Compass No 476 - October 2017

From the Principal

Commemorating the 500th Anniversary of Reformation Day

A Day of Hope As Churches Grow Together – Tuesday 31st October

Around the world over the past 12 months there have been commemorative services led by leaders of Catholic, Lutheran and other protestant churches. The commemorative activities began in Lund, Sweden on 31st October 2016, where the leader of the Lutheran World Federation, Bishop Dr Munib Younan and Pope Francis came together to hold a common prayer service, which built on the ecumenical work that has been taking place. In Australia, a joint statement between leaders of the Catholic and Lutheran churches has been released and across the country next Tuesday, Catholics and Lutherans will be coming together to commemorate the anniversary of the reformation, which changed the western world. 

In creating new hope for the future, in any context, there needs to be an acknowledgement of where hurt has been caused, seeking forgiveness from each other and God and then moving prayerfully forward with God as our guide. These are the themes of the commemoration, which aims to bring people together in service out of love for people and for God across the world. These themes are outlined below in the excerpt from Bishop John Henderson’s sermon for the day, which has a strong theme of unity and hope.

There are three dimensions to our commemoration: we are deeply aware of the past and of the damage that was a consequence of conflict and division; we thank God for the healing of the relationship between Catholics and Lutherans that has taken place in recent decades and for the impetus for unity that we share; and we look forward to walking a common path in the future, witnessing together to the mercy of God in proclamation and service to the world. (Bishop John Henderson, 2017)

The full text of his address, which speaks of the strong hope that we receive through God’s grace, can be accessed by clicking here

Principal's Log

Next Tuesday 31st October at 8.30am, members of Unity College will be joining our Pacific community in a commemorative service for the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation in the College gym. Later in the day, staff from both College’s will walk the labyrinth together as we pray for our common purpose. As a community we have always gained greatest strength through building on what we have in common as we use our gifts to serve others. Community members who would like to join us for the commemorative service are welcome to attend. 

Grandparents and Special Friends Day was a wonderful celebration as the young and the more life-experienced came together to participate in a chapel service and classroom activities. Grandparents and special friends enjoyed the high quality morning tea provided by our Hospitality students and then enjoyed performances by our young people. We thank our grandparents and families for their support of the day and the classroom teachers, Hospitality staff and students, Music staff and students, administration and grounds staff and Mr David Druery for his leadership.

Staff, students and families also enjoyed the Student Art Exhibition on Friday evening, which showcased young people’s artistic talent from Kindergarten to Year 12 and the way in which Art, Science and Technology can combine to deepen our understanding and appreciation of the world. The way in which trans-disciplinary learning enhances career opportunities was highlighted by past student Jessica Hughes as she explained how she has used her passion and skills for Science, Technology and Art to create an international career producing virtual reality films. Jessica’s video can be viewed at: We thank Mrs Denise McMahon and Dr Kym Rogers for their contemporary and creative leadership of student’s artistic talents across the College. We appreciate the work that they and Mrs Rowena Marshall have put into the staging of such a successful community event.

Friday night also saw the culmination of this year’s basketball season, with three teams competing in the grand finals. All three teams were reported to have played very well, with great spirit and sportsmanship as they won silver. We congratulate the Junior A Girls, Intermediate A Girls and Intermediate Boys for reaching the finals and all of the students who have played basketball. We thank coaches Mr Nico Prinsloo, Mr Joe Doran, Mr Scott Crompton, Mrs Michiko Hauser, Bailey Pointon, Andrea Prinsloo and Georgie Snelling. We particularly thank Mr Mark Hauser for his outstanding leadership in this area.

In a busy weekend, our students also successfully defended their state title in Kayaking, winning the Sprint Championship for the 13th year in a row. This is a great achievement and we congratulate our students. We particularly thank and congratulate Mr Gary Graves for his outstanding skill, passion and commitment to leading young people’s development in this area over many years. We thank him, Mrs Rae Hall and Mrs Natalie Campbell for their leadership of the team and parents and student for their commitment.

We look forward to the junior production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe this Saturday and wish the cast and crew all the best as they make their final preparations and also for their performances. It promises to be a very entertaining show.

