Compass No. 512 October 2018

From the Principal

Purpose Through Service

Having a strong sense of purpose enhances wellbeing.  People of all ages find purpose through serving the needs of others.  Young people with a heart for service can lift their eyes from a focus on their own needs to being energised and enriched through meeting the needs of those around them.

It was heartening this week to have a number of middle and senior college students very quickly volunteer to walk the P-2 students from the Year 3-12 car park to their classrooms to assist in the changed routines around morning drop off.   Each week I am amazed at the generosity of spirit that our young people possess and their readiness to get in and help others in a variety of ways.   God encourages us to be people who use our gifts and talents to support others.  It is a privilege to be part of a community where this is at our heart.

Principal's Log

We welcome everyone back to the start of Term 4 and thank our families for the thoughtful way you have adjusted to the change in the car park arrangements.  The flow of traffic through the upper car park is working surprisingly well in the mornings and the afternoons with the movement of P-2 students being assisted by staff and middle and senior college students.  You are asked to be especially vigilant when driving and reversing in the grassed parking space to ensure student safety.  Builders and engineers are working to develop a revised construction strategy which we expect will happen quite quickly.  Works however will continue to be delayed by wet weather and so we anticipate that the car park will be closed for a number of weeks.  We have approached the Sunshine Coast Council re access to the Meridan Fields through Red Cedar Drive but they were unable to accommodate this request due to planning restrictions.   The changes to routines, great support from staff and students and your patience and cooperation have assisted in reducing the impact of the lack access to the P-2 car park. 

This Saturday morning, College Council members, staff, students and members of the Friends of Pacific Executive will be involved in a consultative process as part of our strategic planning process for the next four years.  Staff, student and parent feedback provided through the Quality Schools Survey, Annual Review, Pacific As a Peace Place Audit and the Focus group sessions at the end of last term will also inform the strategic planning process. 

Mrs Anthea Brighton, our Head of Learning Enrichment P-5, has accepted a position at the Australian International School in Singapore and Mrs Natasha Purcell, our Careers Counsellor a position at Good Shepherd Lutheran College for next year.  At the end of the year we will more fully thank both Mrs Brighton and Mrs Purcell for the strong service they have given to our community and the significant difference they have made in the lives of many young people and their families.   We will be advertising for both of these positions over the weekend.

I am pleased to announce that Mr Ben Ryan will be our new Director of Students from the start of 2019.  Mr Ryan comes to us from St Augustines in Sydney where he has had the roles as a Student Formation Leader of Year 7, 8 and 9 students.  He has also had experience in schools in Western Australia and the United Kingdom.  Mr Ryan is a keen sportsman and involved in outdoor education within his school.  He will spend a number of days familiarising himself with Pacific in Term 4 before he and his family move to the Sunshine Coast over the holidays.

There has been tremendous energy and enthusiasm as staff and students have been rehearsing for the Shrek musical over the past term.  The sneak preview of Shrek that we enjoyed on assembly early this week indicates that it will be a very entertaining show that people of all ages will enjoy.  Tickets will be on sale from Friday of this week through The Events Centre online box office, more information can be found at - or phone 5491 4240. We wish Directors Mrs Kristy Astwick, Mr Steve Lake and cast and crew all the best as they complete their final rehearsals in the coming weeks and encourage families to invite family and friends to what promises to be a very entertaining and talent filled production.

We look forward to welcoming back our Year 5 students and staff from camp and wish our Year 6 students and staff all the best for their time in Canberra.

May we all have eyes, ears and hearts ready to respond to the opportunities to serve.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

Important Notices

2018 Student Residential Address and Other Information Collection Notice

This notice is from the Australian Government Department of Education and Training (the department), to advise you that the department has requested that your child’s school provide a statement of addresses, in accordance with the Australian Education Regulation 2013 (Cth) (the Regulation).

A statement of addresses contains the following information about each student at the school:

  • Student residential address (not student names)
  • Student level of education (i.e. whether the student is a primary or secondary student)
  • Student boarding school status (i.e. whether the student is boarding or a day student)
  • Names and residential addresses of the student’s parent(s) and/or guardian(s)

Schools generate a record number for each student for the purposes of this collection, which is also provided to the department.

For more information please click here.

Mr Mike Healy, Business Manager

From the College Pastor

Neighbourhood Boundaries

In the last week of the holidays, I went back with my family to a place I lived for a while, western Sydney. One of the things that I often end up doing when I go back to somewhere I lived, is to go to all my favourite eating places. It’s like a food pilgrimage. Eating the food in that place brings back memories. Because I lived in western Sydney, where there are lots of people from the Middle East, I went to a Lebanese restaurant. The food was sensational. The chicken is the best I have tasted as it is butterflied and slowly roasted over charcoal. It has that distinctive smoky, lemony, garlicky flavour. It is served up with dips like baba ghanoush which is smoked eggplant, hummus made from chickpeas and a white garlic sauce that is extremely pungent and eaten with hot chips. The other dips are eaten with pita, flatbread and there is tabbouleh salad and brightly coloured pickled vegetables and falafel on the side. Are you getting hungry yet? Food is great for bringing back memories, connecting us to places and connecting us to people. That’s what Jesus does in a number of stories in the bible. He connects food with people and with himself.

