Compass No 449 - March 2017

From the Principal

Growing Capacity and Opportunity

Through the Global Gap gender report, the world economic forum seeks to provide a measure of the relative gaps between men and women in the four areas of health, education, economic participation and politics. The report is created each year and is based on data from 144 countries across the world. The report identifies that the most challenging gap remains in the areas of health and economic participation and that based on current trends, it will take 170 years for the gap to be closed around the world. 

As we celebrate International Women’s Day, we focus on ways that we can enhance the capacity and opportunity for young men and women to maximise their growth so that they can make full use of their gifts irrespective of gender or background. In our local context, we can do this by being excited about the opportunities that exist, growing respectful relationships where we listen well to each other, encourage growth in each other, grow collaborative capacity, celebrate where people strive to make best use of their talents and value the giftedness that each person brings to the community. Globally we can make a difference by our support of the Cambodian groups we assist. Freeing people from artificial limits enables them to unleash their full potential and grow others around them in the process. 

Principal's Log

Past student Jess Hughes is a young person who has made the most of opportunities presented to her. Yesterday it was exciting for students and staff to have the opportunity to hear her story since she graduated in 2011. Jess has shaped an exciting career through a combination of her learning in the area of the visual arts, drama, Japanese, information technology, science and mathematics to forge a global career as a multimedia artist. She has exhibited at the Sundance Film Festival in Utah, been recognised as an International Finalist Oculus VR San Francisco, exhibited as an International Artist at the Tate Modern in London and been a finalist in a range of other competitions in Spain, New York and Australia. She has taken up the opportunity to work for Facebook on a project, accepted the invitation offered by a charity to travel to Guatemala to look at ways her skills could be used to improve the lives of its people and is currently thinking about a project that would employ virtual reality to improve educational outcomes for Australian students. One of her more recent exhibitions in Bilbao, titled ‘Innovative Ideas Merging Art, Science and Technology’, showcased her time spent in the observatory gathering data and information for her presentation. Jess has also built on the Japanese she learnt at school, taking advantage of exchange opportunities and exhibiting in Japan as well. Her quote at the top of her CV reads, “Because the people who are crazy enough in the world to think they can change the world, are the ones who do” –Apple.

This weekend our Head of Year 6-12 Japanese, Mrs Michiko Hauser will be presenting at the Australian Curriculum Conference for languages in Brisbane. She is one of only a small number of language teachers from across Queensland invited to present at the conference. We congratulate Mrs Hauser and wish her all the best for her presentation.

Staff and students involved in the senior musical production of Sideshow enjoyed honing their skills at the production camp held at Luther Heights over the weekend. Past students Rachael Kearney and Nina Kerridge joined Mrs Janine Delaney, Mr Adrian King, Mrs Aleisha Tuaine and Mrs Julie Darr in leading the students through their rehearsals. Students also received expert help from industry professional, Lucy Clough, which greatly added to the experience for our young people. Thank you to the staff, cast, crew and parents for their support of this new initiative.

We look forward to coming together as a community for the International Women’s Day Breakfast on Friday morning and then enjoying a lively evening of fun at the Barn Dance on Friday night.

May God grant us the optimism to grasp opportunities as they arise and the grace and humility to listen carefully for ways to unleash the potential within ourselves and others for better ways of being and doing.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Interpersonal Skills

The thread for this week is interpersonal skills. In this thread we are looking at how to develop the character strengths of social intelligence, kindness and love. In any relationship love is a basic skill to learn; how to be loving towards others and how to be loving towards ourselves and our own mistakes. But loving others can sometimes be difficult, especially when it comes to interacting with people who are anything but loving towards us. In life there are all sorts of people we rub shoulders with who are not always loving towards us. Jesus said, “But I say to you who hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you” (Luke 6:27). In this passage Jesus doesn't condone wrongdoing or abusive behaviour, instead he invites us to remain firm in God’s love, which can enable us to love others, even those who hurt us deeply. Drawing on God’s love and forgiveness means we will never run out of love for others. Practically, we grow in this by praying for those who are not loving towards us. Praying for our enemies teaches us the gift of empathy.

