Compass No. 495 May 2018

From the Principal

Service: A Way of Being

Making a difference through responding in love to needs, involves us bringing our head, heart and hands into the context.  Through listening carefully, having empathy and taking time to understand the real need enables us to have compassion and respond with our hearts and hands.  As a Lutheran College, one of our major goals is to support young people to have a heart for service – to grow in their capacity to utilize their individual strengths, to improve the life of others, and the world.  Rather than seeing service as a series of acts, we would hope that young people would embrace service as a way of being.

Having service as a core value, emanates from our recognition of our common humanity and interrelationship with nature.  We respond to God’s love for us by utilising our gifts to respond to the needs we encounter in people and in our natural world. 

Principal's Log

We thank those families who have completed the Lutheran Education Australia Quality Schools Survey.  For those who have not yet found the time to do this, we would encourage you to take this opportunity to provide important feedback for the College that will inform future planning.  A reminder that the survey can be found attached to an email from Dr. Jean Thompson.  We look forward to sharing the outcomes of the survey with our community in the future.

We hope that all mothers had an enjoyable Mother’s Day last weekend.  Our mothers play a special part in young people’s lives and within our community.  We appreciate the Friends of Pacific team who ran the Mother’s Day stall that enabled children to purchase a gift as a way of saying thank you to their mums for all that they do for them.

Congratulations to Noah Beasley, Madison Randl, Shaylen Stone and Lachlan Buchanan who were the first students of the College to participate in the University of Queensland Philosophon.  We thank Mrs Jo Belchamber for providing this new opportunity for students to improve their skills in argumentation and exploration of philosophical issues as they compete with students from other Queensland schools.

The cast and crew of the three Musketeers are looking forward to sharing this entertaining production with our community on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May.  We wish Director Mrs Janine Delaney and her cast and crew all the best as they complete the final rehearsals over the next week.

We wish our three netball teams, the Senior A PLC 1, Junior A PLC 4 and Junior PLC 6 all the best for the semi-finals next weekend which will be held at 4pm (PLC 4 and PLC 6) and 6pm (PLC 1) at the Fisherman’s Road Sporting complex.  It will be great to see members of our community supporting the girls.

In each of the paragraphs above we read of ways in which people have enriched this community through their service.  We thank God for the blessings that staff, students and parents bring into this community and the broader community through their heads, hearts and hands for service.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


I once heard it put by someone that ‘Christians do feet.’ In our college chapels and devotions this week and next, our community is hearing two bible readings about feet washing. One about a woman who washes Jesus’ feet with her tears, oil and hair and the other, probably the better known of the stories, Jesus washing his disciples’ feet the night he was betrayed. Because of Jesus example of washing his disciples’ feet it is customary in some Christian circles to wash people’s feet. But why do we really do this? Do Christians have a foot fetish? We hear these stories and enact them at times because nothing teaches us more powerfully what service is all about than being in the position of having your feet washed. It’s a very humbling experience.

On the weekend, I had a ‘service’ encounter. It was an experience of so called ‘customer service.’ I was in a store, which will remain nameless, wanting to a buy a printer. As you do when you shop in person rather than online, I looked for one of the shop staff for help. I asked the staff member what advice and recommendations could they give me concerning which printer to buy? I probably should have not been surprised by their response, but I was still taken aback. The staff member said, “If you have a smart phone just go to Google - type in the make and model of printer and the word ‘review.’” I was not impressed with their customer service skills or lack thereof. I know we live in a ‘Google world’ where this is the easy and increasingly common way to get answers to anything in life but if we work with customers surely there is still room to actually serve and help them in a more tangible way? Couldn’t the person have at least provided me some level of customer service by at least looking up the information themselves on their own phone and providing me with the information?

We all work and live in a world where people serve others and have plenty of opportunities to do so. Whether we are in the customer service industry, a parent in a family, or a young person or teacher learning in school, we practice service and go out of our way to help others because we are motivated to do so by our values or roles in life. As a parent we don’t serve and care for our children because we get paid for it, do we? In our jobs, we don’t serve others because we’re going to get a reward in return or noticed by others, do we? And as Christians we especially don’t serve others because we are going to get acknowledged for it and rewarded by God?

