Compass No. 513 October 2018

From the Principal

Nurturing Your Village

Who is part of your village?  We are all familiar with the saying that “It takes a village to raise a child”.  In fact, people of all ages need to feel part of a village.  All of us have a deep need to be positively connected to others with common purpose and values.  Learning to be compassionate and respectful to others and listening deeply supports connection and emotional health.  Having a focus on strengths and learning to celebrate our own strengths and the strengths that each person brings into a relationship or group builds an atmosphere of positivity and a can-do attitude.  Reinforcing strengths, is like shining a light in the dark.  

Deep connection requires us to slow down and take notice of the people that surround us.  By listening deeply and acting out of compassion we can be like the Good Samaritan who stopped to meet the needs of a fellow human being.  By acting out of love for people and shining a light on strengths we, like the Good Samaritan, can lift people and help them move to a better place. 

Principal's Log

Last week we celebrated the contribution of many volunteers to our OCEANfest which was certainly a “village” in action.  OCEANfest provided opportunity for people to connect and have fun.  We congratulate all those who contributed to the OCEANfest to make it such a successful community event which was also successful in raising over $50 000.  These funds will go towards the upgrade of large screen interactive technology within classrooms across the College with the Friends of Pacific also allocating some funds as donations towards our Cambodia project, the SES, Lions and Buy A Bale.   Thank you to all members of our community who made a contribution.  You can be proud of what you have achieved together.

On Saturday we had a highly successful strategic planning consultative session where parents, students, staff and Council members dreamed of what was possible over the next ten years and then refined their thinking to four things that they would like to see championed within each of the five areas of Teaching and Learning, Wellbeing and Formation, Science, Technology and The Environment, The Visual and Performing Arts, and Sport over the next four years. The College Council and staff will continue to refine this thinking in the coming month. We thank staff, students, parents and College Council members for being part of the strategic process.

Over the last week, Middle and Senior College students have been enjoying using the newly completed library area which includes flexible learning arrangements and access to outdoor spaces.  The P-5 students have also enjoyed the additional space that has resulted for them. 

Congratulations to our Junior Boys Water Polo team who played well in the final of the Sunshine Coast All Schools Water Polo competition in a tightly contested match.  In the final two quarters, in very windy conditions the lead swapped regularly with the boys just losing 5-6 in the final minutes of the game.  Well done to all of our Water Polo teams and we thank coaches Mr Brett Jones, Mr Brad Ilott and Mrs Grier Elliot.

Thank you to our community for the way you have worked together with staff in ensuring the safety of children at pick up and drop off times under challenging weather conditions.  We look forward to some dry weather that will enable works to recommence in the P-2 car park.

The Year 6s have been enjoying their trip in Canberra visiting Parliament House, the Australian Defence Force Academy, the Australian War Memorial, the Dinosaur Museum, Mt Ainslie and more while staying at the Australian Institute of Sport. We look forward to welcoming them back tomorrow afternoon.

We wish our Year 9 - 12 students all the best as they enjoy the Melbourne Arts Tour over the weekend. The group will embrace the Melbourne cultural scene; seeing a major production and shows and taking a tour of the popular street art.

May God open our hearts, ears and minds to continually shine a light on the strengths that we and others possess.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

The Crunchy Eyebrow

Jesus was pretty good at what I’ve heard called the “crunchy eyebrow”. The crunchy eyebrow is someone who is involved in deep thinking and learning. So much so that you can not only see the cogs turning in their minds but also the eyebrows on their faces crunching as they get their minds around a new or challenging thought.

Jesus challenged people’s thinking around God. The religious leaders of the day had their own particular view on God and his scriptures. Numerous times they came to Jesus and tried to trip him up with tricky questions about the scriptures. One incident involved a Pharisee asking Jesus to highlight one single commandment of God as the most important at the expense of all the other six hundred plus commandments the Jews held to. Jesus replies to their intellectual ambush with these words; Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your mind. And love your neighbour as yourself (Matthew 22:37-40). Jesus quoted the scriptures back at the Pharisees in such a way that they had no response but only looks of bewilderment on their faces. They could only crunch their eyebrows in response.

