Compass No 458 - May 2017

From the Principal

Congratulations to Side Show Cast and Crew

Congratulations to the Side Show cast and crew for a heart-warming and powerful performance of a complex musical that explored the themes of acceptance, uniqueness, vulnerability, empathy, love, courage and commitment. As the story unfolded, strong performances by each of the cast carried the audience so that they spontaneously responded to the moments of humour, joy and disappointment. Clever and creative direction, including the use of simple but effective staging, enabled the considerable talent of the cast to shine. Despite having endured a life of disappointment and poor treatment, the courage and spirit of the twins shone through, leaving the audience with a sense of hopefulness for them in the face of adversity. 


Thank you to the cast, crew and musicians for the many hours of time devoted to rehearsals. Congratulations and thank you to Mrs Janine Delaney for her clever and creative direction, to Ms Alisha Janssen for the considerable support given as the rehearsal coach, to Mr Adrian King and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine for their direction of the band and development of voices and to Mrs Tracey Hickey for the time and talent she gave as the production assistant including costume production. Thank you to the many staff who gave considerable support in the preparation and staging of the production and to the family members who supported children and partners to be involved in the production. Finally, thank you to our community for supporting the musical through your attendance. 


Principal's Log

It was also heartening to see many of our Year 12 students take on the challenge of the Cancer Council’s Relay For Life last weekend through their own initiative in what is a very busy time for them. Through their efforts, they raised over $1500. Over the past few weeks we have had a community focus on raising funds and collecting donations for the Salvation Army who provide considerable support for individuals and families who struggle to access the basics of life in our local area. We thank families for the large number of items they have donated and the students, parents and staff who will participate in the Red Shield Door Knock Appeal this weekend. Thank you to Mr Brendan Delaney, Miss Kim Stone and Mrs Leanne Bevis for their coordination of this initiative.

Well done to our volleyball and netball teams on the completion of their seasons. A particular mention to our Year 9 girls volleyball team and coaches, Mrs Marg Gunn and Mrs Deb Turner, for a strong season that saw them finish in third place. Well done also to our Senior B netball team coached by Mrs Mel Pietrala who reached the semi finals and narrowly lost to Mountain Creek in a tightly contested match. We thank all of our netball and volleyball coaches (netball: Ms Leigh Finter, Mrs Mel Pietrala, Miss Georgina Snelling and Sophia Rule; volleyball: Mr Mark Hauser, Mr Brett Kersnovske, Mrs Marg Gunn and Mrs Deb Turner) and Ms Leigh Finter for her coordination of the Pacific Monday night netball teams.

Congratulations to our cross country runners who finished fourth in the Years 7-12 and fifth in the Years 4-6 District Cross Country event held last Thursday. All of our students ran with good spirit and can be proud of their efforts. We wish those students who have been selected to represent the district in the upcoming regional carnival all the best. Thank you to Mr Brett Kersnovske, Mr Darren Hooper, Mrs Natalie Campbell and Mr Stuart Pohlner for their leadership and development of these teams. 

This weekend we will be advertising for teachers to replace Mrs Holly Humphrey who has resigned to take up further study in the learning support area, Mrs Julie Darr who will be taking long service leave during Terms 3 and 4 and our teacher librarian Ms Nell Keen who will be taking maternity leave from mid-August this year. We appreciate the service given by these women to this community and wish them well as they prepare for the exciting changes ahead of them in the coming weeks. We will formally express our thanks to each of them as they move into the next phase of their lives.

May God give us generous hearts to support those in need. We pray for the families of people affected by the bombing in Manchester and for all people in the world who are affected by conflict and war.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


Courage is not simply one of the virtues, but the form of every virtue at the testing point. – C. S. Lewis

Who are the people in your life who have inspired courage in you? Has it been a parent, a family member, a teacher, a person of faith, someone famous or an ordinary hero? Courage is the sort of virtue that inspires others. In the Bible, the disciple Peter was a hero of faith who showed courage. Peter’s backstory is that he was Jesus’ best friend. He left his job of fishing to follow Jesus for three years. He spent every waking moment with Jesus, hanging out with all sorts of people on the streets and in town, in the countryside and in the temple. During these times, Peter showed courage but also fear as he experienced the power and authority of Jesus.

