Compass No. 500 June 2018

From the Principal

Celebrating Service

This week at Chapel, Middle and Senior College students were invited to write down the ways they have contributed to the school, local and global community.  There was a buzz of energy as students wrote down and shared within their pastoral care groups the ways they have served others.   Members of the Cambodian team also shared with the whole group the reasons they were taking part in the Cambodian service activities later this year.

 At the Kawana Community Awards, representatives from a wide variety of groups were recognised for their service.  We were delighted that Mrs Jenny Lee and Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh were recognised for their outstanding service to the Pacific community.  The morning was hosted and presented by Jarrod Bleijie MP Member for Kawana and accompanied by Dr Christian Rowan MP (Shadow Minister for Communities, Disability Services and Seniors, ATSI Partnerships and The Arts).

Pausing to celebrate the ways in which people serve within our community, enables us to express our gratitude as well as reminds us of the strong purpose we have in meeting other people’s needs.  Mutual service is at the heart of all we do at Pacific.  It keeps the lifeblood of our community pumping and people flourishing.  Thank you! 

Principal’s Log

 It was amazing to hear on assembly this week about the impact of the College’s support of the Salvation Army for families in the Caloundra area.  As representatives of the Salvation Army accepted the cheque for over $9000 raised by our students through the Red Shield Appeal, Spider Day and the casual clothes day they reflected that these funds contributed to half of the funds raised by the Salvation Army in the Caloundra area for the year and that the food stuffs and household items donated by our community support families in our area through until Christmas.  The Salvation Army expressed their deep appreciation to our students and the Pacific community.

We congratulate our Senior B Girls Volleyball team who reached the grand final of the SCISSA volleyball competition.  After being undefeated all year they lost a tightly contested game against Glasshouse Christian College.  We thank the girls and coach Mrs Marg Gunn for their commitment and passion and look forward to 2019!

At the end of this term, Year 1 teacher Mrs Suzie Naidu will be taking maternity leave, Year 5 teacher Mrs Lu Pollard will be taking long service leave for Term 3 and Year 6 teacher Mrs Amanda Lowrie will be taking on a new role with the Australian Industry Trade College.  We look forward to welcoming Mrs Melanie Percival who has had extensive experience in both Australian and International schools as the Year 1 teacher, Mr Scott Massie from Education Queensland as the Year 5 teacher and Mr Damien Johns who has had experience in both Catholic and Lutheran Colleges as a primary and secondary teacher into the Year 6 role.  We will also be farewelling Mrs Rebecca Malone as we welcome back Head of English, Mrs Tina Cox who returns from long service leave at the start of next term.  We thank Mrs Amanda Lowrie and Mrs Rebecca Malone for their contribution to the College through their warm and professional support of our Year 6 and Middle and Senior College English and Humanities learners respectively.   We have appreciated their contribution to their different teacher teams as well as their support of young people.  We wish them and Mrs Naidu and Mrs Pollard every blessing in this next phase of their lives.

We thank you for the ways in which you support our community and pray that God would continue to enrich lives through compassionate and generous hearts, hands and minds.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Youth /Out of Home Activities

In this second last week of term our thread for the college focuses on Youth or Out of home Activities. This thread is all about youth spending time each week in extracurricular school activities or structured community activities and parents exposing their younger children to appropriate stimulating activities with the child’s needs in mind. Children and young people all need activities and programs outside of the home to fully develop mature and learn. Sporting clubs, Music, Dance or Church groups, community organizations like Cubs, Brownies, Scouts, Guides, Rotary, Lions, volunteering and part-time work commitments all fall into this area. Children and teenagers need that wider social circle beyond their friends and family to broaden their horizons. Whether it is through a sporting club, church, or job having other trusted adults who coach, guide, and mentor young people through these sorts of activities and programs is important. The kind of relationship that can develop with a significant adult role model other than family can be profound. However, overcommitting to extracurricular activities for our children so that parents are taxi services and there is no down time to rest can be counterproductive to family wellbeing.

