Compass No 461 - June 2017

From the Principal

Students Benefit From Practical Experience Through Health Cert III Course

Since 2015, the senior students of Pacific have benefitted from the important practical learning offered through their Certificate III in Basic Health Care. Students have taken advantage of the College’s mini ward that includes a hospital bed, mannequin, x-ray viewer and instruments including IV equipment. In addition to this, they volunteer at lunchtime to work alongside the College nurses and Dr Peter McMahon to provide first aid assistance in our sick bay. The course covers a variety of units including applying First Aid and Advanced First Aid, complying with infection control policies and procedures, interpreting and applying medical terminology and delivering basic clinical care such as monitoring vital signs and measuring blood pressure.

A key part of the learning involves practical experience in the workplace. Earlier this year in our newsletter, we featured an article that highlighted the learning achieved by Gemma Whitelaw ( as she spent time at the Caloundra Skin Cancer Clinic. The Year 12 Health students will be gaining valuable practical experience over the next week in high-end care units at Blue Care Warana, Blue Care Dicky Beach, St Mary’s Pelican Waters and Seasons Caloundra. We thank Dr Peter McMahon and the College nurses for their leadership of this course, which gives students important life skills but also important prior learnings for further study in the health area. We wish the students well as they take advantage of this amazing opportunity.

Principal's Log

We congratulate Courtney Callaghan who won the Breakthru Secondary School Dance final held at the Sunshine Coast Plaza last weekend. Courtney gave a powerful performance entitled Medicine that told a personal story of courage. All who were present were moved by her skill and passion. This is an outstanding achievement where Courtney, as a solo performer, was competing against teams of dancers from other schools. Courtney won $3000 for the College and $1000 for herself to be spent in the Plaza. We look forward to discussing with Courtney how she would like to see these funds being expended to support the Performing Arts within the College when she returns from camp. We thank Mrs Laura Bonner for her support of all of the dancers who took part in the competition this year.

We congratulate our Year 8 debaters who have been undefeated in the Queensland Debating Union Sunshine Coast competition and will now compete in the Brisbane finals in Term 3. We wish the team members of Noah Beasley, Dempsey Hall, Alessandro Papallo, Alex Jose, Thomas Grey and Lachlan Buchanan all the best as they now move on to the next level of competition. We thank Mrs Tina Cox for her generosity of time in coaching this team and leading the debating within the College.

Congratulations to the U13 Rugby 7’s team who reached the SCISSA grand final on Wednesday night. Our boys showed great spirit and commitment in a tightly contested game that saw St Andrew’s Anglican College take the victory. The game was well supported by parents and we thank them and coaches Mr Andrew Block and Mr Darren Hooper.

The new Queensland State Budget included announcements of additional funding for schools across the State as part of the Maintaining Senior Curriculum Offerings for Students in the Prep Half Cohort initiative. These funds are set aside to ensure that current Year 10 students, who were the first Prep cohort across Queensland, have access to the full range of subjects in their final years of schooling. Pacific has committed to have our full typical offering of courses for our Year 10 students and is appreciative of the government’s recognition of the benefit of providing special funds for this smaller cohort. For the full Independent Schools Queensland media release click here.

We thank God for all the blessings He has given us over the term and pray that He would continue to keep all members of our community safe and moving forward with good energy through the final week of this term.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

Positive Schools Movement

The positive schools movement has continued to grow in Australia and around the world. As we are approaching the end of Semester 1, it’s good to reflect on where the PERMA model sits within Pacific’s approach to student wellbeing. The PERMA model aligns to our Christian values and Lutheran theology. Its primary goal is to enable all members of the Pacific community to live rich, full, meaningful lives and also to flourish. The term flourish, as described by Dr Seligman, is about feeling good and doing good.

The PERMA model includes:

  • Positive emotions / feeling good;
  • Engagement / finding flow;
  • Relationships / authentic connections;
  • Meaning / purposeful existence; and
  • Achievement / a sense of accomplishment.

