Compass No 462 - June 2017

From the Principal

Fully Nurturing Wellbeing

A quick Google search on the dimensions of wellbeing produces scholarly articles that variously describe 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 or 10 dimensions of wellbeing. One dimension that appears in the different models, but receives little media commentary, is spirituality. This dimension includes the importance of connecting to something beyond ourselves, having purpose and meaning in our lives and living consistently with well-formed beliefs and values. This can be an area that is easy to lose sight of in the busyness of life and yet is central to our general sense of wellbeing. Like other areas of life, it is strengthened when it is nurtured in an intentional way.

A core area of growth within the Pacific community is engaging its members with opportunities to grow in their understanding and relationship to a loving God. As a community we celebrate with gratitude what God has given us. We are thankful that through faith and by His grace, He forgives us when we are less than we should be. As we come to the end of the term we can be still and give a prayer of thanks for all the blessings He has given. We can also ask for forgiveness where we have hurt others or not taken the opportunities to be the best we can be. We can then ask for God’s help and step forward with renewed purpose, hope and energy knowing that He walks with us.

Principal's Log

Yesterday it was exciting to be amongst parents, Year 9 and 10 students and staff as these students returned from the two-week outdoor education experience at Uki. There was a sense of achievement and having grown closer together through a unique opportunity. There was also the joy of reconnecting with family members and a valuing of things that can be easily taken for granted. Parents are often amazed at the growth that occurs for young people through this two-week experience.


It is a time where young people are disconnected from all things electronic, are strongly connected and reliant on their group members and leaders, are simply part of nature and have time for reflection about themselves, their relationships with others and with God. We congratulate the students on the way in which they embraced the opportunity and supported each other. The Year 9 and 10 students participating in the one-week outdoor education program at Garapine will return tomorrow and we look forward to welcoming them home. We also thank Dr Peter McMahon for his organisation and leadership of this life changing activity and to staff 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 time and warm, generous and enthusiastic leadership.

On Wednesday morning, senior students flew out of Brisbane airport to begin their exchange visit to Seishin Gakuen. The students spend five days at Seishin being billeted by families and will experience tremendous hospitality as they learn about life in a Japanese family and school community first hand. Visits to Hiroshima and other sights in Japan deepen their understanding of Japanese culture. Throughout the trip there are lots of times of fun as friendships and learning grow. We look forward to hearing the stories of the students and leaders Mrs Michiko Hauser, Mr Mark Hauser, Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach and Mr Brendan Delaney on their return.

We are farewelling Mrs Holly Humphrey and Mrs Laura Bonner as teachers at the end of this term. Mrs Holly Humphrey has provided strong support for young people’s learning in both her role as a teacher aide when she first joined the College and then as a Year 1 classroom teacher. Mrs Humphrey has always been a passionate educator. We thank her for her energy and commitment and wish her well as she takes up further study in the area of special education. Mrs Laura Bonner has effectively established Dance within the College and has been generous in her time in directing Junior Productions. We thank Mrs Bonner for her very strong contribution to the growth of the performing arts in the College and wish her all the best as she takes up a position with the Queensland Music Festival. Mrs Louise Burrell is also finishing as a part time nurse to spend more time with family. We have appreciated Mrs Burrell’s calm and professional care for our community. We also express our appreciation to Mrs Rachel Dixon who has provided excellent Administration support to our Early Learning team as we have transitioned into our new Centre. We wish Mrs Julie Darr all the best as she takes long service leave for the remainder of the year.

We are pleased to announce that Mrs Karen Costa, who has previously taught at the College, will be taking Mrs Darr’s Year 2 class. Mrs Suzie Naidu, who has international teaching experience and most recently taught at Scotch College in Adelaide, will be teaching in Year 1. Mrs Sue Warren who has had extensive experience in school, university and community libraries and most recently at Moreton Bay College, has been appointed to take on the role of teacher librarian mid way through next term as Ms Narelle Keen takes maternity leave. Interviews for the Drama and Dance teacher role will be occurring in the first week of the holidays.

