Compass No. 509 September 2018

From the Principal

Future Problem Solvers selected for National Finals

Congratulations to our Year 12 team of Ethan Hall, Olivia Papallo, Sarah Gale, Karlee Connors and individual entrant Noah Beasley of Year 9, who have been selected to participate in the National Finals of the Future Problem Solving Competition in Melbourne next term.  The topic of the qualifying booklet was Philanthrocapitalism. This is an amazing achievement for all students. The Year 12 team was one of three senior teams from Queensland and Noah was the only individual in the middle years section from Queensland to be selected. 

According to the FPS website – FPS is now an international educational program for students of all ages, focusing on the development of critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills. The program challenges students to apply their minds to some of the significant issues facing the world of today and the future, equipping them with the vision, skills and tools to design and promote positive futures for the society in which they live

This is an outstanding achievement and we thank Head of Learning Enrichment Mrs. Jo Belchamber and her team for their passionate and excellent leadership. We wish all students the best as they prepare for the final.

Principal's Log

One of the highlights of the year is to be part of the Celebrating Dad’s Day breakfast.  Over 500 people attended last Friday morning with Dads enjoying the opportunity to connect with their children and each other while appreciating great food served by our hospitality students and being entertained by our musicians.  We thank our Dads and families for their support.  Special appreciation is extended to our hospitality students and staff led by Mrs. Beattie and musicians led by Mr. Adrian King and Mrs. Aleisha Tuaine for sharing their talents in making this such a high-quality relaxing experience for people to enjoy.

We also congratulate Mikaela Swan and Zoe Stockwell whose work was selected to be part of the Creative Generation Awards for Visual Art for the Sunshine Coast District.  This exhibition is part of a statewide art awards program where works are selected from each region to be on display at GOMA.  The works from over 30 schools showcased the diversity of creative talent in young people from across the coast.  It was a delight to see Mikaela be one of two students to be awarded a Highly Commended with three further student pieces being selected for exhibition in Brisbane.

Congratulations is also extended to our Year 7/8 QAMT Mathematics team of Noah Winten, Callum Folley and Liam Russell who at the end of the normal rounds of the regional competition were tied in second place with Matthew Flinders.  They finished the competition placing third and missed the opportunity to go on to the state level competition after the tie breaker in which their estimate of the number of triangles drawn in a diagram was less accurate than the Flinders team.  Well done to the boys and thank you to Mr Andrew Block for his leadership of the team.

Year 4 - 9 students also enjoyed the opportunity to be part of the Sunshine Coast Japanese speaking competition at the University of the Sunshine Coast.  We congratulate all students who participated and celebrate with Phoebe Shearer who placed 1st in the Year 4 division, Abigail Christie who placed 3rd for the Year 5 division and Jackson Bailey who was placed 1st in Year 6.  We thank teachers Mrs Jo Bailey, Mrs Mel Pietrala and Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach for their leadership of this event.

It was enjoyable to watch the PLC Thoroughbred team play in their netball semifinal on Saturday.  In a closely fought match that was won in the dying seconds of the game, the girls showed great skill and tenacity.  They and their coach Mrs. Michelle Dufty can be very proud of their performance and the growth they have shown over the season.  We wish the U11 PLC Palaminos netball team all the best for their grand final in two weeks’ time and the U11 Seals football team all the best for their final this weekend. The Seals team will appreciate community support at the Buderim United FC, Fisherman's Road, Buderim at 8.30am on Saturday.

I am pleased to announce that Mrs Helen Williams will be our Head of Instrumental Music from the start of Term 4.  Mrs Williams has a great passion for young people and music and has had extensive experience in the leadership of music, having experience in the United Kingdom as well as here on the Sunshine Coast in a variety of school and community settings.  Mr Adrian King will continue to support different groups here at the College next year. We look forward to Mrs. Williams leading the ongoing success of the instrumental program.