You see Jesus got to the heart of the matter, that following God is about our heart, soul and mind, it is a whole-body thing centred on our upward, outward and inward relationships. Our upward relationship to God, our outward relationship to our neighbour and inward relationship for ourselves. All three of these relationships are to be grounded in love. Love for God, love for neighbour as we love ourselves. That’s crunching brow thinking when it comes to how we view God and what he desires of us.

Jesus shows us that being a Christian is not about following the rules, the letter of the law, being a good or morally behaved person. No, the one thing God desires of his people is love. Love upwards to him and love outwards to our neighbour as we draw on his great love inwards to us. The greatest commandment of God is to love all people with the great love he gives us in his Son, Jesus Christ. That’s crunchy eyebrow thinking.

Prayer: Dear God, remind us of your love for us, empower us to love each other, and draw us into the love of Jesus. Amen.

Ps. Tim Jarick, College Pastor 

School TV

Exam Stress - Special Report

Students in their final year of school are considered a high-risk group for depression and anxiety. Sleep deprivation, diet and social media are some of the biggest issues faced by this group of teens. Therefore it is vitally important that a student's mental health is looked after as well as their physical health.

Keeping things in perspective for students and parents alike, can help prevent everyone getting overwhelmed. Although this final year is important, it is not necessarily the most important year of your child's life.

There are many strategies that students can implement to help themselves. Parents can provide support, not only emotionally, but also practically by keeping their child well-nourished and encouraging physical activity.

In this special report, parents will find useful tips to support their child during this often stressful time. We hope you take time to reflect on the information offered here and we always welcome your feedback.

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

Here is the link to your special report

Food for Thought

Teach Kids not the Jump to Conclusions

Slowing down your thinking and avoiding jumping to conclusions is a great resilience skill that can be improved with practice. As a parent, you can model this type of thinking, reciting the possibilities out loud so your kids can see how it’s done. Resilience is not a trait that people either have or do not have. It involves behaviours, thoughts and actions that can be learned and developed in anyone.

Mrs Annie Williams, School Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

OCEANfest Celebrates!

Our Thank You Morning Tea last Friday highlighted the generous support OCEANfest has within our community. The Coral Café spoilt us with an array of delicious treats.

 Over the past month, we have seen the finalisation of the OCEANfest 2018 figures. We are very pleased to announce we have made a profit of over $50,000 a new benchmark for OCEANfest! This figure will allow us to directly support the College’s teaching and learning programs within the classroom with the acquisition of latest technology interactive boards (as pictured). The PLC Cambodian Team, who are departing in December, will also be supported in their goal to fundraise for the Lutheran Church of Cambodia’s Rainbow Hostel and Life Centre.

OCEANfest is a unique opportunity to connect with our ever growing and diverse community. Due to the success of previous OCEANfests, we have forged many strong partnerships that have enabled us to raise funds, support our community and our students’ academic, sporting, social and cultural experiences. Past major project contributions for FoP include:

  • Netball/Tennis Courts and appropriate fencing
  • Sports Hall multi-use flooring surface
  • Sports Hall digital display screen
  • Interactive Whiteboards
  • Sports Hall fans

We particularly thank Teena Thompson, our OCEANfest Coordinator, and Bron Butler, our Logistics Coordinator, for their sustained efforts in ensuring the festival was a success. We also thank parents, year-level coordinators, staff and sponsors who supported the event including our festival partner; Newwave Orthodontics, along with major sponsors Sunstate Jewellers (major raffle prize), Fowler Lawyers, Computercut Signs, Dr Douglas Maclean - Hip, Knee and Shoulder Surgeon, Harmony Landscapes and Hunts Fitness.

  Upcoming events

  • Junior College Christmas Carols BBQ: Friday 30 November

Annual General Meeting

We warmly invite all new and current families, together with College staff, to attend our Annual General Meeting. Please join us for wine and cheese at 6.30pm on Tuesday November 19 in the College Library.

With planning already underway for our 2019 events, we look forward to welcoming many new faces to our volunteer committee!

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Cultural News

Inaugural Mayoral Invitational Youth Orchestra

During the school holidays violinist Kate Monroe was lucky enough to audition for and be selected to play in the Inaugural Mayoral Invitational Youth Orchestra in conjunction with the Queensland Symphony Orchestra. There were two intense days of rehearsing and mentoring by members of the Queensland Symphony Orchestra which culminated in a joint concert at the Caloundra Events Centre – an incredible experience for all of the students involved. Congratulations Kate.



Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

Library News

Library Update

The Tiger who Came to Tea!

This event has unfortunately been postponed to a later date to be advised.

New Senior Area Open

The extension to the library was completed over the holidays, creating a new space for our Senior classes and for Senior students on study lines. The large windows have made the library much lighter and look out onto the new courtyard. The area has already proved popular with students, particularly the booths for group work and the couches. Some more furniture will go in over the next couple of weeks, including small group tables, a dedicated Senior fiction area and a virtual reality area.

Book Club

Book Club orders close on Monday, 22nd October.

Thinkers Club

It was fabulous to welcome some girls to tHinker Club on Weds afternoon for a marshmallow engineering challenge – fun, sticky and delicious! Next week we are starting some digital art which should also be a lot of fun. We would love to have some more new faces join us.


Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Secondary College

Information Evening and Expressions of Interest - New Zealand Expedition

Planning for the seventh New Zealand Expedition is well underway.  This is a unique 22-day traverse of the South Island of New Zealand where the participants tramp, mountain bike and raft from Hokitika (west coast) to Kaikoura (on the east coast).  There is also a 14-day option where this group of participants will join the rest of the expedition part way through at Boyle River, near Hanmer Springs.  The group shall cross seven mountain passes over 1000 metres, paddle 270kms of the Clarence River and ride some very remote valleys.  Pacific Lutheran College has access to a number of areas that the community normally is not allowed to traverse.  A very important aspect of the expedition is looking at the Maori history and spirituality as the group travels through the various landscapes.

The expedition is open to all members of the Pacific community (students Years 9 – 12 2019, staff and families).  At present the approximate cost for the 22-day expedition is $5200 which includes airfares, expedition equipment, food, transport and accommodation.  The 14 day program will be approximately $3800.  Participants will be required to supply their own sleeping bag, rain jacket and tramping shoes.

A meeting is scheduled for Thursday, October 25th at 6.00pm in D8 for anyone wishing to hear more about this adventure.  There is no commitment to signing up for the expedition at this stage but to see whether there is enough interest to continue with further planning.

Parents, students and staff are requested to contact Peter McMahon 5436 7381 or 0448 277 789 for further information and/or to advise if they are attending the meeting.  Parents wishing for further information but are unable to attend the meeting are also requested to contact me on the above numbers.

Mr Peter McMahon, Head of Bula House

From the Head of Career Development

Careers Update


Help with course and career decision making

Students who are not sure of what courses to include in their QTAC application can use two QUT career decision making tools — the recently redeveloped Match My Skills quiz and Kickstart Your Career online course. These resources can also confirm their choices and help them prepare for life at university and their future career.

Get advice to finalise QTAC preferences

Students can get advice from QUT staff about their study options once they know their OP or selection rank at Real Decisions on 18th December. They can also talk to current students about university life, take a tour, or find out about study costs and support, getting started at QUT, and more.

Scholarships—apply now

Students considering QUT in 2019 should explore scholarships now. Opportunities include the Vice-Chancellor’s Scholarships for academic, sporting and creative excellence, and business scholarships with corporate partners, honours programs, academic excellence and Indigenous scholarships.

CreateX 2018

Join us from 13th to 17th November for CreateX, a series of performances, exhibitions, screenings and panel discussions with QUT Creative Industries at Kelvin Grove campus. 


Key Dates

UQ Academic Scholarships deadline, Friday 16 November

OP Results Advice Night, Monday 17 December

Queensland Mathematics Summer School - register now

The Queensland Mathematics Summer School at UQ (QMSS) is a five-day program from Monday 21 - Friday 25 January 2019 for mathematically talented Year 10 students planning to study Mathematical Methods (Year 11 Mathematics B) and Specialist Mathematics (Mathematics C) in 2019.

More than just a summer camp, QMSS is an exciting opportunity to meet a wide variety of people who share a common love of learning and passion for mathematics. Students will learn about the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and be exposed to new ways of thinking.

At QMSS, students can explore undergraduate and even graduate-level topics while building problem-solving skills that will help them in any field they choose to study. Discover more here.