Together with loving others and being kind to them is the social skill of learning what to do when we hurt the feelings of others. In our relationships, how can we learn to talk with others about how they feel? When people are emotional towards us how do we be considerate, kind and respectful in return? Lasting friendships are based on empathy and sensitivity. Learning to walk in someone else’s shoes, putting ourselves in their place goes a long way to humanising another person who is not loving towards us. When we pray for our enemies this is exactly what we are doing, we are placing ourselves in their shoes as we bring our and their concerns before God. In prayer God teaches us that we are all made from the same stuff as humans. We are all in life together with its brokenness and hurts. Throughout life, we are all affected by these things. But Jesus is able to give us His love and forgiveness in response to it. We can react in a different way, a way that includes love, kindness and empathy. 

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

Year 12 Leadership Luncheon

The College student leadership team decided to bring house, school and action group captains together to complete a personality test that they had previously completed on the Enthuse Leadership Camp. Last week the leadership team facilitated a luncheon with a focus on setting goals and collaboration. We look forward to continued connections between our student leaders as they reflect, devise new ideas and collaborate.

'Pacific As A Clean Place’ - Clean Up Australia Day

On Friday 3rd March, students across the College participated in ‘Clean Up Australia Day’ activities that were led by Environmental Action Group Captain, Leah Monk, and a number of students from the Junior, Middle and Senior College.  

We recognise though that Clean Up Australia Day does not have to be just a one-day event. We all have the capacity to make better choices in regards to the use and disposal of packaging. 'Care, Dignity and Respect’ is a message that is important not just in our interactions and relationships, but also in how we treat property and the environment around us.  

On Saturday 25th March between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, the nation is recognising ‘Earth Hour’. This involves switching off lights and devices where possible to conserve energy. The theme this year is ‘switch off to join the future’. For more information, please refer to:

Salvation Army - Community Connections

An important component in growing young people is inspiring them to adopt a sense of civic responsibility to the communities they live in. Volunteering their time in assisting others is a pursuit that will benefit their personal growth and lifelong experiences immensely. In Term 2, students across the Senior College will have the opportunity to and are encouraged to think about how they can help others.

On Tuesday morning, the College student leadership team attended the Salvation Army’s Red Shield Appeal launch breakfast. The Red Shield Appeal will take place next term. Students and families will be invited to volunteer their time to support this worthy cause and further information will be communicated in the coming weeks. We continue to grow young people to think beyond self, given the many service learning opportunities at Pacific.

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence

Next Friday 17th March is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence.

Bullying unfortunately can occur from time to time in work places and social institutions, including schools. At Pacific, we aim to create a safe and supportive school community for our students. Sometimes, it can be difficult for parents or carers to know what to do when their child talks to them about issues that occur between students at school. As parents, you are an important part of our work in maintaining student wellbeing.

According to the Safe And Supportive School Communities (SSSC) Working Group, identifying what is actually bullying is not always easy. The SSSC describes bullying as an ongoing misuse of power involving patterns of harmful verbal, physical or social behaviour. Not all aggressive or harmful behaviour between people is bullying. While conflicts and aggressive behaviour need to be addressed, it is important to be clear when these behaviours are not actually bullying. The definition of bullying has three critical aspects:

  • A repeated pattern;
  • The misuse of power within relationships; and
  • Behaviour that causes harm.

All three aspects need to be present in order for behaviour to be called bullying. So, what can parents do if their child tells them they think someone is bullying them?

1. Listen carefully to what your child wants to say.

2. Ask your child what they want to do and what they want you to do. With this in mind, be aware that schools cannot act to stop behaviours unless they are made aware that these behaviours are occurring.

