Compass No 434 - September 2016

From the Principal

Thank You

There is the wonderful saying that it “takes a village to raise a child”. Not only does the village shape the child but it also shapes everyone who is part of that village. Growing in community means that each of us, whether student, parent or staff member, are shaped by the experiences we have together. Whether we are leading an activity, participating in it or providing support, the interactions we have, enable us to grow. Full engagement in community produces deepest growth. 

One of my great privileges is to be part of the Pacific community where staff, students and parents give their best for others in the community. Through all of our interactions we are constantly shaped by the people around us. Over this term there have been rich opportunities for learning in the classroom, in the outdoors, through sport, service and cultural activities and community events. Thank you to everyone for all you have given to make this term one of great growth. In community, every piece is needed to make up the picture.

Principal's Log

We congratulate Year 9 student Joseph Higginson who has successfully completed a Senior Astronomy Course through the University of Southern Queensland. Joseph is the youngest student to have completed this 12-month course. Well done to Joseph on this outstanding academic achievement.

Over the weekend, the KidsFORKids Concert was held at Aussie World to raise funds for two Sunshine Coast children undergoing cancer treatment, including our Year 10 student Declan Walker. Pacific student Sam Aitkin and his brother Tim, of Hoo8hoo, along with a number of their peers, initiated this successful community event. We are pleased to report that $20,060 was raised, which will be split equally between the Walker and Harry families. Thank you to our community for supporting this very worthwhile cause.

On Saturday, it was exciting to watch the PLC Fillies win their grand final match by taking the lead for the first time with three seconds remaining on the clock. It took great heart to come from six goals behind at half time. The girls can be proud of the good spirit and teamwork they showed and we thank coach and manager Mrs Dee-Anne Gorham for her support of this team. PLC Netball Club then celebrated their growth this season at the presentations on Sunday. We thank all of our netball parents for their support, the players and umpires and the committee of Mrs Julie Hoffman, Mrs Bianca Moffitt and Mrs Sophie McKenzie. It has been good to see the growth this year in our netball club.

It was exciting to hear that our Senior B Girls and Senior B Boys touch teams also won their grand finals last night. What pleased me most was the report that they played with great spirit and sportsmanship and represented themselves and the College well. Well done to our touch players and thank you to coaches Mr Darren Lawrence, Mr Andrew Block and Mr Kurt Jones.

As a College we also recognise the very significant contribution of Mr Ian Barnes who has been President of Pacific Soccer for the past six years. We thank Ian for his generosity of time and spirit and his calm, kind and good-humoured leadership of the soccer club, which has seen it grow from strength to strength. I encourage everyone to read the tribute from the Pacific Soccer Club at the lead of their article this week. We appreciate that Ian will remain as a support for the incoming President and Vice President as his son Isaac completes Year 12 next year.

Next term we will be welcoming returning teachers Mrs Wendy Wescombe and Mrs Shelley Hogan from maternity leave and Mr Darren Hooper, Mr Terry Clark and Mrs Amanda Empson from long service leave. We thank Mr Brian Ashley, Mr Kurt Jones, Mr Scott Massie, Mrs Lara Stiller and Mrs Belinda Vivash for their leadership of young people’s learning in their time at the College and wish them every blessing for the future. We also thank Mrs Natalie Campbell who has done an outstanding job in Mr Hooper’s absence as the Acting Head of Junior Sport in addition to her normal role.

Next term our Director of Teaching and Learning Ms Sue Arahill and Middle and Senior College Biology and Science Teacher Mrs Gisela Hohls will be taking long service leave. We thank both of these ladies for their very significant contribution as very capable leaders and teachers of learning and wish them a well-earned time of fun, rest and rejuvenation. Mrs Rae Hall will become the Acting Director of Teaching and Learning while retaining her current role of Head of Middle College Teaching and Learning. Ms Rebecca Ross who has worked with Ms Arahill in recent years to check and finalise the Year 12 certification processes will take on a new role of Acting Head of Senior College Studies while also retaining her role as Head of Science. Mr Jeff Goodwin will teach Ms Arahill’s Year 12 Maths C class and Mr Luke Dutney will be teaching Mrs Hohl’s classes.

