Compass No 463 - July 2017

From the Principal

Family Connection Vital For Wellbeing

Research shows that ongoing family connection is an important factor for wellbeing. This is particularly the case for adolescents as they grow greater independence and their sense of personal identity. Connection to an extended family, which may include significant adults outside of the immediate family, helps people to see themselves in relationship to others and develop an understanding of mutual responsibility. Families are a place where young people can learn the importance of give and take in sustaining relationships. Learning that they have responsibility for the care for siblings, parents and extended family members even when relationships are not easy, builds emotional capacity within young people.

God models this type of familial love where He continues to love us despite us constantly being less that what He would have us be. At our best and our worst, He walks with us and does not give up on us. We are called to do this in our families too. Beyond the brokenness, there are strong bonds of love and a constant invitation to come home and rest in the safety of home.

Principal's Log

Welcome to the start of Term 3 and particularly the new families and students who have joined us this term. We also welcome new staff members Mrs Christine Doyle (Head of Teaching and Learning Years 3-5), Mrs Suzie Naidu (Year 1), Mrs Karen Costa (Year 2), Ms Jane Lillingstone (Dance and Drama teacher), Mr Gus Gillespie (IT) and nurse Ms Sophie Morton. We wish all members of our community every blessing as we move forward into a new term of learning together.

During the holidays, all families will have received a letter that summarised the progress of the College over the past 12 months. I encourage families to celebrate the part they have played in our growth as you read this letter. Over the next fortnight an email will invite all families to provide feedback, which will then be used in planning processes by the staff and College Council. 

Staff and students strengthened their understanding of and connection to Japanese culture through their biennial visit to our sister school Seishin Gakuen over the holidays. Students took advantage of the opportunity to extend their Japanese language skills and learn about daily life in Japan as they enjoyed the hospitality of their Seishin families. Visits to Hiroshima and other cultural sites also deepened their understanding of our common human story. We thank Mrs Michiko Hauser for the organisation and leadership of the experience and also Mr Brendan Delaney, Mr Mark Hauser and Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach for their assistance. We congratulate the students on the way they engaged strongly with the people and places of Japan to build stronger connections and deeper levels of mutual understanding and respect.

Over the holiday period, a group of Pacific staff attended the Australian Conference on Lutheran Education, which had over 1000 delegates. The theme, People, Planet, Purpose, set the challenge for Lutheran schools to continue enhancing contemporary approaches to learning for people across all dimensions of their lives including the development of social emotional skills to equip young people to thrive within a rapidly changing world. Professor Tim Flannery encouraged schools to explore understandings of ways in which individuals, groups and communities could minimise their environmental footprint and even enhance our natural world. On the final day we were challenged to contemplate ways in which we could strengthen the sense of purpose we gain as we live empowered by the generosity of God’s grace. The team of Mrs Sue Zweck, Pastor Tim Jarick, Miss Kim Stone and myself were invited to lead a workshop that focused on how people grow through immersion in a rich integrated culture of leading and learning at Pacific. 

Earlier this week, over 20 staff from St James Lutheran College Hervey Bay visited the College to learn about our approach to teaching and learning that aims to foster a culture of thinking across the College. They were impressed with the opportunities for different staff to collaboratively contribute to the shaping of a rich culture of learning as staff have developed new understandings through their day to day interactions with children as well as through accessing external research and examples of good practice. The integrated and wholeness of culture was valued. Thank you to Ms Sue Arahill and Mrs Marg Gunn for their leadership of this tour.

May God equip us to live graciously and generously in relationship with each other, in our families and in community.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Family Support

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonour others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8)

It’s no surprise research shows that families who provide high levels of love and support are more likely to raise healthy, happy kids. Showing love to one another is what families are all about. Yet, at the same time, it is no easy feat to live in loving ways with our partners, our children, or our family members on a daily basis. Practicing love in family relationships is both a blessing and a challenge, especially for parents. A parent’s love for their child is a reflection of God’s love for the world. It is a love that Paul writes of in Corinthians – a love that is patient, kind, trusts, hopes and perseveres. It is a love that always protects.

Just like God’s love, this love of our heavenly parent, the love we show our children is willing and able to sacrifice. Many parents sacrifice their time, energy and even money to provide opportunities for their children. Children do not always see or understand the sacrifices that a parent makes for them. Every parent deeply loves their child and wants the best for them in their learning and in their emotional, social and spiritual development.