Then on the night of Jesus’ arrest, at the Last Supper, Peter promised that he would never betray Jesus. However, Jesus predicts the opposite; that Peter will betray him three times. Later that night in the garden, Jesus is arrested and Peter courageously pulled out his sword and cuts the ear off one of the captor’s slaves. After this, Peter followed Jesus in the shadows watching him, as he is taken captive. It is here in the courts of the temple that Peter denied his best friend, not once, not twice, but three times, just as Jesus predicted. Peter was cut to the heart and felt his guilt. Even though he knew what he did lead to Jesus’ death, Peter is inspired with courage when the risen Jesus appeared to him. Jesus appeared to him by the lake where Peter was fishing and specifically reminds him, not once, not twice, but three times, that he loves him, has forgiven him and has a job for him to do. Imagine the courage that would have given Peter? So much courage that Peter is said to have died for his faith at the hands of the Emperor in Rome. Christian tradition has it that Peter was crucified upside down, in what is now St Peter’s square in the Vatican.

Another person from modern times who inspired courage in others during World War II was Winston Churchill. A biographer of Churchill wrote this about courage, “It cannot be taught, though it can be inspired. And it normally springs from something like faith or resolve or a commitment to something larger than oneself. It can burst forth instantly as though awakened by a sudden jolt. But, more often, it waits in silence until aroused by some pressing challenge” (Stephen Mansfield, Never Give In).

Through Jesus, God gives us hope and courage. It is there, waiting to inspire us to action in those times of challenge and trial we face. May Jesus inspire courage in you.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

Year 12 Students - Relay for Life Event

Last weekend, 30 of our Year 12 students volunteered their time to participate and raise funds for the Sunshine Coast's Relay for Life. We danced to the live bands, attempted to do Zumba, bonded with various other schools and came together as a team to give back to the community we grew up in. Though, this was not what we were there for.  

The main purpose of Relay for Life is to walk USC’s 400m track for 18 hours continuously; signifying that if cancer does not sleep, neither should we. The students were strong and determined, which consequently helped us to reach our goal of 222 laps (90 kilometres in total!). It was a long night, but definitely memorable. As a team, we raised nearly $1600, which contributed to the $80,000 that was raised from the event. Just $5 can give a newly diagnosed cancer patient the support, resources and information to help them fight. $10 can offer rehabilitation services for those recovering from a battle and $25 can transport fragile patients from hospitals to specialists, giving them the support they desperately need. If our small group could raise $1600, we’re excited to see what students in the following years can do too!

- Georgia Woods, College Vice-Captain

Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan

The Sunshine Coast Council is preparing a new Sunshine Coast Youth Action Plan to replace the former Sunshine Coast Youth Strategy 2010-2015. If you are aged between 12 and 24 years and live on the Sunshine Coast, you are invited to have your say and help create this new plan.

There are great prizes are on offer, including a new Xbox One, Fitbit, Heist Scooter, Australia Zoo Tickets, Event Cinema tickets and JB Hi-Fi vouchers.

Please visit Council’s website to complete the survey: Submissions close next Wednesday 31 May at 5.00pm.

Pacific Lutheran Alumni

Are you a past student of Pacific Lutheran College? We are still interested in hearing from and connecting with past students for our upcoming Compass Review. Thank you to the past students who have already emailed contributions. If you are able to contribute to this College publication, please email for more information.

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

General P-5 Update

Under Eights Day

Children under eight are an important and integral group within the College community. This year, the unique and developing attributes of children under eight will be celebrated at the College on Thursday 1st June from 9.00am – 10.30am in a special morning of fun, activities and games. The theme for this year is ‘children playing from the country to the coast’.

Please come along and join our Kindy to Year 2 staff and students for a morning of excitement, joy and laughter as we celebrate early childhood. As part of our celebrations we are inviting children to come dressed in beach or bush clothing. Please remember, as all activities are outdoors, that a hat is an essential part of their outfit.

Walk Safely to School Day

Finding time for a chat with our children is often difficult. Work and time pressures often override the opportunities for parents and children to spend time together. Last Friday under rainy skies, a number of students and their parents supported National Walk Safely to School Day, joining with staff to walk from Oakdale Park to the College. A number of students who live locally also participated by riding or walking to school. Thank you to everyone who participated and supported this worthwhile activity.

P-2 Cross Country

This term, all students in Prep – Year 2 have been busily training for their Cross Country Carnival, which will be held on Wednesday 14th June. A letter providing further details of this event was sent home this week. All parents are warmly invited to attend and support their children.  

Developing Emotional Resilience In Children

Negative Habits of Mind greatly fuel emotional discomfort. These negative habits of mind include self-downing, the need to be perfect, the need for approval, the ‘I can’t do it’ or ‘I can’t be bothered’ mindsets and being intolerant of others. This week, I would like to continue sharing some strategies from the You Can Do It Program, which may help eliminate or balance these negative mindsets.

