Compass No. 510 September 2018

From the Principal

Strengthening our Self Control

Developing good habits of self-control takes practice and encouragement.  For healthy living and relationships, we often need to exercise self-control in what we consume, how we react emotionally or engage in physical or intellectual activity and even in how we think.  Self-control is like a muscle and the more we exercise it the better we become at it.  Being conscious of those times where we are called to act with self-control is a first step in becoming more thoughtful in our responses.  When we understand and are committed to why we need to exercise self-control there is a greater likelihood of success.

Where self-control relates to personally held values, the why, becomes an integrated unconscious part of who we are.  When our values grow from a place of love and respectfulness of other people and a genuine appreciation of the gifts God has given us, we can gently grow our capacity for self-control.  Like all muscles it is also important that we have times of rest.  At any time during the day we can take a quiet moment to rest in God’s grace and reset.

Principal's Log

Over the past few weeks senior students have been engaged in interviews and voting to select the leaders for 2019.  Mr Brendan Delaney, Ms Kim Bonello and the Heads of House - Mr Peter McMahon, Mr Mark Hauser and Ms Leigh Finter were impressed with the depth of thinking and commitment shown by all students who engaged in the leadership process.  We congratulate the following students who have been selected as leaders by staff and their peers for next year.  We pray that God would guide and enrich them as they begin the process of working alongside the 2018 leaders to grow into these roles.

College Captains

  • College Captains:  Rebekah Pierce, Michael Hewitt
  • College Vice Captains: Georgia Harle, Stephanie Keenan, Joseph Higginson, Jackson Laverick

Pacific Action Group Captains

  • Academic: Reuben Taverner
  • Cultural: Hayley Meekan
  • Environmental: Lauren Selby
  • Pastoral Care: Lily Chamberlain
  • Spirituality and Service: Rebekah Pierce
  • Sport: Sam Henderson and Allyssa Rabnott 

House Captains

  • Bula Captains:  Alannah Bell, Olivia Lyons, Vivienne Casley, Lauren McCluskey
  • Mumba Captains:  Tamika Cheney and Austin Beasley
  • Wira Captains:  Nathan Heinz, Ella Block, Laslo Martin, Tahlia McGregor

On Monday morning Year 9 students left for their 12-day expedition experience in Northern New South Wales with teachers Mr Duncan McNee, Mr Chris Mundey, Mr Chris Bartlett and Mr Nick Tait.  All reports are that the students and staff are enjoying this unique outdoor education experience and are appreciative of the opportunity to connect to nature and each other.  


As the Churches football season draws to a close we express our appreciation to all parents and students who have supported the Pacific Football Club.  We particularly express our thanks to the executive committee that is very capably led by Mr Matt Gigney for their hours of service and the goodwill they have shared as they have provided a great opportunity for young people to grow.

Next term Head of Sport, Mr Brett Kersnovske and Year 5 teacher, Mrs Fiona Schefe will be taking leave. We look forward to welcoming back Mrs Lu Pollard who will be returning from long service leave.  Mrs Natalie Campbell will be the Acting Head of Sport and Mr Scott Massey will be taking Mrs Schefe class for Term 4.  Ms Rosalyn Grewar will be teaching Mr Kersnovske’s physical education classes. We wish Mr Kersnovske and Mrs Schefe every blessing for their time of rest and relaxation.

May God grow our capacity to make decisions that bring benefit to us as individuals and for others.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor


When I was a young teenager I entered a competition in a local newspaper and won a box of  a hundred Kit Kat chocolate bars. It was a culinary dream come true! A seemingly never-ending supply of chocolate on tap. When I got the box of chocolates home I put them in the fridge and for the next hundred days showed great restraint as I opened only one packet per day to share with my parents. Well, for most of the time I did. For nearly one hundred days pacing myself, learning self-control, regulating my impulses and desires, sharing those snapable wafer fingers of goodness with my family was an exercise in self-regulation and prudence. Themes which are behind this thread for the end of term, restraint.

Restraint involves showing self-control when it comes to what our bodies consume through our mouths, how we exercise and rest, what we watch and view with our eyes, and what we desire and do with our bodies. In exploring this thread our hope is that children and teenagers begin to learn to self-consciously regulate what they feel and do. That they begin to learn to be in control of their appetites and emotions. That they grow in being prudent, thinking before they act and are careful, wise and reasoned in their choices and behaviour. These are all big lessons for any person to learn in life as we mature and are more connected with our bodies, desires and behaviours. But learning this skill of restraint is important for our holistic wellbeing. It is important for us spiritually also, for our soul. Self-control is named in the Bible as one of the fruits of the Spirit.