May we all pause to say a prayer of thanks for what God has given us individually and as community and to ask for forgiveness for those times we have hurt others or been less than He would have us be. We pray that He would walk forward with us and that we all enjoy increased time for having fun with friends, family and nature over the coming break.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Religious Community

The human body has many parts, but the many parts make up one whole body.
So it is with the body of Christ.
(1 Corinthians 12:12)

The thread over the last two weeks of this term has been about regularly connecting with a religious community. Being involved in something bigger than ourselves. Seeing the value of looking outside ourselves, to connect with a faith community that serves others. Are you involved in a faith community? Do you ‘go to church’? Do you see value in connecting with, or belonging to, a faith community? 

According to social researcher Mark McCrindle, 88 per cent of Australians say the church is beneficial for their community. Yet only 15 per cent or one in seven people actually attend a church on a monthly basis. Despite what we might perceive as a negative attitude towards the church in our country, these statistics indicates that most Australians recognise the worth of Christianity for our nation.

The challenge though, is for people to commit to a regular ongoing connection with a church community. It is difficult for families who have many commitments on weekends with sport, shopping, driving teenagers to work and social events. Just having some time to rest and be still on the weekend can be a luxury. Many families have what has been called a ‘narrow bandwidth’ of interest, time and energy to connect regularly with a church. It’s not that people do not see the value of belonging to a church community, it’s just the amount of time, energy and space to do so is limited in the busyness of work and family life.

These thoughts are true for connecting to a Sunday worshipping church community. However, as a parent and friend of Pacific, you are already connected with a religious community. You are connected with a College that is part of the Lutheran Church of Australia. You might not know much about Lutherans or what they believe, but your children are being educated in a Christian environment. They are learning and engaging in a community of faith where chapel, devotions, Christian Studies, the Bible and prayer are all regular parts of life at Pacific.

Are you involved in a faith community? Do you see value in connecting with, or belonging to, a faith community? Your presence in our College community would suggest that this rings true for you, that your answer to these questions is ‘yes’.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

General P-5 Update

This term has been particularly busy and exciting for all students across Prep – Year 5. Thank you to all parents and guardians for their support and involvement in the many and varied aspects of life at the College this term. Your support and involvement is greatly valued and welcomed by both children and staff. We hope all children and their families enjoy a relaxing break together.

Prep – Year 2 Cross Country

On Wednesday, the Prep – Year 2 Cross Country Carnival was finally held under clear blue skies. Thank you to the many parents and family members who attended the event to support children. Well done to all students who participated and congratulations to Bula House for winning the carnival! A special thank you to Mr Darren Hooper for coordinating the event and all staff across Prep – Year 2 for their support and supervision of students.



Over the holidays, student reports for this semester will be made available for parents to download from the Parent Lounge. Parent Lounge can be accessed via the College website: Once the reports have been completed and uploaded, a SMS will be sent to all families. If you have any questions regarding the download of student reports during the holidays, please contact the Administration Office.

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

Food for Thought

How To Avoid Shaming Your Child

The feeling of shame comes from the belief that, “I am basically flawed, inadequate, wrong, bad, unimportant, undeserving or not good enough”. The following link explains how to guide children toward appropriate behaviour to meet their needs without shame:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor 

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

CHANGE OF DATE: Through the Ages Trivia Night is NOW SATURDAY 2nd SEPTEMBER

Due to a conflicting event that will see many of our College leadership team away on the original date, we have moved the Trivia Night to Saturday 2nd September. All other details remain the same! 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.

Our event committee has been working hard behind the scenes to plan a great night! There are also a number of sponsorship opportunities available for the event. If you would like to support the night and promote your business, please email:

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:

Next Meeting

Our next meeting is at 7.00pm on Tuesday 18th July in the College library. All are welcome to attend. We look forward to seeing you there!

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Tech Talk

Protecting Your Online Identity

The upcoming school holidays provide a great opportunity for students to take stock of their online identity. Take the time to talk with your child about online safety and provide tips for staying safe online.

