Compass No. 527 March 2019

From the Principal

Harmony Day - Celebrating Diversity

As we participate in Harmony Day this week, we celebrate the cultural diversity of our country. All of us benefit from the richness of culture that comes from the mix of Indigenous people and people from across the world who, at various times throughout Australia’s history, have added different traditions and beliefs as they have become a part of our Australian community. Seeing the commonality of humanity in our neighbourhoods, country and across the globe helps us to reach out and create community where we all belong and diversity is celebrated.

This week we have seen people of different faiths and cultures come together to offer support in response to the tragedy in Christchurch. We have seen New Zealand Prime Minister, Jacinda Arden lead a country to stand with compassion and strength. It is the voices of compassion, respect and kindness that we need to pay greatest attention to in our homes, work places, social groups, country and world. The simple encouragement to “love our neighbour as ourselves” should ring loudest of all.

Principal's Log

We congratulate our 2018 Year 4 YACHTS students who were awarded Highly Commended at the finalist ceremony of the Queensland Museum’s Hatchery Crusaders Project in Brisbane this week. Students explored ‘The Marine Plastic Problem’ and created a culminating art sculpture, ‘The Plastic Tomb’, featuring the loggerhead turtle, which is now an endangered species. Minister for Environment and the Great Barrier Reef, Science and Arts, Hon Leeanne Enoch presented students with the award and commended them for their efforts. Well done to Carter Kiernan, Jemma Linfoot, Jemma Simpson, Max Zorgdrager, Jack Kane, Isabella Lee, Emma Loh, Phoebe Shearer, Will Moffitt, Samuel Roberts and Kahlia Taylor and thank you to Mrs Christine Doyle for her leadership of these students and also to Mrs Denise McMahon who provided artistic support.

Learning through making mistakes and constructive feedback is an important life skill. There are rich opportunities for learning as Prep – Year 5 students and their families engage in interviews and Middle and Senior College students complete their assessments. Reflection around the learning journey, a celebration of progress and learning through mistakes builds lifelong habits of resilience, persistence and a strong sense of efficacy. We encourage all families to engage in solution focused conversations of ‘next steps’ to improve learning outcomes over the coming week.

At the Friends of Pacific meeting on Tuesday night we enjoyed a presentation from our Head of Learning Enrichment P-5, Mrs Sara Taverner, who spoke about the way she is leading the growth of students with a diversity of needs. As well as the direct support of students and parents, a key focus of the Learning Enrichment program at the College is the continual growth of staff capacity to extend and support students through classroom learning and specialist programs. In particular, in recent years there has been a continuing expansion of opportunity for gifted and talented students. We are excited to see students benefitting from the full range and diversity of learning opportunities available at the College. We thank our teachers and the Learning Enrichment team for their creative and purposeful leadership.

We give a prayer of thanks for the richness and diversity of our community. We pray for peace around the world and for God’s comforting hand for all those who are suffering grief.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

Resisting Food and Technology

In chapel over the last week, I have been testing student’s ability to resist food. In both the Junior and Middle / Senior College chapels, I have opened up a packet of potato chips and started to eat them chip by chip, crunch by crunch into the microphone in front of students. Seeing someone eat food in front of you is always tempting, let alone when it is Red Rock Deli Lime and Black Pepper chips. Certain foods and technological gadgets are often things children, teenagers and adults find hard to resist. Constantly checking mobile phones, scrolling through feeds and friends, what's liked and what’s popular, it's hard for lots of people to resist social media platforms. They are hard to resist because they are designed to fire up the sensory parts of our brains and get the endorphins and other chemicals pumping.

Building resistant skills are what we want to do when we form character in children and young people. One way to build up our resistance skills when it comes to food, technology and other things is to be deliberate and intentional about changing our habits. Character is formed in people by the habits they practice. A technological habit I have changed this Lent is not using my mobile phone on Sundays. A digital sabbath some people call it. Previously when I tried this idea, I used to put my phone in a basket on the end of my kitchen bench. But even then I would still be tempted to pick it up and check it when walking by. This Lent though, I have discovered a new habit. It’s so simple, I don’t know why I didn’t do it before. On Saturday night before I go to bed or Sunday mornings when I first get up, I turn my phone off and place it in my bedroom cupboard. Novel idea isn’t it? Using the on and off switch. This new modified habit has stopped that compulsive checking of my phone whenever I see it. It’s given me back more time to spend face-to-face, in relationship with people. It’s such a simple thing, but such a great way to practice self-control over compulsive behaviour. How can we encourage children and young people to build up their resistance skills and live in the freedom that Jesus wants for us? A freedom from those compulsive behaviours that often bind us up.

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Harmony Day

This week marks another significant event on the global calendar, Harmony Day. Following the National Day of Action Against Bullying and Violence and Pacific as a Peace Place last week, Harmony Day also aligns to the College’s core values. Harmony Day is a chance for us to celebrate cultural diversity and inclusiveness, which is particularly important following the events in Christchurch last week.

