Compass No. 529 April 2019

From the Principal

Forgiveness at the Heart of Renewal

Living fully is being able to let go of burdens of the past and fears of the future. In the adventure of life, we bump up against people and experiences, we feel delight and disappointment and there is loss and gain. Turning over our experiences both joyful and sad, learning from them and letting go, creates space for new shoots to grow in both experiences and relationships. At the core of this is forgiveness. 

Forgiveness is a word often spoken but it is not a natural thing for us to do. To be able to truly forgive we need to be able to let go and see ourselves and others in new ways. God’s grace shines a new light into the way we see. At Easter, we are invited to lay our shortcomings, failures, concerns and burdens at the foot of the cross and to fully embrace God’s forgiveness. Renewed and restored by His grace, we can extend that same love and forgiveness to those around us.

Principal's Log

There was considerable energy and joy at the Junior and Middle College discos last Friday night. The Year 9 and 12 leaders and disc jockey Brendan West set a great atmosphere for both groups. We thank Brendan and the student leaders, the Friends of Pacific for providing the barbecue and drinks, Mr Damian Davis, Mr Mark Hauser and Mr Ben Ryan for their organisation and to our Heads of House and teachers for their involvement, support and supervision. Thank you to our parents and students for supporting the event so strongly.

At the end of the term, we thank Acting Head of Staff and Students P-5, Mr Damian Davis and Acting Head of Music, Mr Steven Lake for their leadership throughout Term 1. Their capable leadership, energy, enthusiasm and generosity of time was greatly appreciated by staff, students and parents. We also thank P-5 PE teacher Mrs Rosilyn Grewar, Music teacher Mrs Jenna Woodforth and Year 4 teacher Mr Scott Massie who have very capably fulfilled contract roles through this time. Students, parents and staff have greatly appreciated the professionalism, warmth and capacity of these three staff.

We look forward to welcoming back Mr David Druery as Head of Staff and Students P-5 and Mrs Aleisha Tuaine as Head of Music. We wish Mrs Elley Wood and her family every blessing as she takes maternity leave for the remainder of the year. Mr Rhys Hurren who has most recently taught at St Joseph’s College, Gregory Terrace will be teaching Mrs Wood’s classes and Mrs Tina Cox will be Acting Head of English and Humanities through this time.

We thank all of our staff for their tremendous commitment over this first term to providing the best possible learning experiences for our young people. Thank you to our parents and students for your engagement and support. The tremendous goodwill and generosity of spirit that exists in staff, students and parents shapes a rich community for young people to grow within. We trust that you all have a well-earned break where you are able to connect with family and friends and with nature.

May God bless you and fill you with His grace and love over the Easter break.

Dr Bronwyn Dolling, Principal

From the College Pastor

All Things New

The end of a term is a great place to be. No more classes, assessments, marking or reports. We can look forward to the holidays; a time to be refreshed, renewed and even have more time to sleep in the mornings. For some, they look forward to catching up with friends and family or to go camping. And, in the last weekend of the school holidays this year, Easter will be celebrated; a time to acknowledge the rest, renewal and resurrection that Jesus brings as God comes down to earth and suffers and dies for us. That’s what Jesus’ resurrection means, God is making all things new. The old order of the world, the way it operated and enticed us, is gone. In Christ and through His rising from the dead we are a new creation; we and all things have been made new. As you spend time with your loved ones this term break, may you have the opportunity to give thanks to the God of Resurrection, who makes all things new. 

I saw heaven and earth,
brand new heaven and earth,
and I heard a voice say to me:

God will wipe away
every tear away,
every pain away - all things new.

No more sighing, crying, dying
God himself is here.

And he will make his home,
here with us a home;
God will make a home with us all.

The old has passed away,
sadness passed away,
death has passed away - all things new.

(From a song written by Robin Mann, Neal Nuske, and Geoff Schirmer (1984). Based on Revelation 21:1-5 and a melody by Robert Schumann (1838))

Pastor Tim Jarick, College Pastor

From the Head of Senior College Students

Year 11 RYDA Driver Safety Program

This week, the Year 11 cohort attended the annual Rotary Young Drivers Awareness day at Corbould Park. It was an informative day for our young drivers, who explored the effects of the decisions made on the road and the impact that these can have on their lives. One of the highlights for me was listening to ‘Megan’ who was involved in a car accident 26 years ago and the affect it had on her life. Despite her situation, she still had a positive outlook on life but also suffered the daily reminders of how dangerous the roads can be.