In the story of the dinner invitation in Luke chapter fourteen, Jesus suggests that we can connect to people that we don’t know, through food. The simple act of sitting down at the table and sharing food does something to us at a deep level. I’m not talking about grabbing some McDonalds fast food in the drive through on your way rushing somewhere. No, I’m talking about sitting down, taking time, eating, conversing and building relationship with people, especially people we do not know. In this food story Jesus said; When you give a lunch or a dinner, do not invite your friends or your brothers or sisters or your relatives or rich neighbours, in case they may invite you in return, and you would be repaid. But when you give a banquet, invite the poor, the crippled, the lame, and the blind. And you will be blessed because they cannot repay you. Luke 14:12-14

Sitting down and eating food with those who cannot repay you is what Jesus recommends here. It’s radical hospitality because it is really welcoming the stranger. We don’t often do this, welcoming a complete stranger into our home and eating with them.  It is hard enough just to get together with each member of our family, to eat together uninterrupted, let alone invite a stranger into our home to do this. But Jesus tells us that it is the stranger, the disabled, the poor, the homeless, that Jesus invites us to eat food with and connect.  In crossing the line of family and friends and expecting to be repaid for our social interactions, Jesus says we will be blessed by those who cannot repay us. Such is the nature of radical hospitality, welcoming the stranger.

Safety is a big concern in our society but who is the stranger, the different or little known person you could eat food with and connect. Someone you could build relationship with and become friends with and see in a new light? 

Ps. Tim Jarick, College Pastor 

From the Director of Students

Tree Planting

During the last week of term the Year 6 students planted over 300 trees in Kawana Forest. For several years now the Year 6 cohort have been linking up with The Sunshine Coast Council to complete this important environmental project. Well done to the students and staff for caring for our environment. The Year 6 students and staff are off to Canberra next week for an exciting week of learning. I look forward to hearing all about the experience at future assemblies.

Formal hats from Year 7 to 11 are being checked by PCG teachers and if your student’s hat has holes or is looking a bit out of shape it will need to be replaced. Term 4 also sees a return to summer uniform for students.

Other important dates coming up are The Melbourne Arts Tour on October 19 to 22 and Grandparents Day on the 26 of October.

Finally, as we move into this very busy time of the year I would like to Quote Trappist Monk Thomas Merton a hermit who maintained a compelling correspondence with some of the most influential thinkers of his age such as Martin Luther King.

‘We are so obsessed with doing that we have no time and no imagination left for being.


Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of 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. The term has started at a hectic pace with Year 5 students attending their Outdoor Education camp this week. There are also a number of important events scheduled for this term.

Grandparents Day/Special Friends Day

The sense of community which exists at the College is a fundamental and important feature of an education at PLC. On Friday, 26th October we welcome to the College grandparents and family friends of students. The morning offers students the opportunity to show and involve their extended families in their daily experiences at school.  Visitors to the College will spend time in classrooms with the students before attending morning tea and being entertained by a variety of musical performances.

P-12 Student Art Exhibition

All students in Prep to Year 5 will have a piece of artwork on display at the College Student Art Exhibition which will be held on Friday 26th October starting at 6pm in the Art Centre. Parents, families and all members of the College community are most welcome to visit the exhibition and view the outstanding artwork produced by students. 

Years 3-5 Musical

On Saturday 3rd November the Year 3-7 Musical, ‘Shrek the Musical’ will be held. To purchase tickets online (from Friday 12th October) visit the Events Centre Caloundra webpage at-

You Can Do It Term 4

Educational research conclusively recognises that school needs to appreciate that unless they place the social and emotional development of all students on the same radar screen as academic development, that many students may not learn to the fullest of their potential. ‘Non–cognitive aspects of student’s development, including their attitudes, values and a range of social and emotional capabilities, strongly influence their achievement, happiness and relationships.’ (Providing all Children with Foundations, page xi M.E Bernard 2007). At Pacific Lutheran College all Prep to Year 5 students complete the You Can Do It Program. This term the focus of the program will be on developing confidence.

Confidence means not being afraid to make mistakes, standing up tall and speaking with a loud voice. Confident people even in the face of adversity do not look upon themselves as failures.  Examples of confident behavior include

  • Raising hands to answer/ask questions in class.
  • Accepting oneself, not thinking badly about yourself when you make a mistake.
  • Being independent.
  • Saying ‘I can do something’ not ‘I can’t.’