Restraint and self-control are strong inner core values that come from convictions and beliefs which have been formed in an individual or family. They are values which guide our choices and decisions, and influence what we do and say. Restraint is a positive value about caring for others and honouring ourselves. As we consider this thread, a good question, which we reflected on in chapel is; How good or maybe not so good are you in regulating yourself and showing self-control? In what areas of your life do you find it a struggle?

A prayer for the gift of restraint…

Gracious God give us all restraint and self-control in the way that we live our lives. Grow in us the capacity to say ‘No’ to those things in life which are harmful to our bodies, our emotions, our minds and those things that are harmful to others. Give us restraint in how we use our words when we speak to others, how we use our bodies when we are tempted by our desires, how we use technology when we become attached to it. Grow in us this gift of restraint. In your name we pray, Jesus. Amen.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor 

From the Director of Students


As a Christian school, compassion is at the centre of who we are. Compassion can be defined as that feeling of distress at the suffering of others that is combined with the desire to alleviate it. Watching the World News on any evening shows us a great need for compassion in the world today. Therefore, as the world wrestles with problems, compassion is the solution to these problems. In our chapels and assemblies at Pacific, as well as across our approach to student learning, we aim to grow empathy and compassion in our students.

Jamil Zaki’s brain imaging work at Stanford University shows that we are hardwired neurologically to act with compassion and that being kind to others activates similar reward pathways in the brain as eating chocolate. Our neurochemistry awards us much more when we act in the interests of the group compared to when we act with self-interest. As international citizens our aim should be to develop compassion on a world scale.

A few weeks ago, several students approached me about the plight of Australian farmers. They were very concerned about the drought, and the suffering of the farmers, their families and their animals. They wanted to fundraise as a community to help them and to promote that our farmers were suffering to others. Students often bring many worthy causes to my attention and it shows that our message of compassion for others is getting through.

At OCEANfest members of the community were able to buy a hay bale to help the farmers and recently our Casual Day and collection at the Celebrating Dad’s breakfast raised $1,740.80 for the Drought Angels organisation.  Thank you to the whole community for this support.

Compassion is the radicalism of our time - The Dalai Lama

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students Senior and Middle College

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Update


Last Monday over twenty students from Years 2 -8 represented the College in the Sunshine Coast Inter-School Teams Chess Tournament.  I am happy to report that overall all students enjoyed the day and played very well.

The team of Austin Lauritzen, Aidan Matthew, Riley Shepherd and Liam Hague placed first in the Primary B Division and Liam Hague placed first in the individual placings for B Division.  Amelia Walsh and Shyam Sathish also received certificates of merit in the Novice Division.

A special thanks to Mrs Schefe and Mr Stone for supervising the students at the Tournament.

During Term 4 the Junior School Chess Tournament will be held. Students will be able to compete in either the under 10 years-of-age division or 10 years and older division.

A reminder also that after school Chess lessons will continue during Term 4 on Tuesday afternoons starting on Tuesday, 16 October.  Lessons will be run by Chess Mates.

‘Chess Mates specialises in teaching chess to children of all age groups and skill levels. Our team is dedicated to teaching chess in a fun and engaging way, so that children of any age can join in regardless of experience level. We teach younger students through songs and stories, for older or more advanced students we teach openings, strategies and forward planning. We don’t focus on winning (in fact, we teach kids how to deal with winning and losing). Instead, we focus on making new friends and having fun while learning.’ Chess Mates 2018.

Here is a link to news feature that channel 7 did on Chess Mates -

Classes will be held from 3.10pm to 3.55pm on Tuesday afternoons. The cost for the classes $10 per lesson.

A Chess Mates registration form and a PLC parent consent/medical form will be forwarded to all parents this week. If you would like your child to participate in these lessons, please complete all forms and return completed forms to Mrs Kleinschmidt in the Junior School Office. Payment for lessons is completed on-line directly to Chess Mates.

Please note students already registered with Chess Mates do not need to re-register

If you have any questions about the classes please e-mail .

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 as students depart for Year 5 camp on Tuesday 9th October (Week 1 Term 4).

School TV


Students today have extremely busy schedules, with ever increasing responsibilities at school and at home. Many kids, especially adolescents, are going to bed later and later and are at riskof sleep deprivation. This affects three areas of a child’s development: psychological, physiological and psychosocial. All three are essential to a child's growth, learning ability and overall wellbeing. Sleep is vital to a child’s overall health and is as important as diet and exercise.

Sleep also strengthens a child’s immune system and supports their ability to function properly on a daily basis. Children who do not get enough sleep show increased levels of aggressive behaviour, are less attentive and are much less active. Trying to catch up on sleep on weekends is not the answer and can still lead to severe sleep deprivation.