Safety Suggestion #3: Protect your online identity

Check privacy settings on all apps and websites. Default settings on most apps are more open than most of us would like. It is important to know who we are sharing information with. Encourage your children to read the fine print, rather than simply click 'I accept' and to consider the information they are potentially giving away when online. For example, simply sharing a photo may give away that your family is on a holiday and the home is empty. Taking the time to discuss safe and effective use of technology is extremely valuable in creating digitally savvy children.


Mr Damien Evans, Leading Teacher – Middle College

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

Junior College

Marvellous Milkshakes!

Writing and following procedures or instructions are important skills to learn. Last Friday, Year 2D had the wonderful opportunity to firstly write the procedure for making a milkshake and then visit the Hospitality kitchen to test our recipes – an important part of any procedure! Students were very lucky to have the Year 12 class help them and enjoyed the time of connection with their buddies. All agreed it was a great time and we can’t wait to do it again!


Mrs Julie Darr, Year 2 Teacher

YACHTS In The Engine Room

This term, our young enthusiastic students concluded that without Engineers, new thinking and ideas could not become reality. Engineers who design, create and build new structures and products make our lives more comfortable. Students researched and investigated different structures and their purpose and functionality.

Our Engineers saw a challenge and assessed available resources. In design teams, students collaboratively brainstormed ideas from which plans and sketches were created. Prototypes were constructed and tested with much excitement surrounding the trials. Designs were revised and adjustments made, as students learnt from their mistakes and shared valuable peer feedback. Students refined and improved upon structure and function, assessing effectiveness and application in the real world. Hypotheses and predictions were proven or disproven, evoking animated discussions. Variables and impacting factors were carefully considered as wonderful discoveries were shared.


The Engineering workshop was a hive of buzzing activity as students rolled up their sleeves creating fantastic structures!

Ms Anthea Brighton, Head of Learning Enrichment P-5

Secondary College

Year 11 Art Excursion

This week, Year 11 Art students attended a classroom with no walls on their excursion to Moffat Beach. As the youth of today, they investigated the social, cultural and psychological implications of place as a geographic location. Students drew insight from initial observations of the physical features and more importantly, the cognitive meanings of place. This will be developed further, back in the classroom studio, to establish a metaphoric or symbolic meaning for their work that is more than just the surface appearance.


Mrs Denise McMahon, Head of Visual Art

Club Sport

PLC Netball Club

This week, the collective congratulations goes to our Arabians team. Their game on Saturday was a challenge for the team as there were three players away on school camp. With support from the Brumbies and the Fillies, the Arabians managed to defeat the top side and by doing so, forced their way into the top four. Whilst there are still five rounds to go, our Ponies, Brumbies, Fillies and Arabians are all fighting for finals positions. Well done to everybody!

On Saturday morning, we also hosted our first umpires breakfast, which aimed to recognise the achievements of our umpires. At the breakfast, our girls were presented with their official umpire’s uniform, so keep your eyes peeled for them in the coming weeks. We wish them all the best of luck.

Again, it was difficult to select our players of the week, however the recipients for their efforts on 17th June are:

  • Unicorns – Teagan Weldon for a great effort;
  • Mustangs – Zoe Woods for a great game;
  • Ponies – Mia Salta for great court game and Madeline Attard for outstanding defence work; and
  • Arabians – The whole team for making us proud.

The club AGM is set for 12th July at 6.00pm and will be held at the College in Room L13.

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable break. We will see you all back at training in the week commencing 10th July (first week back at school). 

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:

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

22 Term 2 Concludes
23 Year 9-10 One Wk Camp Returns
5 Japan Trip Returns
10 Student Free Day (ELC Open)
11 Term 3 Commences
  Year 11 2018 Subject Selection Evening (7.00pm)
12 Year 7-12 SCISSA Touch Season Commences (4.00pm)
  Year 11-12 Drama Excursion (Evening)
  Year 8 Camp Information Evening (6.00pm) 
14 Year 7-12 Athletics – Javelin and 1500m Events (1.00pm)
  Year 7-12 Schools Basketball Season Commences (4.00pm)
15-16 TSXPO Careers Expo – Brisbane (10.00am-4.00pm)