Academic Scholarships

Compass No 486 - March 2018

From the Principal

Building On Strengths

A key to getting the best from ourselves and others is to build on strengths. When working in teams it is important to recognise what strength each person brings to the group and provide space for them to utilise that strength. Through positive engagement with the team there is greater capacity for growth to occur through the influence of the team activity. For us as individuals, when we are faced with challenging tasks, we also need to discipline our thinking to focus on the strengths that we bring to the situation. For Middle and Senior College students, who are currently engaged in a range of assessment tasks and for younger students who may hit points of frustration, it is important to calmly identify what they are able to do for each area and take the next step to build from there. It is important to have the focus on a lifetime of learning skills and attitudes including resilience and persistence rather than the short-term focus on a grade or some other immediate gain. Each step forward improves our learning and our situation. One of our goals is to learn how we learn best. If on reflection we wish we had done something differently in the past, we learn from that, make the choice to do things differently in the future and in that moment, focus on taking our best step forward.

God walks with us each step of the way. In times of uncertainty we can calm our minds by opening ourselves to God’s wisdom and presence through praying for Him to equip us to make that next purposeful step.

Principal's Log

Clean Up Australia Day for schools and youth is this Friday 2nd March, with a community event planned for Sunday 4th March. The Environmental Pacific Action Group will be leading activities at school for students this week. Families are encouraged to join a community event on the Sunday where possible. Developing a sense of social responsibility for the environment is important for us all. Simple things such as thoughtfulness around the amount of plastic we use, our habits of recycling, our energy use, including when and how we use air conditioners and what we purchase, helps young people understand the finiteness and value of the earth’s resources. Reflection around these issues also helps us to develop our sense of global responsibility and each play our part in protecting our fragile home. Within our families and our College, every day can be Clean Up Australia Day. 

We congratulate our primary swimming team who came third at the recent Primary Lutheran Swimming Carnival, which involved Lutheran primary schools from the Sunshine Coast and north Brisbane region. We thank Mr Darren Hooper, Mrs Natalie Campbell, Mr Scott Crompton and Miss Georgie Snelling for their support of our team at this event.

This week, senior students Ethan Hall, Mali Davis, Sarah Gale, Rhett Ousley and Karlee Connors participated in the Lions Youth of the Year events held at the Caloundra and Currimundi-Kawana clubs. All students represented themselves and the College very well and we congratulate Mali who won both the public speaking and overall component of the Caloundra competition. Thank you to Mrs Rae Hall for her support and preparation of these students. We also appreciate the role that the Lions Clubs play within our community including the support of youth through a variety of activities.

We wish Year 12 student Kaylee McKeown all the best as she competes for selection in the Australian Commonwealth Games swimming team at this week’s trials. Kaylee is swimming in four events including 50m, 100m and 200m backstroke and the 400m IM. The Australian team will be announced over the weekend.

May God equip us to pause, reflect and then build on the strengths that we and others bring into each situation.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Purpose of Life

Austrian poet Rainer Rilke once said, “The purpose of life is to be defeated by greater and greater things”. It might sound like a defeatist attitude but there is truth in it. Sometimes it can be the hard times that help us make sense of our meaning and purpose in life. 

For example, one of the biggest challenges I face in my life has ultimately helped me. This challenge has taken me to some places where I have felt lost and helpless, but it has also taught me what I want to strive for, what I value and what I need to do to live a life that makes sense. Is it the same for you? If you step back for a moment and gently revisit some of the painful and perhaps formative times you’ve weathered, what did you take away from them?

  • What did you learn from the experience?
  • What did the pain uncover about what’s fundamental for you?
  • What do you want to make more time for in your life?
  • What’s strong about you?
  • What you want to avoid next time?
  • Where did you feel the presence of God?

        (Feel Like A Lost Soul? by Gabrielle Gawne-Kelnar

Jesus said to His disciples, if we want to find meaning in life we are to pick up our crosses and follow Him. If we want to grow spiritually and find purpose and meaning in life, we need to grow from the challenges that seemingly defeat us. To do so will be to walk in the way of the cross. Because of Jesus’ journey we never journey through our challenges alone. Jesus is there with us and goes before us. He strengthens us in our weaknesses, defeats and pains to transform us to be people who can care and serve others.

May God bless us this season of Lent as we reflect on the purpose of life and the road Jesus took to the cross for us. 

