Compass No 418 - May 2016

From the Principal

Appreciation Overcomes Frustration

Stilling our minds to see and focus on what is good provides the space for constructive ways forward. Appreciating what we have, lifts our perspective. It gives us energy and insight. In difficult circumstances stepping back and asking what is good, switches our brain to a solution focus. Appreciating what we have, reduces our sense of what we don’t. It builds our capacity to engage meaningfully.

Commencing and ending each day with a prayer of thanks opens our hearts and minds to know that God walks with us and for us. We are reminded of the many great blessings He has given us and His constant love for us. A life built on appreciation is rich in possibility.

Principal's Log

Year 3, 5, 7 and 9 students have engaged well with NAPLAN testing this week. We thank the teachers for their support and preparation of the students. As a College, we look forward to using the data to celebrate progress and to identify areas for growth for individuals and cohorts. The earlier release of data has enhanced its usefulness as one of the pieces of evidence used to reflect on student learning.

We look forward to the staging of ‘To Kill A Mockingbird’ this weekend. There was a buzz around the College this week as the set was loaded and transported to the Caloundra Civic Centre and students have completed their final preparations. We wish Mrs Janine Delaney and her cast and crew all the best in their performance of a very significant piece of theatre. 

Two of our teams have progressed to the final stages of the Mayor’s Technology Challenge 2016. Members of our community can support the student’s work by voting for our teams in the people’s choice category. To show your support, visit: and write the name of our school and idea (Pacific Lutheran College – Surf Tracker and Pacific Lutheran College – Musical Maestro) in the comments section on any of the photos. We wish both teams all the best and thank them for the considerable time they have spent in preparing their entries. A particular thank you to Mrs Janine Stone who has also provided many hours of support for the students.


Families are invited to the installation of Pastor Tim Jarick at the College next Friday 20th May at 8.30am. This special service will be held in the gymnasium. The installation rite will be led by Bishop Paul Smith and involve members of our community including our local pastor, Pastor Ray Morris. 

This week we farewell Mrs Lesley Onyett who is retiring after many years of service as a teacher in Education Queensland and at Pacific. Mrs Onyett has provided great support to many students and their families in her role as Head of Learning Enrichment. Her care for people has been greatly valued. Teachers have appreciated Mrs Onyett’s professional guidance and leadership in enhancing the learning opportunities for a diverse range of learners. Her oversight of a complex area of the College has been greatly appreciated by the leadership team who have valued her understanding of people and processes. We celebrate with Mrs Onyett and acknowledge the significant difference she has made for many young people, their families and teachers not just here at Pacific but over her career as a teacher. She can proud of a job well done!

May God give us hearts filled with appreciation for what we have.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly… And whatever you do, in word or deed, do everything in the name of the Lord Jesus, giving thanks to God the Father through him.

Colossians 3:15-17

Since coming to Pacific there are a few things I have come to appreciate about our College:

  • The passion that staff have for student learning across all levels of the College;
  • The care and concern students and staff show to, and for one another; and
  • That the College has no bells or public announcements.

In life, appreciation can be shown for all sorts of reasons and in all sorts of ways. Having appreciation is sometimes called having an ‘attitude of gratitude’. It’s that positive attitude that recognises and values the gifts and blessings that have been given to us and surround us. We can easily get caught up in our busy routines and miss the opportunity to cultivate this attitude. Showing appreciation is about being in wonder and awe of our surrounds and the world we are placed in.

I believe this deep sense of appreciation, of thankfulness in life comes from knowing God’s grace to us. It’s only through knowing, experiencing and living in the grace of Jesus that we can appreciate and be thankful for all the things that life throws at us. Connecting with God through his word challenges us and directs us to Jesus and his gifts to us. With the word of Christ dwelling in us richly we can give thanks to God in all we do and at all times.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Red Shield Appeal

Each year during the month of May, Pacific supports the Caloundra Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. We are asking both Primary and PCG classes to donate non-perishable food and personal items. On Wednesday 25th May, the College will hold a free dress day where students are asked to bring a gold coin donation for the Red Shield Appeal. We will also be involved in the door knock on Sunday 29th May and are looking for student collectors and parent drivers. The Salvation Army helps provide hope, opportunity and freedom to all Australians; so as a community, let’s join together to help them.