Some questions to help us take stock of our out of home activities include:

  • Overall, are you happy with how many different things you do with your time?
  • Are the activities you’re involved in stimulating and challenging for you?
  • Are you making friends with caring, responsible adults in your activities?
  • Are you learning new skills and talents and acquiring new knowledge?
  • Do your activities teach you more about yourself?
  • Are you excited each day to do these activities?
  • Do they bring out the best in you?

(P. Benson, J. Galbraith, P. Espeland., “What Teens need to Succeed”, Search Institute and Free Spirit Publishing, Minneapolis, p.145)

A prayer for the way families use their time: Thank you God for the opportunities we have to spend time in sports, clubs and other youth programs at school and in the community. Thank you for the opportunities we have to be challenged, to make friends with caring responsible adults and for the new skills, talents, and knowledge we can acquire. Where we have these interests help us to use our time wisely and where we don’t get involved in these activities, bless us in other ways. Amen. 

Ps Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Teddy Bears Picnic

Next Thursday, 28th June, the Year 2 and Year 12 students are invited to bring along their lunch and a teddy bear for a gathering to connect before the holidays.  We look forward to making ongoing connections with these buddies.

Year 11 Leadership Day

This week, Year 11 students worked with Juliette Warne (Lutheran Youth of Queensland, Leadership Trainer), the facilitators from the Lutheran Youth of Queensland and Pacific Lutheran College staff.

Students were given opportunities to: work together as a team, reflect on personal and team leadership, learn about ways of overcoming adversity, giving things a go, effective communication, role modelling, leadership qualities, emotional trust and validation.  The day also provided opportunities for the cohort to grow connections as they continue their senior journey into their final school year.  Students engaged in reflective conversation and participated in physical activities, as they learnt and thought about their own capacity to lead and work with others in their own unique way.  Thank you to LYQ, staff and students for their positive engagement and input on this day.


Mrs Kim Bonello, Head of Senior School Students & Personal Development (Middle/Senior College)

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Update

Term 2 concludes next Thursday 28th June.  A whole school Chapel will be held Thursday morning starting at 8.30am to celebrate and reflect upon the term. Parents and guardians are most welcome to attend this service.

This term has been particularly busy and exciting for all students in years P-5. Thanks to all parents and guardians for their support and involvement in the many and varied aspects of life in the P-5 area of the College this term. Your support and involvement are greatly valued and welcomed by both the children and staff. I am sure all the children and their families will share a relaxing and enjoyable vacation together.

P-2 Cross Country

On Wednesday the P-2 Cross-Country was held under blue skies. Thanks to the many parents and family members who attended the event to support the students. Special thanks to Mr Hooper and Mrs Campbell for coordinating the event and all P-2 staff for their support of the event and supervision of the students on the day.

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

Food for Thought

Handling Boredom: Why it's Good for Your Child

It’s not only okay to let your child be bored, it’s paramount that you do so. Most children given unstructured time rise to the occasion and find something interesting to do with it.

Unfortunately, our society is raising a whole generation of children who are addicted to screens. That’s because electronics are designed to produce little “dopamine” rewards in our brains as we interact with them. That’s so enjoyable that other experiences pale in comparison. But children need all kinds of other experiences. For more information click on the link below.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Year Level Representatives

Thank you to our wonderful parent representatives who connected last week regarding the upcoming OCEANfest. With creative ideas and strong fellowship amongst the volunteer team, Aloha OCEANfest 2018 will be the best festival yet! Mahalo.


Thank you to the many families who have started to bring in gifts for the Cent Auction Collection! To create the prizes for the Cent Auction, it begins with each junior class and pastoral care group (PCG) collecting new, donated items based on a theme. Laundry baskets are in each K to Year 6 classroom and these will be used to store the donated items. For Years 7-12, each PCG group is asked to decide upon a larger item and pool their money.  For a list of the basket themes, go to the OCEANfest website -                                


We are very pleased to announce a new prize for the raffle, a stunning two + plus one kayak, courtesy of our friends at SUP! Don’t forget, you could also win the stunning 18ct white gold Tanzanite and Diamond ring valued at $5k from Sunstate Jewellers. There’s also a Hunt’s Fitness package worth over $2k and much, much more. Tickets available on-line and by the book soon!Viking Kayaks and

Unlimited RIDES

Look out for our Unlimited Ride wristband passes coming out on-line soon. With 11 fun-filled children’s entertainment and amusement rides on offer, the unlimited wristband pass will prove to be great value!  