Prayer Group

Any parents or friends of the College who are interested in getting together to pray for our College community and families are invited to contact Pastor Tim for more information. Phone 5436 7353 or email

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

'Pacific As A Clean Place’ – Clean Up Australia Day

This week, the Environmental Pacific Action Group Captain led a volunteer clean up activity at lunchtime as part of Clean Up Australia Day.

We recognise though that Clean Up Australia Day does not have to be just a one-day event; we all have the capacity to make better choices in regards to the use and disposal of packaging. 'Care, Dignity and Respect’ is an important message not just in our interactions and relationships, but also in how we treat property and the environment around us.  

On Saturday 24th March between 8.30pm and 9.30pm, the nation will recognise Earth Hour. This involves switching off lights and devices where possible to conserve energy. The theme is ‘switch off to join the future’. For more information, please visit:

RYDA Road Safety Education Day

On Wednesday 28th February, Year 11 students had the opportunity to attend the award-winning one-day RYDA Road Safety Education Program. In small groups, students worked with facilitators to reflect and develop personalised strategies and life skills that will help them respond positively to challenges on the road, both as drivers and highly influential passengers.

RYDA consists of six practical and powerful workshops that lay the foundation for safe road use throughout the students' life:

  • Speed and Stopping: On a closed section of roadway, students experience the relationship between speed and stopping distance through practical observation. Students also learn about the importance of car safety features and maintenance. 
  • Hazards and Distractions: An interactive session where students form strategies to manage distractions and improve their hazard perception skills.
  • The ‘I’ in Drive: A reflective session designed to show students how their personality is an important aspect of the total road safety equation. Students self assess against five personality areas and use this tool to analyse risky situations in cars.
  • Road choices: A discussion, routinely led by a Police Officer, on key risk areas for young drivers and passengers. Features hard-hitting videos on decision-making and choices.
  • After the Crash: A powerful presentation by a speaker about the crash that changed their life and the lives of those around them.
  • Genevieve’s story: A true story about a young driver and passenger involved in a road crash. Students analyse the crash and its contributing factors and develop plans for decision making in risky situations.

We thank all facilitators and presenters who led this program for students. More information about the RYDA Road Safety Education Program can be found at:

Sunshine Toyota is hosting a Young Driver Information Night on Wednesday 14th March, which will also be a valuable road safety learning experience for Senior College students. Click here to learn more about this upcoming event.

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Class Parent Representatives

Thank you to those parents in Prep H, M and P, 1S, 1R, 2C, 2G, 3D, 4C and 5C  who have nominated as Class Parent Representatives. If you think you would like to be a parent representative for your child’s class, please either advise your child’s teacher, Mrs Sue Kleinschmidt in the Junior College Office or myself.

National Ride2School Day

On Friday 23rd March, members of our community are urged to join over 300,000 students across Australia and adopt a wheeled mode of transport for Ride2School Day. The event is Australia’s largest celebration of active travel to school. If driving to school in the family car is your only option, you can still be TravelSmart by parking the car a short distance away and then riding (or scootering/walking) from there.

To register, visit: and follow the registration link. Register before 5.00pm on Friday 23 March to enter the draw for your chance to win great prizes including bike shop vouchers valued at $500, $200 and $100 (conditions apply).

For further information, email or call 07 5475 7272.

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

Food for Thought

Raising Motivated Kids

Many parents assume that it’s good to praise children’s abilities because it boosts their confidence and self-esteem, which in turn paves the way to success. However, a growing body of research suggests that praising children for their ability can, in some cases, negatively affect their love of learning, their ability to persist in the face of failure and their chances for success. 

People with a growth mindset attribute failure to a lack of effort or skill – things that can be improved through perseverance. When they fail, they don’t view themselves as failures. They believe that mistakes are just problems to be solved. Learn more at:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor


International Women's Day Breakfast

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Our next Aloha OCEANfest meeting…

Our next OCEANfest meeting will be held after the Pacific International Women’s Day Breakfast next Friday 9th March. We will meet at 8.45am at La Maison du Patissier, across the road from the College. Please feel welcome to come and chat about how you and your year level can be involved. Where possible, year level stalls will be finalised at this meeting so parent representatives can make a start on their planning. If you are new to the College and would like to meet other parents, this is a great opportunity. Please contact us at for further information.

OCEANfest is proudly supported by Newwave Orthodontics.