Our Head of Humanities Mrs Elley Wood is taking maternity leave from the start of next term. We thank Mrs Wood for her professional and capable leadership of student learning and wish her and her partner John, God’s richest blessings as they move into this new exciting phase of their lives. Mrs Tina Cox will be the Acting Head of English and Humanities in Mrs Wood’s absence and Ms Alisha Janssen will be the Acting Head of Middle College Humanities. Mr Terry Rubesaame will be teaching Mrs Wood’s classes in Term 4. 

Our College Nurse Ms Sharon Dean is taking up the opportunity to take on a new role from the start of next term. We are delighted for Ms Dean that she has the opportunity to expand her career. We thank Ms Dean for her care of students, staff and their families in her time here as College Nurse and thank her for the leadership she provided in enhancing the policies and procedures for a very high quality health care space within our College. 

Over the holiday break families will be receiving a letter from me providing details about arrangements for next term and next year. It is important that families read this carefully. This will include details of changes to pedestrian movement as a result of roadworks being conducted by Main Roads near the College from the start of next term. Families are also encouraged to read the Upcoming Roadwork and Changes to Pedestrian Traffic Near the College notice in this newsletter and plan for the changes occurring next term.

We give thanks to God for the rich blessings he provides to this community and for the people of Pacific. Over the school break, we trust that you all enjoy time with family and friends and for those who have holidays, a time of rejuvenation. Thank you for your gifts of time and support.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

Not Returning in 2017?

Families who are not returning in 2017 are reminded that they will need to give notice of this by 9.00am on Tuesday 4th October to avoid late notice penalties.

Upcoming Roadwork and Changes to Pedestrian Traffic Near the College

The Department of Transport and Main Roads has advised us of upcoming roadwork near the College. The roadworks are part of a $22 million project to improve access to the Sunshine Coast University Hospital. These works will have impact on pedestrian movement and will lead to some delays for motor vehicles. Parents are asked to take these changes into account as they drive near the College from the start of next term. Where students walk to the College, parents are encouraged to make their children familiar with these changes prior to next term.

The project will involve widening and sealing the existing road formation and upgrading the intersections with Kawana Way Link Road to improve traffic capacity. Construction is scheduled to commence from mid-October and will generally be undertaken Monday to Saturday between 7.00am and 5.00pm.

For the safety of road workers, pedestrians and motorists, changed traffic conditions including traffic control devices, lane width reductions and speed reductions will be in place. Electronic message boards will be installed at the approaches to the work site in the coming weeks to provide motorists with advance notice. Motorists may experience minor delays during these works.

In addition, temporary changes to pedestrian access will be required. The pedestrian facilities on Kawana Way, near the intersection with Kawana Way Link Road, will be closed during daylight hours. Signage and fencing will be in place. Pedestrians will be required to detour from just north of the Currimundi Creek bridge on Kawana Way and travel east along the existing footpath behind the forested area, before re-joining Creekside Boulevard. A temporary pedestrian crossing will be installed with a refuge between the two lanes of traffic on Creekside Boulevard. Temporary signage will be installed in advance of the crossing to alert motorists to the changed pedestrian facilities. Motorists will also be required to reduce their speed limit to 40kmh. Pedestrian facilities will not be affected during the evenings. This is to ensure lit footpaths remain accessible outside of daylight hours. Pedestrian facilities are expected to return to normal for the start of the 2017 school year, weather and construction conditions permitting.

Please click here to download a map, which outlines these changes.

Term 3 Reports – Years 9-12

Year 9-11
Term 3 reports should be completed by Friday 16th September. An SMS will be issued to parents when the reports become available through Parent Lounge. Parent Lounge can be accessed via our website at:

Please use the following details to login to Parent Lounge:

Username = XXXXXX (your parent code which is the account number on the top right corner on your fee statement)

Password = XXXXX (your BPay reference number on the top right corner on your fee statement)

Reports will be available for viewing for the first week of the school holidays (to Monday 19th September). At this point, they will be unavailable again for two weeks while teachers complete the Year 12 reports.