At the St Mark’s church service last week, Pastor Ray talked about the beauty of God’s unconditional love and what that means for us. At this time, we are reminded of the need for compassion, support and care for all people who we come into contact with. The College’s core values of Care, Dignity and Respect build a strong foundation for us in our interactions with each other and in the wider community. 

When reflecting on the events in Christchurch last week, it is apparent that even in the darkest of times, there is still hope. It is in these times when we see the resilience of humans and how we rally around each other in times of need. In the face of this tragedy we have heard heart-warming stories of support and harmony around the world. People of all faiths have united together to support one another and to stand as one in this great time of need. And, to me, this represents the true meaning of Harmony Day, and something (through the love of God) that Pacific embodies in all that we do.

Year 10 and 11 Leadership Days

Please note that the Year 10 Leadership Day (originally scheduled for Wednesday of Week 10), has been moved to Term 2 and will be held on Tuesday 25th June.

The RYDA Driver Safety Program will still be going ahead on Wednesday 3rd April, with all Year 11 students attending. This is a valuable experience for students to be a part of, particularly as they are at the early stages of their driving experience. Throughout the day, students will be taking part in live car demonstrations, discussing speeding and stopping, rights and responsibilities and hear from people whose lives have been affected by road accidents.

As we near the end of Term 1, students are encouraged to maintain their strong work ethic and positive study habits. We look forward to seeing students compete at the Cross Country Carnival on the last day of this term.

God bless.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students


Neon Disco

Ready, set, glow at the Neon Disco next Friday 29th March in the College gym. There will be two separate events, an afternoon disco for Prep – Year 5 students and an evening disco for Year 6-9 students. Students are encouraged to get into the theme and wear bright coloured or white clothing.

Prep – Year 5 Disco:

  • Time: 4.00pm – 5.30pm
  • Cost: $5 (includes a snack on entry and sausage sizzle on departure)

Year 6-9 Disco:

  • Time: 6.00pm – 8.00pm
  • Cost: $5 (includes sausage sizzle on entry)

To book, visit:  Bookings will close on Wednesday 27th March

Food for Thought

SchoolTV Special Report: Christchurch

The Christchurch massacre is one of the most extreme acts of terrorism the world has seen in recent times. Unfortunately, this will impact on many children throughout Australia and New Zealand. Some parents and care givers may struggle to explain this tragedy to their young people, many of whom are already struggling with high levels of anxiety about the state of their world.

It is important to put this event into context for children of all ages. Although we cannot control what happens in our world, we can choose the way we respond. In this Special Report, parents and care givers will be provided with practical strategies on how to talk their children in a reassuring manner.

View the special report at:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

IBN Private and PLC Golf Day

The PLC Golf Day will be held on Sunday 9th June from 10.30am at the Pelican Waters Golf Club!

We are very excited to announce IBN Private – Alternative Funding Solutions as our Corporate Sponsor for the upcoming Golf Day. Fiona and Scott have supported the College in various ways over the years and we warmly welcome them to lead this event.

Other sponsorship opportunities are still available and we encourage you and your business to get behind the event. This prestigious 4-ball Ambrose event attracts the College’s top sports people as well as amateur golfers from across the Sunshine Coast – your prime target market.

Hole Sponsorship - $700

  • Opportunity to display your banners at the hole.
  • Opportunity to distribute promotional material to the golfers.
  • Hole sponsors can enter one team of four (4) from your company (including a cart) to participate in the day and network with parents and players from the College.

Raffle Prizes

We thank Life and Love Photography for their generous prize package donation of a family portrait sitting. If you would like to donate a prize to the IBN Private and PLC Golf Day Raffle, simply email us. A gift voucher or prize donation would be very much appreciated. With any donation, your business will be acknowledged with your business cards and flyers distributed to all players.

If you would like to be part of this event, please contact Erin Carter on 0403 125 824 or Darren Carter on 0413151817 or email:

Save the Date – Trivia Night

The Trivia Night will also be held this year on Saturday 17th August in the Pacific gym! More information on this event will follow later in the year, however please mark the date in your calendars.

March Meeting

Thank you to all who attended the March meeting. We particularly thank Sara Taverner who presented a wonderful insight into learning enrichment at the College. We are truly blessed with the company and enrichment we enjoy at FoP meetings.

April Meeting

Our next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd April at 6.30pm in the College Library. All families and staff of the College are welcome to attend. We encourage you to come along and connect!

Mrs Jenny Lee, FoP Chairperson

Library News

Choc Lit

This week we had the first Choc Lit meeting of the year. Choc Lit is our senior reading group for students in Years 9-12. We discuss the books we’re reading, find out about new releases and share some chocolate. Meetings are held twice a term in the library and new members are always welcome.