We also welcome back Viking Kayak and SUP as silver sponsors and Shine Beauty at Caloundra as bronze a sponsors of OCEANfest 2018. We also gratefully acknowledge the support from the following businesses: Newwave Orthodontics – festival partner, Sunstate Jewellers, Harmony Landscapes, Computercut Designs, Shake it up Music, Sunshine Coast Pool Care, Boat Shed Restaurant, Big Boing Indoor Trampoline Park, Rollerdrome Caloundra, Laserzone Kawana, Caloundra Big Screen Cinemas, Boost Juice Caloundra, Shine Oven Cleaning, Pinata Strawberry Farms, Burson Autoparts Caloundra, Good Price Pharmacy Warehouse Minyama and Rebel.

Call for helpers at the Year 7-12 Sports Day BBQ Stall

If you can help out for a few hours on the FoP BBQ stall, Monday 23 July at the SCUniversity, please email FoP:

Next FoP Meeting: Tuesday 24 July

Our next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 24 July from 6.30pm in the College Library.  All welcome to attend.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Outside School Hours Care

Holiday Programs

Are you looking for something fun for your children to do over the upcoming Holidays?  Pacific OSHC vacation care has a program that will keep children of all ages entertained all holidays.  We have fun incursions and excursions planned including going to the movies and bowling, as well as groups coming to the service, teaching us African dancing and a magician coming to blow us away with his magic.

We will also be busy cooking up a storm for our OSHC Kitchen Rules, being creative at our art show and cheering for either QLD or NSW on our State of Origin day.  These holidays are not to be missed.

You can download the full program and booking form from the College website, contact us via our email or call in to see us.

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, Educational Leader

Early Learning

For the past couple of years, our Mr Jason Washfold and Michelle have facilitated a mission visit to support families in Timor Leste. The Pacific Lutheran Early Learning Service community were invited to participate in the mission.  Jason and Michelle left for Timor on the 12th of June and recently reached out to the pacific children via Skype.   Our early learning children were very happy to see Mr Jason and we were all very excited to meet some of the children and teachers in the kindergarten.  We wish Mr Jason and Michelle a very good trip and safe passage back to us.


Mrs Julie McCosker, Service Leader

Library News, Secondary College

Telling Stories 2018 Writing Competition

Open to Year 4-9. Competition Closes 20 August 2018. Download your entry form at either,

Overdues and Holiday Borrowing

Parents will have received an email this week listing any items which your child has which are overdue. Please encourage your child to bring these items back before the end of term, as books which were due in May or earlier will be billed if not returned.

If all over dues are returned, students may also borrow up to ten items this week for the holidays.




Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Secondary College

Chinese Banquet Day

What shaped the key groups in Ancient China? Why are the legacies that Ancient China has left the modern world so important? These are just two of the questions the Year Sevens have been exploring this term in History. At the culmination of our learning on Tuesday we had our annual Chinese Banquet and activities afternoon. The students dined on Honey Chicken, Sweet and Sour Beef, Rice, Spring rolls and some fortune cookies. After lunch they engaged in some outdoor fun and some indoor games such as Chinese Checkers and water colours. All students enjoyed not only the afternoon but also the learning throughout the term.

Chinese Proverb: Learning is a treasure that follows its owner everywhere.


Mrs Leah Croke, Middle College Teacher


From the Head of Career Development

Careers News

UQ Robogals Workshop

UQ run a range of workshops for students in Years 7 to 12. These workshops are in the school holidays and include:

  • Advanced robotics Workshop: Artificial Intelligence
  • Girls in Robotics day - Advanced
  • Introduction to Robotics Workshop
  • Arduino Hackathon
  • SPARQed 5-day Senior Research Immersion
  • Robotics Playground Camp! (Robotics Camp Champion)
  • Robotics Playground Camp! (One Day Wonder – Single Day Package)

For more information visit the UQ website.