Coles Sports for Schools

Pacific is participating in the Coles Sports for Schools promotion. Simply collect the vouchers and follow the steps at: Our College will gain valuable sports equipment with every voucher collected.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News


Seven new LibGuides were added this week for the subject of Philosophy. Visit: to see guides on:

  • What is philosophy?
  • Metaphysics
  • Logic and reasoning
  • Ethics
  • Aesthetics
  • Epistemology
Book Club

Book Club order forms were distributed this week to Prep to Year 7 students. Orders must be in, either online or in person at the library, by Friday 9th March.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

From the Head of Career Development

USC Open Day

The USC Open Day will be held on 22nd July at the Sippy Downs campus. Open day dates for their other campuses are listed at:

Australian Catholic University (ACU)

New Courses

ACU has introduced three new programs including:

  • Bachelor of High Performance Sport for those seeking a career in the sport and/or the high performance sport industry working with elite athletes, professional sporting organisations, development, sub-elite or junior programs. It embeds work-integrated learning opportunities and can be completed in two and a half years, allowing progression into the workforce or into post-graduate study.
  • Bachelor of Sport and Outdoor Education for those seeking to be a HPE teacher or Outdoor Educator. Students can go on to complete a Masters of Teaching to be employable across Australia. Industry internships are available.
  • Bachelor of Human Services for those seeking to work in the disability, aged care or human services. The course involves two industry placements.

Community Achiever Program

Students who are regularly involved in volunteering (either through the College, community organisations, cultural or religious groups) or have leadership positions within the College may be eligible for the Community Achiever’s Program (CAP) offered by ACU. Students will be assessed on the nature of their involvement, the frequency and the duration. If accepted, students will receive reduced minimum entry scores (OP/Rank) and an early offer into an undergraduate degree. Applications for this program open on 1st May and close on 31st July. For more information, visit:

Latitude Global Volunteering

At the senior assembly on Tuesday 6th March, Latitude Global Volunteering will be speaking with students about their programs. Applications for their 2019 Gap Year Programs close shortly. For more information, visit:

Tertiary Bonus Schemes Are Changing

The Australian Government, in partnership with the Higher Education Sector, has made changes to the way universities explain their admissions processes. `OP cut-offs’ and ‘Bonus Schemes’ (Subject, School-Relationship, Elite Athlete, Equity, etc.) are changing to allow more transparent and consistent admissions terminology and language across Australia. Bonus Schemes are now known as `Adjustment Factors’. Each institution will outline the adjustment factors they offer. OP cut-offs will now be published showing the highest OP/Rank to receive an offer, the median OP/Rank and the lowest OP/Rank from the previous year. An online Information Hub is being developed by the Government and will be available around August, prior to QTAC applications.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Primary Lutheran Swimming Carnival

Last Friday morning a very excited group of 40 swimmers departed the College to compete in the Primary Lutheran Swimming Carnival. The carnival was attended by seven primary Lutheran schools from the Sunshine Coast and Brisbane’s northern suburbs.

Rainy conditions could not dampen the enthusiasm of our students, who displayed great team spirit and sportsmanship. Congratulations to Indah Suseno and Charlie Schefe who were named Pacific’s champion swimmers of the meet. At the end of the carnival, Pacific finished in third place behind Good Shepherd Lutheran College (second) and Immanuel Lutheran College (first).

Congratulations to all students who represented the College and thank you to all parents who cheered on our team and assisted in timekeeping on the day. 

Student Success - District Trials

Congratulations to the following students who were selected to represent the Independent District, after attending trials this week:

  • Katie Graves – U12 girls basketball
  • Gabrielle Gorham – U12 girls basketball
  • Ryan Salvesen – U12 boys basketball
  • Brock Rudes – U12 boys basketball
  • Macey Winter – U12 girls soccer

Selection trials for other sports will be held later this week and we wish all students attending the best of luck.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

SCISSA Results

Our Open Boys SCISSA soccer team had a dominant win over Matthew Flinders Anglican College. The final score was 6-0 and the MVP went to Isaac Mason.

