Compass No. 521 Feburary 2019

From the Principal

Empathy Grows Care

Empathy unlike sympathy grows connection. Empathy involves us understanding someone else’s perspective, putting ourselves in their shoes, and feeling with them.  When we are empathetic we are able to genuinely care for others.  Empathy involves the suspension of judgment and connecting with the emotion felt by another person. Jesus’ encouragement to “Love your neighbour as yourself”, requires this capacity for empathy.  It involves us being fully present with the person and responding with care.  

Reflection and conversation around the following youtube clip may open up greater insight into how we might grow a stronger habit of empathy in our lives and in our homes.

We grow habits of thinking in ourselves and our families.  We might reflect on how we respond to media stories which humiliate or reduce the dignity of a person.  Modelling empathy rather than with judgment could be a life changing gift.

Brown, B (2013, 10th Dec 2013). Empathy Vs Compassion [youtube]. Retrieved from '  sighted 7/02/19.

Principal's Log

The Welcome Breakfast provided a wonderful opportunity for families to connect with each other.  The friendly and generous hospitality provided by the Friends of Pacific, our Hospitality department, staff and senior students added to the warm ambience as people enjoyed the opportunity to connect with each other.  Thank you to everyone who made the morning such a special time of connection.  Friday morning was capped off by the Junior College Commencement Service where we enjoyed the energy of our young people as we opened their school year and celebrated the role of our Year 5 students as leaders of the Junior College.

Early in the school year we invite parents and Senior College students to participate in a variety of information evenings.  The informed partnership between parents, students and teachers is an important element in student engagement and success.  Thank you to our staff who have led these sessions so well and to the parents who have availed themselves of this important opportunity to learn more about the next phase of learning for their children.  We look forward to connecting with families at next week’s Year 10 and Middle College Information evenings on Monday and Tuesday night respectively.

One of the important pieces of information shared at the P-5 evening was the implementation of an e-Smart Digital licence for students.  The licence requires young people to complete 11 modules that relate to the safe and effective use of their devices.  The course provided by the Alannah and Madeline Foundation will be trialled this year with Year 4-7 students and is an important initiative in growing young people’s capacity and safety in their use of digital devices.  The program which has a cost of $10 per student comes with great resources for parents, teachers and students and we look forward to sharing these with the community.

We also look forward to e-safety advocate Susan McLean sharing important information with our students and staff during the day on Monday 18th February and then with parents at 6.00pm.  In this ever-changing arena of digital technology, Susan will provide some valuable insights and strategies for staff, students and parents to flourish within our highly connected world. 

May God grant us soft eyes and open hearts to be fully present with others.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

A Parable of Care

A lawyer once asked Jesus a question to trip him up. ‘Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’ Jesus replied with the words ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength, and with all your mind; and love your neighbour as yourself.’ Then Jesus went on to tell the lawyer the parable of the Good Samaritan.

The Parable of the Good Samaritan is a world-famous story about care. The parable has meanings at multiple levels, but the core image is seeing a need and abundantly addressing the need. It is easy to look past those in need and say, “It is none of my business”. That was shown in the two people who walked past the man who was beaten up. These two men had good reason to go about their business.

Jesus tells about the unlikely helper, the Samaritan, or “outsider”. He sees the need and gives care, even paying for the man’s stay in the inn, then following up by saying he will come back to pay anything else needed. Jesus finished the parable by asking the overall question, “Who proved themselves to be a neighbour?” Through the story, Jesus points us to the fact that neighbourly care is not simply words, but action that looks around and wonders, “Who needs my help today?” May we ask the same question in our college community as we love God with our heart, soul, strength and mind.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor 

From the Head of Learning K-5

Getting the Screen Time Balance Right for Families

Screen time is all about balance. It's sometimes more about what is being done on the screen than the amount of time spent. Too much screen time can mean that family members aren't really talking to each other or spending time in a productive way. If you're not sure if your family has got the right balance, consider these questions:

  • How much screen time does your family use?
  • How do you connect with your children away from digital devices and screens?
  • How does your family start conversations where the children can contribute and let you into their world?

Sometimes families need to go without digital devices to see what else they might like to do. Here are some ideas for switching off:

  • Make some agreements around not having phones/ipods at the dinner table.
  • Set times for screen time and times for switching it off.
  • Help your children find other things they like to do that don't rely on a screen.
  • Suggest a screen diet - the whole family give up screens for a weekend to see what happens.