Open Days

This expo provides an opportunity to talk to representatives from Queensland and interstate universities, TAFE Queensland, private colleges, the Defence Force, the Queensland Police Service, Gap Year programs and other education and training organisations about their courses and career pathways.  The expo will be held from 10.00am – 4.00pm on Saturday 21 and Sunday 22 July 2018 at the Royal International Convention Centre, RNA Showgrounds, Brisbane.  The website provides information about the exhibitors, the seminar program and competitions. 

TAFE Queensland

TAFE Queensland will be holding a Higher Education Open Day on 29 July 2018 from 10.00am – 4.00pm at their South Bank Campus. You will learn about the study options TAFE Queensland offers that will further your education. Visit their website for more information about Degree courses and university pathways.

This expo will be held from 10.00am – 2.00pm and 3.30 – 6.30pm on Tuesday 24 July 2018 at the Calvary Centre, Tanawha.  At this event, you can gather information and ask questions about training, tertiary studies, apprenticeships, scholarships and career options.  You can participate in ‘hands on’ and interactive activities.  Visit the website to find out about exhibitors, seminars, and the competition.  You can download a worksheet (click on ‘Visitor Information’) to help you organise your visit to the expo.

USC Open Day

The University of the Sunshine Coast (USC) will hold an Open Day at the following locations running from 10.00am-1.00pm:

  • USC Sunshine Coast        Sunday 22 July 2018
  • USC Caboolture                 Sunday 5 August

They will provide you with an opportunity to check out the campuses and to find out about the study options available.  Visit the  for details.

ACU - University Experience

Places are filling fast for this event for students in Years 10 – 12 which will be held in the school holidays from 9.30 am – 1.45 pm on Thursday 5 July 2018.  If you’re considering tertiary study for next year or in the future, University Experience provides the perfect chance to explore your study options by living a day in the life of an ACU student.  Visit the ACU University Experience website for more information and to register.


Turn your visit to University of Melbourne into a long weekend and participate in ‘A Day at Melbourne’ (13 July 2018) where you will find out about:

  • Undergraduate courses structure
  • Majors
  • Graduate pathways
  • Enhancement programs
  • Activities that can be done within each faculty.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor



Junior Sport


Last Thursday morning, excitement levels were high amongst Year 4-6 as they assembled for their SCISSA Gala Day. After rain washed out the previous Gala Day and also a number of inter-school trial games, students finally had the opportunity to put skills learnt during training into practice on the sporting field.

Dance students also enjoyed the opportunity to take part in dance workshops here at school provided by an external dance company. From all reports, these workshops were thoroughly enjoyed by the students.

Congratulations to the following teams who won their sport division on the day:

Netball – 5/6 Division B (Pool 3) and Year 4 (Pool 2)

T20 Cricket – 5/6 Boys Division B

Well done to all students who represented Pacific on the day.



Prep - Year 2 Cross Country

Perfect weather conditions greeted our youngest students in the school as they participated in the Prep – Year 2 cross country carnival on Wednesday. Students had been running the course in Physical Education lessons throughout the term in preparation for the carnival. It was pleasing to hear enthusiastic cheering from students as well as the high level of running ability on display.

Congratulations to the following students who finished in the top three places in their year level.  At the end of the carnival points were tallied and Wira were announced as the overall champion house for 2018.






Prep Boys













Prep Girls












Year 1 Boys












Year 1 Girls












Year 2 Boys












Year 2 Girls










At the end of the carnival points were tallied and Wira were announced as the overall champion house for 2018.

Wira – 129, Bula – 103, Mumba – 99.



Thanks to all parents and friends who came along to support the students, the atmosphere and cheering was fantastic. Thanks also to all PLC teachers and support staff who also helped out on the day.



