Compass No 482 - February 2018

From the Principal

Thoughtful More Than Reactive

Pausing and taking time to consider things, shifts us from being puppets of our emotions to being people who can thoughtfully and constructively respond to those emotions and the varying situations we encounter. We can pause and put ourselves in the other person’s shoes and consider their perspective. Identifying the values that are important to the other person is a key to understanding their perspective. Sometimes though, our emotions are in control and anxiety can bubble to the surface. Learning to recognise when our emotions are beginning to get the better of us and developing the habit of pausing and reflecting on one next step we can take, shifts our mindset into a more proactive mode. It helps us to learn to identify those things we can change and shift our energy into positive purposeful action.

Slowing down our thinking is often a key to opening up this personal power to be in control of our emotions. Pausing and taking some deep breaths, helps to slow the mind and open the door to better thinking. In this time of pausing we can pray for God’s guidance. Prayer reminds us of God’s constant loving presence and opens our hearts and minds to hearing His calming voice.

Principal's Log

Final offers are soon to be made to the Year 12 cohort of 2017, for the start of 2018. We congratulate and celebrate with each of them on their achievements, including Olivia McCluskey, Alli Whitmore and Paige Layfield who each attained an OP 1. As a cohort they performed very well, with 62 of the 80 students (77.5%) being OP eligible, compared to the state average of approximately 50%. Of the Pacific cohort, 99% completed QCE, VET or SAT qualifications. The performance across OP 1-5 was particularly strong with 29% of our OP eligible students achieving this result, compared to the state average of 22%. 

Students have been successful in moving into diverse pathways. These include Olivia McCluskey gaining entry into the highly competitive course in medicine offered for the first time on the Sunshine Coast. Olivia is one of five Sunshine Coast students to be accepted into the group of 20. Other students were accepted into physiotherapy, veterinary science, fine arts, highly competitive theatre performance courses, business and economics, psychology, creative arts, law, health and apprenticeships in electro-technology and construction. Some of these stories have been featured on our Facebook page. As well as being well equipped with academic and vocational skills and understandings, each of these young men and women takes forward important learnings about values and social emotional capacities that will stand them in good stead to make a difference in their various vocations. We look forward to hearing about each of their onward journeys.

Year 7 students have been enjoying their time away on camp and will appreciate the forecast cooler weather towards the end of the week. This is an important time for students from different backgrounds to get to know each other and form new connections. Time is also spent on helping young people to get to know themselves better, including who they are in relationship to others and to God and to appreciate their natural surrounds. Experiencing different types of outdoor leisure activities also enriches young people. We look forward to hearing great stories on their return and thank Mr Andrew Block, Mrs Leah Croke, Miss Alisha Janssen, Mr Nick Tait and Dr Peter McMahon, along with past students who have acted as leaders on this experience.

The Year 7 camp is the final outdoor experience organised by Dr Peter McMahon before our new Head of Outdoor Education, Mr Nick Tait takes over this responsibility. Dr Peter McMahon’s tremendous passion and generosity of spirit has enabled him to develop a unique outdoor education program that has enriched the lives of both adults and students since he joined the College in 2004. We celebrate with him what he has achieved and thank him for his service to the people of this community as Head of Outdoor Education. We all look forward to the benefits he will continue to bring to many in his continuing role as Head of Bula House.

We thank Year 11 and Prep – Year 5 parents and students who took the opportunity to learn more about their next phase of learning through attendance at the parent information evenings this week. The valuable information shared, helps strengthen the partnership between teachers, parents and students in optimising young people’s learning outcomes across all dimensions of their lives. We thank our staff for their leadership of these evenings.

Congratulations to all Year 3-6 students who participated very well in their Swim Carnival today. Their enthusiasm and house spirit was not dampened by the weather as they engaged in healthy, spirited competition. We thank Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell for their organisation and adaptability in staging a successful carnival in changing conditions. Thank you to all parents who attended and to staff for fulfilling their roles well and contributing to the success of the carnival.

The installation of large fans in the gym this week has been greatly appreciated by staff and students. This was the final phase of the College’s temperature control strategy for our existing spaces. We thank the Friends of Pacific for their contribution to the purchase of the fans. Smiling faces emerging from the gym have told a great story.

We pray for God’s guidance in helping each of us to respond thoughtfully to the situations we encounter.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

The Power of Mercy

Jesus said: ‘Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, pray for those who abuse you. Be merciful just as your Father is merciful’.