The Science Experience - apply now

Students in Years 9-10 in 2019 are invited to apply for the Conocophillips Science Experience.

Held at the UQ St Lucia campus from Wednesday 23rd - Friday 25th January 2019, this event gives students the opportunity to test-drive careers in Science, and explore the study pathways to become a researcher, scientist, educator and more!

Applications close on Tuesday 30 October.Discover more here.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Junior Sport

Junior College Sport Update


4-6 SCISSA has started again for the term, though students have unfortunately been unable to train due to the wet weather. Term Four is our shortest term of the year but there are a number of SCISSA dates to note for the next few weeks.

  • Thursday 25th October – SCISSA Trail Game vs. NCC (students need sport specific uniforms/gear e.g. mouthguard and jersey for AFL)
  • Monday 29th October – SCISSA afterschool training
  • Thursday 1st November – SCISSA Gala Day (all students need to be at school by 8:15am ready for rolls and bus departure)

P-2 Learn to Swim

This Term, all Prep to Year Two students will participate in two weeks of Learn to Swim classes to be held at the Kawana Aquatic Centre. Dates for the program are below:

Week 7

Monday 19th November  

Wednesday 21st November                  

Week 8

Monday 26th November                   

Thursday 29th November

Lessons will be 30- minutes in length and will be run by qualified learn to swim instructors from the Kawana Aquatics Centre. Further information regarding the program will be sent home via Care Monkey to parents early next week.

Mr Darren Hooper, Head of 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

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.


All games in this competition were washed out this week due to the condition of fields across the Sunshine Coast.

Next week’s games are: Round Three on 24 October 2018.


Game Time




Team 1



Team 2






Bus Depart

Bus Arrives at PLC






Int A Boys

J. Cummins








Jnr A Boys

D McNee








Int B Girls

B. Delaney








Jnr B Girls





Water Polo

Congratulations to our Junior Boys’ Water Polo team who made it through to the Sunshine Coast All Schools Water Polo Competition Semi Finals.  The boys played St Andrews on Monday night and narrowly missed out on a win 5 – 6.

Mrs Natalie Campbell, Acting Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC in 2019

Monday evening saw our AMG held at PLC where we thanked our outgoing committee and welcomed the 2019 incoming members. Thank you to our life member, Mr Ian Barnes for attending the meeting.

We acknowledge and sincerely thank our outgoing 2018 Committee: Matt Gigney (President), Esta Styles (Vice President), Lisa Ackerman (Registrar), Louise Currey (Treasurer), Jenny Lee (Canteen), Rob Moffitt (Coaching Director), Rita Williams (General), Paul McFadyen (Grounds) and Zane Russell (Grounds).

Of the above, Esta Styles (Vice President) and Rob Moffitt (Coaching Director), have stepped down for 2019 however we thank both of them for their very valued service to the club.

For the 2019 season, we welcome back Matt Gigney as President. Lisa Ackerman will continue on but in a new role as Secretary, Louise Currey will move from Treasurer to a general committee position, Jenny Lee will continue to coordinate the canteen, Rita Williams will move from a general committee member to the position of Coach and Manager Support, Paul McFadyen will continue to help with the grounds and Zane Russell will still coordinate home game set-ups.

We welcome new members Deni Fowler as Vice President who will look after sponsorship and Belinda McCullough who will take on the role of Treasurer.

The positions of Uniform Coordinator and also Equipment Coordinator are still open. Both of these roles have a peak time during early in the season (Late January and February) however only require minimal maintenance throughout the following months. If you can offer your services for two or three hours a week during the peak time and then an hour or so per week from there, we would like to hear from you. Please email:

What’s ahead in 2019…

With our new-look consolidated, Pacific FC will be running more in-depth coaching clinics as well as family-orientated activities. We welcome back current sponsors and also have at least two new sponsors joining the team. SCCSA’s on-line portal will be opening shortly for 2019 registrations.

We thank the players, parents, coaches, managers, volunteers, referees, SCCSA and sponsors for making 2018 a year to remember.  Without all of these indivduals and groups, it would be impossible to run the club. 

Mr 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


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


1                                                Yrs 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day 4

1                                                Senior Ensembles Concert