We thank God for the opportunity to come together as a community and benefit from each other’s gifts.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Creative Hyperbole

“I’m as hungry as a horse”. “If I’ve told you once I’ve told you a million times, clean up your room!”. “You’re going on camp and you’ve packed everything in your bag except the kitchen sink.” Hyperbole. That is what you call these statements. They are creative figures of speech which involve deliberate and at times extreme exaggeration. And hyperbole is what Jesus uses here in this statement to his disciples; I tell you, it is harder for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich person to enter the kingdom of God.

A rich young man comes to Jesus with a serious question about what he needs to do to receive eternal life. Jesus responds to him by recommending that he sells everything he owns, give the money away and come follow him. The rich man goes away from the encounter very sad and Jesus breaks into hyperbole with his disciples. He uses the image of the biggest animal of the day trying to fit through something so small as the hole at the end of a needle, something notoriously tricky to thread. Jesus uses this humourous hyperbolic figure of speech to make a point. I’m sure his disciples would have laughed when they heard this talk of camels and needles. Humour in the Bible, something we don’t always pick up when we read passages or hear them read today. But something I’m sure Jesus had a healthy dose of when he knocked around with his disciples.  

Jesus used that creative hyperbole to make the point that the riches, money, possessions in our lives can easily stop us from following God. They can easily get in the way of entering the kingdom of God, like that camel which is never going to fit through the needle. In our relatively wealthy society how do we respond to this challenge of Jesus? God has given us our possessions, wealth and money to care for the people entrusted to us, to use for our blessing and to serve others who don’t have as much as we do. We don’t need to renounce all worldly possessions to follow God. What we need to do though is put our faith in Jesus rather than place our security in what we own. This is a huge challenge for people. Wholeheartedly trusting in the power of God to achieve great things in life rather than our own efforts, assets and material possessions. But as Jesus said to his disciples with humans it might seem impossible. But with God all things are possible.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor 

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Update

Thanks to the many parents and family members who attended the P-2 Athletics Carnival last Monday.  The children participated enthusiastically in all events and cheered loudly for their houses. A special thanks to Mr Hooper and Mrs Campbell for coordinating the event and to all P-2 classroom teachers for supervising and encouraging their students during the carnival.

With Father’s Day being celebrated only last weekend and the holidays just around the corner, it is an ideal time to focus on how dads can help develop their children’s literacy. Research clearly shows that dads play a critical role in their children's literacy development and levels of academic performance — by modelling reading, sharing stories, exploring the world together, and engaging in meaningful conversations that build critical thinking skills. Boys in particular respond to positive modelling by older males. A few tips to encourage dads to read to their children;

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The role of fathers in their child's literacy development: Pre-K

Dads play a critical role in their children's literacy development — by modelling reading, sharing stories, exploring the world together, and engaging in meaningful conversations that build critical thinking skills.

What should I read?

Children will respond to your enthusiasm. You can select age appropriate nonfiction – books about famous people, places, or how things work, or fiction. The important part is that you are enthusiastic about the book. Read slowly, talk about what you read.

What if I’m not with my child every day?

If you don’t see your child each day, try arranging a regular time to read books over the phone, or create your own podcast! Your child will look forward to this individual time with you, and you will also be modelling behaviour that will keep your child on a path toward improved levels of learning.

What if I don’t like reading?

Even if you’re not a reader yourself, research has shown that your participation in literacy activities at home, can have a profound impact on your child’s academic achievement. You just have to send the message that reading is important. Here are some other simple ways to incorporate literacy into your everyday routine with your child.

  • Tell stories about when you were young
  • Recite nursery rhymes or jingles
  • Read environmental print (e.g., road signs or brand names on food containers)
  • Ask your child about his day. Conversation with adults helps children learn new words and practice creating a narrative – both linked to better reading skills.
  • Check out books of photography or art and talk about the pictures
  • When you are doing household projects, describe what you are doing to your child
  • Involve your child in everyday writing tasks like shopping lists or paying bills
  • Create games that use letters, words, or problem solving

Use the language you are most comfortable speaking. Reading skills transfer between languages, and you will be better at playing with words and language in your native tongue.

Walk the Walk

Your child learns from what you do. Make sure the messages you are sending about reading reinforce that knowledge and literacy are valuable, achievable, and powerful.

