Compass No 466 - August 2017

From the Principal

You Matter

You Matter! Two very powerful words we can share with each other within our families, with friends, peers, students and colleagues. Author and international speaker Angela Maiers (2014), reminds us that when we know that we matter there is a significant shift in our mindset. Every person has been created uniquely and for purpose. In every community or group, different people at different times hold the key for improving the lives of individuals, groups and communities. Every person holds a gift that can make a difference for one or for many. Each of us has a responsibility to make the best use of those gifts to lift those around us. Believing we matter shifts us from the grey of getting things done to living fully.

Within the Bible we are told that each of us matters greatly to God who knows us intimately, even down to the number of hairs on our heads. Knowing we matter to God and to others energises and lifts us to greater action. Our role in life is to unleash the giftedness within ourselves and others. We do this within our families, friendship groups, the Pacific community and even the strangers who serve us at different times by believing, recognising, listening, celebrating and responding. Over the coming week, let’s take up the challenge of believing we matter and reminding others that they matter and feel the difference. Living with the habit of mattering makes a difference.

- Angela Maiers (2014), You Matter, accessed August 3 2017,

Principal's Log

Last week all families received an email inviting them to participate in the College’s annual review. We thank those who have already responded to the review and encourage all parents to take this important opportunity to spend 10-15 minutes to shape the future direction of the College.

We welcome Ms Sue Warren who will be replacing our teacher librarian Ms Nell Keen while she is on maternity leave. Ms Warren has had extensive experience as a teacher librarian with her most recent experience being at Moreton Bay College. Ms Warren is passionate about growing a love of reading and is a well-known book blogger and book reviewer. We thank Ms Keen for the energetic, creative and innovative way she has led our library and wish her every blessing for this next exciting phase of her life.

Recently, there has been considerable media commentary about the NAPLAN test results. Since the detailed data arrived earlier this term, the College has been making use of individual and class level data to plan for improved learning outcomes. Once the individual printed reports are received and school based comparative cohort data is released, these details will be shared with parents.

Over the coming days, each family will receive a copy of our Compass Review mid-year magazine. The magazine is a celebration of our young people, parents and staff making a difference over the past six months. Parents and students are encouraged to read this publication and celebrate being part of the College community. We thank Mrs Stephanie Scarlett for her work in coordinating this project.

Community members are invited to the ‘Hymns We Love’ service this Saturday 6th August at St Mark’s Lutheran Church from 8.00am. This service is a joint celebration between the College and congregation, acknowledging the place that music plays in our spiritual growth. This year, being the 500th anniversary of the Reformation, there is a special focus on this important time in our history.

On Friday 11th August, our Music Department is holding its mid year Ensembles Concert, which involves more than 115 of our musicians. The event provides a wonderful opportunity for our young people to share their talents and for our community to hear what each of our ensembles have been working on this year. The full event details are provided later in the newsletter.

We look forward to a great evening at the Through The Ages Trivia Night on Saturday 2nd September. Individuals, couples and small groups are encouraged to register, even if you do not have a whole table, for a great night of fun. The evening provides a great opportunity to meet new people, have fun and support the young people of the College.

May God’s promise that we all are people who matter, help us to live purposeful lives that lifts others to see the ways in which they matter so much.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Positive Family Communication

A prayer for positive communication within our families…

Dear Lord, we pray for the ways we communicate as families. Give us kindness and love in our words and actions. When we are angry and mad at each other, give us calming words to express our feelings. Guide parents on how to deal with conflict with their children and help them to model your forgiveness. Help us to talk about conflict rather than deny it. Help us to reconcile disagreements before we go to sleep and to ask for and speak words of forgiveness to each other.

We pray for families who are divided either by distance or argument. We pray that positive communication or reconciliation can take place for the good of the whole family. Jesus, you knew the loving power of a family, we pray that all young people can experience that love too. In your name we pray. Amen

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

General P-5 Update

Student Sign In / Out

A reminder to parents of Prep – Year 5 students, when signing your children in or out from the College, please do so from the Junior Administration Office, which is located adjacent to the Year 2 building.