My hope for the students involved in the day is that they all walk away with a sense of their responsibility on the roads and an understanding that their decisions can have an impact on both themselves, their family and others on the road.

We are grateful for the opportunity that our students had to experience the day and commend the students’ attitude and effort in participating. Thank you to the staff who volunteered their time (Mr Josh Cummins, Ms Leigh Finter and Mr Damien Evans). A special thank you also to Rotary for organising the day with a range of volunteer helpers and guest presenters. And finally, a big thank you to Neville Woodforth from Rotary for his continued efforts in keeping this program running.

End of Term

As we approach the start of the holidays after a long first term, we wish all families the very best over the next two weeks. It has been a busy start to the year and so much has happened already, with much to celebrate and be thankful for. Year 11 students start their first week with their Leadership Day (Wednesday 24th April) and this will be a great way for them to start to find their focus for the rest of their schooling journey. Next term is also set to be busy with musical productions, public holidays, Red Shield Appeal, the ANZAC Day march, exams and a range of other events.

Have a safe and blessed holiday! God bless.

Mr Mark Hauser, Head of Senior College Students

From the Head of Learning K-5

Tell me and I forget...

"Tell me and I forget. Teach me and I remember. Involve me and I learn." - Benjamin Franklin

While there is some debate as to whether this quote does in fact come from Benjamin Franklin, it is the sentiment that I wish to share with you after finishing our first Prep to Year 5 conferences for 2019.

Thank you to all parents for being active participants in reflecting and goal setting. By engaging in this process, your children had an authentic opportunity to become active participants in their learning. I have lost count of the number of students who have shared how excited they were to talk with their mum and dad about their learning over the past couple of weeks. As an educator, it is a joy to see students so keen and willing to share their successes and challenges with the most important people in their world – their parents and caregivers.

As always, we do welcome your feedback about the conference process. We also welcome any ideas or suggestions for ways we can improve so that the experience is even richer next time.

Lastly, we thank our dedicated team of teachers across Prep to Year 5 who made these conferences such a success. It is a blessing to be able to work with such a positive and professional group of people. Every blessing for a safe and happy Easter break.

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

Food for Thought

Creating Resilient Families

Resilience is the ability to ‘bounce back’ when faced with adversity. It’s about ‘bungy jumping’ through life. When the inevitable pitfalls and setbacks of life occur, it is as if you have an elasticised rope around your middle that helps you to bounce back from hard times. Learn ways to build resilience within your family at:

School - Trauma

Children and teens will experience events during their lives that will affect them emotionally and physically. How they react to these events depends on their age, personality and past experiences.

There are a number of ways that parents and caregivers can support children after a traumatic event. In this month’s edition of SchoolTV, parents will gain a better understanding of trauma and how it affects children of all ages. Visit:

Mrs Annie Williams, College Counsellor

Friends of Pacific

Connecting College and Community

Golf Day – Sunday 9th June

The Pacific Lutheran College and IBN Private Golf Day will be held on Sunday 9th June from 10.30am at the Pelican Waters Golf Club!

We warmly welcome our early bird teams who have already registered this week! Click here to download the registration form and book your team in!

  • $100 per individual player; or
  • $400 per team.

The registration fee includes a cart, brunch and a meal at the 19th. We are planning a fun event, so gather your team together now!

Hole 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 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 Golf Coordinator Erin Carter on 0403 125 824 or

Disco Support

Thank you to everyone who supported the Neon Disco last Friday night! The event proved a great success and we appreciate the many helpers who cooked and served on the BBQ. Thank you to Teena Thompson, Deni Fowler, Sue Zweck, Erin Carter, Fiona Roberts, Emily Naus, Annwen Lumkes, Alison Fergusson, Amanda Dee, Kirilly Sully, Anna Maher and Rita Williams for lending a hand.

Parent Representatives

We thank Sarah Casement for volunteering as another Year 6 parent representative. Parents who are interested for Year 7, 9 and 12 are asked to contact Mr Ben Ryan ( or the Middle / Senior Administration Office on 5436 7315.

Woolworths Earn and Learn Promotion

Once again, FoP will coordinate the upcoming Woolworths Earn and Learn promotion. Next week, you’ll see the banners up around the College. When the stickers are released in coming weeks, please start collecting!

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.

