Open Day

Compass No 491 - April 2018


Volunteers Required!

Calling all parents, grandparents and friends of the Pacific community! We would love to see some new faces at the Tuckshop this term! Your time and effort will be most appreciated by staff and students. If you are unsure about what is involved, please feel free to pop in, meet our Tuckshop Convenor and have a look around. There are jobs to suit everyone and it’s a great way to meet new people and lend a helping hand. Click here to download the Volunteer Form.

Ms Carrie Dickson, Tuckshop Convenor

Volunteers Required!

Calling all parents, grandparents and friends of the Pacific community! We would love to see some new faces at the Tuckshop this term! Your time and effort will be most appreciated by staff and students. If you are unsure about what is involved, please feel free to pop in, meet our Tuckshop Convenor and have a look around. There are jobs to suit everyone and it’s a great way to meet new people and lend a helping hand. Click here to download the Volunteer Form.

Ms Carrie Dickson, Tuckshop Convenor

From the Principal

Congratulations Kaylee!

As a community we congratulate Year 12 student Kaylee McKeown on her selection and performance as a member of the Australian Swimming team for the recent Commonwealth Games. Kaylee swam in the 400m individual medley, 100m backstroke and 200m backstroke and came fourth in the finals of the 100m and 200m events.  To achieve at this elite level has required many years of commitment, courage and character.

It was a joy for us to watch Kaylee compete at these events and witness a highly skilled athlete perform in the pool as one of the world’s best. Her skill, courage and tenacity to get back to fourth place after coming into contact with the lane ropes in the 100m backstroke was the mark of a true champion. We are all very proud of Kaylee and wish her all the best as she continues to grow and develop in a very demanding sport.

Principal's Log

We warmly welcome everyone to the start of Term 2, including our new families and students who have joined us. We also welcome new teachers Mr Joshua Cummins and Mrs Kate Vaney. Mr Cummins has joined us from St Theresa’s College to teach Middle and Senior College Science and Mathematics and also brings with him experience as an environmental scientist. Mrs Vaney will be teaching Middle and Senior College Business and Information Technology in place of Mrs Emma Middleton, who will finish at the end of this week to take up a full time teaching position in Rockhampton. Mrs Vaney has worked in Education Queensland and in the business sector. We thank Mrs Middleton for her commitment and generosity of spirit as she has very capably supported student learning in Information Technology and Business and contributed to strategic thinking in the area of information technology. We also congratulate Mrs Kim Bonello (Miss Kim Stone) on her marriage at the end of last term. We wish Mrs Middleton, Mr Cummins, Mrs Vaney and Mrs Bonello God’s richest blessings as they each begin a new path in their lives.

Over the holiday break, a team of Year 5-7 students participated in the Armidale Rugby Carnival. In the lead up to the carnival, the boys benefitted from the coaching of Mr Darren Hooper and past student Mr Jordan McLeod. They played with great spirit and were very competitive in a high quality competition under the guidance of coaches Mr Scott Crompton, Mr Josh Danzey and Mr Jordan McLeod. Well done to our rugby boys and thank you to our coaches. We look forward to the team building from this strong foundational experience.

The College now provides parents and teachers with access to SchoolTV, which is a digital wellbeing platform aimed at providing parents with ready access to information about a range of issues affecting youth from some of Australia’s leading experts including Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. Families are encouraged to read the following article about SchoolTV and to then explore the range of topics available. We thank the wellbeing team of Mr David Druery, Mr Brendan Delaney and Mrs Kim Bonello for leading this initiative.

Open Day on Sunday 29th April provides the opportunity for current and new families to explore the next phase of their child’s learning. Education, like others areas of life, is changing rapidly. Open Day offers all members of the community, including current families, the opportunity to connect with staff and students, learn about new developments in their areas of interest and also about the wider opportunities available at the College. Families are encouraged to invite friends who may be interested in learning about the College.

May God guide and encourage us as we grow together this term.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices


Pacific Lutheran College has launched SchoolTV, a digital wellbeing platform featuring Dr Michael Carr-Gregg. SchoolTV empowers parents to deal with the issues faced by today’s youth.

Each month, a new topic is published on our SchoolTV website and includes contributions from many leading experts in youth wellbeing. This month’s topic is Physical Activity and Exercise.

In this digital age, children are using computers and mobile devices, not only for learning, but also for relaxation and recreation purposes. In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will discover practical advice relating to the benefits of regular physical activity and exercise, as well as tips on how to get their kids motivated and moving more.