Yet there is one thing you cannot sacrifice for your children. What is it you ask? It is your love for them. Your love is demonstrated through spending uninterrupted, positive time with your children. No amount of money can replace quality time with your own children. We can love our children in different ways, through telling them ‘I love you’ and other affirming messages. Through the practical ways we serve them. Through giving them gifts and presents on their birthdays. But the best way to show love for our children is by giving them our undivided attention. Putting down the technology, coming home early from work to surprise them, gifting them with our time to do activities together, is priceless. By doing this you are creating ‘MasterCard’ moments with your children that will be etched into their memories forever. In the process you might even be helping them learn God’s love.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

Important Notices

Invitation – Ordination Of Doug Fitzpatrick

Members of our community are invited to attend the Ordination of Doug Fitzpatrick as a pastor of the Lutheran Church of Australia. The ordination will take place this Sunday at Immanuel Lutheran Church and will be followed by a morning tea.

Date: Sunday 16th July

Time: 9.00am

Location: Immanuel Lutheran Church, Forest Drive, Buderim

From the Director of Students

Japan Trip 2017

Pacific aims to grow students into international citizens who have a global view for the future. As the world tackles environmental and other global issues, we must work together in a coherent, compassionate and united way. At assembly this week, senior students Gabrielle Donato and Thomas Turner spoke about the recent trip to Japan and how the experience was life changing for them. All 20 students who attended this trip represented Pacific, their families and their country very well.

It was impressive to see our students connect with the Seishin students and form strong relationships, despite their cultural differences. As the relationships flourished during our stay, it became clear that we have much more in common than first thought. After we left Seishin, students had the chance to experience Japan’s ancient and modern culture. Highlights were the beautiful temples of Kyoto, Universal Studios Japan and the powerful Hiroshima museum. We thank the Seishin staff who were very welcoming and looked after us during our stay. We also thank our hard working Japanese department, led by Mrs Michiko Hauser, for making this international experience possible.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

General P-5 Update

Welcome to the start of the new term. We hope all families spent a relaxing and enjoyable time together over the holidays.


Students in Years 1-5 may only wear their sports uniform to school on the days they have HPE lessons. Year 4 and 5 students may also wear their sport uniforms to school on Thursdays. On odd occasions throughout the year, students may be requested to wear their sports uniform to school for carnivals or excursions. However, on all other occasions students should attend school in their formal uniform.

If your child is unable to wear the correct uniform, please send a note to your child’s class teacher. A uniform reminder letter will be forwarded to parents when children are in the wrong uniform without a note.


The hat is an important part of the College uniform. Each student is required to wear a hat during break times and when travelling to and from school. We ask all parents to encourage and remind their children of these requirements.

Parent / Teacher Conferences

Research continues to recognise the important role that parent support plays in creating an environment where children can reach their academic potential. Next week, parent / teacher conferences will be held for all students across Prep – Year 5. The conferences provide an ideal opportunity for parents, teachers and students to discuss each child’s progression and development. Although the conferences are not compulsory, we encourage parents to make the most of this valuable opportunity.

You Can Do It Program

This term across Prep – Year 5, the focus for the You Can Do It Program relates to developing persistence and the habits of mind related to working tough, giving effort and developing an ‘I can do it’ attitude. Persistence means trying hard and not giving up when something feels like it is too hard. Examples of persistent behaviour include:

  • Continuing to try even when work is hard;
  • Not being distracted by others; and
  • Checking work when it is finished.

Often students need to experience what it feels like to succeed if they are to be successful in the future. Success or achievement does not come without effort and persistence. Success is about each individual achieving their potential. Parents can support and develop persistence in their children by always encouraging effort and recognising success.

The concept of persistence fits neatly with developing positive types of thinking skills. The You Can Do It Program not only fosters the development of thinking, it supports children in achieving their best and aids them in developing social and emotional wellbeing and emotional resilience. 

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

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Through the Ages Trivia Night – Saturday 2nd September

Middle Ages, Ancient Greece, Roaring Twenties or Happy Hippies – the possibilities are endless! Gather your team of 8-10 (adults, alumni and Year 11 and 12 students only) for a night of fun and laughter at our Through the Ages Trivia Night.

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. There will also be some great prizes up for grabs.

Appoint a captain to make your team booking and payment at the Junior or Middle / Senior College Offices. Click here to download the Through the Ages Trivia Night flyer and booking form!

Stockland Caloundra ‘School Rewards’

Keep an eye out for these in-store promotions! The Stockland Caloundra School Rewards promotion kicks off this week. Simply register as a customer online and shop at Stockland Caloundra to start collecting points for Pacific. There are great prizes up for grabs for both participating customers and the College including gift cards, iPads and cash! For more information and to register, visit:

Next Meeting – All Welcome

Come along and join us at our next meeting on Tuesday 18th July at 7.00pm in the College library. Friends of Pacific provides a great opportunity to meet with fellow parents, hear from our Principal and learn more about upcoming events!

