Compass No. 508 August 2018

From the Principal

Celebrating the Important Role that Dads Play

Dads play an important role in the growth of their children.  Engaged dads can help children to be secure, confident in their surrounds, develop good social connections, and play an important role in the development of the social and emotional wellbeing and academic achievement of young people.  Dads also play a key role in the connecting of our community.

This Sunday we have an opportunity to be grateful for the role that Dads have played in our lives.  As a community we are also thankful for the important role that men play within our community as fathers, coaches, teachers, and leaders and look forward to the Celebrating Dad’s Day Breakfast on Friday.   We give thanks to God for the many men who make our families and community rich places to grow.  We are reminded that God invites us all to be in a nurturing relationship with him as a loving, gracious and ever-present Father.

Principal's Log

There has been considerable commentary about the purposes and uses of NAPLAN in the media over the past month.  The detailed data returned to schools is one of the important pieces of information that teachers can use in conjunction with other information to identify areas of strength and development for individual students and cohorts.  Simplistic misuse and over emphasis on the data in the public arena and within schools can lead to a narrowing of curriculum that limits growth opportunities for other very important areas of learning. 

At Pacific we see the development of literacy and numeracy skills as one of the important areas for development alongside the development of understanding within and across other discipline areas, the development of 21st century skills which includes the intentional nurturing of thinking and communication skills, creativity and social and emotional capacities and the fostering of personal wellbeing.

While there may be some question about the comparability of data generated by students who have completed the tests online compared to those who have completed it using paper, the data remains useful to us as a college to identify relative areas of strength within the cohort and for individuals. 

Pacific cohorts and individuals performed well with all year levels performing above and in many instances well above state and preliminary national means for all dimensions of the tests.  Of particular note has been the improved performances in writing across the College which has been an area of focus for us. We will forward individual reports to families once the reports reach the College.

We wish the PLC Thoroughbreds and the U11 PLC Palominos netball teams and the U11 Pacific Seals soccer team who have reached the finals of their respective Saturday competitions all the best as they compete this week.  We thank both parent groups who have led these clubs as coaches, managers, volunteers and supporters.  A particular thank you to Netball president Mr Trevor Colton and his committee and Mr Matt Gigney and his committee for their generosity in time and commitment to providing ongoing opportunities for young people to grow through engagement in these netball and soccer competitions.  All parents involved in these clubs play a very important role within our community and we thank you for your support.

We give a prayer of thanks for the role that Dads play within our families and community and wish all of our Dads a happy Father’s Day. 

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


Then God said, "Let us make humankind in our image, according to our likeness” …

So God created humankind, in the image of God he created them.

Genesis 1:26a, 27

Our God is a creative God, a God who brings the universe into being through his creative impulses. And this God has given this creativity as a gift to all his people. People who are created in his image. This is one of the meanings of these above quoted words from Genesis. As members of humanity we are created in the image of God. Therefore, we share in the creativity that emanates from God. This means schools and educational systems are so important in the process of cultivating creativity in the hearts and minds of students. Through schools God uses teachers and staff to encourage the next generation of problem solvers, scientists, musicians, designers, artists, mathematicians and musicians to tackle the challenges of the world, create objects of beauty, and give expression to those things that give us meaning and purpose in life. When we are creative and sit back and view that creativity, for a moment we are connecting with the God who sat back and viewed his creation and said that it is was good, extremely good. That is the deep satisfaction that can come our way when we tap into the creativity that God has woven into us. 

That’s why it is important that students hear from their teachers and from parents that they are creative. Every child, young person and adult has the God given potential to be creative and to learn to be creative. It’s not just those creative geniuses of history, artists and musicians like Michelangelo, Bach, Beethoven, Picasso or Aretha Franklin who are creative. It’s not just the students we see in front of us at assemblies or other school events who perform music, dance, or sing who are creative. We may sit back and think that they are creative, unlike us. But the truth of the matter is that God has made each of us with unique and varied gifts of creativity. Creativity involves much more than being talented musically or artistically. Creativity involves originality, adaptability, generating new ideas, problem solving, thinking outside of the box. As well as being born with natural creative ability, for each of us there are also creative skills we can learn to develop and grow. Skills that are really needed in today’s complex changing world and skills that every student is encouraged to develop as they learn at Pacific.