April Meeting

Our next Friends of Pacific meeting will be held on Tuesday 23rd April (the first day of Term 2) 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

Year 5/6 Readers Cup Team 2019

Thank you to all students who expressed interest in being part of this year’s Readers Cup team for the Sunshine Coast Regional competition. Several criteria were applied to determine the best fit of students for our team.

Congratulations to the following Year 5 and 6 students who have been selected for our team:

  • Hayley Petfield;
  • Jemma Simpson;
  • Ella Mulhearn;
  • Ivy Davies; and
  • Elizabeth Wegener.

Each team member is required to read four novels and one picture book between Monday 1st April to Wednesday 29th May. The final competition will be held on Wednesday 29th May at Immanuel Lutheran College. All team members will take part in this day and rotate the role of reserve.

Term 2 Library Activities

Lunchtimes in the library have been busy this week with our Easter craft ‘egg-stravangaza’. Children were very excited to take home their special projects to show their families.

Next term there will be some variations to our lunchtime program as we swap out some existing weekly activities for some fresh ones. For example, Tech Tuesdays will no longer involve Minecraft but Scratch coding will be offered instead. Stay tuned for more details!

Our tHinker Team will resume in Week 2 of next term with Minecraft Hour of Code projects first up on our agenda.

Ms Sue Warren, Teacher Librarian

Secondary College

Year 12 RACV Hospitality Work Experience

Last week, Year 12 Hospitality students participated in a three-day work experience program at RACV Royal Pines, Gold Coast. It was an eye-opening experience that provided insight into the hotel industry and gave students the opportunity to build on their skills. On arrival, students were taken on a tour of the hotel and were shown both front of house and back of house facilities.

During their stay, students immersed themselves in different areas of the hotel and worked alongside RACV staff to cultivate their skills. Students were tested when having to face customers in a professional manner while grasping new skills and techniques, such as polishing cutlery, furthering their barista skills, working in retail and setting up for conferences and events. On the first evening, students and staff enjoyed a three-course meal at the RACV Amici’s Italian restaurant.

On the second day, students engaged in a Mocktail and Cocktail demonstration and workshop with one of RACV’s talented bartenders. This took place on the 21st floor of the hotel, with a view over the golf course, right down to Surfers Paradise. Students learnt how to make a ‘virgin mojito’ and a ‘sunrise’ using a range of equipment.

Students enjoyed new culinary experiences when they dined at RACV’s Teppanyaki restaurant, Arakawa, on the final night. Students feasted on Japanese cuisine that had been freshly cooked right in front of them. The chef was extremely talented, demonstrating dynamic cooking techniques, which made the experience similar to dinner theatre!

Overall, it was a very positive experience and all of our students received extremely high praise from RACV staff. We thank RACV for this important learning opportunity and commend each student on the way they represented themselves and the College.

Mrs Colleen Beattie, Head of Hospitality

Cultural News


Pacific Lutheran College is excited to bring the golden-era musical production of Oklahoma! to the stage in its 75th anniversary year.

Set just after the turn of the 20th Century in America’s romanticised Western Frontier, spirited rivalry among local farmers and cowboys sets the backdrop for two burgeoning love stories. Curly is a handsome cowboy who has his sights set on the beautiful farm girl Laurey, but Jud Fry is also vying for Laurey’s love. Ado Annie is engaged to Ali Hakim but she has second thoughts when Will Parker enters her life. The road to true love is anything but smooth in Oklahoma!

With a professional orchestra, the show’s musical score will have audiences singing along to this Broadway Box Office smash! Featuring classics such as ‘Oh, What A Beautiful Mornin’ and ‘People Will Say We’re In Love’ as well as exciting staging and brilliant costumes, Pacific’s cast of 38 students bring Oklahoma’s colourful characters to life with heartfelt performances.

Tickets are on sale from Tuesday 23rd April!

Mrs Janine Delaney, Director

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 from Monday 27th May to Monday 24th June 2019.

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. Registrations and payments can be made online at:

Any questions regarding the program can be directed to Mr Josh Cummins at:

Mr Josh Cummins, Rugby Coordinator

Secondary Sport (7-12)

Monday Night Netball

This week was the last round of Monday Night Netball for the term and it was a great way to finish with some very close games! A special mention to our Junior Purple team who had a very competitive game with all girls playing very well; there was so much excitement and team camaraderie when they scored. We hope students enjoy their holidays and return re-energised for the remainder of the competition and finals next term.

