Compass No 472 - September 2017

From the Principal

Congratulations Ian Barnes!

Congratulations to Pacific Soccer’s retiring Vice-President, Mr Ian Barnes, who won the highly prestigious Chaplain’s Award at the Sunshine Coast Churches Soccer Association’s annual awards night on Saturday. The award is presented to a volunteer, administrator, player, or group for providing an outstanding service to the community. Ian has been involved with Pacific Soccer and the College for more than 10 years and has made significant contributions to our community.

As well as contributing significant time and enhancing the leadership of Pacific Soccer, Ian has also been instrumental in leading many of the Friends of Pacific initiatives including managing the logistics of OCEANfest. We thank Ian for his humble and generous service to this community, which has not only benefitted our current students but also leaves a strong legacy for the future.

Principal's Log

This week we farewelled our two Seishin Gakuen exchange students, Akito and Mayumi. Throughout this term they have developed strong friendships and fully engaged with all aspects of College life. The warmth, sincerity and humour exhibited in their farewell speeches reflected just how much this exchange has meant to them and our Pacific students and families. The opportunity to spend time and learn with people from other countries enhances our cultural understandings and our humanity. We thank Akito and Mayumi for their engagement and openness in connecting strongly with this community and wish them all the best for the future. We thank Mrs Michiko Hauser for the considerable time and expertise she puts into leading these exchange experiences. We also express appreciation to our hosting Dines, Watson and Cheney families for their generous hospitality. Thank you to our community for welcoming Akito and Mayumi so very well. We wish Austin Beasley and Tamika Cheney all the best as they spend Term 4 as guests at Seishin Gakuen.

This week we had eight senior staff visiting from St Peter’s Lutheran College in Brisbane to learn about our integrated approach to developing staff and student wellbeing. They very much appreciated hearing how we have implemented the learnings of research in the areas of positive psychology and emotional intelligence with those of Lutheran theology to create rich learning experiences. We thank Mr Brendan Delaney, Miss Kim Stone and Mr David Druery for leading the growth of this culture as well as this professional learning activity.

We wish our Laboratory Technician Mrs Chantal Khoury every blessing as she enjoys long service leave after having provided excellent support to staff and students for many years through her rich Science background. We thank Mr Gus Gillespie who has provided very good support to staff and students in his role as IT Assistant while Mr Alan Palethorpe has been on long service leave. We thank Mr Pat Gawthorne who has kept all of our IT running smoothly as he has been the Acting System Administrator. We also thank Mr Terry Rubesaame who has capably taught English and Senior History while Mrs Elley Wood has been on maternity leave. Mr Rubesaame has been a very committed teacher and we wish him all the best into the future. Both Mrs Wood and Mr Palethorpe will be returning at the start of next term.

During the second week of the school holidays, Mr Wes Warner and myself will be joining other Lutheran educators in the Lutheran Education Agile Learning Tour, visiting schools in San Diego and San Francisco that support student learning in successful and innovative ways. Our tour includes a visit to High Tech High, which was featured in the award-winning documentary ‘Most Likely To Succeed’. We look forward to sharing our learnings with the community on our return.

Thank you to all of our staff, students and parents for your support and leadership over this term. There has been a great deal of growth as we have engaged in a variety of activities both within and outside of the classroom. We trust that the change in pace over the school holiday period provides some time of rest and rejuvenation for all members of our community.

May God grant us all times of deep inner stillness and peace where we can rest in His love and the beauty of His creation.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Caring School

Names are important to people. Think of the amount of time parents often spend choosing the right name for their children. Names are special and provide an immediate sense of connection and rapport. In the Bible, Jesus discloses the Triune name of God that Christians use in worship, prayer and at baptisms. This name gives us a special connection with God. 

One of the simplest ways to care for others and encourage a culture of care within our school environment is to get to know people personally by their name. Remembering a person’s name and using it is a simple but powerful way of building relationships and can help engender a sense of belonging to a community. Personally, I find it hard to remember a person’s name, especially if I don’t have daily interactions with them. But have you ever had the experience of someone remembering your name even after only meeting them once? The care shown by that simple act of remembering is deep and reverberates in relationships. 

During the week I experienced this at an activity offsite from the College. A teacher used his phone to record names of attendees so he could refer back to them and remember them for next time. A very simple thing to do, but one that helps our memory so it is easier to recall next time and make that immediate sense of connection with people.