Upcoming Important Dates

On Tuesday 24th May, the Year 9 leaders will attend Altitude Day to learn about positive education and develop their leadership skills. Throughout the day, students will take part in energising group activities, hear from inspirational guest speakers and network with students from across the region.

Another important date is Tuesday 17th May for Years 6-12 School Photos and the Year 10 Camp Information Evening, which starts at 6.00pm.

Winter Uniform

Students are now in their Winter Uniforms and this means ties for Middle College male students, blazers, ties and long pants for Senior College male students and blazers for Senior College female students.

Like all months in the school year, this is another busy one. Therefore, it is important to approach things in a mindful way. Slow down and appreciate the present moment and all it has to offer. As Ghandi said, ‘There is more to life than increasing its speed’.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Free Clothes Day

A free clothes day will be held on Wednesday 25th May to support the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal. Students are requested to make a gold coin donation and if possible bring along non-perishable food items to donate. As winter nears, the Salvation Army and other charities report record numbers of requests for assistance are being received on the Sunshine Coast. 

Walk Safely to School Day

On Friday 20th May, the Sunshine Coast Council is encouraging students to walk, scoot or skate to school for Walk Safely to School Day. Walk Safely to School Day (WSTSD) is an annual community event that promotes road safety, health, public transport and the environment. By walking to school, you’ll get some great exercise and quality time with friends, as well as assist in reducing traffic congestion and pollution around the school. To ensure the safety of our students, parents are also invited to join for all or part of the commute from home to school on the day.

If you live too far to walk from home, students and parents are welcome to meet at Oakdale Park on Oakdale Circuit, Currimundi and join us for a short walk to school. Mr David Druery will be there to meet students at 8.00am, for an 8.05am departure.

Register online before 20th May to go in the running to win great prizes:

Under Eights Week

Under Eights Week is an initiative of the Early Childhood Australia Queensland Branch and will run from 21st to 28th May this year. This is the 60th year the initiative has been running and the theme is ‘Early Learning, Everyone Benefits; Queensland Celebrating 60 Years of Under Eights Week’.

Our Early Learning Service and students from Prep to Year 2 will celebrate Under Eights Week on Thursday 26th May from 9.00am to 10.30am. Come along and join us for a morning of fun and laughter as we celebrate early childhood. As part of our celebrations this year, we are inviting children to design and make a party hat to be worn and judged on the day.

If you would like to help out on the day or in the lead up, please email Mrs Anne Phythian at

Prep - Year 2 Cross Country

This term, all students from Prep to Year 2 have been busily training for the Cross Country Carnival, which will be held on Tuesday 15th June from 9.00am. All parents are warmly invited to attend and support their children’s participation in the event. 

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

Important Notices

School Photos

Year 6-12                    Tuesday 17th May

Siblings                       Tuesday 17th May

Prep – Year 5              Tuesday 24th May

A reminder that class photos for Years 6-12 and sibling photos will be taken next Tuesday.

Photos can be ordered and paid for online using a secure online platform. Orders placed online DO NOT require an envelope, cash/cheques or paperwork returned to school. Photos can also be purchased in the traditional manner using an envelope, with cash/cheque enclosed.

To place your order, visit and enter the code B7H 8V9 RRH. This code can also be found printed on your envelope. To ensure smooth running on photo days, online orders for Sibling / Family Photos will be cut off at 12.00am the night before our photo day to allow a list to 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.

All online orders should be placed before our day of photography.

Food Allergy Week

Australia has one of the highest rates of food allergy in the world. In fact, one in 10 babies born in Australia will develop a food allergy.

