties. Further information and forms have been emailed to all families. Please return these to the Middle/Senior College administration office by Wednesday 20th April.

Red Shield Appeal

Another important upcoming date for Middle/Senior College students is the Red Shield Appeal on Sunday 27th May. As usual we will be seeking student collectors and parent drivers. Further details and information will be issued in the coming weeks.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Open Day

Welcome to Term 2, we hope everyone found the vacation enjoyable and refreshing.

Open Day is on this Sunday. The entire College will be open to our current students and families as well as prospective students and families from 12.30pm. A great variety of displays and activities have been planned to highlight the many and varied aspects of education here at the College. 


The National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in Years 3,5,7 and 9 this year will be held on the 10th, 11th and 12th May. Further information will be issued over the coming weeks. 

You Can Do It

This term the foundation skill children will be investigating is ‘organisation’. As parents, we all recognise the necessity of being organised. Students also need to be organised if they are to be successful. Being organised is about setting goals and effective time management. Parents can assist children in learning to be organised by creating routines. Simple routines such as packing bags the night before school can help avoid stress in the mornings. Displaying planners or organisers on walls in the kitchen or in a child’s bedroom will also assist in developing organisation skills and positive habits of mind. You can list the days on which children need to wear their HPE uniforms and due dates of class work. 


Students in Years 1-5 may only wear their sports uniform to school on the days they have HPE. Year 4 and 5 students may wear their HPE uniforms to school on Thursdays for SCISSA. There may also be rare occasions when students are requested to wear their HPE uniform to school for carnivals or excursions. On all other occasions students should attend school in their formal uniform.

If your child is unable to wear the correct uniform to school, please send a note to your child’s class teacher. A uniform reminder letter will be forwarded to parents whose children are in the wrong uniform without a note.

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

Important Notices

School Photos

Year 6-12                    Tuesday 17th May

Sibling / Family           Tuesday 17th May

Prep - Year 5              Tuesday 24th May

For the convenience of our school community, school photos can be ordered and paid for online using a secure platform. Orders placed online are paperless and DO NOT require an envelope with cash/cheques to be returned to school.

Photos can also be purchased in the traditional manner using an envelope, with cash/cheque enclosed. However, the preference of the College is that orders and payments are made online, as this reduces administration time and security issues related to the return of cash on photo day.

To place your order, visit and enter the code B7H 8V9 RRH. This code can also be found printed on your envelope. Please be aware that:

  1. Sibling / Family photos can be ordered online or via envelope. Online orders for Sibling / Family photos will be cut off at 12.00am the night before so a run list can be compiled. Sibling photos can still be ordered after the online cut-off date by collecting an envelope from the office and returning the envelope on photo day with your payment enclosed.
  2. All online orders should be placed on or before our day of photography.
  3. The online code above may also be used to order sports and other group photos.

All orders placed online will be delivered to the College for collection.

Food for Thought

Online Flaming

So, what is online flaming? Flame wars have become a major online annoyance. When people start a flame war they are deliberately trying to stir up trouble, start a fight and get a reaction. Flaming is all too common on multi-player gaming sites, chat rooms, message forums and social media sites.

What can parents do? Discuss with your children what they do online and who they communicate with – try your best to know which social media and gaming sites they are using and be aware they may have more than one account.

For more information, visit: or

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Next Meeting – Tuesday 19th April

We warmly invite you to join us at the next Friends of Pacific meeting on Tuesday 19th April from 7.00pm in the library. As well as a place for parents and carers to connect, we also look forward to discussing our major event this year - OCEANfest.

The plans for OCEANfest are well underway but there is always the opportunity to become involved. It greatly assists the committee to have many hands, especially in the early planning stages.

If you are interested in becoming actively involved with the FoP and are unable to attend meetings, please contact us directly either at For any OCEANfest enquiries, please contact Leanne Bevis (Middle/Senior Administration) on 5436 7338.

Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Welcome to Mrs Doyle

Mrs Helen Doyle has joined the library team this term. She will be taking library classes on Tuesdays, working with all the Prep and Year 2 students and some classes in Years 5, 6 and 8.

Making Lemonade

Our first MakerSpace activity for the term was our most popular yet – making homemade lemonade. We had 50 cups available, which were all gone within 10 minutes and we had to turn over 30 students away! This simple recipe had students making a sugar syrup, adding freshly squeezed lemon juice and then topping up with iced water.


Shakespeare Week

The 23rd April marks the 400th anniversary of the death of William Shakespeare. There will be celebrations happening all around the world, particularly in Great Britain. At Pacific, we are making next week Shakespeare Week! The library will be running a number of activities including:

  • Performances from Year 11 and Year 7 Drama students.
  • A screening of Much Ado About Nothing in the library at lunchtime – with popcorn!
  • Shakespearean costumes that students can wear and have their photos taken in.
  • Shakespearean games such as barley break and nine men’s morris.
  • A PCG competition.
  • Shakespeare trivia and fun facts each day.

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

Secondary College

PACE STEM Expressions of Interest

Our first PACE opportunity this year is offered to students in Years 6, 7, 8 and 9 and is PACE STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Maths). An expression of interest was issued in student notices and via an email to parents and students this week.

The PACE STEM venture invites students to immerse themselves in an engineering project that involves planning, teamwork, decision-making, creative thinking and innovation – with the final aim being an efficient bridge design and construction. As engineers, students will face new and exciting challenges each session. They will work within dimensional restraints with limited equipment and must ensure their design is neat, robust and aesthetically pleasing. The final test for student projects will be how well their realised design is able to withstand rigorous strength and load testing.

This PACE opportunity will run for Term 2 and 3 and will be offered before school on Thursday and Friday mornings from 7.45am to 8.25am. The project will commence in Week 2 and be facilitated by Mrs Claire Richards. 

Mrs Claire Richards and Mrs Rae Hall

Mayor's Telstra Technology Awards 2016

Pacific Lutheran College has been shortlisted to participate in the next round of the Mayor’s Technology Challenge after a successful submission in Phase 1 of the competition. Students are required to develop a new and creative use of technology that solves a community, business or environmental challenge.

The College has entered two teams of students from Years 9 and 10. The teams are busily developing their ideas into real life prototypes and their work will be presented to a panel of judges in May.

Team one (Keaton Dines, Ryan Lancaster and Cailem Leembruggen) is using an Arduino microprocessor to develop a set of musical steps. The steps aim to make a fun alternative to escalators while also encouraging exercise and good health.

Team two (Luke Morris, Nathan Heinz and Jacob Cross-Pitcher) is developing a surf tracker and app. When worn by a surfer, the tracker can give a GPS location to a map. If the surfer is lost or injured, it would allow for a timely and safe rescue.

During the Easter break, several of our students also participated in a photo-shoot with the Mayor!

Mrs Janine Stone, Head of Information Technology

Cultural News

To Kill A Mockingbird

Our cast of 34 students has been eagerly rehearsing since last year; running lines, building their characters and practicing for the hard-hitting play, which is based on the Pulitzer Prize-winning novel.


Set in the Deep South of the United States in 1935, the story follows young Scout as she watches her father defend a man against a potential death sentence, which looms threateningly against him due to racial prejudice. While the script is based on dialogue in the book, the Pacific production is also adding a unique touch, incorporating music throughout some of the scenes.

Tickets will be on sale at The Events Centre, Caloundra from this coming Monday 18th April! Visit: or phone: 5491 4240. Make sure to mark this must see event in your diaries! Hope to see you there!

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Jazz Evening

Next Friday 22nd April, the annual Jazz Evening is taking place at the College. Bring your own camping chairs, picnic rug and basket to enjoy a beautiful evening of Jazz music! Drinks and food will be available for purchase on the night. Cheese platters and wine vouchers (for two) are also available for pre-order for $20. RSVP by Monday 18th April. Click here for more information.

