Compass No. 518 November 2018

From the Principal

Trust Empowers and Enables

One of the defining characteristics of the Finnish education system is the high levels of trust that exist between government, system, school leaders, teachers, parents and students.  In any group whether that be a work place, community group, family or school where there are high levels of trust, people are enabled and empowered.  The response to having trust placed in us is to take responsibility.  Pacific is a community that operates with high levels of trust.  Where we trust the strengths, goodwill and capacity in others we approach all situations with a focus on growth and solutions.  Trust opens the largeness of possibility.  Actions and conversations change.

God invites us to engage in a trusting relationship with Him.  In the good and difficult times in life, He encourages us to trust that He walks with us. 

Principal's Log

It was a delight to feel the warmth and dignity of our Year 12 students as they graduated last week.  Themes of close relationships, growth, hope and opportunity permeated the speeches made by the College Captains with a highlight of the final chapel being the live link to connect with Clarice Junqueira in Brazil. We thank our teachers, the Heads of Department and Director of Teaching and Learning, Ms Sue Arahill who have been leading their academic learning, the Heads of House and the pastoral team who have provided important social and emotional support and staff who have provided rich co-curricular opportunities.  The final week of activities involved many staff and we thank them. In particular we express our appreciation to Head of Senior College Students, Mrs Kim Bonello for her leadership of the senior students as a cohort and coordination of their final week of events.


 We congratulate coach Mr Brendan Delaney and the Intermediate Girls B Soccer team who won their grand final last night.  The girls engaged with good spirit and teamwork to win 4-0.  We thank our soccer coaches Mr Brendan Delaney, Mr Josh Cummins, Mr Duncan McNee and Mrs Leah Croke who have supported teams within the Wednesday night SCISSA competition this term.

We thank our Friends of Pacific Executive capably led by Chair Mrs Jenny Lee for their strong and enthusiastic leadership of the parent community.  We thank outgoing executive members, secretary Mrs Lisa Ackerman and Vice Chair Mrs Deni Fowler for their significant contributions this year.  We also express our appreciation to outgoing member Mrs Tracey Hindmarsh who has provided tremendous service to our community as Chair and member of the Executive for many years.  We thank and wish the office bearers for 2019 of Chair Mrs Jenny Lee, Vice Chair Mrs Allyson Sarvari, Secretary Mrs Erin Carter, Treasurer Mrs Penni Buchanan and OCEANfest Coordinator Mrs Teena Thompson the very best.

We pray that God would continue to guide and protect this community as one where trusting relationships foster growth.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Christmas Gospel

In the time of King Herod after Jesus was born in Bethlehem of Judea, wise men from the East came to Jerusalem, asking, ‘Where is the child who has been born king of the Jews? For we observed his star at its rising and have come to worship him.’ When King Herod heard this, he was frightened, and all Jerusalem with him…Matthew 2:1-3.

Did you know that there are two stories of the birth of Jesus in the Bible? In Luke’s gospel we hear of the Roman census, Mary and Joseph travelling to Bethlehem, Jesus being born in a manger because there was no room in the inn and the angels appearing to the shepherds in the fields. The other Christmas story from Matthew chapter two involves the Magi the wise men from the East who follow the star, King Herod who wants to kill any threat to his throne, and the gifts given to Mary and Jesus by the Magi. This is a different story to the sentimental pictures we often see on Christmas cards. It is a story of power, revenge, the death of innocent children and a family seeking asylum in a foreign country. It sounds very much like a story that could occur today in many war-torn countries around the globe.

This is an essential part of the Christmas gospel we can easily neglect. For God to break into the world in the form of Jesus born to Mary and Joseph, great disruption, tension, and even suffering occurred. We often picture the message of Christmas as being about the little baby Jesus meek and mild. Carols use these images in their lyrics. Nativity scenes model it this way. But God’s entry into the world disrupted the powerful rulers and structures of the time. God’s plan to save the world was not smooth sailing or involved a bed of roses, people opposed this baby born to a peasant girl and wanted him dead. From the moment Jesus appeared on earth, God embodied a life of suffering and sacrifice. Jesus’ life on earth started and ended with opposition and people trying to kill him. The Christmas gospel begins with the womb but ends in a tomb. 

As we celebrate the advent of Jesus this Christmas may we all hear the story anew and read the scriptures more deeply delving into the mystery and hope of God becoming human for us.

