Compass No. 502 July 2018

From the Principal

Calm, Positive, Purposefulness

The start of a new year, new semester, new week and new day provides us with the opportunity to recentre ourselves.  As we start our new semester we can reflect on where we are, reflect on what good things have enabled us to get to where we are and then identify one or two things that would enable us to move forward in important areas of life.  Focusing on the good, that has enabled us to be where we are, even if it is far from where we aim to be, keeps our minds growth focused.  It helps to shift us from being filled with negative self-talk that de-energises to proactive thinking that sees us walking forward.

God invites us to turn to Him at the beginning and end of each day, to be thankful for the great blessings He has given us, to ask for forgiveness where we have been less that we ought to have been and to ask for help and guidance to be the best we can be.  Placing God at the centre, enables us to let go of ourselves, to gain perspective and to move forward with calm, positive purposefulness.

Principal's Log

 It is always exciting to feel the energy as staff and students return to the College.  We welcome everyone and in particular new students and their families to the start of Term 3.  We also welcome new teachers Mr Damien Johns (Year 6), Mr Scott Massie (Year 5), and Mrs Melanie Percival (Year 1) and science laboratory assistant, Mrs Penny Farquhar. We welcome back Mrs Tina Cox (Head of English) from long service leave and Mrs Sharon Middleton in her new role as College Nurse.  With the return of Mrs Cox, Mrs Rae Hall has returned to her position as Head of Middle College Teaching and Learning.  We wish all members of our community including these staff a strong sense of fulfilment and purpose as we grow together over the remainder of the year.

 It was a delight to watch our Dance Academy students compete at the Get the Beat dance competition on the last Friday night of Term 2.  It was an entertaining evening of very high quality performances as students represented schools from Northlakes to Noosa.  We were very excited when our Senior College Dance Academy team placed first and our Middle College Dance Academy team placed second.  This was an outstanding achievement and we congratulate the girls and their teacher Mrs Kristy Astwick.

We also congratulate Year 12 student Kaylee McKeown on her selection in the Australian team to swim in the Pan Pacific championships in Tokyo.  We wish Kaylee all the best as she prepares for these championships which will take place in August.

After having a successful season on the Sunshine Coast our Year 9 debating team travelled to Brisbane to compete in the first of the finals of the QDU debating competition. We congratulate Noah Beasley, Lachie Buchanan, Dempsey Hall and Alex Jose, on their achievements and wish them well for the next round of finals.  We thank their coach Mrs Rae Hall for her leadership and time.

Parent, student and teacher conferences for P-12 students occur over the next week.  These are important learning opportunities for students and we encourage families to take advantage of these times to celebrate strengths and identify strategies to lift understanding and performance. 

We look forward to a strong term of learning together and growing together as community.  The upcoming OCEANfest is shaping to be a great community event.  We thank the Friends Of Pacific OCEANfest committee and the many parents who have already contributed a great deal to stage an evening of fun and entertainment. 

We pray that God would fill each member of our community with a strong sense of calm, positive purposefulness as we move forward into this term.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Positive Peer Influence

The people you surround yourself with influence your behaviours, so choose friends

who have healthy habits.

Dan Buettner

We begin this term hearing the thread of positive peer influence. This thread is about children and young people being a good influence on their friends and modelling responsible behaviour. The thread is really about interactions between friends and learning to be a good friend to one another. Children and teenagers often find it hard to make friends, keep healthy friendships, quit toxic ones and resolve conflict within their friendships. Social barriers are easily made in relationships but hard to cross and resolve. How do students go about not just making friends but also managing and changing their friends when their peers are a negative influence on them? Educator Dana Kerford talks about children and young people learning to distinguish between “friendship fires” and individuals who are “mean on purpose”.  Not all conflict is about bullying. Building friendship resilience is an important skill and encouraging students to put out spot fires in their relationships is significant. Mean on purpose behaviour is repeated, involves a lack of trust and respect and is unhealthy relational behaviour.

In chapel this week students have heard a story about Zac the Taxman and the problems he faced in establishing friends. In this kid’s version of the biblical story of Zacchaeus the tax collector, who climbed up a tree to see Jesus, Zac was sad, mad and wanted to get even with his friends at school. He had these “friendship fires”. Little flare ups in our relationships that can be overcome if we give attention to them, there and then. But as the story progressed Zac decided to get even with people. To be deliberately “mean on purpose” is to continually pick on someone. When we do this, we have crossed a line into an unhealthy relational dynamic or friendship.