Team Result MVP
Senior Grey Loss Kate Cameron
Senior White Draw Vivienne Casley
Intermediate Pink Win Ruby Smith
Junior Yellow Win Maggie Princehorn Georgie Frohmuller
Junior Blue Win Roze Stockwell
Junior Green Win Kyla Chrigwin
Junior Purple Loss Molly Lucas


Mrs Michelle Dufty, Netball Coordinator

Club Sport

Pacific FC

Round 4 Team Report – U8 Dolphins

Great work on Saturday to the U8 Dolphins! It is impressive to see the players’ improvement week by week. Congrats to Owen for a great performance which earnt him man of the match. Keep up the good work team, looking forward to the next game. - Barry Warren, Manager

Thank you to Barry for the wrap-up. We encourage a representative from each of our teams (not necessarily the manager) to share your teams’ journey and experiences with the rest of the Club. It would be great, especially for away games, if each team could send a short wrap-up and a photo or two to let the rest of us know how you are travelling. Just send an email to:

A wise man recently reminded me that it takes a village to raise a well-rounded young person. Our Club is our village and this includes all parents, grandparents, friends and, of course, the children. So, please take an active part in our village and support the Club! We are always open to suggestions of activities we can do together or with other clubs. Who knows, your suggestion just may well become a tradition of Pacific FC!

Round 5 – Saturday 27th April

Our next games (Round 5) will be held on Saturday 27th April. Please check the SCCSA website over the holidays for the draw.

K3 Easter Holiday Clinic

K3 has been working with our competitive teams in recent weeks. Join K3 in further developing skills with their Easter Holiday Clinic at Pacific on Thursday 11th and Friday 12th April. The clinic will run from 9.00am to 12.00pm each day. Click here to download the flyer.

Cost: $60 for one day or $100 for two days.

Book now: call 0426 454 626 or message

Roar Active Program

Following the success of the Roar Active Program at the beginning of the season, we have the Roar coming back to hold follow up sessions on Tuesday 23rd and Wednesday 24th April. The sessions will run from 3.30pm to 5.30pm each day. Pacific FC will subsidise the cost so registration is only $40 for both days. Click here to book online!

Player Gym Strength Sessions

We have been running strength and conditioning sessions for our competitive players over the past three weeks. These sessions run on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 3.30pm to 4.00pm in the fitness centre (next to the soccer shed).

The sessions incorporate a variety of safe exercises, balance and challenge activities designed to improve aspects of the player’s game such as speed, agility, injury prevention, confidence and mind body connections. The many benefits of strength and conditioning are also known to assist in other areas of life such as school performance, overcoming adversity, self-esteem and self-discipline.

In Term 2, Mason will run additional group training sessions on Monday, Wednesday and Friday mornings at the school from 7.15am to 8.00am. For more information, prices or bookings, email Mason at: There are limited spots available.

Term 2

Follow all the action on Pacific FC's Facebook Page!

We wish everyone a safe and enjoyable term break and look forward to seeing our players back on the field on Saturday 27th April!

Mr Zane Russell, Pacific FC President

PLC Netball Club

This week marks the completion of the grading rounds at which time all teams will be confirmed within their Divisions for the remainder of the season. To date, all teams have been competitive and the results have been positive. All of our teams are playing this Saturday 6th April and then we have a three week break over the school holidays until 27th April.

Well done to our Under 11 Division 2 team, the PLC Ponies. This is a team of ‘first time’ players and their development over the last three weeks is credit to all involved. The PLC Ponies symbolise what PLC Netball is all about, getting out there, having some fun and developing as an individual and as a group.  

We wish the PLC Community an enjoyable and safe holiday.

Mr Trevor Colton, PLC Netball Club 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 Notice

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!

Upcoming Dates


4                      Term 1 Concludes

12-14              Junior Rugby Trip – Armidale

14                    Palm Sunday

18                    Maundy Thursday

                        First Communion @ St Mark’s (6.30pm)

19                    Good Friday

20                    Easter Saturday

21                    Easter Sunday

22                    Easter Monday

23                    Term 2 Commences

                        Friends of Pacific (6.30pm)

24                     Years 6-12 ANZAC Day Service

                         Years 11-12 SCISSA Volleyball Commences

25                     ANZAC Day Public Holiday

26                     Prep – Year 5 ANZAC Day Service

                         Years 7-9 Schools Volleyball Commences

28                     PLC Open Day (12.30pm – 3.30pm)