In life we serve others out of love. This is our motivation. There is a saying, you can serve without loving but you cannot love without serving. In a Christian perspective serving is something that comes naturally as it flows out of faith in a God who loves us and serves us in Jesus. This is an equation that sums it up well; © + U = service. Who are those people God is specially calling you to serve today?

Pastor Tim Jarick, - College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Community Connections

A reminder that this month we are supporting the Caloundra Salvation Army and their Red Shield Appeal. The College is asking that Pastoral Care groups and Primary classes bring in non-perishable food and personal items. 

We are also asking students to collect for the Red Shield Appeal on Sunday May 27 from 8.30am to 11.30am. We will be meeting at the Middle/Senior office. The Salvation Army has allocated specific areas for Pacific students to collect in. Therefore, we are also in need of adult/parent drivers as the Salvation Army is unable to provide any drivers to assist us. Wednesday, 30th May will be a casual clothes day for a two dollar donation, all money will be passed onto the Salvation Army. 

On Tuesday 29th May the Year 9 leaders will attend Altitude Day run by yLead. The yLead philosophy is based on the belief that if young people exist in communities that embrace them, support them and allow them to belong, they can and will flourish. The aim of this day is to empower the Year 9 leaders to be positive leaders within the school and wider community. It gives them the opportunity to network with students from other schools in the region and be inspired by young leaders who are doing incredible things in the world. It gives them the confidence to be themselves, and the framework to turn their passions and goals into reality.

Good luck to all the middle/senior students involved in the college production - The Three Musketeers, who will be performing on Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May at the Caloundra Events Centre. At the time of writing there are still tickets available for this fun performance.

Brendan Delaney - Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5


On Tuesday May 22nd class and individual photos for all P-6 students will be taken. Students who have HPE lessons on Tuesday will need to be dressed in their formal school uniform for all photos.

Free Clothes Day

A free clothes day will be held on Wednesday May 30th in support of the Salvation Army Red Shield Appeal. Students are requested to make a gold coin donation and if possible bring along a tin of food to be used in food parcels. As winter nears the Salvation Army and other charities report record numbers of requests for assistance are being received on the Sunshine Coast.

Under 8's Week

Under 8’s week, an initiative of Early Childhood Australia Queensland, has been celebrated for over 60 years. Under 8’s week is from 28th May to 1st June 2018 . The theme this year is - Exploring Language and Culture.

At PLC our Kindy to Year 2 students will celebrate Under 8’s week on Thursday 31st May, from 9:00-10:30am.

Please come along and join us (dressed in multicultural attire) for a morning of fun and laughter as we celebrate early childhood.  As part of our celebrations we are inviting children to come to school in multicultural dress.

If you would like to help on the day or before could you please email Mrs Shelley Hogan, the Under Eights Day Co-ordinator:

You Can Do It Education

As part of their ongoing professional development, on Tuesday, all Prep-Year 5 staff undertook an inservice in You Can Do It Education. Each week classes are timetabled to complete lessons covering the foundations of Getting Along, Confidence, Persistence, Organisation and Resilience. One of the focus topics discussed was the importance of developing Emotional Resilience in Children.


Emotional resilience is essential to help deal with the daily confrontations with difficult people, making wrong choices, getting bad results, encountering negative situations that are beyond our control and struggling with day to day things that are boring, difficult or what we consider a waste-of-time.

As adults we generally face such difficulties with varying levels of resilience. Teaching children the skills to support the development of resilience is an important facet of growth and development.  As I have mentioned previously in this newsletter it is not a negative event that causes us to feel down or worried but rather how we think about the event. Negative Habits of Mind greatly fuel emotional discomfort. These negative habits of mind include self-downing, the need to be perfect, the need for approval, the I can’t do it or I can’t be bothered mindset and being intolerant of others. Eliminating these negative mindsets can be challenging. Over the next few weeks I would like to share some strategies from the You Can Do It Program which may help eliminate or balance these negative mindsets.

To Eliminate ‘Self-Downing’

Explain to children that they are made up of many characteristics – some good, some not so good.  Have children come up with five good things about their skills, talents, and personality and five things that could be improved on.  You can help children if they get stuck.  Then, you should explain that because they possess good qualities, it never makes sense to think “I’m hopeless” or “I’m a loser” when something bad happens.  Instead, encourage them to think, “When a bad thing happens, I do not lose my good points.  I am still me – capable and likeable”.