Year 12
To provide greater time for Year 12 students to complete assessments, the reporting timeline for this year level has been extended. Therefore, the Year 12 reports will be available by the end of Week 1, Term 4. Once again, an SMS will be issued to parents when these are completed. Parents are to follow the above instructions to access the Year 12 reports.

From the College Pastor


It is the last week of term and school holidays are just around the corner. The holidays are a time to recharge our batteries before coming back to school for more learning. Having a holiday and a rest from our work is necessary for our wellbeing. Do you rest and recharge your body? Check out this image by Australian cartoonist Michael Leunig.

Our bodies need recharging just as much as any piece of technology. We need to recharge our energy levels by getting a good amount of sleep each night. We need to recharge our bodies by eating healthy food and exercising regularly. We need to recharge our bodies by slowing down and having some down time when we are anxious, worried or feeling low. We need to recharge by having a holiday after a long term or period of hard work. Some of us might recharge our batteries by being in nature, absorbing the natural environment, soaking up God’s good creation. Others might recharge by being with people, socialising, talking and enjoying each other’s company. Whatever way we do it, recharging ourselves is just as important as recharging our devices.

Getting in the habit of recharging our mobile devices each day is a necessary practice in today’s world. But an even more important question is how do you recharge yourself each day? What habit do you do, or can you develop, to slow down, be in the moment, sit in the stillness and be recharged by God these holidays?

Prayer: Lord Jesus, your word says to us, ‘be still and know that I am God’. Help us to be still, to slow down, to be in the moment, so that you can work in us and recharge our batteries. Recharge our bodies, our minds, our souls. In the midst of our busyness, give us your peace and the opportunity to rest these holidays. In your name we pray. Amen.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

‘2gather 2gether’ – Year 12 and Year 2

This Thursday, the Year 2 and Year 12 students brought their lunch for a gathering to connect before the holidays. Again, this was a really positive experience and the connections made between Year 2 and Year 12 students continued to flourish. It was a relaxing and engaging opportunity for Year 12 students to lead a range of activities with the Year 2 students. Thank you to our Year 12 students.

Year 12, 2017 – Leadership Day

Year 11 students (Year 12, 2017) are reminded of their upcoming leadership day, which will take place at the end of Week 1 next term. Students received a letter about this event last week. Please note this amendment to the date on the College Calendar: this will be on Friday 7th October at Lake Kawana Community Centre.  

Lutheran Youth of Queensland (LYQ) Leadership Trainer Juliette Warne, LYQ facilitators and Pacific Lutheran College staff will lead students throughout the day. Students will have the opportunity to learn about teamwork, overcoming adversity, effective communication skills, role modelling, leadership qualities, emotional trust and validation as well as reflecting on personal and team leadership. The day will also provide opportunities for the cohort to grow connections as they continue their senior journey into their final school year. Students will engage in reflective conversation and participate in physical activities, as they learn and think about their own capacity to lead and work with others in their own unique way.

This week, Year 11 students finalised their senior jersey design. It has been positive to observe students lead and engage in conversations about this design process. Students received a letter last week and are invited to try on sizes for their senior jersey order in the Middle/Senior College office. Orders and payment are due by Friday 14th October to the Middle/Senior College Administration.

We wish all families, staff and students a safe and relaxing holiday break.

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

End of Term

Thank you to all parents and families for their support and involvement in the many and varied aspects of life in the Prep – Year 5 area of the College this term. This support and involvement is greatly valued and welcomed by the children, staff and the entire College community. We wish all students and families a relaxing and enjoyable break. Students will commence Term 4 on Tuesday 4th October

Junior College Talent Quest

Over the past three weeks, students have had the opportunity to be involved in the Junior College Talent Quest. It has been amazing to witness the quality of performances and the variety of talents displayed by our students. It takes both courage and ability to perform in front of peers and we congratulate all students who participated. The winners will have the opportunity to entertain the crowd at Grandparents Day next term. A special thank you to Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Mrs Jenna Woodforth, Miss Anita Morton and special guest judge, Mrs Janine Delaney, for their efforts in organising the event.