Keeping a caring school environment right to the end of term and beyond can sometimes be a challenge as people tire. But care can happen in the most simplest and ordinary of ways, like remembering a new person’s name. If you have a memory like mine, it might be a challenge but it certainly does make a world of difference as we welcome new students, families and staff to our college community. 

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Term 3

Thank you to all parents and families for their support and involvement in the many and varied aspects of life in the Prep – Year 5 area of the College this term. Your support and involvement is greatly valued and welcomed by children, staff and the entire College community. After such a long term, we wish everyone a relaxing, enjoyable and safe holiday break. 

Looking Ahead - Term 4

Students commence Term 4 on Tuesday 3rd October.

Chess Mates

Chess Mates will run classes afterschool on Tuesdays during Term 4. If your child is interested in attending, please contact the Junior College Admin Office (during term time) to collect the relevant documentation.

Year 5 Camp  

As Year 5 students are attending camp in Week 1 of next term, parents are reminded that permission forms need to be returned as soon as possible. Further, before attending camp, parents may need to update their child’s medical information to include any illnesses that may arise over the holidays.

Bike Week 7th – 15th October

Bike Week is a nine-day celebration of cycling on the Sunshine Coast and aims to encourage participation in cycling while promoting road safety messages. There is a packed schedule of events over the nine-days, most of which are free, including cycle workshops for children, supervised and directed rides for the whole family, BMX and mountain bike activities and classes. For further details and registration, search for ‘cycling workshops’ on:

Grandparents Day and Student Art Exhibition

Next Term, on Friday 20th October, we welcome grandparents and family friends to the College for our annual Grandparents Day. The morning offers students the opportunity to show and involve their extended families in their daily experiences at school. Visitors will spend time in classrooms before attending morning tea and enjoying a variety of student musical performances. Further details and a program for the event will be sent home next term. On the same day, the K-12 Student Art Exhibition will also be held starting at 6.00pm in the Pacific Art Gallery.

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

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Trivia Night Success

We are delighted to announce that our recent Through the Ages Trivia Night raised more than $6000! Thank you again to everyone who came along and supported the night, including our incredible team of volunteer helpers and sponsors.


Woolworths Earn & Learn

Woolworths Earn & Learn concludes on Tuesday 19th September. Thank you to all the students and families who have been collecting these stickers for our College! Please return any remaining stickers to the boxes located at the Prep gate and College Library by tomorrow (Friday). Simply place them on the sticker sheet: or pop the stickers in the box and we can take care of this for you. Alternatively, you can also return your stickers and sticker sheets to your local Woolworths (Currimundi, Buddina and Pelican Waters) until Tuesday.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Year 2 Literature Morning Tea

This week, the library hosted a magnificent celebration for our Year 2 students to mark Enid Blyton’s 120th anniversary. As one of the world’s most famous authors and one whose books remain just as popular today as when they were first published, many of the children were already familiar with her stories. The library was decked out with some wonderful displays and staff got into the spirit of the event by dressing up as their favourite characters.


Students participated in a range of activities that reflected different aspects of Enid Blyton’s writing. Our morning culminated in a spectacular and delicious morning tea supplied by Mrs Colleen Beattie and our Hospitality Department. Thank you everyone who helped to make this event successful!

Happy holidays to everyone – plenty of time to read!

“For me a holiday is taking a book and going to a mountain and reading.” – Sonam Kapoor

Ms Sue Warren, Teacher Librarian 

Outside School Hours Care

Upcoming School Holidays

Looking for fun, entertaining and interactive care for your children over the school holidays? Pacific's OSHC has a fantastic vacation care program for school aged children. Some of our activities for the September holidays include a Harry Potter Day, Disney Day, science incursion and an excursion to Laserzone. For more details, visit: Alternatively, contact Mrs Natalie Sorbello directly on: 5436 7387 or 0438 115 879.

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, OSHC Service Leader

Health News

Scoliosis Detection Program

How do you detect scoliosis? Simply look for it! It only takes 30 seconds.

Scoliosis is a lateral or sideways curve of the spine. It usually develops during early adolescence (age 10-13) when growth is most rapid.

