Compass No 479 - November 2017

From the Principal

Thank You and Farewell 2017 Year 12 Students

This is an exciting and special time of year where we celebrate our graduating Year 12 students. It has been good to see them making the most of their final few days together, enjoying different activities including a thank you breakfast, painting of a canvas tile, hearing various presentations to prepare for life after school, winning a touch football match against staff, planting a tree with their Year 2 buddies and walking the labyrinth. As individuals and as a cohort they have made a significant contribution in all areas of College life. We have enjoyed learning with them and seeing them extend their academic capabilities, valued their strong engagement with sport and applauded their talent in performing and visual arts. As leaders they have brought a positive, warm, welcoming optimism to all they have done and raised student leadership to the next level.


As a College community we congratulate and thank our Year 12 students of 2017 for their very significant contribution. We thank their families for the important part they have played as partners in the growth of this community and of their children into the fine adults they have become. We look forward to their graduation and closing chapel and finally celebrating with them at their formal. We wish them every blessing as they take steps into the next exciting phase of their lives.

Principal's Log

Our Year 7 students enjoyed the opportunity to compete in the First Lego League competition at Grace Lutheran College over the weekend. After weeks of planning, designing and coding they put their robots to the test competing with 38 teams. Our students had three rounds of competition in which they tweaked their coding to ensure they were able to repair and relocate the many different water utilities across a simulated economy. They also presented their design to capture and utilise wastewater to a committee of University lecturers. We thank Mr Andrew Block and Mr Wes Warner for their leadership of the group.

At our Sports Awards on Tuesday we recognised those teams and students who had performed very well in school sport throughout the year. Guest speaker, former rugby league player Jack Reed inspired students at both the Year 4-6 and the Year 7-12 Sports Awards with stories about the importance of persistence and resilience in achieving success. There has been a continuing growth in the quality and range of sports offered by the College and we appreciate the support of staff, students, parents and past students who have been generous with their time in coaching our teams. We congratulate all students on the way they have participated in our sporting programs and look forward to continuing growth next year. We particularly thank Mrs Natalie Campbell, Mr Darren Hooper and Mr Brett Kersnovske for their leadership and organisation of our sports program.

Different instrumental groups have also been participating in final performances including the Year 3 and 4 string groups who held a concert on Monday. Parents have appreciated the growth that these students have shown over the year. We look forward to the Year 5 and 6 Multi-Instrumental Program concert next week. We thank our instrumental teachers and Mrs Helen Williams, Miss Anita Morton, Mr Adrian King and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine for their leadership of Music at the College.

We wish our Middle and Senior College students all the best as they complete their final exams for the year. We thank God for the blessings He has given this community through its staff, students and parents. We pray that God would guide, protect, encourage and continue to bless our Year 12 graduates and their families.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


The end of the school year is a particularly busy time. We farewell our Year 12 cohort, other students have exams and teachers have marking and reports to complete. Psalm 37 verses three to seven is about trusting in the Lord and being patient in Him, even when we are stressed and tired at the end of the year.

Trust in the Lord and do good. Then you will live in the land and enjoy its food.

Find your delight in the Lord. Then He will give you everything your heart really wants.

Commit your life to the Lord. Here is what He will do if you trust in him.

He will make the reward for your godly life shine like the dawn.

He will make the proof of your honest life shine like the sun at noon.

Be still and wait patiently for the Lord to act. Don’t be upset!

As we prepare to finish the school year let’s pray for students who are completing exams. Lord, as some of us face exams once more over the coming days we turn to you and ask for your help. We ask that you give us peace of mind and the opportunity to rest our bodies. Give us space and time to revise our work and study hard. Help us to use our time and our intelligence wisely as we prepare for exams. Help us to keep focused on our tasks and not get too distracted by other aspects of life. Help us so that we do not procrastinate and put off what we should be doing. Keep us from getting into a panic and help us to do justice to all the work and preparations we have done. On the day of our exams keep us calm, help us to think clearly and understand what we are being asked so we can recall what we have studied and learnt. Above all Lord, we pray that you will keep us from a fear of failure for we are all loved and blessed by you. No matter how good or how badly we perform in our exams you love us, you walk beside us and you guide our footsteps through life. Journey with us Jesus and watch over us as we continue to do our best. In your name we pray. Amen. 