For more information on reading with your child, visit:

Year 5 Camp 

A reminder to parents of Year 5 students that medical and permission forms for the Year 5 camp need to be returned to your child’s teacher.  Students depart for Year 5 camp on Tuesday 9th October (Week 1 Term 4).

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

Friends of Pacific

OCEANfest 2018

Our Aloha Raffle is one of the most significant components of OCEANfest. Most of the prizes are donated by generous, local Sunshine Coast businesses. We also thank the many PLC families who supported OCEANfest 2018 by buying and/or selling tickets in the raffle. There are however, still a small number of families who have not yet returned their unsold raffle ticket books. We cordially ask you to please return these books to the main office as soon as possible.  

We congratulate the following families who have won ancillary prizes through buying and selling tickets:


(For the PLC families who sold the highest number of Raffle Books by 5pm Thursday August 16th, 2018)

1st Place WINNER - B. Vergens-White

$150 WEARECO PLC Uniform Shop Gift Voucher PLUS

Aloha Family Gift Pack with Double Pass to Thrill Hill

Family of 4 Caloundra Rollerdrome Pass

$50 ‘The Grill’ Restaurant voucher Sebel Pelican Waters.

2nd Place WINNER - R. Williams

$100 WEARECO PLC Uniform Shop Gift Voucher PLUS Aloha Family Gift Pack.

3rd Place WINNERS (Tie) - B. Zolotar, E. Maclean and W. Fowler

$50 WEARECO PLC Uniform Shop Gift Voucher Plus Aloha Family Gift Pack

LUCKY BOOK Buyers and Sellers Prize Draw

1st - M. Briese 

Lunch for two at La Maison du Patissier owned by Eric and Francoise PLUS a bottle of French Champagne valued at $90

2nd - H. King

Rebel Sport Gift Card valued at $50

3rd - B. Vergens-White

Apple iTunes Gift Card valued at $30 and 20 litre Drinks Cooler

4th - J. Groll

BBQ Gift Pack

5th - T. Easton

Cook Book Gift Pack


1st - C. Wegener

Kiss Photography Designer Portrait Sitting

Handmade LOL Doll Keepsake




2nd - H. Fowler

Family Set of Napoli Soccer Jerseys from KAPPA Australia

3rd - W. Fowler

$50 ‘The Grill’ Restaurant voucher Sebel Pelican Waters

4th D.W

$20 iTunes gift card

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

Secondary College

National Youth Science Forum 2019

We congratulate one of our Year 11 students - Stephanie Keenan, for her selection to attend the prestigious National Youth Science Forum in January next year. As part of this selection, she will be attending the Queensland Governor’s Reception on 19th October 2018. 

Stephanie is one of our high achieving Science students and it is here that she will meet like-minded others for Australia’s biggest Science Camp.  At NYSF the goal is to expose every student to the widest possible range of Science, Technology and Engineering so that they can make informed choices about not only their own futures, but the future of our country.  They form an important part of the next generation of knowledgeable scientists.  We will be relying upon them to invent new medicines, design more efficient technology for solar panels, use nanotechnology to design a cable strong enough to hold a space elevator (yes, believe it or not) and solve the current problems we have including an impending sea level rise by over 1.1 meters by the turn of the century. 

NYSF has been operating for over 30 years and its aim is to encourage young Australians to be the next generation of leading scientists, engineers and mathematics experts supporting a sustainable future for our nation.  The National Youth Science Forum is a 12-day experience held in Canberra and Brisbane in January of each year. The mission of NYSF is to provide community minded and science-focused young Australians with an opportunity to network and develop insight into skills, careers and a lifetime of achievement in science, engineering, technology and mathematics.  Stephanie is certainly looking forward to being a part of this fabulous journey.