These are tough words to hear because we often find it hard to put into practice. Loving our enemies. It’s not that complicated yet it is a challenge for each one of us to uphold in all of our relationships all the time. 

It is also a saying that speaks to our thread this week of personal power. Personal power is the strength, confidence and competence that each of us acquires as we mature into adulthood. Personal power is learning that we can manage and control how we react to people, even though we might not be able to manage and control how other people react to us. It’s about controlling our emotions, behaviours and thoughts rather than the emotions, behaviours and thoughts controlling us.

Jesus doesn’t want us to live in hate or fear, simply to love our enemies. To practice extreme generosity in the face of extreme pressure. When we are tempted to react negatively to someone’s behaviour but have the composure to stop and show a different response of gentleness, that’s personal power. That’s the positive power we each have and have the opportunity to use. It’s what we work on with students so they can learn to grow and develop as people who are self-aware and regulate their emotions and behaviours towards others.

That’s the challenge we have from Jesus, to treat people with kindness. To show generosity to them. To be merciful rather than to retaliate. May God bless you with mercy and love towards your enemies this week.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

Welcome Back

A warm welcome back to all senior students and their families. As the term starts, it is important that students have established routines and good practices for the academic year ahead. This term in Personal Development, students across Year 7-12 will reflect on their learning and set individual goals for themselves. Pastoral Care Teachers will then meet one on one with each of their students (Care Conversations) to discuss student progress, goals and wellbeing.

Senior College Parent Information Evenings

Thank you to Year 11 parents and students who attended the parent information evening this week. It is pleasing to have parents continued support and connectedness during their student’s journey through senior school.

Following are some key links from the presentation that we encourage families to view:

If you were unable to attend the evening and would like more information about careers or student pathways post-secondary schooling, please make contact with our Careers Counsellor, Mrs Natasha Purcell on: or 5436 7310.

Parents and students in Year 12 are invited to attend the parent information evening on 13th February at 6.00pm. This will be an informative night as students begin their final year of schooling.

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Junior College Update

Thank you to those parents and family members who were able to attend the Prep – Year 5 Opening Service last Thursday and the parent information evening this week. Your support is much appreciated by both staff and students.

Well done to all students who participated in the Years 3-6 Swim Carnival today. Levels of participation were excellent and the quality of performance high. Participating in a swim carnival is sometimes challenging for students who are not great swimmers. It was fantastic to see so many students overcome their fears and reach the end of the pool with a smile on their face. A special thank you to the many parents who assisted in the running of the carnival, without your support the event could not have happened. Thank you also to all classroom teachers and HPE staff for their work on the day and particularly Mr Darren Hooper and Mrs Natalie Campbell for organising the carnival.  

You Can Do It Program

This term the focus of the Prep – Year 5 You Can Do It program is ‘getting along’. Getting along is when students work cooperatively together, resolve conflicts by discussion rather than fights, manage their anger, show tolerance of others and follow class rules. Getting along aims to develop four Habits of Mind in children including being tolerant of others, playing by the rules, thinking first and acting in a socially responsible manner.

At assembly on Monday I will look at the first of these habits of mind, being tolerant of others, which is primarily about accepting differences. Physiologically, the way we respond to a ‘happening’, both emotionally and physically, relates to how we think when faced with challenges. Below is an example.





Someone says something disagreeable to another.

Positive: I don’t like what was said but everyone has a right to their own opinion.

Negative: How dare anyone say that?

Positive: Remains calm, confident, no self-doubting.

Negative: Anger, frustration, stress, self-doubting (maybe what they said is true).

Positive: Ignores behaviour and accepts difference.

Negative: Aggressive response, anger and crying.

The You Can Do It program strives to develop positive thinking in a practical sense, building children’s emotional resilience and self-belief. Parents can support their children in being tolerant of others through discussion and praising tolerant behaviours. 

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

Food for Thought

Tools to Help You Stay Calm with Your Child

The important thing to remember is that all emotions are acceptable, but not all behaviors are. When we don’t accept our own emotions, we act them out with our children and our family members in unhealthy ways. 
Learn more at:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

We hope that all families are settling in well to life at Pacific Lutheran College.

Aloha OCEANfest 2018

We are looking to hold an informal coffee get together for all interested parents and helpers. If you would like to come along, please contact us at and let us know your preferred meeting times.

First Meeting

We invite all parents, friends and staff to join us for our first FoP meeting for 2018 on Tuesday 20th February at 6.30pm in the Pacific library. No need to RSVP – just come along!

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Lunchtime Activities

There are a number of lunchtime activities available for Prep – Year 5 students in the library. There are limited places so get in early.

