Compass No 488 - March 2018

From the Principal

Standing Up For Pacific As A Peace Place

This Friday 16th March is the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence where school communities are invited to imagine a world free of bullying. A world where the dignity and worth of all people is respected. At Pacific we take a proactive response and aim to grow young people through immersion in a culture of respectful relationships. There is the intentional teaching and living of values of love, compassion, courage, acceptance, empathy, humility, appreciation, service and forgiveness on a daily basis. 

Times of stillness and reflection are key to growing a culture of respectfulness within ourselves. Slowing down our emotional responses, honestly recognising our own strengths and needs and those of another person helps us to engage thoughtfully with each other. It is helpful to reflect on the culture of respectfulness within our minds, our families and our groups. To slow down, be thoughtful and to build others up is almost counter cultural. The first step towards a world free of bullying is within our grasp. We can establish a personal commitment to thinking and acting respectfully towards all people as individuals, as a family unit and within our place of learning and work. In the words of the eighth commandment, “to put the best construction” on our interactions.

Before God we are all simultaneously saints and sinners. God’s love and grace for humanity is unlimited. There is plenty for us to share around.

Principal's Log

On Saturday night, 28 of our Year 7-12 Music students entertained the Lutheran Women of the West Moreton Shire. The performances of the Brass Ensemble, Pacific Voices and individual soloists were greatly appreciated with the group even receiving a standing ovation. The ladies appreciated the musical talent of our students as well as their warmth and generosity. We thank our students and our Music leaders Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Mr Adrian King and Mr Steven Lake for providing such a meaningful evening.

We congratulate our STEM team who won the Sunshine Coast Science and Engineering Challenge yesterday at the University of the Sunshine Coast. The Challenge is part of a nationwide STEM outreach program presented by the University of Newcastle in partnership with communities, Rotary clubs, universities and sponsors. Throughout the day, our Year 10 students competed against seven other schools in the region, undertaking various hands-on challenges. This term, our students have been engaged in exciting learning within the STEM area across Mathematics, Science, Design Technology and Information Technology and within our newly instigated Year 9 and 10 STEM courses. We congratulate our students and thank teachers Mrs Marnie Whittaker, Mrs Claire Richards and Mr Wes Warner for their leadership and guidance in this area as well as Miss Rebecca Ross, Mrs Janine Stone, Mr Ian Learoyd and Mr Adam Doyle who contribute to STEM learning as Heads of Departments.

We encourage all families to take advantage of the Prep – Year 5 conferences in the coming week and remind Middle and Senior College families that they will receive a report at the end of Term 1 and have their conferences on 18th – 19th April and 23rd – 24th April respectively. Middle College families are asked to note that their conference days are different to those listed in the College calendar.

May God give us the insight, humility, courage and compassion to always speak and act in a way that builds up those around us.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


Speak the truth in love. – Ephesians 4:15

Being honest and speaking the truth is a hard thing to do sometimes. We don’t like to speak up for the truth when we are scared of what others will think of us or when we feel people will judge us, criticise us or put us down. At these times speaking the truth takes courage and strength. Courage to be honest in front of our peers and to speak our minds and strength to speak up for what we know is right and true. This is what we are called to do as we practise honesty, to ‘speak the truth’ and to ‘speak up’ for the truth.

Yet for people to hear the truth, especially in situations when it is hard to hear, we need to be careful. When our words could come across the wrong way and be taken as a personal attack, we need to be mindful of speaking the truth ‘in love’. Jesus said when telling his parables, “Those with ears let them hear”. When we speak the truth in love, we are speaking to others mindfully. We are mindful of our words coming across in a loving, careful manner. When we speak the truth in this way, people will usually be more inclined to hear the message with open ears and hearts. Speaking the truth in love takes courage, wisdom and forethought but it is a great principle to live by. In doing so we are practising honesty, which is about integrity, authenticity and truth telling, especially when we are tempted to be silent. May God bless you with honesty and speaking the truth in love today and always.

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 Peace Place – National Day of Action Against Bullying

This Friday 16th March, we will celebrate ‘Pacific as a Peace Place’ in recognition of the National Day of Action Against Bullying. 

Over the last fortnight, Middle and Senior College students have reflected on the devotion thread 'sense of purpose' in their PCGs. Each PCG then created a piece of artwork, which was based on the students’ reflections and focused on the essence of a community (pictured left is an example from Mumba House).

The devotion thread for this week is ‘honesty’. We walk with students to guide them on the importance of being honest with others and with themselves.

Each and everyday, we can ‘take a stand together’ to make Pacific a Peace Place, through ‘Care, Dignity and Respect’ of others, property and self!