Mrs Colleen Beattie, Head of Hospitality and Food Technology

From the Head of Career Development

Australian Defence Force Academy (ADFA) Information Session

ADFA is holding an information session at their Defence Force Recruiting office in Maroochydore (35-39 Primary School Court) on 19th April. To book your spot, email your details to: Walk-ins are also welcome.

Discover Griffith University

Griffith University invites secondary students and their families to ‘Discover Griffith’. Discover Griffith events will be held on the following dates:

  • Wednesday 27th April from 4.00pm – 7.00pm at the Nathan campus; and
  • Thursday 28th April from 4.00pm – 7.00pm at the Gold Coast campus.

Attendees can tour the campus, get tips on choosing a degree, find out about pathways to Griffith, talk to current students about university life and participate in the market atmosphere, with food, games and entertainment. Find out more at:

Health and Sport Sciences Experience Day - Bond University

This experience day is designed specifically for Year 11 and 12 students interested in health sciences, nutrition, sports and human movement. It will be held at Bond University from 9.00am – 2.00pm on Thursday 28th April. To download the event program and to register your attendance, visit:

Meet USC - Sippy Downs

At these events you can talk to course advisers, meet with a university careers counsellor, take a campus tour and attend a ‘What to Expect Next’ presentation. Sessions will be held on Wednesday 20th April and on Thursday 19th May. To register your attendance, visit:

University of Sydney Information Evening - Brisbane

Find out about courses, scholarships and the application process at this event on Thursday 21st April at the Hilton Brisbane (190 Elizabeth Street) from 6.00pm – 8.00pm. The evening will include study area seminars on Business and Architecture. Register to attend at: If you require more information about this event, please contact: 1800 793 864.

Applications Open for QUT Vice-Chancellor's STEM Camp

This free STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) camp is for high achieving Year 11 students. It will be held from Sunday 25th September - Friday 30th September (during school holidays). At the camp, students will work with QUT researchers and current students on a real-world STEM research project. Download the application documents at: Applications close on Tuesday 3rd May. For more details, visit:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Armidale Rugby Carnival

Eighteen boys and three Pacific staff members travelled more than 1170 kilometres to play five games of rugby over three days at the Armidale Rugby Carnival last weekend. Pacific has enjoyed competing at this carnival for the last seven years and once again sent a team of eager Under 12’s to the event in northern New South Wales.

There were 43 teams competing in the carnival from Noosa right down to the New South Wales southern highlands. Pacific was placed in a pool of five teams against The Armidale School (TAS), Matthew Flinders Anglican College (MFAC), Scone Grammar and St Mary’s Saints. All teams played each other on the Saturday to determine rankings for the finals games on Sunday.

This year, Pacific’s team had a number of younger boys who are only turning 10 or 11 years old. As such, this was a development year for our team, playing up in in an Under 12 carnival. It was always going to be challenging but all boys played to the best of their ability and were very competitive.

On the first morning of competition, Pacific played Scone Grammar from the Hunter Valley. It was a closely matched game in the first half, however Scone Grammar was able to exploit Pacific’s defence and score a try in the second half to take out the match 17-10.

With only a half an hour break until our second game, Pacific needed a quick turnaround against the carnival host school, TAS. Unfortunately this was not to be. TAS had a big team and was able to assert their physical dominance over Pacific from the kick off. Pacific worked hard throughout the game but sheer size and strength won out on the day.

Pacific faced St Mary’s Saints next and was keen to record their first win for the carnival. St Mary’s scored two tries in each half compared to Pacific’s one and comfortably won the game 22 -7 when the full time whistle blew.

In the last game of the day, Pacific faced our local Sunshine Coast rival MFAC. From the outset, Pacific dominated possession and field position and looked like the stronger team. With two tries in the first half, Pacific took a lead into the half time break. In the second half Pacific continued to dominate the game and won 17-5, recording our first and only win for the carnival.