First Communion and Confirmation 2018

Do you have a student entering Year 5 next year who would like to learn more about Holy Communion, the Lord’s Supper? During Lent in the first term of 2018, Pastor Tim Jarick and Pastor Ray Morris will be leading a First Communion course called ‘The Great Escape Feast’. Also next year Pastor Tim and Ray will be offering Confirmation for students in Years 6-9. Confirmation is a ministry in which young people learn more about the Christian faith and the Bible. If you have children in these age brackets who are interested in preparing for their First Communion or Confirmation, please register your interest to Pastor Tim at:

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Restorative Processes

When people of all ages work closely together as they do in schools, mistakes and conflicts are inevitable. At Pacific, we use Restorative Processes to create a culture where forgiveness and empathy are valued over punishment and retribution. The aim is for students to learn from their mistakes and to minimise hurtful actions in the future. Positive discussions are used to walk alongside students and grow them. Consequences are a key part of our approach and they are applied consistently and fairly. Therefore, our approach is to help students understand their mistakes, to acknowledge the negative impacts and to learn from them.

As this is my last newsletter for the year, I would like to thank all staff for their contributions to student wellbeing at Pacific. From Kindergarten to Year 12, staff work within a culture based on care, dignity and respect. As a result of this approach, there is genuine kindness at the core of our pastoral care. I would also like to wish all families in the Pacific community a safe and happy Christmas.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Year 4-6 Sports Awards

On Tuesday, Year 4-6 students attended their sports presentation. Congratulations to all those students who received recognition for participation and achievements in sports throughout the year. Former Brisbane Broncos player Jack Reed spoke passionately about his career, success and how to be resilient. Thank you to Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell for their leadership of Year 4-6 sport at the College and for organising and hosting a very professional and enjoyable presentation.  

Prep - Year 2 Swimming

Prep – Year 2 swimming lessons continue on Monday, Tuesday and Thursday next week. If your child is attending swimming early in the day can you please ensure they arrive at the College by 8.30am as the bus will be departing with the first group at 8.35am. Students should arrive in their swimmers and with sunscreen already applied (sunscreen will also be available at the College). Kawana Pool has advised that all students need to wear a rash shirt or they will be unable to participate in lessons. Girls with long hair should wear a cap to keep hair out of their eyes.

Upcoming Events

Carols Night

On Friday 24th November commencing at 5.00pm, the annual Carols Night will be held at the College. Food will be available for purchase on the night. 

Prep – Year 5 Closing Service

On Monday 27th November commencing at 9.15am, the Prep – Year 5 Closing Service will be held at the College. The service marks an important transition for all students, particularly our Year 5 cohort who are graduating from the Junior College and our Year 2 cohort who are graduating from the Foundation College. All parents and family members are most welcome to attend this important event. 

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

Important Notices

2018 School Fees

The College Council approved the 2018 fee schedule this week. There will be a general increase of $45 per term in the tuition fee across all year levels. The Year 6 resource levy has also been increased by $100 per term to help offset the cost of the Canberra trip, which has increased in recent years.

As announced earlier in the year, a 5% sibling discount for the second child will also be introduced in 2018. This may lead to some families paying less overall than in 2017, even after the general fee increase is taken into account.

If parents have any queries regarding fees, please contact the Business Office.

Lost Property

Our lost property drawers are overflowing with unnamed clothing, shoes and pencil cases. If you are missing anything, please visit the main office to have a look. We also have a number of personal items, including a mobile phone, in a container on the desk. Please note that all unnamed items not collected by the end of the year will be given to charity or placed in our emergency uniform cupboards.

Parents are reminded to check that all items are clearly labelled with their child’s full name.

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community


Our AGM will be held next 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!

Carols Night – Sausage Sizzle

Friends of Pacific will host a sausage sizzle at the Junior College Carols Night next Friday 24th November. Sausages and drinks will be sold for $2.00 each.