The need for approval can be detrimental to a child developing resilience.

To Eliminate ‘Needing Approval’

In order to help a child who is overly concerned with what others think about them, you should find an opportunity to explain that while it is nice to be liked and approved of, you do not need the approval of teachers or friends all the time. The following should be communicated:

“There are very few things we actually need in life and these include food, shelter and clothing. It may feel like we cannot stand it when someone disapproves of something we did or that it is the worst thing in the world to be teased or criticised. However, it is important to know that while it is not pleasant, it is something that you can put up with and survive.”  

You should emphasise to your child that while it is preferable to try to be accepted and approved of, it is equally important to be ‘independent’ and to try new things even if others think you are silly. Try to eliminate your child’s dependency on seeking your assistance with schoolwork and their fear of being criticised for not having done it well enough.

Suggestions to eliminate your child’s needs for approval include:

  • Encourage your child to complete his/her schoolwork independently. If your child has a question, you should use the Praise, Prompt and Leave procedure (e.g. say something positive about what you child knows or has done, provide a brief prompt about the next step and then walk away).
  • Recognise your child when they complete work independently.
  • Teach your child not to judge or evaluate his/her work until after a certain period of time.
  • Don’t give your child too much attention when he/she expresses negative feelings about work.
  • Encourage your child to participate in social activities, rather than avoid them.
  • Acknowledge your child when he/she has ‘survived’ being in social situations he/she experienced as stressful. Say: “See, you are strong enough to put up with unpleasantness”.

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

Food for Thought

Kids and YouTube

Last year, UK based research group Child Wise conducted research that showed children are watching YouTube videos for an average of 3 hours a day. Most commonly, they are watching music videos, gaming videos, ‘funny’ real life content, videos showing pets and animals, ‘how to’ videos and sport.

This raises the question of how appropriate these videos are for children. None of this content is ‘rated’ in the same way that commercial television programming is. This means that as a society and as parents we are going to have to find new ways of monitoring, discussing and, when appropriate, restricting video content for children. The following link has four questions that parents should ask their children about what they watch online:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

May Meeting Wrap-Up

Our FoP meeting on Tuesday night provided a wonderful opportunity to connect with the Early Learning Centre. Mrs Sue Zweck gave our group a tour of the new ELC facility, explaining the philosophies and inspiration behind the centre. We thank Mrs Zweck and our ELC staff for their guidance and support of our young people so they can grow within such a beautiful space.

Trivia Night

Our Trivia Night is set for Saturday 26th August. Watch this space for further details! If you wish to join the organising committee for this fun event, please contact us at

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is at 7.00pm on Tuesday 20th June in the College library. All parents/guardians and staff of the College are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Book Club

Book Club orders are due on Monday 29th May.

Voices on the Coast

Students in Years 4-12 can apply to attend the Voices on the Coast Literature Festival at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Year 7-12 students will be attending the festival on Thursday 20th July, followed by Year 4-6 students on the Friday. Places are limited so interested students need to return their application forms by Thursday 1st June.


The following LibGuides have been added this week:

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian 

Important Notices

Rotary Youth Exchange – Host Family Needed

A Rotary Youth Exchange Student from Brazil will be attending Pacific Lutheran College for 12 months from the start of Term 3. Rotary is seeking host families from Term 4 onwards. If you are interested in becoming a host family, please contact the College Business Manager, Mr Mike Healy. Further details are available at:

Hospital Bus Stop

In April, the Sunshine Coast University Hospital officially opened to the public. Pacific has scheduled a stop in the precinct 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

Secondary College

Courage to Care

Last Wednesday, students in Year 10 Modern History and students from Years 11 and 12 had the opportunity to hear stories of survival and bravery from the holocaust. The presenters included two people who had experienced the impact first hand, including being held as hostages and travelling on a train to an extermination camp. While the evidence and material provided was compelling in itself, the real-life experiences of survivors made it so much more personal and emotional for the students.

World War II is studied as part of the History curriculum in Year 10 and Modern History includes units such as ‘The Rise of the Nazi Party’ and ‘Power at What Cost’. Perhaps one of the most compelling messages to come from the presentation was a reiteration of Edmund Burke’s words: “The only thing necessary for the triumph of evil is for good men to do nothing”.

Students were fully engaged and became so much more aware of this time in history.

