Compass No 460 - June 2017

From the Principal

Rising Above The ‘No’

An important skill in life is to maintain momentum and relationships when the ‘No’ in life presents itself. Learning how to respond to ‘No’ when it appears as a non-negotiable early in life helps to grow resilience and a sense of efficacy. Stephen Covey in his 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, talks about devoting energy to those things that are within our area of influence. We have a choice when faced with a frustrating ‘No’. We can take on a victim mentality and focus negative energy on the person or situation responsible for the ‘No’. This normally sees us turning inwards and becoming less effective in many areas of life.

Alternatively, once we have made our best effort to achieve something or respectfully present our case, we can learn to accept that the situation will remain unchanged and look for positive ways to extend our energy and influence into other areas. The greater our capacity to move forward and use our energy productively, the more effective, influential and richer we become as people. We can learn to rise above the ‘No’ and see the many possibilities of ‘Yes’ that surround us each day. The serenity prayer by Reinhold Niebuhr is helpful in grounding our thinking.

God grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference.

Principal's Log

On Monday and Tuesday this week, Pacific teachers spent time working with Harvard Educational Consultant Mr Mark Church. The ongoing work and connection with Mark, who works with educators from across the world, gives our educators the opportunity to draw on best practice from an international perspective. Our engagement in growing the pedagogy of our teachers has seen them now being invited to present at the Cultures of Thinking Conference conducted by Bialik College, Victoria in association with the Harvard Graduate School of Education next term.

It is always a joy to witness the energy and spirit of our young athletes at the Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival each year. The encouragement, sportsmanship and celebration of personal bests from all students made it a very positive day. It was heartening to see students of all ability levels receive recognition from their peers and staff but most importantly feeling proud of themselves knowing they had given their best effort. Learning how to compete, giving our best and learning how to win and lose well are very important life lessons. Well done to all of the staff and students and a particular thank you to the PE staff, Mrs Natalie Campbell and Mr Darren Hooper for their leadership.

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Christine Doyle, who is currently the Deputy Principal at Living Faith Lutheran Primary School at Murrumba Downs, will be taking on the role as the Head of Teaching and Learning Years 3 to 5 from the start of next term. We look forward to growing with Mrs Doyle who is a very passionate, enthusiastic and innovative educator with leadership experience in Lutheran, Christian and Education Queensland primary schools. We also celebrate with Mrs Laura Bonner who has been offered the role of Youth Touring Program Manager with the Queensland Music Festival. This opportunity will provide an excellent opportunity for Mrs Bonner to enhance her performing arts connections and skills. We will be advertising for a Drama and Dance teacher this weekend.

It has been exciting to have our teams participate in the SCISSA Rugby 7’s competition for first time this year. They are to be congratulated on their spirit and sportsmanship and the growth of their teamwork and skills over the season. Well done to all teams and coaches Mr Josh Danzey, Mr Andrew Block and Mr Darren Hooper. In particular, we congratulate our U15 team and coach Mr Darren Hooper who were crowned SCISSA champions for 2017.

We wish our Year 9 and 10 students and accompanying staff all the best as they engage in their outdoor education and service learning opportunities over the next two weeks. These are important life experiences that provide opportunities for young people to learn about the rejuvenating power of the natural environment, grow resilience, character and confidence by working through personal challenges and develop in their relationships with each other and God. We thank teachers Mr Duncan McNee, Mr Nico Prinsloo, Ms Angela Hill, Mr Josh Danzey, Mr David Druery, Mrs Marnie Whittaker, Ms Emma Middleton, Mrs Sharon Middleton, Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach, Mr Ben Dutton, Ms Leisa Ilott and outdoor education aides Jessie McMahon, Dean Turner, Troy Petersen, Bethany Rouche, Maddie Bell, Joshua Grimley and Eliza Dreves for their assistance and support of this program. We also thank Dr Peter McMahon, Miss Kim Stone, Ms Michelle McMillan and Pastor Tim Jarick for the planning and leadership of these activities.

We pray for peace around the world and for all those affected by acts of violence. May God grant us the wisdom to pause and pray for guidance and perspective when confronted with obstacles, challenges and disappointment.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

College Boundaries

The boundary lines have fallen for me in pleasant places – Psalm 16:6

Human nature is such that when we see a boundary we usually want to cross it. If the sign says ‘Wet Paint!’ what do we want to do? Touch it. Life is full of boundaries and rules which we need to listen and follow. For example the speed limit of 110km per hour on the Bruce Highway is very important for our safety and the wellbeing of others on the road. Without structures like this around us, life would be chaotic and people would continually do destructive things to one another. People need to uphold boundaries and rules. In our College community, this is also true. For the benefit of healthy community and a peaceful school environment where students can learn and feel safe, we need boundaries like any family or country.

A helpful way to look at boundaries and laws is to view them as providing us with a rule, a mirror and a guide. A rule in the sense of a line that we know we shouldn’t cross. Rules do not stop people from crossing boundaries but they are there to make us think before we act. Boundaries are a mirror in the sense that when we cross that line, they can mirror back to us our unwise choices and behaviour so that we see it clearly and own it. In addition, boundaries can be a guide in the sense that when we take notice and listen to them we can be empowered to do the right thing and live in freedom and peace.