In a Christian sense, PERMA is about developing ourselves as good moral citizens who contribute to society and act with care, dignity and respect. We aim to grow the emotional intelligence of our students so they can consciously engage in activities that benefit others. PERMA helps us reflect and grow in a positive way so that we have the capacity to serve as the Gospels ask us.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

General P-5 Update

Prep – Year 2 Cross Country Carnival

Unfortunately due to the wet weather this week, the Prep – Year 2 Cross Country Carnival was postponed. The carnival will now take place next week on Wednesday 21st June from 1.40pm – 3.00pm.

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 ‘I Can’t Be Bothered’

Explain to your child that while it may seem that life should always be fun and exciting, this isn’t always the case. Life is a mixture of fun activities and also some more mundane things. While it is natural to try to avoid uninteresting activities such as homework or chores, the more they avoid these things, the greater chance they have of not achieving their potential.

Other suggestions for eliminating an ‘I Can’t Be Bothered’ mindset:

  • Explain the meaning of the expression ‘no pain, no gain’ (in order to get ahead in life, one has to do things that are ‘painful’ to do).
  • Point to the experience of others and show how, in part, their success has come from doing things that are not pleasant to do.
  • Provide examples from times in your own life when you avoided doing unpleasant work and how it held you back from achieving your goals.
  • Model for children examples of how doing unpleasant things in the short term can help to achieve pleasant results in the long term.
  • Teach children the 5 Minute Plan. Ahead of time, identify aspects of schoolwork that children find to be boring or tedious. Have children agree to work on this for five minutes. Then, after five minutes has passed (set a timer), encourage them to work for another five minutes. In this way, children obtain evidence that challenges their belief that they cannot be bothered with things that are not exciting and fun.
  • When you catch children avoiding work they find tedious, provide feedback: “By not doing this work, you are making the choice to not be successful”.
  • When you catch children doing work they find tedious, offer feedback: “You can stand doing boring things. By doing it, you are choosing to be successful”.
  • Show children concrete evidence that by doing tedious work they are more successful.

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

Food for Thought

New Frontier of Parenting – Emotions

Emotions drive learning, decision-making, creativity, relationships and health. So, what is this new frontier of parenting? Emotions are now recognised as an important part of the parenting landscape. The following link provides five ideas to help parents explore the alien landscape of kids’ emotions:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival BBQ

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 and payment at the Junior or Middle / Senior College Offices before tables sell out! Click here to view the full event details.

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

Outside School Hours Care

Holidays are almost here!

Do you need care for your children or are you looking for entertainment options these holidays? Why not book into Vacation Care. The days are full of fun, laughter and entertainment from 6.30am to 6.00pm. These holidays we have four fantastic excursions planned: bowling, a visit to The Planetarium, skating at the Rollerdrome and a trip to the Marvel Super Hero exhibition at GOMA. While on campus we also have some exciting themed days planned such as holding our very own carnival with a jumping castle and go carts, a fluro disco, a Junior Master Chef challenge and a Mad Hatter’s Tea Party. To view the full program, visit:


All enquiries can be made to Mrs Natalie Sorbello directly on 5436 7387 or by emailing

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, OSHC Educational Leader

Library News

Year 8 Steampunk Masks

While 8A and 8B have been concentrating on reading a steampunk novel and researching a steampunk topic, 8C and 8D have been working on constructing a steampunk mask in the library this semester. Students researched the aesthetic of steampunk, used design principles to plan their mask and then created their mask using craft materials. Lastly, they learnt about electric circuits and constructed a circuit to light up an LED on their mask. Their work is on display in the library until the end of Week 9.



Overdue Items and Holiday Borrowing

This week, emails were sent to all families whose child has overdue library books. Please ensure that overdue items are returned before the end of term. Students may then borrow up to 10 books over the holidays if they wish.