With no known cure for food allergy, awareness and education is of utmost importance, as a severe allergic reaction including anaphylaxis can rapidly become life threatening and must be treated as a medical emergency.

Pacific Lutheran College currently has 20 students from Prep – Year 12 who suffer from a life-threatening allergy. The triggers vary from student to student and can include peanuts, eggs, soy, various seafood and other nuts.

During Food Allergy Week, we take the opportunity to remind parents and students of how we can keep everyone safe while at school. It is up to all of us to be allergy aware: to know how to minimise the risk of a reaction, to know what to do if a reaction happens and to understand and support family, friends and colleagues living with food allergies.

It’s important to:

  • Take food allergy seriously;
  • Know what allergies are present in your school community and avoid sending high risk foods in lunch boxes;
  • Talk to your children about never sharing food; and
  • Promote hand-washing before and after eating.

Student Awards

Stars of the Week

This Week Monday 9th May

Prep:             Jersey Pollard, Olivia Holden and Tamara Holden.

Year 1:           Jaz Edmondstone, Joey Woods, Jacob Bailey and Willem Van der Kley.

Year 2:           Mia Roberts, Coby Sorbello, Sophia Debuse, Nicholas Currey, Talys Warriner, Ned Brandenburg, Ryan Schimmel and Mena Wilkinson.

Year 3:           Amelia Holmes, Dylan Casement, Noah Daniel, Alex Schlotterbach, Charlie Schefe, Ruby Prosser, Sam McKean and Amber Hetherington.

Year 4:           Laayla McAuliffe, Darcy Connors, Jemma Hynes, Paige Carter and the Year 4 Girls Touch Team.

Year 5:           Harry Hockam, Gabby Gorham, Chantelle Page, Will Butler, Lily Daniel, Hamilton Turnbull, Caitlin Moffitt and Tiffany Szerenyi. 

You Can Do It Awards

This Week Monday 9th May

Confidence:         Sam Schefe, Lara Foxe Hooper, Carter Kiernan, Stella Barnes and Riley Shepherd.

Getting Along:     Christian Schlotterbach, Luca Turney, Will Butler, Jack Styles, Euan Lengenberg and Leila Osborne.

Resilience:           Hugh Henry. 

Other Awards

This Week Monday 9th May

Mathletics Gold:       Ainslie Cotton and Jessica Lloyd.

MultiLit:                     Keira Hickey. 

Food for Thought

Tips to move your child from Worrier to Warrior
  • Normalise rather than lionise their anxiety;
  • Worry about the things worth worrying about; and
  • Give them the tools to relax.

For more information, visit:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Mother’s Day Stall

Thank you to our organising committee for the Mother’s Day Stall last week. We trust that all the Mum’s, Grandma’s and special Carer’s had a lovely day. We would also like to extend a special thank you to Shine Beauty for donating discount gift vouchers for our stall. We hope you have the opportunity to take advantage of these vouchers and enjoy some well deserved time out for yourself.

OCEANfest Cent Auction Baskets

Classes from K-6 have now been forwarded information (via classroom representatives) regarding the OCEANfest Cent Auction. This is always an extremely popular stall and we appreciate the assistance and support of all College families. We also thank Mrs Jacqui Heinz for her leadership of this stall and our parent representatives who are coordinating this at a class level.

Next Meeting

The next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th May at 7.00pm in the College library. We look forward to seeing you there.

Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh, FoP Chairperson

Secondary College

Year 10 Robotics

This term, the Year 10 IT class has been working through a STEM project that involves building a small sensor robot around an Arduino board. The task involves working with electronic circuits, soldering wiring, drilling bases for mounting and programming using a C+ script for the Arduino microprocessor.


The students hope to have their robotic hardware completed this week and will then move to developing the programming to automate the robot to move around and avoid obstacles.