Students and parents are reminded that the College hat is an important element of the school uniform. A number of students are already presenting to school each day without a hat. During break times, students need to wear a hat or they are required to stay out of the sun. Students should also be wearing their hats when travelling to and from the College.

Car Park Etiquette

Before and after school each day, the Prep – Year 2 car park can become quite congested. Often parents are hurrying to drop children off on their way to work or rushing to collect students for after school activities. Please remember there is a speed limit of 10km/h in all College car parks.

Parents are also reminded not to park in the drop of zones as this causes increased congestion. Please follow signage and road markings as well as the directions of staff on duty. Your assistance in keeping our students safe and lessening stress and congestion in the car park is most appreciated.

Communication With Staff 

Often, parents need to communicate information to their child’s teachers regarding changes of routine and exemption from sport, specialist lessons or activities. Each morning parents tend to verbally advise teachers of such changes.

To avoid confusion and to ensure students are where they are meant to be, particularly at the end of the day, we ask that parents put all of these changes in writing. There are a number of ways parents can communicate with staff:

  • All teachers can be contacted by email;
  • Teachers in Prep – Year 2 can be contacted through their class communication books; or
  • A short note can be sent with students to pass on to their teacher.

We appreciate your support in assisting teachers with this matter. 

Prep – Year 2 Athletics Carnival

All Prep – Year 2 students have begun preparing for their Athletics Carnival, which will be held on Monday 28th August. The Carnival will commence at 9.00am and conclude by approximately 10.30am. Parents are most welcome to attend this exciting event.

Year 4 Camp

The Year 4 camp will be held from 24th – 25th August in Alexandra Headland. Further information including permission slips and medical forms, has been forwarded home to parents. If there are any questions regarding this camp, please contact either your child’s class teacher or myself directly.

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

Food for Thought

10 Ways to Help Children Flourish

The concept of wellbeing can sometimes be misunderstood. It is not an unrealistic notion assuming we should be happy all the time without encountering challenges or difficulties. Wellbeing is about having the personal resources (mental, emotional, social and spiritual) to deal with all of life’s ups and downs. To learn more, visit:

Ms Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Through the Ages Trivia Night – Saturday 2nd September

Tables are selling fast! 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 hosted by our quiz master Russell Ousley and quiz scribe, Leah Croke.

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 including wine baskets, gift vouchers and lucky door gifts from our fabulous sponsors so far - Mooloolaba Music, Ezyfit Kawana, Rumba Resort, Rosetta Books, Sarah’s Unplugged Maleny, Maleny Dairies, Australia Zoo and Fowler Lawyers.

Bookings and payments can be made at the Junior or Middle / Senior College Offices. Click here to download the Through the Ages Trivia Night flyer and booking form! Singles, couples and small groups are also encouraged to register and can be placed in teams by the Committee. 

If you or your business would like to sponsor and/or donate to the event prize pool, please email FoP:

Two Ways to Help Pacific When You Shop!

Stockland Caloundra ‘School Rewards’

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:

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn will run until Tuesday 19th September. When you shop at Woolworths you can collect Earn & Learn stickers from the checkout operator or through an online order. Customers will receive one Earn & Learn Sticker for every $10 spent. Simply place them on a Sticker Sheet ( and insert in the PLC Collection Box, either at your local Woolworths (Currimundi, Buddina and Pelican Waters) or in the boxes located at the College (at Prep and the library).

Science Expo Food Stall

Friends of Pacific will be hosting the food stall at the upcoming Junior College Science Expo on Tuesday 15th August. Order forms and additional information will be sent home with students.

Next Meeting

The next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 15th August, commencing at 7.00pm in the College Library. All are welcome to attend!

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Welcome Ms Sue Warren

Ms Sue Warren has commenced in the library this week, taking over from Ms Nell Keen who is going on maternity leave. Ms Warren has extensive experience as a teacher librarian, most recently at Moreton Bay College and is also a well-known book blogger and book reviewer. We welcome Ms Warren to our community.