Like Zacchaeus all of us can at times feel sad or even mad with our friends. We all have friendship fires. The problem lies though when people are deliberately left out, excluded, picked on, exhibit “mean on purpose” behaviour. That’s the opposite of what Jesus did when he was with Zacchaeus and with all the people he met on earth. Jesus picked up people rather than picked on people. He welcomed people, those who had no friends, were seen as ugly or unattractive, those who were rejected by the popular in-crowd. Jesus treated people radically different to the religious teachers and rulers of the day. The positive way Jesus related to and befriended people had a profound effect on them. It changed and transformed them because through Him they tasted God’s grace and forgiveness.

That’s what positive peer influence, a healthy friendship is all about; showing trust and respect to our mates. The same sort of trust, respect and friendship Jesus shows us.  Jesus said to his disciples; I do not call you servants anymore…. Instead, I have called you friends (John 15:15). May the Lord Jesus Christ give you and your children generous resilient hearts as you live with and forgive your friends and model it in all your relationships.

Ps Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Relationship Focus

This term our PERMA focus will be relationships. At Pacific from day one we have had People… the focus as part of our College mission. In a practical way we have aimed to build a foundation of positive relationships. The goal is for staff, students and families to care for and support each other. The upcoming Athletics carnival will be an opportunity for students to display a strong sense of loyalty and connectedness to their House. The recent school production demonstrated an incredible amount of belonging over the rehearsals and performance week. There is great value in students working together creatively in different age and peer groups. This term it is the turn of the middle and primary students to work together on their musical - Shrek.

Pacific provides daily opportunities for young people to cultivate strong communication and social skills. For the younger members of the school community these social skills may involve joining in at the playground and sharing with friends. For older students it may include listening mindfully to others and responding to their needs. Research shows that the human mind is social, which means that it is designed to work together with others. This term we will focus with students on the importance of the relationships they are building with others.

“The things that define us as human beings are the relationships we form.” John Hendry.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Head of Senior School Students


From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Update

Welcome to the new term. I hope all families spent a relaxing and enjoyable time together over the holidays.

Parent Teacher Conferences  

Research continues to recognise the important role that parental support plays in creating an environment in which children can achieve their academic potential.  Next week parent teacher conferences will be held for P-5 students. The conferences provide an ideal opportunity for parents, teachers and students to discuss each child’s progression and development. Although the conferences are not compulsory I would encourage parents to attend these conferences if they have questions regarding their child’s academic performance and development.

You Can Do it

This term in P-5 the focus for the You Can Do it Program relates to developing persistence and the habits of mind related to Working Tough, Giving Effort and developing an I can do it attitude. Persistence means trying hard and not giving up when something feels like it is too hard to do. Examples of persistent behaviour include;

  • Continuing to try even when work is hard
  • Not being distracted by others
  • Checking work when it is finished

Often students need to experience what it feels like to succeed if they are to be successful in the future. Success or achievement does not come without effort and persistence.  Success is not about reaching a particular level of achievement rather it is for each individual achieving their individual potential. Parents can support and develop persistence in their children by always encouraging effort and recognizing success.

The concept of Persistence fits neatly with developing positive types of thinking skills. The You Can Do It program not only fosters the development of thinking, it supports children in achieving to the best of their ability and aids them in developing social and emotional wellbeing and emotional resilience. 


A hat is an important piece of the College uniform.  It is great to see many of the students out on the ovals or playing in the grounds during breaks.  Each student is required to wear a hat at breaks and when travelling to and from school. I would ask all parents to encourage and remind all students to wear a hat to school every day.


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.  There may also be rare occasions during the year when students may 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.

I realise that on occasions students have no choice but to wear the wrong shoes or uniform to school.   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 advising them of the reason for wearing the wrong uniform.  A uniform reminder letter will be forwarded to parents whose children are in the wrong uniform without a note.

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

Food for Thought

Teaching Empathy: Evidence-based tips for fostering empathy in children.

There is an increasing dialogue in social organisations – in schools, workplaces, court rooms, governments on the importance of empathy. Empathy is what sets us apart from machines. It’s what enables us to relate to other people and their experiences. It’s what enables us to understand them and it’s what makes us compassionate.