Sunshine Coast Council TravelSmart Bike Week

Sunshine Coast Bike Week is a nine day celebration of cycling on the Sunshine Coast, taking place from 24th September to 2nd October. Bike Week aims to encourage participation in cycling while promoting road safety messages. Over the nine days, there will be a series of events, most of which are free and provided by local community groups and businesses. Some of the activities include cycle workshops for children, supervised and directed rides for the whole family and BMX and mountain bike activities and classes. For program dates, full details and registration, search for ‘cycling workshops’ at:

Year 5 Camp

As Year 5 students are attending camp in Week 1 next term, parents are reminded that permission forms need to be returned as soon as possible. Before attending camp, parents may also need to update their child’s medical information to include any illnesses, which may affect students over the camp.

Grandparents Day and Student Art Exhibition

Next term on Friday 21st October, we welcome grandparents and family friends to the College. The morning offers students the opportunity to show and involve their extended families in their daily experiences at school. Visitors will spend time in classrooms before attending morning tea and being entertained by a variety of musical performances. Details and a program for the event will be sent home early next term. The Student Art Exhibition will be held on the same day, commencing at 6.00pm in the Art Gallery. Grandparents will enjoy an exclusive sneak peak of the exhibition at morning tea, between 10.45am to 11.00am.

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

Student Awards

Stars of the Week

This Week Monday 12th September

Prep: Alexis Jarrett, Taylah Jarrett, Joshua van Staden, Joshua Cockburn, Thomas Cannon and Mitchell Cannon.

Year 1: Joe Pollard, Cooper Tink and Emily Bryce.

Year 2: Cayley Slevin, Leah McFadyen, Brody McGregor, Sonny Austin, Annabella Hentschel, Jaelah Frost-Wright, Emily Creamer, Jemma Simpson, Ashtyn Gigney, Amelie Bradley and Maddy Walsh.

Year 3:  Abbey Christie, Matthew Schimmel, Grace Cawley, Emily Holliday and Charles Ford.  

Year 4:  Hayley Barrett, Jack Young, Olivia Boland and Cooper Kiernan.

Year 5:  Christian Schlotterbach, Jade Smart, Lily Daniel, Lachlan Currey and Class 5A.

You Can Do It Awards

This Week Monday 12th September

Confidence:  Charlie Whatham.

Persistence:  Luca Francesconi Silveira and Monty Palmer.

Organisation:  Sienna Baker and Sofia Aronsson.

Getting Along:  Stella Barnes, Flynn Johnson, Amber Hetherington, Jay Ricotta and Zane Thompson.

Resilience:  Liam Hague.

Other Awards

Mathletics:  Jaelah Frost-Wright, Nate Hauser, Blake Dines, Zac McCarthy, Taj Turney and Macey Winter Oliver.

MultiLit:  Tyler Jacobs, Macey Winter Oliver, Caleb Donohue, Mitchell Pyke and Indy Suseno. 

Food for Thought

Parents have to get involved

As with the real world, the internet also has its seamy side and it's all too easy for children to stray into it. To preserve the best of what's online for your children and avoid the garbage, parents have to get involved. Just as you know every detail of the playground around the corner, you need to know your children’s online environment as well. Read more at:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

OCEANfest Wrap Up
The primary focus of OCEANfest is to promote a sense of connection to both our immediate and extended communities whilst providing a fun and social event that caters for all ages. We are sure many of you either met someone new or got to know somebody better through OCEANfest 2016. Making a profit is certainly one of our goals, however the Organising Committee has always been focused on providing a great community event. This focus has worked extremely well in the past and was certainly evident again this year.

The final figures are still being calculated and will hopefully be completed by the end of this month. Thank you to our Treasurer Sanet Strong, who has been working through this large task.

Friends of Pacific are extremely appreciative of the community’s involvement, support and assistance, no matter how large or small. We extend a sincere thank you to everyone involved.

We would like to share some feedback that has filtered in from various sources:

“OCEANfest certainly confirmed that we made the right decision to move to the most amazing school and community of people two years ago! Thank you!”