Mrs Tina Cox, Head of English and Senior Humanities

QUT School Business Competition

On Monday 8th May, six Year 11 Business Management students travelled to QUT Caboolture to enter into the QUT School Business competition.  Students competed against 20 other local high schools by reviewing a real-world case study on Aussie World. They had to analyse the problem and develop three key initiatives to attract more 13-20 year olds to the theme park. Students prepared a report for management and presented a 6-8 minute video to a panel of leading local business experts and QUT Business School representatives.

Our team’s three key initiatives focused on the entertainment section of the theme park. These included booking more touring bands and local bands on a regular basis, providing shuttle buses from Maroochydore and Caloundra when these events were on and connecting the skirmish centre with the local high schools to create a school league. The communication strategy to involve the 13 to 20 year olds involved CFM. Throughout the day the students learnt a lot about marketing and consumer behaviour

Students received a participation award and a $500 scholarship to attend QUT Business School when they graduate from Pacific. I am very proud of how the students conducted themselves throughout the day and the way they applied themselves to new work that they had not seen.

Mr Wes Warner, Head of Business Education

Cultural News

Breakthru Dance Competition

Well done to our junior dancers who participated in the Breakthru Primary Dance Competition at the Sunshine Plaza last Saturday. The group performed a jazz routine to ‘Walking on Sunshine’. This weekend, Year 9 student Courtney Callaghan will be performing a contemporary solo called ‘Remission’ for the Secondary Competition. We wish Courtney all the best for her performance.

Mrs Laura Bonner, Dance Coordinator 

The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe

Last Thursday, the Junior College production held their first rehearsal for ‘The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe’. Both staff and students were very excited to begin the rehearsal journey together. We look forward to bringing this classic story to the stage in October. Stay tuned in the coming weeks for our ‘Meet the Cast’ series.

Mrs Laura Bonner and Miss Anita Morton

From the Head of Career Development

Future Careers Expo 2025+

This week, our Year 9 students were transported into the future world of work at the Sunshine Coast Council’s Future Careers Expo. Students engaged in hands-on exhibits that demonstrated how technology is becoming integrated in ALL of the High Value Industries on the Sunshine Coast. Students used hologram lenses in action, found out how robots will be used in aged care, watched 3-D food printing in action, saw how drones are used to map the Sunshine Coast, learnt how to drive a virtual car, found out how smart light poles are changing Caloundra and saw how 3-D prosthetics are changing the medical field.


The event was designed to engage students in the future of work prior to choosing or considering subject paths, ensuring the Sunshine Coast workforce in 2025 is appropriately trained to meet the careers that will be available in our region and beyond.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Junior Sport

SCISSA Gala Day 2

On Thursday 8th June (Week 8), all Year 4-6 students will participate in Gala Day activities. Students participating in SCISSA sports will travel to various locations and play round robin games against other schools. Students will need to arrive at school by 8.15am so all teams can depart on time at 8.25am.

Kayaking and dance students will also take part in organised activities on this day. Dancing students will participate in workshops run by an external organisation and kayaking students will complete a one-day expedition under the guidance of Mr Gary Graves.

Further information about Gala Day plans has been sent to parents via CareMonkey.

Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival

The Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday 6th June (Week 8) at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The Carnival provides students with the opportunity to represent their houses as well as gain selection to represent Pacific at the District Carnival later this year.

Next Thursday, the discus events will be held during sport time from 1.40pm. Students are required to wear their house shirts on this day.

If any parents are able to help at the carnival with timekeeping or judging, please let Mrs Natalie Campbell know via email at: We are currently very short on volunteers, so any time parents are able to contribute would be greatly appreciated.

Prep - Year 2 Cross Country Carnival

Prep – Year 2 students have begun preparing for their Cross Country Carnival, which will be held later this term. Students have been running the course with their teachers during Physical Education lessons. This week, an information letter was sent out via CareMonkey outlining further details for the day.

The carnival will take place here at the College on Wednesday 14th June (Week 9), with races beginning after lunch from 1.40pm – 3.00pm. Further information regarding the carnival will be sent home via CareMonkey over the coming weeks.