There is a brochure available for download at, which is designed to make parents of schoolgirls aware of the outward signs of scoliosis. This is a health promotion program recommended by the Royal Australian College of General Practitioners and the Spine Society of Australia.

Mrs Maree Hooper, College Nurse

Junior College

Years 2-5 YACHTS

“Reading literature makes us smarter and nicer.” – Annie Murphy Paul

This term, our Year 2-5 YACHTS students have been immersed in a world of emotions and real life issues as they ESCAPED to literary horizons. From environmental responsibility, sustainability and value of family in the novel ‘Blueback’, to gender stereotyping, respect for older people and strength to be true to oneself in ‘To the Light’. Themes of friendship, trust, loyalty and betrayal were examined in ‘Fox’ and ‘The Giraffe, Pelly and Me’ shared valuable lessons about friendship, cooperation and justice with a hint of humour. Phoebe shared her thinking that Bird’s role in the book ‘Fox’ was that of a damsel in distress who needed rescuing and protecting – a great insight.


We lost ourselves on a sparkling sea of Book Week fun as we escaped to everywhere, sharing personal experiences through wonderful stories and literature. As Logan reflected in his journal, “if you read a million books, you will live a million lives and go to a million places. If you read no books you will live one life. You will stay in one place”.

Our Legendary Literature Lovers engaged with complex texts and analysed big ideas from character perspectives through the lens of amazing authors’ craft. Visits to classes were loaded with fun and interest as we spread the escape message through our own love of reading and made great activities for our classmates to enjoy.

Our older YACHTS students also enjoyed a special thinking workshop with Eric Frangenheim as a culminating literature treat at the end of Term 3. This term has been a brilliant opportunity for our students to engage deeply with a great story and have the time to share personal responses with their like-minded peers.

Ms Anthea Brighton, Head of Learning Enrichment P-5

Secondary College

Goodbye Akito and Mayumi!

At assembly this week, we farewelled Akito and Mayumi, our two Inbound Exchange students from our sister school, Seishin Gakuen. Akito and Mayumi have spent the past nine weeks at Pacific, learning and immersing in Australian school life. They participated in our classes and College events to develop a rich understanding of our culture and lifestyle. We thank the Dines, Watson and Cheney families for hosting Akito and Mayumi and all Pacific students who helped Akito and Mayumi have a great experience.

Mrs Michiko Hauser, Head of Japanese 6-12 and Exchange Coordinator 

Cultural News

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Students have been busily rehearsing for our Junior College production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe, which will hit the stage in Term 4 at The Events Centre, Caloundra. Tickets will be on sale in early October, so stay tuned for further details!

Miss Anita Morton and Miss Ceilidh Peers

From the Head of Career Development

QTAC Applications

Year 12 students are reminded that on-time QTAC applications are due by Friday 29th September – the second week of the school holidays. You will find your LUI number on your QTAC Guide. QTAC link:

Students applying for inter-state tertiary study also need to submit their applications by this date through UAC, VTAC, SATAC and TISC.

Griffith University

Q&A Sessions: From 18th – 29th September you can book one-on-one Q&A sessions to discuss your interests and circumstances, in person or over the phone. You will get information about study options and learn about the range of support services available at Griffith.

Twilight Tours: Take a guided tour of the Gold Coast and Nathan campuses and find out more about life at Griffith. These tours will be held simultaneously at Nathan and Gold Coast campuses on Tuesday 26th and Wednesday 27th September from 4.00pm – 5.30pm. Register to attend at:

Future Leaders Retreat: Griffith University is now accepting nominations for a three-day residential program of career development, networking and leadership skill development for outstanding students who will be entering Year 12 in 2018. Current Year 11 students with outstanding leadership potential are invited to apply for this fantastic opportunity. Please see Mrs Natasha Purcell for further details – expressions of interest are due before Friday 6th October.


Robotics Holiday Workshops: These workshops are for students in Years 7-12.

  • Introduction to Robotics – 25th September
  • Artificial Intelligence – 26th September
  • RoboGals – 27th September

For more information and to register, visit:

Spring Discovery Tours: These special one-hour tours provide the opportunity to learn what it’s like to be a first year student. Parents, carers, siblings all welcome! Visit our lecture theatres, museums and libraries. Tour participants will receive an Official UQ Campus Tour Ticket and an Information Kit to take home.

