Compass No 473 - October 2017

From the Principal

Begin With The End In Mind

Taking note of Stephen’s Covey’s (1988) second habit, “to begin with the end in mind”, can help us to learn and live well as we begin a new term and even each new day. Having clarity around who we want to be and what we want to do helps us to live purposefully in both the short and long term. This involves us making decisions around the personal, ethical, moral and spiritual dimensions of our lives as well as considering what we want to achieve. Taking time to imagine and visualise our desired future selves reduces the likelihood of being blown around by the circumstances in which we find ourselves. Covey advises us to “keep the main thing, the main thing” and “lean our ladder against the right wall”. Beginning with the end in mind helps us to be intentional, take the long view, to be proactive and more resilient. 

Growing understanding of who we are in relationship to God and to others helps us to centre on the important parts of our lives. As we start this new day and this new term, let us all pause to imagine our best future selves, feeling the comfort of a loving and gracious God who guides, strengthens and encourages.

(Covey S, Books, 7 Habits of Highly Effective People, Habit 2, Begin With the End in Mind,, accessed Oct 5 2017)

Principal's Log

Welcome to the start of Term 4 for 2017. A particular welcome to our new families who have joined us this term and to Mrs Elley Wood who has returned from maternity leave. We are looking forward to a strong and purposeful term where young people optimise their learning opportunities. It may be helpful for parents to have a listening conversation with Middle and Senior College students to clarify their goals for the end of the year and identify the small steps that can be taken to enhance learning over the term. It is an important term for all students, including our Year 12 cohort, and we look forward to growing with all of our students and families.

In this year’s Compass Review, I discussed research that described the qualities young people will require to thrive in a rapidly changing world. This included good disciplinary knowledge, highly developed interpersonal capabilities as well as the ability to be flexible, creative, collaborative and to be highly effective as self-directed learners. As Mr Wes Warner and I toured various innovative schools and contemporary workplaces in California over the holidays, the importance of immersing staff, students and parents in a rich culture of thinking and learning was evident. There was a strong synergy between the practices and learning culture of the schools we visited and Pacific Lutheran College including the focus on students taking responsibility for their learning, rich generative questions that prompt inquiry and deep understanding, attention to developing strong disciplinary learning and restorative practices. We also witnessed different practices that we can bring into the learning conversation of our community as we reflect on ways to continually improve the educational experience of our young people. We look forward to sharing these reflections with the community in the coming weeks and months.

We congratulate the following students on their appointment as College and Pacific Action Group Captains for the 2018 school year: 

  • College Captains: Harrison Dines and Mali Davis
  • College Vice Captains: Ethan Hall, Cooper Pointon, Olivia Papallo and Sarah Gale
  • Academic Pacific Action Group Captain: Rhett Ousley
  • Cultural Pacific Action Group Captains: Ryan Smart and Mikaela Swan
  • Environmental Pacific Action Group Captains: Scarlet Hopkins
  • Pastoral Care Pacific Action Group Captain: Tara Wilkinson
  • Spirituality and Service Pacific Action Group Captain: Karlee Connors
  • Sport Pacific Action Group Captain: Charlotte Empson

These students will enjoy the opportunity to be mentored by the current Year 12 leaders over the coming weeks. We pray that God would guide them as they grow into these important roles within our community.

This Friday, we look forward to celebrating the opening of our new Early Learning Centre and the Hospitality and Science learning spaces, which all support innovative and contemporary approaches to learning. The service commences at 8.45am in the College gym.

May God guide and equip us as we imagine and co-create fulfilling and purposeful lives.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the Director of Students

Welcome to Term 4

As we start the final term of the school year, it is worth taking time to reflect on what is at the core of our Pastoral Care program. That is, the loving presence of God. Getting in touch with something bigger than ourselves is critical to deal with personal fears and emotions. A useful metaphor is to think of our anxieties and emotions as a drop of ink. If we put the ink in a shot glass of water, it will completely colour the contents. However, if we put the ink in a lake or an ocean, it will be a very different experience. God creates this space, which can hold any experience without being changed by it. When we start to hold vulnerable parts of ourselves in God’s space, we discover a loving presence and peace.

At the end of last term, with the concept of God as a loving presence in mind, Pastor Tim and I worked on linking the chapel / devotional threads with PERMA and the VIA Character Strengths for next year. For example:

Thread – Personal Power

  • Devotion – Philippians 4:12-13 I can do all through Him who strengthens me.
  • PERMA / Character Strengths – Wisdom, perspective and self-regulation.

These links will be used for reflection and discussion all year and will appear in the 2018 College Calendar and Student Handbooks.