Other suggestions for eliminating the tendency of self-downing when something bad happens:

  • Try to see your child in a positive way.
  • Show interest and excitement about non-curricular areas of his/her skills, interests and personal strengths.
  • Expose your child to a variety of extra-curricular activities where they are likely to be successful.
  • Keep a record with your child of all of their positive characteristics.
  • Acknowledge your child when they do not appear to be getting overly down when something adverse happens.
  • Model by thinking out loud how you do not put yourself down and are self-accepting when something bad happens (e.g. “I wasn’t elected to be on the committee.  While this is disappointing, I will not put myself down by thinking ‘I’m hopeless’.  After all, I’m still me – a capable and likeable person”). 

Being emotionally resilient helps us to “tough it out” and stay on top of a situation emotionally, rather than letting it take control of us.

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

Important Notices

School Photos


  • Prep - Year 12:             Tuesday 22nd May
  • Siblings:                       Tuesday 22nd May

A reminder that class photos for Prep – Year 12 and sibling photos will be taken on Tuesday 22nd May. Individual order envelopes have been handed out. If you would like a sibling photo taken, please collect an order envelope from the main office.

Online Orders

Photos can be ordered and paid for online using a secure online platform.  To place your order, visit and enter the code B7H 8V9 RRH.  This code can also be found printed on your envelope.   Please note, if you purchase online, you DO NOT need to correspond further or return any paperwork, i.e. receipt of payment, to the school office.

To ensure a smoothly run photo day, online orders for Sibling / Family Photos will be cut off at midnight on Monday 21st May to allow a list of students that require Sibling / Family photographs taken to be compiled.  Sibling photos can still be ordered after the online cut-off date by collecting an envelope from the office and returning the envelope on photo day with your payment enclosed.  All online orders should be placed before our day of photograph.

Envelope Orders

Photos can also be purchased in the traditional manner using an envelope, with cash/cheque enclosed and handed into the main office prior to 22nd May.

Ms Margaret Gunn – Director of Staff

Food for Thought

5 of the Hardest Things Parents Face: How to Handle the Most Challenging Parenting Issues

Watching my child struggle without stepping in to “fix” things for him was one of the hardest things I’ve personally experienced as a mum, even though I knew it was the best thing for him. And the truth is, from the very beginning, being a mother is a balance of taking care of your children while letting them grow up and learn from their mistakes. Your role of simply loving and protecting your baby from pain and discomfort changes to one of accepting that your child or teen will need to experience natural consequences for his or her actions. The hard part (for them and for us) is that these consequences almost always include some discomfort, disappointment or pain.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor


Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

     Mother's Day Stall


Events such as these are months in the making! Not to mention the time dedicated on the day for set up, pack up and every hour in between.  Heartfelt thanks to Teena Thompson and Sanet Strong for their extensive time and effort in coordinating the behind-the-scenes preparation for this special stall.  Friends of Pacific is proudly supported by volunteer parents and staff who give up their time to help deliver a range of events throughout the year for our Pacific community.  To everyone who played a part in this stall we are grateful for you and your time - and we thank you!

ALOHA OCEANfest: Did someone say DIAMONDS?  

Royal wedding fever is here… and thanks to our wonderful friends and supporters at SUNSTATE Jewellers you could soon be wearing this gorgeous ring! Worth $5000, this natural tanzanite and diamond ring, in pure 18ct white gold, is up for grabs as a part of our OCEANfest raffle. Tickets go on sale soon, so watch this space!

If you, or a business you know, wishes to be a part of OCEANfest 2018 as a sponsor/donor please contact our organising committee via

Bringing a taste of Hawaii’s tropical culture to the Sunshine Coast, Pacific Lutheran College’s Aloha OCEANfest promises something for the whole family! The colourful celebrations will include flavoursome food, the Aloha Bar, fireworks, educational and interactive stands as well as plenty of rides, stalls and live entertainment. Plus - don’t miss the Aloha Raffle, Cent Auction and Big Kahuna Live Auction. 

Aloha OCEANfest 2018, in conjunction with festival partner Newwave Orthodontics aims to showcase the College and create an environment for the community to join together for an evening of fun. Funds raised will see an investment in digital, interactive technology to enhance learning areas across our classrooms at PLC.