3. Discuss with your child some sensible strategies to handle the problem – starting a fight is not sensible.

4. Contact the school.

At Pacific, addressing any problem between students’ focuses on a restorative approach, developing resilience in students and instilling a culture of respect amongst. More information about restorative practices can be found on our website at:

National Ride2School Day

On Friday 17th March, students are urged to join over 300,000 young people across Australia and adopt a two-wheeled mode of transport for National Ride2School Day. The event is Australia’s largest celebration of active travel to school, involving thousands of children each year. If driving to school in the family car is your only option, you can still be TravelSmart by parking the car a short distance away and then riding from there.

Students can register on the Sunshine Coast Council website ( to enter the draw for great prizes, including $800 in bike shop vouchers. 

Class Parent Representatives

Thank you to the parents from the following classes who have nominated as Class Parent Representatives: Prep H, 1C, 1R, 1H, 2F, 3P and 3G. If you would like to be a parent representative for your child’s class, please either advise your child’s teacher, Mrs Sue Kleinschmidt in the Junior College Office or Mr David Druery directly.

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

General Notices

Hospital Bus Stop

In preparation for the opening of the Sunshine Coast University Hospital precinct, we have scheduled a stop at the bus stop behind the private hospital. If you would like to take advantage of this stop, please contact the Business Office for further details.

Mr Mike Healy, Business Manager

Food for Thought

Regulating Our Emotions

The brain is like a muscle; it strengthens throughout life, depending on how it's used. Parents who are emotionally responsive, set empathic limits, model emotional regulation and encourage children to pursue their passions will raise self-disciplined children. For more information, visit:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Barn Dance – Friday Night Family Fun!

Proudly sponsored by Adentica Family Dentists, our College Barn Dance kicks off this Friday evening at 5.30pm for a 6.00pm start in the College Gym:

  • Kindergarten to Year 12 family event with special guest band Bushland Boogie.
  • ‘Barn Fashions on the Floor’ with great prizes on offer for Best Dressed Mum, Best Dressed Dad, Best Dressed Family + Best Dressed Boy and Girl.
  • Tickets available at the door for $10 students/adults (cash only).
  • Barnyard BBQ Dinner options on sale for the whole family and drinks in the Waterin’ Hole (EFTPOS available for food and drinks). Click here for the menu!

About our Major Sponsor Adentica Family Dentists: At Adentica we offer you personal care and dentistry expertise. We offer a comprehensive range of dental treatments, from general dentistry needs, to cosmetic procedures, laser dentistry and dental implants. We utilise the latest dental technologies and procedures to maximise your comfort during treatment. The Adentica Team enjoys caring for entire families, from babies to Great Grandma. We invite you to feel the comfort and dedicated care at Adentica: Phone 5438 2225 or visit

Thank you to our prize sponsors:

  • Adentica Family Dentists
  • Amazen
  • Fowler Lawyers
  • JRN Cleaning Services
  • Swains Family Meats

The Barn Dance colouring-in competition winners will be announced on Friday! Thank you to all the students who participated with their wonderfully colourful and creative entries.

See you Friday in your best barnyard threads!

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson


International Women’s Day Breakfast - Tomorrow Morning!

Secondary College

Subzero Science

It has been a chilly week in Science, whilst outside temperatures soared. Year 1 and Year 8 students have enjoyed watching chemistry in action with a range of valuable learning activities involving frozen carbon dioxide, otherwise known as dry ice. Dry ice is particularly useful for freezing things due to its low freezing temperature of -78.5 degrees Celsius. This amazing solid sublimates, or 'melts', directly from a solid to a gas, making it safe for handling in the gaseous state. From smoking water, to crystal ball bubbles and vortexes, the deep learning opportunities provided to consolidate students’ Chemistry work has been enhanced by this fun and mesmerising group of activities.



Thank you to Mr Josh Danzey, Mrs Claire Richards and Mrs Gisela Hohls for providing this invaluable learning opportunity for our Year 1 and Year 8 students.