Screen time is not all bad! Children and families are enjoying interactive time together playing educational or strategy games, or when using their computer to create something. Keep an eye on what children are using their devices for, and learn about other things they can do on their devices and/or P.C that are creative. Here are some creative things that young people are doing on their devices:

  • Creating movies, or stop motion animation.
  • Drawing with a drawing tablet or drawing program on a tablet.
  • Reading or working on photos creatively.
  • Writing a story or creating a comic.
  • Learning to code to create an app or a game.
  • Building a blog.
  • Collaborating with others on a project.

There are so many amazing creative pursuits you can do on a computer besides just homework, checking social media, and watching YouTube!

Mrs Sue Zweck, Head of Teaching and Learning K-Year 5

From the Head of Senior Students

Year of Adventure

Joshua 1:9

"…Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go."

The start of 2019 has been dubbed the year of ‘adventure’. At the Commencement Service, Dr Dolling used the analogy of adventure to get us thinking about where we are heading and, more importantly, how we are heading into the year ahead. When I reflect on what ‘adventure’ meant to me, it conjured up images of excitement, new beginnings and different places. However, within that there is also an element of trepidation and uncertainty in going forward. How lucky it is that we have the words of Joshua with us!

Last week many of our Senior College students began the first uncertain steps of their new journey. The Year 10 cohort began the step-up to Senior College; the Year 11 group began a brand new curriculum; and the Year 12’s started the first day of their last year at the school. In all aspects of 2019, I encourage our students to walk boldly with the knowledge that “the Lord your God is with you wherever you go”.

The Year 12 group began their final year journey with a Leadership Day, run by Lutheran Youth of Queensland where they were challenged to think about how they would contribute to the PLC community in a positive way this year as leaders. All students were thoroughly engaged throughout the whole day and the highlight for all was when they were introduced to their Year 2 ‘buddy’s’ at the end of the day and having the Year 2’s present them with their Senior Jersey and Year 12 badge. I congratulate all Year 12 students on the way they have started the year and look forward to working with them all, to get the most out of the year ahead.

Date claimers for all to take note of over the next two weeks:

Monday 11th February: Yr 10 information night from 6pm. All parents and students are invited to attend.

Thursday 14th February: 7-12 Interhouse swimming carnival.

Tuesday 19th February: Ecumenical service at Immanuel (College Captains) from 9.00am. Yr 12 information night from 6.00pm. All parents and students are invited to attend.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

Middle and Secondary College

Mathematics Tutoring

Mathematics Tutoring commences this week in L14 every Monday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. All students from Years 6 to 12 are welcome. Please bring homework or other study.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Department Mathematics

Future Problem Solving 2019 Years 7-12

Academic lunchtime clubs provide opportunities for students to be involved in engaging enrichment activities with a focus on higher-order thinking and collaboration. Last year, Pacific put forward some very strong competitors to a variety of competitions with great success at state and national level.

Future Problem Solving is an international educational program created to develop critical, creative and futuristic thinking skills. The aim is to harness students’ imagination and vision so that they might anticipate issues facing the world in the future. Students apply their skills to solve internationally set, significant social, economic, or scientific issues.

The program has a competitive division in which students can compete as teams or individuals, developing the skills involved in a six-stage creative problem solving process.  Students will compete against teams from around the country 

in this rigorous academic competition. In order to qualify for the National Finals, the teams must submit a booklet detailing six steps to overcome problems of the future. The challenges require excellent imagination, writing and research skills.

Information sessions will take place  at lunchtime on Thursday of week 2 and week 3.

Please contact Mrs Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment, (07) 5436 7367 to find out more about Future Problem Solving.

Da Vinci Decathlon 

The da Vinci Decathlon is an Academic Competition held from 28th -30th May 2019, at AB Paterson College on the Gold Coast. It involves 10 disciplines:

  • Engineering
  • Mathematics
  • Code breaking
  • Art and poetry
  • Science
  • English
  • Ideation
  • Creative Producers
  • Cartography
  • General Knowledge

Invitations to train for the Decathlon will be based on previous academic performance and will be sent via PCG teachers or Year 6 class teachers for students. Teams will be selected from participants  attending training in Terms 1 and 2.