Student Success - Touch Football

Congratulations to Year 7 student Tim Bange who has been selected in the Sunshine Coast U12 Touch Football Team. The team was selected from seven district teams and will travel to Ipswich from 17th – 20th August to play in the State Championships. The district team that Tim was part of finished a close second to Caboolture at the regional carnival and also won the team shootout challenge trophy for the third consecutive year.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Results






Snr Boys A

Snr Girls A

Snr Girls B

B Division








SCGS Lions 4









15-25 / 10-25

31-0 / 26-5

12-24 / 14-10






Loss / Loss

Win / Win

Loss / Win


Liam Munro

Emma Goodyear

Karlee Connors

Joe Farrell

Will Block / Noah Smith-Franklin

Niels Whiteley / Nick Lloyd

Cooper Pointon / Shannon van Schooten

District Cross Country Carnival

On Thursday 18th May, 50 students from Years 7-12 descended upon Maroochydore Cricket Club to compete at the District Cross Country Carnival. Students ran 2-6km in perfect running conditions on a challenging yet enjoyable course. I was very impressed by the attitude and enthusiasm of all Pacific students and it paid off with the team scoring a very pleasing fourth place out of the 11 schools in the Independent District. Well done to everyone who participated.

A special mention to the following students who finished in the top 10 of their divisions:

  • Jack Connors: 9th
  • Jazz Morris: 9th and selected in District Team
  • Nick Lloyd: 4th and selected in District Team
  • Jake Hynes: 4th and selected in District Team
  • Alicia Woods: 4th and selected in District Team
  • Georgia Woods: 4th and selected in District Team
  • Georgia Harle: 2nd and selected in District Team


Year 9 Girls Trish Buckley Volleyball Team

Our Year 9 Girls Trish Buckley Volleyball team played seven games over three Friday nights and were only defeated in two of those! It was a fabulous effort and the team finished in third place overall. The sportsmanship, enthusiasm, commitment and general attitude of the girls was exceptional and coaches Mrs Deb Turner and Mrs Marg Gunn were delighted to work with them. Well done! The girls are the winners of Mr Brett Kersnovske’s ‘Team of the Term’ award. Congratulations!

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

PLC Netball Club

It’s been a busy couple of weeks with umpire training, the College’s Side Show musical and our club outing to the Lightning Game. However, all these activities have been highly successful and presented the club in an extremely positive light. Thank you to our teams, managers and coaches whose patience, consideration and support has kept the club on track during this time.

Once again it was difficult to select our players of the week, however the recipients for their efforts on 13th May are:

  • Unicorns – Cayley Slevin for a great job;
  • Ponies – Elyse McFadyen for an outstanding performance;
  • Brumbies – Ainslie Colton for her sharp shooting and great effort;
  • Fillies – Nikita Gallagher for great intercepting and hard work; and
  • Arabians – Sarra Hodson for a great team effort.

The recipients for their efforts on 20th May are:

  • Unicorns – Ryleigh French for a determined effort;
  • Mustangs – Kahlia Taylor for a great job; and
  • Brumbies – Elizabeth McLean for her breaking and court movement. 

Mr Trevor Colton, President PLC Netball Club

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

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Weekly Services

Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

General Notices

LLL School Banking

Pacific provides opportunities for children and parents to operate savings accounts with the Lutheran Laypeople’s League (LLL). The LLL is a non-profit financial institution established in 1921. All LLL Deposit Accounts are ‘at call’ accounts and there are no LLL fees or charges.  All LLL deposit accounts have an attractive rate of interest with no ‘Bonus’ rate hurdles to jump.

The LLL pays a $5 gift to the first savings account opened for the child.

Deposits can be made through the College’s Business Office each Tuesday before school. To find out more, visit the Business Office.

Entertainment Books

Pacific Lutheran College is fundraising with Entertainment™ again this year. Order your NEW 2017 | 2018 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships today and 20% of the proceeds will go towards Pacific Lutheran Early Learning Centre! To order your book or digital membership, visit:

Upcoming Dates

30 10-19yrs Regional Cross Country Carnival
  ICAS Science Competition
1 Under Eights Day
  Year 3-7 Athletics - Discus Event (1.40pm-3.00pm)
2 Caloundra Show Holiday
2-3 Brisbane Careers and Employment Expo
5-7 Middle College Exams
5-9 Senior College Exams
6 Year 3-7 Athletics Carnival - USC (9.00am-2.30pm)
8 Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 2
11 Year 9-10 Two Wk Camp Departure – Uki (7.00am)
12-13 Year 12 QCS Practice
14 Prep – Year 2 Cross Country Carnival (1.40pm)
15 Year 7 Immunisations – Round 2
  Year 4-6 SCISSA Photos
19 Year 9-10 One Wk Camp Departure – Garapine (8.30am)
20 Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
21 Year 11-12 Drama Excursion (Evening)
22 Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
  Term 2 Concludes
23 Year 9-10 Camps Return