Through the archive on our SchoolTV website, parents will also be able to access past editions with topics ranging from Exam Jitters to Anxiety and Internet Addiction.

Parents can access our SchoolTV site through the ‘School Links’ tab in Parent Lounge:

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

Car Park Speed Limits

Families are reminded that the speed limit in our College car parks is 10 km/h. For families using the Meridan Fields Sporting Complex car park, the speed limit on internal roads is 40 km/h.

From the College Pastor


We know that our suffering gives us the strength to go on. The strength to go on produces character. Character produces hope. And hope will never disappoint us. – Romans 5:4-5

As we begin a new term, hope is the devotional thread and character strength we will explore over the next two weeks. We can hope for many things in life – a new car, winning a million dollars or an end to the rain on a wet day. Hoping for these type of things can almost be like wishful thinking. In biblical thinking though, hope is directly linked to our growth in character that comes from persisting through the challenges, trials and suffering of life.

The logic of these verses from Romans is that suffering leads to strength, character and hope. The wisdom of this is that real concrete hope is produced in us when we live through challenges and trials. As much as we would prefer to avoid suffering or challenges, we need to persistently journey through them, one step at a time. In doing so, God is able to give us the strength to endure. The strength that comes from journeying through these hard times then shapes and grows our character so that we become people of unfailing hope. In positive psychology terms, we then become people of transcendent hope – hope that is connected to something or someone higher in meaning and purpose than ourselves.

As we begin this second term, we also live in the hope that comes from the risen Lord Jesus. We live in a post-Easter world. A world where we can hope that death is not the end of the story for us, hope that in the cross there is freedom from suffering, hope that Jesus has conquered our worst fears and anxieties.

As you think about and develop this character strength of hope in your life may the God of all hope give you strength, peace and endurance so that by the power of the Holy Spirit you overflow with the hope that comes from him.

First Communion

On the last day of Term 1, which was Maundy or Holy Thursday of the Easter weekend, four young people from Pacific received their First Communion at St Mark’s Lutheran Church Bombala Terrace. After participating in the Great Escape Feast learning program with their families and the St Mark’s Church community, Pastor Tim Jarick and Pastor Ray Morris had the pleasure of admitting them to Holy Communion. Congratulations and our prayers go to Coby Sorbello, Charlie Schefe, Alexandra Schlotterbach and Finn Barnes. Next year in Term 1, the same spiritual milestone will be offered for any interested families in Year 5, for children who are roughly 10 years of age.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Restorative Practices

This week, staff engaged in a learning development session with Margaret Thorsborne who is widely recognised as an international expert on Restorative Practices. The purpose of this session was to look at the latest research and developments in Restorative Practice and to focus on ‘Restorative for the Classroom Teacher’. Margaret has worked with Pacific on an ongoing basis and will return in November to run a session for the student wellbeing team.

Restorative Practices are a key component of Pacific’s wellbeing philosophy. Our aim with ‘People the Focus’ is to develop strong teaching and learning relationships. The stronger the relationship, the easier it is to resolve differences. The restorative process is a way of building, maintaining, restoring and sustaining relationships and is dependent upon a social climate that is reparative rather than punitive.

The restorative conversations can take many forms, however the key principles and essence of the conversation remain the same.

  • What – the story of what happened.
  • Affect – explore the harm (who do you think has been affected in what ways?).
  • Repair – what needs to be done to put things right?
  • Move – how can we make sure this does not happen again?

Our aim with relationships is to build them, maintain them, restore them and sustain them.


All members of the Pacific community are invited to attend the Caloundra ANZAC Day March in Week 2 next term (Wednesday 25th April).

Mr Brendan Delany, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

Term 2

Welcome to Term 2, we hope all families found the holidays enjoyable and refreshing.


Prep – Year 5 students will remember the sacrifice of past and present service personnel at a College ANZAC Day Service at 8.30am on Monday. To accommodate this service, the usual Prep – Year 5 Assembly will be held on Friday morning at 8.30am.

On Wednesday, a contingent of students will also represent the College at the Caloundra ANZAC Day March. If you would like to be part of this service, please see the details in Mr Brendan Delaney’s article above.

Open Day

Open Day is on next Sunday 29th April from 12.30pm – 3.30pm. The College will be open for current students and families as well as prospective families. A great variety of displays and activities have been planned to highlight the many and varied aspects of education at Pacific.