Miss Rebecca Ross, Head of Science

Outside School Hours Care

Vacation Care

Vacation Care is nearly here. We have a jam-packed fun filled program planned for these upcoming school holidays. Anyone can come and join in all the fun we have. If you have family and friends why not tell them and you can all enjoy the fun together. We have some exciting excursions planned – going to the Rollerdrome and going to the strawberry farm and learning all about how strawberries get from the farm to our mouths. We all will be going Nerf crazy with our Nerf Extravaganza day.  Plus we will have the opportunity to experience camping in our very own OSHC yard. All program and booking forms are available on the College website or drop in to see Nat and the team at OSHC for more information. So, what are you waiting for? Come on in and join in the fun.

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, Educational Leader

Cultural News

Students Exhibit their Works-of-Art!

It is with great pleasure that the Art Department announces the artistic achievements of two Year 12 art students, Mikaela Swan and Zoe Stockwell, whose work was selected to exhibit in the Creative Generation Awards for Visual Art – Sunshine Coast, at the University of Sunshine Coast Art Gallery. Mikaela Swan was one of two students to be awarded highly commended.

Zoe’s is a pop culture painting with an environment comment. Mikaela’s is an abstract black and white film with self-composed music. There is a still graphic of the 3-minute film attached. This is an awesome opportunity for these art students.


Mrs Denise McMahon, Head of Art Department

Students and Teachers Perform Together

You’re invited to attend the Music for the Big Screen where PLC students and Mr Adrian King will perform.

When: 2pm, Saturday 8th September 2018

Where: St Peter’s Anglican Church Maroochydore

 Tickets: 5445 3703 or at the Old Buderim Post Office









Mr Adrian King, Head of Instrumental Music

From the Head of Career Development

Year 12 Post-School Transition

A group of Year 12 students heard from various guest speakers this week regarding the transition to post-school options, learning about the various pathways for further study, apprenticeships and traineeships, applying for jobs, volunteering opportunities and understanding rental agreements when moving out of home. The students also completed service learning, cooking meals for the homeless which Pastor Tim will deliver on their behalf later this week. Pacific would like to thank Rebecca from EastCoast Apprenticeships, Will from TAFE QLD, Lily from Volunteering Sunshine Coast and Brandi from McGrath Real Estate for their time in working with our senior students.

[Pic One: Brandi Wilson from McGrath Real Estate – rental rights and responsibilities Pic Two: Service Learning at Pacific]

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

P-2 Athletics Carnival


On Monday morning students from Prep to Year 2 were greeted with windy conditions for the Foundation College Athletics Carnival. Students had been working towards this carnival throughout the term during Physical Education lessons, developing their skills and coordination in a range of events.

Participation was the key aim of the carnival, with all students having the opportunity to represent their house in the following events: 60m Sprint, Shuttle Relay, Long Jump, Ball Games and Sack RacesHigh Jump and Plastic Javelin Throw.

A high level of skill and teamwork was displayed from students and there was a great level of support and atmosphere from both fellow competitors and supporters watching on the day.

At the end of the carnival, scores were tallied from all the events and the overall champion house for 2018 was announced. Congratulations to Wira House who were crowned the 2018 Foundation College Athletics champions. Final scores for the day were as follows: Wira - 792, Mumba - 769, Bula - 722

4-6 SCISSA Gala Day

The Term 3 Gala Day will take place next Thursday 13th September. All students from Year 4 -6 will take part in various sport and activities.

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. 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.

Please note that there have been two changes to the original plan for this day which was sent out a few weeks back.

All water polo games for PLC students will now be played out at Sunshine Coast Grammar School.

Dance students will now take part in a series of dance workshops run by SJ Dance Studio in Premier Circuit, Warana. Students will be transported by College bus at 9:15am to the venue and will take part in these workshops under the supervision of PLC teachers and specialist dance teachers. Students will return to school at 1:00pm and will finish off the afternoon with dance activities back at the College.

Dance students will need to bring their morning tea, lunch and a water bottle and will need to wear their normal sport uniform on the day. 

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Netball Pathways Development Program Registration

This is an invitation for current Year 3 to Year 6 students to register their interest for the Pacific Lutheran College Netball Pathways Development Program in Term 4.