The SCISSA volleyball results were as follows:






Yr 7/8 Boys




Coby Smith

Yr 7/8 Girls




Laura Callaghan

Yr 9/10 Boys A





Yr 9/10 Boys B





Yr 9/10 Girls Blue




Chloe Fleming

Yr 9/10 Girls Green




Georgie Jones

Yr 9/10 Girls White (2 games)


2-0 / 2-1

Win / Win

Katelyn Connors / Sophie Empson

Year 3-12 Cross Country

The Year 3-12 Cross Country Carnival will be held on Thursday 29th March (the last day of Term 1). Students are encouraged to train for this event with the PLC Run Club, which meets on Thursday mornings at 7.00am under the Year 4 building. Details of the carnival will be released in due course.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport


Club Sport

Pacific FC

It’s almost time to polish the boots as the 2018 season approaches!

Coaches and Managers Needed!

For teams to compete, they must have a coach and manager. There are one or two teams that still require coaches and managers. Please consider these roles if your child’s team is in need of either of these positions and contact a member of the Committee if you can assist. We have a Coaching Director (Rob Moffitt) who is working with the Committee on how best to support our caches and managers. We will provide some collaborative training sessions, some guidance with drills and training and some information on rules.

The coach directs and guides children on game days, plus holds a weekly training session on a day that suits. The Coach assigns team positions, encourages team bonding, boosts morale, offers guidance and values the importance of playing fair and having fun.

The team manager organises the weekly roster of washing jerseys, providing fruit for half time and organising the team’s allocated canteen roster. They also complete administration duties such as timesheets and communicate information to team parents.

Coaching and manager courses will be held again this year, details as follows:

  • U06 – U08 Clinic 1 – Tuesday 13th March from 6.00pm – 8.30pm at MultiSports North Shore
  • U09 – OLDER Clinic 2 – Tuesday 20th March from 6.00pm – 8.30pm at Frank McIvor Park Currimundi

Please RSVP your attendance to: as soon as possible.

SCCSA is also holding an information night for coaches and managers of U09+ on Wednesday 21st March at Stockland Stadium. The night will cover technical issues and FIFA laws of the game, so we highly recommend that you attend. Please RSVP your attendance to: as soon as possible.

Coaches and Managers Meeting – Saturday 3rd March

We are meeting this Saturday morning from 10.00am at the Pacific soccer canteen to go through a number of issues and ensure we can all hit the ground running. You will also be able to pick up your team equipment and jerseys at this session.

Sign-On Gear – Thursday 1st March

For those who have yet to pick up or receive their sign-on gear, please visit the soccer canteen this Thursday between 2.30pm – 3.30pm. Socks ($10) and shorts ($20) are available for purchase as well. EFTPOS available. The extra training shirts are yet to arrive however we are hoping to have these next week.


U6-U10 teams are now available to view on the Pacific Team app. The App can be downloaded to your phone and you can signup to access your team. It is the best way to ensure you don’t miss any important information, so please follow the link:

We also have some teams that need extra players:

  • 3 x U7 players (Year 1 team – must be born in 2011 or 2012
  • 2 x U8 players (Year 2 team) – must be born 2010 or 2011

U6-U10 Rooball Carnival and Grading Round A – Saturday 10th March

Next week is a Rooball Carnival for the U06-U10 teams, while the U11-U13 teams play in grading matches at Pacific (home ground). The game times are available on: or on the SCCSA website:

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

Team training continued this week in the lead-up to the commencement of the season, which kicks off on 10th March with the Association march past and Round Robin Grading Day.

We are in the process of finalising teams however additional players are still welcome. If you would like to play netball on a Saturday morning, we would love to hear from you via our Facebook page.

Stay up-to-date via Facebook and our website!

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club President

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

Please note the Uniform Shop will be closed on the following dates at the end of this term:

  • Friday 23rd March
  • Wednesday 28th March
  • Thursday 29th March

In lieu of these dates, the shop will be open from Monday 19th to Thursday 22nd March. Please remember that if your child requires a house shirt for the Cross Country Carnival (Thursday 29th March), you will need to visit the shop or order online prior to Thursday 22nd March.

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

2 Clean Up Australia Day
5 Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm-4.15pm)
9 International Women's Day Breakfast (7.00am-8.00am)
12 Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm-4.15pm)
15 Years 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 1
16 Pacific As A Peace Place Day
17  Academic Scholarship Test
20 Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)
20-22 P-5 Conferences and Portfolios
22 Year 7 and 10 Immunisations
24 Music Scholarship Test
  Earth Hour
27-28 Middle College Conferences
29 K-12 Chapel
  Years 3-12 Cross Country Carnival (10.00am-3.00pm)
  Term 1 Concludes