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

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

Afterschool Maths Tutoring

Next week there will be no Mathematics tutoring on Monday afternoon. Afterschool tutoring will recommence in Week 2 of next term.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Mathematics

Speaking Up

Our Year 8 debaters have completed the Queensland Debating Union Sunshine Coast competition undefeated. Over four rounds, the students triumphed over other very capable teams and will now go on to Brisbane finals in Term 3. Well done to team members Noah Beasley, Dempsey Hall, Alessandro Papallo, Alex Jose, Thomas Grey and Lachlan Buchanan.

The Year 6 Speaking Competition was held on Wednesday this week. Three students from each house presented their speeches, nominating an Australian public figure for inclusion in the Hall of Fame. The representatives were:

  • Bula: Eamon Mahoney, Allegra Pollack and Dan Whittingham
  • Mumba: Zaida Williams, Riley Holliday and Gabby Gorham
  • Wira: Kelsey Punter, Harry Hockam and Ella Jarick

Jack Packer was a very competent chairperson for the event. Well done to everyone who participated. The judges were Mrs Rae Hall, Ms Alisha Janssen and Ms Farlow and they were all impressed by the candidates’ speeches and ability to engage with the audience.

Congratulations to:

  • 1st Gabby Gorham
  • 2nd Dan Whittingham
  • 3rd Ella Jarick

As well as the speech competition, a group of Year 6 students is currently working on their debating skills for the USC competition next term. We wish them clear voices and quick minds.

Mrs Tina Cox, Head of English

Cultural News

Japanese Speech Competition

Pacific is pleased to be holding its annual Japanese Speech Contest in Term 3 this year. The contest is run as part of the Foundation Council Cup and all participating students will earn a point for their house.

This year, the categories and topics will be:

  • Years 3-5 Self-introduction (students will be judged separately for each year level)
  • Years 6-7 Describe your super hero
  • Years 7-8 Talking about school life
  • Senior Years 9-12 Describing your typical school day

Auditions and Timeframes

Due to the large number of entries expected from the Junior College, we are asking students in Year 3-5 to submit their entry form and speech on a USB. Submissions are due to the Junior College Office by Week 5. Finals will then be held for Junior College students in Week 8. Entry forms, envelopes and speech details will be available from the Junior College. 

Middle and Senior College speeches will be presented in Week 5. Further information is available from your Japanese teacher, including speech details and entry forms.

We look forward to hosting the competition!


Schlotterbach Sensei, Japanese Teacher

From the Head of Career Development

QTAC For Parents

If you have a child considering tertiary study, QTAC’s information for parents will help you guide their decision-making and assist them in applying: Some suggestions for parents include:

  • Read an overview of tertiary study and the benefits of higher education.
  • Get useful hints and tips to help your child on their journey to tertiary study and beyond.
  • Find out when to start planning for tertiary study, and help your child choose the right course and institution.
  • Consider the costs involved with studying, and check out how to apply.
  • Investigate the support services available to students, and get information on living away from home.
  • Investigate other resources on topics relevant to tertiary study, including financial assistance, employment outcomes, and more.

Year 12 students will be receiving their QTAC guide prior to the school holidays in the hope that they will shift their focus from current to future study options and comparisons.

School Holiday Work Experience

School holidays are the perfect time for students to engage in some informal work shadowing, informational interviews or more formalised work experience placements. It can provide students with an insight into various professions that they may be considering further study or employment within. Students are asked to contact Mr Ian Learoyd directly for work experience agreement forms and insurance.

Open Day Checklist

University and TAFE open days will commence soon. The University of the Sunshine Coast has created a checklist of questions so students are prepared if they plan to attend any Open Days. To view the checklist, visit:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Junior Sport

SCISSA Gala Day 2

Congratulations to all students on another successful Gala Day last week. From all reports, both students and coaches enjoyed their day of competition. It was also good to hear that students participating in the kayak and dance programs also enjoyed themselves.

Congratulations to our Year 5/6 Boys Division A basketball team who finished in first place on the day. There were also a number of other Pacific teams that finished as runners-up, which is a great achievement.

