Compass No 440 - November 2016

From the Principal

We Remember

On Friday 11th November at 11.00am, we will pause for a minute silence to remember all those who have died or suffered for Australia's cause in all wars and armed conflicts. We value the sacrifice that men and women have made so that we can live with the freedoms and abundance that we have today. We pray for all those who have been affected by war, for wisdom for our leaders and for peace around the world. 

Principal's Log

The Student Showcase Concert on Friday night highlighted the growth and level of talent in our ensemble groups. Each of the groups played high quality entertaining music that at times moved our hearts and at others, had us tapping our toes. It was a wonderful celebration of musical talent with the Music Centre filled to capacity with parents and friends who came to appreciate the musicality of the young people. Well done and congratulations to all the students who were involved, their instrumental teachers and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Mr Adrian King, Mrs Helen Williams and Miss Anita Morton. Thank you to our parents for attending the evening and also for their support of their children’s musical growth over many years.

Also on Friday night, many students were involved in the final week of our 3-on-3 Basketball Competition. Students had a lot of fun, displayed very high levels of sportsmanship and rose to the challenge of ‘giving their best’ as they further developed skills and also connected with other students. We thank Mr Mark Hauser and Mr Scott Crompton for their leadership of this unique learning opportunity.

We look forward to the performance of the Year 4-7 musical production of Mulan this Saturday at the Lifepointe Baptist Centre. Our young people are excited and well prepared after many weeks of rehearsal. We wish Director Mrs Laura Bonner, Musical Director Miss Anita Morton and the cast and crew all the best for their performances on Saturday.

Our First Lego League Teams will be competing in robotics competitions over this weekend. Students have a chance to win a place to represent Queensland and if successful at a national level, to go on and represent Australia. While there is this opportunity, students gain most from the fun and challenge of working together amongst a buzz of like-minded young people. We wish our teams led by Mr Andrew Block and Mrs Toni Fisher all the best this weekend.

Students new to the Middle College enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the Orientation Day on Monday. Parents also valued the opportunity to connect on Monday night and learn more about the principles underpinning the rich learning culture of our Middle College. We thank Mrs Rae Hall, Mr Brendan Delaney and Mrs Leanne Bevis for their overall organisation of the day and to all staff and students for making the day a warm, worthwhile and welcoming one for our new Middle College students.

We wish our Year 12 students all the best as they complete their final assessments. From Tuesday next week, students will engage in a variety of activities including presentations about personal safety and financial matters from outside community members before enjoying a variety of farewell celebrations.

We pray for all those who grieve and suffer. We pray for peace and wisdom and insight for our world leaders. We pray for the varying needs of our Year 12 students as they finish their time with us. We pray a prayer of thanks for all those who have made sacrifices so that we might live in peace and thrive.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

2017 School Fees

The College Council has set the fees for the 2017 school year, being mindful of keeping fee increases as low as possible to ensure that Pacific remains accessible for families who value the Lutheran ethos and rich culture of learning that grows young people across every dimension of their lives. For 2017, the fees will increase by 2.4% overall. The Year 6, 9 and 10 resource levies will also increase to take account of increased costs of the Year 6 Canberra Tour and the two-week Outdoor Education experience that Year 9 and 10 students will be completing next year. The overall increase of 2.4% is largely due to the increased salary costs of staff. Families are reminded that Pacific fees are fully inclusive of all activities at the College to enable families to budget for the year.

The fee schedule for next year can be found on the College’s website at: Families are reminded to make contact with the College’s Business Manager if they have questions or concerns in relation to their fee arrangements.

From the College Pastor


Human beings can be forgetful creatures. As we grow older and our hair turns grey, the grey matter in our brains isn’t always as quick as it used to be. Remembering where we put those car keys or that piece of paper can be challenging. As a community, society or country we can also find it challenging to remember and sometimes we forget what happened in our past. So we have national observances like Remembrance Day to help us remember the sacrifices former generations have made for us. We pause for a minute’s silence, we wear poppies and hear the story retold of what our soldiers did for us in World War One. We remember those who died on the Western Front and never came back. We remember the guns that were silenced at 11.00am on 11th November 1918, after more than four years of continuous warfare. Events that are long separated from us by the passing of time, but we are still able to connect with rituals and ceremonies.   