Author Visits

Our final two authors visited the College this week. Candice Lemon-Scott, author of the Jake in Space series amongst others, spoke to the Year 4-6 students and conducted a writing workshop with a number of our talented creative writers. Mr Gregg Dreise, author and illustrator of picture books, spoke to our Prep to Year 3 students who have enjoyed reading his books in our library classes.

Book Fair

Our annual Scholastic Book Fair commences on 14th August and will run until the 17th August in the library.

Ms Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian 

Tech Talk

Family Zone

As a father of three boys, I am always on the hunt for effective ways to protect my children from online threats. This week, cyber safety expert Mr Brett Lee, recommended some excellent hardware/software to protect children online.

Family Zone is a product that can be purchased online. It costs $89 initially with an ongoing monthly cost of $4.95. The upfront cost provides users with a family zone box, which delivers separate child and adult networks. As a package, Family Zone allows parents to control internet and app usage both when at home and away from home. To learn more about this software, visit:

Mr Damian Evans, Leading Teacher – Middle College

Junior College

Year 5 Gold Diggers!

Last Friday, Year 5 students had an extremely exciting adventure to the Gympie Gold Museum for a school excursion. Everyone was full of anticipation as we set forth on a mission to discover gold!

As we explored the museum, we experienced many artefacts like old washing machines, bullets and telephone boxes from the early 1900’s. We also learnt how people lived ‘back in the day’ and about the gaol, which housed criminals throughout the Gympie Gold Rush. We were delighted to have the opportunity to pan for gold and watch the blacksmith at work. Many students succeeded and were thrilled to take home some gold.


It was great for us to experience a real gold mine, as this is what we have been studying this term in History. We didn’t make a fortune, but EUREKA, what an awesome day!

Logan Pohlner, Year 5 Student


After eight weeks of participating in our Thinkers Club during Term 2, two teams of seven students across Years 3-6 have been selected to compete in our first OPTI-Minds Challenge.

These teams are undertaking complex challenges that require them to work collaboratively and independently to unpack a problem, construct a solution, write a script, create costumes and then perform in front of judges and an audience. Our Engineering team have the added complexity of creating a design product. There will also be a spontaneous challenge on the day, which cannot be scripted and relies on students’ ability to problem solve and work cohesively in the spirit of OPTI-Minds.

We think these teams are winners already, as their enthusiasm and engagement has been tremendous to witness.

This year's 2017 OPTI-Minds teams are:

Social Sciences Team (Facilitated by Mrs Kirsty Ridley):

  • Emily Creamer
  • Ella Mulhearn
  • Ruby Davis
  • Phoebe Shearer
  • Toby Creamer
  • Keeley Meade
  • Dan Whittingham

Science Engineering Team (Facilitated by Mrs Lu Pollard)

  • Kahlia Taylor
  • Isabella Lee
  • Jett Forman
  • Tamsyn Doyle
  • Olivia Boland
  • Isha Wallis
  • Alex Lee

The teams will compete on 26th August at Caloundra Christian College and we wish them all the very best. We would like to also acknowledge and thank Mrs Jo Belchambers for her knowledge and support and the parents for their commitment along this journey.

Mrs Lu Pollard, OPTI-Minds Coordinator

Cultural News

Music Department

Ensembles Concert

The Pacific Lutheran College Music Department warmly invites you to attend our mid year Ensembles Concert next Friday 11th August. This event will be a celebration of music at Pacific and is a wonderful occasion to hear what each of our ensembles have been working on this year. There will be performances by Pacific Junior Voices, Pacific Senior Voices, Orchestra, Concert Band, Jazz Ensemble, Guitar Ensemble, Junior Strings, Senior Strings, Percussion Ensemble and Brass Ensemble and Woodwind Ensemble.

Date: Friday 11th August

Location: Church On The Rise, Caloundra (33 Latcham Drive, Caloundra West)

Time: 6.00pm for a 6.30pm start

A gold coin donation is optional at the door (to contribute towards venue costs). Food and drinks will be available to purchase on the evening.

Hymns We Love Service

The Senior Pacific Voices has once again been invited to participate in the St Mark’s Lutheran Church ‘Hymns We Love’ service on Sunday 6th August at 8.00am.