Parents can support and develop confidence in their children by always encouraging effort and independence.   Allow children to walk from the car to their classrooms unattended and let children carry their own bags (often I see parents loaded up with bags whilst their children happily skip ahead). Fundamental in developing confidence in children is communication. Explain to your children that everyone has the choice to be an optimist (predict success) or a pessimist (predicts failure) and it is how we think that dictates how we act.  When a child acts confidently give praise.

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

Food for Thought

Being Emotionally Available

In the past 20 or so years, parenting has become a significant focus on our society. We have discovered just how important it is that we get it ‘right’. The effects of or parenting are substantial, and long lasting. We affect our children, their children, and society more generally; by the way we raise our babies into adults.

The emotional security of children plays a significant role in shaping their lives — from their personality, confidence, success in future relationships, and mental health — as they grow.

Mrs Annie Williams, School Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

BBQ at Junior Surf Comp

FoP will host the BBQ at the upcoming Junior Schools Surf Competition (Kings Beach) on Wednesday, October 31. Parents of participating students are also asked to help out on the morning. Look out for further details in the coming week.

Next meeting

Our next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday, October 16 from 6.30pm in the College Library. All are welcome to attend.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Cultural News

Exchange Programmes

At the start of the Term Three holidays, we said goodbye to our Inbound Exchange students, Ririko and Mone, who had spent the term at Pacific studying following the Seishin Visit. I would like to thank Ella Block, Phoebe O’Sullivan and Lily Croke and their families for hosting Ririko and Mone throughout the term.

On Saturday, we also said goodbye and good luck to our Outbound Exchange students, Phoebe O’Sullivan and Caitlin Hall. Both girls will be completing their Term Four studies at Seishin while home staying with their Seishin host families.

The Outbound Exchange Program is open to all Year Ten students studying Japanese and the hosting of the Inbound Exchange students is open to all Year 10 and 11 students regardless of whether students study Japanese or not. If you would like more information regarding the Inbound or Outbound Exchange program, please contact Michiko Hauser on


Mrs Michiko Hauser, Head of Japanese 6-12 & Exchange Coordinator

State Honours Ensemble Programme

During the past school holidays four middle/senior college students were lucky enough to be nominated and selected for a State Honours Ensemble Programme (SHEP) at the Brisbane Conservatorium of Music in conjunction with Griffith University. The State Honours Ensemble Program is an educational program for music students that helps extend and encourage their pursuit of musical excellence. The musicians representing the college were, Kate Monroe – violin, Lachlan Masson – vocals, Charlotte Empson – vocals and Jared Solti – trumpet. The students spent several days rehearsing with leading conductors which culminated in spectacular concerts which showcased their work. The students found it both inspiring and rewarding to work alongside other likeminded musicians. Congratulations to all involved, a huge achievement.


Mrs. Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

Library News

The Tiger who Came to Tea!


Who: Families are invited to attend the PLC Pyjamarama

When: 4.30pm to 6pm, Friday 19th October

RSVP to Library staff by Monday, 15th October.










Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Junior College

Year Two Drought Angels

During Term Three, Year Two learned about the ways in which water supports life.  They investigated the water cycle, the different uses of water and explained the journey water takes to the tap.  Students also participated in an excursion to Ewen Maddock Dam, to explore water catchment and treatment in the local area.  They then posed questions and investigated via STEM projects, issues that affect local and global water catchments and supply and their impact on life, such as water filtration, water supply and storage and even desalination.

Students began to wonder what they could do to help persuade others in the community to be water-wise and promote water-wise behaviour.  So, they filmed short, persuasive, water-wise videos and held a ‘Drought Busters’ day to view the movies in their very own cinema.  Students raised $170.85 towards the Drought Angel appeal.  Well done Year Two!


Mrs Leonie Prout, Year 2 Teacher

From the Head of Career Development

UMAT Admissions Test will be replaced by UCAT in 2019

Begining with current Year 11's, all applicants intending to sit the UMAT in 2019 for entry to University in 2020 will need to sit the new University Clinical Aptitude Test (UCAT). From 2019 onwards, the UMAT test will be discontinued.

UCAT will become be a mandatory admissions test for the Doctor of Medicine (provisional entry) and Dental Science at The University of Queensland.

The registration for the UCAT will open in March 2019 and close in mid-May. The UCAT will be offered on a choice of dates throughout the month of July, rather than on one single date.

The test consists of five, separately timed, subtests:

  • Verbal Reasoning
  • Decision Making
  • Quantitative Reasoning 
  • Abstract Reasoning
  • Situational Judgement Test

For more information about the new test, including testing dates and format visit UCAT online.