2018 Aloha OCEANfest – Sponsorship Opportunities

Aloha OCEANfest is set for Friday 19th August 2018! If you or your business wish to support the festival with sponsorship or a prize donation, please contact us to secure your Early Bird Package:

Mrs Jenny Lee, Friends of Pacific Chairperson

Library News

Week 7 Update

It has been a busy week in the library as we begin the end of year returns process, starting with the Year 12 students. We congratulate the cohort on completing their studies.

As advised earlier, this is the last week of circulation and we would appreciate prompt returns of outstanding loans next week. Overdue lists will be issued this week and we ask for parents’ assistance in locating their students’ outstanding items.

Spring Reading Challenge Success

Well done to Holly Targato for completing all nine Spring Reading Challenges! Holly will receive a special certificate and prize and will also join us for a special celebration.

Reminder – Maroochydore Library Guest

Next Wednesday 22nd November, Young People’s Services Officer from Maroochydore library, Lisa Austin, will visit the College to share their exciting holiday program with students. If you would like to take out membership, please email me directly at:

Code Club

While Code Club is officially meeting for the last time this week, we will be completing the 2018 Hour of Code challenge next Wednesday. We will have an afternoon tea and a fun challenge to finish off the year.

Ms Sue Warren, Teacher Librarian

Cultural News

Year 3 and 4 Strings Concert

On Monday, the Year 3 and 4 Strings Program held their end of year concert. Each class performed and then there was a special performance from some of the more advanced players in each year level. It was a pleasure to hear the growth in our young string players over the past year and we thanks Mrs Helen Williams for the wonderful work she is doing. 

We look forward to the Year 5 and 6 Multi-Instrumental Program concert next Wednesday! Thank you for your ongoing support of the Music Department.

Violin / Viola Essential Elements

If anybody has a Violin / Viola Essential Elements book at home that they no longer require we are seeking donations to boost our library supplies! Please hand any spare books to Mrs Helen Williams. Thank you.

The Music Department

From the Head of Career Development

Important Information for Year 12 Students


Education courses – Students applying for education courses must submit a personal statement as part of the selection criteria. If you are having difficulty with your statement, visit:

Offers for Year 12 students – Students applying for courses not requiring Year 12 results will start to receive their offers from this Friday 17th November. Offers will continue to be made between the release of Year 12 results on 16th December and the major offer round on 16th January. To find out when your institution will make offers, visit:

How will I know if I have an offer? QTAC will send you an email or an SMS. In most cases, you will have four days to respond. It is essential to monitor your emails to avoid missing an offer. If you don’t respond by the due date, your offer will lapse and your application will become inactive. If this happens, contact QTAC immediately, as they may be able to reinstate your offer.

Connect with QTAC – If you have any questions about your QTAC application, check the 2018 Year 12 Guide for all the ways you can contact QTAC.

Student Connect Hotline

Students with questions about their Queensland Certificate of Education (QCE), Senior Statement, Tertiary Entrance Statement or other results can contact the QCAA Student Connect Hotline on 1800 804 991 or via email: For questions about tertiary selection ranks or bonus ranks, contact QTAC on 1300 467 822.

University Updates

Queensland University of Technology (QUT)

QUT Summer Holiday Program – QUT is offering a free family holiday program in January featuring a mix of interactive activities to suit everyone. Learn more at:

Real Decisions Event – QUT’s Real Decisions event will be held on Tuesday 19th December from 9.00am – 1.00pm at the Gardens Point campus. The event will cover courses, ordering preferences, upgrading, offers and university life.

Griffith University

Scholarships – It is not too late to apply for scholarships. The due date for the Deans Sir Samuel, Sir Samuel Griffith Scholarships and Unistart Equity Scholarships is 10th December. Learn more at:

University of Queensland (UQ)

OP Results Advice Night – If you didn’t get the OP you wanted, or if you are still undecided about your course options, this event is for you. It will be held from 4.00pm – 7.00pm on Monday 18th December at the UQ Centre on the St Lucia campus. To find out more, visit:

2018 UQ Science Ambassador Program – Applications for this program will close on 23rd March. Through this program, science teachers nominate Year 11 students to engage with UQ and assist teachers to raise the profile of this subject in their school. If you will be in Year 11 in 2018 and are interested in being a part of this program, talk to your science teacher.