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Junior College

Underwater Adventure Competition

This year, Pacific is participating in the Underwater Adventure App school competition. Students are encouraged to download the augmented reality app and play the game when visiting the Sunshine Plaza. By participating in the fun and educational game, students will earn points for Pacific. The latest experience, Help the Turtle, runs until 1st September.

Experience: Help The Turtle
Social theme: Habitat Destruction
A sea turtle has been caught in an oil spill and needs help. Underwater Adventure players must talk to other sea creatures to locate the marine medical centre in order to help the turtle. But first they need to help clean up the impacts of the oil spill. Complete the task by cleaning virtual seagulls that have also been caught in the oil spill.

For more information, visit:

Mrs Lu Pollard, Year 3 Teacher

Secondary College

Japan Trip 2017

On Wednesday 21st June, 20 students and four staff members flew into Narita International Airport to begin a two-week trip in Japan. After spending a night in Narita, we headed to our sister school Seishin Gakuen, where we spent the next five days immersed in the Japanese culture. Students experienced life as a Japanese student with the warm hospitality of the Seishin host families and special lessons such as shodou (calligraphy), kendo (Japanese sword fighting) and kyuudou (Japanese archery). We were also fortunate to meet Mayumi and Akito, who will be coming to Pacific next week as Inbound Exchange Students.

It was an emotional last day at the school where students farewelled their new friends and family before heading to Choushi to experience a traditional Japanese inn. Students enjoyed the onsen and traditional banquet, followed by a night of karaoke.


Our journey continued to Tokyo, where students walked to Akihabara and experienced some shopping and time at a cat café. We thank our former Japanese Teacher Assistant (JTA), Yuki Sensei, for her time in helping us navigate through Tokyo station. We then caught the shinkansen (bullet train) to Kyoto where we spent the next three days. Here, we toured Kinkakuji (Golden Temple), Kiyomizu-dera (Pure Water Temple) and had an actioned packed day at Universal Studios Japan. Thank you to Yuka Sensei and Natsuko Sensei who were both former JTAs at Pacific in 2016 and 2013.

The final two days were spent in Hiroshima, where students learned about the history of the city and the devastating effects of nuclear weapons at the Hiroshima Peace Memorial Museum. Students walked through the Peace Memorial Park and left prayers for world peace with the thousands of other paper cranes on display.

We congratulate the 2017 Japan Trip students for the way in which they stepped out of their comfort zone to fully immerse themselves in the Japanese culture. This experience has touched each and every student in a unique way. We also thank Mr Mark Hauser, Mr Brendan Delaney and Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach for giving up their holiday to support the trip. We look forward to seeing our Seishin friends next year when they visit Pacific in Term 3! ありがとうございます。

Mrs Michiko Hauser, Head of Japanese 6-12 and Japan Trip 2017 Coordinator 

From the Head of Career Development

James Cook University (JCU) – Health Science / Veterinary Courses

Course information sheets and 2018 application forms for the following courses are now available on the JCU website:

  • Bachelor of Medicine / Bachelor of Surgery
  • Bachelor of Dental Surgery`
  • Bachelor of Veterinary Science
  • Bachelor of Physiotherapy

Students must submit their application form directly to JCU as well as apply to QTAC by 30th September 2017 for entry in 2018. For more information, visit:

Upcoming Career Expos

TSXPO Careers Expo is on this weekend (Saturday 15th July and Sunday 16th July from 10.00am – 4.00pm each day) at the Brisbane Showgrounds. The Expo includes career and further study information from universities, TAFE, Defence Forces, private colleges and much more. It is the largest expo of its kind with interstate and overseas universities attending.

Sunshine Coast Daily Careers Expo: is on next Tuesday evening (Tuesday 18th July from 3.30pm – 6.30pm) at the Calvary Centre, Tanawha. The Expo offers career and study information from universities, TAFE, Defence Forces, other VET providers, private training colleges and employers.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Junior Sport

Term 3

Welcome to Term 3 for Junior Sport. This term the Athletics season continues for students with both the Lutheran and District Carnivals being held in the next few weeks. Semester 2 SCISSA is also underway for Year 4-6 students, who have already selected their sports. Over the next couple of weeks, SCISSA trials will be held to determine teams. Monday after-school SCISSA training commences in Week 4, however, students will train during Thursday sport time in the meantime. 

After-School Athletics Training

On the next two Monday afternoons (Monday 17th July and Monday 24th July) athletics training will be held here at the College for any students in Years 3-7 who are interested. Training will start straight after school at 3.15pm and will conclude by 4.30pm. Students will have the opportunity to practice for events such as sprints, long and high jump as well as discus and shot put.