As we commemorate the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation, we pray for unity and hope around the world as people focus on what we have in common as Christians and more broadly as humanity.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Youth As Resources

The talents, abilities and gifts of Pacific Lutheran College students is staggering. Every week I learn something new about the skills and abilities of our students and their achievements. The breadth of potential in our young people is immense as well as the opportunities for them to grow and develop, especially through the cross-curricular activities available. As well as the talents, abilities and gifts of students that are obvious, there are also those that are lurking in the background, waiting to emerge with a little encouragement from adults. Children and youth are crucial resources to nurture and grow as they become citizens and leaders in our society.

The story of the young boy Samuel in the Old Testament is evidence of this. Samuel was called by God to serve Him as a prophet. Samuel probably wondered beforehand, like many young people do, “Where do I fit into the world? What job or study do I want to do? What do I do in the next stage of my life?” Strangely though, Samuel’s story is portrayed that he had no such dilemma, he simply waited and listened for God’s call. Samuel waited on God to have his eyes opened to where he could serve.

Children and young people need to be provided with opportunities to have meaningful and useful roles in their communities. Young people certainly bring energy, passion and vision to all that they do. These are some of their great gifts to the community. Too often, adults down play the role of young people in society and especially in decision-making. Young people need to be given a voice and that voice needs to be heard. They are resources with skills, talents and abilities that are willing and able to be contributing members of our community. They just need the opportunities to do so.

Reformation Day Chapel

Parents and friends of the Pacific Lutheran College community are invited to attend a special chapel service commemorating the 500th Anniversary of the Reformation. The chapel will be held on Tuesday 31st October at 8.30am in the gym. The service will be an ecumenical one, with the principal and some staff and students of Unity College attending as well as Father Kevin Smith from the Catholic parish of Caloundra. For more information, please contact me directly at:

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Day For Daniel

This Friday 27th October is Day for Daniel. As parents, we are all familiar with Daniel’s story and appreciate the great work his parents have done through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation. There are a number of excellent resources available online to support this important message of child safety:

It would be great for parents to discuss and reinforce this important message with their children. The single most important thing to remember when teaching your children about stranger danger is to instil confidence, rather than fear. 

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

Food for Thought

Benefits of Natural Consequences

Watching your child fail can make you feel helpless, angry and sad. You worry about everything from your child’s self-esteem and social development to their future success. James Lehman explains that while it’s natural for parents to worry about failure, there are times when it can actually be productive for children. Learn more at:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Important Notices

2018 Book Packs

Further to the book pack information sent out during the recent school holidays, families are advised of the following delivery dates and costs:

  • Order by 28th November - $3.95 postage and handling, delivery between 30th November and 12th December
  • Order between 29th November and 3rd January - $16.95 postage and handling, delivery between 5th – 12th January
  • Order after 4th January - $25 postage and handling, no guarantee of delivery before school commences

For further information, please click here.

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Oceanfest 2018 Coordinator

We are seeking a coordinator for our 2018 Aloha OCEANfest to follow in the footsteps of Mrs Mel Pollack, who generously gave her time and energy for the previous three festivals. If you are interested or know of anyone, please make contact via email at:

AGM Date Claimer

Our AGM is set for Tuesday 21st November at 7.00pm in the College library. We also have a special guest speaker, Mrs Sue Zweck, who will join us to present her journey through the Camino de Santiago. We warmly welcome all parents and staff of the College to attend!

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Junior College

Year 3 Excursion

On Monday, Year 3 went on a Geography excursion to Dicky Beach and Currimundi Lake.

At Dicky Beach we split up into groups and interviewed people from the area. We asked them why Dicky Beach is so significant to them and why they think it is such a special place. We also asked for their suggestions on how we can protect the beach. We even met the lifeguards on the beach and asked them questions too.


Year 3 students then came together to walk along the boardwalk for 2.5km to Currimundi Lake. We had lunch under the shelters and finished our work booklets. We also drew a map of the areas we visited. We finished the day with a swim in the lake before heading back to school.

By Talon and Eloise, Year 3 Students

Secondary College

Sunshine Coast Mathematics Tournament Success

On Tuesday, 20 students from Years 6 and 7 participated in the Sunshine Coast Mathematics Tournament annual inter-school quiz, competing against 30 schools from the region.