Preparing for UCAT

UCAT ANZ have a number of preparation materials available to assist students in preparing for the UCAT - these include:

  • Practice examinations (timed)
  • An online, interactive tutorial that teaches students how to approach questions and useful test strategies
  • An incredibly detailed bank of example questions

We strongly encourage students to use the officially produced materials. Candidates should be aware that whilst there are many commercial companies publishing books and offering coaching for our tests, the UCAT ANZ Consortium does not work with any of these companies or endorse the use of their materials. Taking advantage of these opportunities can cost candidates a great deal of money and we would advise you to be sceptical about claims they can help you do well in the test by coaching.

You can find the official preparation materials here.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Secondary Sport

Senior Sport Update!


All sports jerseys and uniforms are now required to be returned to Mrs Campbell, except for Basketball and Soccer who are continuing their season.


Next week’s games are:



Round Two - 17/10/2018










Bus Depart

Bus Return



Int A Boys










Jnr A Boys

D. McNee





Int B Girls










Jnr B Girls

L. Croke




Int Boys (Game 1)

PLC v Grammar



Int Boys (Game 2)

PLC V St Andrews



Int Girls

PLC v St Andrews



Jnr Boys

PLC v St Andrews



Jnr Girls

PLC v St Andrews



This Term we are fielding 4 teams in the SCISSA Soccer competition.  We were fortunate with just scraping in all of our games prior to incoming inclement weather.  Our teams played exceptionally well with all teams posting a draw or win. 


We wish our Basketballers well in their final weeks of competitions, especially those who will be progressing to finals. This week’s games are:  Round 10 – Term 4, Week 1 12/10/2018

Please note this draw can change at any stage up until Thursday night. Please check for up-to-date information






Junior A Girls (Yr 7)

Andrea Prinsloo


M’Dore Ct 3


Junior B Girls (Yr 8)

Joe Doran




Junior B Boys

Mark Hauser


Mt Creek

Coolum SHS

Int A Girls

Tanya Graves


M’Dore Ct3


Int B Girls (Yr 10)

Georgie Snelling




Int C Girls (Yr 9)

Caitlin O’Keefe



St John’s

Int B Boys

Scott Crompton



St John’s

Int D Boys

SEASON OVER – please return uniforms to Mrs Campbell asap

Snr A Girls- (final game of season)

Michi Hauser




St Teresa’s

Snr C Girls - (final game of season)

Andrew Block





Snr B Boys

Bailey Pointon


Cal Crt 4


Water Polo

Congratulations to all of our teams who have competed in the All Schools Water Polo Competitions during Term 3 and 4.  This week’s round saw both our Junior Boys and Junior Girls teams with wins in the final round.  Our Senior Girls recorded a win by forfeit. Game times for the upcoming finals will be notified by Schoology and CareMonkey by the end of this week.

Friday Sport

Students will be commencing their Term 4 sport this week with the exception of Basketball who will continue to train through their final rounds and finals. The Int D Boys Basketball team have finished their season and will commence Term 4 sport this week.

Beach activities also commences this week for some students.  Please ensure consent has been provided by CareMonkey if your child has played school sport and chosen this option for Term 4.  Students are required to be in full school uniform, bring appropriate swimwear, rash shirt and towel.

 Mrs Natalie Campbell, Acting Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC Update


Congratulations to the U13 SCCSA State Development players who recently attended the Sydney International Cup.  The end-of-season event saw local, interstate and international teams come together to compete in a four-day carnival.


Thank you to those who supported the Pacific FC BBQ at the Jetts Grand Opening Currimundi. 


Seeking players born 2009 to 2001 wishing to represent SCCSA at the 2019 State Titles. There will be 3 rep trial days for all age groups and players are asked to attend all 3 sessions. Register via this link.


Our AGM will be held on Monday October 15 at 6.30pm in the PLC Library. Come along to hear the exciting events planned for 2019 and support our not-for-profit club by willingly giving your time, skills and enthusiasm to become involved. Any time is appreciated. Even if you are able to commit one hour a week/month or just put your hand up for a specific task, your help is important. PFC is committed to providing a place where positivity, patience and persistence flourish.

Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

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


14 - 19                                       Year 6 Canberra Tour

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

16                                              Friends of Pacific

19 - 22                                       Melbourne Arts Tour

22                                              Student Free – Verification Day

26                                              World Teachers’ Day (Qld)

26                                              Grandparents Day

26                                              Student Art Exhibition (6.00pm)

28                                              St Mark’s @ Pacific Grow and Share – Confirmation (9.30am)

29                                              Years 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15-4.15pm)

31                                              Reformation Day



Junior Sport

Netball Pathways Development Program Registration

A reminder for all girls in Year 2-6 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