In this edition of SchoolTV, parents will learn about the importance of sleep and how sleep deprivation can have adverse effects on a child’s health and wellbeing. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered in this month’s edition and we always welcome your feedback.

If you have any concerns about your child, please contact the school counsellor for further information.

Here is the link to this month’s edition

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

Food for Thought

Gratitude, Empathy and Mindfulness

Parents, please watch Hugh van Cuylenburg, founder of The Resilience Project, who visited India and noted that children living in third world conditions were full of joy and made comparisons to Australian children's wellbeing. Hugh later studied a post grad degree in what makes kids happier, healthier and more thankful and shares his insights within this clip.

Mrs Annie Williams, School Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank You Parent Representatives

 A heartfelt thank you to all parent representatives across the College for your time, commitment and energy this year.

 Your efforts in keeping parents connected and informed is invaluable and we greatly appreciate the part you play in our College community.Thank you for your leadership throughout OCEANfest and for your support with additional events such as year level social gatherings.

Your Invitation… Wine + Cheese 

 We warmly welcome new guests and current members to our P&F (Friends of Pacific) September meeting.

 Friends of Pacific come together once a month to share ideas, plan events, connect with fellow parents and the College Leadership Team. Come join us for a glass of wine to learn more about upcoming volunteer opportunities and help plan for 2019!

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

Outside School Hours Care

Vacation Care

Only one more week until we hit holidays and PLC Outside School Hours Care (OSHC) would love you to join us for our vacation program these holidays. We have an array of activities provided for all age groups including:

  • Nerf extravaganza
  • Camping
  • The Rollerdrome
  • Strawberry Farm
  • Learning about Healthy Bodies and Food
  • Pamper Day

And so much more…

You can find the full vacation care program and booking forms on the College website or pop in to see Natalie in our OSHC building.

Mrs Natalie Sorbello, Educational Leader

Library News


New LibGuides have been added this week to support the following assignments:

Year 7 Geography

Year 10 History

Overdues and Holiday Borrowing

Overdue notices will be emailed home this week. Please ask your child to return any overdue books before the end of term. Students may then borrow up to ten books for the holidays.

Thinkers Club - Join Now

Wednesday afternoon from 3.00pm to 4.00pm for Year 4 – 6 students.









Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Cultural News

Success for PLC at MLTAQ Japanese Speech Contest

Students across the Primary and Middle College competed in a highly contested field at the MLTAQ Japanese Speech Competition at the University of the Sunshine Coast on Sunday, 25 August.

In Year 4 Phoebe S, Jemma L and Hayley P competently represented their classes, with Phoebe commendably winning the division. In Year 5, Abigail C, Kirra B and Amelia H proudly represented their classes, with Abigail being awarded 3rd place.

In Year 6, Ayanna N, Jai B and Jackson B represented their individual classes, with Jackson performing admirably to win the division.  Enthusiastic participants in Year 7 included Elizabeth M and Gabrielle M, while Catalina S, Sierra L and Tanushi N proudly represented their respective Year 8 and 9 Japanese classes.     


Mrs. Joanne Bailey, Ms. Melissa Pietrala and Mrs Virginia Schlotterbach

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

QUT School holiday tours and seminar – Get Ready for QUT

Thursday 27th September Garden’s Point Campus – Tours 12.00 noon, 1.00pm, 2.00pm and 3.00pm. Kelvin Grove campus – Tours 1.00pm, 2.00pm, 3.00pm and 4.00pm.

Friday 28th September Garden’s Point Campus – Tours 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am and 12 noon. Kelvin Grove Campus – Tours 9.00am, 10.00am, 11.00am and 12.00pm.

Seminar: Thursday 27th September Kelvin Grove Campus – 6.00pm -7.30pm. Covering topics including how to apply, getting into Uni and entry requirements, ordering your preference for QTAC, life as a Uni student, transition to university and support for students, study costs and financial support.


James Cook Uni – Virtual Tour

Tuesday 25th September 3.00pm -7.00pm. Explore JCU's campuses, facilities and courses from the comfort of your own home. Our Virtual Open Day is a customised virtual event, where you can:

  • Access and download course information
  • Visit virtual booths
  • Attend presentations
  • Network with current students
  • Live chat with academic staff, and
  • Explore our virtual campus.

Details and Registration:

Applying to study Interstate?

Key dates for UAC – on time applications due 28th September midnight  Late fees apply.

Key dates for VTAC – on time applications due 27th September 5pm Late fees apply.

