Compass No. 514 October 2018

From the Principal

Celebrating Grandparents

We look forward to celebrating and welcoming grandparents as important people in our lives and community this week.  Through their stories, love and active engagement in family life they make a significant difference to the lives and sense of wellbeing of young people.  Through the time they spend being present with children, wisdom, stories and values are shared and passed on to the next generation.  Grandparents are the link between the stories of past generations and what will be.  

God has given us a great treasure in our grandparents. 

Principal's Log

Congratulations to our Year 12 Future Problem-Solving team of Ethan Hall, Olivia Papallo, Karlee Connors and Sarah Gale who came 5th in the National titles in Melbourne over the weekend and to Noah Beasley who came 6th as an individual in his competition.  This was a great achievement.  Participation in the Future Problem-Solving Competition has been a unique learning experience for students across all year levels and particularly for the students who had the opportunity to compete against the best in Australia at the National titles.  Over the year many skills including those of critical thinking, innovation, communication and team work have been developed as students worked together to solve real world problems and effectively communicate their solutions.  We thank Mrs Jo Belchamber and her team for the leadership of this experience over the year.

Year 9 and 10 STEM students showcased their learning to parents and students yesterday afternoon.  They excitedly shared their projects which involved them designing and constructing solutions involving humanoid robots, underwater drones, model roller coasters, bionic hands, electronics and optics.  Mr David Baird, CEO of Praesidium Global, officially opened the evening sharing his story of getting involved with STEM and designing innovative autonomous ground vehicles which are to be used by defence forces to reduce exposure of personnel.  Mr Baird was inspirational as he shared his view of the importance of young people engaging with STEM and being innovative into the future in a wide range of industries.  We thank Mrs Marnie Whittaker, Mrs Claire Richards and Mr Wes Warner for their leadership of this innovative approach to learning.

Congratulations to our Sprint Kayaking team who won the State Sprint Championship for the 14th year in a row.  This is an amazing achievement and we congratulate Mr Gary Graves and his team on their success.

Senior students enjoyed being immersed in a range of cultural experiences as part of the Melbourne Arts Tour over the weekend.  The experience included a variety of plays, musical performances, visits to art galleries and installations and aspects of city life in Melbourne.  We thank Mrs Janine Delaney and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine and their team for the leadership of this event.

The Year 6 students enjoyed their 6 day experience in Canberra where they had the opportunity to learn more about Australian electoral and government processes including the role of the Governor General, scientific inquiry, world history and our natural world.  As they explored some of the unique and important places that are part of our nation’s capital they represented themselves and the College well.  We thank Mr Nicholas Tait and Mrs Natalie Campbell and their team for their leadership of this unique experience.

We look forward to sharing Grandparents day with the community and remind families to read the email Mr David Druery sent earlier this week in regard to parking arrangements.  We also wish our basketballers all the best for their Grand Finals this Friday afternoon and look forward to enjoying the creativity of our P-12 students at the Art Exhibition on Friday evening at the College.

We thank God for the many gifts our grandparents give our families and community.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Role Models

Would you call Serena Williams, after her US Open Final, a positive role model? What about the former Australian Cricket captain Ricky Ponting, who appears on many gambling advertisements between televised sporting games? Sporting heroes and ‘sheroes’ are under great pressure to be positive, well behaved, responsible role models for children and young people around the world. Post sporting careers these people are challenged to endorse many organisations and corporations to make a living. They are always in the spotlight and the causes they support indicate what sort of values they encourage. Which leads to the question, what exactly makes a positive role model? In the context of sport is a positive role model someone who accepts the umpire’s decision no matter what?  Are they someone who keeps their cool at breaking point? Someone who displays good sportsmanship and respects other players and referees? Are they someone who treats all women and men the same, honouring and not devaluing them?

In Middle Senior Chapel during the week I asked students who their role models are? I was surprised that most of the responses were not sporting stars, celebrities, or musicians but real flesh and blood people with whom they have close relationships, parents, grandparents, siblings and friends. In one of the most famous parables of Jesus, we have the story of family relationships where a father is presented as a positive role model. What does this father in the parable of the lost son do, to be such a positive role model?  Luke 15:20 sums it up; but while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion. The father is compassionate enough to give his son space to make mistakes, grow and learn. The father treats all people including the slaves and servants as equal to his sons. The father does not give up on his lost son but is there for him ready to receive him when he returns with open arms. The father doesn’t cut the son off even after his mistakes but restores him to the family and celebrates his return. The father in Jesus parable is a reflection of our Heavenly Father who is the most positive role model we can have.

What is a positive role model? A positive role model is someone we have a close relationship with, who spends time with us and has great compassion for us.