Do you know the rules, the expectations and boundaries of Pacific Lutheran College? Check out our parent handbook or student diary. Re-familiarising yourself with our College boundaries might help you view them not just as rules but also as a mirror and a guide. A school without boundaries, or one where boundaries are ignored or seen as a joke, is a school where learning takes second place. Working together as teachers, parents and students when it comes to boundaries is an important task. Because when we do work together, we can say with the writer of the Psalm that the boundary lines have fallen for us in pleasant places.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

General P-5 Update

Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival  

On Tuesday under clear, blue skies the Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival was held at USC. The standard of competition and the spirit displayed by all students was outstanding. A special thank you to parents who acted as officials, provided food and supported their children at the carnival. Thank you also to Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell who coordinated the event and to all the staff who helped with setting up and supervision. 


P-2 Cross Country

This term, all students across Prep – Year 2 have been busily training for their Cross Country Carnival, which will be held on Wednesday 14th June starting at 1.40pm. A letter providing details of the event has been sent home. All parents are warmly invited to come along and support their children’s participation in the event.

Emotional Resilience

Emotional Resilience is essential in our daily lives, especially to help us deal with confrontations, making choices, getting bad results, encountering negative situations that are beyond our control or struggling with difficult day-to-day activities.

As adults we generally face such difficulties with varying levels of resilience. Equipping children with the skills to develop emotional resilience is an important facet of their growth.

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 to share some strategies from the You Can Do It Program, which may help eliminate or help to balance these negative mindsets.

To Eliminate ‘Needing To Be Perfect’

Explain to your child that he/she shouldn’t be afraid to make mistakes. Explain that mistakes are a natural part of learning and while it is good to try your best, it is not helpful to insist that everything is done perfectly. Explain that even the greatest scientists and inventors bumble and stumble their way to success. For older children, you can also explain that demanding perfection of oneself can lead to being so worried that it actually lessens one’s ability to perform well. Encourage your child to develop the positive type of thinking called ‘Risk Taking’. In ‘Risk Taking’, a person prefers to do his/her best but accepts that mistakes are inevitable and frequently important as one is learning something new.

Other suggestions for eliminating your child’s need to be perfect include:

  • Help your child become more aware of his/her perfectionism and its negative effects on his/her anxiety.
  • Have your child make a list of the things he/she always wanted to do but was afraid of not doing perfectly. Encourage your child to try one of these activities.
  • Encourage your child to identify areas of weakness. Have him/her try activities in these areas. When he/she has attempted such an activity, point out that he/she now has evidence that he/she can tolerate doing things imperfectly.
  • Encourage your child to stop ruminating about grades and instead, get involved in activities unrelated to school.
  • Teach your child that there is a continuum of achievement and that achievement is not an all (perfection) or nothing (complete failure) outcome. Encourage him/her to set goals at a place on the achievement continuum where he/she does not have to be the best in order to learn something and have fun.
  • Acknowledge and praise your child for attempting things and not doing them perfectly.

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

Food for Thought

Talking To Children About Terrorism

The recent terrorist attacks in London and Manchester have sent shockwaves across the globe. With the extensive media coverage, it’s difficult to shield children from these events. While parents might not want to discuss terrorism with their children, it’s not a topic you should avoid, particularly if your children ask pertinent questions. Here are some ideas that will help:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Athletics Carnival BBQ

The Friends of Pacific provided a BBQ and snack stall at the Year 3-6 Athletics Carnival this week. Thank you to the volunteers who helped run the stall, in particular, Allyson Sarvari, Sean Cawley, Mel Pollack, Sam Salta, Belinda Modlin, Belinda McCullough and Sharon Lightfoot. Your help was very much appreciated!

Our next BBQ will be at the Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival on Tuesday 25th July. If you are available to help on the day, please contact:

Through the Ages Trivia Night – Saturday 26th August

Our theme for the upcoming Trivia Night is Through the Ages! So, dress up and enjoy… Middle Ages, Ancient Greece, Roaring Twenties or Happy Hippies – the possibilities are endless! Gather your team of 8-10 (adults only) for a night of fun and laughter with great prizes to be won. Kicking off at 6.30pm for a 7.00pm start, tickets are $10 per person for entry, with food stalls and a bar on offer too. Appoint a captain to make your team booking at the Junior or Middle / Senior College Offices!

There are also a number of sponsorship opportunities available for the event. If you would like to support the night and see/hear your business name on the big screen and in the lead up to the event, please email:

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

Important Notices

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

Boat Shed Dinner

Last week, our Year 12 Hospitality students took over the reins at the popular Cotton Tree restaurant, The Boat Shed, for a sell out event. Restaurant staff daringly handed over control to students, who have been perfecting their skills in all aspects of restaurant operations, from waiting tables to working behind the bar and helping out in the kitchen. The evening allowed students to demonstrate their practical performance knowledge and understanding in a real world environment, further enhancing their learning.