There are numerous ways we can cultivate our creativity that God has given us. But more of that will be included in next week’s newsletter. To finish off, be encouraged in the image of God, in the creativity God has given you, your children, our teachers and staff at Pacific and in other schools, and in all of humanity. And as you help grow and cultivate that sense of creativity in the ones close to you. May you continue to be a blessing to others and the whole world as you reflect the image of God.

Ps Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students


A recent article on Purpose written by Rhiannon McGee the head of Positive Education at Geelong Grammar School had me thinking about Purpose here at Pacific. According to Bronk [2014] most definitions of purpose feature three elements: commitment, goal directedness and personal meaning. In addition to this, he posts that there is a fourth component, a focus on impacting the world beyond-the-self. The development of purpose is closely identified with the development of identity. Research shows that in adolescents’ purpose can be viewed as a defining feature of wellbeing.

At Pacific we encourage individuals to discover purpose in personally meaningful ways such as the altruistic caring for others and in creative, sporting and spiritual pursuits. The Red Shield Appeal, Cambodia trip, Productions, Art classes, Chapels and camps can all help individuals develop a sense of purpose. It is not surprising that there is research highlighting the relationship between purpose and academic achievement as purpose inspires greater grit and self-efficacy in young people. Whilst pursuing goals related to our purpose may cause stress at times, it is likely that purposeful individuals are better equipped to weather those storms and understand the longer-term rewards associated with them.

Our pastoral care teachers are finishing of their care conversations with students based on their semester reports. This is a way of engaging young people in what matters to them and gives them a chance to reflect on their personal values and aspirations. This helps students to develop longer term authentic goals. Coaching conversations are perhaps the most effective context for goal setting and developing purpose. Finally, I would like to thank the pastoral care teachers for this very positive experience for our students over the past few weeks.

This week the students got behind the Australian farmers by supporting the fundraising of the Drought Angels. If any parents would like to contribute to this much needed cause they can leave donations at the Middle/Senior office.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Update

Last week I had the pleasure of joining Year 4 students and their teachers on their outdoor education camp at Alexandra Park at Alexandra Headland.  The Outdoor Education Program at the College is a well-planned, sequential program extending from Year 3 to Year 9. It provides to all students the opportunity to develop a variety of interpersonal, leadership and problem-solving skills in a challenging, exciting and carefully controlled outdoor setting.  Research carried out over many years suggests that such experiences can be the most significant, memorable and defining events experienced by children during their schooling. Thanks to Mr Tait - Director of Outdoor Education, for coordinating and planning such an excellent program.

Under clear blue skies, the Year 4 students and their teachers left the College on Thursday morning and returned to the College excited, if not a little tired on Friday afternoon. Whilst at Alexandra Park they completed a variety of activities including raft building, initiative games and a variety of activities aimed at developing cooperation, teamwork and confidence. The students participated enthusiastically in all activities.  Thanks to the Year 4 class teachers, Mrs Empson, Mr Compton and Mr Davis and Outdoor Education Aide, Tegan, for the way that they cared for and supervised the children whilst on camp. On Friday, even after a late night their leadership, professionalism, humour and enthusiasm made the camp a very successful, worthwhile and enjoyable experience for all the students. 


P-2 Athletics  

The day has almost arrived!  Over the last weeks P-2 students have been busily preparing for their Athletics Carnival which will be held on Monday 3rd September.  The Carnival will start at 9.00am and will be completed by 10.30am. Parents are most welcome at this exciting event.

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

Food for Thought

Moody Kids: How to Respond to Pouting, Whining and Sulking

Pouting, sulking and whining are three of the most annoying ways that kids communicate their displeasure, anger or frustration with a situation. This behaviour is not just limited to young children, either—teens do it because they haven’t always learned the skills to express their frustration in an appropriate way. Simply put: it works for them.