Ps Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Director of Students

Wellbeing for Students

On the 13th of October a group of parents, students and staff met during the Strategic Planning Day to discuss where to in the next four years for wellbeing and formation. Firstly, I would like to thank all the participants for their time, deep thinking and positive energy. The meeting began by asking participants to write on post-it-notes and then display what capabilities we would like to see in PLC graduates in 2030. Mentioned multiple times were resilience, care for others, compassion, empathy, confidence, adaptability, environmentally concerned, happy, reflective and spiritual. Some other key capabilities mentioned were strong convictions about who they are and what they can achieve, humble, tolerant, connected, strong values and optimistic.

As the morning progressed we discussed what is good and distinctive about wellbeing at Pacific. Much of our conversation revolved around the ten Lutheran values and acceptance, forgiveness, support, respect and the College’s gentle culture. Finally, we spent time discussing what we want to preserve, add and change. This will be a basis for further discussion over coming weeks as we centre in on some key goals for the next four years.

Well done to the Year 6 students and teachers for the many positive comments they received on the recent Canberra trip. More will be shared about this exciting event in coming weeks. The Middle College Orientation Evening for Year Five Parents and new students is at 7.00pm, Monday 5th November.

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Update!

Year 3 Camp

Next week on Thursday 1st November, Year 3 students depart the College to attend their first Outdoor Education Camp at Luther Heights.  Can parents/guardians please ensure all medical/consent forms are completed and returned to your child’s classroom teacher.

Day for Daniel

Friday 26th October is Day for Daniel.  As parents we are all familiar with Daniel’s story and appreciate the great work his parents have done through the Daniel Morcombe Foundation.  At P-5 assembly next week I will be reminding students of the need to be safe when travelling to and from school. This message is centred upon reminding students not to get into cars or go with strangers. There are numerous excellent resources available on-line (see below for examples) to support this important message of child safety.

It would be great for parents to discuss and re-enforce this important message with their children of all ages. The single most important thing to remember when teaching your children about stranger danger is to instill confidence, rather than fear.

Bandana Day

At the last P-5 Assembly we were joined by two year twelve students who spoke passionately about Bandana Day, which is also celebrated on Friday, 26th October and the important work done by CanTeen in its support for young people from 12-25 years of age who have cancer. One of these young men spoke from first-hand experience about how important the work of CanTeen is.  Your support of this cause is much appreciated. Large numbers of bandanas have been purchased and certainly have added colour and excitement to Grandparents Day. 

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

Food for Thought

Snap Map

Snap Map has attracted a lot of media attention as the location-based aspect means that a user can choose to share their location with others. Because there are so many young people using the app this potential sharing is a cause for concern for parents and carers in particular. Given that Snapchat’s largest demographic is 18- to 24-year-olds and the minimum age for creating an account is 13, Snap Map could potentially put younger users in a situation where their location is unwittingly shared with “friends” they don’t know in person or putting them at risk of stalking or bullying. Consequently, Snap Map has been criticised by many as dangerous.

Many young people know about the dangers of sharing personal information but think that it does not apply to them. Young people do need to be more aware of some of the risks and challenges when they go online. However, used in the right way this app can be so useful. Indeed, some parents have commented that they are able to feel confident using the Snap Map application so that they know where their children are at all times.

Please click here for more details:

Mrs Annie Williams, School Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

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 19th November 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

Library News

Library Update

Elephants’ Toothpaste

The Geek Girls group explored chemical reactions by making “elephants’ toothpaste”. This experiment involves creating an exothermic reaction by adding a catalyst (yeast) to hydrogen peroxide. The hydrogen peroxide is forced to release its oxygen molecules, creating oxygen and water. The result is a spout of bubbles frothing out of the bottle.


New magazine shelving has been added to the senior area, creating an attractive reading space. Senior books have also been moved into the new area, allowing for separation between Middle College and Senior College fiction.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Middle College

Year 6 Canberra National Tour

Our Year 6 cohort have just returned from six days in Canberra. Students were outstanding as they navigated their way through airports, bus transport and numerous visits of the many exclusive sites our Nation’s Capital has to offer. Every day was packed to the brim with unique and rewarding experiences.

Students visited both Old and New Parliament House where they got first-hand knowledge of Australia’s electoral system, Australian Prime Ministers and Federation. We were fortunate enough to witness Question Time and had the honour of meeting our Federal member for Fisher, Mr Andrew Wallace. 

Although sombre and reflective, the Australian War Memorial provided the time and space for students to explore the sacrifice and hardship many men and women experienced to deliver the world of peace they now exist in. Students were also fortunate enough to visit the Governor General at his residence, explore Questacon, CSIRO, Geoscience Centre, Dinosaur Museum, Zoo and Aquarium and National Museum. Such examples of experiential learning help students consolidate their classroom learnings in a real, tangible learning environment.

