Compass No 474 - October 2017

From the Principal

Growing With Our Young People

Traditional models of education often focused on seeing people as empty receptacles, waiting for the knowledge to be poured in. This approach suited the industrial age where jobs were more defined and required repetitive execution of skill or a reasonably stable set of knowledge. Today, tasks that involve repetitive predictability even in professional areas such as law and health are increasingly being replaced by artificial intelligence. Valuing and nurturing the thinking and creative capacity of young people shifts the learning to one of ‘growing with’ rather than ‘doing to’. In this approach there is considerable space given to young people’s voice and imagination and the nurturing of a ‘can do’ attitude.

There are many instances around the world where school age children have prompted global attention to be shifted. One notable example is Malala Yousafzai, a young Pakistani woman who stood up against the Taliban in her advocacy for female education. Growing with young people nurtures a sense of responsibility and supports the growth of decision-making including those that fall within the ethical domain. Exploration of the stories of the Bible provides space for young people to connect with timeless wisdom and develop centring values that will guide their decision making in a rapidly evolving world. Listening to young people, encouraging their strong sense of social justice, nurturing a sense of efficacy invigorates and opens the door to possibility. Together we see the world in a new fresh, creative and optimistic way.

Principal's Log

Last Friday’s opening of the Early Learning Centre, new Science laboratory, Hospitality learning space and Coral Café was an energising celebration. All three spaces were designed to take into account the types of knowledge, skills, personal capabilities and attitudes young people will need to thrive into the future. Flexibility in design aims to foster curiosity, creativity, collaboration, connections and the development of deep understandings as young people from ages 3 to 18 take advantage of being able to move between different styles of learning, including use of outdoor spaces. Stimulating spaces of this type provide the opportunity for young people to go deeper into areas of interest as they follow their curiosity and take greater responsibility for their own learning. 


Local members Mr Jarrod Bleijie and Mr Mark McArdle and his wife Judy joined invited guests, staff, students and parents. Having been part of the College’s accreditation process, Mrs Shelley Dole Head of School, School Education, University of the Sunshine Coast, captured the richness of student learning experience of the College as she opened the Early Learning Centre and Science laboratory. Mr Cameron Matthews, Executive Chef of The Spicers Group, spoke about the importance and value of food in our homes as well as in the hospitality industry as he opened our new commercial kitchen. Bishop Paul Smith took delight in dedicating the buildings.

We thank our Music ensembles who performed very well and added significantly to the event. We thank Pastor Tim Jarick for his organisation and Mrs Colleen Beattie and her Hospitality team for providing a wonderful range of food for special guests. Together, our special guests, staff, students and parents made this another very memorable moment in the College’s history.

We look forward to the return of our Year 6 students from Canberra on Friday. By all accounts they are having a very enjoyable and educational time. Since their arrival on Sunday, students and teachers have visited many attractions including Questacon, the National Capital Exhibition, Old Parliament House, Parliament House, the CSIRO Discovery Centre, the National Arbortoreum, Government House, Geoscience Australia, the National Dinosaur Museum and Canberra Zoo. At Government House students and teachers were privileged to meet the Governor-General himself, the Honourable Sir Peter Cosgrove AK MC.

Year 4-7 students are in the final preparations for their performance of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe. Families are encouraged to invite friends along to the performances on Saturday 28th October at The Events Centre, Caloundra.

Next Friday is another special community day as we look forward to celebrating Grandparents and Special Friends Day at the College and the K-12 Student Art Exhibition on Friday evening.

We say a prayer of thanks for all of the great gifts God gives us each day including the privilege of growing with young people. We pray that God would continue to enable people of all ages to be blessings to each other and to the wider community.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

Monday 16th October – Student Free Day

A friendly reminder to our families that Monday is a Student Free Day for verification. The Early Learning Centre and Outside School Hours Care will still be open.

Office Reminders
  • 2018 Communication Forms need to be returned to the College by Friday 20th October. If you have misplaced your form, which was sent out over the recent school holidays, please click here to download another copy.
  • Middle College Device Rental Agreement Forms were due on Friday 6th October. Please return any outstanding agreements as soon as possible. 