But empathy is not innate, it’s learnt.

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

With four weeks until OCEANfest 2018, we are very pleased to announce our Aloha Raffle Tickets and Early Bird Unlimited Rides Passes are now released!


This week, the eldest child in your family received a book of Aloha Raffle Tickets to bring home. Please look out for them in your child’s bag or homework folder.  Click here for further information about the Raffle Tickets. 


The Early Bird Rides Pass is a wristband that entitles you to 11 fun-filled unlimited rides and amusements. For a full list of the rides and amusements at OCEANfest 2018, please visit Flexischools.

 To secure your pass:

 1. Visit Flexischools online either as a guest or registered user and enter the link to Pacific Lutheran College. Passes must be ordered prior to 5.00pm, August 16 2018.

Note: passes are $45 on the event day. Individual rides are between $5 and $7 each.

 2. The Early Bird Rides Pass will also be available for sale outside Prep and the Middle College Office in the week leading into OCEANfest.

For further information, visit Flexischools or OCEANfest 2018 on Facebook. If you have any queries, please email:


It’s great to see so many gifts in the baskets 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 -


Please support the Car Wash for Cambodia this Saturday 21 July from 10-2pm in the carpark behind ELC. For $10, you’ll have your car washed and cleaned by the team heading to Cambodia in December.


FoP will once again host a Canteen on Monday 23 July at the Middle/Senior Sports Day. All items including BBQ sausages on bread, patty cakes, and drinks are $2. If you can help out for an hour on the day, please see Mrs Allyson Sarvari.


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 Care

PLC OSHC just finished its winter vacation care. The children enjoyed a jam-packed program with lots of fun and exciting experiences and adventures including a trip to the Caboolture Historical Village and learning dances from the African culture. September and October vacation care program planning is underway, so don’t miss out.  We are now back into the Term 3 Before and After School Care program where the fun and adventure does not stop. If you are interested in enrolling your child into our service, please come and say hi!

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, Educational Leader

Library News

Book Week

The library is busy gearing up for Book Week later this term. The theme for this year is “Find your Treasure” and Mrs Griffin has been busy over the holidays creating magnificent displays on this theme. Be sure to drop in over the next few weeks to check them out.

New Libguides

LibGuides have been added to support the following assignments:

Year 10 Christian Studies: World Religions

Year 12 Modern History: Invasion of Iraq

Year 11 Modern History: Hope and Indigenous Australians

Year 9 HASS: Biomes and Food Security

Mrs Nell Keen, Head of Library

Junior College

YACHTS Students Study Ancient Greek Mythology

Last term thirty-six Years 3, 4 and 5 students were selected to participate in our Junior College YACHTS (Young Achievers Creatively Honing Thinking Skills) program. 

Our theme for the term was Greek Mythology.  During the sessions students studied ancient Greece, including why it is known as the birthplace of western civilisation.  We explored the geographical features of ancient Greece and how this led to the development of city-states such as Troy, Athens and Sparta.   Students were exposed to a number of key myths and delved into the allusions and themes within them, such as opening ‘Pandora’s box’, having the ‘Midas touch’, and what is an ‘Achilles’ heel’. 

Students completed either their own Greek myth with a protagonist and antagonist, created an individual Greek character (god, goddess, hero, heroine) or a set of trading cards demonstrating their knowledge of key characters. 

For our culminating day, students dressed as characters from ancient Greece, shared individual tasks and a Greek feast together, and competed in a city-state knowledge competition.  We had a wonderful term, learning about ancient Greece and sharing our artefacts with each other.

Thanks to all who supported this initiative.

Mrs Christine Doyle, Christine Doyle, YACHTS Program Coordinator and Head of Teaching and Learning (3-5)

Secondary College

Health Education

Health Education - Certificate III Basic Health Work Placements

In the last week of Term Two, the Year 11 and 12 Certificate III in Basic Health students completed their Work Placements at Seasons Private Aged Centre, Golden Beach (Year 12) and St Mary’s Aged Care, Pelican Waters (Year 11).  The placements gave the students a chance to put the theory they had learnt at school into work place practice.  The facilities provided an opportunity for the students to view and experience the wide range of care provided at the centres from independent living through to high care Dementia units.  It was a very ‘hands-on’ placement for the students involved.