Nearly 2000 years ago, a Jewish man observed another ritual, remembering the sacrifice of former generations. As he celebrated the killing of a lamb and gave his friends bread and wine he said, “Do this in remembrance of me”. In this ceremony, Jesus gave us a meal of remembering in which He gives us His body and blood. It’s a meal Christians today continue to celebrate as the Lord’s Supper. We need Remembrance Day to remember the sacrifices made for us by our fellow country men and women in war. And we need days to remember Jesus, who gave Himself up for us and shed His blood so that we would have eternal life and the peace that knows no end.  

This cup is the new covenant in my blood. Do this, as often as you drink it, in remembrance of me. (Corinthians 11:25)

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Prep – Year 2 Swim Program

From Monday, all students in Years Prep –Year 2 will be participating in an intensive swimming program over two weeks. Students should arrive at the College in their swimmers and with sunscreen already applied (sunscreen will also be available at the College). Students will be travelling to and from the Kawana Aquatic Centre on the College buses. Parents are most welcome to attend these lessons.


A number of students are presenting to school each day without hats. During break times, students need to wear a hat or they are required to stay out of the sun. Students should also wear their hats when travelling to and from the College. We ask all parents/guardians to please ensure that children are bringing/wearing a hat to school each day.

Upcoming Events

Carols Night

On Friday 25th November, the annual Carols Night will be held in the gym, commencing at 5.00pm. Food will be available for purchase after the concert. A flyer with further details will be sent home next week.

Prep – Year 5 End of Year Service

On Monday 28th November, the Prep – Year 5 End of Year Service will be held in the College gym, commencing at 9.15am. The service marks an important milestone for all students, particularly our Year 5 students who will move into the Middle College next year and our Year 2 students who will move into Junior College in 2017. All parents and family members are most welcome to attend this important event. An invitation providing further details will be sent home next week. 

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

Student Awards

Stars of the Week

This Week Monday 7th November

Prep:  Amelia Walsh, Faolan Shearer, Matthew Carlaw, Eva Barker, Henry Dunn-Neill, Cooper Ridley, Laura Newman and Flynn Johnson.

Year 1:  Alexa Karavolas and Valentino Kelly.

Year 2:  Leah McFadyen, Holly Targato, Phoebe Shearer, Brody McGregor, Madyson Pearle, Annabella Hentschel, Charlotte Hall, Miranda Walsh and Jemma Simpson.

Year 3:  Georgia Karavolas, Alex Schlotterbach, Danica Cockburn, Sameeha Thompson, Emily Holliday and Sam McKean.

Year 4:  Zara Grant, Luke Becker and Jessica Lloyd.

Year 5:  Jack Brewer, Mackenzie Gigney, Eamon Mahoney and Zane Holmes.

You Can Do It Awards

This Week Monday 7th November

Confidence:  Sienna Pyke, Liam Hague and Hayley Mees.

Persistence:  Levi Mansfield and Ben Greenough.

Organisation:  Ruby McKibbon.

Getting Along:  Toby Creamer.

Resilience: Lara Foxe Hooper. 

Other Awards

Mathletics Gold: Rachel Monroe and Caleb Donohue.

Japanese:  Lincon Daniels and Kyah Morgan.

Library News

Library Monitors 2017

Students in Years 5 and 6 may now apply to be library monitors for 2017. Application forms can be collected from the library and must be submitted by Wednesday 16th November.

This year’s library monitors will receive an invitation to our end of year function shortly.

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

Secondary College

Year 11 Hospitality Excursion

At the end of October, the Year 11 Hospitality class visited the Noosa RACV resort. The excursion aimed to provide students with an overview of all areas in the hospitality industry. On arrival, RACV’s Human Resource Manager, Kellie, greeted students and gave an informative tour of the resort. She even discussed future employment opportunities and provided the students with some interview tips. We were then taken on a behind the scenes tour of the brand new kitchen facilities with Brad the Chef de Partie. We saw an array of commercial equipment, watched chefs performing daily tasks and visited multiple cool rooms and food storage areas. We visited the cold rooms where all desserts and pastries are prepared and sampled some delicious chocolate truffles made by the head pastry chef.

Students were then treated to a demonstration from Ben the Sous Chef. In class, students are currently learning to make canapés for the upcoming Year 12 Graduation Ceremony. To tie in with our learning, Ben showed students how to make his signature dish, crispy crab cake sliders. Multiple elements were used to create these sliders including pickled carrot, mayonnaise, rocket and a brioche bun. They were packed full of flavour! Next, we entered the resort restaurant where we enjoyed lunch together, ordering tasty meals such as fresh snapper and crisps, beetroot ravioli and pulled lamb tortillas. Overall, the experience was enlightening, providing students with a great overview of the hospitality industry. Thank you to RACV Noosa who gave us to the opportunity to be involved in such an enjoyable experience.