Miss Rebecca Ross, Head of Science

Mathematics – After School Tutorials

To support students academically, the College offers Mathematics tutorials for students in Years 7-12. These tutorials are on Monday afternoons and are in rooms L13/L14 from 3.20pm to 4.20pm. Students are welcome to come along for a quiet place to complete class work, homework or seek assistance. The expectation is that they remain within the room until 4.20pm, unless picked up earlier by a parent.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Mathematics

Cultural News

‘Sideshow’ the Musical

Musical Camp A Huge Success

Last weekend, 48 cast, crew, staff, guest presenters and ex-student helpers spent intensive time in rehearsal for ‘Sideshow’ the Musical. Over the three days, the group bonded brilliantly and with expert help from Lucy Clough, an industry professional and graduate of the Conservatorium in Musical Theatre, they honed vocal, movement and performance skills. Thank you to everyone involved for your energy, talent and sheer hard work. Thank you also to the 50 or so parents and family members that came along to watch our little show and tell.


 ‘Sideshow’ the Musical will take to the stage at The Events Centre, Caloundra in May. Tickets will be on sale from Tuesday 18th April. Stay tuned for more details!

Meet the Cast

Year 12 student Ally Hickey is playing Daisy Hilton, one of the conjoined twins. “Daisy wants to be famous and is really driven to succeed,” Ally says. When asked what she loves most about the production process, Ally said “I love being able to show other students in our community what we do”. There are three themes in the musical that resonate with Ally, “Acceptance, the concept of love and Daisy’s passion to follow her dreams”.

Year 12 College Captain, Alli Whitmore, is playing the part of Violet Hilton, the other conjoined twin. “Violet is the complete opposite to Daisy, she is a bit of an introvert and just wants to lead a normal life, settle down and fall in love,” Alli said. When asked what she loves most about the production process, Alli said, “I like connecting with students from different grades and forming friendships”. The theme that resonates with Alli the most is acceptance. “This theme of acceptance fits really well with the Year 12 cohort’s goal for the year,” Alli said.

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

Junior Sport

Year 3-7 Cross Country Carnival

The Year 3-7 Cross Country Carnival will be held on Friday 31st March (last day of Term 1) around the College grounds and the Meridan Sport Fields. The aim of the carnival is for students to have fun and develop house spirit. The first six runners in each age group will then go on to represent then College at the District Cross Country Carnival in May.

Course Distances and Order of Events

  • 10.45am         Students move over to Meridan Sports fields
  • 11.00am         8 years boys/girls (born 2008) 1km
  • 11.20am         9 years boys/girls (born 2007) 2km
  • 11.40am         10 years boys/girls (born 2006) 2km
  • 12.00pm         11 years boys/girls (born 2005) 3km
  • 12.20pm         12 years boys/girls (born 2004) 3km
  • Students born in 2003 will need to run with the 13 years age group after lunch.
  • 12.40pm         Presentations. Students’ will then move back to school for lunch.

The course map shows the various distances and courses that students will run on the day. Students will also have the opportunity to run through the course prior to the carnival during PE lessons, sport time and also if they attend the Tuesday morning Running Club.

District Selection

Congratulations to the following students who have been successful in gaining district selection over the last few weeks.

  • 12 years boys basketball – Brock Rudes, Alex Monroe, Cooper Feckner and Ryan Salvesen.
  • 12 years girls basketball – Katie Graves, Gabby Gorham and Isabella Feckner.
  • 12 years boys soccer – Christian Schlotterbach.
  • 12 years boys rugby league – Tim Bange.
  • 12 years girls softball – Allegra Pollack.

Good luck to these students as they play in upcoming regional selection carnivals. 

Student Success - Skateboarding

Well done to Haylie Powell who over the weekend travelled to Sydney to compete in the Vans Park Skateboard Series, which was part of the Australian Open of Surfing event. Haylie competed in the opens women’s division even through she is only in Year 6. She skated extremely well and ranked 11th in Australia.