The college would like to thank the facility co-ordinators and staff for the experience that they offered to the students.  In the years to come the college looks forward to furthering the relationships that were developed with these facilities.

Sunshine Coast Health Institute – ‘A Day in the Life of the Health Service’ Event

Expressions of interest are requested from Year 10, 11 and 12 students interested in participating in an Open Day experience at the Sunshine Coast Health Institute on Friday August 10th from 9am – 12.30pm.  The students will listen to presentations from professionals and education providers about studying and working both directly and indirectly in the Health field. 

Interested students are requested to speak to Mr Peter McMahon before Tuesday July 24th to obtain a Parent Consent form.  Transport to and from the venue will be via Pacific Lutheran College buses.

Mr Peter McMahon, Head of Bulla House

From the Head of Learning Enrichment

Education Council Information Notice

An Information Notice from Education Council regarding Nationally Consistent Collection of Data  - Students with Disability.

All Education Ministers from Commonwealth, State and Territory governments endorsed the implementation of a Nationally Consistent Collection of Data on School Students with Disability (NCCD) in all Australian schools (government, independent and Catholic).

The nationally consistent approach to data collection provides all Australian schools, education authorities and the community with a clear picture of the number of students receiving adjustments because of disability in schools, and the adjustments they are provided to enable them to participate in education on the same basis as other students.  Please click here to read more.

Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment

From the Head of Career Development

Careers Update!

USC Open Day Sunday 22nd July

Careers that are likely to be in demand in the years ahead will be discussed in detail at the University of the Sunshine Coast’s annual Open Day on Sunday 22 July.

USC will hold a ‘Careers of the Future’ forum as one of many activities during Open Day, which is expected to attract thousands of prospective students from across the Sunshine Coast and further afield. The forum will consider how people can study for jobs that don’t even exist yet and will look closely at the core skills needed by a future workforce.

Open Day will be held from 9.30am to 2pm at USC’s main campus at Sippy Downs and will have the theme ‘Rise, and Shine Starts Here’. It is aimed at giving students all the information they need to make the most of their time at university.

Visitors will be able to inspect the campus, get questions answered, and learn more about the study programs they’re interested in by chatting one-on-one with USC academics. They can sit in on real lectures across a wide range of disciplines to see what University life is like and attend information sessions that outline study programs and career opportunities.

There will also be panel discussions that will focus on: how to choose the right university; what factors need to be considered when planning a gap year; and moves to overcome gender stereotypes in careers.

ACU Community Achiever Program

ACU believes great work that makes a positive impact should be recognised – and rewarded. So if you are regularly volunteering, ACU invite you to apply for our Community Achiever Program (CAP).
Regular volunteer work in your community – through a social justice organisation, sporting, performance, cultural or religious group – may be rewarded through our Community Achievers' Program with entry into an undergraduate degree.

A successful CAP application means you could receive an offer as early as August to study at ACU. Being part of this CAP group also offers unique opportunities to enhance your leadership and volunteering skills, while you study with us.

CAP entry is only available for Undergraduate bachelor level degrees at ACU.

Year 11 2019 Subject Selection

If you were not able to attend the Year 10 into 11 subject selection evening, you will find details about the Senior Phase, ATAR and subject outlines in the Subject Selection Handbook located on the PLC website.

The QTAC My Path link for exploring tertiary pre-requisites is found at

Subject preference forms are due back on Monday 23rd July.

Sunshine Coast Careers Expo is on this Tuesday 24th July at the Calvary Centre, Tanawha from 10.00am -2.00pm and from 3.30pm – 6.30pm. Many exhibitors will have booths including TAFE, Tertiary, Defence, Private RTO’s and Colleges, etc.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Junior Sport Update

Welcome back to Semester Two for Junior College sport. As always sport kicks off straight away with a variety of carnivals and sporting activities taking place. 

Lutheran and District Athletics Carnivals

Both the Lutheran and District athletics carnival will be held in the next few weeks. Students who have been selected to represent the College at these carnivals will have received a Care Monkey email earlier this week.  Can parents please respond to confirm their child’s attendance as soon as possible. Students who are turning 12 this year will need to wait until after the 7-12 carnival next Tuesday to confirm their place in the team.