On day two Pacific played against the Bond Pirates from the Gold Coast. Pacific went into half time 14-0 down but returned for the second half with a more determined effort and scored two quick tries. After missing one of the conversions, Pacific was only trailing by two points with minutes remaining in the game. A break down the field saw Pacific attack the try line of the Bond Pirates but the referee ruled that the Pacific player was held up over the line as the fulltime siren blasted in the background. Unfortunately the scores remain unchanged at 14-12 with Pacific loosing the match.


The Pacific team can be proud of their efforts over the weekend. The boys showed great team spirit and sportsmanship throughout all games. Thank you to all parents and supporters who travelled down to cheer on the team. Your support was greatly appreciated by the players and staff. Also a big thank you to Mr Josh Danzey and Mr Andrew Block who gave up their weekend to coach and supervise the boys throughout the trip.

Cross Country Carnival

The Year 3-7 House Cross Country Carnival is on tomorrow during school time from 10.45am to 1.00pm. The course will run around the Meridan sports fields as well as through the College grounds.

All students are asked to wear their sports uniform with their coloured house shirts. The course has the potential to be muddy so a spare set of shoes and socks to change into at the completion of their race may be helpful.

The top six runners from the 9 years to 12 years age groups will represent Pacific at the District Cross Country Carnival in Week 3 on Wednesday 27th April. Please note that all students in Year 7 who are turning 13 this year will participate in the Secondary Carnival on Friday afternoon commencing at 1.30pm.


Term 2 of SCISSA sport is upon us with students continuing to participate in the sport they selected last term. Training will commence next Thursday afternoon during school time. Please note that there is no training next Monday afternoon as per the College calendar.

With the return of Mr Gary Graves from long service leave, kayaking will be offered this term. Students can choose to change from their Term 1 SCISSA sport to kayaking if they wish. Information and permission sheets will be given out to interested students next week. Training for kayaking occurs at Lake Kawana each Monday (3.15pm – 4.15pm) and Thursday (1.00pm – 3.00pm).

A bus will transport students to and from Lake Kawana for all training that occurs during school hours. A bus will transport the Year 4-6 students to Lake Kawana for Monday afterschool training sessions but parents will need to collect students from the lake when training concludes at 4.15pm. All other students from Years 7-12 will need to organise private transport to and from the venue afterschool on Monday and Thursday afternoons.

Please note that students choosing kayaking will be required to train for the remainder of this year and also represent the College at the state marathon and sprint championships. 

Junior Basketball Program (Years 2-5)

The Junior Basketball Program will run this term on Thursday afternoons from 3.30pm – 4.45pm. The program goes for seven weeks beginning on Thursday 28th April.

All abilities are welcome. Most classes from Years 3-5 have had basketball instruction in their Physical Education lessons but this program will expose all students to fundamental skills training every session, before players are placed into competition teams. The main focus of the program is to develop basketball skills and to teach players how to apply these skills in game situations.

The cost for the seven-week program is $25 per participant and all participants will receive their own personal basketball as well as a Pacific Basketball training shirt. Please note that the shirts will not be ready for the commencement of the program. Students have received registration letters this week and those wanting to participate have until Tuesday 26th April to register.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

Senior Volleyball

The senior volleyball season began this week with all six Pacific teams competing against Nambour Christian College and St Andrew’s Anglican College. Congratulations to all teams who competed well in all matches. All games were extremely close and it was a great start to a long season.

Games for next week are as follows:




Game Time

Bus Info

11/12 A Boys




Bus leaves PLC: 3.20pm
Bus back at PLC: 5.50pm

11/12 A Girls




11/12 B Boys




All meet in the gym at 3.20pm

12 B Girls (PLC 2)




Bus leaves PLC: 3.30pm
Bus back at PLC: 5.50pm

11 B Girls (PLC 3)




10 B Girls (PLC 4)




Bus leaves PLC: 3.45pm
Bus back at PLC: 5.50pm

Training will occur every Tuesday morning from 7.00am in the gymnasium.