Ministry and Service Survey

Every family in the College has been emailed a Ministry and Service survey of three questions to complete. Please check your inbox and click on the link to help provide information which will contribute to the College’s strategic direction in this area. The survey will be open until 5.00pm Friday 30 November.

Ps Tim Jarick, College Pastor 

Important Notices

2019 School Fees

The College Council has approved the 2019 fee schedule. There will be a general increase of $65 - $75 per term in the tuition fee across all year levels. There has also been increases $10 - $35 per term in the resource levies at most year levels except at Year 9 where the levy has been increased by $170 per term to help offset the cost of the Year 9 camp. Year 10 resource levy has been reduced by $80 to bring it in line with Year 11 & 12 levies.

If parents have any queries regarding fees, please contact the Business Office.

Mr Mike Healy, Business Manager

Maths Tutoring

Maths tutoring will no longer be occurring this year as all assessment has been completed.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Department Mathematics

From the Director of Students


Gratitude can be thought of as a form of positive thinking that links us to others beyond the self. Gratitude by its nature is profoundly interpersonal and requires interaction with others. It involves us in a particular kind of relationship with others - in giving and in returning thanks. Gratitude according to Anthropologist Afke Komter is a moral force that connects us with something or someone outside self.

At Pacific we very deliberately discuss and teach gratitude to students. Our aim is for students to feel general gratitude such as count your blessings as well as gratitude to others for the support they offer us on our journey. Research shows that gratitude helps develop greater resilience, improves relationships and engagement for students.

As we move towards the end of the year I would like to express my personal gratitude to the Pacific community. There have been many individuals, students, parents and staff that have helped me on my journey this year. Their support and care has helped me on a daily basis and for this I am truly thankful.

To speak gratitude is courteous and pleasant, to enact gratitude is generous and noble, but to live gratitude is to touch heaven. Johannes A. Gaertner

Mr Brendan Delaney, Director of Students

From the Head of Staff and Students P-5

P-5 Update!

P-2 Swimming 

Continues on Monday and Thursday next week. If your child is attending swimming early in the day, can you ensure they are at the College by 8.30am as the bus will be departing with the first group of students at 8.35am. Students should arrive at the College in their swimmers and parents should also apply sunscreen to children in the morning before leaving home. Sunscreen will also be available at the College.


A number of students are presenting to school each day without hats. During lunch-breaks, students need to wear a hat or they are required to stay out of the sun.  Students should also wear their hats when travelling to and from the College. Could all parents/guardians please ensure that children are bringing/wearing a hat to school each day.

Carols Concert  

At 5.00pm, Friday, 30th November, the annual Carols concert will be held in the College grounds.  Food will be available after the concert. A flyer giving further details has been sent home this week.

End of Year Service

Starting at 9.00am, on Monday 3rd December, the P-5 End of Year Service will be held in the Sports Hall at the College.  At the service, Academic Excellence and Endeavour awards will be presented to students in Years 3-5.  The service marks an important transition for Year Five students who move next year to Middle School. All parents and family members are most welcome at this important event. An invitation giving further details will be sent home next week. 

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


Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank you + Introducing 2019 Committee

Thank you to those who attended our Annual General Meeting on Tuesday evening - especially to our State Member for Kawana,  Mr Jarrod Bleiije MP and Mrs Ruth Zerner, our PLC College Council Chair. Thank you for your time and support throughout 2018.

We also warmly thank the following parents who are stepping down from their current roles; Tracey Hindmarsh (2018 Committee Member), Lisa Ackerman (2018 Secretary) and Deni Fowler (2018 Vice Chairperson). Thank you for your commitment to our volunteer committee - for your time, energy and efforts in delivering a vast range of events to our Pacific community. We would like to make special mention of Tracey Hindmarsh who has given many years of service to Friends of Pacific in various roles including five years as Chairperson.

I am honoured to be staying on as Chairperson in 2019. My fellow committee members include:

Vice Chairperson: Allyson Sarvari

Secretary: Erin Carter

Treasurer: Penni Buchanan

Executive Committee Member: Lisa Ackerman

OCEANfest Coordinator: Teena Thompson

Thank you for volunteering your time, talents and energy to serve our Pacific community!

We have an additional three Executive Committee positions to be finalised in 2019.