Student Success

Congratulation to Eamon Mahoney and Sebastian Carter who have both been selected in Sunshine Coast Representative Teams for their chosen sports. Eamon recently played for the Independent District team at the Regional Under 12 Rugby carnival. From this carnival he has been selected in the Sunshine Coast Under 12 Rugby Union team. Eamon will travel to Cairns in early August to play in the state championships. Sebastian has also been selected in the 12 Years Sunshine Coast Regional Golf Team to play at Kingaroy in the State Championships.  

 Well done to both boys on their selection into these teams and good luck at the State Championships.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport


Congratulations to the Senior B girls SCISSA Volleyball team who came runners up last night in the grand final! This team is made up of year 10 girls competing against yr11/12 girls. A wonderful achievement and something we are all very proud of. A huge thank you to Ms Marg Gunn who has been busily training these girls all year. We are all very grateful of your leadership here.



Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport


Club Sport

Pacific FC Update


Saturday 16th June games

We were delighted to get a game this last weekend.  The teams played away so we had Pacific FC children all over the Coast.  We have 2 more weeks of games (both away games) before school holidays. Please click here to read more.  

Matt Gigney, Pacific FC Committee




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


Volunteers Required!

Calling all parents, grandparents and friends of the Pacific community! If you can volunteer for only 45 minutes, (from 12.45 to 1.30pm) then we'd love to hear from you! We have volunteer positions available to serve at the front counter.  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

Thanksgiving Sunday








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 ‘atcall’ 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.

Rookies2Reds Sunshine Coast Holiday Clinic


  • VENUE: Noosa Dolphins Rugby Union Club
  • LOCATION: 1 Bicentennial Drive, Sunshine Beach
  • AGE GROUPS: Little Legends, Future Stars, Junior Champs (5 - 12 Years old)
  • DATE: Wednesday 4 JULY
  • TIME: 9:00AM – 2:00PM COST: $60 per participant
K3 Coaching

When: Monday 9th to Wednesday 11th July 9.00am – Noon.

Who: Anyone aged 5 to 16 years

Where: Pacific Lutheran College

Registration: or 0426 454 626









Fitness Classes at PLC GYM

Group Fitness sessions have been going well and numbers are growing as more people hear about the benefits being gained and enjoyed from the personal attention, limited size group, and the convenience that this boutique style training group provides.  There are still a few places available and remember your first trial session for both the Fitness and or Yoga / Stretch are complimentary. 

Yoga / stretch classes will be added to the calendar from on Tuesday 19th. These classes will be running on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 8:30 to 9:15am.

No extra cost for members. 

Casual yoga classes are $20 or $15 when purchased as a 10 class pass.

Personal Training sessions are now also available. 

Enquiries can be made to Mason on 0433 421 969 or by emailing

West Ham United Oceania Academy 2018 Player ID Camp

WHEN: Monday 9th – Tuesday 10th July

WHERE: 462 Maroochydore Road, Kunda Park, QLD 4558

Cost $180 (includes camp t-shirt)

Boys and Girls ages 7-17

SESSION TIMES:  10.00am – 2.00pm (Lunch break 12.00 -12.30pm)

Bring a packed lunch, water bottle and sunscreen.

Registration: http:/ /



Lost Property

Please Collect

Please collect any lost property before the end of term. Unfortunately, any clothing that is not marked or named is donated back to the uniform shop and sold. There are many drink bottles, shoes, hats, jackets and jumpers in the lost property which is located in the main office.

Upcoming Dates

June and July


21       Years 4-6 SCISSA Photos

22       Years 7-12 Athletics – Javelin, 1500m, 12yrs High Jump

28       K-12 Chapel Term 2 Concludes

29       Staff Day


17       Term 3 Commences

           Year 11 2019 Subject Selection Evening (6.00pm)

18       Years 7-12 SCISSA Touch Begins

           Year 8 Camp Information Evening (6.00pm)

20       Year 7-12 Schools Basketball Begins

23       Year 7-12 Athletics Carnival – USC (8.30am-3.00pm)

24       Year 6-12 Parent Teacher Interviews (6.00pm)

           Sunshine Coast Careers Expo

           Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

25       Primary Lutheran Athletics Carnival