Students were responsible for all aspects of the event from creating the invitations and designing the menus, to taking bookings, organising uniforms as well as arranging the entertainment for the evening, not to mention preparing and serving food and beverages on the night. All students conducted themselves in a professional and mature manner and should be very proud of themselves. A big thank you to Mr Dion Sparato at The Boat Shed and to everyone who attended to support our Year 12 Hospitality students.

Mrs Colleen Beattie, Head of Hospitality and Food Technology

RSA Course

Students in Year 10-12 and parents are invited to participate in a RSA Course being held at the College. The course is on Monday 10th July and will be run by Mr Dion Sparato from The Boat Shed. To find out more, click here. All enquiries can be directed to Mrs Colleen Beattie:

Mrs Colleen Beattie, Head of Hospitality and Food Technology

Telstra Mayor’s Technology Challenge 2017

This week, the two groups representing Pacific in the Telstra Mayor’s Technology Challenge uploaded their final video presentations for judging.

Next week on Tuesday 13th June, the presentation evening will be held at the Sparks Bureau, Maroochydore. Each group will give  a three minute presentation about their idea and their videos will also be shown to a judging panel which includes the Mayor Mr Mark Jamieson. Prizes totalling $20,000 will be given to the winning teams on the night.

The Grass Dudes and iMood teams have done a brilliant job developing their ideas to a prototype stage. We wish them every success with their presentations next week. View the presentation videos below.

The Grass Dudes




From the Head of Career Development

Upcoming Events
New Selection Guidelines – Bachelor of Education

From this year, students applying to study a Bachelor of Education at university will also be required to write a Personal Statement. In 1000 words, the statement needs to outline their motivation for entering teaching and their life/work experience as a learner and activity leader. The statement will need to be submitted with QTAC applications. Further details can be found at:

Preparing for Uni – Website

Developed by the Queensland University of Technology, the Preparing for Uni website provides structured activities that cover the following topics:

  • Self-understanding;
  • Course exploration and decision-making;
  • Assessing readiness to study;
  • Thriving at university; and
  • Information interviewing.

If you are finding it difficult to start your career exploration, these activities may help you get started. Visit:

Bridging Summer Courses – QUT

QUT offers bridging programs in Mathematics B, Physics and Chemistry and registrations for their summer programs are now open:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Rugby 7’s








25-15 / 25-10

19-5 / 33-5 / 17-15


Win / Win

Win / Win / Win


Fin Quilligan / Cooper Paul

Sean Tobin / Nick Lloyd / Riley Boaza

What a fabulous night at Beerwah for Round 7 of the SCISSA Rugby 7’s competition. All Pacific teams recorded wins and every player put in exceptional performances and had great sportsmanship! A special mention to the U15 boys who finished second after all rounds and went on to play St Andrew’s Anglican College (SAAC) in the grand final. The game was very close with the boys only up by two points at half time due to a 90m run from Nick Lloyd, scoring under the posts and converting his own try. The second half was a real arm-wrestle with SAAC scoring in the corner on the final hooter. They needed to convert to take the match into extra time but the kick fell just short. Pacific were crowned SCISSA champions for 2017 in a close 17-15. Congratulations to Mr Darren Hooper and the boys for a brilliant season!

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer

  • Games This Week - Round 12
  • Team Photos - Saturday 10th June
  • Match Reports
  • Awesome Holiday Clinics
  • Pacific Soccer Merchandise
  • Pacific Soccer Raffle - Last Chance To Purchase!
  • Give Me 5 for Kids Corporate Golf Day - 30th June
  • Pacific Soccer App
  • Pacific Soccer Contacts

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

Mr Matt Gigney, Secretary - Pacific Soccer Committee 

PLC Netball Club

Once again, the fine weather and the club’s welcoming spirit ensured another successful hosting of CDNA at Pacific Lutheran College last weekend. Thank you to Pacific Soccer for their support and assistance in facilitating the canteen. It was greatly appreciated.

Being a small club, hosting such an event in the middle of a long weekend with a third of our teams having byes could have been a challenge. However, our club spirit shone through and ensured that everybody had an enjoyable day. It was particularly pleasing to see the tasks shared across the entire club between the CDNA visits. There were only a couple of people who were required to participate on both days, which is an extremely positive outcome. Well done to everyone.

Again, it was difficult to select our players of the week, however the recipients for their efforts on 3rd June are:

  • Unicorns – Mahli Gates for her commitment during the game;
  • Mustangs – Sarah Barrett for great team play;
  • Ponies – Bye;
  • Brumbies – Bye;
  • Fillies – Jewel Jamieson for 100% effort; and
  • Arabians – Georgie Jones for a great defensive effort.

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

5-9 Senior College Exams
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 Japan Trip Departs
  Year 11-12 Drama Excursion (Evening)
22 Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
  Term 2 Concludes
23 Year 9-10 Camps Return
5 Japan Trip Returns
10 Student Free Day (ELC Open)
11 Term 3 Commences
  Year 11 2018 Subject Selection Evening (7.00pm)