This year’s National Assessment Program in Literacy and Numeracy (NAPLAN) for students in Years 3, 5, 7 and 9 will be held on from 15th – 17th May. Further information will be forwarded to families with students in these year levels over the coming weeks.

You Can Do It Program

This term, Prep – Year 5 students will investigate the You Can Do It foundation of organisation. As parents we all recognise the necessity of being organised in surviving the busyness of having school aged children.

Students also need to be organised if they are to be successful. Being organised is about setting goals and planning the use of time. Parents can assist children to build their organisation skills by creating routines. Simple routines, such as packing bags the night before school, avoids the stress and chaos of last minute bag packing each morning. Planners or organisers are also great tools to assist children in being more organised.


Students in Years 1-5 may only wear their sports uniform to school on the days they have HPE. Years 4 and 5 students may also wear their HPE uniforms to school on Thursdays. Students might also be requested to wear their sports uniform to school for carnivals or excursions. On all other occasions students should attend school in their formal uniform.

If for some reason your child is unable to wear the correct uniform to school, please send a note to your child’s class teacher. A uniform reminder letter will be forwarded to parents whose children are in the wrong uniform and haven’t presented a note to their class teacher.

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

Food for Thought

Benefits of Exercise

Exercise provides all kinds of physical benefits for children and helps them to feel happy and positive. There are several explanations for this:

  • Exercise increases endorphins
  • Increases serotonin
  • Increases vitamin D
  • Increases confidence and self-worth

Learn more at:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

COLES Sports for Schools – Last call for vouchers!

Please return any remaining vouchers to the Junior or Middle / Senior College Offices by Monday 23rd April. Thank you to everyone for their support!

Mother’s Day Stall – Wednesday 9th May

Our annual Mother’s Day is on again with gifts on offer to students from Kindergarten to Year 12.

All gifts are $5 each. Thank you to Mrs Teena Thompson and Mrs Sanet Strong who are working hard behind the scenes to create the special gift packages. Thank you also to the Year 4 parents who will be coordinating the stall on the day.

The stall will be located in the under-croft behind the Uniform Shop from 8.30am.

Our Early Learning Centre will also have gifts on display in their reception foyer for purchase during the week of 7th – 11th May.

Open Day – Sunday 29th April from 12.30pm – 3.30pm

Look out for our Friends of Pacific BBQ stall at Open Day! All items will be $2 each.

ALOHA OCEANfest – Friday 17th August

Two new wonderful sponsors have come on board this week.

  • Coastland Builders BRONZE Sponsor: Thank you Mitch and Bron Butler!
  • Sunshine Coast Pool Care RAFFLE Prize: Thank you Lin and Dave Wulff!

Be a part of OCEANfest too! Get your business involved with a variety of sponsorship opportunities available including packages and raffle / auction prizes. Sponsoring OCEANfest 2018 is a unique opportunity to connect with our ever growing and diverse community.

Our Logistics Team has also begun their meticulous planning with a particular focus on the use of space and equipment. To join any of the OCEANfest teams, please email: We warmly welcome all support!

May Meeting

Our next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 22nd May from 6.30pm in the College library. All are welcome to attend.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Geek Girls

Our first Geek Girls activity for the term involved learning how computers operate using binary code. We learnt how the alphabet translates into binary and then created a necklace of black and white beads, which spelled out our names in binary code.

Book of the Year Awards

The Children's Book Council of Australia recently released its short list of nominees for Book of the Year. In the lead up to Book Week in Term 3, we will be exploring a number of these titles with students in their library lessons. In Book Week, the winners in each category will be announced. The full list of nominees can be viewed at:

Book Club

Students in Prep – Year 7 received their Book Club order forms this week. Orders must be placed at the library or completed online by next Friday 27th April.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Secondary College

Host a Seishin Student

This year, we will be welcoming 22 students from our sister school, Seishin Gakuen in Term 3 (from 30th July – 6th August). Applications to host a Seishin student are now due, however, we are still very short of host families.

Hosting is open to all Senior College students and students do not have to be studying senior Japanese to host.

In addition to this, two of these Seishin students will be staying on at Pacific for the whole of Term 3. We are currently seeking one more host family with a female student in either Year 10 or 11 to host our Inbound Exchange student for the term.

If you are interested in hosting a Seishin student for either the Seishin Visit (one week) or Inbound Exchange Program (one term), application forms can be collected from Mrs Hauser in the S6 staffroom. Alternatively, please email: for more information.