If students are new to the college and have participated previously, please contact Mrs Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment, (07) 5436 7367.

Mrs Belchamber, Head of Learning Enrichment

Important Notices

Immunisation Program Comes to Pacific Lutheran College

Ozcare is providing free vaccinations conducted by an authorised team of Registreed Nurses for all Year 7 and Year 10 students as part of Queensland Health’s annual School Immunisation Program.  All Year 7 and Year 10 students are being offered free vaccinations as recommended on the National Immunisation Program to protect against vaccine preventable diseases.

Year 7 students will be offered human papillomavirus (HPV) and diphtheria-tetanus-pertussis (whooping cough) vaccination. Year 10 students will be offered meningococcal ACWY vaccination.

A consent pack will be sent home. Please read the information booklet carefully, sign the consent card and return the consent card to the school nurse by Friday 22nd February, 2019.

For more information about diseases, vaccines or School Immunisation Program, visit or call 13 HEALTH (13 43 25 84).

Please note these vaccinations are being held Thursday 28th March 2019 and not Thursday 28th February as listed in the shool calendar.

Mrs Maree Hooper and Mrs Sharon Middleton, School Nurses

Date Claimer - Monday 18th February 2019

Susan McLean is Australia’s foremost expert in the area of cyber safety and was a member of Victoria Police for 27 years.  Widely knows as the ‘cyber cop’ she was the first Victoria Police Officer appointed to a position involving cyber safety and young people.

Susan will be presenting to Year 4 – 12 students during the day and parents are invited to attend a session at 6pm in the evening. Further details to be confirmed.

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Thank you to the families who attended the Welcome Breakfast last Friday morning in the Music Courtyard.  It was a wonderful way to round off the first week and a chance for students and parents to interact while sampling an array of delicious breakfast items served by our College leaders. Thank you to the both the hospitality and FoP teams who also supported the event.

Invitation – all welcome!

Our first FoP meeting for 2019 is fast approaching. Please join us on Tuesday 19th February at 6.30pm in the College Library. This is your opportunity to meet other parents within the College and also be kept in the loop with the events ahead.

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Book Club

Book Club order forms were sent home this week. Book Club is issued twice a term to students in Year P-7. Parents may order online or by sending the order forms to the library. Orders are due by this Monday, 11th February.

Lunchtime Activities

The library is a hub of activity at lunchtimes. Every day students come to the library to read, work, and socialise but we also have a number of teacher-run activities as well. For middle and senior students there is the Virtual Reality Zone, as well as board games and adult colouring books. For students in P-6 we run the following activities:

  • Monday – computer skills for Years 2-3
  • Tuesday – each term we focus on a different technology such as animation, Osmo etc. This term we are doing Minecraft.
  • Wednesday – theme-based activities. This week we focused on Chinese New Year.
  • Thursday – craft skills such as crochet or knitting
  • Friday – board games

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Secondary Sport

Yr 7-12 Sport Report

2019 is most certainly going to be another very exciting year in sport. We have hit the ground running with before and after sports trainings happening in Netball, Touch, Rugby, Volleyball, Surfing and Running Club. Students are encouraged to touch base with the teacher in charge of these activities to see whether they are eligible to attend.

The Interhouse Swimming Carnival is being held on Thursday 14th February at the Nambour Aquatic Centre. If 2018 is anything to go by, then students are in for a real treat in terms of participation, atmosphere, house spirit and elite performances in the pool. We look forward to having all students attend the carnival!

SCISSA Volleyball (yr7-10) and Soccer (Yr11/12) begin Wednesday 13th February. Students need to collect their uniforms from Mrs Campbell’s office at morning tea on Friday this week. Buses will take students to and from games and parents need to collect their child from the school. A memo will be placed in the student notices and on schoology with details about game times, bus times etc.

I look forward to supporting all parents and students in the many sporting options offered by the college.

Congratulations again to the water polo players who competed at the Queensland State Titles in the holidays.

Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport


Club Sport

Pacific FC

Catering for male and female players from U6 to U14.  Season Commences Saturday 9th March 2019.

It’s been a busy start to the season already with many registrations.

