Compass No 489 - March 2018

From the Principal

Celebrating Diversity

Harmony Day in Australia celebrates the richness of our cultural diversity. Celebrated on 21st March, it coincides with the United Nations International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination. Australia is one of the most successful multicultural countries that includes the oldest continuous culture in the world and those of our most recent arrivals. The melding of these cultures has contributed to an integrated multicultural Australia that is part of our national identity.

Each of us needs to play our part in being inclusive in our relationships and fostering commitment to a common set of Australian values where the dignity and wellbeing of each person is protected and preserved. In His commandment for us to “love our neighbour as ourselves”, God was instructing us to see all people as our neighbours.

Principal's Log

Typically at the end of Term 1, Year 5-12 students engage in the Pacific As A Peace Place audit. Through this survey, students have the opportunity to provide feedback about their wellbeing and the wellbeing of their peers. It includes the opportunity for students to report anonymously if they or their peers have been harassed or experienced bullying in either the face to face or the online environment. This audit supplements the proactive approaches the College takes to build a safe and positive learning environment. Each year the results of this survey have reflected very positively on the social culture of the College. We encourage all students and families to continue to be proactive in working with the College in standing up against and reporting instances where harassment occurs. Students are completing the audit in the final weeks of this term.

Every second year, parents, staff and students are invited to be part of the Quality Schools Survey conducted by Lutheran Education Australia. All staff and families of the College will be invited to provide feedback via this survey early in Term 2. Students from Years 5-12 will also be invited to complete the survey at the College. Details about the survey are provided later in this newsletter. Where families do not wish their children or themselves to be part of the survey, you are asked to notify the main office via email: The survey data will provide important information for the next phase of our strategic planning, which will happen in Term 3 of this year. All families are encouraged to participate where possible.

Congratulations to our Senior Boys SCISSA Soccer team who won their grand final yesterday against Glasshouse Christian College. This was Pacific’s fifth consecutive grand final appearance in the Senior Boys SCISSA Soccer and our third straight premiership. Well done to all players and thank you to Mr Brendan Delaney for coaching the team.

We congratulate Karla Lowe who was selected as a reserve for the Queensland Schoolgirls Water Polo team who will travel to Perth in May to participate in the Australian Schools Sport Championship. She and Cosette Winter were members of the successful Sunshine Coast 13-17 Years Water Polo Girls team that earned a silver medal at the Queensland Schools Water Polo Championships last week.

It was heartening to be at the Friends of Pacific meeting this week and feel the energy of the group who are well underway in the planning of the Aloha OCEANfest 2018. We thank all of the members of the OCEANfest planning group and particularly Mrs Teena Thompson who has taken on the role of OCEANfest Convenor for 2018. 

We look forward to finishing the term strongly and the Cross Country Carnvial next Thursday. We thank God for the cultural diversity within our community and pray for respectful relationships in our homes, places of work and learning, in our country and across the world.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

Quality Schools Survey 2018

This year, Pacific will be participating in collection of information through a survey managed by Research Australia Development and Innovation Institute (RADII). The College and Lutheran Education Australia will use the data collected to develop strategies and implement initiatives to improve the quality of education offered by Lutheran schools.

The survey period will commence early in May with invitations and individual survey links emailed early in Term 2.

  • Students from Year 5-12 will receive an invitation to participate through their school email address and will complete their surveys during class time.
  • Parents and staff will also receive an invitation to respond to the survey and we encourage all parents to participate in the survey.

All survey responses go directly to RADII and are not identifiable by the College, unless you wish to indicate that you want your feedback to be recognised. All data will be stored securely and the anonymity of all participants is assured.

Should you wish to not participate in the survey or you do not want your child to participate, please notify the main office via email: by next Wednesday 28th March.

We encourage you to participate in the survey to provide valuable feedback to the College. When the feedback from the survey is received we will share the findings with you. Thank you for supporting the survey process.

From the College Pastor

King Without A Crown

Maybe you, like me, have been engrossed with the Netflix series ‘The Crown’. I can thoroughly recommend it if you have Netflix. The acting is great, the plot draws you in and the sheer determination of Queen Elizabeth to withstand all the pressures, scandals, and changes in the world is a captivating story. In the midst of it all she remains loyal to her duties and service of the crown as she leads Britain. This image of the crown, which is how each episode begins, is a central image for any member of royalty, any queen or king.

This Sunday, Christians celebrate another person of royalty. A king who claimed to be king of the Jews as well as of you and me. On Palm Sunday, Christians remember Jesus’ entry into the city of Jerusalem as Messiah. As a member of the royal family of David, Jesus rides into Jerusalem as king. However he is a different kind of king, he is a King without a Crown. He rides into the city not in a princely carriage, chariot or even on a stunning stallion or warhorse. This king rides through the cheering crowds on a borrowed donkey. Jesus’ entry into Jerusalem that day reflected the way he lived his life and how he saw himself as king.