Christmas Carols BBQ

Friends of Pacific will be hosting a BBQ at the upcoming Christmas Carols event on Friday, 30th November.
If you are keen to help out, please let us know at or turn up at 3.30pm at the College Gym.
We greatly appreciate any time and help you can offer.  Also, look out for the ‘Containers for Change’ to aid in our campus recycling efforts at the event.

Save The Dates

PLC Golf Day @ Pelican Waters: Sunday 9 June 2019

Trivia Night @ PLC  Saturday 17 August 2019

With planning already underway for our 2019 + 2020 events, we look forward to welcoming many new faces to our volunteer committee at our first meeting in 2019 at 6.30pm on Tuesday, 19 February in the College Library.

Mrs Jenny Lee, Chairperson

Library News

Library Update

Library Monitor Lunch

To thank our library monitors for their service this year, we will be holding a farewell lunch this Wednesday, 28th November, in the library at 1pm.

Thinkers Club Break Up

The final Thinkers Club for the year will be held next week. We will be having a break up party, as well as our usual activities.

Borrowing and Library Classes

Our final library classes were held this week. Next week we ask that students start bringing back their books. There will be no borrowing in Week 8 as the library is conducting stock take. In the final week, students who have returned all of this year’s books may borrow up to 30 books for the holidays.

Academic Excellence Awards

Students in Years 3-11 who are receiving an Academic Excellence award will receive a letter asking them to select their book prize. A selection of books will be on display in the library from Tuesday, 27th November, until Friday, 30th November. Students will need to bring their letter to the library and select a book by Friday lunchtime.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

From the Head of Career Development

Career News

SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute Summer Program

The SAE Brisbane campus, located in West End, is opening its doors these holidays for the SAE Summer Series for students aged 15 years and above (Year 10 and over). This is a 3-day program designed to expand your creative skills through working on projects in the fields of Animation, Audio, Design, Film or Games. The program will run from 23 – 25 January 2019 from 10 am – 4 pm each day. Register before 11:30pm on 9 December 2018 for the early bird special of $120.

SAE Qantm Creative Media Institute Info Night

This event will be held at the SAE Brisbane campus, located in West End, from 6 – 8 pm on Thursday 29 November 2018. SAE has Diploma and Degree courses in Animation, Audio, Design, Film, Game, Web and Mobile. FEE-HELP is available for eligible students. For more information and to register, visit the SAE website.

JMC Academy: Undergraduate Information Evening

This session will be held from 5.00pm on Thursday 6 December 2018 at the JMC Brisbane campus. It is for students who are looking for course options in the creative arts. JMC offers tertiary courses in Animation, Film and TV, Music, Songwriting, Game Design, Entertainment Management, Audio Engineering and Digital Design. For more information on the undergraduate information evening, visit the JMC website.

TAFE: Don’t miss out on Cre8 Festival

The Cre8 Festival 2018 is a free showcase of the best student works from the year across all areas of the creative arts. This includes fashion, floristry, photography, digital design and much, much more. It will be held from 6 – 8.30 pm on Thursday 29 November 2018 at the TAFE Queensland Southbank Campus, 66 Ernest Street, South Brisbane.

Interested in leadership and community service?

If so, why not investigate the Lions Youth of the Year. This is a project of Lions Clubs International of Australia. It is designed to encourage student interest in leadership and taking an active role in the community. Students between the ages of 15 – 19 are welcome to apply.

Queensland Government Youth page

The Queensland Government has developed this webpage for young people. It provides links to a range of information and services, covering topics such as:

  • Education and training
  • Life skills and turning 18
  • Work and career
  • Driving and transport
  • Health and looking after yourself
  • Sport, recreation and leisure
  • Being safe and knowing your rights.

Mrs Natasha Purcell, Careers Counsellor

Cultural News

Cultural News

If your child is currently enrolled in instrumental music lessons, please be aware that you will be receiving an email which details the rollover of instrumental lessons into 2019. A paper copy of the letter should also come home with the students – please look out for them.

If you have a child who would like to enrol for instrumental music lessons for 2019 then you can collect an enrolment form at any of the school offices or email for an electronic copy.

Mrs Helen Williams, Head of Instrumental Music

Sport News

Sports Awards

As we continually to strive towards a balanced program amongst our students busy lifestyles we aim to meet the competitive, health and wellbeing needs of all of our students.  Last week we took time out to celebrate the sports successes of 2018 with our students and coaches.