The teams have mostly been sorted however we do have a few vacancies for the age groups below:

U6 - 2013 boys and girls (and 2012 girls)

U7 – x 2 spots 2012 boys and girls (and 2011 girls)
U9 - x 4 spots 2010 (boys and girls (and 2009 girls)
U10 - x 3 spots 2009 boys and girls (and 2008 girls)

U14 – x 3 spots 2005 (and 2004 girls)

Click here to register: 

For further information, please email:

U6-U8 Free Come and Try Session – Monday 11th February 2019

Where: outside Prep classrooms

When: meet at 3pm for 3.15pm start (45 min session)

Bring: hat, water bottle, sandshoes

Please RSVP your attendance to: on Monday morning 9am.

ROAR Active Program at PLC

The ROAR Active Program offers highly skilled coaches and a structured program that caters to a variety of age groups and skill levels. Get in early to avoid missing out as numbers are limited.

Register online:

$55 for 4 weeks – Friday 15 Feb, 22 Feb, 1 March and 8 March
Location: Pacific Lutheran College (on the field near the gym)

Registering for the ROAR Active Program will also entitle you to one adult and one child ticket to a ROAR game.

Get all the latest information on the Pacific FC Facebook page

Mr Matt Gigney, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

2019 Registrations are now open. The Club has worked hard to keep costs to a minimum, with this year’s fees being $195.00 Registration Fee and $35.00 dress hire.  Our fees are the lowest in CDNA.  Registrations are on-line at the following links:

If your child is born in 2009, 2010, 2011 or 2012, please Click here.  Once you have logged on:

  1. For 2009 and 2010 births select ‘Go’.
  2. For 2011 and 2012 births select ‘Set’.

If you get an error message concerning age at the top of the next page, you have selected the incorrect age group so 'go back' and try again.

For children born in 2008 or older, Click here.

If you prefer to register face-to-face; come on down to the Caloundra Indoor Sports Centre on the morning of Tuesday 5th February 2019 or Saturday 16th February 2019 between 9.00am -11.00am and our friendly staff will be able to assist.

A reminder that squad training for our U12 and above has been moved to Tuesday from 3.30pm to 5.00pm.

If you have any questions please email me on

Mr Trevor Colton, President PLC Netball

Uniform Shop

Opening Hours and Online Ordering

The Uniform Shop is open from 8.00am to 9.30am every Wednesday, Thursday and Friday. Orders can be placed online via and will be delivered to your child the following day.

Mrs Peta King, Uniform Shop Convenor


Tuckshop Update

WOW what a fantastic response we have had to our New Menu click here to view. There has been a ‘buzz’ around the campus.

We will continue to develop new and exciting choices throughout the term, so please keep checking the Newsletter.

Don’t forget all the Chicken used in the Tuckshop is roasted fresh in-house.

Salads, Muffins and Slices are all made fresh daily in-house.

Gooey Choc Chip Muffins – baked daily $2.50

Slice of the Day – baked daily $1.00.


Friday Specials   Don’t Miss Out, Be sure to order.

Fresh Funky Wok Fried Rice Day, served in a Noodle Box $5.00. Lunch Only

BLT’s – Fresh cooked Crispy Bacon, Tomato & Lettuce on a Toasted Turkish Bread $5.00. Lunch Only

Raspberry White Choc Muffins –$2.50


Please note our new email address:

Mrs Shea Moor, Tuckshop Convenor

General Notices

Scholarships Campaign

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


For enquiries and registration please contact Mason m: 0433 421 969 or

Upcoming Dates


4-8      Year 7 Camp (Lake Somerset)

5          Music Information Evening (5.30pm)

5          Yr 11 Information Evening (6.00pm)

6          Yr 11-12 SCISSA Soccer Begins

6          P-5 Information Evening (6.00pm)

7          Year 3-6 Swim Carnival Beerwah Pool (9.00am-2.30pm)

11        Yr 10 Information Evening (6.00pm)

12        Year 9 Rite Journey Departure (5.00pm)

12        Yr 9 Camp Information (5.30pm)

12        Middle College Information Evening (6.00pm)

13        Yr 7-10 SCISSA Volleyball begins

13        Yr 10-12 Drama Excursion

14        Yr 7-12 Swim Carnival Nambour Pool (8.30am-3.00pm)

15        No Sport Yr 7-12 (Thursday lessons)