People looked to Jesus wanting a great powerful man who would usurp the government but what they got was a servant king, an upside down Messiah, a poor humble man who would soon be killed and wear a different sort of crown, a crown of thorns. Some people got it, some didn’t. Today some people get who Jesus is and some people don’t. Some people look for a king who is all-powerful and uses force but Jesus shows us a different kind of king. A king that brings good news for us.

The good news is that God comes to us in unexpected, upside down ways. We want proof that he is the mighty king of the universe and God sends us a humble man on a borrowed donkey. We want God to get rid of all of our enemies. God says you can love them. You can do it. I’ll give you my love that sacrifices and kills itself for you and your enemies. We want God to do the spectacular, be the miracle maker and solve all our problems and hurts. God says trust me. I will lead you through it. You are not alone.

As we progress through this last week of term, may God give you hope. The hope that comes from a different sort of king, a King without a Crown.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior Students

International Women's Day

Last Friday, we celebrated International Women’s Day and held a breakfast at the College. Thank you to our community for supporting this event. A special thank you also to those who led different parts of this event including Mrs Leanne Bevis, Hospitality students, Mrs Emma Lendrum, Mrs Rhana Holt, Mrs Michiko Hauser, student performers, Mrs Aleisha Tuaine, Mr Steven Lake, Mr Adrian King, Mr Brendan Delaney, Grounds and Maintenance Staff, student leaders (Year 9 and 12 Captains) and Stephanie Keenan.


On Wednesday 14th March, Year 11 student Stephanie cut her ponytail and has been raising money for the Leukaemia Foundation. At the breakfast, she delivered the following speech:

“Good morning everyone. On the 14th March I turned 16 years old, this means a learner’s licence, one year closer to finishing school and another year of growing. It’s a milestone. But imagine being unsure whether you or your child would reach this milestone, or any milestone for that matter. Leukaemia affects people of all ages and currently there is no way to cure the disease. On the 14th March along with turning 16, my mother and I cut our hair to help raise money and awareness for leukaemia.

More than 13,000 people are diagnosed with a type of blood cancer each year. 4900 of these cases will prove to be fatal, making blood cancer the third biggest cause of cancer death in Australia.

In today’s society beauty is often generally based around looks. Many believe that beauty is made up from factors such as your height, your weight and even the length of your hair. I believe beauty revolves around none of these things and every single boy, girl, mother, father, adult and child deserves to feel beautiful. Being a young person with no hair because of the effects of chemotherapy, I can only imagine would be terrifying. I want to be able to give someone the gift of hair, something so simple that so many take for granted will mean the world to someone. In 16 years I’ve not wanted to cut my hair in fear of what others will think. However, the thought that I will be gifting someone the comfort of something I take for granted eases this fear.”


An important component in student development is inspiring in them to adopt a sense of civic responsibility to the communities they live in. Volunteering their time in assisting others is a pursuit that will benefit their personal growth and lifelong experiences immensely. A number of students took part in ANZAC Day services last year and we encourage students again to participate this year. Information about this event will be communicated next week.

Miss Kim Stone, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Prep - Year 5 Conferences

It was wonderful to see the large number of parents attending the Prep – Year 5 Conferences this week. As the learning journey at Pacific is shared between parents, staff and students, these conferences play an important role in enabling parents to be a part of their child’s growth and development.

Harmony Day

Thank you to Mrs Joanne Bailey, Mrs Sue Warren and staff who coordinated and organised Harmony Day activities and events on Wednesday for our Prep – Year 5 students. Harmony Day is about inclusiveness, respect and belonging for all Australians, regardless of cultural or linguistic background. As Australians, the tolerant nature of our society, which exists in a world of intolerance, is something we need to support, celebrate, appreciate and maintain.

National Ride2School Day

This Friday 23rd March is National Ride2School Day. The event is Australia’s largest celebration of active travel to school. To register, visit: and follow the registration link. Register before 5.00pm on Friday 23rd March to enter the draw for your chance to win great prizes including bike shop vouchers valued at $500, $200 and $100 (conditions apply).

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

Food for Thought

Understanding Children’s Development

Understanding what our children are wrestling with and the developmental goals they are working towards will make their more ‘frustrating’ behaviours easier to deal with. Things will run smoother if we can give them the space and support they need by responding to situations with greater wisdom, clarity and with more appropriate consequences. Learn more at:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank You

Thank you to the many new faces at our meetings this year! It has been wonderful to welcome these parents on-board. We thank everyone for their time, energy and ideas, it is greatly appreciated! 