Students were tested over three rounds: mentals, a team challenge and a team relay. The tournament aims to engage high achieving students in Mathematics and encourages teamwork, cooperation and a sense of fun.

In a tightly contested tournament, our students performed very well. Congratulations to the Year 7 A team who finished equal second in the mentals round and equal first in the team challenge. Well done to all students who participated.

Year 6

  • Team A: Harry Hockam, Will Butler, Beyonce Matthews, Sam Swan and Katie Graves.
  • Team B: Ella Jarick, Christian Schlotterbach, Bella Feckner, Jake Whatham and Jack Brewer.

Year 7

  • Team A: Noah Winten, Piper Reid, Sebastian Box, Noah Smith and Liam Russell.    
  • Team B: Charles Box, Jasmin Groves, Deepal Maharaj, Catalina Stylianou and Lachlan Eden.


Mrs Amanda Empson and Mr Andrew Block, Tournament Coordinators

Cultural News

The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe – This Saturday!

There are still some tickets available for the Junior Production of The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe this Saturday. The cast and crew are excitedly undertaking their final preparations this week and are looking forward to bringing the fantasy novel by C S Lewis to life on the stage!


A photo booth will be operating before each performance, so families can capture some memories of the experience. We wish the cast, crew and production team all the best for Saturday.

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 Bachelor of Medical Science – USC

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) has introduced a Bachelor of Medical Science to commence in Semester 1 2018. This three-year degree will provide provisional direct entry into Griffith University’s planned Doctor of Medicine program at the new Sunshine Coast University Hospital. In 2019, Griffith University will open a 50-place medical school at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute (SCHI), which is part of the hospital complex. The program has been modelled on the Medical Science program offered by Griffith University and will include subjects such as anatomy, biochemistry, chemistry, disease, health, ethics, genetics, law, microbiology, pharmacology, psychology and physiology. Further information on the Bachelor of Medical Science is available at:

USC currently offers Nursing Science, Midwifery, Nutrition and Dietetics and Occupational Therapy programs of study at the SCHI and is planning on teaching Psychology and Social Work there in the future. Further information on these courses is available at:

Year 12 Results

Year 12 students will receive their Senior Education Profile (SEP) from the Queensland Curriculum and Assessment Authority (QCAA) in the mail from Friday 15th December 2017. The SEP will be made up of one or more of the following documents, depending on eligibility:

  • Queensland Certificate of Education
  • Tertiary Entrance Statement (OP and FPs)
  • Senior Statement

It is important to note that students must attend school until 17th November to be eligible for their QCE and OP. All results contributing to the Queensland Certificate of Education and OPs and FPs will be available through student Learning Accounts on the Student Connect website from 9.00am on Saturday 16th December. Students will need their Learner Unique Identifier (LUI) and password to login and check their results. Students will be able to access their results more quickly if they have previously accessed their Learning Account. Find out more about key dates on Student Connect at: and on the QCAA website at:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Junior Sport

Net Set GO!

This week, the first Net Set GO session was held for our young Prep – Year 3 netballers. Students participated in a range of exciting activities, which focused on passing and pivoting. We had a great turnout of 86 players who will each receive a complimentary netball for participating in the program. Students can still register for the remaining three sessions through CareMonkey. We look forward to seeing everyone again next week when we move to footwork and long passing.

Next Thursday lunchtime is also the start of the Year 4-6 Netball Development Program. We look forward to seeing players from last year and some new faces who are excited about developing and extending their netball skills in preparation for next year. There are still places available in this program. If your son/daughter is keen to participate, please login to CareMonkey as soon as possible to register.

Ms Leigh Finter, Netball Coordinator

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (Years 3-7)

On Friday 10th November, a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be held for students in Years 3-7! Start getting your teams and uniforms organised, as nominations will open early next week. More information to come!

Mr Mark Hauser, Basketball Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Friday Night Basketball - Grand Finals

Last Friday night, the Sunshine Coast Secondary Schools Basketball competition came to a close, with three Pacific teams competing in grand final matches.

The Junior A Girls came up against a very good team from Mountain Creek State High School (MCSHS). The last time they met, MCSHS beat our girls by 30 points, but this game was closely contested. Unfortunately, Pacific lost by seven points in the end. Well done to Tegan Graves, Caitlyn Barry, Chloe Fleming, Eliza Woods, Lara Pointon, Katie Graves and Gabrielle Gorham for their efforts. Thank you to Andrea Prinsloo for coaching the girls throughout the season.