SCISSA sport for Semester 1 has now finished. Students will have the opportunity to select a new sport for Term’s 3 and 4 when they return from school holidays. Dance and kayaking will continue for students who are already in these programs.

Lutheran Athletics Carnival – Under 12 Trials

This year, the Year 3-7 Lutheran Athletics Carnival will be held in Week 2 of next term, which is the week prior to the College’s Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival. As such we are unable to select our Under 12 age group based on our own carnival results. Instead, trials will be held next Monday 19th June. All students in Years 6 and 7 who are turning 12 this year will have the opportunity to trial for the Lutheran Athletics Team. Trials will take place on the main oval after school from 3.15pm – 4.45pm. All students who wish to be selected for this team need to attend.

Prep – Year 2 Cross Country Carnival

Unfortunately due to the wet weather this week, the Prep – Year 2 Cross Country Carnival was postponed. The carnival will now take place next week on Wednesday 21st June from 1.40pm – 3.00pm.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

U13 Futsal Competition

On Tuesday, an excited group of Year 7 students represented Pacific in the U13 girls Regional School Futsal Titles. Placed against strong competition from Chancellor and Kawana State Colleges, the girls fought bravely to reach a grand final play off with Kawana, finishing as runner-ups in the competition. This is a great achievement and provides students with the opportunity to compete in the Southern Queensland Champion of Champion tournament in July. Thank you to Mrs Whitelaw for her ongoing coaching and support of this team. Well done to Ella Hansen, Brianna Smart, Abby Shanahan, Annika Fawke, Lucy Burnett, Mikayla Cross Pitcher and Grace Whitelaw. The girls displayed confidence, sportsmanship and were great ambassadors for Pacific on the day.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer

  • Games This Week - Round 13
  • Canteen Volunteers and Bakers
  • Holiday Clinics
  • Match Reports
  • Pacific Soccer Raffle
  • 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

It was back to the Caloundra District Netball Association for normal rounds this week. The Mustangs, Ponies and Arabians all had great performances against teams that are ranked well above them on the ladder. Consequently, the club is well placed heading into the final rounds with all eligible teams in a position to make the finals!

The highlight of the week was the completion of the formal training element of the Foundation Umpiring Course. The club has 11 girls from Years 6 to 9 who will now embark on the mentoring phase of the course, which involves officiating competition games under supervision. To mark this achievement, the girls will be formally presented with their umpiring shirts on Saturday morning at a team breakfast. We wish them all the best in their endeavours.         

Again, it was difficult to select our players of the week, however this week the recipients for their efforts on 10th June are:

  • Mustangs – Huntyr Wortley for great team play;
  • Ponies – The whole team for a great effort that made us all proud;
  • Brumbies – Alice Hindmarsh for great shooting and defensive work;
  • Fillies – Gabby Gorham for great shooting; and
  • Arabians – Sophie Heidrich for a great all-round effort.

Finally, the club AGM has been scheduled for 12th July at 6.00pm in room L13 at the College.

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

Grow and Share – Thanksgiving Celebration

Members of the community are invited to attend the St Mark’s @ Pacific’s Thanksgiving Celebration on Sunday 25th June. Join the congregation for worship, lunch and celebration! Click here to view the full details.

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:

Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra – Peter and the Wolf

This Saturday, the Sunshine Coast Symphony Orchestra is proud to present Peter and the Wolf! Music from The Chronicles of Narnia, Harry Potter and the Lord of the Rings will also be performed. Attendees are invited to come dressed as their favourite character. Click here to view the full event details.

Free Two Day Workshop – Autism Spectrum

In July, a free two-day workshop is being held in Maroochydore for parents and carers of children on the autism spectrum. Topics covered at the workshop will include understanding the impact of autism, forming positive partnerships with schools, support network information and planning tools. Click here to view the full event details. Registration can be made online at:

Upcoming Dates

19 Year 9-10 One Wk Camp Departure – Garapine (8.30am)
20 Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
21 Japan Trip Departs
  Prep - Year 2 Cross Country Carnival (1.40pm)
  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)