“Thank you to Friends of Pacific, Pacific Lutheran College and St Mark’s for such a wonderful family event. The fireworks were more than spectacular. They were worth coming for alone! My family had a wonderful time and I thank you all.”

“A big thank you to all of the teachers, parents and sponsors for making the OCEANfest 2016 such an incredible success! Our family had the best night, our heartfelt thanks.”


  • WINNER of the WEARECO voucher, Book Buyers Raffle Prize: Rita Williams
  • RUNNER UP of the WEARECO voucher, Book Buyers Raffle Prize: Liza White
  • WINNER of the WEARECO voucher, Early Bird Raffle Draw: Mel Roberts
  • WINNER of the gift card donated by TFH for Early Bird online ride passes: Sam Hutson
  • WINNER of the Carnivale Lolly Guessing Competition: Leanne Bevis

Final Meetings for 2016
There are now only two meetings left for 2016 – the October meeting and then the AGM in November. At the AGM, all positions on the committee will be declared vacant and a new committee will be elected for 2017. We encourage all of our College families to be involved. There is always room for more volunteers and we always welcome new committee members.

Finally, we hope everyone enjoys a safe and relaxing holiday break.

Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Code Club

Ten students have completed the first Code Club course, Scratch 1. Students received their certificates on assembly last Monday. Congratulations to Luca Turney, Ainslie Colton, Mya Boyall, Jessica Lloyd, Elizabeth MacLean, Riley Osborne, Ryan Salvesen, Sam Swan, Tamara Zolotar and Gabriella McKenzie.

Roald Dahl Day

On Tuesday, our Year 2 students were invited to attend Roald Dahl Day to celebrate the 100th anniversary of his birth. Students were involved in a series of activities based on Roald Dahl’s books, The Twits, Fantastic Mr Fox, George’s Marvellous Medicine and The Enormous Crocodile. Students and staff then enjoyed a fabulous feast in Willy Wonka Land, provided by Mrs Colleen Beattie and the Year 12 Hospitality students. The library staff and Year 2 teachers were all in costume and many students came dressed as their favourite Roald Dahl character. Thank you to everyone for making the day a great success.


Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

Junior College

Year 4 Geography

This term in Year 4 Geography, students have explored the topics of sustainability, recycling and re-purposing of materials. The Landfill Harmonic was our motivation for this purpose. The Landfill Harmonic is a program based in Paraguay that aims to teach children, regardless of social or economic status, how to play a classical instrument. When the program started, the take-up rate far outweighed the number of instruments available and as a result, the leaders of the program were forced to look at alternatives. They began to construct instruments from landfill waste and have now given thousands of children the opportunity to master an instrument.

Inspired by the ingenuity of the Harmonic program, the Year 4 students designed and built musical instruments from household waste and any recycled materials they could find. They were required to design and choose suitable materials for their instrument and weren’t allowed to buy anything new for the project. They constructed their instruments at school and can be very proud of their efforts. This week, students performed with their instruments for the Year 2 classes.


Year 4 Teachers

Secondary College

Congratulations Joseph Higginson

Year 9 student Joseph Higginson has recently completed a Senior Astronomy Course through the University of Southern Queensland (USQ). While the course is recommended for high achieving Year 11 students, it has previously been delivered to talented Year 10 students. What makes Joseph’s successful completion of this course such an outstanding feat, is that he started it when he was in Year 8 and has completed it this year as a Year 9 student. Joseph has gained a place in The School of Astronomy and Astrophysics (TSAA) record book as the youngest student to successfully complete the 12-month tertiary-level Astronomy course.

Over the yearlong course, Joseph engaged with professional academics and astronomers from institutions around the world. In addition, as it is also recognised as ‘Advanced School-Based Study’ by QCAA, Joseph will be eligible for two credit points towards his Year 12 QCE.

Congratulations to Joseph on this outstanding achievement!

Miss Rebecca Ross, Head of Science

Japanese Department

Thank You Emi Sensei
As Term 3 comes to an end, we say goodbye to Emi Sensei who has been at Pacific for the past two terms, assisting in the Japanese classroom. Emi Sensei has provided great opportunities for our students to develop their cultural awareness and understanding of Japan. Thank you to the Hoffman family for hosting Emi Sensei. We wish Emi Sensei all the best for her future endeavours.