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

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

Prep - Year 5 Conferences

Research continues to recognise the important role that parent support plays in creating an environment where children can reach their academic potential. Next week, parent teacher conferences will be held for Prep – Year 5 students. The conferences provide an ideal opportunity for parents, teachers and students to discuss each child’s progression and development. We encourage parents to attend these conferences as an important element of each child’s learning journey.

Class Parent Representatives

Every Prep – Year 5 class now has a parent representative. Thank you to those parents who have volunteered for these important roles. During the Prep – Year 5 Chapel this Friday, the parent representatives will be inducted into their roles and then attend a welcome morning tea.

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

Food for Thought

Negativity and the Brain

How do we help our children achieve the optimum balance between negativity and positivity? How do we help them become positive thinkers? For more information, visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Aloha OCEANfest 2018

Aloha! Thank you to all who attended our OCEANfest coffee morning at La Maison du Patisserie last week. It proved very productive and all of our year level stalls were discussed and fine-tuned. In the coming weeks, parent representatives from each year level will be in touch with class groups to outline the stall ideas and how you can be involved in the festival.

We warmly welcome Mrs Teena Thompson as our OCEANfest Convenor for 2018. Teena has always given great energy and thoughtfulness to all FoP activities she’s been involved in, including previous OCEANfests. Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh will again support the year level stalls with encouragement and guidance. Our sponsorship team will shortly begin contacting local businesses outlining the promotional opportunities on offer. Sponsorship of OCEANfest 2018 is a unique opportunity to connect with our ever growing and diverse community. Throughout the years of successful OCEANfests, we have forged many successful partnerships that have enabled us to raise funds, support our community and our students’ academic, sporting, social and cultural experiences. Our logistics team have also begun their meticulous planning with a particular focus on the use of space and equipment. To join any of the teams, please email

Coles Sports for Schools

Thank you to everyone who has been collecting the Coles Sports for Schools vouchers. We have collection boxes at Kawana and Caloundra Coles as well as the Junior and Middle / Senior College offices. Simply collect vouchers and follow the steps at: Our College will gain valuable sports equipment with every voucher collected.

Next FoP Meeting

The next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 20th March from 6.30pm in the College library. All welcome to attend!

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Junior College

Hiragana Belt Grading

The Primary Japanese Department invites all Year 4 and 5 students to be ‘Hiragana Belt Graded’ this term. Grading will be held on the following dates:

  • Monday 19th March
  • Tuesday 20th March
  • Monday 26th March
  • Tuesday 27th March

Students can attend on any of these days. We have accredited Middle College Black Belt Senseis who will kindly volunteer their time to grade students in either White Belt or Yellow Belt.


Any queries can be directed to Mrs Joanne Bailey directly -

Mrs Joanne Bailey, Head of Japanese P-5

Secondary College

Year 11 Biology Excursion

Earlier this term, Year 11 Biology students went on a two-day excursion, visiting Woodfordia and various sites of Petrie Creek. On the first day, we went to an area just outside of Woombye and another in Florabunda where, with our two ECOllaboration instructors, we tested for various water parameters. The tool we used was a Horiba U-50, which can measure 11 parameters simultaneously. At an approximate cost of $6000, we appreciated using the technology currently used by Environmental Project Managers in the field. Due to the fact that one location was upstream and the other downstream, there was a difference in results. We found that Woombye had lower dissolved oxygen, cleaner water, lower turbidity, increased flow and shallower water compared to Florabunda, which was downstream. Our next line of testing involved macroinvertebrates. Stephanie, Layka, Olivia and Georgia put on waders and using a technique referred to as ‘boot scootin’, caught some macroinvertebrates for us to identify and analyse. The biotic data proved that the pollution in the water was very low at Woombye but moderate downstream at Florabunda. One of our last stops for the day was Australia’s largest residential floating wetland at Parklands II. Here they use the bacteria inoculated root systems of the floating wetlands to filter storm water contaminates that end up in urban bodies of water.

On the second day we started at Woodfordia and learnt about mycelium, which is the vegetative part of fungi, from Dr Sandra Tuszynska. We split into groups and participated in an experiment called Battell, to watch the growth of mycelium, the decomposers of the natural world. We then travelled to Mary Cairn Cross Reserve in Maleny, where we walked through the Rainforest and identified different species of mushrooms growing on decaying and dead matter such as fallen trees.

Dr Sandra Tuszynska spoke to us about mycelium all around the world. She explained how fungi helps to regenerate the Earth and decompose dead matter. There are an estimated 1.5 to 5 million species of fungi yeasts and moulds and we learnt that certain species, including the oyster mushroom, produce enzymes that break down the tough, aromatic hydrocarbons found in petroleum, in addition to soaking up heavy metals like mercury. The presentation also included a variety of interesting facts about the cellular structure of mycelium and how they use enzymes. In addition, Dr Tuszynska discussed how they are important in the sustainability of forests because plants ‘talk’ to each other via the Wood Wide Web.