University of Melbourne - Interstate Student & Parent Information Day

5th October Time: 9.00am - 5.00pm Location: Parkville Campus, University of Melbourne, Melbourne. Details and Registration:

Basair Brisbane Career Info Seminar

9th October - Learn about a career as a Commercial Pilot at one of our free information seminars. Time: 7.00pm - 8.30pm Location: Archerfield, Building 8 Grenier Drive, Archerfield Airport. Details and Registration:��

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

PLC Learn to Surf Program (Years 2, 3 & 4)

We are pleased to announce that during Term 4 as part of the surfing program at Pacific Lutheran College, students will be invited to participate in a learn to surf program.

It will be a condensed version of the Weet-Bix Surf Grom program run through surf schools all over Australia. The program will be held at Kings or Dicky Beach depending on conditions. It will be administered by Russell Hoffman, owner of North Caloundra Surf School in conjunction with staff from Pacific Lutheran College.

Sessions are one hour in length and due to begin on Monday 29th October and run for 4 weeks finishing on Monday 20th November. Participants will be required to be at the venue by 6.00am for a 6.15am start with the program concluding at 7.15am. Parents and guardians will be responsible for transport to and from the venue.

As numbers are limited to 24, positions will be filled on a first in basis. Students must commit to all four sessions.

Each child will receive a Weet-Bix Surf Groms pack upon the completion of the four-week program. Children need to attend all four sessions in order to receive this pack.

If you are interested in your child participating in this program, please email Mrs Natalie Campbell (PLC Sports Aide) to secure your child’s place and receive further information.


Next Thursday afternoon during SCISSA sport time all Year 4-6 students will take part in their Semester Two SCISSA photos in the College Gymnasium. Students are required to have their full sports uniform for photos, no sport specific uniforms will be needed.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of Junior Sport

Netball Pathways Development Program Registration

A reminder for all girls in Year 3-6 to check the communication that has been sent out via caremonkey for our Term 4 Netball Development Program.

The 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


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.

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

Secondary Sport

Yr 7-12 Water Polo, Monday 10th September, Results







Junior Girls

Mrs Elliot, #Brad





Macey Winter

Junior Boys

Mr Kersnovske





Jack Carmichael

Senior Girls

Mr Jones


St Johns



Macey Winter

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC Update

With our 2018 season is almost complete (Adermann Awards are tomorrow evening), we would especially like to thank our players, parents, coaches, managers, volunteers, referees and SCCSA.  

Thank you to our club photographer, Mrs Shannon Russell who has put together a wonderful video of our 2018 season. This year, the club invested in new jerseys and training shirts, so it is a great way of highlighting our club colours and sponsors.Click this link to watch our year in review : While there is no audio to this video, we have found playing Que Sera (Justice Crew) followed by Live Louder (Nathaniel) really adds to the visuals! Thanks once again to Shannon for this thoughtful insight.

Click this link to read about our EOY presentation, Grand Final Team and End of Year Report.

Click here for more photos of the EOY Presentation.

The Brisbane Roar are running a school holidays clinic on 2nd and 3rd October.  Please click here click here for details.

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

Dear Pacific FC… A Little Thank You Note

Saturdays just aren’t the same when you don’t have a game to get to! We’ve hung up our boots for the season, celebrated as a club and bonded over forgotten fruit, lost jerseys and a genuine love of the game. But most of all we have had the opportunity to watch our sons and daughters play a team sport, listen and learn throughout the season and come together as a team. And hopefully, we’ve all had some fun along the way. So, from a grateful soccer mum, I wanted to say a big thank you to Pacific FC; the committee of volunteer parents who work tirelessly behind the scenes for all our kids. Thank you for giving up so much of your family time to build a club that we can all be proud of. We hope you can rest now in preparation for the 2019 season. You are an extraordinary group of people, and we thank you.

With love from a Soccer Mum

PLC Netball

This week sees our PLC Palominos participate in the Grand Final against Maleny at 9.00am on Court 4 at the Caloundra Indoor Sports Centre.  We wish them all the best in their endeavours.  If you can spare the time, come down and support the girls in their bid for glory.

A reminder of the presentation night at Laser Zone on 23 September from 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 our junior season finishes on Saturday, our Ladies teams have five more round plus finals to play.  Our players of the week are:

  • PLC Might Mares:  Honey Bec
  • PLC Almighty Appaloosas:  Jane Greenland
  • PLC Fantastic Friesians:  Kate Langford.

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


10 - 21                                      Yr 9 Two Week Camp Program

13                                             Yrs 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 3

18                                              Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

20                                              Yrs 4-6 SCISSA Photos

20                                              P-5 Portfolios

21                                              Term 3 Concludes


9                                                Term 4 Commences

9                                                Year 5 Camp - Bornhoffen

10                                              Yrs 7-10 SCISSA Soccer Begins

12                                              Yr 7 Immunisation Round 2

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