Mrs Colleen Beattie, Head of Hospitality and Food Technology

Cultural News

Student Showcase Concert

Last Friday evening, a Student Showcase Concert was held at the College. The evening commenced with Mr Ed Bettega’s awesome Guitar Ensemble. They played the theme from Harry Potter, The Hanging Tree from Mockingjay and In The Nick Of Time by the late Sam Saunders. 

The Percussion Ensemble then dazzled everyone with a riveting and rhythmic performance of Salsa Para La Morena and The Jungle, which contrasted with the beautiful and exquisite sound of the Pacific Junior Voices who performed Our Song of Peace (Hebrew folk song arrangement) and Cornish Wassail.

The polished and well-practiced Junior String Ensemble played Sleeping Panda and Acrobats by Stephen Chin and also Circus Tricks for Strings by Loreta Fin. The Pacific Senior Voices sung with confidence and splendid accomplishment in their rendition of Leavitt’s Kyrie, Rutter’s For the Beauty of the Earth and Lullaby of Broadway from the musical 42nd Street.

The sonorous Brass Ensemble played the calm and placid Sakura with skill and professionalism, highly contrasting with their last piece, the boisterous Star Wars theme. The sizzling Senior String Ensemble presented Snapdragons by Keith Sharp followed by Clocks by Coldplay arranged by Robert Longfield.

The Senior Concert Band then played with style and brilliant panache, The Kookaburra Patrol, A Pirates Tale and Phantom of the Opera. The Senior Orchestra revelled with dexterity in playing Waltzing Matilda, Colours of the Wind and the ever-popular Star Wars theme. Last but not least, the Jazz Ensemble finished the evening with exuberant flamboyance in their presentation of Tequila and Woodchopper’s Ball.


Without question, students in all ensembles performed with excellence and enjoyment to a very appreciative ‘full house’ audience.

A special thank you to all the tutors who prepared, directed and conducted the ensembles including Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Miss Anita Morton, Miss Karlee Hutchinson, Mr Ed Bettega, Mr Basil Barletta, Mr Nelson Oakley, Mrs Helen Williams and Mr Adrian King. This Showcase Concert was the conclusion of much hard work and preparation by the tutors and students throughout 2016.

Mr Adrian King, Head of Instrumental Music

Music Examination Results – Semester 1 and 2

Congratulations to the following students who have accomplished a brilliant standard of excellence in their music studies throughout Semester 1 and 2 this year:

  • Sophie Wilkinson – Grade 1 / Pass / Violin / A. M. E. B.
  • Dion Owen – Grade 1 / Pass with Honours / Trumpet / A. M. E. B.
  • Charles Box – Grade 2 / Pass / Clarinet / Trinity Board
  • Sebastian Box – Grade 2 / Pass with Merit / Clarinet / Trinity Board
  • Noah Bennett – Grade 2 / Pass with Distinction / Drum Kit / Trinity Board
  • Ethan Watman – Grade 2 / Pass with Credit / Trumpet / A. M. E. B.
  • Sebastian Box – Grade 2 / Pass with Credit / Violin / A. M. E. B.
  • Charlotte Empson – Grade 2 / Pass with Honours / Theory / A. M. E. B.
  • Shaylen Stone – Grade 3 / Pass / Singing / A. M. E. B.
  • Sarah Jones – Grade 3 / Pass / Violin / A. M. E. B.
  • Thomas French – Grade 3 / Pass with Credit / Piano / A. M. E. B.
  • Dafydd Thomas – Grade 3 / Pass with Credit / Trumpet / A. M. E. B.
  • Kate Monroe – Grade 3 / Pass with Honours / Violin / A. M. E. B.
  • Natasha Whiteley – Grade 5 / Pass / Saxophone / Trinity Board
  • Stella Teys – Grade 5 / Pass with Credit / Singing / A. M. E. B.
  • Ella Block – Grade 5 / Pass with Credit / Singing / A. M. E. B.
  • Courtney Smith – Grade 8 / Pass with Credit / Singing / A. M. E. B.

May all students continue and strive to progress to their next level of attainment in the following period of learning.

Mr Adrian King, Head of Instrumental Music

Mulan – This Weekend!

Tickets are still available for our Year 4-7 Musical Production of Mulan this weekend. Visit:

Mrs Laura Bonner and Miss Anita Morton

From the Head of Career Development

QTAC – Year 12

Year 12 students are encouraged to download the following important information in relation to their QTAC applications.