Finally, best wishes to our Year 6 students and staff who depart for Canberra this weekend. We hope they enjoy a wonderful educational experience in our nation’s capital.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

Food for Thought

Best Friends Forever – When Friendships Go Sour

Friends obviously play an enormous role in our children’s’ lives. Helping our children deal with relationship issues is an important part of growing up. Supporting them through a difficult time builds children’s emotional intelligence, which ultimately helps them to handle those more complex, interpersonal relationships as they get older. Click here to read more.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Important Notices

ThinkUKnow – Cyber Education Program

ThinkUKnow Australia is a cyber safety education program that educates parents, carers and teachers on how young people are using technology, the challenges they may face online and how to help them overcome these in a safe and ethical way. ThinkUKnow is a partnership between the Australian Federal Police, Microsoft Austraila, Datacom and the Commonwealth Bank. The information program will be held on Wednesday 11th October at the Lake Kawana Community Centre.

For the full program details, including information on how to book, please click here.

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Mango Fundraiser

Summer is fast approaching and so is mango season! This term, Friends of Pacific is fundraising with beautiful Bowen mangoes direct from the grower! These assorted, graded mangoes are grown and packed by a local Pacific family. Families can order a 10kg box for only $40!

All orders must be returned and paid for by Monday 23rd October. Delivery and/or collection of orders will take place around 20th November (to be confirmed). Please complete the order form and return via email to:

Woolworths Earn & Learn

Thank you to all students, staff and families who participated in the Woolworths Earn & Learn program this year! During the holidays, the Friends of Pacific Committee gathered together to sticker and tally the final amount. We are delighted to announce that our Pacific community and its supporters collected more than 38 500 stickers! This is an incredible achievement and a new record for the College! 

October Meeting

Our next meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th October commencing at 7.00pm in the College library. All parents and staff are welcome to come along and learn how you can be a part of the FoP in 2018 (an OCEANfest year)!

AGM Date Claimer

Our AGM is set for Tuesday 21st November at 7.00pm in the College library. We warmly welcome all parents and staff of the College to come along and celebrate the year!

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Welcome Back

Welcome back to Term 4! We hope everyone had a restful holiday and enjoyed the beautiful spring weather. A reminder that all general loans issued before the school holidays are due back this week. We will run overdue notices next week to allow students time to return their books.

New Book Club brochures are here and will be distributed next week. Further, a second delivery of items from the last order has arrived and Mrs Peta Griffin has notified students if they have something to collect.

During Term 4 we will be trialing some changes for lunchtimes in the library. Information has been shared with classes already. A ‘Geek Girls’ group (Year 3-7/8) will be held during Wednesday lunchtimes (subject to change if another day suits participants more) and a Middle College Book Chat group is also being introduced. An initial meeting to gauge interest for this group will be held next Tuesday 10th October at lunchtime for Year 4-8 students.

Ms Sue Warren, Teacher Librarian 

Secondary College

Outbound Exchange Program

Our two Outbound Exchange students, Austin Beasley and Tamika Cheney, flew out last Saturday to begin their 10-week exchange at our sister school, Seishin Gakuen in Japan. We wish Austin and Tamika all the best as they immerse themselves in Japanese school life.


The Outbound Exchange Program is open to all Year 10 students studying Japanese and takes place in Term 4 on an annual basis. A family from Seishin hosts our students during the exchange. For more information, please contact Mrs Michiko Hauser at:

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

Cultural News

Tickets On Sale Now - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

Tickets are on sale now for the Junior Production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe!

Come along for an adventure filled with magic and fraught with danger. Based on the fantasy novel by C.S. Lewis, The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe tells the story of four children who accidentally discover a magical realm inside a wardrobe called Narnia. Narnia is a land full of talking animals and mythical creatures. Whilst in Narnia, the siblings fulfil an old prophecy and find themselves fighting alongside Aslan, the true king of Narnia, against the evil White Witch and self-proclaimed Queen who has ruled Narnia in an endless icy winter for 100 years.

Date: Saturday 28th October

Times: 12.30pm matinee and a 7.30pm evening performance

Cost: Adults $20, Concession $18 and Groups (two adults and two children) $70

Tickets can be purchased at:

Miss Anita Morton and Miss Ceilidh Peers 

From the Head of Career Development

New Program Opportunities – UQ

There are three new programs being offered at UQ for current Year 12 students who will commence university in 2018. Click on the following links to learn more about each of the programs.