  • Monday: Story telling – relax and listen to a story.
  • Tuesday: Make and Take – get crafty and make something.
  • Wednesday: Osmo – code, create and play using the Osmo and an iPad.
    Geek Girls – for girls only, get creative with coding, robotics and animation.
  • Thursday: Minecraft.
  • Friday: Games, construction and Lego.

We also have MakerSpace running afterschool on Wednesdays from 3.00pm – 4.00pm for Years 4-6 students. Permission forms will be distributed soon.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Cultural News

‘The Three Musketeers’ – Rehearsals Begin

FencingAn excited cast of 40 students have begun the huge process of bringing this entertaining and melodramatic story to The Events Centre in May. We are so fortunate to have Nanna Brane, director of Artistic Fencing at the Sunshine Coast Fencing Association to train us over the next few weeks in the skilful art of sword fighting. Costumes, props and set are all underway and we cannot wait to see what this talented cast bring to the stage.

We wish them the best of luck as they embark on the Musketeer journey! En Garde!

Mrs Janine Delaney and Miss Alisha Janssen, Directors

2017 Japanese Outbound Exchange Program

As we begin 2018, we welcome senior students Austin Beasley and Tamika Cheney back to Pacific. Austin and Tamika attended our sister school in Japan, Seishin Gakuen, for a one term exchange in Term 4 last year. Both students have reflected on their experience below.

“My time in Japan was an unforgettable experience. Every day was full of amazing things to learn and people to meet. I am now proud to call myself an international citizen. The people who I stayed with and the friends I made were amazing and kind. Even though there were times when we couldn’t understand each other, we would always eventually come to an acceptance. School life in Japan was very different for me coming from an Australian school. There are so many afterschool activities including Japanese archery, Kung-Fu, music, tennis and tea-making. Japan has so many things to see and do. My time visiting Tokyo and the Tokyo Sky Tree was fantastic. Visiting Asakusa and its iconic ‘Thunder Gate’ was breathtaking. I will never forget my trip to Japan and I would highly recommend it. It’s a life changing experience that you will never regret.” – Austin Beasley

“During my stay in Japan, I learnt many different things that didn’t all relate to the language. I built lifelong relationships that I will keep forever. I grew my outlook on life and how I viewed myself. I also became a more responsible person as I had to do many things for myself. I experienced tremendous growth in so many aspects of my life. I had many friends at school and before I attended Seishin, I noticed that at lunch times, the boys and girls were segregated. Eventually however, everyone sat together and began having fun. I feel I was able to bring in a bit of ‘PLC’ to Seishin. My Seishin friends now show more of an interest in the English subject and as my Japanese improved, I noticed that their English became so much better also. We all became a team and helped each other throughout my stay. I was sad to leave Japan and my new friends, however, I still video call my best friends and I have made friendships I will keep forever. I highly recommend this exchange to anyone who chooses to study Japanese. You grow, see and do amazing new things, bond with a different culture and learn to understand one another.” – Tamika Cheney

The Outbound Exchange program is open to Year 10 students studying Japanese. Information about the program will be distributed later this term.

Mrs Michiko Hauser, Head of Japanese 6-12

From the Head of Career Development

Senior Learning Phase – Career Exploration

Engaging in a range of opportunities and experiences helps students to develop future employability skills and assists them with decision making when it comes to future careers. There are many events, competitions and experience days throughout the year, so students are encouraged to keep a look out for opportunities of interest.

The following websites are a helpful starting point:

  • - Information on the senior learning phase, calendar of events, post-school options and links to many careers sites all in the one place. In the secure section, students can create personalised resumes and access career planning tools.
  • - Create a log in to explore occupations and to hear stories of others on their career journeys.
  • - Review labour market projections and find where the jobs are going to be within the coming five years.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor 

Junior Sport


Most Year 4-6 students have now selected their SCISSA sport for Semester 1. SCISSA team trials will occur next Thursday afternoon during sport time and students will then start Monday afterschool training in Week 4. Afterschool training dates can be found on the College calendar.   

Armidale Rugby Carnival

The Armidale Rugby Carnival is an annual event that Pacific has attended since 2009. This year the carnival will be held from 13th – 15th April, with students travelling by bus to Armidale and staying in boarding accommodation at the school. The carnival is attended by up to 50 schools and clubs from around Queensland and New South Wales and offers students the opportunity to play four shortened games on Saturday and a final on Sunday.