In the second game of the night, the Intermediate A Girls took on Sunshine Coast Grammar School (SCGS). Pacific had defeated SCGS in the previous round and looked as though they were going to maintain their winning streak. The game was close and Pacific fought hard to the end, but unfortunately lost. Well done to Phoebe Swan, Brooklyn Graves, Sophie Empson, Tayla Gorham, Abbey Doran, Louella Hindmarsh, Vivienne Casley and Kassidy McAuliffe for their efforts this season. Thank you also to Mr Joe Doran and Mr Scott Crompton for coaching the girls.

Finally, our Intermediate Boys played against Maroochydore State High School (MSHS) – a team we had defeated by 20 points two weeks prior. It was a very physical and fast-paced game. After falling behind early on, Pacific managed to claw their way back and looked set to take the victory. However, a few missed free throws and a lucky shot by the opposition meant that the boys fell agonisingly short, losing the match in the final seconds of the game. Well done to Joey Hock, Joseph Higginson, Sam Fleming, Matthew Weir, Nathan Weir, Jared Solti, Sam Henderson, Danico Prinsloo and Nick Lloyd on a great season. Thank you also to their coach Mr Nico Prinsloo.


At the end of the night, Pacific placed third overall in the competition, which is a tremendous effort! Well done to all our 2017 players.

Thank you to all the parents for their support throughout the season. A special thank you to all the coaches who helped make the season so successful: Mr Nico Prinsloo, Mr Scott Crompton, Mrs Michiko Hauser, Mr Joe Doran, Bailey Pointon, Andrea Prinsloo and Georgie Snelling. We’re already looking forward to 2018!

Mr Mark Hauser, Basketball Coordinator

Kayaking Success

On Sunday, our kayaking team made their way down to Coomera at the Gold Coast for the State Kayaking Sprint Championships. Students and staff had a wonderful day of competition and came home with a number of medals! Pacific secured its 13th State Title, ahead of the second place winners by 200 points, which is an amazing effort! Thank you to Mr Gary Graves for his leadership in this area. Without his dedication, these types of activities would not be possible. A special mention also to Natasha Whiteley and Ethan Hall, who were role model athletes during the carnival! Well done, everyone!


Week 4

There was lots of action on the fields this week, with some of our teams playing two games!


Int 8/9 A Girls

Int 9/10 B Girls

Jnr A Boys

Jnr B Boys

Int Boys








8-0 / 1-5

0-8 / 2-2



1-3 / 7-0


Win / Loss

Loss / Draw



Loss / Win


Bethany McKenna / Rebecca Pike

Georgia Harle

Matthew Becker

Ethan Daley

Joey Higginson / Sam Fleming

Student Success - Cricket

Congratulations to Carys Mahoney who represented the Sunshine Coast in the State Cricket Carnival this week. The team won two of their five games and came fourth overall! 

3-on-3 Basketball Tournament (Years 8-12)

Next Friday 3rd November, our final 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament for Year 8-12 students will be held in the gym from 4.00pm – 6.30pm.

The competition is open to students of all ability levels in Years 8-12. All students need to do is form teams of three or four (mixed is ok), decide on a team name and uniform and register outside the Heads of House office before Tuesday 31st October.

There will be prizes for the winning teams of each division. For more information, please see Mr Mark Hauser.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

FREE Come and Try Session   

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

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

Uniform Shop

Seeking Assistance

If you can assist in the uniform shop from the 13th – 17th November (Week 7) or from 15th – 19th January next year, please contact Peta on 5436 7349. There are two daily timeslots to be filled: from 8.00am – 12.00pm or 12.00pm – 4.00pm.

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

This 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

27 World Teachers' Day
  Year 3 Camp Returns
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
14 Sports Awards (12.00pm - 3.15pm)
14-16 Year 12 Alternative Days
15-17 Middle College Exams
15-21 Year 11-12 Exams
16 Year 4-6 Foundation Cup
  Year 12 Graduation - Lake Kawana Centre (6.30pm)
17 Year 12 Farewell Chapel (8.30am)
  Year 12 Formal - Sebel, Pelican Waters (5.00pm)