Mrs Janine Stone, Head of Information Technology

Hospitality - Boat Shed Dinner

This year's annual Boat Shed Dinner will be held on Tuesday 31st May. Come and support our Year 12 Hospitality students as they experience running a restaurant. Click here to download further information. Tables are filling quickly, so make sure to contact Mrs Colleen Beattie as soon as possible for reservations.

Mrs Colleen Beattie, Head of Hospitality and Food Technology

Cultural News

To Kill A Mockingbird

Tickets are still available for the To Kill A Mockingbird production this week! Secure yours now by visiting: Canapés are available prior to the Saturday show for $10, in an initiative that is proudly supported by our Hospitality Department.

We wish the cast and crew all the best for their performances this weekend!

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Dance Eisteddfod

Congratulations to Pacific Lutheran College’s Junior College Dance Team and Middle College Dance Team who competed in the Sunshine Coast Dance Eisteddfod on Friday night at The Events Centre, Caloundra.

The Junior College Team received a score of 85 out of 100 and placed as very highly commended, while the Middle College Team scored 84 out of 100 and received highly commended.


Thank you to both teams for representing the College successfully both on and off the stage and for all their hard work leading up to Friday night. Thank you also to all the parents who supported this event.

Mrs Laura Bonner, Dance Coordinator

From the Head of Career Development

Year 11 Defence Work Experience

The following Defence Work Experience Programs are open to Year 11 students. Those who are interested should see Mr Ian Learoyd for further information.

  • ARMY – Army Malaria Institute: This program will provide participants with an insight into a wide range of Defence Scientific related activities. The placement will run from 27th to 29th June in Enoggera. Applications close on 6th June.
  • ARMY – HQ 7th Combat Brigade: This program will provide an introduction to the brigade and information on Army careers, enlistment and training procedures. The placement will run from 29th to 31st August in Enoggera.
  • ARMY – HQ Army Aviation Training Centre: This program is for students wishing to pursue a career in Army Aviation. The placement will run from 17th to 20th October in Oakey.
  • AIR FORCE – Mechanical Equipment Operations and Maintenance Section: This placement will provide students with exposure to many different workshop trades, general maintenance and trade assistant duties. The placement will run in Amberley for four days between May to November, dates are negotiable.
  • AIR FORCE – Air Traffic Control: This placement will provide students with an insight into the duties of Joint Battlefield Airspace Controllers. The placement will run in Amberley for two days between 18th April to 11 November, dates are negotiable.
  • ARMY – HQ 9th Force Support Battalion: This placement will include indoor and outdoor activities that provide participants with an insight into a range of Army activities. The placement will run from 15th to 17th August in Amberley.
  • AIR FORCE – Fire Section: This placement would ideally suit students considering an Air Force career as a Fire Fighter. The placement will run from 26th to 30th September in Amberley.
  • AIR FORCE – HQ 23 Squadron: This placement will include indoor and outdoor activities that provide participants with an insight into a range of Army activities including engineering, maintenance, logistics, air traffic control, fire and rescue and administration. The placement will run from 20th to 22nd June in Amberley. 
Health Heroes Expo

Last Friday, 32 Year 11 and 12 students attended a Health Heroes Expo to learn about The Sunshine Coast University Hospital, developments at the Health and Medical precinct and exciting future career opportunities in the industry. Students’ listened to presentations from the Sunshine Coast Council ( and were able to speak directly with those working in various health fields. Learning institutions and training providers were also present to answer students’ questions about entry pathways.


Students were encouraged to consider careers in the Health and Wellbeing industry that went beyond the traditional fields of nursing and paramedics, such as:

  • Preventative and Allied Health,
  • Arts and Humanities in Health,
  • Chiropractic Medicine,
  • Dermatologists,
  • Environmental Health,
  • Mental Health,
  • Nutrition/Dietetics,
  • Occupational Therapy,
  • Medical librarian,
  • Global Health,
  • Leisure and Lifestyle Coordinators and many, many more.