  • Friday 22nd September from 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Monday 25th September from 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Wednesday 27th September from 2.00pm – 3.00pm
  • Friday 29th September from 2.00pm – 3.00pm

Register to attend at:


School Holiday Tours: You are invited to visit the Gardens Point and Kelvin Grove campuses on Friday 22nd September. On the day, you'll also be able to take a guided tour of the Creative Industries Precinct and hear from current students about their life at university. Find out more at:

Experience Creative Industries: If you are interested in the fields of design, creative practice or communication, come along to the QUT Experience Day on 6th October and explore your options for building a creative and exciting career. Find out more at:

Meet USC

Meet USC provides an opportunity to explore the campus and get all the information you need to start university. This event is for anyone considering starting university in 2018 and will be held on Thursday 12th October from 4.00pm – 7.00pm. Register at

2018 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships

The 2018 C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships open on Monday 4th December and close on Friday 5th January 2018. C.A.S. Hawker Scholarships are one of the most generous privately funded scholarships available to undergraduate students in Australia. Each residential scholarship is valued at up to $50,000 over three years. Further information about the C.A.S. Hawker Scholarship and an application form are available at:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Touch Football

The Junior Girls A team travelled to Peregian Springs this week for their grand final match against St Andrew’s Anglican College (SAAC). The last time these two teams met it was an 8-2 victory to SAAC, so the girls and Mr Darren Hooper were nervous going into the match. The girls were down at half time 1-0 and needed to regroup and refocus. Whatever Mr Hooper said at half time worked. The girls came out firing and levelled it 1-1 after a steaming run from Bethany McKenna. With only two minutes left on the clock, a set move was run close to the line and Brianna Smart dived over to score the winning try. 2-1 winners! It was a gutsy effort from all players who worked extremely well as a team and never gave up. Well done!

Sof Crosse

Year 7 Sof Crosse students have been training each Friday this term and played against Siena Catholic College yesterday. Their enthusiasm could not be doubted as they faced a tough opposition consisting of some older students. The girls went down 1-0 in a very close game and the boys went down 2-0. All students thoroughly enjoyed the experience, well done. Thank you to Mrs Aleisha Tuaine for coaching both teams.


Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific Soccer

Last weekend, Pacific Soccer held its End of Season Presentation to wrap up 2017. We thank all players, parents, volunteers and supporters for another great season. Pacific Soccer is in its 16th year now and it was wonderful to celebrate the growth and success of the club with you all.

Click here to view the presentation slides.

Mr Matt Gigney, Secretary – Pacific Soccer Committee

PLC Netball Club

The 2017 season has now ended and it is now time to relax and re-charge the batteries. The committee has commenced detailed planning for next season already and will outline some of those initiatives in the coming weeks.

Well done once again to everybody for making this season a success. The club has come a long way in a short time, which demonstrates what is possible if we all share the load and get involved. The netball community that we have developed reflects positively on all involved and should provide you with a great sense of satisfaction and pride.

From the feedback I have received, everybody enjoyed the presentation night on Sunday at Laserzone. It was a great way to end the season with plenty of pizza, sweets, fizzy drink and fun! Awards were also presented to players in our competitive teams for Spirit and Most Valuable Player.

The Spirit Award is presented to the player who approached the season in a positive manner and conducted themselves in the true ‘spirit of sportsmanship’ and the Most Valuable Player is awarded to the team’s ‘fairest and best’.

We congratulate the following awardees for 2017:





Caitlin Hall

Tayla Gorham


Evie Gover

Nakita Gallagher


Elizabeth Maclean

Ainslie Colton


Mia Hetherington

Madeline Attard


Kahlia Taylor

Hannah Meekan

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

15 K-12 Chapel
  P-5 Portfolios
  Term 3 Concludes
17-23 Senior Mountain Bike Expedition
24  St Mark's @ Pacific - Grow and Share (9.30am)
30 On-time QTAC Applications Due
2 Queen's Birthday Public Holiday
3 Term 4 Commences
  Year 5 Camp - Bornhoffen (12.00pm Departure)
4 Year 7-12 SCISSA Soccer Season Commences
  Year 11-12 Drama Excursion - Queensland Theatre (Evening)
6 Year 5 Camp Returns
8-13 Year 6 Canberra Tour