Are you interested in hosting a Japanese Teacher Assistant?
At Pacific, we have been fortunate to always have a Japanese Teacher Assistant (JTA) in our Japanese classroom to assist in our students’ learning and to share their diverse cultural knowledge and experiences with us. Students benefit greatly from having a native speaker in their lessons and even more so for the families who host.

We are currently seeking host families for potential JTAs for Term 4 of this year and throughout 2017. JTAs vary in their length of stay and can be either short-term (a few weeks) or long-term (a few terms). It is desirable for host families to have students attending the College.

The successful host families will be paid $150 a week to cover costs such as food and utilities. If you believe your family could make a JTA feel like a part of our community, please obtain an information pack and application form from Mrs Michiko Hauser (Toriyabe Sensei) in the S6 staffroom. Alternatively, please email:

Inbound and Outbound Exchange Programs
As the term ends, we say good-bye to Reina and Satomi who have spent the past seven weeks at Pacific as a part of the Inbound Exchange Program, which was established this year. It has been great to see the girls develop strong friendships with the Year 10 students and gain a deep understanding of what life is like in an Australian school. We thank the Petersen and Connors families for hosting Reina and Satomi, allowing this wonderful program to take place. Both girls will fly back to Japan on the first weekend of the upcoming holidays.

We also wish Mali Davis and Lauren Petersen all the best as they prepare to travel to Seishin to commence their one term exchange program. Mali and Lauren will be flying out of Australia in the second week of the upcoming holidays and will complete their Term 4 studies at Seishin.

Mrs Michiko Hauser, Head of 6-12 Japanese

Cultural News

Mulan – Change of Date and Venue

Please note the following update to the College Calendar: The Year 4-7 Musical Production of Mulan will be held on Saturday 12th November. Due to renovations occurring at The Events Centre, Caloundra we have also had to change the venue of the performance. The performance will now be held at Lifepointe Baptist Church, 186 Wises Road, Buderim. Ticketing information will be released early next term.

Mrs Laura Bonner and Miss Anita Morton

Student Art Exhibition

The students from Pacific Lutheran College cordially invite you to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of student work in Visual Art, from Kindergarten to Year 12.

Date: Friday 21st October                        

Time: 6.00pm to 9.00pm

Location: Pacific Art Gallery

The Good Food Fellas will be serving food on the night. Click here to download their menu.

Mrs Denise McMahon, Head of Visual Art

From the Head of Career Development

Options Careers Calendar

Click here to download the latest Options Careers Calendar.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Junior Sport

Gala Day 3

With wonderful weather last Thursday, 260 students across Years 4-6, staff and coaches set off to nine different locations for the third SCISSA Gala Day this year.

We had 23 teams participating in round robin style events in AFL, basketball, soccer, touch football, volleyball and water polo. Pacific students participated against other Independent District Schools during the day including Matthew Flinders Anglican College, Caloundra Christian College, Immanuel Lutheran College, Sunshine Coast Grammar School, Nambour Christian College, Suncoast Christian College and Good Shepherd Lutheran College.

Our kayaking and dance students also participated in full day programs. The dance group had specialist instructors in for their sessions and the kayakers toured the waterways of the Bells Reach and Currimundi areas.

There were many weary students returning to the College at the end of Gala Day, but all had great stories of fun to share with their families and friends.

Congratulations to the following teams who won in their divisions on the day:

  • Girls Volleyball – B Division Pool 1
  • Boys Volleyball – A Division
  • Boys Volleyball – B Division Pool 1
  • Boys Touch Football – C Division Pool 2
  • Girls Soccer – A Division
  • Girls Soccer – B Division
Junior Sports Achievements

Congratulations to the following junior teams and students on their recent successes. 

In a nail biting finish to their season, the PLC Fillies pulled off a one point win over Golden Beach in the final seconds of the game. Congratulations to these Year 5 and 6 girls for a fantastic end to a great season. 