“The behaviour will continue as long as you continue to react to it”

For more information click on the link below.

Mrs Annie Williams, School Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

ALOHA OCEANfest: Announcing our WINNERS!

Colouring Competition

Congratulations to all our colouring competition winners especially our overall winners; Matthew (Year 2) and Emily (Year 3)! Congratulations also to each of our year level winners and highly commended entrants. Prizes were presented at Junior Assembly on Monday. Thank you to everyone who entered. There were so many wonderful entries adding a bright splash of colour and fun to our ALOHA OCEANfest. Thank you to our generous sponsors; Mrs Shannon Russell, Amazen Puzzles and Games, Gelatissimo Kawana and Boost Juice Caloundra for your support.

Aloha Raffle Prizes

Congratulations also to Christen Hagan! Christen has won the stunning 18ct Pure White Gold Ring with Natural Tanzanite and Diamonds valued at $5000. Thank you to Mrs Rita Williams and her team at Sunstate Jewellers, Moffat Beach for the very generous contribution to our Aloha Raffle.  For a full list of all our lucky Aloha Raffle Prize Winners and Sponsors please CLICK HERE. Book Buyers Prize Winners will be announced next week.

Auction Prize: Junior Car Park   

Congratulations to Kurt Fowler, of Fowler Lawyers, one of our major sponsors of OCEANfest for securing the coveted junior car park spot  (commencing now until the end of Term 1, 2019). Keen to share the win, Kurt has kindly gifted this prize to a fellow PLC family.

Father’s Day Stall: Gifting + Volunteering 

 Our annual Father’s Day Stall this week was a great success with many excited buyers! 

Thank you to Teena Thompson and Sanet Strong for your time and effort in the lead up and to all our volunteer parents who helped on the day! Our wonderful volunteer parents and staff make these events possible and we greatly appreciate your time, effort and support.


Next Meeting: Tuesday 18 September

Our next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 18 September from 6.30pm in the College Library. All are welcome to attend!

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson


Library News

Book Week Costume Parade

Thanks to everyone in P-5 who helped celebrate Book Week last week by dressing up as a book character and getting involved in the Book Week fun. Book Week is a reminder of how vital a love of books and reading is to a child’s development.

 A number of competitions were also run during Book Week and we congratulate everyone who made the effort to enter. Well done to Will and Henry Fowler for winning the edible book competition with their entry of ‘There’s a Big Green Frog in the Toilet’. Thanks, Mrs Beattie and the Year 12 Hospitality class for judging. The Selfie Shelfie winner was Stella and Holl, who won the Lego scene competition and Schyler, got the closest guess in the Choc Coin Treasure Jar competition.


Free Audiobook Trial

Until the end of September, the library has a free trial of audiobooks. They can be accessed through our ebook portal at or via the library web site, in the same way as the ebooks. Have a look and try them them out over the next few weeks.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Secondary College

STEM Science Week Competition

Thank you for your interest in the 2018 STEM / Science Week competition.  To be eligible for the prizes, you are to choose an issue in Australia (for example: pollution in local creek). 

  • Brainstorm ideas for an invention that could be useful in helping to solve the identified issue.
  • Write a description of your invention, including saying why it would have the ability to help solve the issue.
  • List the types of Science, Technology, Engineering and/or Mathematics (STEM) skills someone would need to create or use this invention.
  • Present your findings in a video or presentation.

If you require any more information, please come and see me in the S6 staffroom.

Mr Wes Warner, Head of Innovation, Entrepreneurialism and Business

Cultural News

The Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra

Dear Parents and Guardians of PLC Instrumental Pupils,

The Sunshine Coast Youth Orchestra (SCYO) have a series of upcoming workshops that our young musicians have been invited to attend. This is an opportunity for interested students wanting to come along and see whether SCYO may be something they want to be involved in. Even if they don’t it will be a fabulous workshop with some new music!