Junior Basketball Program (Years 6-8)

This year, Pacific is running a basketball program for students in Years 6-8. This program will run for seven weeks at the same time as the Year 2-5 program, but will focus on skills and drills of a slightly higher level. Students have until Tuesday 26th April to register, as the program will begin on Thursday 28th April from 3.30pm until 4.45pm. All students are welcome to register. Information letters and registration forms are available on the sports notice trays outside the sports staffroom.

Student Swimming Success

Over the school holidays Skye Norris and Kaylee McKeown were invited to compete at the Australian Age Swimming Championships in Adelaide. Skye represented in the long course (800m) events, after being ranked 1st in the country for the 800m freestyle and a top four competitor in two other events. Unfortunately, leading up to the championships, Skye fell ill and was unable to compete.

Kaylee McKeown also represented her club at the Australian Age Championships and won three Gold medals (100m backstroke, 200m backstroke and 200m individual medley), one Silver medal (200m freestyle) and one Bronze medal. She also set another Australian record in the 200m backstroke. Kaylee then went on to the Australian Open Swimming Championships (for Olympic selection) last week and came a staggering 4th in the nation in the 50m backstroke and 6th in the 100m backstroke.

This is a fantastic effort and we congratulate Skye and Kaylee on their success. We look forward to seeing both athletes representing the country in the not too distant future!!

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Sport

Club Sport

PLC Netball Club

The official club netball season commences this Saturday! The draw is as follows:


Court 6 - PLC Colts vs. Unity Bellvista Roses
Court 9 - PLC Arabians vs. Pacific Robins


Court 9 - PLC Ponies vs. Unity Bellvista Daisies


Court 3 - PLC Mustangs vs. Meridan Spiders


Court 4 - PLC Brumbies vs. Unity Bellvista Sunflowers
Court 7 - PLC Unicorns vs. Currimundi Lionesses

The PLC Fillies have a BYE this week. Good luck to all our teams this week!

The full draw is available on the CDNA website ( The weekly draw will also be posted on our PLC Netball Club Facebook page on a weekly basis.

The entire PLC Netball Club would like to thank Mrs Natalie Campbell for her tireless work as the Club President. As advised last year, Mrs Campbell will not be resuming this role in 2016. The position of PLC Netball Club President is still available and we are seeking interested persons. The committee positions have all been filled for the year and we are available to assist the incoming President to transition into the new role.

Should you be interested or require further information, please contact Mrs Sophie McKenzie on 0422 820 208 or Mrs Cassie Fraser 0427 698 307.

Mrs Sophie McKenzie

Pacific Soccer
  • Coach and Manager Information Night
  • Brisbane Roar Game
  • Brisbane Roar Holiday Clinic
  • Points Table - Competitive Teams
  • Extra Rounds
  • 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

St Mark's Lutheran Church Caloundra

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:

Sunshine Coast Parenting Course

National and international parenting educator, Kathryn Tonges, will be conducting the time-tested and research validated Parent Effectiveness Training course at Kawana Island, Sunshine Coast, commencing 20th April. For bookings and further details, visit:

Here’s what parents have to say:

“Very practical support tools for both parenting and professional relationships. And an insight into myself at a quite profound level of deepening self-awareness.”

“This is the best thing I have done for my children since I became a mum.” 

Upcoming Dates

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
22 Jazz Evening
25 Anzac Day March (Public Holiday)
26 College Anzac Day Ceremony
27 9-19yrs District Cross Country
2 Labour Day Public Holiday
3 Trimester 2 Begins
  Year 6 ALWS Awareness Day
5 Ascension Day
  SCISSA Trial Game 3
6 Sunshine Coast Health Careers Expo