From the College Pastor

Community Values Children and Youth

One day when Jesus’ disciples were arguing amongst themselves about who was the greatest, Jesus made a poignant point. He placed a child beside himself and said to them, “whoever receives this child in my name receives me, and whoever receives me receives him who sent me. For he who is least among you all is the one who is great” (Luke 9:46-48). Jesus demonstrably answered the disciple’s question of who is the greatest and through his words, showed how much God values children and young people. No one is greater than another person in the eyes of God. We all live under God as equals, serving one another. A young person is as valuable to God and His kingdom as the richest or poorest person in the nation. A community needs to value this equality and celebrate the great gifts that young people bring to a community. This is the thread for the start of term, community values youth.

Think of a time when you felt valued and why? Did someone spend time with you, listen to you or do something special for you? These are all ways that people show that they value us. This is important for children and teenagers as they develop their sense of identity, belonging and place. Freely spending quality uninterrupted time with them is one of the greatest gifts we can give them. Showing them that we love them through our actions, not just by giving money or material objects. In terms of the wider community valuing children and young people, acknowledging their contributions is a great start. Giving them a voice and taking time to ask their opinion. Utilising their gifts and supporting opportunities where they can serve others is pivotal. The sense of value and connection to the bigger picture can be immense when children or young people learn to serve others beyond their comfort zone. 

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

10th October – ‘10 Out of 10 Day'

This week, the College Captains led a different Middle / Senior College Assembly to celebrate the '10 out of 10' moments this year (on the 10th October). Since Term 3, there has been a visible countdown around the College. It was a positive and engaging celebration of accomplishment and we thank the College, Pacific Action Group and House student leadership teams for this thoughtful initiative.


It is important to take time to pause and recognise the positives we experience in our day-to-day lives. Where we can extend gratitude to others in this reflection time provides an opportunity to nourish and build on our relationships.

Year 12, 2018 – Senior Jersey Order

Thank you to those who have already returned order forms and payment for the Year 12, 2018 senior jersey. Orders and payment are due by this Friday 13th October. Please note, it is not a requirement to order a jersey; however, if you order after the aforementioned date, the cost will increase as it will be part of a second order and delivery will also be later in Term 1, 2018 (unfortunately, this is beyond our control).

Year 12 – End of Year Events

Last week, all Year 12 students received invitations to their graduation and formal events. Please read the letter enclosed with the invitations, which provides important details including timelines for RSVP cut-offs. Please feel free to contact the Middle / Senior College Administration Office and speak with Mrs Leanne Bevis if there are any enquiries about upcoming events. Thank you for your ongoing support as we embark on the final school term of Year 12 students’ educational journey.

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Upcoming Events

Welcome to the new term. We hope all families enjoyed a relaxing and enjoyable time together over the holidays. The term has commenced at a busy pace with Year 5 students having already attended their Outdoor Education camp last week! There are also a number of important events scheduled for this term, as follows.

Grandparent’s / Special Friends Day

The sense of community that exists at the College is a fundamental and important feature of an education at Pacific. On Friday 20th October, we invite grandparents and family friends to the College for a special event. Grandparent’s / Special Friends Day provides the opportunity for family members to experience school life at the College. Visitors will spend time in classrooms with students before attending morning tea and enjoying a variety of musical performances.

K-12 Student Art Exhibition

All students across Prep to Year 5 will have a piece of artwork on display at the K-12 Student Art Exhibition, which will be held on Friday 20th October starting at 6.00pm in the Pacific Art Gallery. Parents, families and all members of the College community are most welcome to attend the exhibition and view the outstanding artwork produced by students.  

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe

On Saturday 28th October, the Year 3-7 production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe will be held. To purchase tickets online, visit:

Outdoor Education

Year 5 Camp

Last week I had the pleasure of attending the Year 5 Outdoor Education Camp at Bornhoffen in the Numinbah Valley. The weather was perfect, the food was fantastic, the accommodation very comfortable and the facilities first rate. Students participated in a variety of activities designed to promote leadership, cooperation and teamwork and as well as build their self-esteem. Students accepted all the challenges put before them, acted responsibly, enjoyed themselves and enthusiastically participated.