ALOHA OCEANfest 2018

Our year level stalls have now been confirmed for Aloha OCEANfest 2018, click here to view. Our fabulous parent representatives will be in touch with their class groups to provide further information and outline how you can be involved. Our sponsorship team will shortly begin contacting local businesses regarding the promotional opportunities available. 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.

April Meeting

The next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 17th April (first day of Term 2) from 6.30pm in the College Library. All welcome to attend!

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Outside School Hours Care

Vacation Care

The school holidays are almost upon us! If you are looking for vacation care that is full of fun, why not book your children into our fantastic program here at Pacific’s OSHC. Our program has been planned around the children’s ideas and interests. With incursions like bubble soccer, in house activities such as engineering day and interactive excursions to Sea Life Mooloolaba and Maleny Dairy, there is something for everyone!

Please contact us for more information on:

The program and booking form can also be accessed at:

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, OSHC Service Leader

Library News

Over Due Items and Holiday Borrowing

This week, parents were emailed if their child has overdue items at the library. Parents are asked to remind their children to return items to the library before the end of term. Items that were due in February or earlier and have not been returned, will have the cost added to your fee account. Once students have returned their overdue books, they may borrow up to 10 books for the holidays.

Write Like An Author

Does your child love to write stories? Do they dream of being an author? Over the upcoming school holidays, a camp for young writers will be held on the Coast. Write like an Author is an internationally acclaimed course that teaches young people the skills and techniques that professional authors use to create stories. During the camp, each participant will develop and write an original creative story under the guidance of well-known author and writing coach Brian Falkner. Brian is an internationally published children’s author with 18 books published in more than 13 countries. Click here to learn more.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

From the Head of Learning Enrichment

Lunch Bunch Activities

During lunchtimes, our Learning Enrichment aides have been hosting ‘Lunch Bunch’ activities in the LEC rooms. Lunch Bunch offers a range of fun learning activities for students of all ages such as balloon tower challenges, origami, pipe cleaner construction and rocket building. Anyone is welcome to join in!


Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment

Junior College

Hiragana Belt Grading

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

  • Monday 26th March
  • Tuesday 27th March

Students can attend on either 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

Afterschool Mathematics Tutoring

Parents are advised that Monday afterschool Mathematics tutoring has now concluded for the term. Tutoring will recommence in Week 2 of next term.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Mathematics

Cultural News

ACM Awards Night

On Saturday night, two of our Speech and Drama students, Mia Bradshaw and Gabrielle Donato, received awards at the Australian College of Music (ACM) Annual Awards Night in Brisbane. It was a particularly special occasion as the ACM celebrated its 50-year anniversary.

Each year, Speech and Drama students have the option of sitting a practical exam with the ACM and in 2017 we had more than 30 students participate. All of those students received Merit or Honours. The highest scoring Honours students in the state are then eligible for gold and silver medals at the annual awards night.


Mia (currently in Year 8) was presented with a gold medal, topping the state in her grade level. Gabrielle, who graduated Year 12 in 2017, received a silver medal. Gabrielle’s outstanding performance in her Grade VII Speech and Drama exam was recognised by the University of Queensland in her tertiary application, providing her with a competitive rank to gain entrance to the Languages Department.

A huge congratulations to both Mia and Gabrielle and well done to all Speech and Drama students who put in an enormous amount of work with their exam pieces.

Mrs Lisa McKibben, Speech and Drama Tutor

From the Head of Career Development

QLD Police Recruiting Information Seminar

Get up-to-date and first-hand information on careers with the QLD Police Force on Wednesday 28th March from 6.00pm – 7.30pm at the Glasshouse Mountains Sports Club (902 Steve Irwin Way Glasshouse Mountains). For further details and to register, visit:

Careers with STEM – Online Magazines

The Careers with STEM website has recently released its 2018 Careers with Science and Careers with Health magazines. The magazines are packed full of short articles, information about courses, case studies and activities.

Female Engineering Scholarships

Female Year 12 students interested in studying engineering at the University of Queensland next year should be aware of the following scholarships, which they can apply for once they gain entry to the course. Visit the links below for more information:

National Youth Science Forum (NYSF) 2018

NYSF is a 12-day residential program that runs during the school holidays each January in Brisbane and Canberra. The program is for students entering Year 12 who are passionate about Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM). Students can apply to attend this program through their local Rotary Club. Expressions of interest are now open and will close on 31st May. Visit the NYSF website for detailed information about applications.