Attached is a flyer with details of the workshops and a detailed information sheet outlining the groups levels. 

For those students interested in participating with SCYO in 2019, auditions will be on the weekend of Oct 27/28 and audition music and registration will be available on the SCYO website by the end of term 3 holidays. This is an excellent program and would be very beneficial to your child’s musical development. Feel free to ask Mrs Williams any questions you may have as she will be there on the day. Mrs Williams often spends time working with the SCYO, as her children participate and in addition there are quite a few PLC students who also attend now! It is very worthwhile considering and a wonderful group to be a part of. Please click here for more infomation.

Mr Adrian King – Head of Instrumental

Year 10 Drama Workshop

Last week the Year 10 Drama students were lucky enough to have a guest artist, Clint Bolster from Homunculus Theatre Company, run a full-day workshop on Commedia dell’Arte. They engaged in a number of highly physical and challenging activities throughout the day with a focus on character mask work and the physical comedic techniques that accompany them. The students enjoyed this unique, valuable learning opportunity, which challenged them to play and perform through creative thinking and physical theatre, and which encouraged all to express themselves in a fun and safe environment. 

“In this age of technology live drama experiences are vital for our young people to encounter joy, vulnerability, physical discipline and freedom of expression. It is important to offer these learning experiences to assist our students in developing a more positive slant on our human condition.” (

 Mrs Kristy Astwick, Dance and Drama Teacher

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

Medicine Experience Day UQ

MedView will be hosting in Brisbane, a Medicine Experience Day called ‘A day in the life of a doctor’ for students and parents in Brisbane and surrounding areas. This unique event will give students (and parents) an opportunity to learn valuable medical and surgical skills, speak one-on-one with doctors and medical students, and put themselves on a path to a successful career as a doctor.


When: Saturday 29th September 2018 (September school holidays)

Where: The University of Queensland, St Lucia campus. (Exact rooms to be confirmed)

Who: students and parents interested in medicine, years 10-12

Registration: $10 for prospective medicine students, free for parents/guests!

register online at

The interactive session will also cover:

  • Career options in medicine
  • Workshops (clinical skills, surgical skills, & case-based learning)
  • Tips and tricks for UMAT, GAMSAT and Multiple Mini Interview (MMI)
  • Academic requirements for top universities and resources to help you meet them
  • Life of a medical student (pre-clinical and clinical years) and doctor career experience opportunities
  • Leading speakers amongst Queensland's best Surgeons and Physicians will be in attendance. To be announced in the next week

Tafe Open Day

Mooloolaba Campus Open Day

Mooloolaba Campus
34 Lady Musgrave Dr,
Mountain Creek 

When: 10:00am - 2:00pm on Friday 12th October

Subject Areas: Hospitality, Cookery, Tourism & Events, Fashion, Hair & Beauty, Early Childhood, Sport & Fitness, Health & Nursing, IT

Nambour Campus Open Day
Nambour Campus
91 Windsor Rd,
Burnside QLD 4560

When: 10:00am - 2:00pm on Friday 12th October

Subject Areas: Trades, Screen & Media, Music & Sound Production, Visual Arts, Photography, Graphic Design

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Junior Sport News

4-6 SCISSA Gala Day

The Term 3 Gala Day is fast approaching on Thursday 13th September. All students from Year 4 -6 will take part in various sport and activities. A parent’s information letter was sent home this week via Care Monkey outlining plans for the day.

Please note that students will need to arrive at school by 8:10am on this day and make their way to the front oval between the gymnasium and the front car park for roll call.  It is important that all students arrive on time as some teams need to travel to Noosa and will need to leave on time to make their first games.  All teams, with the exception of Dance, will be travelling.  Staff and students will board buses at 8:25am to make their way to the venue for warm up prior to the start of first round games at 9:30am.

P-2 Athletics Carnival

Students are very excited for the Prep – Year 2 Athletics carnival which is on next Monday, 3rd September. The carnival will be held here at the College on the main oval and will start at 9:00am sharp. All students need to wear their coloured house shirts on the day and parents and friends are welcome to attend.