We were excited to have Sunshine Coast Lightning and Australian Diamonds netballer Stephanie Wood speak with our students.  Encouraging them to put in the hard work to reach their goals regardless of the natural talent they may have. We also thank the countless staff and external coaches for their time and effort in contributing to the sports program this year. Without their support we would not be able to offer the sports we do.

Our thanks to the outgoing Sports Captains for 2018: Charlotte Empson and Cooper Pointon.  Well done to Sam Henderson and Alyssa Rabnott our 2019 Sports Captains for being our MC’s at the Awards and Kate Monroe for leading the National Anthem.

Whilst we congratulate all of our award winners, we would like to make special mention of our 2018 Sport Excellence Award winner: Brooklyn Graves.

During 2018 Brooklyn has achieved the following:

  • High level of participation at the inter house carnivals
  • Athletics Age Champion
  • Independent District Representative for Swimming
  • Played in 2 PLC Basketball Teams
  • Independent District Representative for Basketball
  • Regional Representative for Basketball
  • Played in 2 PLC Volleyball Teams
  • PLC Representative for Trish Buckley Volleyball
  • Independent District Representative for Volleyball
  • MVP SCISSA Volleyball
  • MVP Trish Buckley Volleyball

We also acknowledge Brooklyn’s service to the sports program including:

  • Basketball Referee
  • 3 on 3 Basketball Referee
  • Club Netball Coach
  • Club Netball Umpire Mentor
  • Assisting at the Disabled Surfing Program


Congratulations to our Intermediate Girls Soccer Team who convincingly won their Grand Final last night 4-0 against St Andrews.  Whilst displaying great enthusiasm and persistence the enjoyment that the girls played with was refreshing.  My sincere thanks for your commitment to the season. 

A special mention to Mr Brendan Delaney for his leadership of the girls and another successful season to add to his coaching credentials.


Uniform Returns

As all sports teams have concluded for the year all jerseys and uniforms are now required to be returned to Mrs Campbell.

Natalie Campbell, Acting Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC Update

Registrations for the 2019 SCCSA season are now open. U6-U16 players are invited to sign on through the on-line portal. Click here to register:​









Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball

2019 has been a growth year for PLC with the introduction of our ladies’ teams.  The teams play social netball as a means of bringing together parents, teachers, students and members of the wider Caloundra community.  By the end of the season, the club was able to field three teams within the Tuesday night social competition.  The competition is open to girls age U14 and older.  We are particularly proud for our three mother/daughter combinations, one of which was on display on Tuesday night. 

Tuesday saw our ‘PLC Almighty Appaloosas’ take on the ‘Sunflower Mums’, in the elimination final.  It was a physical game, with intensity and passion displayed by both sides.  This is a side made up of parents, Year 9 and Year 10 students.

The game was a struggle in the first quarter going goal for goal in what could best be described as an arm wrestle.  The second half proved decisive, with the Appaloosas (aided by some ‘younger legs’) pulling away to win 40 to 19.  Well done on a great effort! 

We are back again next week to play the grand final at 7:00pm at CDNA.  Come and support the team..

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.

This year the Uniform shop will be closing for stocktake on Friday 23rd November.  Please ensure that, if you are in Year 9, that you have purchased your Blazer and Trousers (for male students) and Blazer (for female students) before this date. 

We will reopen on Monday 21st January 2018.  For appointments please contact the main office on 5436 7300.

If your child is commencing Year One, please see the below pictures for formal uniform requirements.  All of these items are available from the uniform shop.  Formal shoes for Year One are black leather lace ups.

Foundation and Junior College Formal Uniform


If your child is commencing Year 6, please see the below pictures for formal uniform requirements.  Year Six students require a formal hat to be worn with their formal uniform. The bucket hat continues to be worn with their sports uniform.  All of these items are available for purchase in the Uniform Shop.  Formal shoes are black leather lace ups. 

Middle College Formal Uniform


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 Club

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

Back to School Packs

Click here for the Impact School Supplies information.


Upcoming Dates


29                                                 Year 9 Rite Journey Homecoming (5.00pm)

30                                                 K-5 Carols Night


3                                                   P-5 Reports

3                                                   P-5 Closing Service – Gym (9.00am)

4                                                   Students’ Last Day Closing Service – Caloundra Events Centre (6.30pm)