Bridging Programs – UQ College

Applications for UQ College's Mathematics B, Chemistry and Biology bridging programs will close on 25th October 2017. To learn more, visit:

New Program Opportunity – USC

In 2018, USC will offer a Bachelor of Urban Design and Town Planning (Honours). Urban design and town planning is all about bringing people, places and spaces together. Students will learn how to design urban environments and plan for sustainable development. This program is the only undergraduate degree of its kind accredited by the Planning Institute of Australia. To learn more, visit:

Open Evening – SCTTTC

Sunshine Coast Technical Trade Training Centre invites students and parents to their upcoming Open Evening to learn more about the courses on offer in 2018. The Open Evening is on Tuesday 24th October, commencing at 6.30pm and will be held at SCTTTC’s facility in Caloundra. Click here for further details.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Samsung Queensland Primary Schools Netball Competition

Congratulations to our Year 6 team who represented the College at the Samsung Queensland Primary Schools Netball Competition, held in Maroochydore on the first weekend of the school holidays.

During Term 3, the girls trained with Ms Leigh Finter and Mrs Amanda Empson each Thursday morning before school. Their dedication and grit paid off at the competition with the team winning every game in their division.

Without the assistance of our student umpires, Emily McKenzie, Emma Frohmuller and Tayla Gorham, the team would not have been able to take the court. We truly appreciate their time given to support the team and the College during the carnival. Thank you to our parent supporters, who scored games and cheered the team from the sideline. Thank you also to coaches Ms Finter and Mrs Empson who supervised the team over the two days of competition.


This term SCISSA training and games continue for all Year 4-6 students, with the last Gala Day scheduled for Week 6 on Thursday 9th November.

SCISSA training will commence in Week 2, during sport time on Thursday afternoon from 1.40pm – 3.00pm. Kayaking and water polo students will need to make sure they bring their wet gear and towel for training for next week.

Monday afterschool training does not begin until Week 4 on Monday 23rd October and will only run until Week 6 (Monday 6th November).

Junior Kayaking

Junior kayaking training will commence next Monday 9th October with Mr Gary Graves. Training is in preparation for the State Sprint Kayaking Champions, which will be held on Sunday 22nd October at Coomera Regatta Lake on the Gold Coast. Students training on Mondays when there is no organised SCISSA training will need to organise their own transport to and from the lake. 

Rookies2Reds Program

The Rookies2Reds program is run by Queensland Rugby Union staff and will commence at the College next Tuesday 10th October. The program will run each Tuesday afternoon until 7th November. If your child is interested in participating, please click here to download the flyer, which provides details on how to register. 

Netball Development Program

The College will run its third Netball Development Programs this term. The program will be split into the following two age groups: Prep – Year 3 students and Year 4-6 students. The Prep – Year 3 program will start in Week 3 and is aimed at developing fundamental skills and preparing players for the 2018 PLC Netball Club season. The Year 4-6 program will start in Week 5 and will focus on game play and specific positioning. If your son/daughter is interested in participating, please click here to download the information letter. Parents can then login onto CareMonkey to complete the online permission form.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport


It was a great start to the SCISSA soccer season for our teams this week!

Week 1 – 4th October


Int 9/10 Girls

Jnr A Boys

Jnr B Boys

Int Boys







10 to 0

2 to 2

4 to 1

6 to 0







Georgia Harle

Matthew Becker

Sebastian Moye

Sam Fleming 

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

2018 Sign-On

In 2018, Pacific Soccer will become Pacific FC. We’re still the same club, just with a fresh, new look.

Registrations for the 2018 season are now live through the SCCSA website. To register, visit: Payments can now also be made online. Secure your place in one of our 2018 teams now!

Pacific FC caters for both girls and boys across U6-U15 divisions.

Working Bee – Saturday 14th October

Pacific FC will hold a working bee on Saturday 14th October from 8.00am – 12.00pm at the College soccer shed/canteen. If you can lend a hand, please email:

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

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

Wishlist Teddy Bears’ Picnic

On Sunday 29th October, Wishlist is hosting a Teddy Bears’ Picnic at Cotton Tree Park to raise much-needed funds to support dementia patients at Nambour Hospital. Activities and entertainment will be provided at the picnic. Click here to download the event flyer. Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased by visiting:

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:

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.

Upcoming Dates

6 Year 5 Camp Returns
8-13 Year 6 Canberra Tour
13-16 Melbourne Arts Tour
16 Student Free Day (Kindy Open)
  Safe Drive Australia Skills Day - Willowbank
17 Friends of Pacific (7.00pm)
20 Grandparent's Day
  K-12 Student Art Exhibition (6.00pm)
23 Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)
26-27 Year 3 Camp - Luther Heights
27 World Teachers' Day
28 Junior Prodiction - The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe
29 St Mark's @ Pacific - Grow and Share (9.30am)
30 Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)