University Information Sessions – December

Most universities hold information sessions in December for students who have received their Year 12 results and are reviewing their QTAC preferences and/or deciding on their future direction. The following are a selection of these sessions in 2016.

  • Australian Catholic University: Know Your Options Information Session on 19th December from 3.30pm – 6.00pm.
  • CQUniversity: On-campus Info and Online Chat Session from 9.00am – 1.00pm on 19th December.
  • Queensland University of Technology: Real Decisions at the Gardens Point campus from 9.00am – 1.00pm on Tuesday 20th December and at the Caboolture campus from 2.00pm – 5.00pm on Tuesday 20th December.
  • University of Queensland: OP Results Advice Night from 4.00pm – 7.00pm on 19th December at the St Lucia campus.
  • University of Southern Queensland: USQ Study Options Event from 10.00am – 11.00am on 19th December at the Springfield campus and at the Ipswich campus from 5.00pm – 7.00pm on the same day.

Griffith University Adam Scott Foundation Sports Business Scholarship

This scholarship supports students who have overcome adversities in life and are passionate about business and sport. The scholarship will cover the student contribution charges (i.e. HECS). Applicants must apply and gain entry to Griffith’s Bachelor of Business (Sports Management) programs. For more information and to access the online application form, visit: Applications close on 26th January 2017.

Information and Communications Technology Excellence Scholarships at UQ

These scholarships aim to encourage and assist first year students to study information and communications technology. The award is valued at $3,000. The scholarships are open to Year 12 students (domestic and international) intending to enrol in one of the following programs at UQ in 2017:

  • Bachelor of Information Technology;
  • Bachelor of Engineering (Honours); or
  • A dual program that includes either of the above courses.

For more information and to apply, visit: Applications close on 23rd January 2017.

Holiday Programs

Jazz Music Institute (JMI) Summer Jazz Clinic

JMI offers accredited degree, diploma and certificate courses in jazz performance. From 10th – 13th January 2017, the institute will run its Summer Jazz Clinic at its Brisbane campus in Bowen Hills. The clinic is open to all ages and abilities. The key areas of focus will be:

  • Theory and harmony;
  • Small ensemble performance; and
  • Improvisation techniques.

For further details and to register, visit:

JMC Academy’s Holiday Workshops – Brisbane

JMC will hold introductory workshops for high school students on the following topics in January 2017:

  • Maya and Mudbox Workshop
  • Ableton Live Workshop
  • Animation and Game Development Workshop
  • Pro Tools Workshop
  • Music, Audio, and Entertainment Business Workshop
  • Film and Television Workshop

For more information and to register for these workshops, visit:

McGregor Summer School: A Music, Visual and Creative Arts Retreat

The McGregor Summer School will be held from 8th – 14th January 2017 at the University of Southern Queensland, Toowoomba campus. This event is the perfect opportunity for students to immerse themselves in an artist's life for seven days. Enrolments are now open and will close on 8th December. For further details of the program and to register, visit:

UQ Robotics Program

UQ is offering Introduction to Robotics, Artificial Intelligence and RoboGals workshops in December 2016. For more information, visit:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Sport News

Anna Meares to Present Year 4-12 Sports Awards

On Tuesday next week, all students from Year 4-12 will be attending the annual Sports Awards. This year we are extremely privileged to have world-famous, Olympic and world champion athlete ANNA MEARES as our guest presenter. This is an experience not to be missed for all of our students.

The Year 4-6 Sports Awards will be held from 12.00pm – 1.00pm; while the Year 7-12 ceremony will run from 1.50pm – 3.15pm. All students will be required to come to school in sport uniform for the day.

Please note that we are only 15 minutes after each presentation for students wishing to get autographs and have a chat with Anna, ONLY students with pre-prepared items will be allowed to ask for autographs (pieces of paper will not be allowed).

We look forward to the presentations and for the opportunity to have Anna Meares address the Pacific students.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Sport

Junior Sport


SCISSA training for all Year 4-6 students has now wrapped up for the year after the completion of Gala Day 4 this week. Over the next two weeks, students will still participate in Foundation Cup sporting activities from 1.40pm – 3.00pm each Thursday. All students will need to wear their coloured house shirts on these days.

Prep – Year 2 Swim Program

Students from Prep to Year 2 will participate in their yearly swim program this term, commencing on Monday 14th November at the Kawana Aquatic Centre. Lessons will run for two weeks with students having the opportunity to participate in five lessons with qualified swim instructors. If parents have not already returned their child’s permission form, they are asked to do so by the end of this week.