There was a sign-up meeting this week for all interested students and we still have a few spots to fill. If your child is turning 11 or 12 this year and did not attend this meeting but is interested in this carnival, please contact Mr Darren Hooper for further information. Team training is held every Monday afternoon from 3.15pm – 4.30pm.

Learn to Surf Program

In Term 4, students from Years 2-4 will be offered the opportunity to participate in a Learn to Surf program. The aim of this program is to introduce novice and beginner surfers to the fundamentals of the sport. Participation will be capped at 24 places. More information regarding this program will be made available to parents later in the year.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Sport News

Pacific Board Riders

This year, Pacific will again offer the opportunity for Years 5-12 students to join the Pacific Board Riders (PBR). The aim of the program is to provide a structured opportunity for students to develop their surfing skills and grow the culture of surfing within the College.

Weekly sessions will be held on Friday mornings at various locations around the southern end of the Sunshine Coast (primarily Currimundi and Caloundra), depending on conditions. Term 1 sessions will commence on Friday 16th February (Week 4).

Requirements For Participation

PBR is not a ‘learn to surf’ program. To be eligible to participate in PBR, participants must be able to swim and surf competently (negotiate the break and catch waves unassisted) in various surf conditions and provide all their own equipment (surfboard, wetsuit). Parents are responsible for transporting their child to and from the session venue each week.

Due to stringent supervision and safety requirements, participation in the program will be capped at 24 students and will be dependent on individual competencies, including an ocean swim and board paddle, assessed by the teachers in charge.

As part of PBR, a team of Under 12 surfers will be selected to compete for the College at the Pacific Pulse surfing competition in Term 4.

To register your interest, students need to see Mrs Natalie Campbell at her office (near the tuckshop). 

Mr Darren Hooper, Pacific Board Riders Coordinator

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Sign-on for the 2018 season now at: or Come & Try this Saturday at Pacific!

Join our three-week Roar Active Program on the 9th, 16th and 23rd March. More information at:

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

Welcome back to 2018 with the netball season already in full swing.

The club motto this year is ‘come join our team!’ The motto brings together our goal of engaging with the community to develop a sustainable netball club and our team naming convention, which are horse breeds (a group of horses is call ‘a team’).  

On Tuesday night our ladies team, the PLC Mighty Mares, took to the court for the first time. For many of the players it was the first time they had met and in one case, their first ever game of competitive netball. The Mighty Mares represents a major milestone for the club as it brings together staff, parents, students and friends from across our College community. It was a highly enjoyable evening and the final score was a very respectable 23-12 against a well-drilled and established team. For anybody who would like to join the PLC Mighty Mares, there are still opportunities available.  

Preseason training also commenced on Tuesday for our U12 teams and above, which will run each Tuesday until 13th February. The training was well attended, which provided Head Coach Michelle Dufy the opportunity to meet the girls and begin the process of assessing their skills.

Concurrently, a ‘come and try’ session was provided for Year 3 students who are beginning their netball careers this year. It was difficult to determine who had the most fun, the coach or the girls! The participation and enthusiasm was a delight to watch.

Registrations are now open via the My Netball PLC Registration Page (PLC Portal). For those who would like to register in person, sign-on will occur at Caloundra Indoor Sports Stadium from 9.00am – 11.00am on Saturday 3rd and 10th February.

Finally, a reminder that all team training commences on Saturday 17th February at 4.00pm. The training will be followed by a BBQ and an open-air movie screening of ‘Night at the Museum’.

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club President

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

*Note – Boys formal hats in size 56 and 57 and large school bags are now back in stock and available for purchase in store and online. 

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.

Upcoming Dates

6 Year 9 Camp Information Evening and Rite Journey Departure (5.00pm)
  Middle College Information Evening (6.00pm)
7 Years 7-10 SCISSA Volleyball Begins
  Music Information Evening (6.00pm)
8 Years 7-12 Swim Carnival - Nambour Pool (8.30am-3.00pm)
9 Years 6-12 Thursday Timetable Periods 6 and 7
12 9-12yrs District Swim Carnival
  Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm-4.15pm)
  Years 7-12 Schools Netball Begins
13 Shrove Tuesday
  13-19yrs District Swim Carnival
  Year 12 Information Evening (6.00pm)
14 Ash Wednesday
19 Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm-4.15pm)
20 Year 10 Information Evening (6.00pm)
  Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)
23 Primary Lutheran Swim Carnival
25 St Mark's @ Pacific Grow and Share - ELC Blessing (9.30am)
26 Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm-4.15pm)
28 10-19yrs Regional Swim Carnival