Pathways for 2019 include:

  • Year 4 to Year 6 SCISSA Netball
  • Samsung Primary Representation Netball
  • Year 7 Monday Night Netball Junior Competition
  • Saturday Club Netball
  • Vicki Wilson Shield Representation Netball

The Netball Pathways Development Program will be facilitated by Mrs Michelle Dufty, Pacific Lutheran College Netball Development Coach and PLC Club Head Coach. These sessions will include the development of invaluable netball skills for the 2019 season.

    Program Dates: Skills Session 1

24 October

Pacific Lutheran College Senior Courts


Skills Session 2

31 October

Pacific Lutheran College Senior Courts


Skills Session 3

7 November

Pacific Lutheran College Senior Courts


Skills Session 4

14 November

Pacific Lutheran College Senior Courts



Cost: $30.00

Please wear PLC sports uniform or suitable training gear and bring a water bottle and towel. Thank you for your interest in growing your daughter’s netball abilities and passion for the sport. If your daughter would like to take part in the program, please consent via CareMonkey and make payment at the main administration office by 14th September 2018.

Ms Leigh Finter, Head of Wira House and Teacher in Charge of Netball

Secondary Sport

Year 7-12 SCISSA Touch Football, Wednesday 5th September, Results







Junior Girls

Mr Hooper





Jasminder Daley

Junior Boys

Mr Cummins





Cooper Johnston

Senior Boys

Ms Danzey





Ethan Hall

Senior Girls

Ms Finter





Caley Williams

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

PLC FC Update!

Grand Final Fever

Support our U11C Pacific Seals this Saturday as they head into their first ever competitive SCCSA Grand Final at Buderim United FC, Fisherman's Road, Buderim at 8.30 (Field 2)







Photo courtesy of Angela Ransome

EOY Presentation Reminder

This Sunday, September 9 at Kawana Indoor Sports. Arrive between 9.3-9.45am for a 10am start.





Roar Holiday Clinic – ALL WELCOME

Pacific FC will host a ROAR Holiday Clinic at PLC on 2-3 October. Book directly with the ROAR to secure your spot. Click here!




Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball

This week saw the start of the finals and naturally there were highs and lows all round.  Firstly, congratulations to our U11 PLC Palominos who won through to the Grand Final in two weeks.  Watch out for game times in next week’s Compass and if you can spare the time, come down and watch the girls play for glory.

For our PLC Thoroughbreds it was a day of missed opportunities, but that is the roller coaster of sport and life.  The girls have had a great season achieving the goal set them in February by making the finals.  This achievement gains perspective when you consider that the team is playing two divisions higher than they were last year having moved from Div 5 to Div 3.

A reminder of the presentation night at Laser Zone on 23 September fom 4:45pm.

Also hire dresses, umpire shirts and officials’ shirts can be returned to the uniform shop.  Please ensure that they are placed in a bag clearly marked with your name.

Whilst are junior season is almost over, our Ladies Teams have six more round plus finals to play.  Our players of the week are:

PLC Might Mares:  Lorraine Wilkie

PLC Almighty Appaloosas: Millicent Turville

PLC Fantastic Friesians: Carly Monagharn

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

Come and Worship!










Pastor Ray Morris, St Mark’s Lutheran Church Caloundra

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.

Pacific Fitness Hub

Parents at PLC have enjoyed the Pacific Fitness Hub’s classes on offer, keeping fit and making new friends.


We will be offering a mix of various types of training, tailored to each individual, including high intensity, weights, cardio, core training, yoga/ flexibility.


Mason will track your progress and achievement of your goals.  Functional fitness assessment, Body Composition measurement and goal related fitness assessment will be recorded at commencement and on completion.

Goals may include improving strength, increasing lean muscle, increasing endurance, mobility, flexibility, reducing body fat percentage, improving sleep, concentration and mood and increasing energy levels, nutrition changes)

Body Composition Tracking

We will offer Body Composition measurement and tracking. This will assess important parameters for overall health and wellbeing:  Lean muscle mass - Hydration levels - Total body weight- BMI- Body fat percentage - Visceral Body Fat- Bone Density

Please contact Mason Enquiries and Registration: Please contact Mason m: 0433 421 969 or

Upcoming Dates


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