This vast and complex learning experience would not have been possible without the dedication and support of the Year 6 teachers Mrs Linda Sydes, Mr Damien Johns and Mr Stuart Pohlner who have worked closely with their students throughout the year in preparing them for this experience. We were also extremely well supported by Mr Andrew Block and Mrs Pia Foxlow and Mel Ousley from our Learning Enrichment Department, Miss Georgia Snelling and our Outdoor Education Facilitators Mrs Tegan Luker and Jay Williams. A special mention goes out to Mrs Natalie Campbell who took the reins as Tour Coordinator and ensured that students and staff alike were supported and prepared for each day and its outcomes.

The National Capital Tour is undertaken with assistance from the Federal Government as part of their PACER (Parliament and Civics Educational Rebate) program. The rebate is paid directly to the College upon completion of the tour.


Mr Nicholas Tait, Head of Outdoor Education and Duke of Edinburgh Award Coordinator

Middle College, Secondary College

Future Problem Solvers National Finals

The results of the National Finals are as follows:

Global Issues Problem Solving Booklet Senior Division, 5th Place (Ethan, Karlee, Olivia and Sarah)

Global Issues Problem Solving Booklet Individual Division 6th Place (Noah)

These are outstanding results in a program that involves hundreds of schools and colleges around Australia. The students proved that they are 21st Century thinkers who can be creative and collaborative under pressure. The problem was ‘Cloud Storage’ in 2048 and the team generated an action plan to improve the security of cloud storage technology so that the risk of data leakage would be reduced.

Thank you to Mrs Ousley, Ms Scheiwe and Mrs Hohls, who helped prepare the team for the Finals and to Mrs Hall who accompanied us to the event.

We are proud of the achievements of the Future Problem-Solving team and would like to thank them for representing Pacific Lutheran College so admirably at the event.


Mrs Jo Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

Careers with STEM

Are you interested in computer science, coding, cyber security, or want to combine science with animal welfare? You can find out more about these job opportunities and more at  You can download the most recent E-Mag that is packed with lots of job information and personal stories from people who have made great choices in STEM.

USC: Headstart

Headstart is a transition program for Year 11 and 12 students that allows them to study USC courses while still completing high school. Read about the benefits of this program on the USC website.  You can also download the Headstart Guide 2019 from this site.  Applications close on 31 October 2018 for Semester One 2019.

Deadline for written statement and online assessment requirements for education courses QTAC

Students applying for entry into tertiary education courses for 2019 must submit written statements through an online questionnaire to address suitability criteria for the course. These form part of their QTAC application.  These statements must be submitted before the QTAC documentation due dates (see Key dates on the QTAC website or in your QTAC book on Page 20). You must have submitted your statements by 7 December 2018 for the 20 December 2018 and the 14 December 2018 for the 16 January 2019 offer rounds.  Visit the QTAC website to view a Fact Sheet explaining what is required in the written statements.

USQ: Parents’ Guide to Uni

It may be difficult for parents to understand how to relate to their child's new life. USQ have a seven-episode podcast for parents to keep them up to date with what their child will be generally experiencing. You'll hear from other parents, academics, career practitioners and students. Click here to listen.

Queensland Government: Fee-free vocational training for Year 12 graduates

This Queensland Government program supports Queensland Year 12 graduates in transitioning to employment by providing fee-free training for Certificate III qualifications in high priority vocational areas.  Find out more on the Queensland Government Training website.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Secondary Sport

Sports Awards

On Tuesday 13th November 2018 we will celebrate a year of sporting success with our annual Sports Awards held at PLC.  The awards are split into two ceremonies.  Years 4-6 as our Junior Awards and 7-12 for our Senior Awards.

Throughout the year coaches and support staff have nominated MVP and Coaches Awards for each of sporting teams across these year levels.  We also acknowledge our premiership teams.

Year 7-12 students who have been heavily involved in school sports during 2018 are encouraged to self-nominate to be considered for the PLC Sports Excellence Awards (Champion Male and Female).  Students who would like to be considered can download further information and a nomination form from Schoology. Any nominations must be received by Mrs Campbell no later than Friday 2nd November 2018.


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



SCISSA Soccer Round 3 Results

Game Time


Team 1


Team 2








Int A Boys







Jnr A Boys

Lost 1-2






Int B Girls







Jnr Girls



Next Week’s Draw is: 31.10.2018


Game Time



Team 1


Team 2


Bus Depart

Bus Arrives PLC







Int A Boys









Jnr A Boys









Int B Girls









Jnr B Girls




Mrs Natalie Campbell, Acting Head of Sport


Congratulations to the eight teams who were involved in finals matches at various stages throughout last week. The standard of performance and the way in which teams played was incredibly impressive.