We thank Year 5 class teachers Mrs Sarah Atkinson, Mr Scott Compton and Mrs Fiona Schefe, nurse Mrs Sharon Middleton, teachers aide Mrs Pia Foxlow and outdoor education aides Josh, Maddi, Susan and Andrea for their professionalism and assistance while away.

Year 3 Camp

All Year 3 students will depart for their Outdoor Education Camp at Luther Heights on Thursday 26th October. Year 3 parents are reminded that all camp/medical forms need to be returned to your child’s classroom teacher as soon as possible.

You Can Do It - Term 4

Educational research recognises that the social and emotional development of students is just as important as their academic development. “Non-cognitive aspects of students development, including their attitudes, values and a range of social and emotional capabilities, strongly influence their achievement, happiness and relationships” (Providing All Children With Foundations, page xi M.E Bernard 2007). All Prep to Year 5 students at Pacific complete the ‘You Can Do It’ program and will be focusing on developing confidence this term.

Confidence means not being afraid to make mistakes, standing up tall and speaking with a loud voice. Even in the face of adversity, confident people do not look upon themselves as failures. Examples of confident behaviour include:

  • Raising hands to answer or ask questions in class;
  • Accepting oneself and not thinking badly about yourself when you make a mistake;
  • Being independent; and
  • Saying ‘I can do something’ instead of ‘I can’t’.

Parents can support and develop confidence in their children by always encouraging effort and independence. Some simple ways to encourage independence could be allowing your child to walk from the car to their classrooms unattended and letting them carry their own school bags. Communication is also fundamental to developing confidence in children. Explain to your child that everyone has the choice to be an optimist (predict success) or a pessimist (predicts failure) and it is how we think that dictates how we act. When a child acts confidently, give praise.

Further resources can be found on the You Can Do It Positive Parenting website at: The site contains practical and informative ideas for parents to help their children develop confidence, persistence, resilience, organisational skills and the ability to get along with others.

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

Food for Thought

World Mental Health Day – 10th October

A third of Australian parents mistakenly believe that their children’s mental health problems might be best left alone. However, we know from research that mental health problems should be dealt with early, before a problem becomes embedded and difficult to treat. Warning signs that may be worth a chat with a professional include changes in behaviour that are particularly tense and go on for more than a few weeks and if your child is struggling to cope with everyday life at home or school. To learn more, visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

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:

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

Term 4 Update

Book Club Issue #7

Book Club brochures have been distributed and orders are due by Friday 20th October. Orders can be placed online or made through the library directly.  

Code Club

Next Wednesday, Code Club will resume and we will begin preparing for Hour of Code later this term. Students who are interested in joining the club next year are invited to come along and try it out! 

Lunchtime Activities

We launched our trial of various lunchtime activities this week with Story Time on Monday. Mrs Peta Griffin has an eager group of younger students keen to hear the rest of ‘The 27th Annual African Hippopotamus Race’! On Tuesday, our Make and Take group made some Harry Potter ‘cootie catchers’ (chatterboxes) and on Wednesday our ‘Geek Girls’ met. On Friday, we are looking at different tabletop games that can be played during lunchtimes.

2018 Library Helpers

Students from Year 4 and up who would like to apply to become a ‘Library Ninja’ in 2018 are invited to come and collect an application form.

“You can’t buy happiness, but you can buy books and that’s kind of the same thing.” – Anonymous

Ms Sue Warren, Teacher Librarian 

Junior College

Budding Authors Shine!

On Monday 9th October, Year 5 students Brock and Frank attended the awards presentation for the ‘Telling Stories’ competition held at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The boys, as well as fellow students Ayrisa and Priya, had each written a short piece for the competition. Both Frank and Brock were fortunate to be placed in the top five Year 5 entrants. After much anticipation, Frank received an honourable mention and Brock was named the overall winner in the Year 5 division for his piece titled ‘I Should Have Helped'. Brock received a cheque for $100! All students should be very proud of their superb efforts. Thank you to parents and teachers for their encouragement and support!