This year is the 500th anniversary of the beginning of the Protestant Reformation and the choir has been asked to sing two hymns: ‘In You Is Gladness’ and ‘Wake, Wake, for Night is Flying’. We will also augment the singing of other well known hymns with the congregation.

For further information regarding this performance, click here.

Reminder – Enrolment Conditions

As we are now more than mid-way through the year, it is timely for parents and students to re-familiarise themselves with the Conditions of Enrolment for Pacific’s music program. To access the enrolment form, click here.

Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Head of Music and Mr Adrian King, Head of Instrumental Music

From the Head of Career Development

Key Career Dates
Vocational Education

Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre (SCTTTC)

The SCTTTC offers courses for senior students in the following industries:

  • Automotive
  • Building and Construction
  • Plumbing
  • Electrical
  • Surveying and Geo Spatial Information
  • Civil Construction and Engineering

On 10th August, SCTTTC will be hosting an information evening from 6.15pm – 7.15pm at their facility in Caloundra. To find out more, visit:

TAFE at School

Whether you dream of a career in fashion or fitness, music or automotive, health or hospitality, early childhood or construction, TAFE Queensland has various course options to kick start your career. To view the 2018 Course Guide, visit:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Junior Sport

District Athletics Carnival

Last Thursday, 54 students from Years 3-7 represented the College at the Independent District Athletics Carnival. The carnival always showcases a very strong level of talent and this year was no different with a number of records being broken and an outstanding level of competition.

Well done to the following Pacific students who finished in the top three places for their events:





River Boyall

9 Years

High Jump


Darcy Connors

10 Years

High Jump

100m Sprint

200m Sprint

Long Jump





Rani Monro

11 Years

100m Sprint


Laura Callaghan

12 Years

100m Sprint


Mona Finney

12 Years

High Jump

Long Jump



Luca Turney

11 Years

High Jump


Harrison McDonald

11 Years

High Jump



At the end of the day, Darcy Connors and Mona Finney were named the Pacific male and female athletes of the carnival. Congratulations to Darcy Connors, Laura Callaghan, Mona Finney and Harrison McDonald who have all been selected for the Sunshine Coast Regional Athletics carnival later this month.

Prep – Year 2 Athletics Carnival

Prep – Year 2 students have begun preparing for their Athletics Carnival by practicing the various events in their Physical Education lessons this term.

The carnival will be held here at school on the main oval on Monday 28th August. The carnival will run from 9.00am – 10.30am with all students required to wear their sports uniform and house shirt on the day. Further information about the carnival has been sent home to parents via CareMonkey.

Year 4-6 SCISSA Sport

Monday afternoon SCISSA training commenced this week for all students in Years 4-6. Training runs from 3.15pm – 4.15pm and will occur each Monday afternoon until Week 9.

Water polo and kayaking students will train at Kawana Pool and Lake Kawana respectively. A bus will transport these students to training after school but parents will need to organise their own transport home after training. Training concludes at 4.15pm at these venues as well and parents need to ensure they are on time to collect their children.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport 

Secondary Sport

Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival

At assembly this week, age championship awards and house trophies were presented. Congratulations to Mumba House for taking out the House Points Trophy and congratulations to Bula House for winning the House Spirit Trophy!


Sunshine Coast Schools Water Polo

It’s been a fabulous start to the season for the Senior Girls Water Polo team, who have had two wins from two games! They won 8-6 against Sunshine Coast Grammar School and 11-7 against Grace Lutheran College. We thank Mr Brett Jones for his time at training and games.

Sunshine Coast Schools Water Polo is offering various training and ‘come and try’ sessions on Saturday mornings throughout August, September and October. The sessions will run in conjunction with the SC School Water Polo Competition and are open to any interested students or teams. To find out more, click here.

SCISSA Touch Football

Week 4 – 2nd August


Snr Boys A

Snr Girls A

Jnr Boys A

Jnr Girls A

















Sam Henderson

Shelby Bennett

Tim Bange

Laura Callaghan


The College has recently purchased a K4 kayak for its program. Australia has a wonderful history of doing well in team boats and won the gold medal at the 2012 London Olympics in a time of 2 minutes and 55 seconds. The K4 is being used during afterschool training on Mondays and Thursdays and enables students to improve their technique and timing by shadowing the paddler sitting in the front seat.