Manga fans in the Middle and Senior College are welcome to visit the library on Monday 25th March during morning tea to meet Alastair from Zombster, a bookstore specialising in manga. Alastair will have popular and new manga titles on display and students will have the opportunity to suggest titles for the library to purchase.

Ms Nell Keen, Head of Library

Junior College

What does Success look like for you?

According to the dictionary, success means “the accomplishment of an aim or purpose”. Anyone can be successful. It comes down to the student’s attitude towards life. Last Monday on Assembly, the question was raised, “What does Success look like for you?”. In preparation for Student Led Conferences in the Junior College, this is a great question to ask your child as they set new goals for Term 2. Each student has a different idea of what success looks like for them. Success could be using punctuation when they write a story, learning the hiragana or practising their instrument three times a week. The houses in the picture represent two types of students. The left house is crumbling, with poorer outcomes due to it being built on negative attitudes. The right You Can Do It house is strong, leading to postive outcomes because it is supported by postitive attitudes. Encouraging the postive attitudes with the five You Can Do It skills will help your child be successful in life.

Secondary College

Afterschool Mathematics Tutoring

Afterschool Mathematics Tutoring is held in L14 every Monday from 3.30pm to 4.30pm. All students from Years 6-12 are welcome. Please bring homework or other study.

Mr Adam Doyle, Head of Department Mathematics

Coral Café

Due to the Year 12 Hospitality RACV work experience trip next week, Coral Café will be closed from Wednesday 27th March until Friday 29th March. The café will reopen as normal from Monday 1st April.


Mrs Colleen Beattie, Head of Hospitality

Junior Sport (P-6)


Starting next term, there is an opportunity for students aged 5-11 to be a part of the Rookies2Reds program delivered by Queensland Rugby Union. This fun and safe program is facilitated for one hour each week over a five-week period with sessions commencing after school. A tentative start date has been set for Monday 3rd June.

This program is designed to establish base level rugby skills such as passing, kicking and match play. Participants will receive a ‘Rookies2Reds’ pack for completing the program, which includes:

  • Bag
  • Hat
  • Rugby Ball and pump
  • Water bottle
  • Family pass to a reds home game, valued at $120

The cost is $60. If your child is interested in participating, please email Mr Josh Cummins at: Once numbers are finalised, the program details will be confirmed.

Mr Josh Cummins, Rugby Coordinator

Secondary Sport (7-12)

Monday Night Netball

Unfortunately, due to the weather on Monday evening, all games were cancelled for this week. Teams are looking forward to matches resuming next week!

Mrs Michelle Dufty, Netball Coordinator

SCISSA Results - Wednesday 20th March
Team Opposition Score Result MVP
Jnr Boys A Volleyball SAAC 2-0 Win Coby Smith
Jnr Boys B Volleyball SUN 2-0 Win Zac McCarthy
Jnr Girls Volleyball MFAC 2-1 Win Erin Lacey
Int Girls A Volleyball GSLC 2-0 Win Emily McKenzie
Int Girls B Volleyball SUN 2-0 Win Ella Wildman
Int Boys A Volleyball MFAC 0-2 Loss Nick Masson
Open Girls Soccer SAAC2 F Loss -
Open Boys Soccer - - - -


Mr Brett Kersnovske, Head of Sport

Club Sport

Pacific FC
  • Weekend Match Report
  • Committee Changes
  • Training
  • Upcoming Events / Dates

To view the full Pacific FC newsletter, please click here.

Mr Zane Russell, 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

St Mark’s Lutheran Church

Service Notices

Pastor Ray, St Mark’s Lutheran Church


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.

Entertainment Books

Pacific Lutheran College is fundraising with Entertainment™ again this year. Order your NEW 2019 | 2020 Entertainment™ Books and Entertainment™ Digital Memberships today and 20% of the proceeds will go towards Pacific Lutheran Early Learning Centre!

To order your book or digital membership, visit:

Pre-order now to enjoy special bonus offers!

Pacific Fitness Club

Parents have enjoyed the opportunity to participate in Pacific Fitness Hub’s classes! The classes are a great way to keep fit and make new friends.

  • Training: We will be offering a mix of various types of training, tailored to each individual, including high intensity, weights, cardio, core training, yoga/ flexibility.
  • Transformation: 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: Improve strength, increasing lean muscle, increasing endurance, mobility, flexibility, reducing body fat percentage, improving sleep, concentration and mood and increasing energy levels, nutrition changes.

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

Upcoming Dates


23                    Academic Scholarship Test

25                    Year 4-6 SCISSA Training (3.15 – 4.15pm)

26-28              Prep – Year 5 Conferences

27-29              Year 12 Hospitality RACV Work Experience

28                    Year 4-6 SCISSA Gala Day

                         Year 7 and 10 Immunisations


3                       Year 11 RYDA Driver Education Day

4                       K-12 Chapel

                         Year 3-12 Cross Country Carnivals

                         Term 1 Concludes