Lutheran and District Athletics Carnivals

Next Wednesday 19th July, the Years 3-7 Lutheran Athletics Carnival will be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Students in the team have received information and permission forms via CareMonkey. The bus will depart from the front of the College at 7.50am and will return for normal afternoon dismissal at 3.15pm. Students will need to wear their full sports uniform and will need to bring a packed lunch as their will be no canteen facilities available. Athletic singlets will be provided on the day for any students wanting to compete in these.

The following week, on Thursday 27th July, the 9-12yrs District Athletics Carnival will also be held at the University of the Sunshine Coast. Further details will be provided for this carnival over the coming week.

Student Success – Junior National Games

Well done to Junior College student Ainslie Carter who competed at the Junior National Games on the Gold Coast over the school holidays. Ainslie competed in both swimming and soccer, representing Queensland in these events. She won gold in the 50m butterfly and the 4 x 50m medley relay, silver in the 100m and 200m breaststroke and bronze in soccer. Congratulations to Ainslie on this fantastic achievement

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

Friday Night Basketball

The Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Basketball competition commences this week. Pacific has entered nine teams in the competition this year, with three teams competing in the highest division. Players are ready for the start of the 15-week season and have been training hard in the lead-up to our first round of games.

All players must be dressed in full Pacific uniform (no casual clothes to and from venues) and arrive at playing venues at least 20 minutes prior to the start of their game. Families are asked to check their emails, schoology, compass reports and daily student notices for information about games each week.

We wish all teams the best of luck for the start of the season. Any questions or concerns can be directed to Mr Mark Hauser directly.

Round 1 – 14th July





Jnr A Girls




Jnr A Boys


M’dore Stadium

St Teresa’s

Int A Girls




Int B Girls (Blue – Yr 9)


Caloundra court 4


Int C Girls (White – Yr 10)



MFAC White

Int B Boys


M’dore Stadium


Snr A Girls




Snr C Girls




Snr C Boys




SCISSA Touch Football

Week 1 – 12th July


Snr Boys A

Snr Girls A

Jnr Boys A

Jnr Girls A

















Ethan Hall

Emma Goodyear

Lachie Buchanan

Alicia Woods

Years 7-12 Athletics Carnival

Tomorrow (Friday 14th July) Year 7-12 students will participate in high jump, 1500m and javelin events at the College. The full Athletics Carnival will be held on Tuesday 25th July at the University of the Sunshine Coast.

Student Success – Pierre De Coubertin Award

Congratulations to senior student Caitlin O’Keefe who won this year’s Pierre De Coubertin award for her outstanding contribution to sport. Caitlin attended a prestigious award ceremony in Brisbane over the recent holidays, where a host of ex and current Olympians, including swimmer Susie O’Neil, were also in attendance. This is a fantastic achievement and thoroughly well deserved. Caitlin has also made a significant contribution to sport at Pacific over the past five years. Well done!

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

PLC Netball Club

Whilst we have had a break from both school and netball games, the wheels of administration continue to turn. On Wednesday, the club held its Annual General Meeting and we thank all of those who participated in the process by either attending on the night or by submitting their voting slips in advance. As we work towards developing the club, ongoing engagement with and the participation of the membership body is extremely important.

A new committee was installed for the 2018 season and we wish them all the best for the coming year:

  • President / Secretary: Mr Trevor Colton;
  • Vice President / Treasurer: Mr Christian Gorham;
  • Registration Security: Mrs Carrie Wortley;
  • Umpiring Coordinator: Mrs Trisha McFadyen; and
  • Equipment Manager: Mr Steve Rattey.

Importantly, the club also committed to a strategy to develop a fully mature netball club, catering for the needs of all players. Obviously, this is a long-term vision. A key focus will be wider engagement with the College’s sports program. There will be more information to follow as we move forward in this area.    

This Saturday, our Ponies have an important game at 8.30am on court 6. The Ponies have had a challenging year with only seven players (no reserves) and being placed in a tough draw. To their credit they have shown great resolve, determination and character throughout the year. This week is an important game, as a win will almost certainly secure a place in the finals. Good luck, Ponies! 

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

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)
17 Year 3-7 Athletics Training (3.15-4.15pm)
18 Sunshine Coast Careers Expo (3.30-6.30pm)
  Year 10 2018 Subject Selection Evening (7.00pm)
  Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
18-19 P-5 Parent Interviews
19 Year 3-7 Lutheran Athletics Carnival – USC
  Year 10 Guest Speaker
20-21 Voices on the Coast
23 St Mark’s @ Pacific – Grow and Share (9.30am)
24 Year 3-7 Athletics Training (3.15-4.15pm)
25 Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival – USC (8.30am-3.00pm)
26 Year 6-12 Parent / Teacher Interviews
27 Australian Mathematics Competition
  9-12yrs District Track and Field Events