All students will receive a participation ribbon at the end of the carnival with the emphasis on student participation and house spirit.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Secondary Sport

Year 7-12 SCISSA Touch Football, Wednesday 29th August Results







Junior Girls

Mr Hooper





Abigail Tracey

Junior Boys

Mr Cummins





Cooper Johnston

Senior Girls

Ms Finter






Senior Boys

Mr Danzey





Sandon Cunningham


Year 7-12 Water Polo Monday 27th August Results







Junior Girls

Mrs Elliot, #Brad





Sophie Heinz

Junior Boys

Mr Kersnovske





Henry Friend

Senior Girls

Mr Jones


St Teresa


St Teresa

Jayda Lowe



Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

PLC FC Update!

Congratulations to the U11C Pacific Seals on winning their semi-final match last Saturday. Here are a few photos of the action, courtesy of Robert Anderson. The team is now through to the Grand Final on Saturday, 8th September. Match times to be advised.




 Congratulations to the U10 Pacific Jewelfish on coming in as the top ranking U9-U10 Pacific FC team (#14) on the SCCSA Fair Play Ladder. Photos courtesy of Jodie Cawley.


Profile: Co-Coach - Bailey Kong
Year 12
Played U10-U12 with Pacific
Soccer position: right mid field
After school: Go to university to study exercise physiology
Likes: all sports/ fishing and cycling

Congratulations to the U13 Pacific Cobras on coming in as the top ranking U11+ Pacific FC team (#23) on the SCCSA Fair Play Ladder.

There was much excitement in the air as the top two U11C teams faced off in the major semi-final in Palmwoods on Saturday.

Match Report - U11c Seals

The PLC Seals and Palmwoods Mohicans had played each other twice during the season. The Seals were not victorious in game 1 (5-1) but bounced back with a confidence boosting win (3-0) against the ladder leaders in round 15.

Palmwoods got out to an early lead with a great goal that went way over the goalie’s head. Despite several chances and a tight contest, they kept the lead until half time. PLC then scored two cracking goals by Rhys. It looked like we were home, then they got a lucky bounce past the keeper.

The score was locked 2 all at full time and both teams took to the field for extra time.  With the scores still locked, the excited teams returned to the field for a penalty shootout.

With a lot of pressure on Ashton in goal, he was a rock and saved two rocket attempts. Josh, Joey and Angus slotted nice penalty shots and the final score was 2-2 (3-1).  The whole team played their heart out in a very nerve racking but sensational game. The Seals make now are on their way to the Grand Final in two weeks!

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball

It is hard to believe, but another season of home and away is behind us.  The year finished on a high with CDNA visiting PLC with lovely spring weather and a carnival atmosphere.  A special thank you to all of those who assisted on the day.  Congratulations to our senior side the PLC Thoroughbreds and our U11s the PLC Palominos on making the finals.  The games are back to back this weekend at CDNA from 9.00am, so come on down and support the girls.  A reminder of the presentation night at Laser Zone on 23 Sep 2018 from 4:45am

Our players of the week are:

  • PLC Might Mares:  Lorraine Wilkie
  • PLC Almighty Appaloosas: Jane Greenland
  • PLC Fantastic Friesians: Kim Williams
  • PLC Thoroughbreds – Katie Graves
  • PLC Arabians – Evy Gover
  • PLC Fillies – Ainslie Colton
  • PLC Ponies – Sophie Bloomer
  • PLC Palominos – Taylor Mikolic.

Mr Trevor Colton, President PLC Netball

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

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


31                                              Celebrating Dad’s Breakfast (7am)


3                                                P-2 Athletic Carnival (8.50-10.30am)

4 - 5                                          QCS Test

10                                              Yrs 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

10 - 21                                      Yr 9 Two Week Camp Program

11 - 12                                       10-19yrs Regional Athletics

13                                             Yrs 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 3