Overall, the two-day excursion was a great experience for the whole class, as it built on what we are learning in class and was presented in a fun, interactive and entertaining way. There were many different activities and lessons that will definitely assist us not only this year with our exams but also in our future endeavours.

Joseph Higginson and Rebekah Pierce, Year 11 Biology Students

From the Head of Career Development

World Science Festival 12th – 25th March

Many universities offer STEM workshops and events during the World Science Festival in Brisbane, which can expose students to various fields they may be considering for future careers. To find out more, view the full program at:

SPARQ-ed Senior Research Immersion Program

SPARQ-ed (Students Performing Advanced Research Queensland) provides research immersion programs at UQ's Diamantina Institute. Year 11 and 12 students can apply for the upcoming Senior Research Immersion Program in the Easter break from 9th – 13th April. Learn more at:

National Youth Science Forum 2019

The National Youth Science Forum is for Year 11 students interested in science and technology careers. The residential program is held over two weeks in the January break. Applications for next year’s program close on 31st May 2018. To learn more, visit:

UQ Experience Science

Experience Science provides Year 10-12 students with the opportunity to discover what it’s like to study science at UQ and learn how science is applied in industry and everyday life. The free event is facilitated by experts from UQ and industry through a series of hands-on, interactive science workshops. The workshops will be held on 13th, 17th, 18th and 19th July. To learn more, visit:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Secondary Sport

Monday Night Netball Results






PLC 1 (Snr A)




Emma Frohmuller

PLC 2 (Snr B)




Louella Hindmarsh and Kassidy McAuliffe

PLC 3 (Int A)




Chelsea Kidd

PLC 4 (Jnr A)




April Romagnoli





Katie Graves





Amie Hague

SCISSA Results

Again due to the weather this week, the Open Boys SCISSA soccer match was rescheduled to Monday 19th March.

The SCISSA volleyball results are as follows:






Yr 7/8 Boys




Harrison Hockam

Yr 7/8 Girls




Chantelle Page

Yr 9/10 Boys A





Yr 9/10 Boys B




Nicholas Masson

Yr 9/10 Girls Blue




Olivia Gartrell

Yr 9/10 Girls Green





Yr 9/10 Girls White




Brooklyn Graves

Cross Country

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Last week was a false start for a lot of teams due to the weather but fingers crossed for this week. Please continue to check our Facebook page and Team App to keep up-to-date with the latest, as there is still some rain forecast this week.

Games This Week

Pacific FC is hosting home games this week, so please make sure you check game times, canteen rosters and field setup/pack up rosters. We need to make sure we fill all spots. If you cannot do your rostered job, please ensure someone covers for you.

Brisbane Roar Program (RAP)

Last week’s session was cancelled due to the weather but we have amended the program so that we have longer sessions this Friday 16th and next Friday 23rd March. Please continue to check our Facebook page and Team App for updates on this program.

Pacific FC Merchandise

Make sure you check out our brand new caps and jackets. We will have them on display and available for purchase this weekend. Jackets are $35 and are caps $15.

Pacific FC Sponsors

We are very lucky to have such wonderful and supportive sponsors. The businesses that help our club and children with Encouragement Awards and sponsorship need to be supported themselves, so please make sure that you show your patronage to them. When you use your vouchers please say thank you and let them know that Pacific FC supports them. Please use the vouchers with some discretion (do not use all the vouchers at once) and also keep in mind that some have expiry dates and terms/conditions.

Pacific FC Contacts

  • Jenny Lee (Canteen)
  • Lisa Ackerman (Registrations)
  • Louise Currey (Treasurer)
  • Esta Styles (Vice President)
  • Matt Gigney (President)
  • Zane Russell
  • Rob Moffitt (Director of Coaching)
  • Rita Williams
  • Paul McFadyen

If you have any queries, or if you need any further assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us at:

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC 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.

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

Upcoming Music Concert

Concertedly Baroque

Noosa Chorale presents Concertedly Baroque on Saturday 26th May. The Chorale will perform Bach’s Magnificat and Handel’s Dixit Dominus and will feature five Brisbane-based soloists along with the 21-piece Noosa Sinfonia. To learn more, 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

16 International Women's Day Breakfast (7.00am-8.00am)
  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
29 K-12 Chapel
  Years 3-12 Cross Country Carnival (10.00am-3.00pm)
  Term 1 Concludes
16 Staff Day
17 Term 2 Commences
  Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)
18 Years 11-12 SCISSA Volleyball Begins
18-19 Middle College Conferences
23 P-5 ANZAC Day Service
23-24 Senior College Interviews
24 Years 6-12 ANZAC Day Service
25 ANZAC Day Public Holiday
29 St Mark's @ Pacific Grow and Share - Pet Blessing
  PLC OPEN DAY (12.30-3.30pm)