PLC Netball Club held their presentation afternoon last Sunday. The 2016 Spirit Award recipients for the junior teams were: 

  • Unicorns – Amelia Holmes (Year 3)
  • Ponies – Mia Salta (Year 5)
  • Brumbies – Caitlyn Moffitt (Year 5)
  • Fillies – Holly Williams (Year 6)
  • Mustangs – Amie Hague (Year 6)

The Spirit Award is presented to a team member who has displayed great teamwork, positive attitude and enthusiasm, trains well, tries their best at training and in games and shows respect to their coaches, manager and team mates.  

Congratulations to Elliott Burlone (Year 4) and Jonti Fisher (Year 5) who were nominated for a Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association award and received their Adermann Award medallions at last weekend’s presentations. 

Spikezone Volleyball

During Term 3 SCISSA, our volleyball teams also had additional assistance from a specialist volleyball coach from Volleyball Queensland during a number of their sessions. With our volleyball teams achieving great success at the recent Gala Day, it is evident that these sessions were of great benefit to our students. Thank you to Volleyball Queensland.

Game On Rugby Program

Congratulations to our 20 students across Year 3-4 who participated in the Game On Rugby program during Term 3. The students completed six lunchtime sessions with a coach from Queensland Rugby Union, learning and developing their Rugby skills.  

St George Rookies2Reds

Our thanks to Joseph Morris from Qld Rugby Union for speaking at this week’s assembly. During Term 4, Queensland Rugby Union’s St George Rookies2Reds program will be coming to Pacific. Online registration for Rookies2Reds is now open for all students aged 5-11 years. The registration fee is $60 and all participants receive a Rookie2Reds pack. The program will run on Thursday afternoons from 6th October to 3rd November from 3.30pm to 4.30pm at Pacific. Click here to download the information flyer.

Netball Development

A netball development program for Prep – Year 3 students will run during Term 4. This program will be held during Wednesday lunchtimes. Further information regarding this program will be sent home in the first week of Term 4.

My sincere thanks to the Pacific staff from various departments across the College and to our coaches for their support of Junior Sport activities during Term 3.

Mrs Natalie Campbell, Acting Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Touch – Grand Finals

This week marked the conclusion of the SCISSA touch season, with the grand finals being played at the Peregian touch fields on Wednesday night. Pacific had two teams contesting the finals (Senior B Boys and Senior B Girls).

The Senior B Girls were undefeated all season as they entered the grand final game against Sunshine Coast Grammar School (SCGS). Pacific started off strongly, scoring two tries very early on in the first half. However, SCGS managed to stop Pacific’s flow and by the end of the first half, the score was 3-0 to Pacific. The second half was all Pacific as well as the girls claimed victory over SCGS (5-0). A big congratulations to the girls for their season and we thank to Mr Darren Lawrance and Mr Andrew Block for coaching them.

In the Senior B Boys game, it was a seesaw affair with both teams failing to get a lead on each other throughout the game. At the start, Pacific got off to a 2-0 lead, but their opponents (SCGS) fought back to keep the game tight. By the full-time siren, the scores were locked at 4-4. In extra time (golden point drop off), Pacific looked like they were going to score off the tap, with a magnificent draw and pass to the wing. However, a ball fumble going over the line gave possession back to SCGS. It didn’t matter however, as three sets later, Pacific went on the attack again and a lovely diving catch from Reece Sarvari on the wing, led to a magnificent try and another grand final win for Pacific! Overall, it was a thrilling game to watch and we congratulate all the boys and their coach Mr Kurt Jones for their win.


Friday Night Basketball

Last week our Junior B Girls team (Year 7) played in the Pacific’s first ever Junior B Girls grand final basketball match. The Pacific team was clearly the shorter team, with the Siena Catholic College girls towering above them in a distinct advantage. However, the Pacific girl’s skills were far superior to the opposition, which made for a very interesting a close match. With only one minute remaining in the game, Pacific was down by seven points, however the girls managed a late comeback and scored a few quick points of turnovers to get within one basket of winning the match. In the end, Siena proved too strong and the girls, despite their amazing effort, lost by two points.