OCEANfest 2018 is also proud to support the PLC Cambodian Project in their endeavours, working alongside the Lutheran Church of Cambodia’s Rainbow Hostel and Life Centre.

BBQ Volunteers for Junior Athletics at USC

Any Junior School parents who are able to offer their time on Wednesday 6 June at USC to assist on the Pacific FoP BBQ, please contact  Even if you only have an hour to spare, your help is greatly appreciated!

Next Meeting: Tuesday 22 May

Our next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held this coming Tuesday 22 May from 6.30pm in the College Library. All welcome to attend!

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Year 6 Sunshine Coast Interschool Readers Cup!


Congratulations to the following students who were chosen to represent PLC at the Readers Cup on Wednesday 23rd May.  Junior College Students:  Cooper and Kirra.  Middle College Students: Kyla, Priya, and Aryisa.

Parents and friends are invited to attend the event at The Worship Centre, Immanuel Lutheran College, Wises Road, Maroochydore. 8.40am arrival for a 9am start until 1pm, Wednesday 23rd May 2018.

Geek Girls


This week in Geek Girls we created an art bot – a robot that draws. Students built the robot and created a circuit using a battery pack and a DC motor to drive it. When the circuit was completed, the robot moved across the page, drawing with its marker-pen legs. 








Miss Nell Keen, Teacher Librarian

Secondary College

Queensland Philosothon

Four Students, Noah Beasley, Madison Randl, Shaylen Stone and Lachlan Buchanan represented the college at the UQ Philosothon.  The Queensland Philosothon is an annual academic challenge where students from Queensland schools improve skills in argumentation and explore philosophical issues.

It is a program designed to develop the ability of students to critically analyse ideas and concepts. Some topics discussed include: free will is not important, we care more for some animals than for some people, and that’s OK, some cultures are better than others. It was an excellent performance by our students and they were well regarded by the evaluators and participants. We look forward to taking part in this enriching experience next year.

Mrs Jo Belchamber – Head of Learning Enrichment

Cultural News

Count Down to the Three Musketeers!

The cast and crew have been working tirelessly in rehearsal over the last two months, honing their acting skills, fencing skills and perfecting the many comic moments in this very funny new take on the original story.



$25 Adults

$18 Students / Concession

$80 Family / Group (2 x Adults, 2 x Children)


Friday 25th and Saturday 26th May 2018

Friday Evening 7.30pm

Saturday Matinee 1.00pm

Saturday Evening 7.30pm


Tickets are available by contacting:

The Events Centre (54 914240) or online  ALL FOR ONE AND ONE FOR ALL!


Mrs Janine Delaney and Miss Alisha Janssen


From the Head of Career Development

Career News!

2019 National Youth Science Forum

Calling out to all Year 11 students. If you like hands-on science, workshops, meeting new people and hearing from world-class scientists, applications are now open for the National Youth Science Forum’s Year 12 Program for 2019. A 12-day residential experience in Brisbane or Canberra. It is a fantastic opportunity to meet others, tour scientific laboratories, listen to industry leaders and find out about the brilliant opportunities that are available in STEM careers.

Students currently studying in Year 11 have until Thursday 31st May 2018 to apply. For more information head over to the NYSF website. There are Equity Scholarships that cover about $1000 of the costs.

Queensland University of Technology (QUT) Creative Industries Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships

QUT offers the following Vice-Chancellor’s scholarships for students applying for Creative industry courses for entry in 2019:

  • Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships (Elite Visual and Performing Arts), valued at up to $30 000 each, are automatically awarded to students ranked first or second in their audition or portfolio for QUT’s acting, dance performance, visual arts or music degrees.
  • 12 Vice-Chancellor's Scholarships (Creative Industries), valued at $10 000 each, are awarded to the students ranked first and second in their audition or portfolio for dance and visual arts/business degrees, and to the third and fourth-highest ranked students for acting, dance performance, visual arts and music degrees.

The Good Careers Guide 2018

The Good Careers Guide provides information on every aspect of career planning, from finding the right course, to job hunting, and CV and interview tips. Whether you are a student or parent, you will find valuable information to assist you in your career planning. Visit their

Selected Gap Year Program News

At Camp America you will work directly with American children by instructing or assisting them in activities. They work have over a thousand camps and place thousands of young people every year so there are opportunities available for everyoneCamp America applications for Summer 2019 will open on in August 2018.  Visit the website for information about the programs offered.