Student Success

Well done to Pacific students Carys Mahoney (Year 7) and Allegra Pollack (Year 5) who recently represented the Sunshine Coast at the Under 10-12 Girls School State Cricket titles in Bundaberg. This is the first time the Sunshine Coast has been represented at the state titles.

The tournament involved 100 overs of cricket each day in the first three days and a 70 over final on the fourth day, with the state team being selected from the 10 teams playing. From all reports the girls played very well against some extremely competitive teams. Some highlights included a fantastic game winning 19 not out from Carys, who opened the batting for the team and a two wicket maiden over from Allegra during one bowling spell. Well done to both girls!

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

Year 7-10 SCISSA Soccer

This week our soccer teams continued their season with the Junior Boys winning against Immanuel Lutheran College 4-2, after some excellent team play. The Junior Girls won against Sunshine Coast Grammar School after scoring two late goals at the end of the match to keep their finals chances alive. The Intermediate Boys also won their game against Matthew Flinders Anglican College 2-0.

Next week is the last round of the regular competition, before the top two teams in each division play in grand finals in Week 8. All three teams are still in the mix and wins next week could see all making it to the finals.

Games for Week 7 are as follows:

Int Boys 4.00pm PLC SUN Meet on PLC oval by 3.40pm
Jnr Girls 4.00pm SAAC SAAC Bus departs PLC: 3.00pm
Bus returns PLC: 6.15pm
Jnr Girls 4.00pm SAAC SAAC Bus departs PLC: 3.00pm
Bus returns PLC: 6.15pm

We wish all teams the best of luck. Thank you to our coaches Mr Brendan Delaney, Mrs Leah Croke and Mr Duncan McNee for looking after our teams.

Returning Sport Uniforms

As the year is winding down and most sport seasons are finished, it is important that all students return their playing uniforms at the end of each season. Rather than us chasing up individual students, it would be greatly appreciated if everyone had a good look through their wardrobes and handed in any Pacific uniforms. Please pass these on to Mrs Natalie Campbell at the sports aide office opposite the tuckshop. Students who do not return uniforms will have the cost billed to their fees at the end of the year.

SCISSA Sport 2017

2017 will be upon us before we know it and our Term 1 SCISSA competitions will begin in Week 2 next year. As such, students who are currently in Years 6-11 are asked to sign up for their Term 1 SCISSA teams by the end of next week.

The following teams are available (2017 year levels):

  • Year 7/8 boys and girls volleyball;
  • Year 9/10 boys and girls volleyball; and
  • Year 11/12 boys and girls soccer.

Games will be played on Wednesday afternoons at either 4.00pm or 4.45pm. College buses are provided for away games. Anyone who is interested in playing must see Mr Mark Hauser as soon as possible.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Sport

Uniform Shop

Rite Journey Blazers

Blazers for the Year 9 Rite Journey have arrived. We already have plenty of new and second hand blazers, so if you want to avoid the rush, please contact the uniform shop to see if we have your size. Boys will also require trousers and a belt.

If you have second hand blazers that you wish to sell, please ensure that they are dry cleaned before they are handed into the shop for re-sale.

End of Year Closure and January Assistance

This year, the uniform shop will close on Friday 25th November at 9.30am.

If you are able to assist in the uniform shop from 16th – 20th January next year, please contact Mrs Peta King directly on 5436 7349. There are two timeslots to be filled each day: 8.00am – 12.00pm or 12.00pm – 4.00pm. Your assistance is greatly appreciated.

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 Convenor

Church News

St Mark's Lutheran Church Caloundra


Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

General Notices

Entertainment Books

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Upcoming Dates

8-14 Year 12 Exams
15 Sports Awards
  Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
15-17 Year 12 Alternative Days
16-18 Middle College Exams
16-22 Year 10 and 11 Exams
17 Year 4-6 Foundation Council Cup
  Year 12 Graduation - Lake Kawana Community Centre (6.30pm)
18 Year 12 Farewell Chapel (8.30am)
  Year 12 Formal - Sebel Pelican Waters (5.00pm)
21 Year 9 Rite Journey - Homecoming (5.00pm)
24 Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
25 Carols Night
28 P-5 End of Year Service - Gym (9.00am)
29 Term 4 Concludes - Students' Last Day
  Middle/Senior Closing Service - Caloundra Events Centre (6.30pm)