Interstate Student and Family Day – University of Melbourne

The University of Melbourne is holding an information day for interstate students and their families on Monday 16th April from 8.30am – 3.30pm. This event is for interstate students who are thinking of attending the University of Melbourne to study an undergraduate degree. There will be presentations about the university, undergraduate degrees and graduate pathways, scholarships, student services, accommodation options and financial assistance. Visit the website for details and to register.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Secondary Sport

Senior Boys SCISSA Soccer

Our Year 11 and 12 SCISSA soccer team took on Glasshouse Christian College in the grand final yesterday afternoon at Maroochydoore Soccer Fields. They were down one nil early in the match but held in the game thanks to some excellent goal keeping by Tom Evans-Butcher. The rain came down at half time but this didn’t dampen the boys’ enthusiasm! They come out strong after the break and scored two goals to win the game 2-1. It was a sensational effort from all players. This was Pacific’s fifth consecutive Senior Boys SCISSA soccer grand final appearance and their third straight premiership. Congratulations to all players and a special thank you to Mr Brendan Delaney for coaching this team.

Student Success

Congratulations to the following students who have been selected for regional teams:

  • Brooklyn Graves – Open girls basketball
  • Joseph Higginson and Rex Pollock – Open boys soccer
  • Georgia Harle – Open girls soccer
  • Cosette Winter – Open girls water polo
  • Karla Lowe – Open girls water polo

A special mention to Karla Lowe who has been selected for the Queensland Schoolgirls Water Polo team following the State Championships held on the Sunshine Coast last week.

Cross Country

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Monday Night Netball Results






PLC 1 (Snr A)




Yasmin Ritchters

PLC 2 (Snr B)




Abbey Woods

PLC 3 (Int A)




Ella Hockam

PLC 4 (Jnr A)




Gabrielle Gorham





Abigail Tracey





Ruby Akporhonor

SCISSA Volleyball Results

The SCISSA volleyball results are as follows:






Yr 7/8 Boys




Coby Smith

Yr 7/8 Girls




Gabrielle Rattey

Yr 9/10 Boys A




Dempsey Hall

Yr 9/10 Boys B





Yr 9/10 Girls Blue




Shyla Cooke

Yr 9/10 Girls Green




Rebecca Lewis

Yr 9/10 Girls White




Brooklyn Graves

Caloundra Basketball Programs

Caloundra Basketball offers a range of programs for children of all ages and abilities; visit the links below for more information:

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC

For the second week in a row, many games were cancelled due to the weather and field conditions. Please keep your eyes on our communications this week, as there is some rain forecast.

We were lucky to get our U6s and U7s on the fields last Saturday. It was fantastic to see some first year players getting their boots dirty. We may have even seen some future Matildas or Socceroos!

Games This Week

Pacific FC is hosting home games this week, so please make sure you check game times, canteen rosters and field set-up/pack-up rosters. We need to make sure we fill all the spots. If you cannot do your rostered time, please ensure someone covers for you. Thank you to our awesome Pacific FC helpers that set up the canteen and the fields last weekend. The College’s mobile coffee machine got some great reviews.


Brisbane Roar Program (RAP)

We had an amazing turnout for the Brisbane Roar sessions and all children had a great time. We have the final session planned for this Friday. Keep your eyes on our communications for updates in case of rain.

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 (Grounds)
  • Rob Moffitt (Director of Coaching)
  • Rita Williams (Equipment)
  • Margie Hickey (Uniforms)
  • Paul McFadyen (Grounds)

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

PLC Netball Club

Well done to all of our teams on their start to the season. The teams are developing and our community grows as a result. Grading will be completed this weekend.

As part of our Junior Leaders Program, our senior teams have been allocated a permanent team captain. Congratulations to the following players who have been elected for 2018:

  • PLC Thoroughbreds – Tayla Gorham;
  • PLC Arabians – Amie Hague; and
  • PLC Fillies –Ainslie Colton and Gabriel Rattey.

Congratulations to Ella Ousley who last week was re-graded to a ‘Junior A’ umpire. This allows Ella to umpire any of the PLC games without supervision. We also wish Tayla Gorham the best of luck as she embarks on her assessment as a ‘National C’ umpire. When completed, this qualification will allow Tayla to umpire any women’s junior games played within the Caloundra Association and to undertake competency assessments of our Junior Umpires. 

Every week an encouragement award is presented to a player in each of our teams. Well done to our players of the week for 14th March:

  • PLC Thoroughbreds – Gabby Gorham;
  • PLC Arabians – Roze Stockwell
  • PLC Fillies – Sofia Aronsson;
  • PLC Ponies – Ella Kidd;
  • PLC Palominos – Taylor Mikolic; and
  • PLC Mustangs – Maddison Clues.

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

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club President

Uniform Shop

Now Closed for Term 1

The Uniform Shop is now closed for Term 1 and will reopen in Term 2 on Tuesday 17th April from 8.00am. This also includes online ordering through FlexiSchools.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop Convenor

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Holy Week and Easter 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

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)