Lattitude Global Volunteering offers several overseas gap year programs. Applications for 2019 are now open with some destinations already 50% filled. Visit the website to take the quiz to see which gap year experience might be right for you.

Letz Live - Did you miss the deadline for the Letz Live UK Gap Year program for 2019?  You can still put your name on a waitlist by contacting the letlive team using their Contact Page.  Visit the Letz Live website for information about their other gap year programs.

Projects Abroad –  If you have questions about the programs offered by Projects Abroad, you can download an online information sessions from the website.  You can also email a question from the website.

Southern Cross Cultural Exchange will hold webinars each month talking about their exchange programs to Germany, Spain, Italy,

USA/Hawaii and Scandinavia.  Visit the website for more information and to register.

World Education Program Student Exchange (WEP) will hold the following information sessions in many different locations throughout Queensland. Register to attend these sessions on the website. Information session 13th June Brisbane.












Congratulations to Lachlan Masson who has completed a course of tertiary study through CQU (Central QLD Uni) whilst completing his senior schooling at Pacific. Lachlan gained a credit in the course 'Programming Fundamentals' which is part of an Aviation degree through the Start Uni Now (SUN) program.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Independent District Cross Country Carnival

The rescheduled Independent Cross Country Carnival will be held Wednesday 23rd May 2018 at the Maroochydore Cricket Club, Elizabeth Daniels Park, Buderim. Students need to wear their full sports uniform, including their hat and bring a packed lunch and water bottle on the day. Running singlets will be given out to all athletes prior to their race. The bus leaves for the 10 – 12 years age group at 10.30am (morning tea).

3-6 Athletics Carnival and Training

100 and 200m sprint trials were held today after lunch for all Year 3 – 6 students. These results will be used to determine our A and B division races for the upcoming athletics carnival in Week 8.

The 3-6 Discus event will be held prior to the Athletics Carnival Thursday 24th May 2018. Students will participate from 1.40pm to 3.00pm and will need to wear their house shirt on this day.

More detailed information regarding the Athletics carnival was sent home to all parents via Care Monkey last week.


A reminder to all parents that as per the College calendar, Monday afterschool SCISSA training will run each Monday afternoon from Week 5 through to Week 9. Students will train from 3.15pm– 4.15pm in their chosen SCISSA sport. If your child is unable to attend a training session, please send a short note or email to their coach.

Darren Hooper - Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

Independent District Cross Country Carnival

The Independent District Cross Country Carnival has been postponed until Wednesday 23rd May 2018.  All other details pertaining to this event remain the same.  The PLC Senior Cross Country team will be leaving the college at 7:45am.



7-12 SCISSA Results from Wednesday 16th May 2018













Open Girls A

Mr Gary Graves




Karlee Connors

Open Girls B

Mrs Marg Gunn




Phoebe Swan

Open Boys A

#Mrs Deb Turner




Jackson Brown







Open B Division

Mr Ben Dutton




Sam Henderson







U17 Girls

Mr Darren Hooper







Georgia Harle

Cosi Winter

U13 Boys

Mr Scott Crompton




Jack Packer

Monday Night Netball Round 7 14th May 2018









(Senior A Team)

Michelle Dufty





Emma Frohmuller


(Senior B Team)


Mel Pietrala




Amedy Buchanan


(Inter A Team)


Leigh Finter

Mt Creek


Mt Creek

Cosi Winter

NETBALL PLC 4 (Junior A Team)

Michelle Dufty





Maggie Princehorn



Emma Lendrum





Tamara Zolotar



Caity O’Keefe

Georgie Snelling


Caloundra SHS



Holly Williams

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport  

Club Sport


Upcoming events

Round 7 - 19 May (Away)

Round 8 - 26 May (Home + netball)

Round 9 - 2 June (Home + team photos)








Our U13 Cobras are in full training mode on Tuesday and Friday afternoons. Thanks to our Cobras manager Rita and all of the 

parents and coaches involved in providing the team with this invaluable support.  So good to also see our new training gear on show as well as shin pads on every player!

Thank you to our valued sponsors. 

PLC Netball Club


Forty-eight excited PLC netballers cheered on their favourite players at the Firebirds vs Lightening game at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre, recently.  It was a great opportunity for parents and players from different teams within the club to meet each other and enjoy an afternoon of watching netball.  This has become an annual event, with attendance growing each year.  From all accounts it was a great day out for all!