Mrs Michiko Hauser, Head of Japanese 6-12

Rick's Garage

At the end of last term, Year 12 Hospitality students enjoyed a luncheon at the popular coast restaurant, Rick’s Garage. The food, drinks and service were outstanding and exceeded everyone’s expectations with students commenting on how fresh, fast and tasty the food was.


In addition, students received a personalised mocktail demonstration from Mitch the bartender! The mocktails were very glamourous and delicious to drink! This experience was definitely a highlight of the Year 12 cohorts curriculum and we thank Rick's Garage for this opportunity.

Mrs Colleen Beattie, Head of Hospitality and Food Technology

Cultural News

PLC Blake Prize

Mrs Denise McMahon and Miss Michelle McMillan

From the Head of Career Development

University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) College Visit

USC Student Ambassadors will be visiting Pacific next Thursday 26th April during lunchtime. They will speak with senior students and interested parents about life as a university student and course information across faculties. Come along to hear their stories and learn more about the transition from school to university. RSVP to Mrs Purcell on:

Upcoming Career Expos and Information Sessions
Aviation Australia Information Sessions

Aviation Australia (AA) is a world class, registered training organisation, established by the Queensland State Government to support the development and growth of aviation and aerospace industries in both the Australian and international markets. AA partners with more than 60 airlines and aerospace companies, governments, defence forces and regulatory authorities and has more than 1000 graduates working worldwide. AA is holding information sessions on 9th May in Brisbane. For further details, visit:

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Team building with Pacific FC 

Over the Easter break, Pacific FC ran two exciting events for club members and friends. On Easter Saturday, the inaugural Pacific FC Mt Coolum climb was held! It proved to be the perfect morning out to get a new perspective on things. Thank you to all who attended and wore their new training shirts.

Thank you also to all those who joined in for a fun, social soccer game last Saturday morning with a kids vs parents match. There was a dominant performance by the Pacific kids, who took out the round 5:3! Stay tuned for the Round 2 date!



The draw for all rounds is now available on the SCCSA website:

Open Day

Pacific FC will be at Open Day on Sunday 29th April from 12.30pm. Join in the fun with our mini soccer games, which will be held on the field adjacent to the Year 3-12 car park. All ages are welcome to participate and our coaching director Mr Rob Moffitt will lead the activities.

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

Welcome back to Term 2, we hope you all enjoyed the break. The netball season re-commences this weekend! A few reminders for upcoming events:

  • Sunday 29th April – The Club will be holding a skills session from 2.00pm – 3.00pm on the rear courts for the College’s Open Day.
  • Sunday 6th May – For those who have booked their seats for the Lighting Road trip, please finalise your payments as soon as possible. Please note there are no additional seats are available.

Our players of the week for 24th March are:

  • PLC Thoroughbreds – Caitlin Hall;
  • PLC Arabians – Rani Monro;
  • PLC Fillies – Eden Williams;
  • PLC Ponies – Madeline Attard; and
  • PLC Mustangs – Zaice McLachlan.

Well done to all of our awards winners. Stay up to date via Facebook and our website!

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club President

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

The Uniform Shop is open from 8.00am to 9.30am every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Orders can be placed online via and will be delivered to your child the following day.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop Convenor

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Weekly Services

Grow and Share Event - Pet Blessing

Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

General Notices

Fitness Sessions – PLC Gym

Group Fitness Sessions for Mums

Personal trainer Mason is holding group fitness sessions for mums in the newly refurbished PLC Gym (next to the uniform shop). The classes run on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays from 8.30am – 9.15am. Classes are designed for and focused on toning, weight loss, strength, mobility and fitness conditioning. The first session is complimentary.

Text or call Mason 0433421969 for more information and to book!

Body Transformation Challenge

The Body Transformation Challenge is an eight-week training package, which will run from 4th June – 30th July. By signing up for the challenge, you will receive:

  • Unlimited Group training sessions includes Yoga.
  • Nutrition supplements for energy detox and rebuilding.
  • Body work and massage.
  • Personal training sessions.
  • Body composition scan and reports.
  • Coaching support sessions and more!

There are only 10 places available. For more information and expressions of interest contact Mason at or 0433421969.

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

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)
2 Years 7-12 Schools Tennis and Rugby Begins
7 Labour Day Public Holiday
9 Friends of Pacific Mother's Day Stall
  9-19yrs District Cross Country
14 Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)
15-17 NAPLAN
17 Years 3-6 Athletics Sprint Trials