Commiserations to the Junior B Boys, Senior B Boys, Junior B Girls and Junior A Girls who all lost their semi-finals. They were close games and played at a very high level. The Junior B Boys & Senior B Boys both almost won in the dying stages of the game. However, we cannot fault the effort of both teams and the contributions of all throughout the season.

The Junior Girls teams (A & B) both faced very tough opponents but put up a brave fight – never giving up! They are all very young and have many more seasons of basketball ahead of them! So well done.

We wish the Intermediate A, B & C Girls all the very best for their grand finals matches after good wins over their opposition. Well done girls and all the best for this week.

The Intermediate B Boys have gone through their season undefeated and have a close rivalry with Kawana SHS, who they face again on Friday. Hopefully they will have a full team who is healthy and ready to go this week.

A draft of the draw is attached, however there is a chance that this information MAY change.

We encourage all who have been involved in basketball throughout the season and the wider PLC Community to come down to Caloundra (or MFAC) to support the PLC teams in the grand final.

Thank you all for a great season already. Hopefully we have one more week of great success ahead!!

ROUND 12 26.10.2018 (Term 4, Week 3)

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






Int A Girls

Tanya Graves


Caloundra Crt 2


Int B Girls (Yr 10)

Georgie Snelling


Caloundra Crt 3


Int C Girls (Yr 9)

Caitlin O’Keefe


MFAC Crt 1


Int B Boys

Scott Crompton


Caloundra Crt 4

Kawana SHS


Mr Mark Hauser, Teacher in Charge - Basketball

Kayaking 2018

With changes to the structure of our Kayaking program in 2018, Year 5-12 students were invited to join one of the schools most consistently successful teams.  A dedicated group of paddlers of all skills levels joined Mr Gary Graves on Monday and Thursday afternoons at Lake Kawana after school in Term 3 and 4. 

Their training culminated in individual success for a number of students who attended the Qld School Marathon Canoe Championships in August.  Our main event this year was once again the Qld Schools Canoe Sprint Championships.  The many individual successes of our paddlers lead to PLC once again being awarded the Champion School for this event.  This is the 14th consecutive year PLC has taken out this title and an outstanding effort considering our reduced team numbers this year.

This unique program is available to our students due to the time and effort put in each year by Mr Gary Graves.  This year Mr Graves was awarded volunteer awards for his efforts by both Paddle Qld (formerly Qld Canoeing) and our local community for his dedication to the sport.  The PLC Sports community sincerely thank Mr Graves for his commitment to this program.  We also acknowledge the staff support of Mr Ben Dutton (Repairs), Mr Chris Mundey and Mrs Leah Croke (training) and parent helpers throughout this year.

Mrs Natalie Campbell, Acting Head of Sport

PLC Kayak State Champions

Congratulations to the PLC kayaking team for winning the schools Queensland Sprint Kayaking Championships held on Sunday 21st October at Wyaralong Dam, Bromelton. It was great to see a number of new paddlers do a wonderful job in representing our College. Well done to everyone who got up bright and early on a Sunday morning to arrive at the venue by 7am. It was great to see PLC students win a swag of medals and in particular well done to those students who stood on the podium for the first time. A big thank you to a number of parents who helped out regularly throughout the season washing, loading and tying down boats. A special thanks to Mrs Croke and Mr Mundey for attending training, Mike Gilliman for coaching the students, Jack Gothorp for helping with water safety, Mr Dutton for repairing numerous craft, Mr Jones for towing the kayaks and to Mr Martin Roth who helped maintain and repair the trailers. A fantastic team effort and I look forward to coaching the students in 2019.


Mr Gary Graves, Head of Health and Physical Education

Club Sport

Pacific FC - 2019 Season

Online registration for the 2019 season will be open soon!

If you’re not already on the Pacific FC mailing list and would like to know when registrations open, email your name, player’s name and your best email contact to:

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

General Notices

LLL Banking

Pacific provides opportunities for children and parents to operate savings accounts with the Lutheran Laypeople’s League (LLL). The LLL is a non-profit financial institution established in 1921. All LLL Deposit Accounts are ‘at call’ accounts and there are no fees or charges. All LLL deposit accounts have an attractive rate of interest with no ‘Bonus’ rate hurdles to jump.  The LLL pays a $5 gift to the first savings account opened for the child.  Deposits can be made through the College’s Business Office each Tuesday before school. To find out more, visit the Business Office.

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

Casual Clothes Day


Back to School Packs

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Upcoming Dates


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