Haylie has also recently been selected for the Olympic Training Squad for the 2020 Olympics in Japan, which is a fantastic achievement at such a young age. We wish her all the best as she continues to compete and work towards representing Australia in skateboarding.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Volleyball and Soccer – Results

Interesting statistic for our soccer players: So far this season, Pacific has 22 goals for and only nine against! Awesome job to our senior soccer players, keep up the good work!





Jnr. Girls 1

Jnr. Girls 2

Int. Girls A

Jnr. Boys

Int. Boys

Snr. Girls

Snr. Boys


























Sophie Dahl

Alicia Woods

Phoebe Swan

Harry Collishaw

Bailey Owen

Jazmine Alexander and Amie Thomas

Joseph Higginson

Fast Five Netball Competition

Pacific is holding its very first fast five netball competition this year. Grab a few friends (either boys or girls) to make a team of five or six. There are prizes up for grabs for the best-dressed and winning teams!

Who: Year 7-12 students. There will be three divisions for Years 7-8, 9-10 and 11-12.

When: Friday 24th March at 3.30pm. The competition will run to approximately 5.30pm, depending on the number of teams.

Where: Pacific’s outdoor netball courts.

Sign up outside the sports office by the 20th March. There will also be a booth available to get your hair sprayed for a gold coin donation, which will be donated to the World’s Greatest Shave foundation!

Student Success - Oztag

Well done to Oliver Frazer who played in the Queensland Oztag State Cup in January. He was in the U14 Caloundra district team and they won all their games! From this carnival, Oliver was selected to play in the Queensland City Centurions team for the state tri-series in June. He was also awarded the most valuable player from his team. Brilliant effort, Oliver!

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer
  • We Are Off!
  • Pacific Soccer App
  • Creating A Safe and Fun Environment
  • Referees Information Night
  • Coaches and Managers
  • Games This Week
  • Set Up / Pack Up - Equipment and Fields
  • Team Training
  • Wet Weather Cancellations
  • Reminders - Training and Games
  • Pacific Soccer Canteen
  • Brisbane Roar vs Victory Game
  • Pacific Soccer Jersey Sponsors
  • Involvement with Pacific Soccer
  • Looking Ahead...
  • Pacific Soccer Contacts

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

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific Soccer Secretary 

PLC Netball Club

The club netball season is now upon us with the round robin grading day this Saturday. Bring some chairs, a picnic blanket and snacks and enjoy the festive atmosphere while cheering the girls on.

Please be at the Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium on North Street by 7.30am ready to go. Parents are encouraged to allow additional time for parking, as it is always a challenge on the grading day. The march pass commences at 7.45am, however, there will be a President’s Address for our club members prior.

Colourful hair, ribbons and streamers are allowed, so get into the festive spirit of blue, white and teal. Home base for the day will be set up out on the back courts, look for the Pacific tent. We will have some cold water and ice to keep drinks cool.

Our first game kicks off at 8.30am, with our Unicorns leading the way. The Unicorns and Mustangs will play two games, whilst the Ponies, Brumbies, Fillies and Arabians all play three.

Mr Trevor Colton, President PLC Netball Club

Uniform Shop

Stock Update

Middle College girls ties (navy) are now back in stock at the 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 Convenor

Church News

St Mark's Lutheran Church Caloundra


Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

Upcoming Dates

10 International Women's Day
  PLC Barn Dance
11 Safe Drive Australia Skills Day - Mt Cotton
16 Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
17 National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence
18 Academic Scholarship Test
  Year 11-12 Safe Driver Test
20 Year 7 Immunisation - Round 1
21 Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
21-23 P-5 Conferences and Portfolios
22 Year 10-12 Drama Excusion - Queensland Theatre
23 Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
24 Year 11-12 HOSP Industry Day
25 Music Scholarship Test
26 St Mark's @ Pacific - Grow and Share (9.30am)
28-29 Middle College Conferences
30 Years 4-6 Foundation Cup
31 K-12 Chapel
  Year 3-12 Cross Country Carnival (10.00am-3.00pm)
  Term 1 Concludes