The Lutheran Athletics carnival will be held next Wednesday 25th July out at The University of the Sunshine Coast. Please note that the bus leaves for this carnival from the front bus stop at 7.45am.


4-6 SCISSA sport starts up again in Term Three. Students selected their sports at the end of last term. SCISSA team trials will begin during Thursday afternoon sport time this week and students will then start Monday afterschool training for these sports in Week 4. Afterschool training dates can be found on the College calendar.  

Semester One SCISSA Uniforms

There are a large number of unreturned SCISSA sport uniforms from Semester One. These uniforms include: netball dresses, soccer jerseys, basketball singlets and rugby jerseys.

Could all parents please check at home and return these to Mrs Campbell as soon as possible. Many of these uniforms needs to be redistributed to students this term.

Student Success

Tom Ackhurst who has just started at PLC this term participated in NSW and Queensland Ski Championship at Thredbo last week representing Pacific Lutheran College.

Tom placed 2nd in Moguls and 3rd in Ski X for Qld in Div. 5 under 10 years old.

Well done Tom!






Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

Secondary Sport Update!

The Year 7-12 Athletics carnival will be held at the USC Athletics Track on Monday 23rd July. The program of events is available here.

Things to remember

  • Students are to wear House Uniform
  • Bring- water bottle, lunch, sunscreen, hat
  • The Friends of Pacific will be running a small canteen on the day
  • Students can go in ALL events on the day to contribute points for their house

Kaylee McKeown Swims to Success!

Year 12 student, Kaylee McKeown qualified for the Pan Pacific 2018 Swimming Championships in the 100 and 200 metre backstroke.  Kaylee alongside her Australian team members are currently in Cairns for approximately two-weeks, training as well as acclimatizing in preparation for Tokyo.  The Championships start on the 9th August and finish on 13th August.  Kaylee will also compete at the Youth Olympics in Buenos Aires in early October.


Kayaking 2018

PLC kayaking will recommence each Monday and Thursday of Term 3 from 3.30pm – 5.00pm at Lake Kawana start tower.

Students attending the state championships on Sunday 21st of October will need to attend at least one training session per week. Students will train for the 200 and 500m in both doubles and singles in either TK1, K1 or C1 racing craft. Students attending the training sessions will need to have completed a permission form through Care Monkey (see Mrs Campbell) and have arranged private transport to and from the Lake. All kayaking equipment will be provided at the venue.

For more information please contact Mr Graves at school via email or mobile 0407370747

Club Sport

Pacific FC Update

Pacific FC Update

Upcoming Events:

July 21- Home Game (Car Wash for Cambodia at PLC from 10.00am-2.00pm)

July 28 – Home Game

August 11 – Bunnings BBQ

September 9 – End of Season Presentation

To read the complete Pacific FC newsletter, please click here… 

Matt Gigney, Pacific FC Committee

PLC Neball

This week sees the commencement of the July to November Ladies Social Netball Season, with PLC fielding three (3) sides; the PLC Mighty Mares, the PLC Almighty Appaloosas and the PLC Fantastic Friesians.  There is still room for additional players, so if you’re interested in getting out of the house on a Tuesday evening to get a little exercise and have a lot of fun, please let us know.

The club AGM is confirmed for Monday 30 Jul 18 commencing at 18:00 in the multipurpose room at the rear of the library.  If you are inte

rested in joining the committee, please seek out one of the committee members to discuss your involvement.  Details for the night will be issued in due course. 

The club has secured a limited-edition framed Sunshine Coast Lightening poster that celebrates the teams 2017 Championship win and is personally signed by the winning 10 player squad. The edition is strictly limited to 50 worldwide and is accompanied by a certificate of Authenticity from the Sunshine Coast Lightning.   The poster size is 910 x 610mm.  The poster is our major price for the club raffle which will be drawn on 4 Aug during CDNA’s visit to PLC.  Tickets are $2.00 each or 3 for $5.00.

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball President


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

Grow and Share Services

Ps Ray Morris, St Marks Lutheran Chruch Caloundra

General Notices

LLL 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 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


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

30-31   Year 8 Camp – Glastonbury

30-31   Seishin Visit (Inbound)

31        9-12yrs District Athletics

31        Year 10 2019 Subject Selection Evening (6pm)