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

Know Your Options Information Session – This event provides an opportunity for students to explore their study options at ACU after they receive their Year 12 results. It will be held from 3.30pm – 6.00pm on Monday 18th December at the Brisbane campus.  Register to attend at:

Accommodation – If you need to live away from home to attend ACU’s Brisbane campus, be aware that, while there isn’t on-campus accommodation currently, you do have several other options. Learn more at:  

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Junior Sport

Gala Day Kayaking

With our kayaking students recently completing their competitive season this year, the team used the Term 4 SCISSA Gala Day as an opportunity to try a different form of water sport. Our team spent the morning paddling at Lake Kawana in a Dragon Boat and then testing their skills in the K1’s and C1’s. To celebrate their success at both the Queensland Schools Marathon and Sprint Championships this year, the team then enjoyed lunch and activities at Currimundi Lake.

Thank you to John from Sunshine Coast Dragon Boat Club for organising equipment and for his time and guidance during the morning. The club can be contacted via their website ( if students or parents are interested in trying out this sport.

Mr Gary Graves, Kayaking Coordinator

Secondary Sport

Year 7-12 Sports Awards

Congratulations to all of the award winners from the Year 7-12 Sports Awards Presentations. It was a fantastic afternoon celebrating Pacific sport in 2017 and thanking our amazing coaching staff for their valuable contributions throughout the year. Highlights of the afternoon included hearing from former Brisbane Broncos player Jack Reed, Caitlin O’Keefe and Tim Bange receiving the male and female ‘Excellence in Sport’ awards and incoming Sport Pacific Action Group Captain Charlotte Empson and College Vice-Captain Cooper Pointon expertly hosting the event. Well done to all!



Week 7


Int 8/9 A Girls

Jnr A Boys











Phoebe O’Sullivan

Matthew Becker

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Major Sponsors Announced for 2018!

The Pacific FC committee has been working hard behind the scenes to create a new player jersey and associated clothing that reflects our name change and updated look. This has generated a fabulous opportunity for local businesses to partner with the club.  

We would like to present our Major Sponsors for the 2018/19 seasons and we thank them for their wonderful support:

  • Jetts Fitness 
  • Escape Travel 
  • Harmony Landscapes
  • Peninsular Beachfront Resort
  • Green Beginnings
  • 4 Ingredients 
  • Allens Training

Player registrations for 2018 are now open online. Head to: and choose Pacific FC.

Any questions? Please email:

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

Planning for our 2018 season is well under way and we are looking forward to a very successful year, which builds on the efforts of 2017. 

Online registration will be announced shortly. In the meantime, expressions of interest can be forwarded to: The club caters for children born in 2010 and older. 

A part of our ongoing development, PLC Netball Club is offering women’s teams within the Tuesday night social competition. The season commences on Tuesday 23rd January at Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium. All are welcome to participate, including students who are turning 14 in 2018 or older. This is a great opportunity to extend your friendships within our College community and to bring together teachers, students and parents. Once again, expressions of interest can be emailed to:

Save The Date – Saturday 17th February 2018

PLC Netball Club’s training and grading day will commence at 4.00pm on Saturday 17th February. The training session will be followed by a social event for the whole family. Details will be announced in due course. 

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club 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

Back To School Podiatry Program

Children spend around 30 hours a week in their school shoes so it’s vital they’re fitted properly. Ill-fitting shoes can lead to problems in adulthood. Dan Everson Podiatry and Rebel Sport are offering a complementary Back to School program in January 2018 to provide earlier diagnosis of Biomechanical issues.

When: 8th – 19th January 2018.

Where: Sunshine Plaza and Rebel Sport Maroochydore.

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

17-21 Year 10-11 Exams
17 Year 12 Farewell Chapel (8.30am)
  Middle College Exams
  Year 12 Formal - Sebel, Pelican Waters (5.00pm)
23 Year 9 Rite Journey - Homecoming (5.00pm)
24 Carols Night
27 P-5 Closing Service - Gym (9.00am)
28 Students' Last Day
  Closing Service - Events Centre, Caloundra (6.30pm)
29 New Zealand Expedition - Group 1 Departs
9 New Zealand Expedition - Group 2 Departs
21 New Zealand Expedition Returns