Currently, the kayaking team is training for the School Marathon Championships on Saturday 19th August. Training for the sprint season will begin immediately after these championships. If you would like to be involved in the kayaking program for the sprint season, please see Mr Gary Graves or Mrs Natalie Campbell at school.

We wish the Pacific marathon kayakers all the best at the state championships later this month. Go for gold, Pacific!

Student Success – Soccer

Congratulations to Christian Schlotterbach whose U12 Sunshine Coast boys soccer team placed second in the State Tournament recently. They were undefeated in their games (two draws, the rest were wins). This was an awesome effort by Christian and his team, well done!

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer
  • Games This Week
  • Reminders - Training and Games
  • Upcoming Events
  • Match Reports
  • Sponsors
  • Stockland Caloundra Sports Star Awards
  • 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

This week, we congratulate Kahlia Taylor from the Mustangs who was chosen as a finalist in the Stockland Spirit Awards, which were drawn on Monday. The opportunity to recognise individual performances on a weekly basis via their encouragement awards is an important component in developing our club and fostering a sense of achievement within the player group. We thank Stockland for their ongoing support throughout the year.

The race towards the finals continues for our Arabians and Fillies, with both teams playing important games this week. We wish both teams the best of luck for Saturday.

As the year progresses, it becomes more difficult to select our players of the week. The recipients for their efforts on 29th July are:

  • Unicorns – Grace Meekan for excellent defence;
  • Mustangs – Gracie Jones for her good play;
  • Brumbies – Rani Munro for exceptional defence and amazing intercepts; and
  • Arabians – Chelsea Kidd for her determined effort.

A reminder of important upcoming events as follows:

  • 13th August – Pacific is not participating in the CDNA club carnival, so you will have this Sunday to yourselves.
  • 8th September at 3.15pm – Club photos in your netball dress at the Pacific gym.
  • 10th September from 5.00pm – 7.00pm – Presentation Night at Laserzone.

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


Volunteers Required

We would love to see some new faces at the Tuckshop. Your time and effort will be most appreciated by staff and students. There’s various ways you can assist – either volunteering some time to work in the tuckshop or home-baking and donating goods! If you are unsure about what is involved, please feel free to pop in and have a look around. Click here to download the Volunteer Form.

Ms Carrie Dickson, Tuckshop Convenor

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Weekly Services

Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

General Notices

Kawana Forest Meeting Place

Kawana Forest Meeting Place consists of three meetings spaces suitable for meetings, small seminars, training or functions such as children's parties. A fenced outdoor space and a forecourt are also available. The whole venue is also available for hire for functions or mini expos.

The venue is furnished with tables and chairs, whiteboards, a kitchen with crockery and cutlery and a data projector and screen in Meeting Space 2. The Meeting Place is not a serviced venue and as such, the hirer must undertake the setting of rooms, catering and cleaning.

For bookings and enquiries, please contact the KFMP Coordinator Josephine Marciniak on 0428 776 043 or

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

4 Prep – Year 3 Author Visit
7 Trimester 3 Begins
  Year 7-12 Schools Water Polo Season Commences
  Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)
8 Year 6-7 Theatre Incursion
10-11 13-19yrs District Track and Field Event
11 National Education Support Staff Day
14 Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)
15 Junior College Science Expo
  Friend of Pacific (7.00pm)
18 Years 11-12 HOSP Industry Day
21 Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)
21-25 Book Week
22 Year 6 Canberra Tour Information Evening
24-25 Year 4 Camp – Alexandra Headland
26 OPTI-Minds Competition – Caloundra Christian College
27 St Mark’s @ Pacific Grow and Share Service (9.30am)
28 Prep – Year 2 Athletics Carnival (9.00am)
  Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)
29-30 QCS Test
30 Friends of Pacific Father’s Day Stall
31 10-19yrs Regional Track and Field Carnival