Netball umpires enjoyed our Annual Umpires Breakfast last Saturday.  This event is held to thank our umpires and to welcome the graduating class of 2018 into our ‘Junior Leader’s Programme.’  The umpiring development programme aims not only to provide the club with suitably qualified umpires, but to foster self-confidence, decision making skills and leadership.  We welcome Elyse, Maddie, April, Maggie and Mia to our umpiring ranks.  Saturday also saw Gabby Gorham commence her mentoring phase by officiating her first competitive game.       

All members are reminded that PLC Netball is hosting CDNA at PLC on Saturday 26th May 2018.  It is a busy day for all and you are encouraged to pitch-in and assist with the BBQ.  See your team manager for your team’s allocated BBQ timings.  The more of us that participate, the easier it is for everybody.

Our players of the week for 12 May 18 are:

PLC Thoroughbreds      Caitlin Hall

PLC Arabians               Evy Gover

PLC Fillies                   Bye N/A

PLC Ponies                  Elizabeth McLean

PLC Palominos             Holly King

PLC Mustangs             Marli Gates

PLC Pintos                  Eleanor O’Connor

Well done to all of our weekly winners.  Stay up to date with Facebook


Trevor Colton, President PLC Netball

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

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


Volunteers Required!

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

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Prep Bible Service at St Mark's












All Prep families are invited to the Bible Presentation Service which is happening this Sunday 9.30am in the College Music rooms (parking off Red Cedar Drive).

These Lion First Bibles are given to all Prep families at this worship service each year and are a gift from the St Mark’s and Pacific communities. For more information contact the Prep teachers or Pastor Tim by email










Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

General Notices

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 Accountsare ‘at call’ accounts and there are no 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.

Lunch Box Check-Up!


Lunch Box Check-Up!

Australia has one of the highest incidence of food allergy in the world and this is increasing at an alarming rate; in fact, one in ten babies born in Australia will develop a food allergy. With no known cure for food allergy, awareness and education is of utmost importance, as a severe allergic reaction and/or anaphylaxis can rapidly become life threatening and must be treated as a medical emergency.

Pacific Lutheran College currently has 21 students (Prep-Year 12) who have a life-threatening allergy. The causes vary and include peanuts, eggs, soy, various seafood and many other nuts. We take this opportunity during Food Allergy Week to remind teaching staff, parents and students of how we can keep everyone safe whilst on campus.

It is up to all of us to be allergy aware-to know how to minimise the risk of a reaction, to know what to do if a reaction happens, and to understand and support family, friends and colleagues living with food allergies.


  • Take food allergy seriously
  • Know what allergies are present in your school community and chose not to send high risk foods in lunch boxes
  • Talk to your children about never sharing food
  • Promote hand-washing before and after eating

Mrs Sophie Morton – School Nurse

Red Shield Appeal












As we now move into the Month of May, the College is again asking students to show hope for the less fortunate members of our own community by supporting the Red Shield Appeal. Through the month we will be asking PCG and primary classes to bring in non-perishable food and personal items. These will be donated to the Caloundra Salvation Army and distributed to local families.

We are also asking students to collect for the Red Shield Appeal on Sunday 27th May 8.30am to 11.30am.  Permission slips to take part in the collection have been sent home.  Additional forms can be collected from the Middle/Senior College Office.

The Salvation Army has allocated specific areas for Pacific students to collect in. We will be meeting at the Middle/Senior office. Groups of four students will travel, [with a parent] to each collection site and will collect in pairs.  Therefore, we are also in need of adult/parent drivers as the Salvation Army is unable to provide any drivers to assist us. In the past we have had an excellent response from students and parents to support the Christian hope offered by the Salvation Army.

Mrs Leanne Bevis, Administration Assistant – Middle/Senior College Office

Upcoming Dates


17      Years 3-6 Athletics Sprint Trials

20      St Mark’s @ Pacific Grow and Share – Prep Bibles (9.30am)

21      Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15pm-4.15pm)

22      Prep – Year 12 Photo Day and Friends of Pacific Meeting (6.30pm)

24      Years 3-6 Athletics – Discus Events

25-26  Senior Drama Production

27      Red Shield Door Knock Appeal