Congratulations to all who played including Tegan Graves, Chloe Fleming, Hayley Pearce, Courtney Page, Eliza Woods, Katie Graves, Caitlyn Barry and Gabby Gorham. It was a great effort by all. We look forward to seeing you in the A division final next year!

Water Polo

Once again, our Senior Girls water polo team had a solid win in their Monday night competition, defeating the top of the table SCGS team. The girls battled in a very even game in the first half, with scores 3-2 to Pacific. However the girls overran the opposition in the second half, with great defence, finishing up 5-3 victors at full time.

A reminder that ALL girls must attend training sessions each week in preparation for finals mid-way through next term. 

Year 7-10 SCISSA Soccer – Term 4

Next term is the start of the final SCISSA sporting competition for the year, with the Year 7-10 Soccer competition being held. We have three teams competing. All students involved must return their consent forms to Mrs Natalie Campbell this week, in order to receive their playing jerseys.

Parents will be emailed game details each week and students will also be advised on Schoology, student notices, at assembly and in the weekly Compass Newsletter. We wish our teams all the best for the competition.

Regional Aquathon / Triathlon

If any students are interested in trialling for the Sunshine Coast Regional Aquathon (11-12 years) or Triathlons (13-19 years), please contact Mr Mark Hauser urgently. Nominations for this trial need to be entered online by Sunday 30th October.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer

Thank You Ian Barnes – From the Pacific Soccer Community

In light of Ian’s decision to step down as President of Pacific Soccer, we take a moment to reflect on Ian’s significant and unique contribution to the community.

Ian has been the driving force behind Pacific Soccer over the last six years all the while running his own busy engineering business in Caboolture. Even this year, when his son, Isaac, no longer played for the club, Ian continued on as President. Prior to taking on the presidency role, Ian was a coach and manager for Isaac’s team and also the equipment officer for the club. Each week Ian somehow found time to deal with all the Pacific Soccer issues that regularly arose, providing fair and considered responses every time. It wasn’t unusual for other committee members to receive an email at 2.00am in the mornings too! For the past six years, Ian has also written the comprehensive weekly club newsletter, which provided much information to the community including wonderful, action photos he had taken of the games. Ian was first at the grounds each Saturday of our home games to put the nets up, help with whatever needed to be done and then was the last to leave when soccer finished for the day.

What is unique about Ian’s involvement is the level of kindness and the caring nature he has shown towards every person he interacted with in the various community organisations. Working with volunteer organisations, particularly children’s sporting organisations can at times be quite challenging. No matter how difficult the situation may be, Ian could always be counted on to consider the situation thoughtfully, ensuring that everyone involved was heard and understood, before devising the best outcome for all concerned. Ian ensured that all decisions were made in the interest of our players so they could enjoy soccer and develop their love of the game.

In recognition for his service to Pacific Soccer, Ian was nominated for 2016 SCCSA Chaplains Award. The SCCSA Chaplain's Award is presented to a volunteer, administrator, player or group for providing an outstanding service to the community – through their involvement in soccer. We congratulate Ian on his nomination and thank him for his dedication and service to Pacific Soccer and SCCSA. We wish him well in his future endeavours.

  • Pacific Soccer Breakup 
  • Pacific Soccer AGM
  • Award Presentations
  • Adermann Awards 2016
  • Final Wrap-Up 2016 Season
  • Bunnings Fundraiser - 17th September
  • Equipment Return
  • Premier Coaching Holiday Camps
  • Sunshine Coast Fire Camp 
  • Refereeing in 2017
  • Pacific Soccer Contacts

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

Mr Ian Barnes, Pacific Soccer President

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Upcoming Dates

16 K-12 Chapel
  Term 3 Concludes
3 Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
4 Term 4 Commences
5-7 Year 5 Camp - Bornhoffen
7 Year 11 Leadership Day
9-14 Year 6 Canberra Tour
14-17 Melbourne Arts Tour
17 Student Free Day (Kindy Open)
18 Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
20 SCISSA Trial Game 7
21 Grandparents Day
  Student Art Exhibition (6.00pm)
27-28 Year 3 Camp - Luther Heights