Further education and training within these areas could be undertaken at University, TAFE or Private Registered Training Organisations. Secondary school education pathways may include: English, Maths, Sciences, Physical Education, Information Technology or Basic Health Care (Certificate III).

To find out if a career in health is right for you, visit:

Options Career Calendar

Click here to download the latest Options Career Calendar.

Options Career Bulletin

Click here to download the latest Options Career Bulletin.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport


A reminder that afterschool SCISSA training is on again next Monday afternoon from 3.15pm to 4.15pm. All sports will train here at the College except kayaking.

Once again, kayaking students will catch a Pacific bus from the front of the College at 3.00pm to Currimundi Lake. All students will need to make their own transport arrangements home once training has finished at 4.15pm as there will be no bus back to the College.

Semester 1 SCISSA team photos will take place during sport time on Thursday 2nd June. Students will need to be in their full sports uniform for the photos. These photos will be used in the College magazine, which is distributed at the end of the year.

Year 3-7 Athletics Carnival

The Year 3-7 athletics carnival will be held in Week 9 on Tuesday 7th June at The University of the Sunshine Coast athletics track.

Students will participate in 100m and 200m sprint trials and discus events next Thursday 19th May. Discus events will be completed on the College ovals and the sprint trials will be run down on the Meridan Fields. The discus events will be used to determine age championship points and district selection in that field.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Volleyball

Well done to the Senior A Boys who were victorious over Matthew Flinders Anglican College (MFAC) this week. All other teams played well and pushed the opposition in some great matches but ultimately lost to MFAC, St Andrew’s Anglican College and Sunshine Coast Grammar School. There are only a few more games left in the season, so we wish all teams the best of luck for their last few matches. Please note that there will be NO volleyball training over the next two Tuesday mornings.


The season continues next week with the following match ups:






Bus Details

11/12 A Boys




Bus departs: 3.15pm

Bus returns: 6.10pm

11/12 A Girls




11/12 B Boys




10 B Girls (PLC 4)




Bus departs: 3.15pm

Bus returns: 5.30pm

11 B Girls (PLC 3)



Lunchtime Wednesday (1.00pm)

Mr Hauser

12 B Girls (PLC 2)


Term 3 Sport

Next term, new seasons of water polo, touch football and basketball will begin. All teams will be selected before the end of this term, ready for games to commence early in Term 3. It is important that students attend all training sessions and trials this term and are committed to attending every game for their season next term. More information about each season will be given to students upon their successful team selection.


Congratulations to our tennis team who have successfully made it to the quarter finals after defeating St Andrew’s Anglican College at home this week. Next week, the team has a bye and will be preparing to take on their opponents in the first round of the knock out quarter finals. Their opposition and venue will be announced later next week (after the final round of competition). Well done to all players and their coach, Mr Nico Prinsloo.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer
  • Round 6
  • QCSA Titles - Update
  • Rounds 19-21 for U11B Pacific Cobras
  • Round 7 – 14th May
  • Pacific Soccer Contacts 

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 Peta King, Uniform Shop Coordinator

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. The NEW 2016 | 2017 Entertainment™ Book and Digital Memberships are available now and are packed with thousands of up to 50% OFF and 2-for-1 offers. From every Membership we sell, 20% of the proceeds go towards our fundraising for Pacific Lutheran Kindergarten and Early Learning Centre! Click here to order your book or digital membership:

Upcoming Dates

13-14 To Kill A Mockingbird Production
17 Year 6-12 Sibling Photo Day
  13-19yrs Regional Trial Day 4
  Year 10 Camp Information Evening (6.00pm)
  Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
19 8-12yrs Athletics Trials
24 P-5 Photo Day
  Year 9 Altitude Day
26 Under Eights Day
  SCISSA Trial Game 4
27 Caloundra Show Holiday
27-28 Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo
31 10-19yrs Regional Cross Country
  ICAS Science Competition