Mrs Fiona Schefe, Year 5 Teacher

Secondary College

Android Phone Hunt!

Do you have an Android phone at home that you are not using? Year 9 IT students are embarking on a discovery tour in the Virtual World using Unity and 3D cardboard. To enable this to happen, we are looking to ‘borrow’ 15 android phones.

If you have an android phone that’s not used, we would love to make use of it until the end of the year. It must run KitKat or above for use with cardboard.

You can leave items at the Middle / Senior College Office.

Mrs Janine Stone, Head of Information Technology 

Cultural News

K-12 Student Art Exhibition

Pacific Lutheran College cordially invites you to celebrate the opening of an exhibition of student work in Visual Art from Kindergarten to Year 12. There will be a face painter and other children's activities on the night.

This is a licensed event with food available for purchase from the Good Food Fellas.

Date: Friday 20th October

Time: 6.00pm – 9.00pm

Location: Pacific Art Gallery

Mrs Denise McMahon, Head of Visual Art

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 

Junior Sport


The first SCISSA trial game for Term 4 will occur next Thursday 19th October against Nambour Christian College (NCC). Students and parents are reminded that they will need to bring their sport specific uniforms for these games.

Home Games:

  • Boys volleyball (gym)
  • Boys touch football (main and junior ovals)
  • Water polo / flippa ball (Kawana Aquatics Centre)

Away Games:

  • Girls volleyball (NCC)
  • Girls basketball (NCC stadium)
  • Boys AFL (NCC secondary oval)
  • Girls soccer (Palmwoods Soccer Fields)

Monday afternoon SCISSA training will commence in Week 4 on 23rd October. Training is compulsory for all students and runs from 3.15pm – 4.15pm. If your child is unable to attend training, please send a short note or email to their teacher or coach. 

Netball Development Program

The College will run its third Netball Development Program 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

Learn to Surf Program – Years 2-4

We are pleased to announce that the College will run a learn to surf program for Year 2-4 students. It will be a condensed version of the Weet-Bix Surf Grom program, which is run through surf schools all over Australia. The program will be held at Kings or Dicky Beach, depending on conditions and will be administered by Mr Russell Hoffman, owner of North Caloundra Surf School, in conjunction with Pacific staff.

Sessions are for one hour and will commence on Monday 30th October at 6.00am for a 6.15am start. The program will run for four weeks, finishing on 20th November. Parents and guardians will be responsible for student transport to and from the location.

The cost of the program will be covered by Pacific through the Sporting Schools Funding initiative. Each child will receive a surf groms pack upon the completion of the four-week program (children must attend all four sessions).

As numbers are limited to 24, positions will be filled on a first in basis. If you are interested in this program, please email Mrs Natalie Campbell at: to receive further information and permission forms. 

Rugby 7’s Development Program

On Tuesday afternoon, a large number of students participated in the Rookies2Reds program here at the College.

In conjunction with this program we are also offering Year 3-6 students the opportunity to take part in a school run Rugby 7’s lunchtime program. Commencing in Week 4, the program is designed to teach fundamental passing, catching, tackling and game skills.

The five-week program will be run on the main oval during Tuesday lunchtimes (1.00pm – 1.40pm) each week from Week 4-8 (24th October – 21st November). There is no cost involved and teachers will supervise all students during each lunchtime session. An information sheet with further details will be sent to all parents via CareMonkey.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport


Week 2 – 11th October


Int 8/9 A Girls

Int 9/10 B Girls

Jnr A Boys

Int Boys

















Alicia Woods

Olivia Lyons

Matthew Becker

Joey Higginson

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

FREE Come and Try Session / 2018 Sign-On 

To register for the FREE Come and Try session – email:

To sign on for the 2018 season – visit:

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

13 Year 6 Canberra Tour Returns
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)
1 Prep Information Evening (5.00pm)
2 Year 11-12 HOSP Industry Day
6 Middle College Orientation Day
  Year 12 Study Day
  Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)
  Middle College Information Evening (7.00pm)
7-13 Year 12 Exams
9 Year 7 Immunisations - Round 3
  Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 4